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  • Vista's Vista to Not Have a Great Vista

    It’s (somewhat) official:  There will be no major GUI changes in Aero Glass from build 5270 of Vista.  M. Keith Warren sums up my sentiments quite nicely over here; in other words this pretty much sucks.  Granted, it’s a little better than XP…but certainly not the “revolutionary” new GUI the MS camp has been hyping up for years now. 

    I’m sure they’ll do some cleanup/polishing work (or maybe I’m just trying to convince myself) on the overall look and feel, namely some icon work as they still look very rough around the edges (literally).  The Glass effects (while nice looking) certainly aren’t revolutionary.  So maybe it’ll be more about what’s under the hood, which as developers is what we should really care about, right?  Disappointing news nonetheless.

  • Bring on the Tryptophan

    Yeah, it’s turkey day here in the states…I personally don’t care much for turkey and usually pop a couple of cornish game hens in the oven with the following simple (but tasty) recipe:

    • Two cornish game hens.
    • In a small bowl, mix together a few tablespoons of spicy Grey Poupon mustard, some worcestershire sauce, your favorite hot sauce, 1 crushed clove of garlic, and some basil/thyme/oregano/salt/black pepper.
    • Crush an entire head or 2 of garlic, and stuff the hen with it.
    • Generously coat the hens with the mixture from the 2nd bullet point.
    • Pour an entire can of chicken stock into a baking pan (I prefer homemade stock personally, but the canned stuff works fine).
    • Heat your oven to 350 degrees, pop the hens in the baking pan, and bake on the bottom rack for 1 hour.  Baste only once about halfway through, and make it quick (opening the oven is a no no according to Alton Brown).  The point is to get a nice somewhat firm crust baked onto the birds, so the less moisture the better.
    • After removing the birds, pour what's left in the pan into a large pot, and put this on your range on low heat.
    • Eat!
    • Dump what's left of your birds into the large pot, add salt/pepper to taste, and simmer for about 4-6 hours adding h20 as needed.  Voila, you now have a great homemade stock for the next round of birds, or for making soup, etc.
    Happy Thanksgiving everyone.  Talk amongst yourselves.
  • Has Microsoft screwed up with VS 2005, or is it a perception problem? (Via ISerializable)

    Has Microsoft screwed up with VS 2005, or is it a perception problem? Some thoughts.

    "Every single version of Windows, Office, and Visual Studio (and any other product of similar size, for that matter) has shipped with bugs of the magnitude that people are reporting in VS2005. So why are we suddenly so hyper-aware of the VS2005 bugs? The difference is not in product quality, but in two other areas. First, the developers at Microsoft were incredibly open about the development process in this product cycle. For the first time multitudes of people got to see the realities of bugs being triaged to meet a ship schedule. I've seen some online expressions of shock that a bug-fix could be postponed to the next release of the product, but in fact this has always happened. If you don't stop fixing bugs and ship software at some point, you don't stay in the software business for long.

    Second, the blogosphere makes it incredibly easy to find and publicize the people who are finding the bugs; previously you had to be in product support to hear those conversations..."

    The rest of the post is pretty interesting, as are the comments.

  • Surreal Streams -- A Low Key Blend

    This week’s Surreal Streams mix will be a blend of some of my favorite low key/get in the groove tracks, with tunes from the following artists:

    These guys are some of my all time favorites; I’ve queued up 363 tracks and like always I’m hitting the shuffle button…there are some truly amazing tunes on this playlist.

    The stream is at http://jaysonknight.com:8000/listen.pls.  Enjoy.

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  • List of Google Services

    I was actually in the process of compiling my own list of Google’s ever growing portfolio of services, but it looks like there’s already a list out there.  Well done.
  • Looking for Some Definitive SQLCMD.EXE Resources

    Does anyone know of a good hard core SQLCMD (not the ADO.Net object, the OSQL replacement that ships with SQL Server 2005) reference?  The SQL Books Online documentation for this new tool is terrible, and Google isn’t turning up much more than basic primers.  I’m looking for a hard core top to bottom detailed article (either online or print is fine) discussing the usage of it given my disdain for the new Management Studio (MS) I griped about earlier.

    What little I have done with SQLCMD thusfar has been great; it’s a nice replacement for OSQL (quite a bit easier to use), and the performance is leaps and bounds beyond MS as it uses the native .Net SqlClient OleDb provider instead of ODBC.  I’m just surprised at the lack of information out in the wild on this tool.

    Here’s a nice (very high level) comparison of SQLCMD vs OSQL.  I’m definitely sold on it, I just need information people!

  • Remotely Configure ASP.NET 2.0 Applications

    I posted earlier about how to remotely administer an IIS 6.0 machine from Windows XP, which works great until you need to remotely configure an ASP.NET 2.0 application (from the ASP.NET tab that’s added by the installer).  One of the great things about IIS 6.0 is that we now have a gui front end to most of the <processModel> elements from the old 1.x machine.config file via application pools; now with ASP.NET 2.0 we have a gui front end for most of the elements in web.config…but it doesn’t really do much good if you either have to RDP into the remote machine, or go physically sit at the terminal to get any of that done (from a remote machine the “edit configuration” button is grayed out).

    So after a little research/trial and error, I discovered a simple switch you can throw to enable remote configuration of your ASP.NET 2.0 applications:

    • Navigate to your .Net 2.0.x installation folder in your command shell of choice.
    • Run aspnet_regiis -i -enable (note that this will in effect issue an iisreset during the process, so take care on production machines not to do this at peak hours).

    Voila…you can now remotely configure your 2.0 apps.  This may be old news to some, but it’s definitely news to me and simplifies remote configuration as you don’t have to RDP into the box itself.

  • New MSDN Magazine Column -- CLR Inside Out

    I just received this month’s MSDN magazine in the mail and was thrilled to see a new column making its debut:  CLR Inside Out (which according to the Editor’s Notes will be a regular monthly installment).  What really struck me is that this month’s CLR hit on a topic that I posted about a few months ago…the pifalls of using exceptions to regulate control of flow in an application; of course we all know the ramifications of this, but it was nice nonetheless to see someone from the BCL team mention it as well.

    Overall, this month’s edition was one of the better one’s I’ve read recently as it touches on quite a bit of new material.  I’m looking forward to reading future CLR column installments.

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  • Comedian Richard Pryor Dies at 65

    CNN.com - Comedian Richard Pryor dies at 65 - Dec 10, 2005.

    Pryor, who had been ill with multiple sclerosis, died at Encino Hospital near Los Angeles, at 7:58 a.m. PT. Jennifer Lee Pryor tried to revive him before paramedics arrived and took him to the hospital, she said.

    Ground breaking doesn’t even begin to describe Pryor’s contributions to the comedy world…he basically invented/popularized his style of comedy (which Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock both followed up on quite well)…for his style of comedy, he was definitely the best and will probably remain so for quite some time.  I know what I’ll be watching on TV tonight.  Rest in peace.

  • Performancing for Firefox Extension

    The good folks over at Performancing have released what looks to be a very promising Firefox extension:  Performancing for Firefox.  I haven’t been able to get much functionality out of it yet using the MetaWeblog API (which is what Community Server uses) account settings, but apparently it’s working for other account types.  Regardless, it looks very promising, so here’s hoping they get the MetaWeblog stuff cleaned up.  I dare say it could even replace my beloved BlogJet if all the kinks get ironed out.

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