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  • By No Means am I Condoning this Sort of Behavior

    We all knew it was only a matter of time right?  Apple really has their security work cut out for them if they want to maintain any kind of credibility whatsoever.  Either that, or hire an entire fleet of lawyers to track everyone down who ends up running a hacked version of it.  For the record, it’s virtually unusable in VMWare (ahem, that’s what I’ve heard…that may or may not be my actual desktop in the picture;-)).

    Nothing to see here...

    Don’t try this at home kids (this ain’t your Grandma’s desktop).

    Don’t get me wrong…I love Macs (I used System 7 exclusively circa ‘91 for quite a bit.  The machine was an LCII running at 20mhz with an 8 meg HDD and 2 megs of RAM with a 256 color display and cost an arm and a leg, even by today’s standards).  If there were more than 5 applications and 2 games for the damn OS I’d be on one right now.  As Apple has made it abundantly clear that they won’t prohibit dual booting with Windows, I call dibs on the first dual core laptop they come out with.

    I personally can’t wait to see the fruits of Apple’s labor.  Jobs is a pretty smart guy to have had i386 development going on the whole time.

  • What's Jayson Been Up To, and Other News

    A lot actually.  My Mom got back into town earlier this week, so I’ve been basically living over there and taking care of her (running errands, cooking meals, helping her get around, etc…hence the lack of posts lately).  Overall she seems to be doing ok, but her mobility is still severely impaired.  The docs say she should be back to pre-biopsy status by February or so, meaning about 80% mobile compared to what I’d say is about 50% now.

    While we have a diagnosis now, there is still no prognosis whatsoever.  That being said, they have recommended an intensive 2 week round of radiation treatment (10 sessions total of about 30 minutes each…I don’t know if that’s a lot, but it sure does sound like it is) with one of the foremost radiation experts in the field up at Wake Forest hospital in Winston-Salem (about an hour drive from Charlotte).  The good news is that her entire family lives up there, so she’ll be well taken care of, and I can run up there on a moment’s notice if need be.

    As with any type of treatment that targets rapidly growing cells, there are no guarantees (well, besides losing your hair which we’ve actually managed to joke about a little bit) of success, and at this point it’s the only treatment option available so we’re really keeping our fingers crossed.  From the little bit of research I’ve done on radiation therapy, it’s not as nasty as chemo, but it still seems to be nasty enough so I guess it’s very much a hurry up and wait process to see how her body reacts.

    In other news, I spent almost 2 hours today deleting the some 600 trackback spams that folks so kindly left on my site throughout the week (thanks!)…I would disable trackbacks, but they are pretty much the currency of the blogging world, so I’ll just grin and bear it for now.  Also, the whole eBay thing has turned into one of the worst nightmares I’ve ever gone through…I will most definitely post about it once the dust settles on that fiasco.  I’m pretty sure eBay is going to lose a member though (I’ve been there for 5 years, but I really don’t think I’ll miss them after the ordeal I’ve gone through this week).

    At least the holidays are here, and I’ll get to spend some time with family/friends that I don’t get to see too often…so I guess that kind of offsets all the negativity surrounding me as of late.  It’s all good, and I’m definitely staying as positive as possible.  Cheers.

  • Community Server 2.0 Beta 2 -- Available Now

    As promised, Community Server 2.0 beta 2 was released into the wild today (about an hour ago actually)…you can follow the discussion over on this thread if you’d like (please post feedback there).  The two most notable features of this release is that the legacy settings page has been pulled from the suite completely (replaced by the control panel piece), and also the addition of an MSI installer package for super quick setup (it literally takes about 2 minutes).  There is a small bug in the installer which will cause it to fail:  You cannot use a period (.) in the database name (even if you surround the name in brackets [ ])…other than that it runs flawlessly and supports remote database installation (the site itself is installed on your local machine).

    All in all, this is the biggest release yet for the CS team…huge congratulations to them; I know there were many a late night spent getting this release out of the door on time.  Way to go guys!

    You can download the newest MSI installer based release from here.  If you prefer the web based installer, you can find that release here.

  • Donald Trump is Blogging

    Check out Donald Trump’s blog.  I guess it was only a matter of time.
  • System.Reflection BaseType Woes -- Answer

    Phil hit the nail on the head in response to my earlier post (which I discovered the hard way) about getting the base type via reflection when a derived type of said type is declared as an array.  I don’t know how I missed it, but there is a GetElementType() method belonging to System.Type that can be used to get the underlying type contained in an array, reference type, or pointer.  Read more about it here.  So this line:

    MessageBox.Show(info.PropertyType.BaseType.Name);  
    

    Should actually be this:

    MessageBox.Show(info.PropertyType.GetElementType().BaseType.Name); 
    

    This returns the correct value, which should be "Person".  System.Reflection is a mighty big/complex namespace; I learn more about it with each project I work on.

  • This Can't Be Good

    The morning commute is absolutely gonna suck for the Charlotteans that have to drive to work...that being said, I get to work from home.  At least I'll get the pleasure of seeing my dog slip and slide all over the ice when I walk him in the morning :-).

    Storm

  • JK.com Upgraded To Community Server 2.1 RTM

    JK.com has been upgraded to the RTM of CS2.1.  I wasn’t even going to post about it, but I also thought I’d mention that I added a ton of Google ads just to piss off Rick Reszler (he mentioned his disdain here) :-P.  And I made them bright green!  Rick, I would have added more but that would have violated Google’s TOS for adsense.

    Regardless I’m really diggin’ me some CS2.1.  Long live CS!

    Sidenote:  For those of you who don’t know Rick, he’s the man with the plan over at ASPnix, and is also a good buddy of mine (his wife’s birthday is today…happy birthday Mrs. Wizz!).  While we’re doling out b-day shoutouts, happy birthday to Gary as well!  Today’s a good day to be a CS’er.

  • What's Your Favorite .Net Namespace?

    When I moved from the legacy VB6/ASP realm a few years back, it was a huge jump…the sheer amound of classes and namespaces in .Net took me close to 6 months to get my head wrapped around.  Ironically enough, the (IMO) scariest namespace for me at the time is most definitely my favorite:  System.Reflection.  It’s one of the larger namespaces, and the amount of functionality exposed by it is staggering.  I’ve used reflection of some sort on virtually every project I’ve worked on (it’s an absolute neccessity for building any kind of application framework I think).  Early on in the .Net days, I actually lost a couple of project bids due to my lack of knowledge of (and complete misunderstanding of how to use) reflection.  I don’t claim to be an expert on it now by any means, but after having gained a better understanding of it, I can’t imagine not having this functionality.  System.Runtime.Remoting (with all of it’s quirks and intracacies) runs a close second for me, though most applications don’t really benefit from the classes exposed by this namespace unless specifically called for…it is mighty powerful though if used correctly.  Least favorite namespace?  Most definitely System.Text.RegularExpressions, which is something I really need to change.
  • Enter "The Burkelizer"

    Dave Burke has kicked off the Community Server Daily News blog over on CS.org.  I’m looking forward to seeing what he comes up with!
  • Google to Release Application Bundle Tomorrow

    From Ars Technica (full article here):

    …Google will also take the wraps off of "Google Pack," a bundle of applications that will be made available for download in a single installation bundle. Sources tell us that Google pack will feature a Google-tweaked version of Firefox, Adobe Acrobat Reader, antivirus software from Symantec, AdAware, Trillian, and Google's own offerings, including Google Desktop Search, Picasa, Google Earth, Google Talk, and all of the toolbar action you can shake a stick at. Oh, and I left out one other item: the RealPlayer.

    This is the first interesting piece of news to come out of the Google camp for a while (what with the L.A. Times really dropping the ball recently).  I use all of the software in that list except for AdAware and RealPlayer (my first reaction to seeing RealPlayer in the bundle is probably the same one any readers of this will have, but Google probably had no choice as they would have had to approach either Apple or MS which would create a strong branding conflict, though they could have perhaps used WinAmp which while owned by AOL, still has a brand separate of that…who knows), and I’m a huge Google fan, so it’ll be interesting to see what they’ve done to tie in their services to these applications.

    I do realize I didn’t mention anything about the first half of the article (the Google video stuff); I’m simply not interested in it whatsoever.

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