Wednesday, October 29, 2003

Norton Internet Security sucks I recently installed Norton Internet Security on my system (got it for free with my Office 2003 purchase) and quite frankly, it sucks. I've always liked the old Norton Utilities back in the DOS days and really like Norton's Anti-Virus product as well, but this product should have never been released. What's wrong with it? Let me count the ways...... (462 words, 12 Comments)

Sunday, October 26, 2003

New version of SharpReader coming soon... And it will be .NET 1.1 only, so if you only have 1.0 installed, you may want to visit and get the latest version of the .NET framework. Why am I doing this? I previously ran into some .NET bugs when using the 1.0 framework that seem to be resolved in 1.1. I'm sure there are a lot more... (194 words, 23 Comments)

Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Office 2003 install I just got MS Office 2003 - initial installation was a breeze: fast and problem free. But after that it asked me to check for updates and register. When checking for updates I was presented with patches for office XP (my old version that I just replaced!) and when I tried to register, I was sent to a web-page that... (99 words, 2 Comments)

Tuesday, October 14, 2003

Stop comment spam now! I've been running with Jay Allen's solution to comment-spam for a while not and it works like a charm. There were a few minor downsides to his solution, one of which was that it was somewhat involved to setup, forcing you to manually edit a number of Movable Type templates for it to work.. This manual effort was more than... (184 words, 4 Comments)

Monday, October 6, 2003

IDEA#.NET Carlos Perez still doesn't get it: Okay, I don't want to be controversial, however after reading the latest blog from the CTO of JetBrains, I just got to sound off! For the uninitiated JetBrains is the developer of the kick-ass Java IDE IntelliJ IDEA. It appears that JetBrains has a plan to develop, god forbid, a addin for VS.NET! See,... (305 words, 17 Comments)

On Object/Relational Mapping Tools Object/Relational mapping tools sound wonderful in theory. You get a type-safe object-view to your database, there's no more need to do any kind of manual SQL coding, database changes typically only need changes in one place in your code-base, sometimes the O/R tool performs a certain level of caching for you, etc. etc. Unfortunately in practice things aren't always quite... (495 words, 5 Comments)

Sunday, October 5, 2003

Changing jobs, switching camps Last Friday was my last day on a Java/J2EE project I've been on for the past year and a half. Next week I'll be starting a new contract at another company, this time doing .NET. I'm excited about this opportunity as it should give me a chance to go much more in-depth into .NET than I've been able to do... (269 words, 9 Comments)

Wednesday, October 1, 2003

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