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What did I do to deserve...

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So, family members having PCs that you feel obliged to look after for them. That's some form of punishment for something, right?…

Insufficient coverage

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Today the FX engine went into UAT. Well, the nearest thing we have to UAT; a user looked at it... 3 bugs, differences between the new code and the current production version. All slipped through our test coverage. :(…

Eric Sink on instant gratification

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Eric Sink has an amusing piece on how his problem solving skills have been spoiled by Visual Studio's F5 rebuild and run option. He obviously isn't developing test first, because if he was then going for the instant gratification of a green bar is fine.…

Run away to the alps

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I have a dream. I've just done coding for the day and I'm sitting in a hot tub on the deck of a glass fronted chalet overlooking the slopes; glass panels around the deck so that nothing obstructs the view. Think the really expensive places in Whistler and you're on the same page.…
My space bar got sticky. I bought a Microsoft Wireless Multimedia keyboard on impulse. Why Oh Why was the 'end' key moved?…

Netgear MR814v2

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Further to my recent wailings about being responsible for family member's PCs... I decided to deal with the internet connection sharing issue at the hardware level... So far the Netgear MR814v2 firewalled, DSL router, WIFI access point seems to rock...…

BenSkating

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Michelle and I had a skate lesson with Ben Roberts on Saturday morning. It was a group lesson that ended up being just the two of us and which was really good and great value for money.…

I blame the testing

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It's amazing what a day or two away can do. I came back to the tests with a fresh mind this morning and dealt with the issues that had caused me problems at the tail end of last week before I got my morning coffee.…

I'm sorry but...

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Who are you? and why are you here? 2003.09.05 11:11:45 62.188.56.137 'Len' added entry #157 2003.09.05 11:45:49 62.188.56.137 'Len' added entry #158 2003.09.06 13:26:52 4.64.105.117 Search: query for 'FX' 2003.09.07 11:00:14 62.188.56.137 Search: query for 'udp' 2003.09.08 00:32:01 62.188.56.137 'Len' added entry #159 2003.09.08 14:34:02 82.69.20.81 Search: query for 'ZOE BALL' 2003.09.08 22:34:05 62.188.56.137 'Len' added entry #160 2003.09.08 22:46:00 62.188.56.137 'Len' added entry #161…

iNTJ

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So, I saw all this stuff over on Scoble and Chris Sells' blogs about Microsoft being full of ENTJ's and wondered what the hell they were on about. Myers-Briggs personality types; I took the test, apparently I'm an INTJ... Well, the descriptions read about right; though I expect my Michelle and my sister might have something to say about them...…

Why do I code? Because I couldn't not do it...

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Why do any of us do this stuff? Why do we read so many books on the subject? Go to user group meetings? Fly across the country to hear people talk? Why do you code? Seriously. I want to know. Rory Blyth - Neopoleon.com - WHY DO YOU CODE? Because I have to?…

Introspection on INTJ

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It seems that iNTj's are big into contingency planning and, in general, most other people aren't; that explains a lot...…

Damned if they do, damned if they dont

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I had just sold management in the company I am clienting for on the ability of W2K3 to avoid these, with the line that during the Windows Security Push, all 9,000+ Windows developers stopped and poured over essentially every line of Windows code remove these kinds of situations and make W2K3 the most secure OS. Now two of these in the last month. To say that this has stopped a massive redeployment is an understatement.Sam Gentile's Blog So you oversold an idea to a client and now you're mad at Microsoft? You're concerned about the security of your server platform.…

I know it's trying to help, but..

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I'm editing a wedding video at present. I'm using Pinnacle Expression to write it to DVD. I have a dual xeon 2ghz machine with hyper threading enabled and it insists on using no more than 25% of my cpu...…

Things that make you go, Hmmm...

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Just yesterday, I had a discussion with the CTO of a current client. He's a 20 year industry veteran and he was wondering why Microsoft hadn't stopped in their tracks and underwent some massive code reviews to get rid of the problem for once and for all. ChristophDotNet Because it's a very hard problem? How many lines of old code have you and the CTO personally reviewed and decided were completely bug free?…

We'll be right back, after this word

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Normal service will resume shortly. Thank you for your patience.…

Back from Saas-Fee

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The 2003/04 ski season has started. Well, for me at least. We spent the last week in Saas-Fee, Switzerland, in the hands of the Warren Smith Ski Academy. Great fun, hard work, highly recommended.…

Images from Saas-Fee

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Just holiday snaps...…

No, No, No! That way lies the army of muppets!

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Krzysztof Kowalczyk on Alan Cooper on software business... "Alan Cooper argues in this article that a way to win in the software business is not by cutting costs of production (i.e. number of programmers and their salaries) but by investing more in creating good software (i.e. hiring more programmers)." My emphasis; I don't think that's what Alan's suggesting.…

Video editing

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I've been editing videos on a PC for far too long. It's a lot easier than it used to be, but it still feels like it's not quite ready for prime time for non professionals. At least it's now reasonable easy to find room to store the masses of data that you need to manipulate when editing DV video, and the editing programs are better, and the special hardware is cheaper or no longer special. It's still very time consuming though, and don't mention DVDs...…

Frankenstein programming

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I'm spelunking around in some code for a client looking for a nasty bug that's hard to reproduce. The code is less than ideal... It's the kind of code that's been put together by what I refer to as 'Frankenstein programming'; lots of unrelated bits and pieces have been collected from various places and stuck together to make something that looks about right. Unfortunately we're at the point where we need a vast amount of power to give this thing life, and I for one don't see a thunder storm on the horizon...…

"The sample code uses limited error handling"

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I'm looking at adding SSPI security to the socket server code for a client; first stop is MDSN and the samples section. Although I can understand why the MSDN samples are generally just 'here's the API, this is the order you call things in, run along now', I think it would be nice if they were better; especially since I often find pieces of pretty much untouched MSDN sample code deep within client's applications... I guess it's not really something for Microsoft and the MSDN team to provide though... Pity.…
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