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Mobile Phones are Evil
Check out this article by John C. Dvorak (someone I've been reading for a very long time). I've felt the same way about mobile phones. My Dad owns an independent telephone company and I grew up with him getting calls at all hours of the day and night asking if he knew Jane Smith's phone number. We came to the point where we hated the phone and were reminded constantly that the phone was there as a convenience for US not for THEM. Dad was in on the ground floor with cell phones as well. We've had ......

Posted On Thursday, March 29, 2007 1:54 PM

Scary Ruling for Computer Professionals
Wow, this could have big implications. I guess I'd better get a bigger hard drive because potentially, I could be sued just for cleaning out my computer before I leave a job. Every job I've left I've cleaned up the hard drive to remove extra garbage that wasn't useful, but if someone determined that I did it to hide information, I'm in trouble. Of course, I wasn't using a secure delete utility, but what if securely deleting stuff was the policy of the company? It's not going to be long before we ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 28, 2007 11:18 AM

I couldn't agree more

Check out this blog from Joel On Software.  If you've ever used frameworks or a "factory" before, you'll appreciate it.

Posted On Tuesday, March 27, 2007 1:23 PM

Not all developers should be contractors
All consulting positions are not created equal. For example, you can be the eternal consultant with a company like Microsoft where you're nothing more than an employee that they don't want to pay benefits to. You can also find consulting gigs where you are able to do more solutions oriented consulting. Typically, the skill and quality of the solution oriented consultant is higher than the staff augmentation consultant. However, not all consultants understand the difference. As a contractor, your ......

Posted On Thursday, March 22, 2007 9:12 AM

Can the government do anything right?
My wife had a new baby yesterday and the baby is healthy and happy and both are doing well. The rooms were nices and the care was adequate (bad for the mom, really good for the baby). Now, if the government ran the hospitals (i.e. socialized medicine) how would it have been different? We can see EXACTLY what government healthcare would be like. Yeah, I'm not a fan of socialized medicine. I lived in Europe for a couple of years, and it doesn't matter what government is running the program, care goes ......

Posted On Thursday, March 22, 2007 9:06 AM

Global Warming Propaganda
I am so sick of global warming propaganda. Al Gore's "documentary" has so many wholes in it that nobody should take it seriously. Finally, someone has taken the time to provide rebuttal. While I'm in favor of nuclear power, shame on the brits for subjecting us to the idiocy of people like Al Gore. Hopefully this film will become popular enough to at least get people to think before they cripple our economies ......

Posted On Thursday, March 15, 2007 7:07 PM

I'm of two minds about speech recognition. I'd like to use it, but the thought of everyone around me talking makes me want to cringe. Cell phones are bad enough, but you start having them speak to their computers too and you'll never be able to cary on a conversation or be sure that your computer is safe. Imagine John and Jim working on their computers in the same room. Jim goes to the bathroom and while he's gone, the following happens: John: Delete files from the projects directory. Computer: Are ......

Posted On Thursday, March 15, 2007 9:51 AM

Connecting to NDS (EDirectory) with .net

I'm trying to use the WindowsIdentity to pass credentials through a WCF call without needing to capture a username and password (single sign on, essentially).

With Windows authentication, it's not hard at all--just configure IIS, configure the WCF binding and away you go.

Anybody know how to do the same thing with NDS or LDAP?

Posted On Wednesday, March 14, 2007 4:29 PM

Argh! Just shoot Max!
So my xbox 360 is overheating. I call the xbox support line and get to talk to the computer named Max who is really dumb. He's o.k. at first, since all he's asking is do you want your console fixed or is it something else like your billing account, but then when you get to the point of saying what the problem with your xbox is, he's useless. They've got maybe five things he recognizes, but they don't list it until you ask for the list, so I said my problem and he tells me he didn't understand, so ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 14, 2007 4:27 PM

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