Sunday, March 30, 2008

LINUX Developer Gets Laid

Yep, I couldn't believe it myself, a LINUX developer got laid. What if this is a trend? Will open source projects suffer? Will Microsoft or Apple gain even more market share?

Tough questions. Read more here -

Thursday, March 27, 2008

The Fruits of Islam...The Video

Here is a video highlighting some of the fruits of Islam. Remember Jesus said, "You will know them by their fruit." Christian fruit is joy, love, peace. Let's look at the fruit of Islam. Death, facism, violence.

You decide.


Looks like pulled the video due to threats, again the wondrous fruit of the Islamic religion, tolerance, freedom of speech, freedom of religion, makes their presence known. When is the world going to wake up to the fact that Islam is a vicious cult in the same vain as Nazism? Sad.

[Update Again]

I stand by my assertion that Islam is a cult. But this doesn't mean that the millions of people that are muslims are any better or worse off then anyone else. I believe there is one way to heaven, through Jesus, but I believe that Jesus gives everyone the freedom to accept or reject this, and it isn't my Christian mandate to force anyone to believe the way I think, my mandate is to spread the good news of Jesus's payment for the sins of the world, and the pardon He offers each one of us if we choose to accept Him as our Savior. I take acception with Islam because it tolerates no opposition, and opposition to the Korean in Islamic countries is met with violence. I think God, if He desired to force people to believe in the Korean or the Bible, He could snap his fingers, and it would be so. He doesn't need men to force other men to believe when he is 100% able to do this Himself with a blink of an eye. I believe that isn't God's aim, to force anyone to believe in Him. It is a choice. I pray for the people in Islamic countries, that they will one day be free enough to make the choice of how they believe in God and how they choose to worship the Almighty for themselves.

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

SQL 2008 - A Developer's Perspective

It looks like SQL 2008 is on the horizon, and I'd say it is a pretty signifigant release. Here is a video highlighting some of the changes in SQL 2008 that affect developers...check it out [HERE].

If you don't want to watch the whole deal, here are some of the highlights-

  • New geospatial data types

  • Entity Framework (use Linq and objects in SQL?)

  • Sparse Columns (better data storage for big columns with little data)

  • New Filestream data type (awesome...files are stored on NTFS, but tracked through SQL)

  • New Datetime data types (base time on GMT, auto adjust for client?)

Another one, that wasn't included in the video, is the new table type SQL variable. Not to sure about the details yet, but the upshot is that you can do multiple SQL CRUD operations on the equivalent of dataset in one trip to the SQL DB, I see lots of neat possibilities there.

Read more about that here-

If you want to take it out for a spin, you can get a copy of the Express CTP version here-

Sad...Iraqi Intelligence Paid for Dems to Showboat in Iraq Against the War

Regardless of how I feel about the Iraq War part 2, it is sad that Dems where flown to Iraq by Saddam to try to make his case. Reason #5736 to dislike the Dems.

And don't think I'm a great fan of the Repubs either...

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Network Solutions....Oh How The Mighty Have Fallen

Good old Network Solutions, the original public domain name registrar, recently got in trouble for "holding" domain names for up to six days once a potential customer did a search to see if the domain name exists or not but declined to purchase it, now is shutting down web sites registered by Network Solutions based on their political content.

See Here.

Netscape died. Maybe it is time Networks Solutions died too.

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Binding a Drop Down In A GridView

Here is a sample of how to bind to a drop down list in a grid view in ASP.Net 2.0+

<edititemtemplate><asp:DropDownList ID="myDDL" Runat="server"
DataTextField="dtfield" DataValueField="dvfield"
SelectedValue='<%# Bind("data column to update") %>'>

Monday, March 17, 2008

Terminator Like "Mule" Is Born

I think Skynet's dog was just built. Check it out.

I found this over at

Formatting DateTime Strings on Databinding in C#

Ok, I got confused on how to format datatime strings on a simple databind on a column in say a GridView in .Net 3.5 (maybe 2.0 as well). So I did some research. The below string will get you started.

Text='<%# ((DateTime)Eval("mydate")).ToString("d") %>'

For format codes, check out here-

Here is another code snippet that might help as well.

DateTime.Now.ToString ( "yyyy/MM/dd",
CultureInfo.InvariantCulture );

More Industrial Espionage

We aren't even trying to maintain any sort of technological dominance in warfare anymore. Read this article about some Indian dude getting snagged for exporting restricted military technology to India. He will get a hefty....slap on the wrist.

Hey corporate assholes that are exporting all our tax payer paid for military tech to other nations for short term profits, here is a big F-U to you from me. I hope that this country will get serious about protecting secrets again and that you will hang high for crap like this rather then do a few years in club fed. Not a very Christian thought I know, but I believe one day American soldiers, marines, sailors, and airmen will die in large numbers by weapons using technology that American taxpayers developed and then sh*t brains either let get stolen with a wink wink or "co-developed" products allowing for technology transference to other nations in exchange for short term corporate profits.

America, I love you, but you are getting really, really lame. We are letting our fat cats sell us out at every corner why we gorge ourselves on fast food, drive giant cars bought on loans from Middle East Sheiks, and spend our pay checks on cheap goods from Asia that we used to make ourselves while we wonder why there aren't as many good paying jobs anymore.

Freaken grow up and wake up.

Friday, March 14, 2008

Gary Gyax Dead

I missed this one during the move, but I guess Gary Gyax, the co-founder of TSR and co-creator of dungeons and dragons, died recently.

Read more here-

Thursday, March 13, 2008

HTML On A Prim

Well, for those of us who had/have fantasies about developing real world applications in the Virtual Environment known as Second Life there has been an encouraging development. It looks like Linden Labs is finally rolling out the ability to present static web content on a prim (a prim is the basic building block of Second Life). For now the prim will only be able to display essentially a static screen shot of a web page with no dynamic or interactive capabilities (no button clicks, no Flash, no scroll bars), but this is a nice first step. Once we have full web interactivity in Second Life I see a lot of possibilities opening up.

I see this year as an important year for Second Life. The hype will be (mostly) over, which might be a good thing as Linden Labs will get some quiet time to make some much needed improvements. I don't log in that much any more, but it looks Linden is on the way to implement Mono, now HTML on a Prim, and several other enhancements are making me pay closer attention. The next year should be interesting, maybe Linden Labs will start delivering on long ago promised features.