Monday, September 29, 2008
Well, to be honest, that pisses me off. It actually makes me want to take out a little anger on Yahoo. Well, if they don't reinstate my account, the following will happen.
1) I will tell everyone what happened and why I am disappointed in Yahoo.
2) I pay for Yahoo mail. Yes I'm like one in five people that do. That will end.
Yahoo = Facist.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Here is the first UAV to UAV refuelling that I'm aware of. Pretty cool. Read more here on the AWS&T Ares blog-
I'm still waiting for the first UAV to UAV combat engagement.
There are two UAV to Manned Aircraft combat situations that I'm aware of. One a Russian MIG shooting down a Georgian UAV, and the other an Iraqi MIG 25 shooting down a predator drone I think in '03. The UAV tried to launch a Hellfire at the MiG, but I think the UAV got splashed first. In both instances the UAV's were designed for RECON and long loiter times, not Air combat.
In the post Vietnam area they did some experiments with UAV vs Manned Fighter combat in testing. I guess the UAV's used were target drones. From what I've heard the UAV's generally came out victorious.
What a sad day for the Angelician "Church".
Read more here.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
I don't like Silverlight...yet. To me I'm not real clear on what exact tools I should use to build Silverlight applications, what state those tools are in, changing code from beta 1 to beta 2 version 1 and version 2, etc... I'm going to ride things out a bit before taking the plung with Silverlight, and in the mean time I plan to do some more Flash/Flex work, just so I don't forget what little I know.
Anyway, to add fuel to the which one is better argument, Flash/Flex or Silverlight, I found this link-
It looks like what is better, at least from this side by side comparison is completely up to you. What do you like to program in I guess would be the answer, because the results are very, very similar.
I'm sure there is more to it then that, but it is good to see that algorithims for 3D waves and stuff can be ported between the two with not to much hastle. That is a good thing.
Also, Shine Draw includes downloadables for each example presented, which I will definately squirl away in my code library.
Happy Flash/Flex/XBAP/Silverlight programming!
Friday, September 12, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
This one fails to mention a few other interesting tidbits, like sending shells taken from recently deceased animals to labs for Carbon dating have having the labs indicate that the shells were millions of years old. Another blog post I guess for that one.
Oh yeah, scientist just found a whole forest, fossilized and underground.
Massive forest fossilized and shoved under layers of sediment...evidence of a global flood/catastrophy?
Wednesday, September 10, 2008
So how come there are litterally thousands of High School physics and calculus books out there?
You know the answer, $$$.
Well, hopefully that will change, and I think things are slowly starting too. I dont' want to see there be one global secondary education book for calculus or physics, but we don't need thousands. Why not collaborate and come up with a really good book? Why not make it open source? Why not make it electronically downloable from the web so school districts and students can save money on books?
All good questions, and the Common Wealth of Virginia is on the ball and already decided that there were no good reasons for not doing the above.
Read more here on Slashdot here-
Tuesday, September 09, 2008
I did some logging of the SOAP calls (see previous post) and the service was sending me back the return string, just my automatically generated classes were not reading it for some reason.
So after pooling my hair out for a LONG time, I finally figured out (with the help of a few bloggers) what the issue was.
Well apparently WCF basicHTTPbinding (and possibly other binding types as well) doesn't like rpc style web services. I thought "awww crud" I'm going to have to ask the service company to rewrite their web service, which probably wouldn't go over very well. But then I found this blog.
Note in the second post, the poster said he went in and changed the behavior's operational style to use document and literal, and the null problem went away. I did that in my auto generated proxy class (it is hidden by default, you need to click the show all files icon, then it should be named something like References.cs).
I change this-
to this -
[System.ServiceModel.XmlSerializerFormatAttribute ( Style = System.ServiceModel.OperationFormatStyle.Document, Use = System.ServiceModel.OperationFormatUse.Literal)]
And wallah! The return string went from null to a value.
Hope this helps someone.
Monday, September 08, 2008
Rick Stahl's Blog - http://www.west-wind.com/weblog/posts/205198.aspx
More Info from MS - http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ms730064.aspx
Another useful tool called Web Services Studio Jason from the Arizona .Net User Group pointed me too-
- is also very useful for debugging older web services (though it works with a lot of WCF stuff too).
Friday, September 05, 2008
America cannot remain a super power if we do not produce anything.
Thursday, September 04, 2008
In the article, it points out that there are major problems with the sudden catastrophy theory as to way the Dinosaurs died off. I guess there is ample evidence that dinosaurs took hundreds of thousands or years to die off. So now scientist have decided that insects and disease may have killed the Dinosaurs.
This brings up some interesting points.
1) I don't buy the whole timeline of billions of years. I'm a Christian, and a creationist. Just to let you know where I'm coming from.
2) If there is ample evidence that it took a REALLY LONG time (though I doubt the amount of time our scientist are telling us, but rather I believe the timeline is more like thousands of years, and scientist are misreading and giving us a huge timeline. Just compress it), then why isn't this information well known? A lot of people are believing inaccurate stuff because this little factoid isn't being widely distributed.
3) To me this is just another chink in the armor concerning evolution. Evolution will fall once the timeline commonly presented is crushed, which there is already plenty of evidence of it being inaccurate.
Read onward here-
Wednesday, September 03, 2008
Again, sorry about the code display. If you select and copy/paste the code will be much more readable.
First, in your config file (or in code I guess, my example is a config file), replace whatever was automatically generated for your security setting in your binding when you added the service with the following.
<transport clientCredentialType="Basic" />
Next, you have to pass the username and password to the webservice. This I did in code, you can probably put the username and password in your config file somewhere as well. Here is a sample page_load method I did for a web page to do a test of the webservice.
Here are the namespaces that I referenced as well.
protected void Page_Load ( object sender, EventArgs e )
//ServicePointManager.ServerCertificateValidationCallback += new System.Net.Security.RemoteCertificateValidationCallback ( customXertificateValidation );
TheService.proxyname t = new TheService.proxyname ();
t.ClientCredentials.UserName.UserName = "someusername";
t.ClientCredentials.UserName.Password = "somepassword";
Response.Write(t.SomeMethod ( "123456789", 123 ));
catch ( System.Exception ex )
Response.Write ( ex.ToString () );
Lastly, if you don't have the root certificate setup, uncomment out the ServicePointManager line and add the following method. This will override any sort of certificate goofiness on your end.
private static bool customXertificateValidation ( object sender,
X509Certificate cert, X509Chain chain,
System.Net.Security.SslPolicyErrors error )
And walla! You should be able to connect. Hope this helps someone.
Tuesday, September 02, 2008
It is based on webkit, which is an open source HTML render platform that powered the horrible Safari browser. Webkit is maturing I guess, and like IE's render engine before it, Webkit has come out with some new non standards features that are kind of nice.
As far as Chrome goes, I'm sure under the hood there are a lot of great and useful features waiting to be discovered, but nothing except a clean interface really jumped out at me. I spent about 20 minutes playing around with Chrome, said to myself, "huh", and closed it. I have a feeling at least for now that is where my relationship with Chrome will end. I'll give Google enough credit to leave open the option that perhaps in the future Chrome will wow me. Till then it is back to IE and FF.
On the about Chrome page, check out the Chrome comic if you want to se an example of the culture described in the book "What White People Like" in action telling the masses how to program. Funny and annoying.