Why watch the DVD when it's on TV?

I had a conversation with some colleagues recently about an interesting phenomenon: Have you ever noticed that you find yourself watching movies or shows on TV despite the fact you own the DVD? I propose there are a few reasons for this. The initial thought is laziness, right? I mean, it's on TV now and to watch the DVD, I'd have to go get it, and put in the player. But that's rarely the reason: You wouldn't really put up with commercials, lousy video and audio quality (compared to DVD's, at least),... [More]

A .NET Server Control for Imaging (Part I)

When I designed Structure Too Big, I knew that an image control would be necessary. I've got hundreds of photos, artwork, etc., and back when I was doing my first web sites (circa 1995), I'd need to bring each photo into an editor, crop it correctly, place a drop shadow, etc. Even with batch processing, it's a pain and frankly not very cool. This time around, I wanted the web site, as an application, handle all of this for me. The first step in doing this was to handle image resizing dynamically. In an... [More]

I Love FireFox

Firefox is awesome. Recently there have a been a ton of articles in the press about browser vulnerabilities (namely against IE, but some against Mozilla and Firefox, too). The thing is, at least Firefox is still in beta. IE, while I still like it, is at version 6 -- eloquently put in Mike's blog (here). Why Firefox is the cat's pajamas: 1. Tabbed browsing. 2. Extensions like User Agent Switcher and Web Developer. Check them out, it's amazing. There are hundreds of these extensions. Why it's not ev... [More]

MyPopWatcher and Delegate Fun

Sometimes I'm like a kid in a candy store when I realize just how easy some tasks are in VS.NET (2003). Not everything in VS.NET is fun and games: my event handlers are frequently blown away (see this thread -- one of many sightings of this bug). But today's goodness shows how easy it is to make asynchronous web service calls from within an application. Strangely, I've never had to do this until programming the MyPopWatcher example (here) -- but I guess it's not that strange since, in a web environmen... [More]

MyPopchecker.com and MyPopInfo Launched

OK! At long last I finally converted the old "Popchecker" ASP site. I rewrote the entire site in C#. What is it? It's a web site that allows you to register a username and password, and then link as many POP3 accounts as you'd like to your single main account. When you log in, the application aggregates your mail and displays it all. I had a similar application written a number of years ago using VBScript/COM as an ASP application, but this time, it's rewritten completely. 100% managed code. The goo... [More]

Cable and Customer Service

Is it really that difficult for cable companies to offer good customer service? OK, I know, it's an oxymoron. But seriously, I think I was spoiled by Optimum Online in New York and Connecticut when they had only mandated a 4 hour block of your life, and every single time showed up straight away -- or, get this -- called and asked if they could come early. So, I'm going to share this story of comedic ineptitude offered by Northland Cable in Sandpoint. Here's the breakdown of events: 1. Cable modem serv... [More]

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