Online Gaming Pronunciation Guide

I've been playing some online games recently -- sometimes with friends, sometimes joining public servers on the internet. I've played online games on and off for a long time (since Doom), and a few words are often mispronounced so I thought I'd help clarify the scene. 1. Mispronunciation of the word "gib." Just like "GIF" (the file format) is pronounced with a soft "g" (as jif), gib is pronounced to sound like "jib." Before I get flamed on either, it's often acceptable to use either pronounciation on... [More]

Let it snow!

For the past week we've been seeing snowcaps on the mountaintops here in Sandpoint. We decided to drive up and take some picutres. I know that come February I'll be dying for some warm weather, but it's great to see the snow and look forward to the mountain opening! Savannah was just as excited to play in the snow, and tromped around forever, as you can see in the picture above. These pictures were both taken in Schweitzer village, about 12 miles from our house -- most of that is up a windy 3500 foot as... [More]

WolfClock 3.1 Beta

Handango is pretty close to 15,000 downloads of WolfClock -- much more popular than I imagined. Now if I only made $1 for every download :) The feedback I've gotten has been great. There's been one persistent bug that I cannot get ironed out, mainly because it's partly an OS issue: an alarm may not wake the device up when it's time to sound. This problem is not native to WolfClock; rather, it seems native to the PPC 2003 OS. I experienced this problem on my device (an IPaq 2215), but have a workaroun... [More]

PC Mod: Audigy and Front Audio Ports

This is a bit of everything: rant, rave, babble -- but mainly, I'm writing this so the next unfortunate chap in this situation (who hopefully googles for an answer) will have a solution. I recently bought a new computer for doing home development work, video editing, and, well, ok -- playing games. I refuse to buy another Dell (rant). They're cheap, they're easy. But I hate the style, and I hate the fact that if you need a new power supply, you need to get it from Dell (along with almost every other com... [More]

Peculiarities in Posting Files in ASP.NET

It's pretty easy in ASP.NET to build a form that supports the posting of binary data through the HtmlInputFile control. This wasn't so easy in classic ASP. I just stumbled on a browser difference that well written code should handle, but still is a bit interesting to think about. The PostedFile object has a FileName property that according to MS, is: "The fully-qualiified path of the file from client's computer, such as 'C:\MyFiles\test.txt.'" I thought this kind of seemed like a security violation ... [More]

New Savannah Movie

Hola family members! We finally posted a new movie of Savannah. With the new rig I finally had a Windows XP Firewire card and available disk, so we spent some time last weekend editing about a half hour or so of footage into a few minutes. Check it out on the movies page. It's the last movie on the page.

E-Mail Date Parsing

I've done a lot of work automating various e-mail tasks -- sending e-mail, reading e-mail, parsing e-mail, etc. (Some have been just small routines as part of a site, some are sites among themselves like I tend to carry code forward if it worked for me in the past. I had done this with a routine to parse e-mail dates, but apparently everyone implements the RFC differently so it would occasionally misfire. Even some commercial applications I've used will miss some of the dates. The d... [More]

Certifications and Unnecessary Complexity

Every now and then I'll do a double-take when reading the tons of near-SPAM that shows up in my inbox. First, I'll give credit to Altova and the XMLSPY suite. They have some great software. But for those who know me, I'm skeptical of certifications in general; I always will be unless somebody develops a certification program that is able to reflect experience, analytical skills, and retained knowledge. As an example, just to show I'm not ranting on Altova alone, I recently read a few questions on an MC... [More]

A .NET Server Control for Imaging (Part II)

A week ago or so I posted my ImageResizer class that resizes images on the fly to create thumbnails or internet-friendly sized images. I've just completed the ImageControl server control that uses the ImageResizer class for core functionality. Documentation of the control is posted here. The purpose of the control is to wrap all of the functionality of the ImageResizer class, but in a designer-friendly and easy to use interface. The ImageResizer has a simple interface, too, but the idea is to hide the l... [More]

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]

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