Archive for April, 2005

Googling

Friday, April 29th, 2005

Have you checked out Google Satellite yet?
http://maps.google.com - click the satellite button.
I’m hooked. I found the Statue of Liberty, Grand Canyon, Mt Rushmore, Golden Gate Bridge, you name it. It’s like a big scanvenger hunt. I love it.
Then I found Google Sightseeing and they love it too. I’m subscribed. I can’t wait to see all the things they find as well.

As an aside… Google Maps is just awesome from a user-interface point of view. Compare Google Maps with the previous de-facto map program MapQuest. It’s like night and day. If only all web applications had this sort of instant feedback instead of re-loading the page after every click.

Foxtrot Series for Google Satellite - 18th 19th 20th 23rd

City Data - To find out more stuff about the places you are looking, check out this statistics site. Fun stuff. It’s like reading an almanac… hmm.

Game Time - Guess-the-google - More fun with Google. I was surprised, I actually got some of these right.

Weekly Update?

Thursday, April 28th, 2005

Has it really been a week since my last post? Gotta do something about that…

It’s utilities time. In the dos days, I lived on Norton Commander, Norton Utilities and PC Tools. Give me those, and I could do anything. These days, it’s all about small, random freeware and shareware utilities that get the job done. Here’s a compilation of other bloggers’ utilities:
- Scott Hanselman’s Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tools List
- Scott’s List of Ultimate Visual Studio.NET AddIns
- Mike Gunderloy’s What’s on your keychain?
- Steve Makovsky’s What’s on your keychain? - Comments have some good ideas.
- Nauman Leghari’s What’s on my USB?
- Ask Engadget: What do you keep on your USB keychain drive? - Look in the comments.
- Jeremy Wagstaff’s A directory of programs designed for USB drives

- The Floppy Drive Must Die - This kind of fits the theme.

Comic Time!
- JobCast: Meet Hans Bjordhal, creator of Microsoft’s very own comic strip, Bug Bash - geek comics for Microsoft employees.
- FoxTrot - Star Wars is coming…

Today’s stuff

Thursday, April 21st, 2005

Microsoft set to release patching tool, service in June - For patching not just Windows, but all MS software.
And sometimes, blogging really is that hard - At least I blog more often than the guy in this story. Sometimes you just have to do it, even if you’re not completely happy with the site.
I feel your pain. My first Call to Microsoft PSS (and kb890859) - Another good story… Read all the comments too. Microsoft employees are starting to realize why programmers laugh when they hear, “Oh just call Tech Support”, or “Call MS Support, they’re great!” I love blogs, and the blog culture at MS. It shows that, hopefully, the employees can change things for the better from the *inside*. They have a much better chance of actually changing something rather than just you are I.
Kaneda’s Bike - I always thought this bike was really cool.

Movie Time - Juggling DDR maniac - I could do that.
Game Time - Shootin’ Starz - I got to level 10, with 554200 points

Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2

Tuesday, April 19th, 2005
  • Beta 2 is out! You can get a free CD sent to you if you want to test the latest and greatest. The Devs working on this are making some bold claims about the stability about this product. Supposedly it’s good enough to start developing your products with it.
  • Other items:

  • I can feel Avalon changing me… - Avalon is going to start to make a lot more developers realize how important it is to separate code from data.
  • NGen Revs Up Your Performance with Powerful New Features - Describing the new NGen included with .NET 2.0. Looks great!
  • Tools: Source Control: SourceSafe Bindings Remover - I usually hack up the project files manually to do this. This util should save some grief.
  • Profilers for the CLR - List of some 3rd party profilers to use since Visual Studio doesn’t come with one out of the box (supposedly that will change with 2005)
  • TaskSwitchXP Pro 2.0 - I’ve used the MS Task Switcher included in PowerToys, and it’s nothing compared to this one. It’s lightning fast, and *very* customizable just as it should be. I’m ashamed I gave up on these utilities thinking that the MS one would be the best one out there.
  • Puzzle Time - Image Puzzle! - Some people do well with this type of “find the link” game… I didn’t.
    Story Time - Finding The A-team: A Stuffo Experiment. I love the A-Team.

    Virtual PC

    Monday, April 18th, 2005

    I just love my Virtual PC. I keep a fresh install Windows XP image around all the time just in case I need to test out something. If you screw it up, just delete the image, and start over. Simple as that.

    Also, if you ever have the need to go back and play games that don’t work in XP, you can always install another OS and go at it.

    I love reading the Virtual PC Guy blog. He always has good stuff you can do with Virtual PC. I suggest subscribing and reading everything he has to say.

    Some neat articles to note:
    Tuning DOS inside of Virtual PC - Old school tips. I had to learn these without the help of the Internet to guide me along.
    SimCity Classic under Virtual PC - The start of his SimCity series.
    Rogue (the original) under Virtual PC - Rogue! Oh how I loved that game. Look, you can play a Java version here: Rogue
    Ben Armstrong - Virtual PC Guy - blogs about games in Virtual PC (a Ninja Feature!) - Reminiscing about the good old days.

    Intel accelerates virtual-desktop plans - Also on the topic of virtualization software, check out the new feature Intel is putting into their chips. I’m really excited about this!

    Movie time - Sega Fantasy VI - Anyone who knows their console history will appreciate this little tribute to machines of the past. It’s great. Wow, it’s long though.

    Weekly Update

    Friday, April 15th, 2005

    Life at full speed, and no time for blogging. Will try to be more frequent. It’s not because there’s a lack of content.

    I’ve decided to move more towards a format where I put a lot of interesting links in each post. Just so I can catch up. These are things I’ve come across within the last week that I’ve found interesting:

    Avalon on Channel 9 - An hour long video with the Avalon folks. Things get interesting about 34 mins into it. Then skip ahead to around 43 mins. Get ready for non-standard UIs to be everywhere. Not sure if that’s a good thing.
    TopDesk - For die-hard Mac fans who want their XP machines to act like OSX Expose. It looks really good. A great implementation. Personally, I prefer the Windows most recently used alt-tab metaphor much better. But for the visual users, this is great.
    Geeks Rule and MBAs Drool - Another great read by Eric Sink. This guy is just great fun to read. He seems to know how to write about any subject in a way that makes perfect sense to a programmer.
    OQO - This may very well be my next “laptop”. Of course, doesn’t the PSP have most of these features? And it’s only $300 (as opposed to $1800). Hmm, maybe it won’t be my next laptop.

    Game Time - Pandaf Golf - I got to level 16 before I gave up - MLTJOT

    Bubble Fun

    Friday, April 8th, 2005

    This is a new take on the Othello-type gameplay. Give it a try, only after you get about half-way through it do you realize the significance of popping the bubbles.
    Bubble Fun
    I think it would be a lot more fun with 2 players.

    Geek speak

    Friday, April 8th, 2005

    So I was reading this article the other day: ‘Geek speak’ confuses net users. You think the people at Hitachi had the same information when they decided to make this video?
    Get Perpendicular