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Chris G. Williams Beware: I mix tech and personal interests here. March 2005 Entries
Should I be running Windows XP Pro x64 Edition?
Mohammed Jeelani writes: As I type - the Windows Development Team has released the final bits of the Windows 64bit OS (Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows Server 2003 x64 Editions - Standard, Enterprise and Datacenter) to Manufacturing. Today marks a day in computing history as we witness the dawn of the 64 bit computing era. Computing will never be the same. Let me just say... I am NOT a hardware guru! However, his post got me thinking... I have an Athlon64 cpu. Does that mean I should ......

Posted On Thursday, March 31, 2005 4:18 PM

InstallShield Utility Belt, revisited
I've received a few emails recently regarding the “InstallShield Utility Belt” (full of various InstallScript tidbits) I blogged a while ago. Since apparently a few people are finding it useful, I've copied it out to an article and put a link to it on my main blog page. This way I can update it as I come up with more stuff. Enjoy, and thanks for the positive feedback! Also, if anyone wants to send me any InstallScript code that they find useful, please do so. I can't guarantee I'll add ......

Posted On Thursday, March 31, 2005 12:21 PM

Integrating Agile Development in the Real World
Not for the casual reader...A review by Theo Moore, GC.NUG Integrating Agile Development in the Real World Charles River Media Integrating Agile Development in the Real World is a basically a manual on implementing Agile development in a real-world environment. The book is well written and clear. However, this book is not for the casual reader or developer. The “Who should read this book” section in the front says it best; it indicates that this book was written for someone who already ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 30, 2005 8:04 AM

cool images
So it turns out... my old friend Paul reads my blog. Now I haven't seen Paul in quite some time, and we haven't hung out (or even lived near each other) in years, but somehow he stumbled across my GWB blog. Turns out he's into photography, and has some pretty amazing pictures on the web.

so how is this geek related? I suppose it's not, but I just felt like mentioning it. HI PAUL!

Posted On Tuesday, March 29, 2005 6:31 PM

this geek is staying indoors, thank you very much.
Peter Stathakos writes: Robert Scoble is thinking of organizing a Geek Camping get together for sometime in June or July down in Mount Rainier National Park It's camping for all the geekingly-inclined in the northwest. Sounds very cool. To which I respond: Now I can't speak for everyone, but does anyone else think this might end badly? As a self-proclaimed geek, camping is pretty low on my list of “fun” activities. I'm not good at it, it ALWAYS rains, and I can't really see the point. ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 29, 2005 2:51 PM

Playstation Sales Halted?

as seen on Slashdot...

$90 million in damages doesn't seem like all that much for Sony to pay, considering the insane number of units sold. (I'm not saying it should be higher, just that Sony should be able to handle $90 mil without a hiccup.)

Posted On Tuesday, March 29, 2005 1:13 PM

streaming a video to my pocketpc

I have a iPaq HP2215 with a wireless CF card. I want to be able to watch movies on it, streamed from another PC in my home.

How do I do it?

Posted On Tuesday, March 29, 2005 1:01 PM

I need help!
I'm trying to port some code from C# to VB (mostly just for fun, but also to learn c# better) I've got these lines in c# private const uint MATRIX_A = 0x9908b0dfU; private const uint UPPER_MASK = 0x80000000U; private const uint LOWER_MASK = 0x7fffffffU; private const int MAX_RAND_INT = 0x7fffffff; and I can't figure out how to write them in VB. Yes I know the obvious syntactical differences, but I'm clueless on what to do with the hex numbers. So basically I have this... Private Const MATRIX_A As ......

Posted On Sunday, March 27, 2005 7:21 PM

Accessing your 3D array in a cache friendly manner

The way you access your array data can have a big impact on how efficiently your CPU cache does it's job (which, in turn, affects your game/app performance).

Posted On Saturday, March 26, 2005 6:16 PM

more HA! notes
I got a fair amount done on HA! yesterday. Fell asleep at the computer, which is something I hadn't done in ages. I kinda miss those days. Woke up on the couch, not sure how that happened. :) floor traps are coming along well, and should be done in a few more hours of coding (barring any enhancements, revisions, bugfixes, etc). Haven't started on door traps yet, but those should be trivial to add once I get the basic code in place. skills are coming along nicely too. some are granted automatically ......

Posted On Saturday, March 26, 2005 10:39 AM

work on HA! resumes
took today as a floating holiday... which means time for working on HA! spent most of the morning unfixing some "fixes" I made a few weeks ago that managed to wreck the LOS code and the walkover code. All of that is working again so I'm feeling pretty good about things at the moment. since then, I've been working on traps, which are almost done. skills are pretty far along and should be done soon. I'm still not willing to set a date for 0.1.6 but it shouldn't be too far off. Once I get the things ......

Posted On Friday, March 25, 2005 2:51 PM

New manual...
I don’t know whether to laugh or cry… (sad thing is, I'll buy it no matter what... that's just the way I am) ......

Posted On Thursday, March 24, 2005 1:39 PM

my week just keeps getting better
Today I got a call from ErgoDex ( They are sending me a loaner DX1 unit to review. Don't know what that is? Read this excellent review at Toms Hardware: This is gonna be fun, although it totally sucks that I have to give it back afterwards. I'm looking forward to it. Naturally, I'm interested in seeing how it fares in my favorite games, but the real reason I want to try it out is to see what it can do in Visual Studio 2005. ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 22, 2005 2:47 PM


I'm going to Tech*Ed.....   yippeeeeee!

I just got the email this weekend, I got an INETA scholarship for Tech*Ed.  This is gonna be awesome!

I'll be hitting the User Group Leaders Summit on Sunday, and then Tech*Ed that week.  I can't wait!!!

*happy dance*

Posted On Monday, March 21, 2005 10:20 AM

MS Press books
A few months ago, I participated in a VERY lengthy survey conducted by Microsoft. The promised reward for participation was a big pile of MS Press books. Did anyone else do this? More importantly, did anyone else EVER get their books? I received a thank you email 3 months ago saying that they received my list of books I wanted, and that orders were processed every two weeks and to allow 4 weeks for delivery. 2 weeks later I received an email saying my order had been processed and to please allow ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 15, 2005 10:02 AM

For those of you that didn't already know, there is a FREE MSDN event in Charleston, SC on April 5th. (That's the same day as our GC.NUG meeting for April) Session #1: Web Services Unleashed Join us as we explore the power of web services from the perspective of a .NET developer. We’ll start with the industry standards that support web services, like SOAP and WSDL, and the tools in Visual Studio .NET 2003 that enable working with web services with ease. Next, we’ll see examples of web ......

Posted On Monday, March 14, 2005 2:35 PM

history for sale
The first AD&D Player's Handbook ever sold goes onto ebay... Well, I thought it was pretty cool.

Posted On Sunday, March 13, 2005 7:34 PM

Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 postponed...
Am I bummed? Yeah... Am I surprised? Not so much... article:

Posted On Saturday, March 12, 2005 6:09 PM

Demon Stone review
Demon Stone (PC version) review I picked up this game for two reasons. First because it's a licensed D&D product, and I'm sorta obsessive that way. Second, because R.A. Salvatore's name was attached to it. This is one of those purchases I'm going to live to regret. For starters, it's an obvious XBOX port. The PC version of the game even makes references to "push the black button" in game. I don't own a joypad for my PC, that's why I have an XBOX. If you try to play this game with a keyboard and mouse ......

Posted On Saturday, March 12, 2005 5:55 PM

my Installshield "utility belt"
This is a little collection of routines I've written to make my life easier when using InstallShield. Use at your own risk. Modify to your heart's content. No warranties expressed or implied. Etc... ///////////////////////////... File Name: UsefulScripts.rul// Description: Reusable Installshield Scripts // Comments: Scripts that may prove to be handy in other installs// would go in this file. // ///////////////////////////... ......

Posted On Friday, March 11, 2005 4:08 PM

this was unexpected
I figured ok... maybe I'm a mid-level nerd. I wasn't prepared for this:

I am nerdier than 95% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!

Posted On Monday, March 7, 2005 8:06 PM

Tips and Tricks books battle it out...
Review by Theo Moore of GC.NUG. Reposted with permission. I recently read two books on very similar topics related to .Net development. They were Best Kept Secrets in .Net (Apress) and Visual Studio .Net Tips and Tricks (The Marketplace for Digital Content). Both have quite a bit of information about nifty features that are included in VS.Net. I found most of the tips to be very handy, especially given that most of my experience had been in VS6. I think either book has value and is a worthwhile read. ......

Posted On Monday, March 7, 2005 10:21 AM

Make Magazine review
I just received the premiere issue of Make Magazine from O'Reilly yesterday. Let me just say this mag is a geek's dream come true. It's not a magazine about coding. Heck, I'm not sure if calling it a magazine is even accurate. It's more of a journal or zine (but with higher production values). A geek quarterly, if you will. For example... the premiere issue features an article on aerial photography. Not geeky enough for you? Ok, how about aerial photography accomplished by rigging up a camera to ......

Posted On Friday, March 4, 2005 11:40 AM

Don't freak out about Visual Studio

For the total VB.NET newb, Betsy Aoki of the MSDN team offers some tongue-in-cheek advice.

Posted On Thursday, March 3, 2005 8:18 AM

boredom sets in...
I think, therefore I am… I think I am, therefore… Therefore I am, I think… Am I there? I think fore… Fore! I think I am there… I forethink, there I am… any others ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 2, 2005 10:59 AM

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