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Lorin Thwaits A geek says what? August 2006 Entries
I loaned my brother a video camera...

... and look at the kind of trouble he's gotten himself into!


Posted On Thursday, August 31, 2006 12:18 PM

The guy who wrote IE, plus the guy who wrote ASP.NET, both on stage next week in Phoenix!
Come see the original creator of ASP.NET — Scott GuthrieANDThe original creator of Internet Explorer — Eric Sinkat the beautiful Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix, Arizona! Once a year AZGroups puts on a really big free event featuring in-depth technical content from top-notch industry experts. This year they’re featuring two speakers you usually only get to see during keynotes at major conferences. This world-class event is being held in the pristine Orpheum Theatre on Wednesday, ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 29, 2006 3:35 PM

How to fix an LCD projector with a washed-out yellowish image (blue LCD gone bad)
This post gives a little info about how to repair an LCD projector that has a washed-out and yellowing image, which results from the blue LCD panel weakening over time. I would have to guess that at least 30% of the used projectors on eBay have this annoying problem! I bought a reconditioned Proxima 9260+ projector three years ago, and it has served me well with a wonderful bright, colorful, and high-contrast image. I've probably used it a total of 800 hours now, and it has been great. Liking the ......

Posted On Thursday, August 24, 2006 12:49 AM

Comparing Dreamweaver and Visual Studio
Dreamweaver has always offered a compelling environment to develop HTML-centric web pages, with some server-side tricks thrown in for good measure. Historically Visual Studio has offered the opposite, great server-side but a bit light on the client-side code. Visual Studio 2005 brought many enhancements that close the gap. A month ago a friend and I finished a project and submitted it to Microsoft that compares the experience between those two. So if you ever wanted to see how things are done in ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 22, 2006 8:22 AM

Steorn schmeorn... (Just another hokie perpetual energy claim)
Earlier this week an Irish company called Steorn claims to have found a way to generate free energy. But don't cancel your order for solar cells and wind turbines just yet! Steorn's marketing approach smacks of being an all-out publicity stunt. It seems like every few years some crackpot comes along claiming that magnets can create energy, or that some magic green pill can turn water into gasoline. (How in the world could a little pill hold all that carbon, plus have enough energy to break all those ......

Posted On Saturday, August 19, 2006 7:22 PM

"Second Chance" eBay scam, part 2
For those curious about the "Second Chance" eBay scam, here's the developments from today: Subject: here is a copy of the invoice formeBay Buying new items, brand names, and collectibles on eBay is simple. Here's how it works... Congratulations, eBay transaction started! • Current status: Payment pending. Purchase protection granted. Dear lorinth, After verifying the trustworthiness of the seller rockincbh and the availability of the merchandise for immediate shipping, we have approved your ......

Posted On Sunday, August 13, 2006 4:56 PM

Wretched "Second Chance" eBay scammers
Yesterday I had bid on a nice SXGA projector, but didn't win the item, being outbid by two people. I thought it quite strange that less than 24 hours later I got a “Second Chance” email to buy the item. After a little communication, it has become very obvious that this is by no means the real seller, as they're claiming to be in Orlando, whereas the real seller lives in Escondido, CA. The most obvious element of fakery is that nestled in the HTML part of the spoofed eBay email is the ......

Posted On Saturday, August 12, 2006 6:23 PM

Today marks a very infamous event in history
I feel that unless history is widely reviewed and understood, it will be repeated. On that premise I will make a very solemn post today on a subject I think is easily forgotten, but has extreme significance in our world. But first, some history. In early 1939 the first uranium fission experiment was successful, and much excitement in the scientific community followed. It became obvious that self-sustaining nuclear chain reactions were possible. Six months later Leo Szilard, prompted mostly by presidential ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 9, 2006 4:38 AM

Understanding SQL 2005's new PIVOT clause
SQL Server 2005 has lots of new tricks up its sleeve. During our user group meeting this past Wednesday night there was a question about how to use one such enhancement: the PIVOT statement. You can think of this like a two dimensional GROUP BY. It's the same sort of idea as Excel's pivot tables, or the Matrix control from Reporting Services. In this post we'll walk through the process of converting a simple query with JOIN and GROUP BY to use PIVOT. The sample code acts on the Customers, Orders, ......

Posted On Friday, August 4, 2006 6:13 PM

Come see Eric Sink and Scott Guthrie in Phoenix
The Arizona .NET User Group is proud to presentLive, for one day onlyEric Sink and Scott Guthrie My friend Scott Cate and I have been busy organizing our biggest function of the year for the Arizona .NET user group. This free all-day event will be held Wednesday September 6th at the Orpheum theater in Phoenix, Arizona. A little about our featured guests: Scott Guthrie is a General Manager within Microsoft’s Developer Division. He runs the development teams that build: ASP.NET, Atlas, Windows ......

Posted On Thursday, August 3, 2006 12:14 PM

.NET 3.0 July CTP - Some initial findings with WPF (v3.0.6605.0)
Although it's already been out for two weeks, it's only just now that I've had time to play with the latest July CTP drop of WPF. And I find it to be faster than June CTP, and in many cases it doesn't have to refresh the entire window when redrawing. I love it! Good job, team Avalon. Hopefully RTM will be soon. One annoying thing: if you want Visual Studio support from Orcas then you have to have previously installed the June CTP, then Orcas, and finally upgrade the .NET Framework to the July bits. ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 2, 2006 10:46 AM

Comparing HTML Tables to WPF Grids
Windows Presentation Foundation is set to revolutionize both web-based and standalone application development. It uses a declarative markup language called XAML to place controls, which looks very similar to HTML. If you're new to XAML or would like to follow along with these examples, you may want to check out a previous tutorial I blogged about WPF, "Start experimenting with XAML on your XP machine in under 15 minutes". In this post we'll see how WPF uses the System.Windows.Controls.Grid control ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 1, 2006 11:24 AM

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