Archives / 2003 / March
  • TaskVision and integrated db security...

    We had to re-install TaskVision today. It had been living on an R & D machine that recently bit the dust. Since it was being used quite a bit when it went down, we decided to place the db on our production db server and the web services on a .NET server so that we would have max uptime, automatic backup, etc. Didn't think it would be a probem until I tried to log it. No dice, just threw back some vague error message about contacting the network admin. However, I could login to the webservice via a web browser. Weird. Anyway, it turns out that since we didn't use integrated security like the default connection string, the db password wasn't passed beyond the first request. I don't know how long it would have taken me to figure that out had it not been for the Windows Forms Forums.

  • Wasted Hours

    I'm spending some time today -- and tomorrow -- writing my own calendar control for ASP.NET. Why? Because the one Microsoft ships absolutely, positively cannot render itself without polluting everything with inline styles. That's just lazy and inconsiderate. They make these decent (not great, mind you, but functional) style containers and CssClass properties, and then they say "oh, well, we were just kidding, here take some silver background".

  • H to the izza, L to the izzo

    Halo is rapidly becoming a tradition at MS.  All over the company XBOX's are being setup with the sole purpose of playing halo.  Many teams have their rig subsidized by their morale budget.  We on the Windows Forms team wanted a more exclusive experience, so we started an XBOX membership program.  Its like a country club, except without the golfing.

  • Olymars

    We've all had to write the same repetitive code over and over again such as the following in order to connect to a db.

  • More samples..

    Looks like Microsoft is starting to roll out some samples that help with common pain points when developing apps for the Pocket PC.

  • FTP Upstreamer project

    I want to gauge interest in a new project. How many of you out there (and I know there are something like 7 of you :) would actually use a utility that did the following:

    • Had a list of local directories and FTP servers/paths
    • Monitored those dirs (timer or file change notifications) for changes.
    • Upstream new files (based on file times) to the FTP server. This wouldn't be a full sync but would rather be a copy. It would never delete anything from the server.
    • Has a tray icon to let you know what is going on.

    BTW, this is a feature stolen almost verbatim from Radio. I think that it would be useful to break it out into its own utility.

    The real reason I would want this is that frickin' VS.Net doesn't have a way to deply an ASP.Net application to an FTP server. You can copy it or use FP extentions, but you can't FTP that guy up there.

    I would include source and an installer for this guy.

    If you are interested, email me at eightypercent at and I'll think about putting something together.[ Joe Beda's EightyPercent.Net ]

  • Sql Slammer Virus...

    We got hit with the SQL Slammer bug today... All the developers have had our test boxes patched since it hit the first time, but we forgot the demo versions of our sw that were running on the marketing/sales guy's laptop... took the whole network down for about three and a half hours.. what a pain...

  • Wish me luck..

    I am going to be out of town for the rest of the week because I have an interview with Kelly IT Resources in Kansas City to do some contract work (ASP.NET and C#) for them. If you have any information about the company you would like to share, please feel free to lemme know.

  • Crash Different

    For those who haven't seen it yet, this is without a doubt the funniest Apple Mac Switcher Parody yet.

  • Cool hack from CraigBlog

    I've been struggling with running as a non-admin ever since I took the plunge. I, quite frankly, hate it. Lots of little things don't work right, and it's a pain to have to figure out what's wrong just because someone decided to write to the HKLM in the registry or drop data in program files. Well today I figured out something that will save me a lot of pain. Running a command prompt as admin lets me do some stuff, but I've found that installs in particular tend to take a real login to work properly. Switching back and forth was getting old.