January 2004 - Posts

Web Service Compression
Saturday, January 24, 2004 8:03 PM

I have recently uploaded my WSCompression library which compresses web service/SOAP calls. It contains full source code, examples and VS.NET project file. No licencing mumbo jumbo so you can do as you will. Reason I uploaded it, is I mentioned it on the ASPAdvice email lists a little while ago and it generated quite a bit more interest than I had anticipated. So for all those interested, you can grab this library here. To use, just apply the [WSCompression(CompressionLevels.High)] attribute on both web service client/proxy and the service itself, and you are away.

Please make sure you read the README.TXT file before using.

Improving Perf and Scalability - Beta 2
Sunday, January 18, 2004 10:03 PM
Hope this hasn't already been blogged about (I've been out of the loop for a bit), but the “Improving .Net Application Performance and Scalability” document has recently been released in tis Beta 2 form. Its an excellent piece of work from the patterns and practices team and I encourage you to contribute to its development.
My XBox rant
Friday, January 2, 2004 11:23 AM

Saw a post from Cameron Reilly about why modding Xbox hurts everyone and it made me think about my own Xbox woes. Not that too many people care, but I thought I'd whinge about it anyway.

Anyways, had some problems (and still having some probs) with my Xbox reading discs. These discs can be brand new games (Like my new copy of Hunter: The Reckoning - Redeemer) or just other games that seem to work on my friends units. It quite often says it can't recognise the disc, or stops midway through a game complaining that the disc has a problem. Also has many probs reading DVD movies but thats another story.

So I thought I'd ring up and see about getting it checked out and repaired coz the drive must be out of alignment or something. Guy answers phone and tells me that he can't help me on the phone, that I should package up my Xbox, they will come and pick it up (ohh cool I thought), should be done within a week or two, then ship it back to me (even cooler...). However, even if nothing is wrong with the XBox, this is going to cost me $180. Considering I can get a brand new XBox with a game for about $230 now I think (thats Aussie dollars) I would think that I am much better off simply buying a new one (which means I would have two XBoxes in my house - my wife would be so impressed :-). What I would fear is that they'll stick one or two new games in, might work ok, ship it back to me with nothing but a buff and polish, $180 down the tubes, and a “we couldn't find anything wrong with it”. I think I'll just wait it dies completely a buy a new one ... hopefully the “XBox Beast“ promotion or something similar will be in swing then.

Oh well, back to killing Zombies in Hunter....

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