February 2005 - Posts
Lately I have been seeing the Visual Studio.Net 2003 Error : "The specified module could not be found" when I go to create a new project or solution. No files and no references are created. Super annoying to have to add the basic references and create the source files on your own. Oh, and I couldnt even add a new .CS source file to the project. Again with the same error.
This morning I decided to get to the bottom of the issue. I unistalled the product completely, then reinstalled it. Blew away my whole morning. Man that sucks.
So I figured that would just fix it? Right? Nope. Same annoying error.
For some reason I was compelled to Google for the error. A few links into the results and I see this conversation. I thought to myself, it couldnt be that easy, just regsvr32 the obscure dll. What the heck do I have to lose? So I gave it a try...
Bingo. It fixed it. Next time, I will search for the issue first, before wasting my morning. Just silly.
Consider this post. Literally it is a few individuals mocking a newer/junior programmer for a simple misunderstanding of the Math.Round() function (or their inability to understand the documentation provided). Unfortunately #C# (the C# Channel on EfNet) is "ran" by those few individuals that have nothing better to do than sit in a community based channel and mock others. I say “ran” because they have the power to kick and/or ban anyone from the channel they wish. I know, I have been booted a few times because I simply started to help a few of those needy folks.
Sad how you day must be to have to resort to such lows.
I realize that many people have issues with helping the new guy just because most new guys don’t like to search Google first or simply read the documentation. They chose to ridicule instead of doing a little bit of hand holding.
This goes the same with most forums, email lists, nntp, etc.. If your sitting in a community based forum you must expect that new guy, expect them all the time. Just have patience, do some hand holding and let them jump into the community on a positive note. Treat them like a jackass and they will simply walk away hurting the community as a whole.
In the end, it is their choice. Simple and plain. They choose to waste their day with making others feel like idiots and offering absolutely no positive influence on their own community. Some say its just a bad case of small mans disease...
Don’t fret, there are always alternatives. A list of other channels include #mscorlib #asp #asp.net #ms.net and even the new channel that was setup for the Channel9 forums, #channel9.
Wouldn't it be cool to have your new home theatre system, Xbox2, also be able to do some low-level home automation?
Scheduled light control for holidays, scheduled fish feeding, auto-dim the lights when your movie comes on, turn the heat down at night and back up and hour before you wake, turn the coffee pot on for you, close the drapes. You get the idea.
It could be as simple as an Add-On pack. Heck if they gave us a true serial port out the back (or even a USB Controller port with a bridge to serial) they could just allow the community to start plugging in their own devices. Oh of course, the whole signed code thing. You simply cant run non-signed code on the device. Well then have something that allows us to pump out the X10 signals out. MSFT, its super easy, we even have it ported to .NET.
With that said, I have seen a modded-Xbox control the lights in a home via a Python script.
A interesting idea .
Without any real place to post this, a Coworker and I found a bug in the lastest MSN Beta build from MSFT.
Have one machine sign on via the MSN Web Messenger and the other uses the normal Beta build client. On the actual client choose the pen and start drawing. What should happen, if the bug effects you, is it cancels the draw mode and the pen doesnt get set back to the normal cursor; you can draw over the whole window. Entering text still works but the draw mode is messed up.
I realize its a Beta, this is just a heads up to MSFT testing.
I decided to see how well my UPS on my home PC would handle being unplugged. The test went well, it managed to keep my PC, Monitor, Router, Cable Modem, Speakers all working for about 15 minutes. The 30 second beeps got annoying but acceptable.
Lets home my power never goes out longer than that!
Its interesting to see the integration that the new MSN beta builds have with MSN Spaces. Its almost worth it to make the switch over to MSN Spaces.
Have you made the switch? Decide to stick around here? Why?
Just got my letter of rejection for my reservation to the Canadian Strategic Architect Forum.
I signed up within a few hours of the event actually being published and yet still didn’t make it onto the invite list. I hope that Microsoft events is aware of this obvious demand is will be working to either add more events like this to their year, or simply open up the registration to more people.
If it is by invitation only, why make the registration public? And what are the requirements to get one of these invitations?
Oh, and if it’s a Canadian event, why hold it in Redmond?
Dear Mr. Chartier,
Thank you for your interest in the Canadian Strategic Architect Forum.
Registration for this event is by invitation only and is non-transferable.
We regret that at this time we are unable to confirm your reservation for the Canadian Strategic Architect Forum.
We look forward to your participation in future Microsoft Canada events.
Thank you again for your interest.
The Canadian Strategic Architect Forum Planning Team.
Need more Canadian contributions!
This month (Feb 04, 2003) marks the 2nd year of my bloglife.
Thanks to Scott, Rob and the others at http://asp.net for making this possible.
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Anyone get the duration of that outage? Wow.
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