August 2004 - Posts

Gmail accounts are gone!
28 August 04 07:23 PM | russnem | with no comments
I've given away the Gmail accounts. To those first in line who received one, enjoy!
28 August 04 10:17 AM | russnem | 2 comment(s)
Anybody interested in getting a Gmail account? Email my gmail account with the alias russnem. First come, first serve.
New Trek Movie
28 August 04 07:56 AM | russnem | 10 comment(s)

I recently read a quote from Rick Berman (the producer of Star Trek) that the next movie will most likely deal with a time period BEFORE their show "Enterprise" takes place. I find myself thinking "When is this guy FINALLY going to learn? WILL he ever learn?" It's time for new blood. Nobody wants to hear what happens BEFORE the original series. Come on. Star Trek was created to show us (by example) the world we can hope to live in, not how we got there.

Anybody out there got any ideas for the next Star Trek movie? I'd love to hear them. Especially before Berman buries the franchise under so much embarrassment that it can never be recovered.

RootCanal.Completed = True
27 August 04 08:57 PM | russnem | with no comments
I finally (after putting it off for nine months) got my root canal this evening. It went better than my last one, but there was still some definite "discomfort". This was after I had to do two MSDN webcasts earlier in the day. I was a hurtin' puppy. But now it's all over with and I can once again use that side of my mouth to drink hot or cold beverages. No more "room temperature" requirement for me, baby!
Television on DVDs
26 August 04 08:30 PM | russnem | 5 comment(s)

If not for the DVDs, I never would have gotten in to "24" or "Alias". There's also "The Apprentice", whose first season was recently released on DVD for about $41.

My question to all is this. Why, if all these other shows are released for between $30 and $45, does Paramount charge $100 for Star Trek? I would TOTALLY buy The Next Generation and Voyager if it were $45, but the $100 price tag just makes me not want to buy it.

Does anyone else think these Star Trek TV shows are WAY too highly priced?

From Comment to Thread: The French
22 August 04 06:11 PM | russnem | 2 comment(s)

My last blog entry mentioned a fondue restaurant that I believe might be called "Fondue French". Someone posted a comment that said "BOYCOTT THE FRENCH" and signed it "French_Suck".

That got me to thinking - the whole reason Americans started to boycott French stuff was because the French didn't go to war against Iraq with us.

With the new tune the Bush administration is playing regarding the weapons of mass destruction in Iraq, how many people out there think that maybe it's the French that should be boycotting OUR products?

I'm not sure I have an opinion one way or the other, I'm just curious to hear what people think.

Fondue up the Wazue
22 August 04 09:39 AM | russnem | 6 comment(s)

Last night we celebrated my wife's birthday over dinner at a restaurant that we'd never tried. Their whole theme was "fondue". For those who are unfamiliar, fondue is a hot substance generally made from cheese and wine. You're supposed to dip bread in it and be swept away by the amazing flavor.

That was how it started.

This restaurant took things a tad bit further than that. After the "cheese" course, we got our main meals which consisted of beef, chicken, and / or shrimp. It was very tasty. The only problem was that it was delivered raw. We had to put it into the hot oil or hot boiling water with wine in order to cook it. The problem with THAT is the fact that you're only given two of these little skewers, and each skewer doesn't neccessarily lend itself toward heavy loads (such as more than two pieces of meat or vegetable at a time).

Once you eat a piece of cooked shrimp, you quickly realize that there's no more food to eat unless you cook it. And again, you can only cook about two pieces at a time. As soon as they're cooked, you've gotta off-load those bad boys and let them cool for about 30 seconds. So you're not just eating, here. You're participating in a delicate scheduling balance of cooking and eating. And if you get off schedule ... well ... let's not even go there, ok?

The entire meal (which included a desert of - you guessed it - a chocolate fondue with fruit and marshmellows for dipping) took a full three hours. It was an experience to be sure, but not necessarily one I'd care to duplicate. Especially when you have seven people fighting for two small pots in which to cook your stuff.

"The New"
13 August 04 11:06 PM | russnem | with no comments

Oh what a day today has become.

I've been using a 1.6 GHz P4 with 768 MB of the PC133 ram for well over 2 years now. Recently, as I've started to do more and more presentations such as webcasts, I've been starting to rely in Virtual PC. When you've got a Windows 2003 Server with SQL Server and Whidbey and Office and all that good stuff running INSIDE your every-day desktop, it quickly becomes evident that power is a great thing and 2 year old hardware wasn't going to cut it anymore.

Luckily my pal Ken just bought the parts to build himself a new box and I offered to buy his old one. I ended up receiving his entire old computer with the exception of the hard drives. Ken's generosity is truly amazing and I'd like to publicly say "THANK YOU!".

On the way back to my place I picked up two 80 gig SATA drives and set them up in a RAID0 configuration in Ken's old box. So far the computer is performing AMAZINGLY and I'm pretty happy. I gained myself 1 GHz in processing speed and went from 768 megs of the PC133 ram to 1 gig of something called "DDR333" (if anyone can explain that please feel free to do so).

New computers are such fun!

Getting Organized
13 August 04 10:52 AM | russnem | with no comments

My wife went back to work two weeks ago and there's been an adjustment period. She was so used to doing all the bills, keeping the house in order, and doing most of the cooking that it was hard for her to get OUT of the habit of still trying to do all that AFTER being out of the house for 10 hours each day. I had to sit her down one day last week and say "Don't you get it? All of this is not solely your responsibility anymore." It was like I lifted the empire state building off of her. Then she asked me to make her an apple martini.

Before I met Roseanne I had a pretty automated setup going where all of my bills were paid automatically and everything was nicely kept in Microsoft Money for me without me having to do much thinking about it. Sure, I'd download and categorize my transactions every one or two weeks, but that was no biggie. I also had someone to come over once every other week to help with the cleaning.

Right after Roseanne and I were married, though, we moved away and changed banks and the whole system went to hell. Then we moved AGAIN, changed banks AGAIN, and it seemed that there was really no hope of getting back on track.

I'm happy to say that I'm getting it all organized now and the automatic bill payments should start in the September timeframe. I can't wait to get that out of our heads so we can focus on fun, cool things to do with our evenings and weekends as opposed to having to do housework and bills.

For those of you who live in the LA area I'll be giving a talk at the Orange Country C# Developers Group on the 17th. You can find out about all of my upcoming and previous talks as well as my writing and webcasts over on my web site


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