Optimal CDEx Settings
I couldn't find a review, comparison or guide for CDEx settings when using the Lame encoder so I did some playing around today. Before today I just set CDEx to a bitrate of 192 and forgot about it. Now I'll be going back and re-ripping a bunch of disks that I actually like to hear, because I expect my MP3s will be around longer than a bunch of my CDs and they're a whole lot handier.
ASP.NET Page Lifecycle
The page execution cycle can be a difficult thing to master. Most issues with an event not firing or form data being lost during postback can usually be solved by better understanding the lifecycle. I've constructed a few targeted searches to help out.
Feedmap shows where you're blogging from, and who else is blogging nearby. Nifty. Too bad .Text blocks the script block required for the inline map, I'll paste in a copy when the inclination strikes.
Laws of the Lazy Programmer
To recap, lazy programming is not necessarily the easiest path in the short-term. The lazy path is the most efficient in the long-term to understand, reuse, maintain, and extend. Over time, the lazy paths waste the least time, money and energy. Being perfectly lazy often requires some hard work up front to ensure these long-term goals are met.
The Future of Maps
The Lazy Programmer: Construct Searches, Not Links
The problem with portals is that they require tending. Whether you're building a developer hub for .Net or a launchpad to find recipes, it takes a human to moderate, tend and prune. What if a hub contained well-designed searches instead? When the design goal is to return a set of possible solutions, why not create a self-maintaining solution?
East of Toronto User Group, Generics, and ROTOR
I made the sojourn to Kate's EoT.NetUG (you can tell by the sheer length of the acronym she's a C++ guru), and had a blast. Not only did she bring in the deep expertise of Sam Gentile for tonight's meet, but had the foresight to book an LCBO-sanctioned hall, so once the main seriousness was complete it became an instant social occasion. Kudos.
Toronto SharePoint User Group Launches April 13
I'm happy to announce that the Toronto SharePoint User Group will have its first meeting on April 13.
RSS Feeds and Aggregators
It's amazing that the popularity of RSS is still mostly restricted to techies and high school bloggers. Don't believe me? Ask your mom. What this probably means is that there is a large surge yet to come as aggregators are built into apps that people use on a daily basis like Outlook, or a dedicated feature of MSIE). Or maybe the status quo folks are happiest reading from pre-formatted websites. When a friend asked about RSS, I put together a quick list of sites to get started.