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August 2007

Friday, 31 August 2007

I will not be posting on Monday, as that is a holiday. I may or may not be at work on that day, depending on how well I do today in resolving the final requirement of the Windows service I am writing.

It looks like Saturday and Sunday are both free for me, though. That means trying to get the place into shape for when the snow flies. I need to put a bunch of stuff away and make several dump runs. I also need to try starting the Plymouth again, as I want to get it to a mechanic to start work on it. There's no way I have time to work on it myself, at this point.


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Thursday, 30 August 2007

I got my first Windows service running yesterday. I converted the program I was working on over to a Windows service. This wasn't that easy, as the program consists of an infinite loop. I put that into the service's OnStart event and, of course, Windows let me know that the service never started. I had to start a whole new execution thread from the OnStart event and put the loop in the new thread.

My next challenge is to implement a set of 10 log files whose names are non-repeating. When I reach the 10 file level, when I create the next file, the oldest one will be erased. I have this all flowed out and I will implement it today. The due date for this program is Tuesday, so I better get a move-on.


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Wednesday, 29 August 2007

I need a better reference on C# if I am going to continue doing C# programming. Yesterday, I tried to find something on profiling and performance in the book I have, and it never even got close to the subject. My problem is, I don't like online references, because I want the reference in front of me when I am programming.

So I guess I will have to look for a professional C# reference. Is that an oxymoron? Maybe... <BG>


Methinks thou dost protest too much, Larry Craig...


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Tuesday, 28 August 2007

I have been through 21 of the 80 original Star Trek episodes. The VHS tapes I am using indicate that the episodes were recorded 9 years ago. It's interesting to see some of the ads running then. Like the one for the top-of-the-line Gateway computer, a Pentium 350 MhZ monster. They make all kinds of claims for it that would apply more to a current computer than to that one. Funny stuff.


I need to get back to work on the coaching program, but I find myself with no time in the evenings and no energy after working hard all day on the C# Windows Service I am crafting. I guess I will have to make some time, though. I've put it off too long.


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Monday, 27 August 2007

The Dutch oven workshop was good. The organizer was desperately trying to get hold of me, but it turns out that I was not receiving any email at blogicalthoughts.

I found out from someone else that the blogicalthoughts POP server was not receiving email. I sent an email (via gmail) to my ISP and they got back to me the same day. It turns out the whole thing was my fault: I ran out of room on this web site! All those photos tend to eat up the space, and when there is no more room, there is also no more room for email.

This site can now handle 200 meg more stuff: up from 500 MB to 700 MB. So the problem will not occur again for a long while. And I will look out for it then.


Really nice solitaire web site, using Ajax: World of Solitaire


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Friday, 24 August 2007

I haven't heard a word from either the organizer of the Dutch oven workshop or the head of the Inland Empire Dutch Oven Society, so I don't know if the workshop will be held tomorrow or not. I will just have to pack everything up and go down there blind. That sure screws up my plans for the fair. I will have to go to that tonight after work.


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Thursday, 23 August 2007

There is supposed to be a Dutch oven workshop in the park down by the Coeur d'Alene Resort on Saturday, but I haven't heard from its organizer whether everything is set up for us. I have tried contacting him and the head of the Inland Empire Dutch Oven Society, but neither of them are answering their email. I'm not sure what to do. Should I just show up, assuming everything is arranged? I have to know, since if it is cancelled, I will go to the Kootenai County Fair instead. If it hasn't I will go to the Fair on Friday evening.


Speaking of food, we are having a BBQ at work tomorrow. Someone there just loves to barbeque and they generally have one of these once a month. Sounds good to me. I volunteered my Dutch oven skills for future BBQs.


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Wednesday, 22 August 2007

I had a nice surprise in the mail today. The Serenity Collectors edition video came from Amazon. As usual, Joss Whedon and his friends did a wonderful job on it.


My real work computer showed up yesterday, and I have been busy loading it up with the tools I need to do the job. It has a 250GB hard disk and dual head display - all the developers use two monitors. I think I'm going to be very happy with the machine.


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Tuesday, 21 August 2007

I had forgotten how a long distance commute to work can cut into the time you have to get other business done. Today, I have to go to the Hayden Post Office, and I can't do it at the end of the day. I also have to talk to my investment advisor, preferably in person. I don't see how I can do that and still work 8 hours in Post Falls. I will definitely do the PO thing, but put off the stock thing until another day.


Working hard on projects at work causes me to slack off on projects at home. I need to get back to the home projects, though. I have commitments I have not yet fulfilled. More study of Ruby and Rails seems to be on the horizon for me.


I got three more Book Mooch requests. I can now mooch 20 books myself, but i can't seem to find any I am interested in that others are willing to let go.


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Monday, 20 August 2007

The North Idaho User Group meeting was held on Saturday. There were three new people there, all of whom were ham radio operators. They seem to have the same attitude about Windows that most Linux users have. I'm glad to see that attitude spread to the non-geek population.


My Book Mooch traffic is picking up. I got five mooch requests from the same person on Sunday. Apparently, she just discovered Mary Daheim and likes the books.

Book Mooch is great. I just wish people would put more books I want into the Book Mooch database. I can now mooch 17 books if I wish, but I can't find any I want that others are willing to give up.


My evening posting isn't going to work. I missed Friday completely and never even realized it. I will go back to posting in the mornings.


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Thursday, 16 August 2007

I checked my email tonight before I started this blog entry. Imagine my surprise when I discovered an email telling me one of my domains had an overflowing mailbox. It turns out that I have only been checking one mailbox on that domain and the other two mailboxes having been racking up the spam for the past 8 or 9 months. So I had to delete 1,159 email messages from that domain. Took a while, so that's why this posting is late.


I have a project going where I have to look at all 80 original Star Trek Episodes. I have looked at 10 of them so far out of 80. It's going to be a long project.


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Wednesday, 15 August 2007

I spent the entire day today installing software, so I can do the latest project assigned to me. First, I installed MS Visual Studio. Then I entered a small program to check that all the pieces I needed were present. I spent the rest of the day tracking down and installing the pieces that were not present. Not the most productive day, but I am now in a position to do the next project.


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Tuesday, 14 August 2007

The project I am doing at work consists of a database design and the design and implementation of two programs. Since last Thursday, I have designed and implemented the database and almost finished one of the programs.

Now, though, I am being pulled off these nice-to-have internal utilities and being put on something that will be in the product delivery in October. They want the program written in C#, using .net 2.0. I will have to install all that stuff before I begin tomorrow.

To top things off, the machine I am currently using is not my computer. It belongs to a former employee. I am using it because they have ordered one for me and it hasn't arrived yet. I will have to reinstall all this stuff when I actually get my machine.


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Monday, 13 August 2007

The neighbor I was going to connect to my wireless network has found a place on his property where he can see Rathdrum Mountain, so he will have his own wireless modem connection to the Internet. He will have to install a 12 foot pole on which to mount the dish, and he will be cutting down two of my trees. Luckily, the two he needs to cut down have dead tops and should be cut down anyway. This is good news.


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Friday, 10 August 2007

I have my first project at work defined, and have designed the database and written the table creation SQL code. The trouble is, SQL Server's SQL is not standard SQL, so I had to rewrite some of the SQL statements. That's typical of MS, isn't it?


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Thursday, 9 August 2007

The Ruby user group meeting was very interesting. So many smart people in the same room. There were even two Mensa members there.

Since this was the kickoff meeting of the group, the major topic of discussion was what it wanted to accomplish. There were lots of good suggestions, which will be posted on the web site. The second meeting should be more technically oriented.

One of the attendees had an iPhone and demoed running Ruby on the iPhone. He also created an ssh connection from his computer and using that connection, started up an application on the iPhone. Very cool.


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Wednesday, 8 August 2007

I found out yesterday that there is a local Ruby Users group, and they are holding their first meeting tonight. I will be there. I don't know what they will be talking about, but I'm sure it will be of interest to those who know Ruby or who are learning it.


I will no longer have time in the morning because of my job commute, so as of tomorrow I will be updating this journal in the evening instead of the morning.


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Tuesday, 7 August 2007

I start my new job on Thursday. It's a long drive (again), but not as long as the one to Getronics was. The work seems to be a lot more interesting, too. A combination of Delphi, C# and Java.


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Monday, 6 August 2007

I've got to admit that the four hour job interview I had on Friday is the first interview I ever really enjoyed. I talked to a total of five different people, and each of them concentrated on a different aspect of the job. I had a great time. I hope I made a good impression.


I apparently did make a good impression. I got a job offer from the company yesterday. I will getting a formal offer from them today.


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Friday, 3 August 2007

It seems that Information Week has formed an opinion about Linux, and that opinion is Microsoft's opinion. IW is spreading more FUD about Open Source software than any other publication at this point. The latest in this FUD flood is "How Many People Really Use Linux -- And Stick With It?". At first blush, it is vaguely pro-Linux, but the overall tone of the article is definitely anti-open source. The implication of the article is that it is tough to figure out how many people are using Linux and it's easier to just stick with Windows.

This magazine is following the corporate CMP line and damaging open source with innuendo.


I have to go in for a followup interview today. It will be four hours long and will include some actual programming. I'm not sure if that will be in C# or Java. Hopefully, it will be the former, as I am more comfortable with C# at this point.


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Thursday, 2 August 2007

My job interview seemed to go very well yesterday. It was helped by the fact that I had already worked with one of the interviewers. He and I worked at eMake, which is the former company started by the guy who is running this current company. Isn't the computer industry incestuous? <BG>

If they decide they may want me, they will ask me back for a half-day interview, which involves doing some actual programming. In the meantime, I am still going through the Rails tutorial, and I will be reviewing some Java code I wrote.


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Wednesday, 1 August 2007

I have been surprised by the ascension of Sabayon Linux on the Distro Watch list, so I downloaded it yesterday to see what it was all about. It is a 4.1 GB DVD iso image, so it took a while to download the file.

Once I had downloaded and burnt a DVD, I tried to boot into the live DVD on my notebook computer. I was not successful and I don't know why. I then booted it up on my test machine. The distro came right up on the vanilla Compaq box, so I just have no clue about why it wouldn't boot on the notebook.

Sabayon Linux seems to be devoted to role playing games. Not my cup of tea. It is a DVD, and it doesn't even seem to contain all of OpenOffice. I guess this disk goes in my distro archives box.


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