Monday, August 30, 2004

New Joe Satriani Album

Lovers of great music will be pleased to learn that not only has Joe Satriani released a new album, but it is also GREAT! (I'm listening to it as I type!)

You can get it at CDNow Is There Love In Space? - Joe Satriani

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

SSRIs and their manufacturers' days are numbered

I can't wait until these creeps are all bankrupt and in jail and their killer drugs are in the trash can where they belong: Prozac Nation? Is the Party Over?

Weapons of Mass Destruction Found!

They were here in the USA all the time: Depleted uranium: Dirty bombs, dirty missiles, dirty bullets

Friday, August 20, 2004

FDA to Issue New Antidepressant Warnings

Well, the truth is finally coming out, but how many people had to die before action was taken?

FDA to Issue New Antidepressant Warnings


Wednesday, August 18, 2004

Music Pirates Will Be The Next Target For Hackers

According to this article: Hackers Seek XP SP2 Weaknesses, users of peer-to-peer services like Kazaa will become the new targets of hackers. The new service pack for Windows XP contains a firewall that turns off a computer's "listening service mode" but users of file sharing software have to turn this mode back on for the file sharers to work. This mode is what hackers use to connect with and take over a computer.

So if you are a music pirate ... tough. I hope you get hacked soon.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

Win XP SP2 Support Center

I find stuff on Microsoft's site hard to find. It took me a while to find the XP SP2 support center on microsoft.com. So just to save you the time here it is:Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2) Support Center.

Monday, August 16, 2004

Wonderful Tool for Web Developers

... and it's free!

A friend just directed me to this great toolbar for web developers provided by the National Information Library Service in Australia. Although the toolbar is meant to assist developers to create pages that are useable by people with disabilities, the functions it provides are extremely useful to any developer.

Get it here: Web Accessibility Toolbar - Functions.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Very Practical Advise On Testing Resource Pools

Martin Fowler is one of the most practical people in the field of software writing: TestingResourcePools.

Friday, August 06, 2004

Excellent Open Source Blog Software


I came across DotText or .Text and decided to try it out on my local IIS at work. I'm using it to help me keep track of the various projects I'm working on. At the end of the day I make an entry to tell myself where I'm at and where various files are that I'm working on. I also make entries when I come across things I want to make a note of for the future (like that Visual Studio "repair" problem a few posts ago). The posts are stored in my local SQL Server so I can do queries against it to easily find stuff.

So far it is working very well. You can download source code or binaries from GotDotNet - .Text Home. (Warning: the server is sometimes slow, so be patient.)

Thursday, August 05, 2004

Shouldn't be long now

The long awaited Service Pack 2 for Windows XP will be here soon, honest. Just don't hold your breath.

Major Microsoft Windows Update to Debut After Delay

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

Permissions Problem when reinstalling or repairing Visual Studio 2003

I ran the "repair" on VS.NET 2003 on a Windows 2000 machine and afterwards got an error when I tried to open or create a web application.

Error Message:

The default Web access mode for this project is set to file share, but the project folder at 'http://localhost/appname' cannot be opened with the path 'd:\inetpub\wwwroot\appname'. The error returned was:
Unable to create Web project 'appname'. Unable to create the Web location 'd:\inetpub\wwwroot\appname'. Access is denied.

Solution:

The ASPNET user has permission to the d:\inetpub\wwwroot but the permission is not inherited.

Go to the folder in Win Explorer, right-click and select Properties then Security. Select the "ASP.NET Machine Account". At the bottom of the tab check "Allow inheritable permissions from parent to propagate to this object" and click OK.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004

Martin Fowler Hits the Nail on the Head Again


Martin Fowler is the most practical writer in the field of software development that I've come across. His article Prefer Functional Staff Organization once again proves that he can observe and make logical conclusions from what he sees.