×

First time here?

You are looking at the most recent posts. You may also want to check out older archives. Please leave a comment, ask a question and consider subscribing to the latest posts via RSS or email. Thank you for visiting!

Tagged: January 2007 Blog Posts

Please leave a comment, ask a question and consider subscribing to the latest posts via RSS or email. Thank you for visiting! Below is a list of entries related to the tag listed above.. My site contains more than just the information below and I'd encourage you to visit the home page to view current information as well as other items/categories that might be of interest.



implementing a proximity search in sql server

or "find stuff near me" and how i did it. (long read sorry) after my last post about using the proximity search article for sql server 2000, i received some requests for a simple walkthrough on how i implemented my app.  well, here's an attempt at a very simple sample. first, so we are clear, my scenario was as follows: given a known single point, search a database of other known points and return a result set of those points that are known to be within a certain mile radius of the single known point.  better put "find locations near...

proximity searching in zip codes

recently i was working on a proof of concept for virtual earth, etc.  i wanted to do better "find stuff near my address" but have never worked with geospacial proximity before.  so on the quest i went for more information.  i wanted something better than my "select * where zipcode = @zip" query :-).  i was looking for "select * where proximity is within 5 miles of @zip" to show some true calculation. a friend of mine turned me on to this article regarding implementing proximity searching on sql server 2000.  i read it and it was intriguing (and works...

27F

i've always been curious, is the worst first class seat (1a) better than the best coach class seat?  well, i used to think the best coach seats were the exit rows because of the leg room, etc. (actually i still think that)...so when booking a recent flight, i noticed the exits were still available -- and this was a 757...so i picked one.  27F. here's my knee: and here's the flight attendant seat directly across from my other knee: bottom line: if you are on a 757, avoid 27F!

visual studio keyboard shortcuts

we've been handing out these keyboard shortcut pamphlets at various conferences around the world.  now i'm glad to say you can download them online now rather than wait for your lazy busy developer evangelist to bring them to you! download links: visual c# keyboard shortcuts visual basic keyboard shortcuts have fun! tags: visual studio, keyboard shortcuts

'the kingdom' trailer available

if you read this blog (and the boring non-technical stuff) you'll remember that where i live they had been filming a movie called 'the kingdom' with jaime foxx and jennifer garner (among others).  well, the trailer is now available.  i'm seriously amazed at how real the movie looks given that i saw the set and how it was constructed -- filmmakers and set producers and cinematographers are amazing. anyway, here's some pics... this one is jaimee foxx on the Red Mountain 202 freeway in north mesa: this one is actually on the set that was by my house:...

where's kevin bacon when you need him?

okay, well technically, where's ren mccormick when you need him?  i live in a city called queen creek, arizona...which for most of the time had been a small farming community.  within the past 4 years it has boomed along with the real estate industry in the east side of the greater phoenix, arizona areas.  and now i feel it is a modern day footloose movie area! it's a great city, still has some small-town feel (which i like), and we have an awesome neighborhood.  still the town is experiencing growing pains. aside from the city growing pains, there is a...

google passport...er...checkout

there's been a lot of buzz around google checkout, especially since some merchants are essentially giving you money to use it.  at the surface, google checkout looks to be like a federated identity/payment service. sound familiar?  it should.  microsoft tried this with passport (and some would argue mswallet).  so what is different?  well, in true comparison, not much.  i'm not talking about a technical implementation because we have to remove that from the argument...most users don't care about the technical implementation. what it comes down to for a service like this is trust.  in this case, google has established themselves...

mobile daylight savings time

got a windows mobile phone?  don't want to wait until the official daylight savings time patch is available?  check out edgeblog's patch.  due to an energy act, daylight savings is changing in 2007.  this affects all technology vendors, including microsoft.  while a patch is available for windows, there is not yet one available for windows mobile, but the above patch essentially changes the registry to make it fixed. UPDATE: added missing link tags: windows mobile, daylight, mobile, microsoft, patch

msnbc mobile: 50 pixels wasted

i'm all for advertising your brand, etc.  but when it impacts my ability to use an application/website, it makes me mad. take msnbc mobile for example...50 vertical pixels wasted: a huge banner ad for windows mobile.  here's my questions: shouldn't the site know i'm already using windows mobile? shouldn't it know my device capabilities and realize that they just wasted my screen space what would msnbc publishers think that i can't even see the top headline... this site has turned from a news site to a banner ad...hey anyone on msnbc listening? tags: msnbc, windows mobile, mobile, msnbc.com,...

sick infant != good sleep

i have a 6-month old that has been sick the past few days.  ordinarily he's a great kid and just hangs out, never cries, keeps on a schedule, sleeps through the night, etc.  but we found his weakness: being sick. our little guy has had a cough that my wife describes as sounding like he's 'barking like a seal' and he is not a happy child.  the past two nights he has slept probably a total of 45 minutes.  bless my wife for staying up with him while i sleep. this morning i had an early morning trip so i...

skiing and zune

this weekend lisa and i went skiing with some friends at sunrise park in the arizona white mountains.  this was the second ski trip i've taken and needless to say, i'm a big time beginner...spending most of my time on the bunny hill or the easiest green run!  i brought my zune with me for the trip, thinking i'd play it while skiing and have some rockin' tunes to listen to as i go down the slopes. well, i found a few problems in that concept (not zune specific).  i wired it up my shirt so that it wasn't in...

vonage: high pressure cancel

i've been a vonage customer for about 2 years (28 months according to them).  all-in-all i was satisfied with the service.  sometimes the quality wasn't that great, but as a technical person i understand latency, etc.  however, vonage still doesn't pass the mother-in-law factor test from a quality and reliability standpoint...i think VOIP technology is there, but if you are relying on a 3rd party (ISP) for the connectivity, it can become troublesome. at any rate, as part of the new year, i've been just generally looking for ways to 1) cut recurring liabilities and 2) remove some hardware from...

ajax security: upcoming webcasts look promising

looks like joe has partnered with spidynamics to deliver some great webcasts on ajax security, a much needed topic as we continue to see more ajax-developed web sites. here's the titles he's offering: AJAX Security Basics- The Building Blocks to Protecting Your Applications Built with ASP.NET AJAX How Hackers Reverse Engineer and Exploit an ASP.NET AJAX Application The Brave New World of AJAX Hacking (and prevention using ASP.NET) The Next Generation of AJAX Attacks – A New Generation of Attack Theories Best Practices: A Look at Developer ASP.NET AJAX Security Mistakes tags: asp.net ajax, atlas, ajax,...

apple xPhone reality news

well it looks like the <possiblyrenamed>Phone from Apple might hit some snags.  first there is the lawsuite filed by cisco (good commentary from cisco general counsel here) about the trademark violation, and then the news is starting to trickle out. first, the "OS X" maybe isn't so OS X as promised.  according to a VP Q&A session it is similar to how iPod uses OS X...a psuedo subset with no open APIs.  this likely may mean that no user-installable applications will be allowed...snag for Apple in my opinion. the screen also uses the same polycarb as the ipod -- and...

can anyone say newton?

well, it has happened...the rumors are true.  (picture of engadget.com) seriously, the pictures say a lot from the engadget post.  i am really amazed/impressed.  a few things that are interesting about it is that it doesn't support 3G and the touch screen.  I've had a few full touch-screen devices before and didn't like them.  my greasy face 'yucked' the screen up during calls, etc. but c'mon...OSX on a device with iPod, with full browser, etc., etc.  this seems to be a well done v1 product.  this is what makes them win in these types of areas.  they took the free...

tag-o-sphere: my five things

so, mr. cate did it to me and sent me the chain letter. here you go... I don't like chain letters.  I never continue them :-) yeah yeah bah humbug My "formal" education is in criminal justice...of course if you consider "formal" being that of skipping classes and barely squeeking by because you were having too much fun in college. My USGA index is 8.4 My retirement goal is to own this scuba shop in cancun in 5 years (although that 5 years continually is a rolling 5 years). I proved to myself that the internet was powerful when i started...

web dev: mix07 open for business

Microsoft MIX 07 event is open for registrations. Geared toward Web developers, designers, online advertising professionals and a broad set of partners and customers, MIX will continue to explore how to build more interactive and responsive experiences that take full advantage of the capabilities of the Web. MIX will also be an opportunity to dive deeper into Microsoft’s Web technology offerings and discover ways to create more dynamic customer connections that take user experience to the next level. Again this year, the event will be held in Las Vegas from April 30th to May 2nd, at the Venetian Hotel. More...

gadget: jawbone

ever been searching for the ultimate bluetooth headset so you can look like the other cyborgs walking around with something in their ear?  me too.  i never was happy with any of the headsets i used and mainly needed it for the car, so i settled on a motorola re-chargeable speakerphone for my car.  it works fine, but i still feel like i'm yelling when i talk and i'm sure the ambient noise is being picked up. my hommie jason led me on to the jawbone which he saw in a cingular store.  if you take a look...

video services: aol and service announcements

i'm sure you've been seeing these television advertisements all over for aol's new video service.  they really have been pushing it a lot.  the ad features ed bundy (c'mon let's be real you don't know his name either) in a public service like announcement...talking about how all this video on the internet goes unwatched each year.  personally i think the approach is a bit tacky (a bit of a mockery for the charity foundations), but maybe that's because i first saw it while watching 'United 93' which was commercial free sponsored by AOL -- i just thought they might have...

rss: google reader

a few weeks ago, my favorite rss service, squeet was having a holiday itself.  ordinarily i'd be okay with that but i felt lost on the information super-highway and have to have my feeds.  i thought about using the ie7 and outlook rss model, but i just still haven't adopted to that paradigm...i honestly don't know why, but i just haven't succombed yet. so someone was telling me about google reader and i thought i'd check it out.  yes, another beta product from google.  i imported my opml and it took me a bit to understand the features of what...

2006: year of spam

for december only, here's my spam folder: over 7,000 messages alone in december -- on average it is about 5,000 messages a month for me -- so let's be conservative and say 55,000 messages of spam a year...arg. tags: spam


DISCLAIMER:

The opinions/content expressed on this blog are provided "ASIS" with no warranties and are my own personal opinions/content (unless otherwise noted) and do not represent my employer's view in any way.