Archive for January, 2010

Dirtiest goal of the year

January 18, 2010 3:35 pm

This is probably the best goal I’ve seen since the Denis Savard goal…  (You know the one)

Everyone was dangling, the d-men got cut up…  Which explains the Yahoo Sports title: ‘Defense is hard to come by in the ECHL

Merle Hazard sings about the financial crisis

3:23 pm

Merle Hazard is perhaps best known for his songs about the credit crisis. He is the first and only country singer to write about mortgage-backed securities, derivatives, and physics.

via MERLE HAZARD.

Here are a bunch of the songs on Youtube:

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California loses the science fair

January 16, 2010 1:16 pm

So I stumped across this article on Hacker News titled “Science project prompts SD school evacuation“.  This is why the US can’t produce enough good engineers.  Read this and tell me if you aren’t pissed off at the American educational system.

Students were evacuated from Millennial Tech Magnet Middle School in the Chollas View neighborhood Friday afternoon after an 11-year-old student brought a personal science project that he had been making at home to school, authorities said.

Maurice Luque, spokesman for the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department, said the student had been making the device in his home garage. A vice principal saw the student showing it to other students at school about 11:40 a.m. Friday and was concerned that it might be harmful, and San Diego police were notified.

I have a couple of questions:

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Help Spread IE6 Update

January 14, 2010 9:30 pm

Help kill Internet Explorer 6
IE6 is like an illness that just won’t go away, but we have the medicine.

IE6 Update looks like IE’s Information Bar, but instead of offering your visitors an ActiveX plugin, it offers a browser update.

via IE6 Update.

In my current position I do a lot of UI and frontend work.  Probably the toughest thing I do is try to support IE6.  We’re a large corporation and the software is used by other large corporations, meaning IE6 is a must.  It’s our default browser on all machines (Not that I ever use it though..), and is required for a lot of legacy systems.

Here are the top reasons I HATE IE6

  1. The box model is incorrect (requiring CSS hacks *,_, …you know the drill) This is my biggest complaint, I waste so much time trying to get things to work correctly in IE6, its so frustrating…
  2. There are no debugging tools (The web accessibility toolbar is crap for debugging and I can only do so much with Firebug Lite)
  3. It is ridiculously slow!
  4. Transparent PNG problem (well some work, but they have to be saved a certain way)

Display Environmental and Configuration Variables in .Net (C#)

9:10 pm

Here is a little script to display a bunch of environmental and configuration variables in .Net. They are formatted terribly but I’ll fix that eventually:

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protected void Page_Load(object sender, EventArgs e)
       {
           IDictionary variables = Environment.GetEnvironmentVariables();
           string[] drives = Environment.GetLogicalDrives();
           Response.Write("<strong>Environmentals</strong> <br>");
           foreach (DictionaryEntry var in variables)
           {
               Response.Write(var.Key + "~" + var.Value + "<br>");
           }
           Response.Write("<strong>Drives</strong> <br>");
           foreach (string drive in drives)
           {
               Response.Write(drive + "<br>");
           }
           Response.Write("<strong>AppSettings</strong> <br>");
           foreach (DictionaryEntry setting in ConfigurationManager.AppSettings)
           {
               Response.Write(setting.Key + "~" + setting.Value + "<br>");
           }
           Response.Write("<strong>ConnectionStrings</strong> <br>");
           foreach (ConnectionStringSettings setting in ConfigurationManager.ConnectionStrings)
           {
               Response.Write(setting.Name + "~" + setting.ConnectionString + "<br>");
           }
       }
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