Rants, rambles, news and notes from another geek

Bawls Is Good

Yesterday I left my travel mug at home and since I only have one, I was coffee-less for my drive into work. Sure, I could have stopped at Starbucks and bought a $4 mocha, but I have a hard time justifying paying that much for coffee.

So I stopped at 7-11 to get a Red Bull and notices that they are now carrying Bawls. Before today, the only place I had seen Bawls was on ThinkGeek, so I grabbed one.

Mmmmm mmmm good. Tastes like cream soda, with all the caffeine (or more) of a Red Bull.

PS. I know how silly it seems that I will buy an energy drink but not a Starbucks, but that’s just the way I feel.

Now playing: Porcupine Tree - Lips of Ashes

Enterprise Library V2 Priorities

As we approach the public release of Enterprise Library, we are starting to think about the kinds of things our customers would like to see in the next version. (Yes, I know you haven’t seen v1, but you probable have read the announcement and hopefully the design docs on the GDN Workspace, so you know what it is all about.)

Anyway, if you are interested in helping shape the next release of Enterprise Library, there is a new survey up that lets you help set the priorities of possible new blocks. Want an ORM block? Or a new rev of UIP? Let us know.

Link: Take the Survey

Using MS Virtual Server to Create a Two Node Cluster

Robert Larson’s whitepaper Using Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 to Create and Configure a Two-Node Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Cluster has been published to TechNet.

Here is the abstract:

Microsoft® Virtual Server 2005 enables use of virtual machines for sophisticated computing configurations like clustering. Clustering is valuable to businesses as it provides high availability for mission critical business applications and computing processes. Using virtual machines to cluster server computers has the added advantage of allowing a server to take advantage of its full computing power by running multiple virtual machines on a single hardware device, thus providing redundancy without requiring the quantity of computer hardware and associated cost that could be required for conventional clustering configurations. This guide provides step-by-step instructions for creating and configuring a typical, single quorum device, two-node server cluster. The configuration uses a shared disk on servers with Microsoft Windows Server™ 2003 Enterprise Edition installed in virtual machines on Microsoft Virtual Server 2005.

UPDATE 2004-11-21: Oops. My bad. Forgot to post the link.

What Kind of Elitest Are You?

Apparently, I’m a “Book and Language Snob.” So is Brian Button. Scott Densmore is&nbsp_place_holder;a Music Provenu. What kind are you?

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You speak eloquently and have seemingly read every
book ever published. You are a fountain of
endless (sometimes useless) knowledge, and
never fail to impress at a party.

What people love: You can answer almost any
question people ask, and have thus been
nicknamed Jeeves.

What people hate: You constantly correct their
grammar and insult their paperbacks.

What Kind of Elitist Are You?
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Geek Notes 2004-11-12

I’ve been using Mavis Beacon Teaches Typing 16 for the past two weeks in an attempt to finally learn how to type. You’d think that as a programmer from the age of 10 I would have learned to touch-type, but I just never bothered. As a 5-finger typist I can pull more than 40 words a minute, but after seeing Scott Hansleman’s numbers&nbsp_place_holder;(100 WPM at his peak), I decided I needed to do better. I’m crossing the 30 WPM mark in Mavis, and when I get close to 40, I’ll switch full time. We’ll see how it goes.

I wonder how many professional developers actually touch type? Do you? Do your co-workers?

Geek Notes 2004-11-11

Today Emily and I celebrate our fourth anniversary as married folks. The last four years have been the best times of my life and I owe it all to Emily for making me this happy. She is my love, my life and the best friend I have in the world. Thanks for everything Em, I love you.

Microsoft Extends Intellectual Property Protection to Millions of End Users

Today Microsoft announced extended IP Indemnification for a very large set of products to end-users. (It was only really extended to volume license holders before today.) The only exception will be for embedded versions of Windows, since vendors are able to modify the source code.

For more information you can read the press release here or get more information from the Windows Server System site.

As expected, the Slashdotters are calling it FUD, but I expect that major customers who are not volume licensees will appreciate it.

Geek Notes 2004-11-09

So I’ve started studying for the Washington Driver’s License written exam. I haven’t had to take a driving since I was a teenager in Colorado. I wonder if the Washington one is hard or not… we’ll see. I really wish I could just transfer my Denver one without having to take the test.

And finally, Keith Brown reminds everyone to update their copy of Password Minder to at least version 1.5.0.4 (download here) due to a bug in previous releases.

Geek Notes 2004-11-08

Atticus Finch, our family’s chocolate labrador, is finally home.&nbsp_place_holder;We left him behind in Denver when we moved out here, but Saturday morning Emily’s dad came for a visit and brought him along. We’re glad to have him home and he is glad to be back with us. I completely forget how big he is and how annoying he can be… but I’m still glad he’s here.