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Jun 26, 2011 - 5 minute read - Comments -

Ode to Griffin AirClick USB – Radio Frequency PC Media Remote

This little bugger just so totally rocks!!!  IMHO the most compelling aspects are: It’s cheap :). They tend to go for around $10-$25. There are still some out there on eBay from time to time (not now) and also Amazon at the moment. It’s Radio Frequency technology – so you can zap iTunes to the next song from around the corner or out in the yard!!  Even my fancy iMON VFD remote is Infrared based (limited by line-of-site) and that winds up being a deal breaker in my environment… couch faces projector wall away from the PC, IR = major fail!

Jun 25, 2011 - 10 minute read - Comments - Highlights

Evolving a custom ADO.Net based repository

Full GitHub Source demo post Concept A framework for maintaining client side business object cache consistency with database update “side effects”. Prerequisites Stored procedures = business rules yep, i said it… My data layer is basically a home grown spin on ADO.Net Typed DataSets i.e. “Business” Class wrappers around ADO.Net DataTables.  I like to keep the majority of my business rules in stored procedures (“procs”).  I’ve experienced sustained, maintainable code velocity on real world LOB projects by evolving a relational model and the views & stored procedures on top of it.

Jun 25, 2011 - 1 minute read - Comments -

Going Portrait!

Do you realize how freakin’ cool it is to be able to hit ALT-F1 on a table in SSMS and be able to immediately view all of the output without futzing around in all the little result-set scroll bars!?! There’s 6 tables that come back from sp_help and now they have the room they deserve… the visual query plan tool is more horizontal so I have a feeling that’s going to take a little hit… we’ll see.

Jun 9, 2011 - 5 minute read - Comments -

Transcoding Motion-JPEG (.MOV) to MPEG-4 (H264)

  please see => Newer Approach   I have a Panasonic DMC-ZS5 (dpreview, Panasonic) which creates .MOV files that contain the Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) “format” (for want of a more technical term). In order to stream those videos from my IIS/PHP based photo gallery (zenPhoto.org), they must be converted to a more “web compatible” format like MPEG-4.  I haven’t found a more straightforward approach than direct batch conversion to another format… you can readily automate the conversion of say all the videos in a folder so it’s pretty much turnkey and ignore.

Mar 3, 2011 - 3 minute read - Comments -

Understanding Exposure

This is a great book by a Mr. Bryan Peterson Make sure you get the latest edition (currently Aug.2010). Bryan has a an easy going writing style packed with tons of real examples. It’s not a very long book (~175 pages) and there are lots of great example photos filling up nearly every page. It is highly rated on Amazon… only $20 with shipping. Basic takeaways for my own future reference: Bryan uses the term “Exposure Triangle” to relate the three interrelated fundamentals of capturing ideal exposure: F-stop (aperture size), Shutter Speed and ISO.

Mar 3, 2011 - 4 minute read - Comments -

YASBE – Open Source Code Incremental Backup Windows WPF Application

The reason I started this little project is none of the premier backup packages currently support Blu_ray… I know that sounds amazing but check out the help forums for stuff like Acronis and Paragon and Yosemite… it’s not a pretty picture out there currently with regards to Blu_ray… and of course, I had already bought my BD drive before I started to realize how dismal this all was… so I was inclined to find a solution 🙂

Mar 2, 2011 - 2 minute read - Comments -

Our 4-Hour Body Recipe

Ferris gets right to his go-to Mexican oriented mix pretty quick into the fat loss section of the book… it’s very quick reading to pick up his basic approach.   Here’s how we’ve taken that and made it our own: Full Size White Onion chopped up (probably any kind of onion will do) Full Size Tomato chopped up Full Green or Red Bell Pepper chopped up Can of Black Beans (pinto and kidney work as well of course… we just really like black beans) Grilled Large Chicken Breast Those items are all basically on a 1:1 ratio.

Feb 24, 2011 - 3 minute read - Comments -

HighPoint RocketRAID 620 indeed works for Hackintosh

Update [2011 Aug 6]: The original drivers appear to work just fine under Lion v10.7 Please see here for background on the “main PC = NAS” approach this hardware facilitates. And here for my other Hackintosh tribulations with getting my old graphics card to work. I’m very satisfied for a $60 part… the drivers loaded right up under both Win7 and OS X v10.6.6 (and 10.7 currently) As a side note: This all works well in tandem with Parallels Desktop v6’s Boot Camp virtualization facility where I can dual boot into my one sole Windows 7 install natively or via a Parallels VM under OS X (I know VMware has something identical but from what I’ve read, Parallels still has the edge on performance).

Feb 24, 2011 - 1 minute read - Comments -

Visual Studio 2010 Slow Startup [resolved]

Apparently the culprit of my slowdown was the VMware debugger integration… resolution here I merely uninstalled the VMDebugger component via VMware Desktop setup.exe …  I did *not* have to completely uninstall all of VMware Desktop to see an significant improvement to Visual Studio startup time… down to a few seconds now from something that felt like 30 seconds.