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Jul 14, 2009 - 5 minute read - Comments -

ASP.Net (& Ajax) Notes

It’s been long enough that the little things tripped me when I fired up a new project… so here they are for “next time”: new Guid() – this probably isn’t the one you want… it initializes to all zeros (i.e. {00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000}) System.Guid.NewGuid() is the one that generates a fresh unique value Getting “Automatic Compilation” to work (i.e. just uploading your source files to the web server and not your bin folder) Check the <%@ Page > directive & make sure it says CodeFile=”” not CodeBehind=”” If not then you’ll be getting errors like “Could not load type …” CodeFile came along with ASP.

Jun 24, 2009 - 2 minute read - Comments -

SQL Split AWK Script

Split the output from SQL Server Management Studio (SSMS) > View > Object Explorer Details > “Script {function|view|procedure} as” into individual files Note: The current RegEx’s are tailored around the following scripting options (see comments to change): “Include descriptive headers” = true  (this is the default after SSMS 2008 install) – located under:  SSMS > Tools > Options > SQL Server Object Explorer > Scripting > General scripting options) “Schema qualify object names” =  false (NOT the default) – under: … > Object scripting options Download GAWK.

Jun 22, 2009 - 1 minute read - Comments -

Unprotect MS Word Document

Here’s the gist – fire up Word, open your file, then select Tools > Macro > “Microsoft Script Editor”, you’ll get an HTML view, search for “UnprotectPassword” and change it to all zero’s – voila! I had to un-check IE > Tools > Internet Options > Advanced > Disable Script Debugging (other) to get the MSE menu item in MS Word enabled. MSE exe location on my system (Office 2003) -  C:Program FilesMicrosoft OfficeOFFICE11MSE7.

Jun 13, 2009 - 2 minute read - Comments

GPS Receivers

Garmin GPS Models Here’s the main page for the receiver only products (so called “OEM”) 10x (BlueTooth) – this is the one Andrew and I have I finally got it to work well with my WinXP BlueTooth stack by turning off “AUTO CONNECT” checkbox buried under the BlueTooth virtual serial port properties Andrew has always said it works well with his HP WinCE based hand held Runs on a rechargeable battery so you do have to tether it (with included USB cable) every once in a while to recharge Garmin also included the cigarette lighter power adapter in my package… Pretty sure I wound up with two of these due to a screwed up initial shipment so I have a spare in case you don’t wind up with one… cigarette lighter to mini-usb is kindof a handy thingy to have in general these days… would charge other USB power based stuff like MP3 players etc.

May 27, 2009 - 1 minute read - Comments

Very interesting (old) BBC series by James Burke – tracks the thread of inventions underlying our specialized society

https://www.youtube.com/results?search_type=&search_query=james+burke&aq=f I’ve watched episodes 1-4 so far… 4 is a pretty good one Simply starting at the beginning seems good too Make sure you take advantage of the preconfigured playlists — look for “(play all)” — so they queue up and you can watch them straight through w/o having to continually find the next one — which really takes away from the enjoyment after a while Search for “james burke episode xxx” to dial in on each bundle if you’re not seeing it from the URL I gave above… there appear to be at least up to 20 episodes

May 22, 2009 - 1 minute read - Comments -

My Pick for USB to SATA/IDE (2.5”/3.5”) Adaptor

Highlights: Sabrent Brand, Model: USB-DSC5 – $20 2A Power Supply.  I read that at least one other brand, KingWin maybe, only had a 100mA! feed… and that guy was finding that it wasn’t enough juice for a 3.5”er All the cables/adapters you need… SATA power, SATA Data, gee wonder what that real small one 2nd from the left is for?? Normal 3 prong PC style power cable… other brands had the fairly standard 2 prong laptop cable which you might find preferable… I live in Germany and it’s easier for me to find the German style wall plug with the 3 prong cables.

May 21, 2009 - 1 minute read - Comments -

LED Projectors

This is THE real wave of the future… Finally, we’ll get to leave the whole stupid bulb replacement game behind!  LED light source has lifespan specs of 20,000 hours!  LED’s are the low temp light source we all love in those nifty new flash lights these days.  Contrast specs will also be a thing of the past, they’re rating this model at 100,000:1!!  Looks like they’re still working on getting the light level output up to snuff, this was only rated at a very anemic 800 lumens… i’m sure that’s only a matter of time as well.

May 21, 2009 - 3 minute read - Comments -

SymLinks (and their ilk) Are Excellent System Restore ‘Glue’

Ok i know this is 20+ years late for anybody that’s enjoyed any of the sweet but non mainstreamy flavors of  ‘nix… but now that Vista (blech!!) and Windows 7’s version of NTFS supports SymLinks (aka Soft) & HardLinks so well we can enjoy ourselves just as much over in Mr. Bill’s backyard (or I guess it’s Mr. Ozzie’s backyard now aint it) Go get this puppy: Link Shell Extension Nevermind that his version history starts at 1999 😐 We can rest easy that Vista was the first to do an actual Symbolic Link (i.

May 19, 2009 - 2 minute read - Comments

Projector Cables & Connections – More Complex Than You’d Think (or “VGA vs Component vs HDMI vs DVI” :)

ProjectorCentral.com (2/26/01): “So what is Component Video anyway?” ProjectorCentral.com (4/12/01): “Is SVGA enough for good video?” ProjectorCentral.com (9/30/04): “DVI and HDMI Video Connections” – so HDMI isn’t some magical cure-all for long distance video cabling (at least it wasn’t circa 2004, perhaps this gap has been closed at this point… i shall soon find out… I’m getting a freebie 25ft HDMI cable with recently ordered projector, so build quality could be iffy… and i’ve gotta adapt it off of my DVI video card which probably drops a couple impedance points at the juncture) ProjectorCentral.

May 8, 2009 - 2 minute read - Comments -

Optoma EX525ST – A worthy short throw projector?

  Main standout feature is ultra “short throw”… drives a 40” display at only 1.5 ft away from the wall!  (2.5 ft =  60” display, 4 ft = 100”). I’m interested in something that will support projecting to the ceiling from a bedside table in addition to the usual setups. Wondering if the short throw would provide for easier location swapping… less mounting required…set it on top of something close to desired wall and go.