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Practical .NET November 2005 Entries
I need a Mac...

I need a Mac.

I've spent the day editing video on my PC using After Effects, Premiere Pro, etc.  My PC is screeching to a halt.

I just checked out the task manager, and noticed that AE was pulling down 500 MB of memory, Premiere was pulling down 300 MB...

Dual Core G5...



Posted On Wednesday, November 30, 2005 3:04 PM

Multiple Sites in IIS/XP

So I don't forget it.


Posted On Wednesday, November 30, 2005 1:27 PM

Crossing My Fingers
Jeff posted about Knoppix and talked about recovering data from a hard drive that just seemed to spin in XP. I have the same problem. So, I'm downloading Knoppix, and we'll see what happens. I need that data, so I'm hoping that this is the solve ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 29, 2005 9:45 AM

AJAX.NET Pro and Date Types...
This...<AjaxPro.AjaxMeth... _Public Function GetTheDate(ByVal TheDate as DateTime) as String Return TheDate.ToShortDateStringEnd FunctionDoes not work.But, this...<AjaxPro.AjaxMeth... _Public Function GetTheDate(ByVal TheDate as String) as String Return cDate(TheDate).toShortDateS... FunctionDoes. Apparently, any type conversions involving dates need to be done inside the function, rather than passed through the function ......

Posted On Monday, November 28, 2005 3:15 PM

My Christmas List

I'm posting this here primarily so that I'll remember.

iPod (I know.  Keep dreaming).
Sweatshirts (Fleece)
Saturn Sky
The Malcolm in the Middle Season 1 DVD

Posted On Wednesday, November 23, 2005 6:24 PM

Wild West World

I'm glad to see this start to take shape.  Looking forward to visiting this coming summer.  It's about 5 miles from my brother-in-law's house...

Posted On Tuesday, November 22, 2005 7:54 PM

First Penny...
About a week ago, I added Google AdSense code to monetize my blog. It's hard to see, because it's located under the GWB ad, but it's there. So far, I've made a penny. I've had much better success with AdSense, but that's not the point. I'm excited that someone out there saw my blog, and read far enough down to click on the ad. Keep Clicking. ......

Posted On Monday, November 21, 2005 7:21 PM

Google Analytics ... A response to a problem.
As I was adding my site to my Google Analytics, I noticed a error pops up when you try to enter anything other than a root domain URL. would work. http://www.geekswithblogs.n... wouldn't. So, I contacted them via e-mail, and here's their response. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We are aware of the 'invalidinput' error you are seeing and are currently working to resolve thisissue.If you would like to go ahead and get started with Google Analytics, Irecommend ......

Posted On Friday, November 18, 2005 6:47 AM

It Worked... Instructions for setting up Google Analytics on GWB Blogs...
In my last post, I talked about the possibility of using Google Analytics on a blog. It's possible, and it works quite well.Thanks to a tip from Michael, things came together for me.Here are the steps I took: Set up an account on Google Analytics. It's free. Register your blog as http://www.geekswithblogs.n... as the URL. (Where XXXXX is your blog name). Plop the JavaScript code that they provide in the Static News/Announcement section of .Text Admin. Wait a few days (It's slooooowww.), ......

Posted On Thursday, November 17, 2005 11:58 AM

Getting Google Analytics to work with blogs...
I've been playing around with Google Analytics for a few days now, and thought, "I wonder if I can get this to work with my blog."So, I went on to Google Analytics and tried to add my blog as a site. However, when I put http://www.geekswithblogs.n... into the URL text field, it gave me an "Invalid Input" error. I tried appending the forward slash at the end of the URL, and still the same thing.So, then I noticed the "Default Page" text box, and thought... Hmmm... If I put ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 16, 2005 11:06 AM

Here We Go...


Posted On Tuesday, November 15, 2005 2:12 PM

eBay Developer's Program now free...

Apparently, eBay has decided to make access to their API free.

'bout time.

Posted On Monday, November 14, 2005 1:29 PM

VS 2005 - I'm waiting.
I realize that there's a lot of hype around VS 2005. I understand that. I've seen a bunch of demos, and I must say, It's very cool. But, I'm going to wait. For a few reasons... I'm just now (after two years) getting into the groove of 1.1. There seems to be too many unresolved bugs. It's kind of cost-prohibitive.I see the benefits (long-term), and I'll probably wait a year to switch ......

Posted On Friday, November 11, 2005 3:21 PM

Nice Line Counter Plug-In for VS.NET
Jeff' post got me thinking about whether or not there is a line-counting something out there for VS.Net. So, I did a quick google search, and came up with this post from CodeProject.http://www.code... installed it, and it seems pretty solid and helpful. ......

Posted On Thursday, November 10, 2005 12:24 PM

Looping through Nested Category Collections
Recursively looping through category collection with a sub category collection. Dim cl As New CategoryListcl = Category.GetChildCategories... c As New CategoryDim cc As New CategoryFor Each c In cl GetChildren(c)Next Function GetChildren(ByVal c As Category) As String Response.Write(c.Name & "<BR>") Dim cc As New Category If c.ChildCategories.Count > 0 Then For Each cc In c.ChildCategories GetChildren(cc) Next End IfEnd Function ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 9, 2005 8:17 PM

Building a category tree.
In my last post, I mentioned an article that deals with Nested Set Heirarchical data in MySQL. I'm at this point trying to design a business layer / data layer class around the concepts in this article. I've run into a big wall in trying to develop a scheme in which I can get the most amount of data into the class with the fewest amount of hits to the database. The other problem is that I'd not only like my data to be heirarchical, but the objects in my class as well. Maybe that's wishful thinking. ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 9, 2005 2:13 PM

Hierarchical Data in MySQL
There's a really good article over on by Mike Hillyer that deals with Hierarchical Data in MySQL. This is particularly helpful for category structures, and aggregating categories and counts of items in categories. It's a very comprehensive article, providing sample code for almost any scenario where aggregating data is necessary.Very nice ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 8, 2005 3:49 PM


I've found this decent spam filter that plugs right in to Outlook.

Took me a few tries to get it configured correctly, but it seems to be working great right now.  It's catching spam like crazy.


Posted On Tuesday, November 8, 2005 8:49 AM

MySQL Connector/.NET & Like
With the MySQL Connector/.NET, parameterized queries are performed like this: dim sql as string = "SELECT * FROM table1 WHERE field1 = ?field1"cmd.Parameters.Add(... "Value") Great. What about LIKE statements? dim sql as string = "SELECT * FROM table1 WHERE field1 like ?field1"cmd.Parameters.Add(... "Value") The only way I've gotten this to work is: dim sql as string = "SELECT * FROM table1 WHERE value1 like ?value1"cmd.Parameters.add(... "%Value%") Am I missing something ......

Posted On Monday, November 7, 2005 2:20 PM

So, it isn't me...

OK.  There's something seriously wrong with the LuxLight skin.  If you post formatted code of any kind, it tends to break the code down the middle, and put it at the bottom of the page.  I've switched to other skins, and everything looks OK.

I like this skin, and don't want to change it, but am seriously frustrated by this problem...


Posted On Monday, November 7, 2005 12:09 PM

So, what's the secret?

I was trying to post some formatted code on here for over an hour this morning.  I got so frustrated, I finally gave up.

What's the secret?

Will my skin break if I'm using code?  I've seen it done on other .TEXT sites...

Posted On Saturday, November 5, 2005 7:39 AM

I was digging through an old CD case the other day, and found my Worms2 CD. Back in school, I played this game for countless hours. In fact, I think I failed a class because of this game, watching Babylon 5, and a wierd obsession with Final Fantasy 7. Anyway. I found the CD again, and, well, I'm hooked. If you've never played it, there's a demo over at the Worms2 site. It'll waste many hours ......

Posted On Saturday, November 5, 2005 5:14 AM

Web App Flipping Out

I'm not sure why, but one of my sites is flipping out. 

About once a day, the app hangs, and gives me an error in the module.  I'm not sure why.  It's a simple class that saves a visit to the site to the DB.

I wonder if it's the ODBC connector that I'm using?...  Sheesh.


Posted On Friday, November 4, 2005 11:38 AM

The Psychology of Ajax
The Psychology of AJAX If you’ve been poking around the .NET blogs long enough, you’ve seen the word AJAX, perhaps even visited Michael Schwarz’s website, maybe even downloaded his AJAX.Net assembly and poked around in it. I know I have. I see the value in AJAX, and that’s not what this post is about. I want to ask the audience some questions regarding the psychology of AJAX. The thing that got me interested in AJAX was a post about the way Sam Goody was incorporating it into ......

Posted On Friday, November 4, 2005 8:49 AM

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