Archive for November, 2005

Forms Authentication and Shared Domains

Friday, November 18th, 2005

I have a number of sites that I’m running on the same domain.  I started the Ottawa Events site, and a friend of mine wanted to do a similar thing for Brantford, London, and Woodstock, so I set up a domain for that and have all four of these virtual sites configured in IIS as […]

Mono Status ’05

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

Miguel posted a great Mono status report. If you’re interested in cross platform .NET have a look.

Mechanical Turk, Visual Studio Edition

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

Amazon recently introduced Mechanical Turk, a site that automates the process of taking work that only humans can do well (like judge the quality of a photograph) and paying users to do that work.  Anyone can log in, spend some time ranking photographs and make a few bucks. I want this as a Visual Studio […]

XBox 360 on eBay

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

Someone thinks they’re buying an XBox 360 on eBay.  Someone should read the fine print..  


Thursday, November 17th, 2005

This is the announcement I’ve been waiting for.  Too bad it’s still a year away. CableCARD is to cable what a SIM card is to a cellular phone.  It identifies you to the network, so the network can authorize services for you. This means instead of having to buy a Rogers box to hook up to […]

iTunes Won’t Let Me Play My Songs

Thursday, November 17th, 2005

Well this is fun.  iTunes won’t let me play the music I’ve purchased. Most of the music on my computer is there as a result of ripping CDs, but I have a few songs that I’ve bought from Apple’s music store.  I’ve listened to these before on this computer. But now, iTunes has decided that […]

Google Analytics still not updating.

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

Users on the Google Analytics discussion group, many of whom paid for the service before it was made free, are quite annoyed that their service just stopped working.  Seems Google has bungled another product launch.  

Google Deskbar Maps

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

I don’t know how the Google Maps sidebar decides what to show, but it’s always changing.  Every time it changes, I wonder what it is I’ve done that made it want to show me that particular map.  I’m afraid it’s random, which would just take the fun out of it.  

Invalid Use of Default Parameter

Wednesday, November 16th, 2005

If you get this message:  ERROR [07S01] [Microsoft][ODBC SQL Server Driver]Invalid use of default parameter It means you tried to insert a row with a null value in a column that doesn’t allow nulls.  Bad message.  


Tuesday, November 15th, 2005

For a while I’ve been wondering why my computer is so slow… and sometimes seemed to just freeze up for no apparent reason. I always just chalked it up to thrashing before, but this system has 2 gig of RAM so that really didn’t seem likely. Today, I ran across this article by Mark Russinovich […]