Archive for March, 2006

Vista’s Hardware Requirements

Monday, March 27th, 2006

Microsoft has been taking heat for the hardware requirements to run Vista with the Aero Glass UI and other goodies enabled. Mac OS X scales its UI to the hardware that it runs on, and with Quartz 2D Extreme, will do so even more.  It’s not about needing a system upgrade to run your OS, but rather needing […]

Visual C++ Code Coverage Works with Unmanaged Code

Monday, March 27th, 2006

This makes me happy:  The code coverage support in Visual Studio Team Developer works with unmanaged code.  Many cool toys in VSTD only work with managed code (which is understandable), but I still spend most of my days in an unmanaged world.  The process in this article walks you through instrumenting and running an unmanaged […]

Vista 2007 Accountability, and the Future of .NET

Sunday, March 26th, 2006

The Fire the Leadership Now article at Mini-Microsoft calls for accountability for Vista’s slip.  I don’t know enough about internal Microsoft politics to know who’s really responsible for this sort of thing, but the Microsoft employees posting there probably do. I’m looking forward to Vista.  Commenters in that article are quite hard on it, but really […]

Baby’s First Spam

Saturday, March 25th, 2006

Our new baby is here! Matthew John Edward Tibbett arrived on Thursday, March 23rd, at exactly 1pm.  Mom & Baby are doing fine. I gave the little dude his own domain already (click through for a picture), and his own email address.  Now I’m just waiting for Baby’s First Spam.  

Web Hosting: Unix vs Windows

Saturday, March 18th, 2006

I have a real dilemma when it comes to writing web applications, and web hosting. I spent the last couple of days moving 8 different websites from one host to another, and in doing so, I had to dig into each web app to figure out where it stored some configuration information.  They’re all PHP […]

DreamHost Promo Code

Friday, March 17th, 2006

I signed up for DreamHost using someone else’s promo code, which let me get a year’s hosting for $42.40 ($77 off) and they got $20 for the referral.  Seems like a pretty good deal; so I created my own promo code.  So sign up for DreamHost using promo code ‘stevex’ or via this link and you’ll get $77 off, […]

Welcome to DreamHost

Friday, March 17th, 2006

I just switched hosts, now I’m using DreamHost. My previous host has been pretty bad the last week or so. The nice thing about RSS is if you’re reading my RSS feed you probably never noticed, but anyone visiting the site over the last week or so would have had about a 50% chance of […]

Dude, you’re not getting a Dell.

Tuesday, March 14th, 2006

I have Adobe After Effects 7, and it requires a processor with SSE instructions, which my Athlon XP 1700+ doesn’t have. Bummer, but I can edit videos on the Mac, so I’m ok. Now, Dungeons and Dragons Online is out, and it too requirse SSE.  So now I have to upgrade. I want a 64 […]


Monday, March 13th, 2006

If you’re looking to boost your XBox 360 Gamerscore, check out this list by Gamespot.  It’s an excellent summary of what games to rent to get some quick points.  

Google Mars

Monday, March 13th, 2006

Of course it’s the next logical step after the Moon:  Google Mars.  After zooming in on the moon to see what it’s really made of, I was expecting to find little green men on mars.  But so far, there’s no signs of life. I’m looking forward to Google Stars.