Archive for August, 2006

Disappointed in Thunderbird

Thursday, August 31st, 2006

Gmail’s spam filter is failing me.  Two or three messages per hour are getting through their spam filter, and it’s really impacting my ability to use Gmail. I decided to download the messages to my computer and use Thunderbird’s spam filter as a 2nd opinion on whether or not something is spam. So I download […]

Google Trends on Next Generation Consoles

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

Check out this Google Trends comparison search of next generation consoles. Not that the number of searches necessarily tells you anything, but throwing the PS2 in there shows what you’d expect:  That the PS2 is still way ahead of the next gen consoles.

Microsoft and Online Gambling

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

It’s a good thing the Texas Hold ‘Em Poker on XBox Live Arcade doesn’t use real cash. I had $28000 virtual dollars, joined a table with a $1000 buy-in, and while I was waiting for the game to start, put an audio CD in the drive to listen to it while playing. The XBox flipped […]

Bjarne Stroustrup on C++/CLI

Tuesday, August 22nd, 2006

I hadn’t seen this before; Bjarne Stroustrup’s FAQ has an entry that describes his position on C++/CLI.  It’s worth reading. In a nutshell, he acknowledges that to use the BCL and write .NET classes in .NET you need language features that C++ doesn’t have.  So you need something like C++/CLI. But he also makes it […]

Back Online

Monday, August 21st, 2006

Things are finally getting back to normal. I have Rogers as my ISP now, as well as my cable provider, and cellular provider.  The only thing I’m not using them for is telephone, and since Bell is having some serious problems with the phone system in my new area (hum on the line, static, dropped […]

Renewed C++ Interest

Wednesday, August 16th, 2006

I read two blog posts today that are quite encouraging about the future of the C++ compiler in Visual Studio. The first is Jonathan Caves talking about their Visual C++ Compiler Plans.  It’s very encouraging to see that they’re taking a long term “revamp the compiler” approach, and I hope they get the time and […]

Zombies ate my XBox

Monday, August 14th, 2006

After my bad week last week, I figured I needed some relaxing so I picked up Dead Rising for the XBox 360.  Popped it into the XBox, and found out that my XBox DVD drive has stopped working. It doesn’t spin up – the XBox thinks everything is ok (it goes through the “Closing” / “Reading” […]

Moving Sucks

Friday, August 11th, 2006

It’s been a while since I last posted, and I’m still not back online.  I’m posting this from work, because I don’t have Internet at home yet. My DSL line is provided by Bell, but my ISP is Magma, who is generally excellent, but they failed me in this case:  I scheduled my DSL move, […]

Moving Day

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

Wish me luck..