July 25, 2005

Congrats to Lefty and Goosen

Congrats to the boys for their performance at The Battle of the Bridges tonight. It was fun to watch!

Speaking of Phil, I just saw this link on espn's site. It's an article talking about how to hit a shot backwards...most of us just worry about hitting it forwards.... :)



July 19, 2005

New toy

Callaway Golf Woods: Big Bertha Titanium 454 Driver, The world's longest driver

I upgraded my equipment today by replacing Great Big Bertha Hawkeye 10deg with a Big Bertha 454 10deg (both stiff shaft).

I got it at Golf Galaxy (Bloomington) . I was hitting balls in their station that had a launch monitor hooked up to it so i could see swing speed, ball speed, spin rate, launch angle, smash factor and distance (both carry and total). This allowed me to try multiple brands/models and see what i hit the best and gave some analytics behind it!

Not surprisingly, the one i liked best (the 454) was the one that performed the best for me and 'felt' right. I'm looking forward to getting out and hitting it! Guess i'll be late to work tomorrow! :)


July 15, 2005


I think the CLR team should add support for the keyword TODO to the language. TODO seems to be strewn about my code these days, and it would save me from having to comment it out all the time. TODO == noop?

Maybe a macro would do it?


They Write the Right Stuff

This is one of my personal favorites...

This is not a case for agile development, but definitely a case for applying more science and discipline to the development process.

They Write the Right Stuff


-- "Software may power the post-industrial world, but the creation of software remains a pre-industrial trade. According to SEI's studies, nearly 70% of software organizations are stuck in the first two levels of SEI's scale of sophistication: chaos, and slightly better than chaos. "

-- Software for Grown-Ups
"Shipping hell continued today. Grind, grind, grind. We'll never make it. Have I said that already? Why do we always underestimate our shipping schedules? I just don't understand. In at 9:30 AM; out at 11:30 PM Dominos for dinner. And three diet Cokes."

-- "squeezing too much heroic code writing into too little time..."

Only 3 diet cokes, what lightweights. I'm in for 3 diet cokes by 10am; not necessarily a good thing, but true nonetheless............



July 14, 2005

Displaying a context (popup) menu at the proper location

I can never find this code when i need it, so i'm reposting it here. My particluar needs were around dynamically creating a context menu on a listview control in the proper location.

from http://www.dotnet247.com/247reference/msgs/5/26434.aspx

Courtesy of Mr. Eric Gunnerson (MSFT)

// right click with treeview doesn't set the selected item. This handler
// does...
private void treeView1_MouseUp(object sender, System.Windows.Forms.MouseEventArgs e)
if (e.Button == MouseButtons.Right)
treeView1.SelectedNode = treeView1.GetNodeAt(e.X, e.Y);
if (treeView1.SelectedNode == null)

// Convert from tree coordinates to screen coordinates, and then back
// to form coordinates so that the context menu pops up at the right spot...
Point spot = this.PointToClient(treeView1.PointToScreen(new Point (e.X, e.Y)));
this.contextMenu1.Show(this, spot);

July 11, 2005

Stealing Wi-Fi

State: Wi-Fi cloaks a new breed of intruder

I'm not saying whether I've done this or not, but how many of my loyal readers have done this or know of someone who has? There seems to be a large ethical and legal issue to resolve. Smells like a supreme court case to me.

Is using an unsecured Wi-Fi with out 'implied concent' e.g. being a customer at an establishment offering free Wi-Fi, the crime? Is the crime just stupidity for having an unsecured network?

The anology of leaving your house unlocked and trusting people to do the right thing comes to mind here. If you leave your house unlocked and someone comes in and takes something then it is a crime.

What if municipal Wi-Fi takes off and my trusty wireless adapter finds and switches to a stronger signal that I have not been given concent to use?



July 06, 2005

Guilty as charged :(

You Arent Gonna Need It

PopupTest - test your popup blocker software and download software

PopupTest - test your popup blocker software and download software

I just ran across this site and thought it was interesting. I'm running IE (latest) and Google toolbar. When I get a chance, I'll try opera and firefox on it to see how they fare...


July 05, 2005

SDN - The SAP Developer Network

In case anyone's VS.NET gets upset about not being able to load the wizards to add a class, form, etc... (*.vsz files), I found an answer on the SAP site of all places :)

SDN - The SAP Developer Network

In case the link above ever goes away, here is the post that got it done for me. I was not using a new beta of anything, but something monkeyed with my registry...hmmm


Posting follows here:

Reiner Hille-Doering

Posts: 576
Registered: 2/14/04
Re: Could not run the Wizard - Beta 2.0
Posted: Aug 4, 2004 3:37 AM Reply E-mail this post

Hm, might be that there is something broken with the .NET Connector or Visual Studio installation.
Please try uninstalling NCo. Then make sure that no rests of it are left in "c:\Program Files\SAP", "c:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 2003\Common7\IDE" and GAC are left and reinstall.

If reinstallation NCo doesn't help,
you might try the following commands from the VS command prompt:

"devenv /resetskippkgs"

regasm "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003\Common7\IDE\PublicAssemblies\VSLangProj.dll"

regsvr32 "C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003\Vc7\vcpackages\csproj.dll"

(All commands are not critical and just reregister some entries in the registry.)