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Chris G. Williams Beware: I mix tech and personal interests here. April 2009 Entries
Odd StreamReader/StringBuilder behavior…
The players… I have 2 files, File1.txt is 9.6mb, File2.txt is 42k. Both are just regular text files with no special characters other than the usual \r\n at the end of each line. I also have a Win Form with 2 buttons that have the code below attached. The puzzle… Button1 reads in File1 via a StreamReader and works perfectly. Button2 reads in File2 via a StreamReader and does not work. The code… private void button1_Click(object sender, EventArgs e) { SortedDictionary<string, string>[] SD; StreamReader ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 29, 2009 6:54 PM

NINE Questions with Julie Lerman
Julie Lerman is one of the hippest, smartest people I know. If you haven’t already heard of her, this is your chance to crawl out from under that rock and get a glimpse of an industry legend. Don’t worry about that giant ball of fire in the sky, that’s just the sun. Those of you that HAVE heard of Julie probably already know how awesome she is, but keep reading anyway. My first introduction to Julie was hearing Bill Ryan refer to someone as “Julie Lerman smart.” I figured that was enough of a recommendation ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 29, 2009 2:03 PM

NINE Questions with Shawn Weisfeld
I’ve known Shawn for a few years now, mostly through his work with the developer community and of course his affiliation with INETA. I figured it was time you got to know him as well. Here are NINE Questions with Shawn Weisfeld: 1. Where are you from? I was born in Brooklyn New York and moved to South Florida when I was still in grade school. After graduating from high school I moved to Orlando to go to college at the University of Central Florida. There I was introduced to my first User Group, the ......

Posted On Monday, April 27, 2009 4:16 PM

reduced output
In the next few weeks, I'll be wrapping up my current assignment in South Dakota, taking a week for TechEd and then (assuming all goes well) starting my next assignment. In the middle of all this, I'm also studying for one of the MCSD -> MCPD Enterprise Application Developer upgrade exams (there are 2.) As you can imagine, all of this (coupled with my recent Mafia Wars addiction) is rather time consuming, so I'll be cutting back on the blog entries for a while, aside from the occasional announcement ......

Posted On Sunday, April 26, 2009 1:45 PM

CodeStock 2009
for those 6 of you not on the mailing list… CodeStock 2009 is quickly approaching, and I wanted to let you know some of the things we have in store for this years event. We’ve partnered again withRecruitWise to bring you a full, two day conference with room for 50+ sessions, an expanded Open Spaces conference, and are adding a few panel discussions. We have some twists this year, the big one being attendees can vote for sessions. Anyone that registers before May 15th 2009 will be able to look through ......

Posted On Thursday, April 23, 2009 9:10 AM

Super discount on MS Certification Exams
Offer available for customers who have taken their last certification exam prior to January 1, 2007. Use this promo code 'MCPBACK' and get a $25 USD Certification (Normally priced at $125 USD). This offer is valid for any exam in the MCTS/MCPD/MCITP track. Does not include Microsoft Office or Windows end-user (non-IT) focused exams. Go to: to sign-up for your next exam. But you better hurry!! You must take your exam by June 30, 2009 ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 22, 2009 11:01 AM

Scientists discover a nearly Earth-sized planet
The search for habitable extrasolar planets gets closer and closer... Check it out!

Posted On Tuesday, April 21, 2009 4:13 PM

Welcome to the Neighborhood
We have a really great community here at Like any neighborhood though, you need to help cultivate it... run a little neighborhood watch now and then. That way, when the occasional "loud stereo guy" or crackhouse moves into your neighborhood... it gets handled pretty quick. John and Jeff do a great job of providing us this community for FREE. Sure we get a little spam now and then, but these guys take very fast measures to respond and delete whenever there's a problem. There's ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 21, 2009 1:58 PM

ugMIX Event Coming to Minneapolis on May 8th!!!
ugMIX Event Coming to Minneapolis on May 8th!!! Join us for a special event co-sponsored by the .NET User Group & Silverlight User Group. This month we’re bringing highlights from the MIX09 conference to you!! You’ll get detailed information and in-depth demonstrations on the upcoming release of Silverlight 3 and Expression Blend 3 as well as see some of the great new technologies that were introduced at MIX09. Following the event, we’ll roll out the red carpet and treat all attendees with a ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 21, 2009 9:26 AM

Mafia Wars
If you're on Facebook and you haven't given Mafia Wars a try, you should really check it out. It's nothing revolutionary or difficult, but it's well done and pretty fun.

and of course, if you ARE playing, and we're FB friends... well, I'd like to make you an offer you can't refuse.

Posted On Tuesday, April 21, 2009 9:16 AM

Going to TechEd 2009?
If you're going to TechEd 2009, be sure to stop by the INETA booth while you're there. Not only will you get a chance to meet some of the new Board Members, but we'll also have members of our Speakers Bureau present throughout the week as well.

Posted On Tuesday, April 21, 2009 9:11 AM

thoughts on the Stimulus Plan
I received this via email as a joke, but... why not? Food for thought. Dear Mr. President: Please find below my suggestion for fixing America 's economy. Instead of giving billions of dollars to companies that will squander the money on lavish parties and unearned bonuses, use the following plan. You can call it the Patriotic Retirement Plan: There are about 40 million people over 50 in the work force. Pay them $1 million apiece severance for early retirement with the following stipulations: 1) They ......

Posted On Monday, April 20, 2009 1:14 PM

rules for a happy life
Throughout my life, as I get older and (hopefully) wiser, I have this philosophy for a happy life. I figured now was as good a time as any to put it in writing and share it with whomever else might need it. I don't necessarily follow all of these to the letter, but in general, I try... 1) Sometimes a joke is just a joke. People will occasionally say stuff in an effort to be funny, that ends up offending you. If the intent is to offend, that's different. Otherwise, don't take yourself so damn seriously. ......

Posted On Saturday, April 18, 2009 12:59 PM

JungleDisk Windows Home Server Plugin
I'm thinking about giving JungleDisk a try for backing up my Windows Home Server. I see on their site that they have a WHS plugin. Currently, it's in beta, and therefore "free" but will eventually cost money. (They don't say how much.)

So I'm wondering, those of you that use JungleDisk, or that may have used this plugin for WHS... what do you think of it? Pretty happy?

I'd like to hear any comments you may have on it (especially the WHS plugin), good or bad.

Posted On Thursday, April 16, 2009 6:36 PM

I just got here, and it's already time to go
Well, my Hawaii trip is just about over. Feels like I just got here. The Hawaii .NET User Group that I spoke at last night was a really great bunch. The room was packed and people were standing at the entrance. Someone even told me it was some of the highest attendance in the groups 5 year history. The talk went really well. I covered some of the more popular Social Networking sites and discussed the various types of sites for the first part of the talk, and then spent the second half discussing ......

Posted On Thursday, April 16, 2009 5:59 PM

Adventures at 36,000 feet
Yesterday, I took the longest plane ride of my life so far. (Yes, I know some of you international rock star types have taken longer, but this is my story.) Eight and a half hours (5 time zones) later and I’m sitting in Honolulu. I knew I was in for an adventure when I got to my seat and noticed the “in-flight entertainment system” which consisted of personal monitors for every seat and on demand movies and video games. woot! I had some work to do, but I had also spent a good chunk of my Easter weekend ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 15, 2009 12:04 PM

TurboTax vs Real Humans
I've used TurboTax for years. If I had to guess, I'd say I used it for at least the last 7 years. I've always gotten pretty good results with it, and only owed money once (not their fault) and have been pretty happy with it. This year though, faced with the prospect of owing a fair amount of my hard earned $$, I decided to forego TurboTax and take everything I had to an actual TaxPreparer. After entering in all my w2 and 1099 information, and all the standard stuff that turbotax asks you, she turns ......

Posted On Monday, April 13, 2009 9:26 AM

Japanese Bug Fights
What's that, you say? You've never heard of Japanese Bug Fighting? The Bumfights of the Insect world? Imagine this... 30 ROUNDS (yes, that's right THIRTY ROUNDS) of 1 on 1 fights to the death... all building up to the FINAL BATTLE!! Check it out: http://www.japanesebugfight... If this isn't the coolest thing you've ever seen, well... then I want to see what is. I bet the PETA people just love this (and if they don't care... then I guess they're hypocrites... I dunno.) ......

Posted On Monday, April 13, 2009 9:08 AM

Support Through Friendship & Unity
Dear Friends, Throughout my career, I have come in contact with so many people who needed a sympathetic ear or a shoulder to cry on. Sadly, as much as I would like to, I just can't help everyone. I’m only ONE man. So I have taken it upon myself, after years of experience to come up with a system that REALLY works: Support Through Friendship & Unity is that system. If you're having a bad day, Support Through Friendship & Unity can make it more manageable for everyone. Take a moment to pause, ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 8, 2009 5:59 PM

NINE Questions with Jim Duffy
I’ve known Jim Duffy for almost 6 years now, and I can honestly say he thinks he’s one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. When I first asked Jim to do a NINE Questions interview, back in September, he was delighted to have an opportunity to talk about his favorite subject. Fast-forward 7 months and welcome to the longest NINE Questions interview ever. Ladies and Gentleman, I give you Jim Duffy. 1. Where are you from? A long time ago in a galaxy far away... oh wait, that one's already been used. ......

Posted On Friday, April 3, 2009 9:30 AM

NINE Questions with Rich Quackenbush
I’ve known Rich for a little over 10 years now and he’s definitely one of the more interesting people I’ve worked with in my career. I recently saw him again a couple weeks ago at the Roanoke Code Camp and he agreed to answer these NINE Questions: 1. Where are you from? I currently work from home, which is outside of Roanoke, VA. I grew up in upstate NY though. That gives me the right to say things to the locals like “You call that snow? I used to live next to Canada.” 2. What do you do / Who do ......

Posted On Thursday, April 2, 2009 8:55 AM

Winter Fun
Yesterday morning, I woke up to find myself in the middle of a nasty little blizzard. If you've ever seen the McMurdo Station (Antarctica) Condition 1 video, it looked kinda like that (more or less.) It was pretty awful. Visibility was limited to pretty much as far as I could reach with my arm, and even though I knew WHERE my car was, it still took me a few moments to actually find it. Once I got in my car, let it warm up, scraped all the windows and windshield, I got back in only to realize that ......

Posted On Wednesday, April 1, 2009 11:18 AM

Google Autopilot
Really enjoying the new Google Autopilot. Pretty interesting feature set.

If you haven't taken a look at this yet, be sure to check it out here.

Posted On Wednesday, April 1, 2009 10:49 AM

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