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Hurricane Effects: What a Category Five Hurricane Can Do
Update: MSNBC has a short interview with Meteorologist Robert Ricks who wrote this. He wanted to be wrong, but could not find anything to pull out that was inaccurate. If this comes true, people will not believe what they see. Much of this is from the Hurricane Andrew analysis and lessons learned. URGENT - WEATHER MESSAGENATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE NEW ORLEANS LA413 PM CDT SUN AUG 28 2005 EXTREMELY DANGEROUS HURRICANE KATRINA CONTINUES TO APPROACH THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER DELTADEVASTATING DAMAGE EXPECTED ......

Posted On Sunday, August 28, 2005 7:06 PM

When a 747 is Like a Kite
The National Hurricane Center says that Hurricane Katrina has sustained winds of 165 mph. People are throwing around lots of statements about what that will do to buildings. Suffice it to say that most of the modern construction and all the weaker buildings will be heavily damaged if not leveled. I did some quick research to put this wind speed into perspective. Making lots of assumptions about weight and control, it would theoretically be possible to fly a Boeing 747-400 like a kite in Katrina's ......

Posted On Sunday, August 28, 2005 2:57 PM

Answering Myself: OneNote Replaces Ecco Pro
In my last post on Program Object Models, I was trying to figure out how to replace the Notepad functionality of the 1990s-era Ecco Pro PIM program with a more modern version. It turns out that my desired multi-collapsible outline, that I liked so much in Ecco Pro, is present in OneNote. In OneNote, as you mouse over a line, a box with a four-way arrow appears to the left. If you double click the box, any child items collapse. Another double-click reverses the process. Additionally, the collapsed ......

Posted On Sunday, August 21, 2005 4:58 PM

Program Object Models
I was doing some design research several months ago when I started collecting samples of the exposed object models of published programs. My intent was to study them and see how others had designed their interfaces. My next major project (if I ever get the time to start it) will likely have a macro requirement, so I wanted to create my design to allow easy macro functionality later. A reasonably good automation explanation showed up on MSDN recently by Omar Al Zabir: “Implement a Microsoft ......

Posted On Sunday, August 21, 2005 6:40 AM

IE7 is Exciting
As opposed to my first IE7 post, I wanted to point out some good stuff about the new browser. I rarely run beta software on my machines. I made an exception this time, mostly because intense interest. I waited almost a week to see if the early adopters had gotten burned by anything. I was amused by the people who used a Beta 1 software package for 15 minutes and then declared it to be inadequate when compared with their current tabbed browser. There were both good and bad aspects about the IE7 Beta ......

Posted On Sunday, August 14, 2005 9:14 AM

Gathering .NET Reference Books
Everyone has books that they consider suitable for continued use as a reference. I have been selling or donating my VB6 books as I have been buying new .NET books. Design Patterns by Erich Gamma, Richard Helm, Ralph Johnson, and John Vlissides - who are the notable Gang of Four (GoF). Admittedly, this book's examples are are in Smalltalk and C++, but all the C#/VB patterns books refer to this one, so it is a natural. Personal Rating: Very Good. Design Patterns in C# by Steven John Metsker proved ......

Posted On Friday, August 12, 2005 6:36 PM

IE7 is Boring
Lately, you would think that web browsing was the next best thing to nirvana, rapture, or that sweet shivering feeling of goodness you get from cold ice cream on a hot day. At least, that is what I have been reading from Firefox aficionados on pretty much a daily basis over the last several months. I guess I need to expand my web surfing to juicier web sites. I must be missing something. I have found IE7 (Beta 1) to be boring -- and I think that is exactly what I want from a browser. When people ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 10, 2005 8:07 AM

Nautical Terminology: Passing Honors
Passing honors are rendered by ships and boats when vessels, embarked officials, or embarked officers pass (or are passed) close aboard, usually 600 yards for ships and 400 yards for boats. The junior ship renders honors to the senior ship. Seniority is based on the rank (actually the lineal number) of the Commanding Officer or any embarked commander. The U.S. Navy will always return honors, but will not render them to foreign naval vessels unless there is an associated command relationship (NATO ......

Posted On Sunday, August 7, 2005 5:31 PM

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