November 2007 Entries

The Two Types of Programmer

Judging by the comments, Jeff Atwood's latest post titled "The Two Types of Programmer" has an interesting effect on people. It seems that it either drives people to justify why they're happy to be in the 80%, or argue why they're actually in the 20% despite not meeting certain criteria. Either way it's entertaining reading.

Another motherboard down

Yesterday morning at around 6.30am my (second) P5N32-E SLI motherboard died. After 2 weeks of running without any issues, it had rebooted itself and reported a "BIOS Checksum Error" - at this point it tries to launch the ASUS EZ-Flash utility, and when that fails due to the user sleeping in another room it emits an insanely high pitched screeching noise. Nice feature. The problem sounded similar to this, except in my case playing about with RAM didn't fix it. Neither did booting from the support DVD and re-flashing the ROM BIOS. I was experiencing some randomness, mainly...

To MVC or not to MVC

There's no doubt in my mind that thinking about MVC and/or MVP frameworks is bound to scare some developers out there. Changing the entire approach to ASP.NET development by throwing out ViewState and Postbacks is bound to make some people ask "Why fix it if it aint broke?" A lot of the MVC related writing at the moment seems to focus on the benefits of using the MVC approach - Yay for TDD! Yay for clean URLs! Yay for extensible pluggable architectures! Yay foreach Benefit benefit in List<MVC_Benefit> benefits! Which is all fine and dandy, however I...

You down with MVC? Yeah you know me!

Ok, it's a pretty crappy pun, but someone had to use it. A couple of MVC/MVP related links: MVC demo sourcecode MVC or MVP Pattern – Whats the difference?

I'm quite sick of writing about Live Writer

Really, I am. The quote from my previous post about the 1.0 release of Live Writer said: We have heard from many of you about the pain and frustration in the last beta release when support for installing on x64 systems was not supported.  We're happy to share that this has also been fixed and now installation on Windows Vista x64 is fully supported. When I read this, I did wonder whether not mentioning XP 64 bit was intentional or not. It turns out that it was. The full Live Writer release does not work on XP 64 bit....

Windows Live Writer: Out of Beta

From the Writer Zone blog: Thank you to everyone who tried out the beta releases of Writer over the last year and gave us feedback. Over 1.5 million of you downloaded our last beta release, and your input helped make Writer the product it is today.  Our goal from the start has been to help make blogging more powerful, intuitive, and fun for everyone. Today, we’re proud to announce that Windows Live Writer 2008 is now available! As promised, it now works properly on 64bit systems: We have heard from many of you about the pain...

An interesting take on the ASP.NET MVC framework

Mads Kristensen has an interesting take on the potential dangers in Microsoft's ASP.NET MVC Framework. Some people might think he's being overly cynical, but there's definitely some valid points in there. Attend any event which contains a mix of C# and VB developers, and start talking about language and you'll see the same sort of effect. I love the term "Search Driven Development" that he uses in the post. It's a pretty obvious one, but I've never heard it put like that before. Technorati Tags: ASP.NET , MVC

More on Live Writer 64bit

A bit of a follow up for anyone who's interested in running Live Writer on 64 bit Windows, and didn't read the comments to my previous post. Charles' explanation as to why the current install doesn't work with 64 bit makes a lot more sense: We're sorry about the fact that Writer stopped supporting 64 bit Windows. You're right that this is just temporary. Our installer had a little hiccup but it will be resolved in our next release. Once again, our apologies! So all you 64bit people can look forward to being back and writing with Live Writer...

Hardware is FUN!

Reinstalling a system at a hardware and software level is a pretty interesting rite of passage. I'm taking baseline measurements for temperature levels and fan speeds and all that good stuff. Finding out that a quad core technically has 5 different places you can read temperatures from is kind of interesting. Interesting in the way which doesn't actually help me at all in any way shape or form. Through the course of a few BIOS updates, and utility installations I've had some varying temperatures, combined with some worrying amounts of noise. Fortunately, I realised pretty quickly that by default my insanely...

Not posted using Live Writer!

First off, this post is not bought to you via Windows Live Writer! Why? Well.. Running a 64bit OS is an interesting experience. A lot of people will make casual comments along the lines of "pretty much everything should run fine". If you hear this phrase in casual social conversation, then chances are that: You are a huge fucking geek You are talking to someone who has never run a 64bit OS Most 32bit apps are compatiable with a 64bit OS. However there are some things you take for granted, and sometimes compatiability can be an...

Project Quad Core Part 2

The conclusion to project Quad Core is brief, but positive! Ascent shipped out a forward replacement for the faulty ASUS board pretty quickly. The return request was received Monday, and the replacement item turned up on Tuesday. It was installed Tuesday night, and all was well.