July 2008 Entries

Time for Nisbett to hang up the mic?

One of the features from the NZ vs South Africa test match a few weeks back was some shocking commentary mixups from Grant Nisbett. During that match I counted at least 4 instances where he got players mixed up or utterly wrong during his calling of the match. The best one was when he credited a run to Joe Rokocoko who wasn’t even in the squad due to a 6 month layoff recovering from surgery. It seems that we’re in for a repeat performance this week in the New Zealand vs Australia match. So far he’s managed to confuse...

New train timetables

If I’m going to write about Auckland’s trains, then I need to be fair about it – because sometimes, good things happen, and they need to be mentioned. Yesterday the new timetables for the Western Line kicked into effect. For anyone who lives beyond Henderson there are huge improvements to the regularity of the services – the previous wait of 40 minutes between trains has been reduced to 15 minutes during peak times. That’s a big difference, and it’s really going to make taking the train a much more viable option. There were a few changes to other services, as well as...

More ASP.NET MVC goodness

There's more MVC goodness announced on ScottGu's blog, namely the Preview 4 release which means another step closer to the final thing. As always there's a bunch of useful info showing it all in action, so check it out. Tags: ASP.NET , MVC

ASP.NET AJAX Roadmap

If you work with ASP.NET and AJAX then you'll probably want to take a look at Microsoft's ASP.NET AJAX Roadmap document. After restating their goal of "making ASP.NET Ajax the first-class choice for all Web 2.0 Developers" they start listing some of their ideas for the future. Template driven binding sounds useful, and I've recently come across a few people mentioning that even though the version in Atlas had it's faults, that it was still a good idea. The DOM APIs around element selection look useful,  and there are various other shiny things such as increased animation effects...

Remove trailing characters (and a small rant)

Often when coding I’ll search for a snippet of code to avoid reinventing the wheel. Code re-use is good, right? From now on, whenever a search like that ends up sending me over to experts-exchange.com (which is a signup, members only site that shows the question text for all to see but masks the answers to entice people to sign up) I’m going to make an effort to write up a free version of  the answer here. I really dislike that site, because all hits from there are a complete waste of time for a non member....

Das Keyboard Professional

The latest in the Das Keyboard family has definitely broken a tradition – the keys have markings on them. And the markings are actual numbers and letters. And they’re in the right places. Personally, I’m not sure whether this is something which will ever catch on to true Das Keyboard fans, however the futuristic font, weird shape, loud clicking noises, and blue num/scroll/caps lock lights are all nice touches. Link: Extremetech - Das Keyboard Professional Review Tags: Das Keyboard,Gadgets