Scott Hanselman

"Energy Consumption" or "Can We Recapture The Extra Heat From My Funeral Pyre?"

January 27, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Musings
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As a self-declared "Energy Star" person, driving a Toyata Prius currently getting 44 mpg, as well as various other green lifestyle choices, I found myself in a very interesting discussion earlier today as I insulted my co-workers choice of 15 mpg Giant Barns On Wheels.  The suggestion was made that since I had such guilt over causing damage to the environment through my personal use of dead dinosaurs for personal transport that I should perhaps result to self-immolation as a way to atone for my pain.

This left me wondering, how could I recapture and reuse the energy from my funeral pyre for use by my decendants?

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Windows 2000 - running for over 2 years, no reboot

January 27, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Bugs
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Windows 2000 site goes over two years without a reboot

This month is the first time that a Windows 2000 site has appeared in the 50 top sites which have the longest period of time since last reboot. www.byteandswitch.com has been running continuously since November 2000. When we first started graphing web servers uptime in the summer of 2000, many people were skeptical that a Windows machine would ever make the top 50. Perceptions change, and although two years is exceptional, several Windows 2000 sites have run for more than a year without a reboot. In the hosting industry, Microsoft partners Interliant and Divine each have sites that have not been rebooted in over a year, while Microsoft has also run several of its own sites for over a year between reboots. 

Heh...Remember the Windows 9x 49.7 day bug?

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Scott's Law of Unit Testing

January 26, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services
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My dentist said to me, "If you don't floss, then you might as well not bother brushing."

I have ammended this to "If you don't write Unit Tests, then you might as well not bother coding."

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ALERT! SQL Server Worm - PATCH YOUR SERVERS TO SP3

January 25, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services
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http://slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=03/01/25/1245206

"Since about midnight EST almost every host on the internet has been receiving a 376 byte UDP payload on port ms-sql-m (1434) from a random infected server. Reports of some hosts receiving 10 per minute or more. internetpulse.net is reporting UUNet and Internap are being hit very hard. This is the cause of major connectivity problems being experienced worldwide. It is believed this worm leverages a vulnerability published in June 2002. Several core routers have taken to blocking port 1434 outright. If you run Microsoft SQL Server, make sure the public internet can't access it. If you manage a gateway, consider dropping UDP packets sent to port 1434." bani adds "This has effectively disabled 5 of the 13 root nameservers."

Installing SQL Server SQL 3 fixes this problem!  It pays to stay up to date (and get up early on a Saturday and walk straight over to your computer...)

Details at the links below:

http://www.sarc.com/avcenter/venc/data/w32.sqlexp.worm.html
http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/370308
http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/399260
http://www.kb.cert.org/vuls/id/484891

 

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Coding with Shu Ha Ri

January 24, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services | Tools
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A reminder on coding standards and best practices from Jim Little:

Shu: Learn the rules.  Practice them religously.
Ha: Break the rules.  Learn where they don’t apply.
Ri: Leave the rules.  Use rules as a tool, nothing more.  (also, “Make the rules.”)

http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?ShuHaRi
http://c2.com/cgi/wiki?ThreeLevelsOfAudience

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