Scott Hanselman

Best use of "primogeniture" in a Weblog

April 14, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services | Speaking
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Wow, Grady. To think all that brainpower produces such amazing insight. (Wrong insight, too--unless he's speaking of a few very minor things, these two environments are evil twin brothers separated at birth and fighting over primogeniture.) I guess this is what happens when you're so far removed from what the rest of the world is doing that you lose touch with reality. [The Mountain of Worthless Information]

Scathing and fabulous blogging from Ted today.  I laughed out loud, mostly because he was right on.

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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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Gunderloy's a freakin' stud

April 11, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services | Speaking
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The Daily Grind 47. Ah, the nectarine tree is in bloom, the asparagus is pushing up (yum!), and it didn't get below freezing last night. It's days like this that I remember exactly why it is that I retired from the flying-around-the-country-and-consulting-and-speaking ratrace. If I ever make enough money to retire, this Internet connection goes too. Meanwhile, though, I'm still cruising around as I work. ... [Larkware News]

Gunderloy's a freakin' stud.  I appreciate the Daily Grind more than my daily breakfast of Diet Pepsi and Smarties.  Keep up the great service Mike, every Daily Grind (especially this one) makes me more productive. 

 

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Reporting, and dynamically creating PDFs from .NET

April 11, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services | ASP.NET
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Here's a great piece of work off GotDotNet for dynamically generating PDF files with .NET.  I can see this being very useful for reporting in ASP.NET.  I'm consistantly amazed at the ammount and quality of useful code that the .NET Community creates.

Another great online resource is the Reporting Starter Kit at the Asp.NET site.  It includes examples in C# for dynamic generation of charts and graphs in memory from ASP.NET and same very englightening DataBinding examples, including Master/Detail, and Drilldown.

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Stop me if you've heard this one...Q261186 Computer Randomly Plays Classical Music

April 11, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services
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Computer Randomly Plays Classical Music

The information in this article applies to:
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional

During normal operation or in Safe mode, your computer may play "Fur Elise" or "It's a Small, Small World" seemingly at random. This is an indication sent to the PC speaker from the computer's BIOS that the CPU fan is failing or has failed, or that the power supply voltages have drifted out of tolerance. This is a design feature of a detection circuit and system BIOSes developed by Award/Unicore from 1997 on.

This isn't a joke...I wonder why it doesn't just play Nelly's Hot In Herre?

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More Talk about Certification from an MC*.*

April 10, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services | Gaming
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So I guess the point of all this rambling is that it is easy for those of us who are authors, speakers, etc., and who have years of experience under our belts to make light of the utility of certifications, and to be annoyed when we see the those 3- and 4-letter marks of the certified. But I try hard not to forget that absent certification, it's entirely possible that I would still be building scenery somewhere, and still struggling to pay my bills.[Andrew Duthie]

This whole certification thing sure is an interesting discussion.  I seem to remember having the same talks a few years back when the MCSD came out.  I still stand by my previous (last week) opinion on certification.  If Mort wants a certification, more power to Mort. But, when it comes time to choose the team, Mort had better have a resume like Elvis or Einstein. 

I hear what Andrew is saying, there but for the grace go I.  I got the MCP in '93 or '94 and felt pretty darn good about it.  But did it kick of the whole thing for me?  I think it was passion for technology that did it.  It was the TI/89A and the Apple II. It was the Commodore PET and the TRS(Trash)-80.  It was caring so much about an elegant solution that I'd stay up nights refactoring perfectly operational big ball of mud code.

I'm not trying to down play the paper - as Rebecca Dias says, documents are central to life.  Why else would I be on my 11th year of my Software Engineering degree? (Reminder: June 6th is Graduation!)  Something in myself says that THAT is a piece of paper I really want to have.  I wouldn't mind it if Mort had a B.S. or M.S. and a few MC*.*s, as well as some experience under his belt, not to mention the ability to grok and ephiphanize.

I'm getting off on a rant here, but here's the real rub - there are a lot of people in the technology industry who got in for the quick dot-com-dollar.  Certainly the industry can't support this many people can we?  Certification may be a great way to stay in the game, but, I mean, there's the whole competence issue to deal with.  80% of the world business logic runs in Microsoft Excel for Pete's Sake.  .NET is fantastic, but Visual Studio drag and drop can make bad programmers WORSE faster than ever.  I know lots of people who are certified that I woudn't hire. 

A great example of why I take certification with a grain of salt is a friend at work who is a biscuit away from his PhD...in History - and, he's a fantastic, brilliant, talented, completely uncertified engineer.  And darnit if he doesn't ship good code to production.

Bottom line, certification, degrees, experience, are each just checkboxs on a long list of qualifications.  Full stop.

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