Scott Hanselman

PDC - If you hold it, they will come.

October 11, '03 Comments [0] Posted in PDC | Speaking
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From Microsoft-Watch:

"Microsoft is expecting to close registration for its Professional Conference this Monday (October 13), as it is now oversubscribed, according to Sanjay Parthasarathy, corporate VP, platform strategy and partner group.""

That's so cool.  PDC is going to kick the llama's ass this year.

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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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Error Enumerating Data Server...oops, I mean, Madness and VS.NET's Server Explorer

October 10, '03 Comments [2] Posted in XML | Bugs
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 I wonder when a whole lot of people have a problem, like when you try to add a Data Source in Visual Studio.NET and you get the descriptive error message “Error Enumerating Data Server” and there are 70 posts with this phrase on the USENET, but not ONE useful answer, is it really a problem?

There must be a solution to this problem that doesn’t involve some of the current helpful suggestions like:

·         Uh, wow, ya, I paved my box when this happened.

·         Dude, reinstall.

·         Ya, that happened to me, but now I just avoid that place in VS.NET anymore.

·         Have you tried reinstalling the MDAC?

The signal to noise ratio of blogs may be low, but it’s way higher than the USENET, and possibly higher than the bathroom wall at my neighborhood Applebee’s.

Hopefully someone will read this and tell me how to fix this obvious (I won’t say bug) incongruity in Visual Studio.NET and the answering will raise this blogs signal to noise ratio.

If I can touch the life of just one child…

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Wireless Blood Sugar/Glucose Meter...

October 9, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Diabetes | Web Services
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A few years back I wrote an article about how much trouble I had as a diabetic while on a roadtrip (apparently it's been 'archived' - lame)

I was complaining about how frustrating it was to check my blood sugar on one device (with a screen, batteries, buttons, etc) then manually into another device (with a screen, batteries, buttons, etc) and I wondered:

A. Why isn't there only one device?
2. At least, why don't these devices talk to each other?

Well, here's a cool thing.  It's a Glucose Meter with integrated wireless alerts!   If you or your kid is having a low or high blood sugar, the device will alert a call center that will dispatch Text Messages all over.  Very cool. 

Update: The CEO of Diabetech emailed me, turns out there's no intermediate call center.  It's all handled with profile based message routing.  Even cooler!  Web Services, Wireless...the world of mobile healthcare is upon us.

I love it when new technologies come out that are so compelling you don't know how you lived without them!

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Getting back in the swing...

October 9, '03 Comments [9] Posted in ASP.NET | Diabetes | Speaking | PDC
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Some very kinds notes lately from folks who noticed my ever changing MSN Messenger Name.  I've indeed been ill lately, having some diabetes troubles and unusual associated vertigo.  I was literally propped up all weekend, as lying down induced horrible spinning (presumably of the room, although possibly me).  I'm getting better slowly, but still sense something's wrong. Pretty sure I'll be back in the swing again for my presentation to the Cleveland .NET Users Group next week, and certainly for PDC.  I'd hate to miss it!

In my stupor I've been continuing into the depths of ASP.NET, this week working on a (possibly) rudimentary visual inheritance with Web Forms. 

Something like this:

namespace MyNorthwindBank
{
  public class
SomeWonderfulBasePage : Page
  {
      
protected override void
OnInit(System.EventArgs e)
      {
         this.Controls.AddAt(0, LoadControl("head.ascx"));
         base.OnInit(e);
         this.Controls.Add(LoadControl("foot.ascx"));
      }
   }
  
public class
SomeWonderfulBaseControl : UserControl
   {
      public new
SomeWonderfulBasePage Page
      {
        get { return (SomeWonderfulBasePage )base.Page; }
      }
   }
}

I wonder if this is a valid and reasonable way to proceed, or if there's something about it that might bite me?

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Never a good sign: "The operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator"

October 4, '03 Comments [2] Posted in Musings | Tools
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At someone's urging I installed Spyware Search and Destroy in order to compare it to Ad-Aware and somewhere along the way I got this lovely, while hitting Tools|Options:

"The operation has been cancelled due to restrictions in effect on this computer. Please contact your system administrator."

So, I contacted myself (by calling my IT helpdesk, namely, me) and I told myself to go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Policies\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Restrictions\NoBrowserOptions and set it to "0"

Why Search and Destroy thought that 1 was a better value, I do not know, but I'd have appreciated being told ahead of time. ;)

Of course, I checked their online FAQ, and noticed this condescending note:

Internet Explorer tells you to contact your administrator when you try to access the IE settings?
This can happen if you use Spybot-S&D in advanced mode and you have used the Immunize feature without reading all the text ;)

Hm...true, I didn't read it.  True, that IS stupid of me.  But is it really my fault, or their silly DE-fault? 

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