Scott Hanselman

Looking for things to complain about?

May 20, '04 Comments [4] Posted in TechEd | ASP.NET
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I usually steer away from controversy on this blog.  I said nothing during "Rory-Gate" that Ted and Roy started even though I had an opinion.  Now, to be clear, Roy and I are blog-friends, we've chatted, emailed, we are cordial.  Regulator kicks the llama's ass - Roy's a fine fellow. 

That said, Roy, are you trying to be a commentator, or are you just trying to stir crap up?  Seriously, relax.

Roy commented on my Apprentice.NET post and thought that winning the tickets to the Influencer's Dinner was cheesy and represented some kind of larger disintegration of the social fabric of the blogosphere, or possible space-time.  Note, the emphasis is mine.

Sure, I know some of this is tongue in cheek sorta thing, but still. When did Bloggers become rock stars to win dinners with? ".Net Influencers"? hmm... I know these are all great people but C'mon! just wear the "I'm a Legend, worship me." T-shirt and be done with it already.

Do we really want to cultivate the cult of the worshiping masses? In the last year I've seen Bloggers become celebrities, celebrities become legends, and I've seen legends become myths. We need to remember (and especially those who are at the helm) who we are and what we are here to do. We should not get all full of ourselves creating contests for people to meet us. We should just meet them. We should not be handing out autographs, but software, tips, tricks and code. Oh and gadgets. I have to say that yes, I'd love to meet with each and every one of the “cool bunch” but I would feel really awkward trying to win their grace through a contest. What's next? A Don Box coffee mug? wasn't the “software legends” thing enough? Isn't this all getting a little out of proportion? [RoyO]

A Don Box coffee mug?  Hell, I've got his rookie card!  (By the way, buy a ComputerZen.com coffee mug!) 

This isn't a bloggers dinner.  There'll be Program Managers there, people who write specs, people in charge of .NET namespaces, people who influence the direction of the .NET Framework.  YES there will be some MVPs there, and YES there will be some RDs there.  Microsoft decides who is an influencer.

Dude, I was very happy to meet Don Box, and I'd be even happier to meet Tim Berners-Lee.  However, I didn't say myth, legend, king or queen, celebrity or worship me.  I specifically said "Illuminati" with the definition being "#5: Any persons who profess special spiritual or intellectual enlightenment" with the operative word here being profess.

It's just a velvet rope, and if you don't want to party in the champagne room, don't go to the club.  The dinner existed (I didn't invent the dinner) before my little promotion and dinners like it will exist after. This is all in fun, there's no intentional elitism. 

If you don't want to meet Donald Trump, then don't try out for the Apprentice.

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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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The Apprentice.NET: You're finalized! Don't forget to stop by the Microsoft RD Community booth!

May 20, '04 Comments [0] Posted in TechEd
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I'll be hanging at the Microsoft RD booth for most of Monday and Tuesday.  Be sure to stop by and say Hello and tell me you saw this post. 

If you're a blogger, please help virally spread this post by trackbacking to it.  Feel free to use this graphic:

You'll want to stop by and see if you have the intellectual horsepower it takes to be the Apprentice.NET!  The Winner will receive a ticket to the EXCLUSIVE INVITE ONLY .NET Influencer's Dinner and rub elbows with various .NET Illuminati.  Truly a lifetime chance, and only possible to those with chops enough to be the Apprentice.NET. 

For those of you who are more 'Survivor'-brute-force-scavenger-hunt types ;) don't worry, we'll have RD Bingo for you to play.  You'll have a card with the faces of Bloggers and RDs that you know and love.  Get that individual to initial over their face.  Getting Bingo (or Blackout Bingo) wins prizes (plus it forces you anti-social bastards to network!)

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Weird...first time my blog's been down, well, ever...

May 20, '04 Comments [0] Posted in ASP.NET | DasBlog | XML
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Weird, er, ah.  That was the first time the blog's ever been down that I know of.  I was posting remotely via BlogJet (the blogger API) and somehow the new dasBlog 1.6 Cache got out of whack.  I recycled the Worker Process and deleted entryCache.xml, categoryCache, and blogdata.xml and I'm back.

For those who care, here's the event log:

l2 time 2004-05-20T02:30:02 code 750 message <span>XSSUpstreamError:<br/>Collection was modified; enumeration operation may not execute.<br/> while processing    at System.Collections.ArrayListEnumeratorSimple.MoveNext()
   at newtelligence.DasBlog.Runtime.EntryIdCache.Build(DataManager data)
   at newtelligence.DasBlog.Runtime.EntryIdCache.Ensure(DataManager data)
   at newtelligence.DasBlog.Runtime.BlogDataServiceXml.GetDateForEntry(String entryId)
   at newtelligence.DasBlog.Runtime.BlogDataServiceXml.newtelligence.DasBlog.Runtime.IBlogDataService.GetCommentsFor(String entryId)
   at newtelligence.DasBlog.Web.Services.SyndicationServiceImplementation.GetRssCore(String category, Int32 maxDayCount, Int32 maxEntryCount)
   at newtelligence.DasBlog.Web.Services.XSSUpstreamer.Run().</span>
l2 time 2004-05-20T02:30:03 code 1 message <span>Error:<br/>System.InvalidOperationException: Collection was modified; enumeration operation may not execute.
<br>   at System.Collections.ArrayListEnumeratorSimple.MoveNext()
<br>   at newtelligence.DasBlog.Runtime.EntryIdCache.Build(DataManager data)
<br>   at newtelligence.DasBlog.Runtime.EntryIdCache.Ensure(DataManager data)
<br>   at newtelligence.DasBlog.Runtime.BlogDataServiceXml.GetDateForEntry(String entryId)
<br>   at newtelligence.DasBlog.Runtime.BlogDataServiceXml.InternalGetEntry(String entryId)
<br>   at newtelligence.DasBlog.Runtime.BlogDataServiceXml.newtelligence.DasBlog.Runtime.IBlogDataService.GetEntry(String entryId)
<br>   at newtelligence.DasBlog.Web.Core.SharedBasePage.SetupPage(Object o, EventArgs e)
<br>   at System.EventHandler.Invoke(Object sender, EventArgs e)
<br>   at System.Web.UI.Control.OnInit(EventArgs e)
<br>   at newtelligence.DasBlog.Web.PermaLink.OnInit(EventArgs e)
<br>   at System.Web.UI.Control.InitRecursive(Control namingContainer)
<br>   at System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain()<br/> while processing
http://www.hanselman.com/blog/PermaLink.aspx?guid=b849dcaa-81f0-4733-9fff-f7399fb6ed01.</span>

then some

l2 time 2004-05-20T02:30:05 code 1 message <span>Error:<br/>System.ArgumentNullException: Value cannot be null.
<br>Parameter name: value
<br>   at System.Web.Caching.CacheEntry..ctor(String key, Object value, CacheDependency dependency, CacheItemRemovedCallback onRemovedHandler, DateTime utcAbsoluteExpiration, TimeSpan slidingExpiration, CacheItemPriority priority, Boolean isPublic)
<br>   at System.Web.Caching.CacheInternal.DoInsert(Boolean isPublic, String key, Object value, CacheDependency dependencies, DateTime utcAbsoluteExpiration, TimeSpan slidingExpiration, CacheItemPriority priority, CacheItemRemovedCallback onRemoveCallback, Boolean replace)
<br>   at System.Web.Caching.Cache.Insert(String key, Object value, CacheDependency dependencies)
<br>   at newtelligence.DasBlog.Runtime.EntryIdCache.Load(DataManager data)
<br>   at newtelligence.DasBlog.Runtime.EntryIdCache.Ensure(DataManager data)
<br>   at newtelligence.DasBlog.Runtime.BlogDataServiceXml.newtelligence.DasBlog.Runtime.IBlogDataService.GetDaysWithEntries(TimeZone tz)
<br>   at newtelligence.DasBlog.Web.Core.WeblogCalendar.WeblogCalendar_Load(Object sender, EventArgs e)
<br>   at System.Web.UI.Control.OnLoad(EventArgs e)
<br>   at System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive()
<br>   at System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive()
<br>   at System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive()
<br>   at System.Web.UI.Control.LoadRecursive()
<br>   at System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain()<br/> while processing
http://www.hanselman.com/blog/Default.aspx.</span>

then a whole lot of...

l2 time 2004-05-20T02:35:03 code 1 message <span>Error:<br/>System.ArgumentNullException: Value cannot be null.
<br>Parameter name: value
<br>   at System.Web.Caching.CacheEntry..ctor(String key, Object value, CacheDependency dependency, CacheItemRemovedCallback onRemovedHandler, DateTime utcAbsoluteExpiration, TimeSpan slidingExpiration, CacheItemPriority priority, Boolean isPublic)
<br>   at System.Web.Caching.CacheInternal.DoInsert(Boolean isPublic, String key, Object value, CacheDependency dependencies, DateTime utcAbsoluteExpiration, TimeSpan slidingExpiration, CacheItemPriority priority, CacheItemRemovedCallback onRemoveCallback, Boolean replace)
<br>   at System.Web.Caching.Cache.Insert(String key, Object value, CacheDependency dependencies)
<br>   at newtelligence.DasBlog.Runtime.EntryIdCache.Load(DataManager data)
<br>   at newtelligence.DasBlog.Runtime.EntryIdCache.Ensure(DataManager data)
<br>   at newtelligence.DasBlog.Runtime.BlogDataServiceXml.GetDateForEntry(String entryId)
<br>   at newtelligence.DasBlog.Runtime.BlogDataServiceXml.InternalGetEntry(String entryId)
<br>   at newtelligence.DasBlog.Runtime.BlogDataServiceXml.newtelligence.DasBlog.Runtime.IBlogDataService.GetEntry(String entryId)
<br>   at newtelligence.DasBlog.Web.Core.SharedBasePage.SetupPage(Object o, EventArgs e)
<br>   at System.EventHandler.Invoke(Object sender, EventArgs e)
<br>   at System.Web.UI.Control.OnInit(EventArgs e)
<br>   at newtelligence.DasBlog.Web.PermaLink.OnInit(EventArgs e)
<br>   at System.Web.UI.Control.InitRecursive(Control namingContainer)
<br>   at System.Web.UI.Page.ProcessRequestMain()<br/> while processing
http://www.hanselman.com/blog/PermaLink.aspx?guid=6083af1e-42c1-4d54-a33d-a5bef622a503.</span>

Looks like some schmutz around the small cached portion of the Xml Data Store is corrupt, there's no Assert() or check for null and null is inserted into the in memory ASP.NET cache?  The first dump shows EntryIdCache freaking out, then the other cache didn't stand a chance.  Looks like maybe the Radio Upstream happened JUST as I was sending data in via the Blogger API?

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"Searching Conversations, Not Content" or "Is there a difference between CONTENT and PAGES?"

May 20, '04 Comments [4] Posted in Programming
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I was talking to a fellow at the recent Portland Nerd Dinner about my growing frustration with Google.  Certainly Google is great, blah blah, find anything, blah blah, touch the mind of God, blah blah.  But I'm just searching text without context. 

Sure, that text might be in a PowerPoint or PDF, but when my motherboard recently freaked out I googled for such things as "PERL Intel Motherboard" and "Intel Motherboard BIO Problems" - you get the idea, you've lived this a thousand times before.

After a while of NOT finding anything, I started being more directed.  This is where my Mom and many others breakdown.  There ARE things that google doesn't search OR advanced Google techniques that are tantamount to using a command shell. (filetype:pdf and site:intel.com leap to mind) 

So, I went straight to Intel and did the whole FAQ, Forums, Support MESS.  (Aside: Online support is quickly also becoming a joke.  TODO: Revolutionize Online Support by introducing an actually USEFUL Knowledge Base Search)  Then I tried various and sundry forums that Google isn't - for whatever reason - indexing. 

Then I tried Google Groups.  And here's the thing - is it more agonizing to find NOTHING about your problem or to find three threads that describe your problem EXACTLY...but the thread is just lying there.  Fallow.  Unanswered.  Flacid even.

So, I found another fellow who was having the identical problem.  Noone answered his calls though, as they were scribbled on the bathroom wall we call the Usenet.

Then I realized what I REALLY wanted to search was Conversations/Thoughts/Comments.  I didn't really expect to find a PAGE that was called "Upgrading the Intel 865PERL Motherboard BIOS from Revision P12 to Revsion P15 and watching it fail" because noone writes pages like that (anymore.)  I wanted to search the buzz, the scuttlebutt, the scoop, the thoughts.

The Usenet threaded discussion model isn't working anymore, and non-google indexed blog comments aren't helping the problem, they are distributing it.  There's a problem out there and a whole slew of "conversations" and collective knowledge that need to be indexed and someone is going to have a license to print money if they solve it.

 

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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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All the John Robbins BugSlayer Tips in one location

May 20, '04 Comments [0] Posted in Bugs
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Sairama has extracted all the BugSlayer Tips from all the John Robbins Microsoft System's Journal columns going back to 1997 and through today.  A great resource!

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