Archives / 2005 / May
  • Zarqawi wounded (according to al Qaeda)

    Reuters -- “Al Qaeda's group in Iraq said today (Tuesday) its leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi had been wounded and urged Muslims to pray for him, according to a Web posting.” Yes, Muslims should pray for him.  Pray for him to stop killing them. Read more on Yahoo. more

  • Interesting Read on the idea of Sanctuary in conflict (and the state of our country)

    BlackFive pointed me to EjectEjectEject's essay, Sanctuary (2 parts), and after more time than I cared to spend, I finished reading it and am quite impressed.  I'm going to try to make time to read some of Bill Whittle's other essays, since I hope they'll be of similar quality.  I think he makes some excellent points about the differences between enemy soldiers in uniform and those who forswear any organization in order to achieve personal advantages by blending with civilians. more

  • Free Beer at Microsoft in Atlanta this Friday!

    Kirk Allen Evans reports: This Friday (May 20th) come to the Microsoft Alpharetta office for the .NET Experience Expo! This is a free event where you can come hear all about some of the hottest topics for developers and architects.  This is a huge opportunity to learn more about what Microsoft is doing for developers (and it’s a great chance to win an Xbox!)  All attendees will receive a free copy of beta 2 (yep, Team Suite... the full deal), a copy of "Introducing ASP.NET 2.0", and a swank .NET shirt.  We will have a reception at the end of the day (who can beat free beer?)  There will be partners attending as well in the partner pavillion (AmberPoint, Avanade, … more

  • Custom Cache Dependencies

    I'm looking to write a custom cache dependency but I'm having a very hard time thinking of a useful one that doesn't involve a database (SqlCacheDependency is already taken, and I don't know any other database system well enough to attempt to duplicate the SqlCacheDependency).  If anybody has any ideas for CacheDependencies they'd like to see created, comment to this post and perhaps I'll build one to meet one of the requests if it seems interesting. more

  • Caching: Automatically Renew Stale Items

    I'm working on a new library for Caching that has been an interest of mine for some time, but which I only took the time to implement last week (on the plane home from Charleston).  Basically the problem is that for many of the things that are ideal candidates for caching, it would be nice if there were an easy way to keep these in the cache forever while still ensuring the cached values are relatively current.  Consider this scenario: A web application requires data from another system, which is accessed via the Internet, operated by another organization, and not entirely reliable.  For performance reasons, data from this system is cached; however accessing this data takes … more

  • May 12th GC.NUG Meeting

    Last Thursday I spoke to the GC.NUG group in Charleston.  Charleston seems like a really nice place, and I'd like to visit there again some time when I have more time to look around.  I've always liked South Carolina ever since my first experience there coming from Army basic training in Ft Sill (not fun) to Columbia and a much more pleasant experience of AIT at Ft. Jackson (10 years ago). Chris Williams, the user group leader, was well-prepared and easy to work with.  He had this to say about the meeting.  Overall things went well, I thought, although the turnout was a bit lower than I'd hoped.  There was, at least, no shortage of pizza.  The group had a … more

  • Combat Badges for All branches, MOSs under fire -- retroactive

    ArmyTimes reports the Army's decision to award a combat badge to all soldiers who were actively engaged by or engaging the enemy since September 18th, 2001, when the Global War on Terror began.  The award will be called the Combat Action Badge, and “may be awarded to any soldier -- branch and military occupational specialty immaterial -- performing assigned duties in an area where hostile fire pay and imminent danger pay is authorized, who is personally present and actively engaging or being engaged by the enemy,” according to a press release outlining the eligibility critera for the award. Personally, I think it's a good thing to recognize all soldiers who are in direct … more

  • Programmatically Expire ASP.NET Pages From Output Cache

    This was something I'd been wondering about for a while, and finally learned how to do yesterday.  It seems significant enough to merit an actual article - read about it here: Remove ASP.NET Page Output Cache Entries more