Archives / 2007 / May
  • Surface Computing

    A new tool coming from Microsoft soon will allow users to work on a tabletop surface as a computer interface.  Watch this video – it’s very cool.  I can totally see having one as a coffee table in a living room or home theater room that controls all of the media (or even the whole house), as well as in conference rooms in offices, etc. [categories: hardware] more

  • Optimize ASP.NET HTTP Connection Limit

    Mads has a nice post on optimizing ASP.NET to utilize more than its default of 2 concurrent web connections.  Here’s the relevant config info: <>  <connectionManagement>     <add address="*" maxconnection="8"/>  </connectionManagement></> [categories:performance] more

  • Lake Quincy Media Launches AdSignia

    We just launched AdSignia, our new advertising management platform for online advertisers and publishers.  Read the full AdSignia online advertising server press release for more details.We're still working out a few things and will have a better story for new accounts, particularly publishers, in a couple of weeks.  For now this is most interesting for existing publishers and new and existing advertisers. more

  • Welcome Home

    Just wanted to say "Welcome Home" a bit late to all of the Vietnam Vets out there, after reading Bob Parsons' post on the subject.  My uncle served in Vietnam and has never been much interested in talking about it, though my own Iraq experience has led us to discuss things a bit recently.  All I can say is, thanks to everyone who went, and though I wasn't around at the time, I apologize for all of the ungrateful idiots who treated you (and likely continue to treat you) so poorly.One of Bob's commenters suggested this book, "Unheralded Victory", which I'll have to check out.  It sounds interesting, if nothing else (no, I haven't read it … more

  • Oh *** Outlook Email Rule

    I have a rule in Outlook that I call my “Oh shit” rule.  It delays all messages from being sent for 1 minute, which is plenty of time for me to realize that I said the wrong thing, sent the wrong thing, forgot an attachment, or copied the wrong people, at which point I can open the message from my Outbox and correct it before it is actually sent.  But, it’s not so long that my messages take an inordinate amount of time to arrive when I tell someone “I just sent you this in an email” and they’re wondering where it is. This wasn’t an original idea of mine – I heard it from somebody else a year or two ago, but I don’t recall … more

  • Why Russia

    First of all I’d like to say Thank You! to everyone who has congratulated us and wished our family well.  We really appreciate the support we have received from our family and friends, both locally and online. I’ve had a number of people ask me why we chose to adopt from Russia, and I’m sure others are wondering but not asking.  Some simply had never heard of such a thing, though I don’t think international adoption is terribly uncommon or unknown in the United States (some questions came from folks I know overseas).  I haven’t yet had any ignorant comments like the one responded to in Chris Anderson’s (SimpleGeek) wife’s post, … more

  • Microsoft Fans - Raise Your Hand

    I have trouble, as a long time Microsoft developer community member and (dare I say) community leader, believing that someone could miss the fact that there are Microsoft communities and, by extension, community members and fans.  I would definitely consider myself a fan of Microsoft’s products.  I’m not lacking in criticism when there are things that are broken, mind you, but overall I’d definitely classify myself as a fan.  And, of course, I know I’m not alone.  I know a lot of other Microsoft fans.  I know there are thousands of them on the AspAdvice mailing lists and forums.  I know there are tens of thousands of them on the ASP.NET … more

  • Outlook Data File PST Not Closed Properly

    A common problem with Outlook is the infamous data file issue that pops up when you launch Outlook and says it must check the data file for constency because it was not shut down properly.  In Outlook 2003 this is annoying because Outlook is unusable until the check completes, which can take a long time for large PST files.  In Outlook 2007 this is a minor issue because the task occurs in the background and simply has a system tray bubble announcing its status.  However, in both cases, the process of checking the file consistency is an annoying one that slows down one’s system and so if it can be avoided, it  should be. If you simply go into Task Manager and kill … more

  • New Arrival

    I could go the total geek route and write some pseudo-code to the effect of adding a new instance of a person to the smith family, but that’s been way overdone and I’m so overloaded now that it probably wouldn’t even compile anyway…  I’m proud to announce that Michelle and I have a new son!  Nikita Maxim Smith was born in Russia on 20 April 2006.  We first met him on 27 March 2007, and we brought him home on 8 May 2007.  He’s doing great and our daughter Ilyana is enjoying being a big sister.  Nikita is just over 20 pounds and is walking with assistance and is just a lot of fun. Mom, dad, and new baby are all home, doing well, … more

  • Moscow User Group Presentation - Caching Best Practices

    In my last post I wrote that I would be speaking in Moscow this week - well, I did so Monday night and it went quite well I thought.  I have uploaded the presentation and demo code from the presentation as promised - sorry it took a couple of days but I didn't get back online until I returned home to Ohio, USA.  Thank you Gaidar Magdanurov for inviting me to speak and for getting me to and from my hotel for the event - thankfully the traffic was amazingly absent.  For this event there were approximately 50-60 people in attendance.  I presented in English since my Russian skills are still not quite up to the task, and there were many questions, some of whom Gaidar … more