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Chris G. Williams Beware: I mix tech and personal interests here. September 2005 Entries
A blast from your geeky past
Commodore prepares to re-enter the gaming market?!?

Read about it here!

Maybe I'm showing my age, but I have many fond memories of sitting in front of my TV and the C-64... There were some surprisingly good games on that system.

Posted On Thursday, September 29, 2005 1:34 PM

Registration is now OPEN
Registration for GC.NUG's Microsoft Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 Product Launch Event is now open.

Click here for more info.

Posted On Thursday, September 29, 2005 10:18 AM

VS.NET IDE for Linux? Isn't April still 6 months away?
Apparently, The Code Project is sponsoring another contest, this one is called: The Race to Linux. Should be interesting.

Posted On Thursday, September 29, 2005 8:49 AM

answer me this...
Is it possible to split a row of data into two rows on an datagrid?

I've done some (limited) googling with no success.

Posted On Wednesday, September 28, 2005 4:46 PM

Microsoft 2005 Product Launch Event
Coming to the Greater Charleston .NET User Group on November 10th... All attendees will receive the following: Attendee DVD which includes all the slides/code from the Developer and IT Professional training plus additional content from Visual Studio, SQL Server, BizTalk Server, Windows Server, Mobility, Patterns & Practices, and many others. VPC images of hands on labs providing over 50 self-paced training sessions on Visual Studio, SQL Server, BizTalk Server, Mobility, Security, and many others. ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 27, 2005 9:27 PM

footprints in the internet
In this post, Scott Miller talks a bit about his internet footprint, and how some companies (MS in particular) might google you before actually talking to you. So this made me curious... Here is what I found: Googling for: Christopher Williams returns 21,000,000 results and I do not appear at all in the top 100 results. Googling for: Chris Williams returns 29,000,000 results and #5 of the top 10 is my blog (that you're reading right now). I appeared a total of 3 times in the Top 100 results. Googling ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 21, 2005 4:07 PM

I've been out of the office all week teaching a Microsoft Course in order to meet the requirements of my MCT program. This is the first teaching gig I've managed to score since moving to South Carolina, and I'm at PST in North Charleston. I have to say, it feels good to be back in the classroom. It may sound cheesy, but I really do enjoy helping people learn, and when I'm in a small class (5 people) like this one I feel like I have more of an opportunity to connect with everyone. Also, this class ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 21, 2005 3:36 PM

can anyone tell me why?
Can anyone tell me why a Boolean reserves 2 Bytes of memory, as opposed to 1 bit (0 or 1) or some other amount (smaller than 2 Bytes)? Thanks!

Posted On Sunday, September 18, 2005 2:49 PM

OMG, World of Warcraft has the plague...
Here's the short version: Blizzard adds in a new instance to their MMORPG World of Warcraft. This instance is named Zul'Gurub. Inside is the god of blood, Hakkar. When you fight him he has a debuff called Corrputed Blood. It does roughly 250-350 damage to your character and affects nearby player characters. The amazing thing is some players have brought this disease (and it is a disease) back to the towns, outside of the instance. It starts spreading amongst the general population including NPCs, ......

Posted On Sunday, September 18, 2005 1:29 PM

Google Juice
I find it interesting that a post I made on Tuesday of this week (9/13/05) managed to hit the #1 spot on Google by Thursday (9/15/05) morning. I'm sure a lot of you have heard (or used) the term Google Juice before, and I know Jeff is pretty proud of the amount of "juice" GWB has. So I'm wondering how all of this really works. When you think about it, TWO days (more like 1.5) is pretty damn fast to show up in Google. How much of it is Google's attraction to GWB and how much of it is just Google getting ......

Posted On Friday, September 16, 2005 5:55 AM

GWB has some serious google juice!
This is just mean and nasty and wrong, and I love it...

Google for: Gil Gerard Pedophile and see what comes up!


Thanks Tony for pointing this out. It only took a couple days.

Posted On Thursday, September 15, 2005 3:09 PM

Happy Blogiversary
Today marks 1 year on Geeks With Blogs.

Yay me!

Posted On Thursday, September 15, 2005 5:27 AM

interesting tidbit from PDC
Bill Evjen recently mentioned this in his blog from PDC. Using a USB memory stick will allow Vista to add it to the larger pool of available memory for the computer! Wow. Wow is right... imagine being able to stick a 2 gig USB drive in your machine and have it automatically increase your overall memory pool! I think that's pretty awesome, but... I am concerned about the impact speed will have on this... USB drives will have to get a hell of a lot faster, won't they? Or am I missing something obvious ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 14, 2005 11:31 AM

Code Campalicious...
Ok, so I'm NOT at PDC... and I get to read all these great posts about how cool it is and how much fun it is and all the neat people you all meet at the bar while sucking down your *diet cokes* (yeah right) That's ok... I've got the next best thing (if you happen to live within a couple hundred miles and couldn't afford PDC like the rest of us...) Charleston Code Camp That's right! The Charleston Code Camp is only 4 days away... and you know how much it costs? NOTHING!! ZIP ZERO ZILCH NADA NUTTIN ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 13, 2005 11:16 AM

unclear on the concept...
ebay buying skype? for $2.6 BILLION?

read it here

Posted On Tuesday, September 13, 2005 9:05 AM

ok fine...
Ok... I've gotten a few requests for the details behind this, so here it is: Like most good stories, the truth of what happened probably isn't quite as interesting as the aftermath, but here goes... about 7 years ago, I was at a small (dare I say... dinky?) convention in Glenvar, VA. Unless you live within 20 miles of there, you've probably never heard of it... No big deal. The convention was Rising Star and it's held at Glenvar High School each year. Rising Star was one of two cons that emerged ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 13, 2005 5:56 AM

Gil Gerard must be destroyed.
I made my yearly pilgrimage to Atlanta for Dragon*Con and will have pictures online soon. It was awesome as usual, with one sad exception. The disgusting pig I love to hate... Gil Gerard, did not grace us with his corpulent presence this year. Every year I make a point of swinging by his "fan table" and insulting him. Trust me, he's a jerk and he deserves it. I always took great pride in being the ONLY person anywhere near his table, sometimes even declaring myself "FIRST" on day 3 of the convention. ......

Posted On Monday, September 12, 2005 12:48 PM

Review: The Exorcism of Emily Rose
The commercials do an excellent job of misleading most people on what this movie is actually about. It's not a horror movie. Ok, yes there are some creepy scenes, and yes there are some moments that make you jump, but it's not The Exorcist by any means. There's no pea-soup vomit or 360 degree head spinning or levitating. Ultimately this is a courtroom drama that deals with some pretty touchy subject matter. The actress that plays Emily does a terrific job, and has a promising future as a contortionist ......

Posted On Friday, September 9, 2005 9:34 PM

How to be a PM at MS (and how to deal with PMs)
Found this in Paul Vicks blog...

How to be a PM at Microsoft (and how to deal with PMs)

I know it's a couple weeks old, but it's quite funny... because it's true.

Posted On Friday, September 9, 2005 11:52 AM

stupid HR tricks... part 2
When I was at {previous company}, they used this system called 360 degree feedback. I'm sure you've heard of it, a lot of companies use it with varying degrees of success. So what's the big deal, you ask? go ahead and ask, I'll wait... ok, well {previous company} may have called it 360 degree feedback, but it resembled the actual process in name only. Every company I've ever been at (and there have been a few) that used "360" did it the same way. You get reviewed by 2 or 3 of your peers, and by your ......

Posted On Friday, September 9, 2005 10:06 AM

GC.NUG September Meeting
The Greater Charleston .NET User Group I hope to see some of you this evening. We're covering the pizza and sodas, and providing a speaker (courtesy of Apress). All you have to do is show up! How much easier can we make it? :) Our .NET Lending Library is up and running, with a page of it's own on the website. Contact Cherrie if you see anything you want to check out. Also, reader reviews are always encouraged (although not required) as a great way to keep the books coming from our publisher ......

Posted On Thursday, September 8, 2005 9:37 AM

stupid HR tricks... part 1
So I have this friend who works for a software company that is trying to find new and innovative ways to locate potential employees (mostly developers). She's not a geek, so she asks me for some suggestions on how to attract the attention of my fellow geeks who might be looking for a job. Naturally I say... start a blog!! of course. There aren't all that many female geek bloggers (in comparison) and the ones I've seen on GWB tend to be fairly well received. We're a mostly courteous bunch after all. ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 7, 2005 6:12 AM

just to clarify, why I'm so busy (repost)
Thank you Julia Lerman for finding this one and returning it to me after it got lost... The title of my book was done ages ago, I'm writing the actual book now. It's just slowwww going. I have a full time day job of course, and a chronic inability to say no to extra projects. In addition to my day job, I'm also: - working on a fairly lucrative sideproject for a local company - teaching programming a couple nights a week at the local high school - preparing to deliver a weeklong MOC course ......

Posted On Monday, September 5, 2005 11:44 AM

Ok I know I lost a couple posts, and I'd like them back but I don't want to recreate them from memory (ok ok I CAN'T recreate them from memory)

so if any of you read my blog via RSS feed, and have my latest two posts still in your reader or mail client, drop me a line and we'll figure out a way for me to get them back online. Of course the comments will be gone, but at least I'll have the posts back.


Posted On Monday, September 5, 2005 11:18 AM

Has anyone else had some recent posts disappear? I had 2 (my most recent two) disappear lately... they were there for a couple days, people even commented on them and now they are gone. Am I the only one?

Posted On Monday, September 5, 2005 11:08 AM

well slap me on the ass and call me shirley...
Man... writing a book is freakin' hard! My kudos to all of you who have finished one (or more) already. Yes, even the really crappy ones. No David, that wasn't meant towards you. ;) (Besides, I have a newfound appreciation for your book. It got a lot better in the later chapters.) Yes I'm still working on my title, and yes I knew all along it wouldn't be easy. I just had no idea how hard it would be at times to regain momentum after you've stopped for any length of time longer than a bathroom break. ......

Posted On Thursday, September 1, 2005 9:38 AM

It's funny when it's not you...
I got this today at work... pretty funny. Your wife decides to go out with her friends drinking and dancing.... You're okay with it, because you get to watch sports all night.... You hear her stumble into bed around 4am and you laugh knowing she's going to have a monster hangover.... You wake up the next morning and go outside to the family Volvo, which she used last night.... You sigh in relief because it's all in one piece.... You circle the car looking for dents and find none.... But... Wait a ......

Posted On Thursday, September 1, 2005 8:20 AM

Nobody told me I was rich...
There's an article in The Escapist talking about "Casual Fortunes" and how much money casual game developers are earning. Not sure I agree with it, but it's a good read.

read it!

BTW, the navigation buttons are well-hidden down in the bottom right corner.

Posted On Thursday, September 1, 2005 6:41 AM

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