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  • Goodbye backaches. And don't bother to visit me again.

    Ever had the experience of enjoying a deliciously sweet orange ice cream on a hot day? Quite a welcome treat to beat the scorching heat (wow, it rhymes!) And then attempting to drink a glass of plain water immediately after? When I did that as a kid, I immediately spitted the entire mouthful of liquid out of my mouth like a jet hose aiming to ...
    Posted to Physiology (Forum) by icelava on March 16, 2009
  • Word discovery: Pernicious

    What is it with this present trend of constantly pouncing upon pretentiously profound words starting with the letter P? :-) Today's discovery is certainly one elusive and confusing term to momentariy deceive (or stun) the receivers of your comment. Pernicious = plain evil or harmful The quality of the code I have been reviewing of late ...
    Posted to Omnifarious (Forum) by icelava on March 11, 2009
  • Plug and Probe (for your own settings)

    It sucks to be a technology enthusiast. Attempting to move quickly through progressive improvements (but practically warranted, nonetheless) in hardware is a loss-making business. Getting somebody to buy over old hardware is such a challenge, I'd probably earn more as a coolie carrying sacks of rice off the pier for the amount of time spent. The ...
    Posted to Electronic Hardware (Forum) by icelava on March 6, 2009
  • Running in a loop

    Following the death of my father I thought it was&nbsp;time to look back ahead, and re-align myself with the rhythm and joys of life. My gaming PC is in need of being powered on; time to put this entertainment hardware to good use before it becomes obsolete. Or maybe, it already is? Totally? Given my current job and developer community ...
    Posted to Curse Diary (Forum) by icelava on February 27, 2009
  • Politically Correct: You are plain EVIL

    How does one attempt to describe individuals who act on undisputed intent for wrongdoing and harm? Should we just lash out and label ''wicked'' or ''evil'' or ''criminal'' with verbal efficiency? Why, just leave it to Jeff Atwood with his talent in prose to contruct a phrase that so easily deceives you: ''Morally Bankrupt'' Wow. Have I ever ...
    Posted to Life perspective (Forum) by icelava on February 24, 2009
  • Cannot open IIS 7 applicationHost.config in 64-bit Windows with 32-bit text editor

    Every once in awhile, the very act of deviating from the norm to use a *gasp* 64-bit operating system meets with heavenly punishment. So much so that the most rudimentary tasks of opening a text file in a text editor is met with disapproval. I have already encountered this a few times&nbsp;ever since I installed x64 Windows Vista onto my home's ...
    Posted to Software Development (Forum) by icelava on February 21, 2009
  • Looking for the praise that nobody gives

    Let me&nbsp;begin with an anecdote concerning a moment during my first professional job. As technical support and operations staff, our contact channels with customers are email and telephone. Due to the nature of our job, we managed to convince management that professional office wear was impractical and we were allowed to dress casually. ...
    Posted to Life perspective (Forum) by icelava on February 20, 2009
  • Installing TFS 2008: Error 29112 28806 28805 with SQL Server Reporting Services

    In preparation for the first meeting of the newly-formed VSTS group, I took some time last week to personally run through the dual-server deployment procedure for Team Foundation Server 2008. Sad to say, little has improved from the 2005 version in way of the installation procedure. But then again, I wonder how much ought to be hidden to simplify ...
    Posted to Software (Forum) by icelava on February 16, 2009
  • Simply. Cannot. Win.

    My life with my desktop workstation has been a long-term experience of tolerance and endurance. All too similar to its predecessor, it has successfully carried on the tradition - to this day - of generating endless problems of hardware stability. Following the episode of transplanting a real man's video card into the system to solve my virtual and ...
    Posted to Curse Diary (Forum) by icelava on February 15, 2009
  • Politically Correct: You Are WRONG

    Today I begin reading this rather interesting perspective of learning to apply lessons from Hollywood filming onto IT projects - Hollywood Secrets of Project Management Success. As much as I initially yell out, ''filming and software development are, like, extremely different y'know!'' I believe it prudent for one to maintain an open mind to allow ...
    Posted to Life perspective (Forum) by icelava on February 14, 2009
  • Word discovery: perfunctory

    Two main meanings Carried out (simply)&nbsp;because it is a formal routine or process; often.... ... without meticulous dedication, concern, care. Carried nonchalantly or indifferently. Feels precisely like the activities of most software developers!
    Posted to Omnifarious (Forum) by icelava on February 12, 2009
  • Wake up indeed, for spring is coming

    Ah, spring is approaching. Thereby comes the responsibility of the beasts of the earth who cannot start their engines in cold weather to snap out of their hibernation and carry on with their jobs in the new year. And so must my laptop. Hibernation is a wonderful technological feature that has been with us for nearly a decade. I quantify this ...
    Posted to Software (Forum) by icelava on February 11, 2009
  • the CULPRIT!

    I have found evidence to clear Windows 7's name. The butler did it! Sorry, I've always wanted to shout that out once. In actuality, the culprit hindering network connections for Outlook and Windows Live clients was McAfee Internet Security suite. When Windows started up for the first time, it immediately informed of potential incompatibility ...
    Posted to Software (Forum) by icelava on February 11, 2009
  • Windows 7, beta wake up your idea

    If only I could strike a lottery each time I encounter such hurdles to simplistic computing activities, I would be richer than Bill Gates. So Windows 7 is looming near. I hear nothing but praises for it, so I thought I ought to give&nbsp;the beta&nbsp;a drive around the neighbourhood to see how it handles the road. The only real guinea pig ...
    Posted to Software (Forum) by icelava on February 8, 2009
  • My dream of how we _should_ be reading is nearing

    I have a big problem. I love am forced&nbsp;to read volumes of technical books on a frequent basis. There is still a large amount of knowledge and experience that is not readily accessible from the Internet, and books are still the primary conduit for me to absorb the lessons and pains others have gone through. And guess what? It really feels ...
    Posted to Electronic Hardware (Forum) by icelava on February 4, 2009
  • Review: Simple Architectures for Complex Enterprises

    The general approach to any grand IT problem is to break it down to smaller manageable pieces. Pieces that our pathetically puny brains can contain and work on at a time. Any decent software developer would have known that. And yet, we still continue to produce massive, monstrous, monolithic code that is a complete beast to interpret, comprehend, ...
    Posted to Software Development (Forum) by icelava on January 31, 2009
  • Copy and Paste? Copy and WAIT

    I am a software developer. I know what the complexities of writing software can be. It is really hard sometimes. But, there are still incidents that just boggle me. Why? Why oh why, does it take indefinitely to copy a 406 byte file from a hard disk to a thumb drive? How can the operating system continue to subject itself to be held hostage in ...
    Posted to Software (Forum) by icelava on January 25, 2009
  • Why do WSE 3.0 projects in x64 Windows Vista generate SoapHttpClientProtocol instead of WebServicesClientProtocol?

    In effort to upgrade my certification to MCPD-EA status, I have been retrograding to older&nbsp;frameworks I never had the chance to work on in the past three years. That means putting down that shiny WCF book and dusting off the WSE 3.0 MSDN documentation. One of the IDE-incorporated features for WSE - which was long present in Visual Studio ...
    Posted to Software Development (Forum) by icelava on January 15, 2009
  • Windows Update: DO NOT install IdeaCom Technology Input HID Touch Screen

    Maybe they were longing for the good old days of ''natural interfaces'', when people held a stick and dab in ink and motion it across paper to stain it with visual patterns. Perhaps that was what drove Microsoft to believe everybody owned a Tablet PC for sure, and to provide IdeaCom Technology Inc. - Input - IdeaCom HID Touch Screen (PS/2) and an ...
    Posted to Software (Forum) by icelava on January 14, 2009
  • 2009: Improved Windows Live Installer

    With the new year full steam ahead, Microsoft has released a new version of Windows Live Messenger. Version 2009 looks less ''professional'' than 2008, but I kinda like it; it has a larger, more casual and personal look and feel. Most importantly, no more 99% stuckage in the installation process! My forums get visited the most of this particular ...
    Posted to Software (Forum) by icelava on January 10, 2009
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