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It's pretty sad when...

28 September 2004
Jay Kimble

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you have to download code that you've written after telling the world that it is lame.  I'm referring to my very Lame XSLT Transformation utility for Visual Studio 2003 (I announced it here).

Today, I needed to use it (I'm doing some XSLT debugging today and nothing that I currently have does the trick... I refuse to buy something for the 30 minutes that I'm going to need it).  Off to see how good my work is.

Survived another one...

28 September 2004
Jay Kimble

[WARNING! This is an archived post and as such there may be things broken/missing here.. you have been warned.]

So I know that some of you may be wondering if I'm alive or not.  Dunedin is on the other side of the state from where Jeanne hit (we're on the gulf side)... BUT the storm did come to my side of the state.  I had quite a bit of damage to my trees and fence (but nothing to my house as far as I can tell).  I lost a huge tree in my back yard which now covers my side yard.  Take the one picture I uploaded from after the Frances storm and realize that when I snapped it I was standing next to the tree that is now down.  If I took the same picture today all you would see is tree.

I saw things on the way to work that I haven't seen for awhile (I've seen tornado wreckage before).  I saw a tile roof "de-shingled" (it was torn up pretty bad).  I had to navigate around a fallen tree.  I also saw a mom & pop gas station have the roof over the pumps twisted like a pretzel along with the gas pumps... and imagine this is nothing compared to what folks have on the other coast! 

I've been without power since Sunday at noon, and it looks like I may be waiting a little longer yet; one of our neighbors told us last night that they are planning on re-poling Dunedin which means a few more days.  On one hand I'm happy that they are trying to solve the problem so that we don't have to deal with this again.  On the other hand, I'd really like to have power (I have no internet at home right now and since I have Vonage my wife and I are using the cell phones a little more).  My 2.5 year old would love to watch a video or play on a toddler game on his computer or use something with a little bit of power.  My (pregnant) wife and I would like to have A/C at night (It's still summer weather in Florida)... it really sucks.

I have read a couple places referring to the 4 hurricanes that hit Florida this season [which is the correct number].  I would like to correct those who say this.  We've had a record-tying 5 hurricanes hit the state of Florida this year.
Bonnie - Hit in the gulf coast bend  [with all the excitement of Charley I wasn't really all that aware of whether Bonnie hit as a Cat 1 Hurricane or not (I just assumed that it did because someone else confirmed this to me... my bad)]
Charley - Hit in the southern part of the state (Ft. Myers area)
Frances - Hit on the east coast (Melbourne area)
Ivan - Missed the Tampa Bay area and hit the pan handle of Florida (near Panama City)
Jeanne - Hit the East Coast (Vero Beach area, I believe)

Charlie, Frances, and Jeanne all came across the state and wreaked all kinds of havoc.  I just wanted to clarify for all my readers. 

Now if I could only convince my wife that Washington state isn't that cloudy...

Reaction to Ken's latest post...

24 September 2004
Jay Kimble

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[read ken's post here]

re-subscribed... As I just noted... My emotions sometimes take over... My original reaction had more to do with us not fighting over something stupid as what language should you prefer...

I've been taught and always believe that you should “use the right tool for the right job“... in your world if C# is the right tool 100% of the time (when MS technology is chosen) then so be it... I can live with it being your preference.  We agree that we either

1) we disagree on this point...
2) I don't know enough about what you do to really judge (so I should shut up)

hatchet buried on my end.

Benevolent Ruler

24 September 2004
Jay Kimble

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So Chris Sells discovered here that his personally type (according to this survey) is a black night.  That's nice.  But I'd rather be a Benevolent Ruler!  The text is much more complimentary.

our distinct personality, The Benevolent Ruler might be found in most of the thriving kingdoms of the time. You are the idealistic social dreamer. Your overriding goal is to solve the people problems of your world. You are a social reformer who wants everyone to be happy in a world that you can visualize. You are exceptionally perceptive about the woes and needs of humankind. You often have the understanding and skill to readily conceive and implement the solutions to your perceptions. On the positive side, you are creatively persuasive, charismatic and ideologically concerned. On the negative side, you may be unrealistically sentimental, scattered and impulsive, as well as deviously manipulative. Interestingly, your preference is just as applicable in today's corporate kingdoms.

The XP SP2 feature we will all love and hate...

23 September 2004
Jay Kimble

[WARNING! This is an archived post and as such there may be things broken/missing here.. you have been warned.]

The #1 feature of XP SP2 that I desperately wanted was (you will probably laugh at me) was the pop up blocker.  I know that there have been numerous others who have offered this to us.  I just wanted something official (because some of the popup blockers I've used are quirky).

I've been using SP2 since May (the release candidates), I think.  And life has been good... that is until Tuesday.

You see in my day job I work on an Intranet site (that is accessible outside the firewall).  One of my testers noticed that SP2 had broken something in production.  We have a warning message that pops up as you enter the site (reminding you that you're seeing confidential info and not to share company secrets with anyone... etc.)

What my co-worker noticed is that the when he hit the site from home where he installed XP SP2 the popup had totally disappeared.  So... today I replaced the popup with DHTML... which can easily be gotten around by simply hitting refresh <sigh>.

[I had someone give me a reality check.  I've therefore deleted any comments I've made regarding the security team at work and their problems with us installing SP2... I will say that the firewall was only 1 small piece of the equation for why they don't want anyone installing it... Originally what appeared here was a small rant with me throwing several stones at people who weren't looking... I'm so not a “company man“]