Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Sending the LINQ To SQL log to the debugger output window - Kris Vandermotten

This is what the Interwebs are all about:

Sending the LINQ To SQL log to the debugger output window - Kris Vandermotten:
"The DataContext.Log property is a great help to learn writing LINQ To SQL queries. All you need to do is assign a TextWriter to it, and you get to see al the SQL statements generated by the data context. But where do you send them to? Console.Out is an option, but you probably don't want that in a release build. Furthermore, it doesn't quite work for Windows services or ASP.NET applications. That's why I wrote DebuggerWriter, an implementation of TextWriter that writes to the debugger log.

All you need to do to use it is:

MyDataContext db = new MyDataContext();

db.Log = new DebuggerWriter();"
Back in the day (pre-Internet) this sort of fix would have taken me days. I'd have to scour through books, understand the interface, code the whole thing myself, and when done I wouldn't even be able to share it. Now with the Intertubes I can just google, copy, paste, compile, and voila!

Thank you Information Scenic Byway, bawk bawk! Oh, and thanks Kris Vandermotten too...

Monday, October 18, 2010

Netflix native app for Wii available now

Netflix native app for Wii available now: "

A Netflix app that will allow movie streaming on Nintendo's Wii, without the need for a pesky disc, is available now on the Wii Shop Channel. The Netflix channel is free and streaming comes at no extra charge as part of most Netflix rental plans. Today also marks the launch of the PS3's Netflix app...
Sweet! Now when am I getting my Android player? DSi player? TI-83? Rexx?

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tanka Bar

My folks just moved from Cali to MD and drove all the way across the upper part of the lower 48. On the way they picked up a snack food for me:

Tanka Bar :: Real Food :: Real People: "The 70-calorie Tanka Bar delivers a slow, powerful protein punch by mixing two primary ingredients: low-fat, high-energy American buffalo meat and tasty cranberries. This combination is no accident, and now our Tanka Bar Traditional has been joined by our new Tanka Bar SPICY PEPPER BLEND. Gluten-free, hormone-free and low-fat, the Tanka Bars are deliciously perfect for every diet lifestyle. Tanka Bars are guaranteed shelf-stable for up to 12 months."

Very interesting. I thought it would be more like pemmican, but it's actually much softer, and not as salty. It's a really nice and yummy, high protein snack, but I think if I ever have another chance, I'll pick up their spicy pepper version...

Beyond Good & Evil HD coming to PSN, XBLA in 2011 | Joystiq

Perhaps my favorite game of all time...

Beyond Good & Evil HD coming to PSN, XBLA in 2011 | Joystiq: "Here's more proof that Ubisoft hasn't forgotten the Beyond Good & Evil franchise: The company is in the process of remastering the Michel Ancel-directed adventure classic for release in 2011 on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. According to IGN, Beyond Good & Evil HD will run at 1080p resolution and feature updated character models, higher-resolution textures and a remastered soundtrack, along with Trophies and Achievements."

Yeah, I'll drop another $10 or $15 on this...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010


I love this font.

Anonymous(tm): "Anonymous (2001) is a TrueType version of Anonymous 9, a freeware Macintosh bitmap font developed in the mid-’90s by Susan Lesch and David Lamkins. It was designed as a more legible alternative to Monaco, the mono-spaced Macintosh system font."

Friday, September 24, 2010


My folks, and nephew, just did a cross country trip, and one of the highlights was Yellowstone, and I can see why:


Huggies Contest Website Fail

My youngest is still in diapers, and her most recent bag had a rewards program thing on it, directing me to: Huggies® Enjoy the Ride Rewards Program

Which my Google Chrome browser was greeted with:

I can only imagine why any web site company would feel the need to exclude access in this way. Pulling the site up in IE I discover it is a Flash website. Adobe provides scripts to sense Flash installation and assist with installing the player when absent, why would you put in some lame browser/OS detection script that excludes people who actually have no problem pulling up the flash on your site. Perhaps I need to switch to Pampers Easy Ups...

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Cranky Geeks

A bit of disappointing news.
"After four long and fun years, CrankyGeeks comes to a close today. Join us with some of the crankiest guests we've had on through the years as we look back."
I really have enjoyed the show. I'm hoping, but not holding my breath, that John C Dvorak is in talks with Revision3 for some sort of new show, that looks better, and is in no risk of being canceled. Something that he can control a bit more, so he's not at the whims of a production company or some such...

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Made me think about how my blog is a) costing me money and b) is completely un-updated. So I think a reboot is in order. Switching to blogger, which is free and which integrates so nicely into ShareThis. Hopefully I'll remember to blog (or more likely micro-blog) from here from now on, Facebook will just pick it up as a note anyway (if they ever come back...)