Thursday, December 18, 2008

I'm officially a statistic!

Today I had to get my stitches taken out and the appointment was originally set for 9:15am, but the Doctor's office called the other day and said they'd have to bump it to 9:45am. So I thought about it and said I'll sleep in and go to the Doctor's office get my stitches removed, then go to work. Well, I changed my mind today and went into to work, then about 9:10am I go out to my car to go to the Doctor's appointment. We'll I get out there and go to unlock my car and notice the following...





Well I guess I don't need keys to unlock my car!!! So I don't touch anything because I figure they'll dust for prints and catch the bastard that did this. So I dial 911 - and she explains I can wait an hour and a half for police or drive down to the station and file a report. We'll I'm waiting - I'm not touching anything. (Normally I keep my car unlocked because I don't have anything of value in there, but today I had a $7.34 check that needed to be deposited and an important paper that I needed to drop off at my Broker's office.) While I'm waiting I have a look around the parking lot, and they got the car next to me as well. They'd actually taken their stereo and speakers, popped their trunk and stolen some gift cards out of her unopened mail she left in the car! After she'd calmed down, we went inside and found out that this had to have happened between 8:40am and 9:00am (deductive reasoning from the time clock entries and smokers coming back from break.) I called the Doctor's office explained what happened and bumped up the appointment to 11:30am. So I go back outside and investigate what might be gone and notice the obvious...




I then look around the car...they didn't touch that important paper or check. They took my Aiwa $99.00 stereo (faceplate and all), a Uniden GMRS radio, the spare change from my ash tray, some odds and ends from my center console (I don't even remember what was in there), and worst of all they took my lunch! The jerks actually took 3 pieces of Domino's Pizza that I brought to work for lunch and forgot to bring in the office. They didn't take the Mountain Dew I was also going to have or anything from the glove compartment. I'm not even mad about the radio. I was just using it because it was the cheapest radio I could find that had an input for my MP3 player that wasn't in the back of the radio. I'm really mad that they actually pulled the lock off my car, dented and scratched it up, and ruined the entire front dashboard. I would have rather they came in the office, and said "Give me your radio".

After talking to the Toledo Police Department we went through what was stolen, etc, etc so I could get a police report filed. They don't dust for prints or anything. I asked if I should call the local pawn shops around because they log and video record all the transactions and she said don't bother - they sell that stuff on the street for a quick couple of bucks....

So I head off to my Doctor's appointment they cut out the stitches and I get back in the car and head back to the office. Since the jerks took my lunch I hit the drive-thru to get some lunch and my total comes to $4.34. Fine - I've got four one dollar bills and go to reach for change and forgot they took that. Now I'm even more pissed. I head back to work in silence. It's just sad that some jerk has to ruin my day and take my property that I actually bust my butt for. And all the way back the car just smells - you know like the caked on baked in cigarette smell that some people smell like.

I'm not one go crying and stuff, I just take it in stride. People just suck. You can't help it - there's people like me who are productive members of society and then there is scum. We try to get ahead and then you worthless scum ruin it for society as a whole. Thanks!

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Windows 7 - Still Not Ready

I've got an Alpha Release of Windows 7 (slated to be release in November 2009 - in my opinion) and it's still not even close.

I think Microsoft is still making a mistake. They need to slim the kernel way down. Some are saying that it's getting speed increases of 20% over Windows Vista. I'm seeing just the opposite. In fact, I would suggest they need to speed it up 20% faster than Windows XP! It's just not slim enough.

Sure there is eye candy in there, but that's not the point. People are looking for performance, ease of use, and a hands off approach. They want a computer's operating system that starts up fast, and stays out of their way so they can get their work done fast and get on with life.

Who actually sits down in front of a computer and plays with their photo album for hours. Nobody. They get the pictures off the camera, publish to the web, or print them or whatever, then move on with life.

I'm exploring alternatives and still will be developing .NET applications, but targeting them for different platforms at this point.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Good Luck America

Well it happened....Barack Obama was elected president last night and John McCain was gracious and conceded late last night (he really is a down to earth person if you've ever listed to his speeches even though everybody complained about his age). Also the control of both houses of congress fell to the democrats as well. All I can say is I'm astonished at the direction America has gone.

Mostly young voters accounted for the shift in power from what I can tell. Since they tend to lean more liberally in their voting, due to their uneducated beliefs in fiduciary spending, family values and the like. After all I'd call myself a Fiscal Conservative other than that I'm a Constitutionalist. Government's roll should be to protect my country against foreign invaders and maintain my basic right to speech, arms, right to vote, etc.

Let me expand on my thoughts just to demonstrate my view...

Property Taxes are paid by property owners - to fund schools, libraries, you name it. So when people with no assets (young people in apartments - bums on park benches, etc) they go to the polls they see wording such as "$1.00 per every $1,000 of valuation". They vote yes and it costs them not one damn cent. Well guess what, you just cost me $300 for the year (for every year the tax is on the books). And how many of you have ever seen taxes disappear? Me either!

Don't get me wrong - I'm ok with paying taxes, just make it fair for everybody. I want paved roads, schools, clean water, etc. Just make it FAIR!!

Let's look at a local issue that has plagued the Toledo area....COSI. The Consortium of Science and Industry. For people that don't know it's a huge building downtown that is supposed to house science experiements and activities for young kids and families sponsored by local corporate businesses and educators, etc. We've been there 3 or 4 times over the course of a few years and it was nice the first couple of times. Well after the 4th time we visited the exhibits were exactly same, some were broken, etc. It was getting run down. Well, people stopped going and paying the $12.00 fee to get in and it eventually went bankrupt. Well they appealed to the voters 2 times and each time the levy failed. And locals thought that would be the end of it. After all, if a business can't sustain itself financially, why should the public foot the bill. I can't do that in my business!

Well, last night it was on the ballot again, and it passed. Mostly by people that voted for it and will never use it or pay the additional admission fee and guess who foots the bill. The Lucas county tax payer. (This is one of the reasons why I moved to Wood County - so get away from stupid legislation like this!)

Anyway, another thing that is disturbing around the area is Michigan just passed their Medical Marijuana law. The law states that you can purchase, grow, etc. as long as you have a doctors excuse. Gee - that's not hard to get nowadays! I guess I shouldn't be amazed that the law passed - I've been to a couple of concerts in Detroit, so I guess I know why it passed so easily.

I guess my perspective on life changes as I get older and wiser. When you have kids, you really change your thinking. Do I want my kids getting exposed to drugs and alcohol at an early age? No. But we as a country keep exposing this stuff and making it easier to obtain. When will be grow up and be a responsible country?

Lastly, the president...yes I know his history. Born in Kenya, raised by a white family, blah blah blah. I'm actually ok with a black president, but I want leadership, new ideas and fiscal control! Unfortunately, his voting record is scary and sketchy at best. He will make promises to whomever just to get what he wants. For example, in January 2008 he described Union contributions to the Hillary Clinton camp as special interest. He changed his thinking when the "working people" started contributing to his campaign. Or when in 2004 running for the senate, he told Illinois students that he supported the eliminating criminal penalties for marijuana use. Later during his presidential run on October 2007 he opposed the decriminalization of marijuana use.

We just don't have enough TRUE FACTS about his views and how he would vote on any given subject. I'd rather deal with somebody I know where they stand, than somebody coming out of left field.

Overall, I'm open to new ideas and views, but I think the country might have entered a Jimmy Carter era of possibly hurting the economy and morals with both Legislative and Executive branches of government run by true left leaning liberals. These aren't your John F. Kennedy liberals. He had a pretty centric views of things other than the left leaning liberals now-a-days.

All I guess I can say is good luck. May reason guide us all in the next four years!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Hockey Schedule Published

Hockey season is starting. Greatness is expected from the following teams....

1. Go Pittsburgh Penguins!
2. Go Sewer Sharks!

What? You've never heard of the Sewer Sharks? It's part of the Findlay Ohio Men's Hockey League. If you're bored, come check out a game. Admission is free and it's full of fun and laughs for everyone.

Here's the team schedule....

Monday, September 15, 2008

xchat Settings

I use 2 IRC (Internet Relay Chat) programs. Not for "chatting", but mostly for topics I enjoy but don't see a lot of current discussions on the web.

- MAJOR RANT BELOW -

I LOVED Usenet Newsgroups in the day. It was the best way to get information to/from people before Blogging and Google screwed it up in my opinion. The ability for any moron to put up a blog sort of ruined the web in my opinion because I can't easily filter it out. For example, let's say I was in the rec.autos.repair newsgroup back in the day. I would just simple post a note saying, "Hey, what size caliper bolt is on the 99 Chevy Cavalier?"...and I'd get back results in a day or so from people that were interested in the same things or ran across the same issues as me and they'd post a reply. We're all human.....people ask questions and people answer questions. Basic humanity at its best. Then comes Google and the Blogosphere. Now lets say I have the same problem...well...Usenet Newsgroups are basically dead (thanks a lot you sick kiddie porn freaks). So nobody caries rec.autos.repair and if they did I doubt it's full of information since nobody can get to it. So I search Google. And now I get all kinds of crap like some blogger that takes his 99 Chevy to to the repair shop and they replace his caliper and he whines about the cost or something like that. It's just not useful information. I have to go through all kinds of crap just to find what I'm looking for.

And yes - I see this as ironic - using this blog to whine about blogging. I get it, now move on the the meat of this post.

- END MAJOR RANT -

I use IRCII and XCHAT. I used to use BitchX - but I don't see that in the Ubuntu repositories and I try to stay away from non-repository items.

XCHAT has a couple of settings in the following config files you might like as well if you're a power "chatter" like myself...

In the "xchat.conf" file I set the following in addition to other preferences:

irc_conf_mode = 1

This will stop the annoying join/part messages in the chat rooms as it gets away from the meat of the discussion.

In the "servlist_.conf" file I set the following rooms to autojoin:

N=thelinuxlink.net
I=login
R=Your Name
J=#techshow
E=UTF-8 (Unicode)
F=8
D=0
S=thelinuxlink.net

N=FreeNode
I=login
R=Your Name
J=#asp.net,#csharp,#css,#electronics,#hamradio,#iphone,#iphonedev,#linux,#mono,#monodevelop,#mysql,#programming,#ubuntu,#unix,#windows-coding
E=UTF-8 (Unicode)
F=11
D=0
S=irc.freenode.net/8001

The J= setting will automatically log you into the specified chat rooms. I'm always on FreeNode.Net and you'll find me in the following rooms (not necessarily all at once), but they are the types of interests I have (as of 9/15/2008)....

You'll usually find me daily on
#asp.net
#csharp
#css
#electronics
#hamradio
#iphone
#iphonedev
#linux
#mono
#monodevelop
#mysql
#programming
#ubuntu
#unix
#windows-coding


You'll also find me on the following (my master list)

#apache
#apple
#asp.net
#asterisk
#bash
#c++
#chemistry
#c++newbie
#csharp
#css
#cw
#dd-wrt
#debian
#dns
#eclipse
#electronics
#freebsd
#french
#hamradio
#handhelds
#iphone
#iphonedev
#japanese
#javascript
#linux
#mac
#macdev
#macosx
#math
#mathematics
#math-software
#mono
#monodevelop
#mysql
#nixcoders
#*nix-dev
#osxchat
#postfix
#programming
#samba
#space
#spamassassin
#sqlite
#squid
#ubuntu
#ubuntu-devel
#unix
#windows
#windows-coding

Monday, September 08, 2008

I Passed My Ham Radio Test

Saturday I took my Amateur Radio Technician Test. Missed 1 question, so I took the next level test since it didn't cost me anything, but I didn't study for it, so I only got about half right. I'll have to bone up and attempt to take the test this weekend over in Maumee if the VCE's are there.

I'm also a member of the Toledo Mobile Radio Association - thanks to the group for the free 1 year membership. That's very nice of you guys!

Currently shopping for Radios online as I want to start getting into the local ARES and StormWatch groups and was looking at hand-held units. I like the Tri/Quad Band Yaesu VX-7RB but that costs almost $300. I think it's a smart choice as it does 6, 2, 1.25 meter, and 70cm bands. It's also got Full Spectrum Receive so if I get into ARES I can monitor commercial bands in addition to AM Aircraft Civilian bands (which being an ex-Private Pilot) I still enjoy.

I may wait for the Yaesu VX-8RB to come out, but a price point hasn't been established yet. It's a compact radio and has some neat features like a built in Barometer (but I doubt how accurate that is).

Next I'm going antenna hunting....as that's the most important thing to buy.

Amy keeps asking me, "Why?" Answer - I've always been fascinated by technology for whatever reason. Even today, simple things that you and I take for granted came from Amateur Radio. Broadcast Radio, Faxing, the Internet's TCP/IP reliable messaging protocol, and even more popular now-a-days VOIP (Voice Over the Internet). These are things "hams" have had for decades - yes - decades before the general public had even heard of them.

Almost 10 years back I picked up a Technician-Plus Test booklet, but didn't see the reason for learning CW (morse code for you newbies) so I put the book down and the FCC changed the test by the time I picked it up again....

So I wanted to get back into electronics theory again and ham radio was just the thing to get me going again. I just wish I had done it years ago.

Oh, and for you newbies - Amateur Radio does not mean I'm a newbie - on the contrary. I probably know more than the local Radio Station Engineer....Amateur Radio just means I cannot be paid for my efforts like "professional" radio personnel can.

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Current Microsoft .NET Version Numbers

I always forget the .NET Version numbers, so here is a list up through 3.5 SP1.

1.1
===

.NET Framework 1.1 RTM                             ===> 1.1.4322.573
.NET Framework Service Pack 1                    ===> 1.1.4322.2032
.NET Framework included with Win2k3 SP-1   ===> 1.1.4322.2300

2.0
===

.Net Framework 2.0 RTM                             ===> 2.0.50727.42
.Net Framework 2.0 Service Pack 1               ===> 2.0.50727.1433

MS07-040 security patch was released in July ===> 2.0.50727.832

.Net Framework 2.0 Service Pack 2               ===> 2.0.50727.2407 

(.Net 2.0 SP 2 is *not* available as stand alone download, it is included into .Net 3.5 SP-1
It installs the .NET Framework 2.0 SP2 behind the scenes )

 

3.0
===

.Net Framework 3.0 RTM                             ===> 3.0.4506.30
.NET Framework 3.0 Service Pack 1               ===> 3.1.21022

3.5
===

.NET Framework 3.5 RTM                             ===> 3.5.21022.08
.NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1               ===> 3.5.30729.1


Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Mac Development

Not much happening this week. I finally am able to see my desk - I was able to get through all the pending items on my desk and now have any other outstanding issues logged in the development tracker. My goal is to keep my desk clean. I really helps me relax and be more productive.

Now I get to get back to some Mac OS X development

Thursday, March 27, 2008

I hate fellow programmers sometimes!

When I was in college, I was forced to learn Cobol. I hated it. Just plain hated it! The language was invented by a Grace Hopper I think while she was in the Navy and it was just such a wordy language. For example, you'd type "SET X EQUAL TO A MULTIPLIED BY B" instead of what us C programmers would type "x=a*b;"

As I get older however, my brain doesn't remember things so when I write code I try to be a little more descriptive and actually write comments. Say it isn't so....

I've been working with some network cameras in our stores and having an issue with them not uploading to a file server when motion events fire, and I run accross this kinda of error message...

Mar 27 10:51:31 Camera1 /etc/event/event[3181]: Action A0 for event E0 failed, status 10. Will retry for a while.

That's very helpful. Action A0 for event E0 failed status 10. Nice and of course, there's no documentation on the status codes anywhere. Throw me a frickin' bone here!

Thursday, March 06, 2008

The only thing I don't like about the iPhone is the support for MMS messages. It's actually disturbing. So I just have people send MMS messages to a separate email account that I check with the built in iPhone mail.

For example, you can setup a Gmail Account to do something like:

Incoming Mail Server
imap.gmail.com
iphone@gmail.com
password
Use SSL, Authentication Password, Server Port 993

Outgoing Mail Server
smtp.gmail.com
iphone@gmail.com
password
Use SSL, Authentication Password, Server Port 587

If you need to send anything, send it to iphone@burnssoftware.com or zburns@burnssoftware.com

Saturday, February 16, 2008

At don with any cousins

Saturday, February 09, 2008

At grandma and grandpa church chili Cook off

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Dani Eating a teething bagel

Sydney made a super bowl Cake

Saturday, February 02, 2008

Monday, January 28, 2008

Friday, January 25, 2008

Saturday, January 12, 2008