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Best movie I’ve seen this year

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Considering there’s less than a week left in this one I’m pretty sure this is my movie of the year.

My movie of the year is actually from 2002. And, surprisingly, it’s a tv movie. It’s called Bang Bang You’re Dead. I considered writing a short review/plot synopsis but I won’t. All I’m going to say is watch it. It’s great.

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December 25th, 2007 at 4:35 pm

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Just keeping myself honest

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If you’re reading this, I’m sorry. This post isn’t for you. It’s for me. I’ve decided to write my hockey app once again (version what? 4? 5? I’m not even counting anymore), this time in Silverlight and this time much more sophisticated.

Planned features:

  • live draft: Several fantasy team owners can get together and make their teams
  • better stats tracking: daily results, player trends, “hot and not”, graphs
  • custom points system: want a goal to be worth 4 points instead of 2? fine by me, you decide
  • pretty: animation, ease of use, intuitiveness

I’m writing this here in the hope that the fact I’ve decided to do this is out there will help me actually go through with it. I obviously don’t plan on being done this soon, I just hope it’ll all be finished before the start of the next season so that I can actually use it!

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December 6th, 2007 at 1:32 am

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The definition of irony

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The SANS Top 20 list is out and check out this one:

* Operating systems have fewer vulnerabilities that can lead to massive Internet worms. For instance, during 2002-2005, Microsoft Windows worms like Blaster, Nachi, Sasser and Zotob infected a large number of systems on the Internet. There have not been any new large-scale worms targeting Windows services since 2005. On the other hand, vulnerabilities found anti-virus, backup or other application software, can result in worms. Most notable was the worm exploiting the Symantec anti-virus buffer overflow flaw last year.

So now it’s not your OS’s fault you have a virus it’s the anti-virus software’s.

I’m only surprised it was Symantec and not McAfee. But then again Symantec would be my second pick.

(via Bruce Schneier’s blog)

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December 3rd, 2007 at 9:28 pm

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Why Google keeps mopping Microsoft on the web

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I read Brad Abram’s blog and Silverlight is something I want to try. He recently blogged about a webcast introduction of Silverlight. I figured I’d watch it before I started playing around with it, at least it would give me some basis to work from.

Too bad the webcast is hosted by Microsoft.

First step forces you to log in with a passport account (the account you use for hotmail or msn messenger). The second step presents you with a form to register for the “event”. However on the top of that screen it says if you don’t want to submit this info you can press on cancel. I read that assuming the registration was optional and clicked cancel. I ended up at a screen giving details about the webcast and a button saying register online. I click the button and get the same form as before. I figured they were just going to spam me to fill it out every time I tried to go somewhere but let me through anyway so I clicked cancel again and ended up at the same page I was on before. So I clicked on the button again and filled in the form with bogus info like I usually do. (I live on Capitol Hill!) Then it gives me information about when it was recorded and basically all the same stuff as the page before. So I click lauch webcast or something of the sort. Then I end up at a livemeeting form that wants me to fill out a profile again. Great. More bogus info. Finally get through and what happens?

View And Download Recordings
Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0 with SP1 and above is required to view the recording in Live Meeting replay format.

All that for nothing. I’m not going to boot into windows and launch IE just to watch a 30 min video. Google lets me stream any of their TechEd videos immediately without a bazillion forms and it works on everything automatically. Sorry Microsoft but you fail at the web.

Epic fail.

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December 1st, 2007 at 9:45 pm

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