Friday, July 29, 2005

System Administration Appreciation Day

Today, IT is (actually was, because working day is over) 'System Administration Appreciation Day'.

Cheers on that.

Looking for 'Developer Day'...

Friday, July 22, 2005

Hasta la Vista, Longhorn

Read this and please read this post (especially point 3)...

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Say Cheese

Found 'Apollo 17' on the moon with a maximal Zoom In...

Monday, July 18, 2005


I have a love/hate relationship with javascript.
  • Hate: it's awful to debug, and for some reason I never get it right from the first try.
  • Love: the power of it's 'function()'-statement.

    Let me explain; on one fine day I needed an iteration over a list of checkboxes (with id's/names like 'chkItem1', 'chkItem2', ..., 'chkItemN') to
    A. select them all.
    B. invert the selection.

    My code lookes like this:

    // (A) Select them all.
    function selectAll()
    var evaluator = function(chk) {

    return true;

    makeSelection('chkItem', evaluator);

    // (B) Invert selection.
    function invertSelection()
    var evaluator = function(chk) {

    return !chk.checked;

    makeSelection('chkItem', evaluator);

    var makeSelection = function(checkboxName, evaluator)
    for (i = 1; true; i++)
    if (!(chk = document.getElementById(checkboxName + i)))

    chk.checked = evaluator(chk);

    The concerning webpage has some buttons to invoke 'javascript:selectAll();' and 'javascript:invertSelection();'.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Desk Tips

If your desk looks like this (read: mine),


you definitely have to watch this!

Thursday, July 14, 2005

PDC 2005, if only I could

  1. ... go
    Yeah right, when hell freezes over...

  2. ...choose from the (preliminary) sessionlist
    These would be on my agenda:

    - BizTalk Server 2006: Development and Adapters
    - Indigo: Web Services for XML Programmers
    - Indigo: A Deep Dive into Best Practices Using Indigo
    - SQL Server 2005: Deep Dive on XML and XQuery
    - MSBuild: Architecting a Customized Build System
    - VSTS: Behind the Scenes of Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server
    - Monad: Advanced Command Line Scripting
    - MMC 3.0: Developing Managed-Code Snap-Ins
    - ASP.NET: Future Directions for Developing Rich Web Applications with Atlas (Part 1)
    - ASP.NET: ... (Part 2)
    - Avalon: Using Data in Your Avalon Applications: XML, Indigo, ADO.NET and More
    - Avalon: Creating Rich Content Experiences in Your Avalon Applications

  3. Convince my boss (back to point 1)

  4. Win a free ticket

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

TechEd Hurts

  1. my BRAIN: something is going to explode...

    (part of) my track:

    - WCD221 Windows Forms: Deploying Applications with ClickOnce
    - CTS352 What's New for Web Services Developers in Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 and the .NET Framework 2.0
    - DEV362 Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System: Building Robust and Reliable Software
    - DEV364 Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System: Enabling Better Software through Better Testing
    - CTS304 What's New in BizTalk Server 2006 Runtime
    - CTS314 Implementation of Common Integration Patterns with BizTalk Server
    - WEB410 Asynchronous Pages in ASP.NET 2.0
    - CHT059 Building and Maintaining a Performant and Healthy BizTalk Solution
    - WEB322 ASP.NET 2.0: Under the Covers - Exploring Internals, Page Lifecycle and the Compilation Model
    - DEV466 Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team System: Enterprise-Class Source Control
    - CTS315 Advance Orchestration Design Using BizTalk Server

  2. my FEED: although I am used to some distance...

  3. my STUMACH: being a veggie at such a mass event isn't easy. I mainly survived on fruit & raw vegetables.
    This in combination with point 2 resulted in a loss of weight of more than 1 kilo...

    Some people were complaining about the food, not 'tasty', but foremost not 'enough'...<duh />
    My thought: if I can survive, almost everyone can and I'm a fussy eater (I don't eat meat, fish, eggs or cheese)

    BTW: Know any good vegetarian restaurant in Amsterdam?

Wrap-up: This was my first TechEd, but definitely not my last, although that depends on my boss ;-)
So, see you next year!(?)
BTW: Rumors has it that TechEd 2006 will be in Amsterdam for the 3th time in a row.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

TechEd 2005 Amsterdam in pictures

Big Sessionroom
Big sessionroom

Communications Network

Monday, July 04, 2005

Packed for TechEd 2005 Amsterdam

In my luggage:
  • 1 Toothbrush
  • An empty brain
  • Pills against information-overload

TechEd 2005