Ruminations of idle rants and ramblings of a code monkey

Second Life
Second Life just announced the beta testing of Mono in Second Life (see  It's a pretty limited beta so far ... only a few islands look like they will be Mono-enabled. Now, the blog entry mentioned something about LSL VM, which, from what... [More]

More on Membership (from Zain's Presentation yesterday)

.NET Stuff | Web (and ASP.NET) Stuff
When I posted the notes yesterday from Zain's presentation, I posted something about adding users in code ... but I only mentioned the CreateUser() method.  Well, I just got an email from the person that requested this little tip ... with a little curve thrown in.  They also needed to add ... [More]

Some stuff from Zain's session today

.NET Stuff | Events
Hung out today to watch my buddy Zain deliver his Microsoft Across America presentation today. Cool stuff and he did an awesome job (as always)! So ... some resources that were mentioned out there today: OWASP (Open Web Application Security Project): All kinds of great stuff here.&nb... [More]

Team Foundation Server Dogfood Update

Idle Babbling | Visual Studio Tools
Here's the latest on Brian Harry's blog:  Keep in mind that this is just for DevDiv (Developer Division) ... so we're talking about the developer tools (i.e. Visual Studio, etc).  There are other groups ... [More]

Windows Live Writer?

OK ... here goes.  I do have to say that I don't much like the web-based editor that dasBlog uses (FreeTextBox) for writing long entries and stuff.  It's great for shorter things where you need some HTML formatting and need to do it on the web, but when you're doing a long entry (like some... [More]

Bill G's last day at MS

Idle Babbling
.para { font-family: Tahoma, Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; font-size: 10pt; } Well, it's been talked about for some time ... Bill Gates will be retiring from his position as Chief Software Architect here at Microsoft. In commemeration of this (commemeration? well, I guess that works), a v... [More]

ASP.NET Perf Tips: Second Life

Events | Second Life | Web (and ASP.NET) Stuff
I just finished my presentation on ASP.NET Performance Tips for the Second Life .NET User Group. I must say ... it went very well! The feedback from the attendees was very positive and I think everyone learned something ... if not several things. In fact, I did have one attendee say "I didn't think ... [More]

Protecting Crypto Keys

.NET Stuff | Security
In my last post, I discussed how to work with symmetric encryption. One thing that I mentioned, but didn't go in to, was how to protect the keys for symmetric encryption. Here's the deal: you're using 256-bit Rijndael; you're doing everything right. But what do you do with the key? This is, after al... [More]