Ruminations of idle rants and ramblings of a code monkey

Linq and Anonymous Types

.NET Stuff | Linq | Performance
I've been playing with Linq quite a bit recently. I have to say ... it's some cool stuff and revolutionizes data access on the .Net platform. One of the things in Linq that I'm really fascinated with is anonymous types. These classes are created based on a Linq statement and only have the properties... [More]

<RANT>About Drivers and Fuel Economy</RANT>

Idle Babbling
Driving in Houston, for those that have had the joy, is certainly an interesting experience. It's not uncommon to see a dually zipping down the Sam Houston Tollway at 90 MPH, tailgating (and they brake at the last minute when they do this) and weaving in and out of traffic, sometimes with only a foo... [More]

Blog Code Samples ...

.NET Stuff | Idle Babbling
Well, I just finished creating a resource in MSDN Code Gallery.  If you haven't checked this out yet, you really need to. All kinds of goodness up there. It looks like is running the CodePlex engine (and it probably is) but without a lot of the functionality of CodePlex.  Of course, it has... [More]

A little trip down Memory Lane

Idle Babbling
Every once in a while, something comes up that gets me reflecting on where I've seen computing come from ... and my experiences with it. Certainly, I often talk to some of the "newer" folks in the IT community and feel like a grizzled old fart (think "I remember when ..."). I can just imagine what t... [More]

Hashing in .Net

.NET Stuff | Security
I've talked about DPAPI and symmetric encryption. Both of these are very good for certain things. But what about passwords? Encrypting them with DPAPI is not ideal ... as DPAPI from ASP.NET would be machine-specific; it won't scale out and it's not easy to transfer between machines if there is a nee... [More]

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]