Ruminations of idle rants and ramblings of a code monkey

Final (?) Comments on Windows Server 2008 R2 as a desktop

Idle Babbling
I know … I keep bringing this up. It’s been a long road and there were still a couple of things that I found that I needed to really, truly, fully replace Vista/Windows 7 client with Windows Server 2008 R2 for my desktop OS … on both my traditional “desktop” machine and my laptop. I think, finally, ... [More]

.NET Dojo: Windows Azure

Community | Events
Here’s the info on the next .NET Dojo. Did you think it’d be gone? Well, I hope not and I’m working with Zain to transition the program over to him. That said, I will be doing my very first Dojo! The topic is Windows Azure (duh!) and it promises to be a good time for all.  Event Overview Win... [More]

Life After Microsoft

Yes, there is “Life After Microsoft”. As I said, I’ve been taking something of a break but I’m getting back into the swing of things. Not that it was really much of a “vacation” … I just couldn’t stay off the computer or dev stuff, but it was light and nothing serious. So what’s next? Well, after ... [More]

More on Windows Server 2008 R2 as a desktop

Idle Babbling
Since I did the last post on this, I’ve also (now) installed Server 2008 R2 on my personal desktop … as my laptop had to be turned in. In doing this and getting it set up to be a day-to-day desktop OS (as opposed to a demo machine OS), I ran across a couple of other things that I thought were worth ... [More]

Leaving Microsoft …

As I’m sure you know, Microsoft has been reorganizing, eliminating positions and reducing headcount … layoffs. Well, after 9 years, I’m one of the folks hit by that. I’m not going to sit here and tell you that’s it’s great, wonderful, etc. etc. It’s not. It’s hard and it sucks. But it could be a... [More]

Windows Server 2008 R2 as a Desktop OS

Before anyone gets started lecturing me that it’s a server OS and not meant to be used as a desktop, let me say this: Yes, I know. That’s nice. But I can use it as a desktop OS for work, demo, etc. etc. etc. So I’m doing it … partly because I can (the ultimate Geek reason) and, more importantly (or ... [More]

Bikers, Geeks and Community

Idle Babbling | Community
When motorcyclists pass each other in opposite directions, they wave at each other. Watch them sometime; you’ll see this happen. A lot of non-motorcyclists (we call them “cagers”) don’t notice this until it’s pointed out but you’ll see it if you look for it. It doesn’t matter if you are riding a cro... [More]

Moving from dasBlog to BlogEngine.NET

BlogEngine.NET | Web (and ASP.NET) Stuff
As I mentioned previously, I’ve moved from dasBlog to BlogEngine.NET for this blog. This, of course, involved reformatting and redesigning the look and feel of the site; that’s nothing unique to the migration and I’m not going to go into that at all. What I will do, however, is discuss the process o... [More]

Sql Injection #1 Hacker Technique

On April 15, Verizon Business Security Solutions released The 2009 Data Breach Investigations Report, a comprehensive analysis of the data breaches that they investigated throughout 2008. A total of 285 million records were compromised as a result of these breaches and 79% (approximately 214 million... [More]

Major Blog Update

OK … I’ve been holding off a few posts because I’ve been working on completely reworking the blog. Here’s what’s new: BlogEngine.NET: Yes, it’s true. I’ve migrated from dasBlog over to BlogEngine.NET. It was a process, not a happening and it took longer than I would have liked it to. Part of that ... [More]