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Animator vs. Animation

The same has this popular flash:

http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/animator

Enjoy!

Enter into the Matrix!

A friend of mine was trying to get in contact with me but could not because my phone's battery was dead. I later bumped into him coming back from Friday prayer and as soon as he saw me he said; "Did you see the email I sent you?" and I go; "No, what email?" and he goes: "Well, check your email. I'm expecting your call 8 minutes later." and he gives me a big smile.

In my left hand there is the blue pill...

It turns out he sent me the link for a movie, or a look into the future (by a Google fanatic). It really does feel like I'm in the Matrix! Or the first 10 minutes of the 'Terminator' movie. Anyway, I'll leave you to see for yourself: http://www.albinoblacksheep.com/flash/epic.

You think this is air you're breathing...

Enjoy the movie!

Take Control of Your System

First a personal piece of information: my MVP status has been renewed! Wooohooo! I'm happy :-)

Now for the real stuff; the other day I was trying to uninstall WDS (Windows Desktop Search) and since I did not find the uninstaller in 'Add or Remove Programs' I had to do it manually. I found an entry on the net that explains in detail how to remove WDS and it involved removing the installation folder in the 'Program Files' directory.

When I tried to delete the folder, I could not because it was 'locked'. A quick search online turned up this utility that enables you to unlock ANY folder and subsequently delete it. Lovely tool indeed. It will also give you a list of all locking threads and you can decide which to kill / remove.

On other news, remember a company called Sysinternals? Well, Microsoft acquired the company back in 2006. (You will be redirected to a Microsoft Technet site.) Sysinternals had some extremely wonderful tools that enabled you to monitor liter…

A lesson in Project Management

I've had my fair share of failed projects. Not as little as I'd wanted, but nonetheless, fair. One day, I realized I've had one too many and have since then embarked upon a number of project management courses.

My main area of trouble was properly estimating the timeframe for a project, and then sticking to that timeframe. Seems easy enough, only it ain't. You see, there is a very large number of unforeseen variables, that kinda pop up on you.

First of all, allow me to introduce 2 facts. One: a project is a set of tasks. Two: a successful project is one that is completed on time, within budget and meets the defined specifications / features it was set out to complete. Anything other than that is deemed a failed project.

According to that latter piece of information, almost 75% of all software projects are failures. In fact, according to that fact, all my projects are failures.

Now, when planning for a project, the simplest and perhaps the most important piece of informatio…

Quickie: SQL 2005 Service Manager

Remember the service manager in SQL 2000. Yes, that nice little icon near the clock in the system tray that showed the status of the SQL Server service. Well, it went missing in the 2005 version of SQL.

Well, some cool dude has created one for SQL Server 2005. I have to say, WOW! It looks absolutely astounding and supports versions 2000 and 2005 of SQL.

Now, this guy is an SQL expert and he's even posted a few articles such as 'SM0 2005 - Populating a list of SQL Servers' which I've always wanted. How cool would it be to add it to your application?!

Enjoy!

Links
http://www.sqldbatips.com/showarticle.asp?ID=46
http://www.sqldbatips.com/showarticle.asp?ID=45

Quickie: Paint .Net

I just received an email telling me about this. Apparently this is a "free image editing and photo manipulation software designed to be used on computers that run Windows. It supports layers, unlimited undo, special effects, and a wide variety of useful and powerful tools."

Download it from www.getpaint.net.

Enjoy!

Hold on sugar!

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Mahed Chand blogged about why he thinks developers should choose C# over VB.Net here. I commented on his blog and am hereby repeating my response here.

I'll cut to the chase. I strongly disagree. I have nothing against C# but VB is still the language of choice.

Here is what I think;If you are migrating from VB, then migrate to VB.Net. You're still gonna have to learn a lot, but the syntax is still 70% the same. Unlike C# where the syntax is 90% different.The VB developer environment is at least twice as productive as that of C#. A bit more verbose, but still more productive.Compiled VB code is smaller than that of C# (even though by a very small margin).Where I live, VB developers average salary is MUCH higher than that of the C# counterpart.Both VB and C# can do 99% of what the other can do.In Orcas (the new Visual Studio from Microsoft, set to be released later this year) VB.Net supports a wider range of Lambda expressions.More people have downloaded the Express edition of VB …

Quickie: SQL 2000 with SQL 2005

Here's a quickie; if you need to interoperate two SQL servers, one version 2000 and the other version 2005, then you must ensure that Service Pack 4 is installed on the 2000 version.

Otherwise it won't be able to recognize the other SQL server.

Just thought I'd let you know.

Thanks!

My.Settings

Back in the VB6 days, when creating applications that required specific settings unique to a particular machine (such as screen sizes, fonts or even connection strings), I used to use either an INI file or the registry for storing these settings.

A few days ago, when writing an application on .Net v2, I needed to store similar settings and it had me thinking; should I use an INI file, the registry or even an XML file. The logical answer seemed to be to use an XML. So, I started searching the internet for possible solutions.

For the better part of half-an-hour I went through a number of articles, knowledge bases, forums and blogs and then it struck me. A pure and simple answer on the Microsoft MSDN forums (http://forums.microsoft.com/msdn). Why not use My.Settings?

When using My.Settings, you are actually saving the settings in the app.config file in XML format. Simply double click on 'My Project', select the 'Settings' tab and enter the settings you require for your appli…