22 December 2004 in General | Comments (0)

It’s that time of year again. It’s my first Christmas as a proper adult and it’s quite a lot different to when you’re a kid.

Take for example that I feel like I’ve been tipsy all week for the number of client drinks, drinks with friends, general get togethers etc.

There really is a lot more things for adults – all sorts of random little gifts, social outings and many other benefits.

Rowena and I exchanged gifts early as we celebrated our 3rd Anniversary on the 16th of December and tie that and Christmas together (I can’t help it, I wanted to open them early!).

Rowena was extremely thoughtful and got me a mini fridge that holds about a dozen coke cans which I promptly stocked with Red Bull when I got home. It works perfectly and I’ve been enjoying chilled drinks since then. I also received a remote for my computer – which I had made comment about a few weeks earlier to Rowena. Now I can turn my PC off from bed, fast forward my TV programs (I often jump into bed at the end of the day with a couple of simpsons eps, maybe Family Guy, maybe a tech ed session – but just about every day I watch something before going to sleep) and much more. It’s all good.

I’m off up to Palmerston North to have Christmas with my family then I’m thinking of coming back to Wellington for new years. I’m off work until the 10th so I plan to make the most of that time with a few projects as well.

I hope my VAST collection of blog readers have a great Christmas ;-)

– JD

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19 December 2004 in General | Comments (0)

Last night I had quite possibly the worst dream of my life. I dreamt I had a huge table of data and I was having to multiply and add the different fields up and write the answer in the final field. I woke up just before 7 and felt so tired from doing all the maths. Then I went back to sleep until 10 as I was so tired and had the same damn dream! I feel like I didn’t sleep at all.

I said to Rowena when we went for brunch that I didn’t know what annoyed me more – the fact that I dreamt that or that in my dream I wasn’t smart enough to just write a sql query to do it all for me.

– JD

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8 December 2004 in General | Comments (0)

I’ve just been reading a blog entry that covered “You know you’re addicted to coding when…”.

What is scary is that I can relate to ~50% of the items listed.

Take for example –

“Instead of using MS Word, you type your essay for school in HTML using NotePad.”

In form 6 I did an assignment that involved dissecting magazines for different things. It was pretty big – a six week assignment. Everyone else just wrote their assignment but I decided that I would do mine as an interactive windows application. Written in VB6 (I know, drug peddling monkeys can get stuff working in VB6) it included integrated sound, video (made also by me) and even a small help file. Thankfully the teacher was quite into computers himself and I’m sure I only got the highest mark because of the originality of the presentation.

I’m not sure quite what that says about me since it makes writing HTML using NotePad seem like childs play.

– JD

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5 December 2004 in General | Comments (0)

I’ve just installed a plugin that should help in reducing the amount of spam comments I’ve been getting lately.

Thanks to geekpulp for pointing out this plugin (and another, if this one doesn’t help I’ll combine the two).

– JD

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23 November 2004 in General | Comments (0)

Don’t go to work with a webpage open that has a single image that refreshes every 5 seconds when you’ve close to going over cap.

150MB of traffic used to show the webcam of Rory Blyth (from .Net Rocks) on the side of his blog is not good.

- JD

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21 November 2004 in General | Comments (0)

I’ve been following this for a few months now. It’s an open source version of Transport Tycoon Deluxe with many advantages over the original.

If you’re a fan of Transport Tycoon Deluxe I would strongly suggest you try this out. You will need the original Windows version of Transport Tycoon for the graphics files but otherwise it’s very easy to use.

Currently they’re working on:

  • Larger maps
  • Network rewrite (almost done)
  • Possible new graphics engine
  • Completely new graphics set (for copyright reasons)


– JD

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7 November 2004 in General | Comments (0)

The only time my parents were anti the amount of time I spent on the computer was around the summer of 1998 when I first started strapping a frozen flannel to my forehead* to help with the heat of sitting in a room that was ~30 degrees on a hot summers day while on holiday.

* I don’t do this anymore to keep cool while working on a computer, but it does occassionally help with headaches.

– JD

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6 November 2004 in General | Comments (0)

I’ve managed to get the listview drawing correctly! After using some reflection I found that some of my enumerated types weren’t working as I expected and hence certain messages weren’t being handled correctly.

Now I need to modify it so that it doesn’t simply draw thumbnails when View = View.Large and add a new View type which will enable the thumbnails.

Also found that I need to implement object caching into my datalayer as the listview is quite chatty with my objects which, at the moment, talk to the database far too much (scrolling a list of 2, 000 item used to not increment the query count, now it jumps to about 4, 000 queries off the scroll!).

I’m just stoked it’s working and look forward to adding the new features to it. Might look at sharing the component once I’ve completed the changes.

– JD

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