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Lorin Thwaits A geek says what? February 2006 Entries
Origami: What if it folds two ways?
Interested in Microsoft's curious Origami Project? Reminiscent of OQO and Sony U750P, as seen in this video Origami is an ultraportable PC. (Props to Scott Cate for the link.) Here's a smattering of images grabbed from the 4 minute video: It will have high-speed wireless Internet capability based not only on standard WiFi, but so that you don't have to hunt down hotspots also an optional cellular-based technology called EVDO. This makes it usable on the highways and byways just about anywhere in ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 28, 2006 6:54 PM

To satisfy your reverse-engineering cravings: a free online Javascript beautifier
Lately in my day job I've been troubleshooting ASP.NET pages that use server controls that lean heavily on Javascript. The kind of Javascript that is stripped and streamlined with zero whitespace or carriage returns. So to make any sense of it at all I needed a beautifier: function layoutmouseup() {if ((moving != 0) && (target != 0)) {rearrange(moving, movingcol, target, targetcol);var targ = target;if (movingcol == targetcol && target > moving) {targ = targ - 1;}displaylayout();}moving ......

Posted On Saturday, February 25, 2006 7:09 AM

Holey moley, where did the HTML tab go?
Something is quite different now when you create a post here on the HTML tab is missing! I thought it was a very useful feature, to be able to switch between the preview and doing the actual editing in HTML. At least writing the content in Visual Studio and copying it into place still works! (I hope I hadn't offended anyone by sometimes including a sample piece of Javascript or a clickable video in my posts...) ......

Posted On Friday, February 24, 2006 10:32 PM

An original from Three Second Delay - "Breach"
Hal Lesesne commented in my last blog post that no band is going to make the bigtime by playing cover tunes. I wholeheartedly agree! So here's one of their originals, recorded a couple of nights ago in their cozy practice space in Tempe: (500 kbps stream. You can also download it here.) The wall is painted with the word "Uncovered" because that was the name of a contest they entered last year put on by the local WB station. They were fortunate to win it, landing $75K worth of studio recording time ......

Posted On Friday, February 24, 2006 12:19 AM

My brother's band "Three Second Delay" ROCKS
OK, this post is not going to have much geek factor at all. But it's still fun nonetheless, so read on, and definitely watch the video below! For over ten years my brother Jonathan's dream has been to be in a really good rock and roll band. He's played lots of gigs with lots of people, and has written some truly excellent compositions along the way, but so far things haven't ever “clicked” in just the right way. Finally it looks like that might be changing. A couple months ago he hooked up with a ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 22, 2006 9:25 PM

Baton Rouge trip, part 2
Great news from the Governor of Louisiana today! Some federal funding is finally coming to help folks rebuild. After driving all around New Orleans two weeks ago, I can say without reservation that the money is required. Block after block you can see the awesome Biblical-scale power that was unleashed by mother nature. Reminded me just how fragile a thing life is. 6.2 billion coming, with another possible 4.2 billion. It will be only a start. With 200,000 homes affected, doing the math, that 10.4 ......

Posted On Monday, February 20, 2006 5:45 PM

Performance of the new SqlDataSource component in ASP.NET 2.0
While teaching the ASP.NET 2.0 class (3201) in Baton Rouge, some questions about performance came up surrounding the new DataSource classes. I had actually meant to get all this testing done and posted by the middle of last week, so for those waiting to see these results, thanks very much for your patience. Altogether this became a fun little experiment, and more time consuming than I expected! I hope you find the results useful. To get started let's review the type of design-time fun we could have ......

Posted On Monday, February 20, 2006 4:25 PM

Baton Rouge trip, part 1
Over the past week I taught two .NET classes in hurricane-struck Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I flew into New Orleans, arriving Saturday night. Instead of hitting the hotel I drove directly to the French Quarter to see what was still standing after the storm. On the way it was interesting to see an occasional boat resting on the roadside. Upon arriving in the historic downtown to my delight all of my favorite places looked fairly intact. Even in the surrounding areas the classic century-old wooden houses ......

Posted On Monday, February 13, 2006 4:51 AM

AJAX as an attack vector
Had this question posed from a friend in my last London post: What do you think of AJAX? Do you know of security concerns? Since you asked... Security concerns with AJAXAJAX is a very straightforward way to increase the dynamic feel of any site. But we're talking about Javascript calling almost directly into server-side code, so there are some big security concerns to be worried about with this architecture. What was once one door into the server, a URL to retrieve the web page, is now accompanied ......

Posted On Thursday, February 9, 2006 1:15 AM

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