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Lorin Thwaits A geek says what? February 2008 Entries
Want to cut your electric bill by $300 a year?
Over a million Japanese homes have a cutting-edge appliance that I'll bet you (along with 95% of America) have never even heard of. No -- it's not a singing toilet seat with a remote control, butt warmer, and built-in bidet. Why... here's one of those gleeking now: So I bet that most of you have heard about -- and some out there even used -- that particular Japanese contraption. Instead, the contraption I speak of is a heat pump that you add on to your water heater. It saves about $350 a year on ......

Posted On Thursday, February 28, 2008 4:05 AM

Ever crack the screen of a favorite gadget?
Sometimes I'm a really early adopter. So early that I buy stuff in Japan the moment it becomes available. I've got a well-loved HDV camera that I got two and a half years ago that way. Hard to believe that I've had it around that long. It's now been on 3 continents, and has captured probably around 100 hours of really great content. Quite a few "battle scars" along the way though: One scratch in particular cut a little too deep. On the fold-out screen in the upper-left corner under "HDV 1080i" you'll ......

Posted On Thursday, February 14, 2008 7:00 AM

The type or namespace name 'Pkcs' does not exist in the namespace 'System.Security.Cryptography'
I had an error that was been driving me up the wall, CS0234: The type or namespace name 'Pkcs' does not exist in the namespace 'System.Security.Cryptograp... This always happened while developing a web application in Visual Studio 2005 and wanting to use code that deals with certificates. During development Intellisense would find the System.Security.Cryptograph... namespace just fine. But it couldn't be found at runtime. I had registered the System.Security assembly, and the project always built ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 12, 2008 8:05 AM

Simplifying security cofiguration between web and database servers
A question was posed to our user group's listserv yesterday. After typing up a response I saw that I had written a short novel on the subject, and thought it may be of use to those outside our group. First the question posed: > My employer doesn't want to expose it's production databases to the world, so they sit safely behind a firewall. The production web servers want to talk to those databases, so we open the right ports to let them talk through matching, local machine user accounts. This way ......

Posted On Thursday, February 7, 2008 3:49 AM

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