Friday, November 30, 2007

Article: What’s Ailing ASP.NET Web Forms?

Rick Strahl [MS MVP] has written an outstanding article for CoDe Magazine (What’s Ailing ASP.NET Web Forms?). It explains his views on the pros and cons of the current MS ASP.NET technology and it has the best description I've seen so far of Microsoft's upcoming ASP.NET Model View Controller (MVC) paradigm. An excellent read.

Photo of the day

Bryce National Park - Utah
35mm - 1/500s - F/11 - ISO 200

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Photo of the day

Zion National Park (Utah)
20mm - 1/100s - F/10 - ISO 200

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Photo of the day

Zion National Park - Utah
19mm - 1/80s - F/10 - ISO 200

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Photo of the day

Horse in Southern Utah, on the road from Zion to Bryce
35mm - 1/800s - F/4 - ISO 100

Monday, November 26, 2007

Using Google to Crack Hashed Passwords

This interesting article teaches (again) the value of using good passwords. This attack would not need searching for a hash. A dictionary attack would do too with such a lousy password. Will they ever learn?

Note: Also bad on the part of WordPress for not salting their passwords.

(Via Bruce Schneier)

Photo of the day

Great Blue Heron
Shot this weekend at Viera Wetlands (near Titusville, Florida)
250mm - 1/1250s - F/5.6 - ISO 200

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Photo of the day

Paris Hotel - Las Vegas
40mm - 1/250s - F/10 - ISO 100

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Photo of the day

The Bellagio with Caesars Palace on the right, during my recent trip to Las Vegas
24mm - 1/125s - F/10 - ISO 100

Installed Visual Studio 2008

Downloaded VS 2008 in about 3 hours and burned to a DVD as I mentioned before. Tried to install in my older XP Pro PC and it gave me an error. I then switched to my new Vista Ultimate box and it installed without a hitch.

No time to play with it now. I'm leaving in a few minutes to spend the Thankgsgiving holiday with the mouse in Orlando, then meet some photographer friends in Viera Wetlands (Melbourne, FL and Merrit Island National Wildlife Refuge near Titusville, FL).

Have fun and enjoy the weekend!

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Steps to Uninstall VS 2008 Beta2 before installing VS 2008 RTM

I downloaded VS 2008 Professional last night. It took about three hours and went smoothly. Burned it to a DVD early this morning before leaving for work, so I did not have enough time to install. That comes next.

Scott Guthrie has published a good set of instructions on how to Uninstall VS 2008 Beta2 before installing the VS 2008 Final Release.

Photo of the day

The Venetian Mall
13mm - 1/30s - F/4.5 - ISO 720

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Ken Levy posts photos of his early long-haired look

For all of us fans of Ken Levy: he wrote an intro to the special CoDe Focus issue on Visual Studio Extensibility (VSX), as part of his (fairly new) job as Program Manager for Visual Studio Ecosystem.

The funny thing, which he pointed me to when I spent time with him at DevConnections 2007 last week in Vegas, is that he posted three pictures of him, one fairly recent as he looks now and two from his long-hair days, one of them when he was very young before he started in the Fox world. Check it out.

Photo of the day

Fremont East - Las Vegas
35mm - 1/2000s - F/5 - ISO 100

Monday, November 19, 2007

Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 Released

Microsoft released Visual Studio 2008 and .NET 3.5 today! You can download it if you have an MSDN subscription, else you can download a 90-day free trial.

If you want to use the free Visual Studio 2008 Express editions (which are much smaller and totally free), you can download them here.

If all you want is the .NET Framework 3.5, you can download it here.

See Scott Guthrie's post for details.

Security experts: NIST encryption standard may have NSA backdoor

From ArsTechnica:

"According to security experts, an algorithm for generating random numbers that is included in an official standard documented by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) could potentially include a backdoor planted by the NSA."

Interesting article, based on another one by Bruce Schneier.

WW II's Colossus Has Been Rebuilt

WW II's Colossus has been rebuilt. Not surprisingly, a modern PC is faster.

(Via Bruce Schneier)

Photo of the day

MGM Grand - Las Vegas
40mm - 1.3s - F/6.3 - ISO 100

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Photo of the day

Paris Hotel in Las Vegas. Ballys next to it.
25mm - 1/200s - F/10 - ISO 100

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Photo of the day

Mandalay at night
11mm - 2s - F/5.6 - ISO 100

Friday, November 16, 2007

Photo of the day

Mandalay Bay Hotel
24mm - 1/160s - F/10 - ISO 100

Back home

Back from vacation. Attended a great DevConnections conference in Las Vegas. Met several friends among the speakers and attendees (Rick Strahl, Julia Lehrman, Dino Esposito, Ken Levy, Markus Egger, Ellen Whitney, Miguel Castro, and finally got to meet Tracy Holzer too!)

The rest of the trip was a vacation in Bryce Canyon National Park, Zion NP and a few other places. More on that later.have over 1600+ photos to process, so it will take time. And a new computer just arrived to boot! (more on that later also).

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Going to Devconnections!

I am leaving this weekend to attend the Devconnections Conference in Las Vegas, then take a vacation for a few days in Bryce Canyon National Park in Southern Utah.

I will have very limited, if any, net access so I won't be able to post much. Expect some photos when I return.

If you attend Devconnections and see me, introduce yourself and say hi.

Photo of the day

The Cardozo on South Beach
17mm - 1/400s - F/13 - ISO 100

Friday, November 02, 2007

Photo of the day

Tri-color Heron
340mm - 1/640s - F/5.6 - ISO 400

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Photo of the day

Female Grackle
400mm - 1/500s - F/5.6 - ISO 400