Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Sunday, September 30, 2007

How to find files quickly using the DIR command.

Here's a quick way to find files on your windows machine using the command line, instead of the built in search functionality.

  1. Drop to a command line.
  2. CD your way to the folder you want to search.
  3. Type "dir /S *your file name here*
  4. Hit enter.

So if you wanted to find that hot track on your mp3 drive but don't know where it's located, you could do something like this : "dir /S *humps*.mp3"

Sunday, August 19, 2007

If you didn't already know, I'm a committed windows user. This year I had the challenge of using a MacBook Pro as my work machine. While figuring out how to work on the shiny toy, I found a few apps
that are worth using. If you're an apple genius, or end up having to use OSX, I highly recommend getting these apps.

Adium X - OSX Multi server chat client -

AppZapper - OSX Uninstaller -

BBEdit - OSX Text editor and more -

Dreamweaver CS3 -

Flash CS3 - *Don't even bother with flash 8 on OSX -

Photoshop CS3 -

Guiffy - OSX Diff Tool -

MacParDeluxe - OSX Binary group util -

Parallels - OSX Virtual PC -

Quinn - OSX Tetris clone -

SmartSVN - OSX SVN GUI Client -

Soap Client - OSX SOAP Development tool -

Speed Download - OSX Download Manager -

Split And Concat - OSX Binary group utility -

Synergy - OSX iTunes controller -

Toast Titanium - OSX DVD / CD Burning App -

Transmission - OSX BitTorrent client -

Transmit - OSX FTP Client -

VLC Player - Great OSX video player -

What Size - OSX Disk utility -

Witch - OSX Alt Tab utility -

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Fletcher's site has been put online. Check it out here -
I just found out about the picassa flash gallery widget.

Monday, July 23, 2007

David Brent can dance!

Monday, February 19, 2007

This is too addictive. An online typing test by

Click this hotlink and see if you can beat me

Looks like I've maxed out on my macbook as well as my dell

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Blast from the past. That's me with the blonde do and spectacles. Chad is rockin out in the foreground, and James is keeping it down on the kit in the back.

While I've been in numerous bands in the past, I really don't have anything to show for it besides memories. I found this pic from a Pump It Hottie contributor 'Hornbuckle' over on Flickr.

Thanks Hornbuckle!
I found out this weekend that Chick-fil-A's buffalo sauce doesn't survive the trip from Georgia to Colorado because of the altitude. Talk about a bummer. First I find out Colorado only has a handful of Chick-fil-A's, now I can't get the buffalo sauce either. I guess it's a good thing my office is in D.C.

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

If you haven't seen this site yet, you have to check it out. This is one of the best flash apps I've found on the net relating to music. Go here and get your search on - Live Plasma ( )

Here is their description :
"Liveplasma is a new way to broaden your cultural horizons according to your taste in music and movies. Look for your favorite bands, movies or directors to obtain a map that details other potential interests"

Anyways, it's super bad ass.

Monday, December 11, 2006

If you find yourself having to work with Visual Studio 6, you'll notice right away that the scroll wheel on your mouse doesn't do anything. Microsoft has an addin for VS6 that enables the scrolly wheel magic.

Get the Visual Studio 6 scroll wheel addin here.

Tuesday, December 05, 2006

Sunday, November 26, 2006

"You gotta shake it, before you bake it"

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

It's pretty sweet that <blink> still works.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

this blew my mind

Monday, October 09, 2006

Dear Internet,

If you have seen a better clip on the internet, please post the url. This is currently the funniest thing I've seen on the internet.

Known on the webernet as Little Superstar

From the Tamil movie

Song : 'Holiday Rap' by MC Miker G. and DJ Sven?

Tuesday, October 03, 2006

Check it out Annie's new wheels.

I'm in DC right now so I haven't seen them in person. I need to hurry up and find her some spinners.

Monday, September 25, 2006

So I pulled a total newbie business traveler move this weekend and didn't make a rental car reservation. Luckily there were cars left, but they didn't have any GPS units left over. Normally this wouldn't be a problem except I've never been to Dulles before.

After two hours of driving around metro DC, I pulled over and installed Google Maps on my phone. If you're phone supports Google Maps, I highly recommend installing it. Even if you don't ever use it, you never know when it will save you.

Go get it

Hopefully I'll remember how to get to my apartment next week.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

I came across a new server message today - "The test form is only available for methods with primitive types or arrays of primitive types as parameters"

While working with flash and web services I learned that you can send a custom class object to an ASMX. That service can then take your object and have it's way with it. This is pretty killer because you can share custom classes between .net and as, assuming the class definitions match, and the datatypes don't get too complex.

If you have to work with webservices from flash, checkout the WebService class. It's sweet. So much so that I don't understand why I even need Flash Remoting. I mean, I can send and receive my custom class on the flash side as well as the .net side.

Currently I only see the following limitations with this magic flash to soap communicado.
  1. No test form on the .asmx page. For a typical asmx file, the .net server can generate a simple test form that you can use to test your webservice. It's great, except for a service that expects your custom class as input
  2. Simple data types. I haven't tested the waters of what datatypes you can use in your custom object, but I'm guessing you can't venture outside of the basic strings and numbers.
I'm pretty pumped about learning the AS WebService class. It's so much nicer than the olden days of parsing name value pairs, or even a full on xml object. The WebService class does all the magic for you in flash, and you code up the result object as you've defined your custom object.

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Friday, July 21, 2006

Anybody want to buy my house? It's in Grant Park, close to East Atlanta.

Friday, July 07, 2006

The Fascinator schooled me on some PHP stuff today. Since he wouldn't take the time to setup his own free blog, I'm putting it on mine. Man this blogging stuff is hard.

BigDump: Staggered MySQL Dump Importer



Saturday, June 24, 2006

I finally got my MCP Welcome Kit from Microsoft.

Eric Fickes is a Microsoft Certified Professional

Thursday, June 22, 2006

Surfing the net for a sql answer, I came across something really cool. Below is an example of how to create a comma separated list of values in a single query.

--declare holder var

--build comma separated list
SELECT @list = COALESCE(@list + ', ', '') + CAST(track_id AS VARCHAR(5) )
FROM webtool_tracks

--show results
SELECT @list AS 'list'

The results should look something like this

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

While I'll always be older than my wife, she can say she has one of the most evil birthdays known to man. Posted by Picasa

Thursday, May 18, 2006

If you haven't listened to this yet, drop what you're doing and hit this site.

NOTE : You are required to turn your volume to 10.

Rollin with Bob Sagat

Who's the man now dog?

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

I finally found out where to customize the WebForm1.aspx template for Visual Studio 03.

C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio .NET 2003\VC#\VC#Wizards\CSharpAddWebFormWiz\Templates\1033\WebForm1.aspx

Now I don't have to keep removing all those extra tags that Visual Studio likes to add. MS_POSITIONING?!?! Am I the only programmer who knows HTML and CSS?

Of course, you could just read this article and build your own custom form wizard.
Here's a handy little routine that takes an ASP.NET control and spits out the html source for use in code. I've used this with ASCX files, but I think it should work with any type of asp:control ( ascx, server control, html control, etc ).

#region RenderToString
using System.IO;
using System.Text;
using System.Web.UI;

public string RenderToString(Control ctrl)
StringWriter stringWriter = new StringWriter();

HtmlTextWriter htmlWriter =
new HtmlTextWriter(stringWriter);


StringBuilder stringBuilder = stringWriter.GetStringBuilder();

return stringBuilder.ToString();


This came in handy when I was working on a mass mailer app. Instead of hard coding my email message into my codebehind, I just made an ASCX control for each message, then loaded the correct message in my code, ran it through this routine, and sent it out.

By putting the message into an ASCX file, it makes formatting HTML much easier than putting it in C# code. If you've ever programmed any sort of emailer that sends an HTML message, you know what a pain this can be.

I would like to think there is an easier way to do an include file via code, populate the message with some variables, then send it out, but I haven't found it yet. If you know of an easier way, I want to hear about it.

Monday, April 17, 2006

So Mike and I skated united ( the park formerly known as xgames ) tonight, and it was the first time I felt like I was at daycare. It was hot and I really didn't have the gusto to get rad, so I just took it easy. While looking around the park at all the obstacles that I've skated repeatedly for four years now, I realized that I've been skateboarding longer than most of the kids there have been alive.

On the bright side, we were definintely the only ones who can skate vert.

Drop me a line if you want to skateboard. Mike and I are always looking to expand our posse.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

This has taken too long to figure out. If you want to get the current row number of an item being DataBound to a List control ( DataGrid, Repeater, etc ), use this line of code in your aspx code :

<%# Container.ItemIndex+1 %>

And if you want to get the number of records in your DataBound control, do this

<%# YourControlId.Items.Count %>

Where YourControlId is the id of your DataBound control, such as an ASP:Repeater

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Happy Valentines Day!! Go park in the dirt beatch!
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Thursday, February 09, 2006

beer me!
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Wednesday, November 16, 2005


Isn't everything on the internet beta? Who's website, or web application is EVER truly finished?

Monday, January 28, 2002

blogs are stupid