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Dreamweaver book Thursday, September 30, 2004 2:43 PM
Well, I just finished up the Dreamweaver book I've been working on for this past week (starting Monday). What a relevation. I've been doing all my web site development in Visual Studio up until now. Dreamweaver seems to be a much better development/design environment for html authoring. There are so many things they do better the VS.NET. I'm looking forward to writing a short summary of the book. By doing this, I'll reinforce some of the things I learned in the last week. I'll be curious to see how well Dreamweaver and ASP.NET tie together or if I'll have to switch back to VS after I do layout (I'm assuming I will).
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Dreamweaver continued Wednesday, September 29, 2004 9:36 AM
Dreamweaver is a nice design tool. Yesterday, I went over Cascading Style Sheets and Library Items. The way it does these is so much better than the designer which comes with VS.NET. I'm about half-way through the training and I'll be curious to see how easy it is to hook into the ASP.NET development process. If they pair well, it will be the best of both web development worlds - a great development environment for server side programming and a great development for client side design.
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Dreamweaver Monday, September 27, 2004 10:34 AM
I've just started training on Dreamweaver. Seems like a great tool for web design. Gives me some ideas for updating the looks of this website (although I personally like a clean, uncluttered look to web pages - I'm not a big fan of animations on pages).

I also finished up work with the printers on the logos for the business cards, stationary, and letterhead. No real glitches. I just had to get them a copy of the MCSD logo in eps format.
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Source control Friday, September 24, 2004 11:01 AM
I found a post on David Hayden's website talking about source control. He seems to very happy with SourceGear as does Scott Mitchell. I was going to use Visual SourceSafe as my source control package but after seeing these two guys write so glowingly about SourceGear, I may have to give it a go.
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Business cards Thursday, September 23, 2004 4:39 PM
I heard back from the printers with a price for the business cards, stationary, and envelopes. All toll, it will be around $500 for a count of 5000.
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Ported over BEPottery to new machine Thursday, September 23, 2004 4:37 PM
I moved the new machine into the office, set up the printer, put a backup procedure in place, and got BEPottery up and running on the new machine today. I had lunch at a Pho place called "What the Pho". I had the Viet Curry which was pretty good.
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First entry from new machine Wednesday, September 22, 2004 10:11 PM
I got a new development machine. It took me all day yesterday and part of the day today to get it set up so I can develop on it. It's finally in a state I can use... so here is the first entry.
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New computer Tuesday, September 21, 2004 6:07 PM
I've spent the entire day doing two things:

1) Getting business cards and stationary for LimberTech - I went to Kinkos this morning and the long and short of it is that they sent me over to a printer because they couldn't do the envelopes. Envelopes require offset printing.

2) Installing software on the new computer. I got a new computer from Dell and I've spent the last five hours installing Windows XP (and updates), Office, and Visual Studio. I only have MacroMedia Studio MX and SQL Server left to go.
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From brian  9/21/2004 9:24:07 PM
The good news is that out of the box, it only took 30 minutes to get everything hooked up and talking on the internet. The bad news is that it took almost nine hours to install all the software. Visual Studio .Net in particular takes hours to copy over files. Why is that?
 
Contact form Monday, September 20, 2004 2:30 PM
I got around to adding a contact form today.
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First day in office Friday, September 17, 2004 2:50 PM
I spent the majority of the day in the office today. It was wierd leaving the house this morning. It's the first time I've done it on my own since I left Microsoft 6 years ago. I say alone because just about a year ago, Paul and I were going into an office together down at ActivSpace. I think this time it's different because there is no one here at the office besides me. So, for the first time in six years, I don't have some one I can readily speak with.
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Accountant Thursday, September 16, 2004 2:43 PM
I spoke with an accountant this morning. After discussing the options, he recommended that I set up an LLC for LimberTech. Normally, he would recommend forming an S-corp to avoid the self employment tax but since I'm the sole employee and I don't plan on making a ton of money, he suggested the LLC. He says that if LimberTech takes off and starts raking in the money, I can always switch to the S-corp business entity.
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Self Promotion Thursday, September 16, 2004 9:36 AM
In order to actually get paid for doing work, I'm going to have to add some self-promoting copy to the website (as well as a way to actually contact me). I'm not looking forward to doing and have been putting it off for some time. I'm a big believer that some people in the computer industry overhype what they're capable of accomplishing. I want to be clear about what I'm capable of doing without under or over selling my services.
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Caching in ASP.NET Thursday, September 16, 2004 9:27 AM
One of my few rants about ASP.NET - why don't they allow an easy method to invalidate the cache. When I add an blog entry, I want to be able to tell the cache of title links on the front page of this website that it has become invalid (without using a callback). I should be just able to set a property. I think they will allow this in ASP.NET version 2. Hmmm.... how could you design a cache without allowing for it to be programmatically invalidated?
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RSS Feeds Thursday, September 16, 2004 9:24 AM
Interesting article on CBS MarketWatch this morning. Evidently Microsoft has reversed itself on the decision to reign in expenses associated with providing Blog feeds (think RSS and Atom). Evidently, they announced that they were going to limit the number of blog feeds. There was such an outcry from the devloper community that they decided to limit the size of the messages associated with the feeds rather than the number of feeds. It's interesting to look at their feeds because they provide the message content as well as the markup of the message content. For simple syndicated feeds, I'm not sure why anyone really needs more than the title and the link (ala the front page of this website). I'm not sure in most cases that people want anything more than that to decide whether they want to click on the article. There should be two levels of support offered by a syndicated feed - the base level with just the title and link (maybe an abstract) and an enhanced level which includes content (plus markup). I'm not sure how you could implement this using XML because of it's streaming nature. Something to think about.
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Hartford Insurance Thursday, September 16, 2004 9:16 AM
Evidently, Hartford Insurance checked the website in the last couple of days and wanted to know in greater detail exactly what LimberTech does. I sent off some information about PixelatedBrain and BEPottery. But it's kind of skimpy right now. I want LimberTech to do website development but I'm worried about how crowded the web design market is right now and how I can differentiate myself. There's a couple of companies that I would like to emulate. One of them is David Hayden. He seems to have a nice business model. Another company is Bill Vaughn's BetaV. I know Bill from my Microsoft days. He's found a nice niche writing articles and books as well as doing some prsentations at conferences like VSLive.
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New office Sunday, September 12, 2004 9:35 PM
I've started moving into my new office this weekend. I'm quite excited about it. It's located a short way away from home and looks out on a park. I'm hoping that it allows me to be a bit more focused on LimberTech then I've been in the last couple of months.
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Getting everything working Sunday, September 12, 2004 1:07 PM
I've finally got everything back working on the website. I moved all the code that writes to the blogger database into stored procedures and I've changed the way the blogger identity is passed around. I was using the blogger nickname, now I'm using the bloggerid. This change would allow for bloggers to have the same nickname - which I think would be okay.
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From brian  9/12/2004 1:23:06 PM
Oh yeah... and I got the comment form working again. I almost forgot :-).
From brian  9/12/2004 1:25:59 PM
Another test of the commenting form.
From brian  9/12/2004 1:27:46 PM
One more test
 
PixelatedBrain back up Monday, September 06, 2004 6:30 PM
PixelatedBrain is back up. I spoke with Dana today and he said that everything worked great on Friday. I guess upping the number of connections really did the job.
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PixelatedBrain down Thursday, September 02, 2004 10:09 AM
I got up this morning and watched as PixelatedBrain went down with a Service Unavailable. About 50 medical students accessed the site at aproximately the same time causing the service to become unavailable. That seems like a reasonable load to me but it pretty consistantly failed during that time period. I'm checking with discountasp to see if they feel it's a reasonable number of users accessing the website.
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From brian  9/2/2004 11:33:10 AM
Discountasp sent back mail saying they would quadruple the number of connections allowed, which should solve the problem. Everything looks to be working better
 
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