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A .NET developer living in Denver.


Jun
29
comment Is Tracking Software Usage Illegal?
If your customers were fussy about it, let them have something that can decode the packets so that they can see for themselves. An application like Fiddler can capture the traffic which you could then inspect.
Jun
29
comment Is Tracking Software Usage Illegal?
@mathepic, the PHB wanted it to be "exactly like Microsoft's or don't do it at all."
Jun
27
comment Are there any valid reasons for disallowing characters and limiting the length of passwords?
@Jeff, that is correct. If I leave my notebook at home, the passwords are too complicated to remember, so I'm unable to log in. And on the payroll system, I put the username and password as part of the bookmark.
Jun
25
comment Move on and look elsewhere, or confront the boss?
@Louhike, there you go.
Jun
21
comment Is it possible/likely to be paid fairly without a college degree?
@canisrufus, if you are planning on staying out of college for more than a few years, take a look at your local community college to see if you can use what you have now to get an associates. That will at least "lock in" the first 2 years of your college and in Florida, anyone with an AA from a community college has an automatic entry to the state university system. If you stay out of school too long, check note #4.
Jun
13
comment Why there is perception that VB.NET is good for small to medium size application and not for enterprise class project?
I've been getting remarks from recruiters that I have "too much" VB listed in my resume, so they want me to cut more out.
Jun
11
comment How to explain why multi-threading is difficult
@compman, no. Because it is possible for 2 threads to try to grab for the same resource at the same moment, and those thread don't necessarily need the same set of resources - just an overlap enough to cause problems. One scheme is to put the resource "back" and then wait for a random period before grabbing for it again. This backoff period happens in a number of protocols, the earliest of which was Aloha. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ALOHAnet
Jun
4
comment Why do companies tell me they want me as an in-house employee, not as a contractor?
@Kevin, You can force an employee to sign a non-compete, but no contractor/consultant would ever sign such a thing.
May
20
comment Coping with an unfixable endless project
I had to look up DTAP: phparch.com/2009/07/…
May
12
comment Is the MSDN sufficient for taking MCPD exams?
For me, the WCF is the hardest of the exams. If you're doing .NET 4, then I'd recommend being strong in EF and LINQ.
May
12
comment Why aren't young programmers interested in mainframes?
@David, no it does not include the (overpriced) software. Just the operating system.
May
9
comment Is it legal for me to contribute to open source software while employed?
dilbert.com/fast/2011-05-08
May
4
comment What if the client needs the ability to retrieve passwords?
75 million accounts for the PlayStation Network, 25 million accounts for Sony Online Entertainment. I'm not sure I believe that there were only 12,000 credit cards exposed in this leak. wired.com/gamelife/2011/05/sony-online-entertainment-hack No evercrack until the weekend. Maybe.
Apr
30
comment FPGA device + networking + software kit
I'd recommend reading Circuit Cellar Ink magazine as that is some of what you're looking for. circuitcellar.com
Apr
26
comment Is it usual if my employer asks me to get MCP certificates for higher salary?
@David, you could always claim that you were working towards an MCSA or MSCE, as the 270 exam is still one elective for them. The way it was phrased by the OP was "3 MCPs" without any regard for which ones.
Apr
23
comment Visual Studio 2010 SP1 Performance
The intellisense in SQL Server Management Studio can be refreshed with Control-Alt-R.
Apr
14
comment Is it ever a good idea to hardcode values into our applications?
The gravitational acceleration on the Earth is pretty much 9.81 m/s^2 for most latitudes and altitudes (of course, if you're searching for oil underground, or shooting ICBMs over the North Pole, knowing the variation in gravity is very important to a lot more decimal places), with the gravitational acceleration on other planets being a different number, but as far as I know, the gravitational constant is constant around the universe. There is a lot of physics that would have to change if g were variable.
Apr
13
comment Off-shore bug fixing
@Ramhound, David, Greg, It was a better place when I started, I left the place at the end of December (shortly after my 5th anniversary). No one had been hired since I was hired, and in the past 2 years, 6 developers have quit. The latest one to depart had been there 11 years.
Mar
31
comment Will Java catch up with C#?
@Glenn, the Oracle vs Google lawsuit shows to me that they don't "get" open source, and that it means large companies are less likely to pick Java for future development. groklaw.net/staticpages/index.php?page=OracleGoogle
Mar
22
comment My company claims all rights to my hobby iPhone apps. What is your company policy?
There are a lot of court cases that have ruled otherwise.