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The Complexity of Modern Cars

November 23rd, 2012 Comments

On my way back home from the SharePoint Conference, my Audi suddenly couldn’t shift out of first gear when in automatic. Thank goodness I could still get out of first gear using the “manual” shift mode. And as I’m limping home, I then get a ESP Fault error. Great, I don’t have automatic drive and now my traction control and ABS are gone too!

As this was a Friday, I had the weekend to troubleshoot and test things before it got into the shop… automatic works for all other shifts except first to second. What’s weirder, after some time manually shifting, going back into automatic will work, even the shift from first to second! But once I shut off the car, I have to do the same manual shift song and dance again.

So, as it turns out, what caused my car to not shift and have no ABS and traction control? A faulty $12 brake light switch! Nuts!

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Where were you…

February 28th, 2010 Comments

When Sid the Kid scored in OT to bring home the gold?

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Some Nice Things to Say About Translink

February 27th, 2010 Comments

I would think most things people (and by people I really mean me) say about Translink tend to be on the negative side. Not in this post though!

First off, I think it’s great that Translink has added 3 extra late night runnings of the West Coast Express (WCE) for us people in the boon docks so that we can stay in downtown Vancouver late to cheer on our olympians. It gets cars, and more importantly one or two drunk drivers behind those cars, off the road! I wish they would run some late night train busses, but I suppose they don’t get enough capacity to make it sustainable.

Yesterday night I had taken one of the extra late trains to get back home. The bus that takes me home normally stops service sometime around 11:00pm and I was expecting to trudge back up the hill at 1:00 in the morning. To my surprise, there were buses waiting WCE passengers! And even more surprising, they weren’t following their normal routes! Instead they just served the general areas surrounding their routes and the driver would ask where each passenger where they needed to go and then zipped around town dropping everyone off as if all the passengers where sharing one big taxi!

So thank-you Translink for getting me home quickly and efficiently and for saving me a 20 minute minute trek in the rain!

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Timeliness is Everything When Blogging

February 25th, 2010 Comments

I find this is somewhat funny as this blog post has been sitting in my drafts list for over 3 years now, when I first started trying to blog in 2006. I started out with a flurry of posts and then only had a single post up in the next 3 years!

Here is the post as is seeing that the two points that were typed out still apply today. I must have had some other points to make that have been long forgotten which I suppose demonstrates the importance of timeliness!

Cang and I had an abbreviated conversation about blogging the other night. I figure I’d finish the conversation here.

He thought I was posting way too frequently. Cang‘s posts are much more deliberate and are fewer and far between. I also think the content has somewhat of a greater value when compared to mine.

I agree with Cang the frequency of my posts (almost 1 per day) are ultimately not sustainable but there is a method to my madness.

First off, I’m trying to get in the habit of posting things in a timely fashion. If you wait too long, whatever you were planning to write about may no longer be relevant or as news breaking. You’ll also start to lose details of your experience or the thoughts in your head, even if you originally took notes.

I’m also throwing stuff up on the wall and seeing what sticks. Sure, one of the goals is to blog about client-side development, something that I still need to get to, but what other things from my daily happenings are people interested in reading about?

Now these things apply specifically to my blog and my goals for it. If your blog is your diary, by all means, keep posting anything you want. If you want your blog to be a specific knowledge resource, yes, keep the posts limited but high in content value.

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The Olympic Torch

February 22nd, 2010 Comments

Sing with the Olympic Torch at the office.

Sam, one of our QA guys at Habanero, brought to the office the torch his grandfather carried during his leg of the Olympic Torch Relay. Really cool to be able to take a few shots with a torch that’s been “kissed” by the olympic flame!

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Welcome to Vancouver!

February 11th, 2010 Comments
SkyTrain wait times signs for the Olympics

Not a theme park, but the Burrard Street SkyTrain station.

Pictogram warning of pickpockets on SkyTrain

As seen on the SkyTrain.

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In Remembrance…

November 11th, 2009 Comments

To those that have fought, and continue to fight, for the freedoms we enjoy everyday.

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SPC09: SharePoint Designer 2010

October 20th, 2009 Comments
SharePoint Designer 2010

SharePoint Designer 2010

It will be interesting to see how SharePoint Designer (SPD) 2010 fits into our development work flow.

For SharePoint 2007, we had basically avoided SPD 2007 like the plague. It didn’t fit into our Visual Studio development work flow.  Almost everything you did from a client-side development perspective was not easily reproducible across sites as the artifacts were basically all unghosted/customized. The actual SharePoint functionality was limited just seemed to be tacked on top of the FrontPage. The HTML editing around customizing master pages and page layouts was slow, buggy and heavy handed as it would arbitrarily change our code.

The interface has been completely overhauled in SPD 2010. Instead of the HTML editing centric interface in SPD 2007, we now have an interface that instead focuses on exposing various SharePoint capabilities to users with less technical expertise. It’s still not something you would deploy to all your users. It really is for your SharePoint power user or site administrator to manage their sites and lists.

SharePoint 2010 sites now have settings to determine what SPD is allowed to do or not do. There are settings to enable SharePoint Designer, enable detaching pages from their site definition, enable customizing master pages and layout pages, and enable managing of the web site URL structure.

The other big thing about SPD 2010 is the ability for it to now create reusable work flows. You can create a work flow and then package it up as a WSP and import it into Visual Studio 2010 for further development. You can also design your work flow in Visio 2010 which is quite interesting.

Check out the SharePoint Designer Team Blog for detailed info on all the new SPD 2010 features.

Two-for-one Sundays on BC Transit

September 10th, 2006 Comments

Did you know that if you have a monthly FareCard, another adult and four children can ride with you for free on Sundays and holidays?

Don’t take my word for it. Here’s the scoop:

Plus, On Sundays and Holidays you can use your FareCard and take five others with you for free. A total of six: Two adults (14 and older) and up to four children (13 and under) ride on a single Adult FareCard, West Coast Express 28-Day Pass, or Annual Employer Transit Pass (does not apply to Concession Passes).

Read more…

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Windows Vista RC1 Released to the Public

September 7th, 2006 Comments

Via ArsTechnica:

If you want to try out the latest and greatest from Redmond, but missed out on the limited release of the pre-RC1 build last week, now’s your chance. Microsoft has made RC1 available to the public in both 32-bit and 64-bit flavors. You can download it straight from Microsoft or via the Akamai Download Manager.

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