# Monday, July 19, 2004

One of my childhood heros has fallen to a new low and is not only no longer a hero of mine but I would punch him in the face next time I see him. Last time I saw him we did shots together, next time, you will be taking shots. from me.

 

In an interview with French daily Le Monde, Greg LeMond -- winner of the Tour de France in 1986, 1989 and 1990 said Cycling is doped and so is Lance Armstrong. He accused Lance of being a liar and a cheater, even though Lance has been cleared over and over again. Even though I have loyalty to Greg and my best friend growing up, Bill, is currently captain of Greg’s pro racing team, I have to say Greg you have now crossed the line.

 

Greg has never like Lance Armstrong. Maybe because when Lance (pre-cancer) started racing in 1994 he said “I am not the next Greg LeMond, I am the next Lance Armstrong.” Or maybe Lance’s victories have made Greg seem like an also-ran. Whatever it is, you must stop now Greg. Lance is a true hero and an inspiration to us all. You are a washed up athlete shooting off your mouth.

posted on Monday, July 19, 2004 10:48:30 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [16] Trackback
# Friday, July 16, 2004

So the last time our NYC .NET Developer User Group speaker Brad McCabe came to speak, there was a fire in the Microsoft building and we had to evacuate. (And I did the raffle on the street.) Last night he came back and there was massive flooding in New Jersey where he lives, so he could not make it. I had to pinch hit.

 

I had the most fun speaking at a user group in years. I did a session on the ASP .NET Cache engine and we spend almost 2 hours talking all about the cache and dependencies like files and databases. Code and slides downloadable soon.

posted on Friday, July 16, 2004 4:13:04 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [3] Trackback
# Thursday, July 15, 2004

I thought it was “Dynasty” but Prince sang it like that last night while sporting a I Love New York Tee-Shirt. A great concert by Prince last night at the World's Most Famous Arena. (Madison Square Garden to you non-New Yorkers.)

A mixture of funk, acoustic guitar, blues and classic Prince tunes, the concert was well worth the trip. Kathleen's favorite song was the acoustic guitar version of “little red corvette.“

 

 

 

posted on Thursday, July 15, 2004 3:52:07 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [12] Trackback
# Wednesday, July 14, 2004

It was a long night, but the rack is all set up and installed. I did some heavy lifting and even got my hands and clothes dirty. This is a new side of IT for me.

RAID all ok. I've got app servers talking to the SQL Servers. Only problem left is the VPN router. Stay tuned.

posted on Wednesday, July 14, 2004 10:58:30 AM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [12] Trackback
# Tuesday, July 13, 2004
posted on Tuesday, July 13, 2004 4:54:01 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [23] Trackback

In the process of installing Windows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition on three Dell Power Edges. Quite simple actually. Just wait the blog post when I have to install the RAID controller drivers. :)

posted on Tuesday, July 13, 2004 3:12:14 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [12] Trackback
# Friday, July 9, 2004

My buddy Clemens Vasters wrote a few days ago that you don't need inheritance or full data encapsulation for business objects. Some other dude wrote a passionate response to him saying that he was all wrong.

You see out here in the real world, in the coding trenches, the “full data encapsulation” in your business objects just doesn’t hold any water. Who reuses a customer object between applications? At my company we don’t even have a customer object! But we do have customers. :) The data logic all should be handled by the database. Way too much effort, code and BS to deal with when you do it otherwise.

Academic conference speakers who don't write code in the real world always argue to over complex-ify the application. I'm sorry, anyone paid to write code in a production environment has no desire to throw all this logic into the objects and have lots of levels of inheritance so they are “reusing code”. Sure sure we all read the Gang of Four's book and spend a year using all the design patterns but then come back after that year only using the few that make sense to our application. Academic conference speakers who don't write production code should take a year off, write some production code and then come back and see what they have to say.

 Lastly at the PDC Clemens said publicly that rows and columns suck and all you need in a database is a PK field and an XML field. Looks like he changed his tune, at least on storage, we all can learn buddy.

What you end up with are elements and attributes (infoset) for the data that flows across, services that deal with the data that flows, and rows and columns that efficiently store data and let you retrieve it flexibly and quickly.”

 

 

posted on Friday, July 9, 2004 12:02:25 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [10] Trackback
# Thursday, July 8, 2004

Today I get to start playing with my new toys. Who said that Richard Campbell is the only one who can geek out and build a rack. (But he has helped me pick out my rack and given me good advice.)

 

So I got three PowerEdges from Dell, one big momma database server with RAID 5 and all the works and two thin ones. They are all redundant power and the processors are hyper threaded. So this is going to be a fun task setting this all up, getting the UPS power supply to the correct amps. Installing the correct rack rails. The router. VPN/RDP. RAID. And of course I have to install Windows 2003 on each server. I think I will use the Dell Open Manage Assistant for help with that. See you soon…

posted on Thursday, July 8, 2004 12:19:38 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [21] Trackback
# Tuesday, July 6, 2004

The weekend started the Tour de France and so far it is going as expected, Lance Armstrong is pretty much in the lead. Going for 6!

posted on Tuesday, July 6, 2004 12:31:59 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback