Test with Picture

This is a test, with a Picture, of a blog post.
We will now see how this works. Of course now I need to move the picture


Thomas dancing to I want Candy

Aunt Tammy sent Thomas and Zoey musical cards for Easter. Here we catch Thomas enjoying his.


Blogging from Zoho

So I decided to give Zoho a spin to see if it is better than Google Docs. So far it seems pretty impressive, more document like. Google Docs feels like I have little or no control over the final document.

But the one thing that suprised me: I can post my document to my blog! Man that just made my whole life eaiser! I was wanting something to use for TechShorts but did not really like using the available Blogger editor. I could use BlogJet or Live Writer but I want to be able to blog from my eee PC, which is Linux based.

Zoho to the rescue.


Need Tape

Those are the words spoken to me by my son. He was playing with his GI Joe (one of the fake all plastic ones) when he accidentally pulled off its head. Oops!

This sucks because now I have to retape the head on evy time it falls off.

Of course the real GI Joe's head wouldn't have come off so easy. Growing up we used to regularly abuse them by dropping them off of roofs, blowing them up with fire works, running them over with the car, etc. and they always survived. These cheap plastic ripe offs, well they just suck.


Moving back...

After much thought I am moving back to blogger. I think it is easier than trying to maintain my own blog site.

We shall see. The real push though will be with the TechShorts. That is what I want to really take off.


Moving ...

This blog has been moved to http://blog.ddpruitt.net

Not that anyone actually reads this blog but just to let you know.


VMWare Server - Good but...

I’ve have discovered virtualization.  Actually I started using it several months ago and found that it is GREAT!  It Rocks My World!!

After trying Microsoft's I decided that I preferred VMWare’s Virtual Server, mainly because there is a version for Linux.  I have a plan to build the ultimate home server using VM’s.

However, tonight I had just downloaded the SourceForge Enterprise VM and was going to play with it but my license key for VMWare Virtual Server had expired.  When I tried to get a new one their server returned a nice little Tomcat error:

javax.servlet.ServletException: JesapiFilter: Invalid Remote Address.

That sucks because now I have to uninstall the server and install the VMPlayer.  blah.  But, it is all free so who am I to complan.


Reading .NET Configuration Files

I am currently working on a small app that will scan our environment and verify that all the configuration settings are correct.  One thing I found was that you can’t open just any .config file using System.Configuration, it has to be named the same as the calling assembly.

What a pain.


Wasting Space on the Web

I waste a lot of space on the web.  How much you ask?  Well, besides this blog these are the other sites I have:

ddPruitt.net (Home Page)


Photo Galleries


Articles on CodeProject:

Plus my GMail accounts which includes email, spreadsheet, calendar, you name it I probably have it.

I’m sure I have more stuff and will add it as I think of it.


Resharper vs CodeRush

So I used Resharper for a long time and I really liked it.  There were a few things I didn’t like, especially the time added to a project load.  And every once in a while it would lock up.  But the features I liked were very useful: Find all usages, simple keyboard shortcuts, code reformatting.  But the two most useful things it did was 1) to but a bar along the right side of the screen with orange or red lines for were the code had problems, and 2) clean up the using statements.

I have been using CodeRush/Refactor Pro for about a month now and really like it as well.  I wish it did some of the things that ReSharper did and I wished the refactoring worked more like ReSharper.  But I like the polish a lot better and I like the way it shows how blocks of code are related.  One of the best features I notices so far is the showing cyclomatic complexity of each method.  The code completion is a bit complicated and I haven’t spent enough time figuring it out.  It is more flexible than ReSharpers.

Another thing I do not like about CodeRush is the subscription scheme they are switching to.  I can see where they would need a continuous money stream to keep the business going.  But how am I going to justify paying the CodeRush tax each year when I got the ReSharper upgrade for free?

So, I like both products.  I tried running both at the same time in VS 2003 but after 15 minutes it locked up.  The tend to step on each other a lot so I need to figure out how to get them to play nice together.