Monthly Archives: August 2006

My wouldn’t they?

A company called Steorn is making claims that run counter to current established physics laws.  They claim that they have invented a new energy generation method that results in more energy being produced than was applied i.e. producing energy out of nothing…  This has been an ever elusive "holy grail" for the scientific community. 
Given the current high cost of energy, and considering the rise in deman in China and the very real possibility that the price of oil will probably never come back down from it’s stratospheric orbit, you would think any possibile new source of clean, renewable energy would be welcomed… 
You’d think most people would be more than eager to have such energy sources validated given the $3/gal pump rates…
You’d think so…
but you’d be wrong!
On the Steorn site( they have a poll.  See, Steorn challenged the scientific community to validate their findings.  Anyway, the poll asks if visitors think that the scientific community should accept the challenge or not.  So how is it that out of the over 100,000 people who voted, 61% do NOT think scientists should accept the challenge?!  It makes no sense to me.
This negativity sure seems a lot like the reaction Galileo got when he first claimed that the world was round instead of flat.  The way I see it, we should be investigating ANY possible clean, renewable energy sources we can.

Posted by on August 29, 2006 in Musings


It’s back!

If you’re a user of Windows Desktop Search, and you decided to jump on the Office 2007 Beta bandwagon, then you KNOW what I’m talking about.  Part of the installation of Office 2007 was the installation of a newer version of WSD.  Of course, the newer version had taken a major step backward by NOT sporting the user interface for search anymore.  Believe me, it was a pain!
Now FINALLY, it’s back!  Get the latest version of WDS 3.0 Beta 2 here:
and reclaim your search interface!
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Posted by on August 26, 2006 in Downloads


Moving to Visual Stuio.NET 2005

If you’re making the move to 100% Visual Studio.NET 2005 development, you know that you need to upgrade your VS.NET 2002/2003 projects.  A very good MSDN article detailing the process, can be found here:



Posted by on August 23, 2006 in Computers and Internet


eConnect SOPTransaction.xsd LNITMSEQ node

OK, so this one is in the help documentation if you dig deep enough, but it puzzled me for a while.  The problem is the weird way Great Plains number with this node in multiples of 16384.
Instead of breaking your brain trying to figure out how to number these nodes, simply leave the value as 0 (Zero) to force eConnect to auto number it going into Great Plains.

Posted by on August 18, 2006 in Great Plains


SharePoint broken links reporting tool

If you’ve ever had to move SharePoint content around, you know how painful it can be to locate and correct hyperlinks that have become invalid.  James Milne has a beta tool called SPStatus that is great for easing this task.  Check it out here:


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Posted by on August 17, 2006 in SharePoint


The PayPal SDK

PayPal has very quickly become a standard for internet payments especially since being bought out by EBay.  Not only have they gone mobile, but the completeness of the SDK offering is very good.  Windows is supported under either Java, Cold Fushion, ASP.NET, Classic ASP or PHP.  Linux and Solaris are supported under Java, Cold Fushion and PHP.  It all starts at the Integration Center which can be found here:

Posted by on August 15, 2006 in Downloads


Why Java sucks!

OK, I’m sure I’m going to step on some toes with this post and the title is bound to draw some flaming comments from Java nuts… oh well…
As I had noted before, I love my ReplayTV.
Best of all, I love DVArchive!
DVArchive allows me to use my data server on my home network to store shows.
Now I’ve already upgraded my ReplayTV‘s from 40 hours to 640 hours, but using my 3 TB data server to store shows just adds that much more kick to it don’t you think.
Anyway, I had been using the 3.1 version of DVArchive (released July 19th, 2004) until recently.
My motto with equipment running in a closed environment such as my network for the ReplayTV‘s and DVArchive, is simply the age old saying: "If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!".
As a result, even though the stupid Java tray icon kept telling me there were newer versions of Java to download and install, I just ignored it.  Why should I install it… everything works…
Now this is why I say Java sucks… the other day, DVArchive simply refused to launch after a reboot.  I have it setup to startup automatically after a reboot.  It turned out that Java was now getting a little cocky and was demanding to install the latest version to upgrade my 1.4.xx version to 1.6.xx.  Huh?  Since when does a software company tell me what I can and cannot run on my machine?!
After I calmed down from the insult of being forced to download the new Java WHICH I DID NOT WANT, I relented as not having my DVArchive was quite simply not an option.  So I proceeded to download the newest version of Java and install it.  Reboot my machine and (you know where I’m going with this don’t you! ) what do you know… now my DVArchive STILL won’t launch!
Luckily for me, there was a new version (3.2) of DVArchive that was released on July 12th, 2006 which does support the newer versions of Java.  It can be downloaded here.  What made me mad was the fact that Java simply refused to run the 1.4 version any longer until I installed the 1.6 version.  It makes no sense and that is why I say Java sucks!
OK, let the flaming begin…

Posted by on August 12, 2006 in ReplayTV