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Mikes Retro Software of the week 1/30/08
A long time ago in a remote windows 95 machine I had a cool little game called Scorched Earth. Scorched Earth is one of many games in the loose genre of "turn-based artillery games". Such games are among the earliest computer games, with versions existing for mainframes with only teletype output. Scorched Earth, with a plethora of weapon types and power-ups, is considered the modern archetype of its format, on which the popular Worms, Hogs of War and GunBound games are based. Its slogan, "The Mother ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 30, 2008 8:21 AM

I am going to MIX08
Joe Beat me to the post. I am going to be in Las Vegas Nevada for MIX08 This year listening to Steve Balmer. I will be pulling my hair out getting all 5 projects in test before I step on the plane however It will be awesome. Thanks, Steve and John mix•ti•fy [micks-tuh-fahy] — verb (used with object), -fied, -fy•ing. 1. to share with everyone you know the coolness that is MIX08! 2. to download the latest and greatest MIX stuff by checking back here often! — Related forms mix•ti•fi•ca•tion, noun mix•ti•fied•ly, ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 30, 2008 1:20 AM

Windows 7 Milestone 1 leaked.
The Question is why and the answer is: Please be better than Vista! Notice how much it still looks like Vista however you would have to expect that. Start Menu PowerShell Display Properties Control Panel Desktop Welcome Center System Tray. LiveJournal Tags: Windows 7, Windows Milestone1, mikedopp,, Leaked, Screenshots, happiness, Windows, Vista BuzzNet Tags: Windows 7, Windows Milestone1, mikedopp,, Leaked, Screenshots, happiness, Windows, Vista Flickr Tags: Windows 7, Windows ......

Posted On Monday, January 28, 2008 8:48 AM

Rockband Drumset works on Windows.
So I was surfing Youtube for my latest and greatest music videos when I got the urge to see if anyone had posted some interesting videos on Rockband. Rock Band Drums on the PC. To my suprise I found this dude had put together an app to use your drums that are included with the Rockband game on you pc. This is so cool. I can now play the drums record my session and share it with the world via Youtube or your favorite video site. Another great how to get windows xp to recognize your usb drumset head ......

Posted On Monday, January 28, 2008 8:18 AM

XBOX 360 *Free Game Update*
Remember when I talked about a free game will be given out for lack of network performance from Microsoft? Well without much fanfare Microsoft decided the game: "Undertow" would be the freebie. I understand that the game will only be available until tomorrow **unconfirmed**. So get it fast before its not free. Tags: Undertow,Xbox360,Xbox 360,,mikedopp,h... Live,Interesting Technorati Tags: Undertow,Xbox360,Xbox 360,,mikedopp,h... ......

Posted On Monday, January 28, 2008 4:30 AM

Watched the Matrix the other day.
Matrix and Star Wars have to be 2 of my favorite series. I was remembering back to some javascript I found a long time ago in a galaxy far far away and not in Shrek's world if you get my meaning. Anyway I am not for long winded stories so here enjoy the javascript. <BODY> <center> <table> <tr> <td> <a href="javascript:WriteRndMs... false, 750)">Normal text</a> <br> <a href="javascript:WriteRndMs... false, 750)"><b>Bold text</b></a> ......

Posted On Thursday, January 24, 2008 11:10 AM

Bandwidth costs and time for Sneakernet
Does transferring a terabyte of data via sneakernet make sense? First, consider the bandwidth capabilities and monthly cost of a few common Internet connections. Cost (month) Download rate per second Upload rate per second 56.6 Modem $15 5 KB 4 KB DSL $30 192 KB 24 KB DSL, Premium $50 384 KB 48 KB Cable $50 300 KB 30 KB Cable, Premium $80 600 KB 60 KB T1 $300 192 KB 192 KB T3 $1,400 5.4 MB 5.4 MB OC-3 $7,500 19 MB 19 MB Of course, costs may vary; I chose costs that jibed with my personal experience ......

Posted On Thursday, January 24, 2008 10:55 AM

Mikes Retro Software of the Week 1/23/08.
Novell’s NetDrive. Transferring files to and from your blog’s web server can become a nuisance. Most of the pain is from having to use an FTP program to move your files instead of the file manager you are accustom to. Novell’s NetDrive can make this file juggling almost transparent. NetDrive lets you map your FTP server just like a local drive. Manage your files exactly like you would your offline files and NetDrive will do the uploading and downloading almost transparently. Licensing restrictions ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 23, 2008 8:21 PM

Zune Playlists Easy to Create?
I was pondering late last night how can I get along with the new Zune software. No more name calling and bashing the moderators at forums. I needed to be a responsible Zunian(no I am not an alien. Just of Zune citizenship) and do more investigating. Here is how the XML is laid out for both the Windows media playlist file and the Zune Media Playlist file. Here is what I found: Windows Media Playlist or WPL <?wpl version="1.0"?> <smil> <head> <meta name="Generator" content="Microsoft ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 23, 2008 8:27 AM

MSSQL 2000 Tip of the day
So I get this email. I forgot/lost the sa password. What to do? So I scrub the google database. Looking for an answer: Source Forgot or lost your sa password? Don't worry, there is a way out. Login to the SQL Server computer as the Administrator of that computer. Open Query Analyzer and connect to SQL Server using Windows NT authentication. Run sp_password as show below to reset the sa password: sp_password @new = 'will_never_forget_again', @loginame = 'sa' Technorati Tags: SQL 2000, MSSQL, Microsoft, ......

Posted On Monday, January 21, 2008 8:13 AM

Windows 7(seven) Preview
So we all love windows vista right? Right? mmmm... ok well how bout the next version? Maybe a complete rebuild of the NT kernel? Sounds like the promises we heard for windows vista that took 6 years to deliver without the promises. Makes Vista sound alot like windows ME? Eric Traut talks Windows 7 and MinWin from Long Zheng on Vimeo. The new kernel is called MinWin? MinWin, a much smaller kernel of the operating system that takes up only 40 MB of memory. This will definitly be something to watch ......

Posted On Thursday, January 17, 2008 7:42 PM

Mikes Retro Software of the week.
I was going through all my old backups and laughing at some of the old software I thought was important. I noticed allot of cool stuff I had long past forgotten. So to define Retro would be "its old to me" so that makes it retro. I hope you guys enjoy this I will make a feed of it and post hopefully every Wednesday. Some of this software may or may not work on your pc. I hardly remember the system requirements but I will do my best to give detailed info on how to run it. Enjoy! This Week we start ......

Posted On Thursday, January 17, 2008 3:57 AM

ASP.Net Deployment Tip.

When your App has been deployed make sure you turn off debugging.

Flip the bit from:

<compilation debug="true">


<compilation debug="false">

A little speed and performance enhancement.


Posted On Friday, January 11, 2008 8:50 AM

QA DeathMatch
Recently the web development team has been Testing the crap out of our latest greatest app set for release any day now. As Evil as QA is this makes it fun. Enjoy! Recently seen "If you’re familiar with Quake, or pretty much any other FPS, then you know about the deathmatch. It’s my single favorite type of game and, in it’s own way, is really therapeutic when the stress of development, or testing, gets you down. A lot of the other developers I worked with at one point also loved ......

Posted On Thursday, January 10, 2008 8:40 AM

Multiple Database support in SubSonic
So I finally convinced the rest of the developers and database admins to use subsonic and all the fast sweet love that comes with it. However I ran into a snag when trying to setup multiple databases using subsonic. Maybe I should clarify: <SubSonicService Default""> <providers> <clear/> <add name="DefaultDB" type="SubSonic.SqlDataProvi... SubSonic" connectionStringName="Conne... generatedNamespace="Default... <add name="DefaultDB2" type="SubSonic.SqlDataProvi... ......

Posted On Thursday, January 3, 2008 8:54 AM

Adaptec GameBridge AVC-1410/1510
So I was looking at woot a while back and I got a two for tuesday.I was excited to get the packages. I opened them up with great anticipation.Read the instructions and grabbed the driver cd and lo and behold it was blank? Surely this cant be on both products right? Sure enough both were blank cd's. So I went to adaptec's support site and there was no drivers ugh. So I googled. I could not find these drivers anywhere. I did however find these on a ftp site that I have lost the link to. Have a look ......

Posted On Thursday, January 3, 2008 7:28 AM

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