A little about me 
Thursday, October 25, 2007, 02:38 AM - Random Bits and Bytes
Developer Connection group at Microsoft asked me a couple of questions in an interview for their site at http://blogs.msdn.com/cdndevs/archive/2 ... urity.aspx

Blake
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Yet more Proof that politicians are idiots 
Friday, May 4, 2007, 12:21 AM - Random Bits and Bytes
I am a proud Canadian, I love hockey, played hockey, but like just about every other person on the planet I hate politicians (as surprising as it might not seem, I hear that politicians like politicians and they are about the only people that do other then lobby groups, which no doubt gives credence to the fact that politicians are truly idiots as only a twit would like a politician).

So here is another example of politicians who donít have a clue what their purpose in life is. Currently the Canadian team at the World Hockey Championships the Canadian team is captained by Shane Doan who by all accounts is not only a good hockey player but is also a fine human being, but is currently the stupid issue of the day for our Ďconnoisseurs of stupidí politicians in that he shouldnít be the captain of the team because of something he didnít say two years ago (see http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/World/ ... 61-cp.html ). It was claimed that he made a racial slur about a French Canadian Lineman during a hockey game two years ago. The NHL dismissed the case sometime ago and everything was forgotten until some dopey politician decided that he should take it upon himself to champion the cause of the stupid and declare that because of something Shane Doan never said, that he shouldnít be allowed to be captain of the team. Iím sure this French Canadian politician (now thatís a slur) thinks that a French Canadian player should be the captain and frankly I could care less except all nine of the invited French Canadian players, turned down the offer to play for Canada at the World Hockey Championships (wonder how many of those guys will get an invite to play for Canada at the Olympics in Vancouver, hopefully none of them).

Denis Coderre and Gilles Duceppe are idiots, plain and simple.

Now what can be done, well you can go to www.savedoan.ca and sign a petition telling Denis Coderre, Gilles Duceppe and company to stick a sock in it and get back to work. Frankly Iíd suggest handling this with a good old fashion hockey pulling of the suit jacket over the head while delivering a thorough thrashing and I think that just about any Canadian would be happy to volunteer for that task but Iím thinking the Hansen brothers would be a good choice, 'puttin on the foil coach'.

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When Geeks Vacation 
Sunday, April 29, 2007, 01:49 AM - Random Bits and Bytes
Earlier this year I went for a vacation in the Dominican Republic and while I had a great time, I thought perhaps I should share my experiences so other geeks could benefit. One way to tell if youíre a true geek is if it takes longer for you to pack your laptop bag then your suitcases. I mean come on, its just t-shirts, shorts and whatever else, but my laptop and other computing accessories are my life.



So perhaps we should talk about a couple of things you might want to consider packing in your suitcase for that topical holiday. Now of course everyone knows when traveling to some of these vacation paradises, by default you bring lots of digestive system medications such as Imodium, etc, but one thing that some geeks or men in general forget about when traveling to hot humid environment is Tinea Cruris, more commonly known as Ďcrotch rotí, so tossing a tube of something containing an anti-fugal such as Tinactin, Lotrimin or Micatin can save you a painful bull legged trip to the drug store (if you can find one) during your vacation.

Next I know that many of us donít get out often so being somewhere like a beach where shirts are somewhat optional, one should consider oneís fur factor. The silverback gorilla seen in the photo below should have perhaps considered taking the hair trimmer to his body and reduced the fur factor, no sense sitting in the sun if the sun canít penetrate the fur. Now fur is great where it is cold like Canada, but this is the tropics and you donít often see someone running around here with a fur coat, so take the hint.



That said, sun screen, use it and lots of it. The glow from your monitor, no matter how close you sit to it, isnít going to prepare you for the glorious topical sun. So just accept the fact that sunscreen is your friend. A hat is no doubt a good idea as well, as typically you have invested a lot of time, effort and money into your head, it would be a same to bake it into a vegetable.

Now before we get into the geeky stuff about my vacation, let me pass on a tip which was a lot of fun. I like to snorkel but I donít have the best eyesight from all the years of staring at a monitor so fish need to be close for me to really enjoy their colors and such. The secret we found to attracting fish was bananas. Iím not sure what it is as Iím thinking traditionally most of these fish donít know how to climb a tree and get a banana but take a banana out snorkeling and every fish in the water is now your best friend and you will get a great view of them as they gorge themselves on banana bits.

Now I really liked our resort but there were a couple of things that as a geek made me worry or otherwise think twice. First there wasnít any internet connectivity in our room. Now in the lobby you could Ďrentí a computer and you could buy time on a wireless access point, but Iíd felt really nervous about bringing my laptop out in the lobby as there wasnít much security in my room. In the room we had a steel box and a key, which was great for small items and my JasJar, it was way to small for my laptop. So what to do with my laptop? Toss in the fact that we were on the ground level and the lock pins didnít work on the patio doors (likely the doors were not the same ones when the pin holes where drilled into the frame) which meant in effect we didnít have a lock on them, and I was sweating bullets for my laptop. Iíd really appreciate it if anyone could recommend a Ďtravelí patio door lock that I could use in the future. Fortunately I had a Kensington lock cable with me which was apparently good enough chained to the bed frame and hidden under the bed as I still have my laptop.



I purchased some wireless access time and used my JasJar in the lobby to download my mail and such and it worked great but I would recommend setting up your PDA for mail before you leave on vacation. So all in all it was a great vacation, the weather was great the ocean unbelievable and Iíd happily go back.



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Isn't technology great or proof that the Red Wings are over rated 
Tuesday, December 27, 2005, 11:27 AM - Random Bits and Bytes
Another day, another hard fought win for the Calgary Flames over Vancouver. So which team is better Calgary Flames or Detroit Red Wings? The Red Wings have 51 points compared to the Flames 46, and what about Ottawa's 53 points? Given how the schedule is setup so there are more inter-division games, are all divisions created equal or could Detroit be doing so well because they are in such a weak division and could possibly be dog food if they were in a stronger division? These questions have been bouncing around in my mind for a while, but technology comes to the rescue as I spend a lazy morning in bed recovering from the panic that some people call Christmas. So I reach over and grab my Mobile 5 powered i-mate JasJar and connect to the internet using my WPA secured wireless connection and surf over the www.nhl.com and copy/paste the current standings (as of 4:10 AM EST, 12/27/2005) into Excel on my JasJar. Do some quick calculations and viola, Detroit is truly over rated as they are easily playing in the weakest division. Ottawa on the other hand is actually pretty good, but they were punished on their recent road trip out west.

Eastern Conference
ATLANTIC
GP W L OT PTS AVG PTS STD Deviation
PHILADELPHIA 35 22 8 5 49
NY RANGERS 37 21 12 4 46
NY ISLANDERS 35 17 16 2 36
NEW JERSEY 36 15 16 5 35
PITTSBURGH 34 8 19 7 23
Total 177 189 37.8 10.2810505

NORTHEAST
OTTAWA 34 25 6 3 53
BUFFALO 37 25 11 1 51
TORONTO 36 19 14 3 41
MONTREAL 34 17 11 6 40
BOSTON 35 12 17 6 30
Total 176 215 43 9.30053762

SOUTHEAST
CAROLINA 35 23 9 3 49
TAMPA BAY 37 19 15 3 41
ATLANTA 37 16 16 5 37
FLORIDA 38 13 20 5 31
WASHINGTON 33 12 19 2 26
Total 180 184 36.8 8.89943818
Conference 533 588 39.2 9.24430327

Western Conference
CENTRAL
DETROIT 36 24 9 3 51
NASHVILLE 33 23 7 3 49
CHICAGO 35 13 18 4 30
COLUMBUS 36 10 25 1 21
ST LOUIS 33 8 21 4 20
Total 173 171 34.2 14.9566039

NORTHWEST
CALGARY 36 21 11 4 46
EDMONTON 37 21 12 4 46
VANCOUVER 36 20 11 5 45
COLORADO 37 19 15 3 41
MINNESOTA 36 16 16 4 36
Total 182 214 42.8 4.32434966

PACIFIC
DALLAS 34 23 10 1 47
LOS ANGELES 38 23 14 1 47
ANAHEIM 36 16 14 6 38
PHOENIX 37 18 17 2 38
SAN JOSE 35 15 15 5 35
Total 180 205 41 5.61248608
Conference 535 590 39.3333333 9.64118151

From this we can see that the Northwest division is easily the toughest division in the NHL today and just think I was able to do all of this while spending a lazy morning sitting in bed, thank you technology, as now there is one less unanswered thing bouncing around in my head and I can get back to enjoying a lazy day (or at least until the wife gives me my schedule of activities for the day).
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