Congrats to Jeffrey Palermo, MCAD

Congratulations to my friend Jeffrey Palermo on becoming a Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD)! Jeff’s making great progress on his MS certifications and is headed towards a MCSD & MCT.

US Patent Plaque

Between high school and college (at Texas A&M Univ.), I spent a year in Sandpoint, Idaho, working on a national biomedical smart card system. My Dad was working for a sister company at the same time on a portable home cholesterol monitor which interfaced with the smart card. The company, Lifestream, filed for a US Patent on the cholestoral monitor and medical tracking system and it was granted. It was a great experience working with smart cards and creating a medical record tracking system. Smart cards at the time were desined for financial purposes, so it was a fun challange … Continue reading US Patent Plaque

Bubble Tea

My new favorite treat! Bubble tea is a tasty flavored drink with tapioca pearls in it. Also known as Pearl Tea, the drink comes in a flavored ice slush, milk shake, or tea form, but what really makes it is the squishy tapioca balls! At first glance, it may look strange since the tapioca is colored black (I think so you can see it since all my tapioca is opaque white to clear), and it looks funny going up the thick straw, but it is fun. 🙂 The best bubble tea in Seattle I’ve found is at Yunnie Bubble Tea … Continue reading Bubble Tea

Microsoft Coding Guidelines

Brad Abrams posted Microsoft’s Internal Coding Guidelines. This is a good read! I’d agree with most everything there. I see a lot of Microsoft code and it sure is good to have consistancy. One thing I differ with, is that personally, I really like not using braces {} for single command blocks (ex: if (x == 2) return false;). When grouping simular members, instead of just // comments, I use #region directives (ex: #region Property Variables … #endregion). Thanks to Jeffrey Palermo for posting about this.

4NT – Powerful Command Prompt + My All-Time Favorite Utility (now Take Command)

Update: 4NT is now called Take Command Update (11/6/2012): My latest review is posted here: Ultimate Windows Command Prompt: Take Command Take Command by JPSoft is, in my humble opinion, one of the best apps ever created. It is a tool for the ‘power user’ who appreciates the power of the prompt (C:\>). 🙂 It a console command prompt for Windows on steroids. I’ve used this app for over 14 years and it is still the one non-MS app I use more than any other. The History This page in history starts with MS-DOS. Though the history of the command … Continue reading 4NT – Powerful Command Prompt + My All-Time Favorite Utility (now Take Command)

Exploring Ice Caves

This past weekend my friend Vito and I went out backpacking in the Mt Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. We left Vitos birthday party Saturday night @ 2am, started hiking @ 3:30am, hiked over snow covered rocks in the dark (w/ headlamps) till 8am, pitched a tent and slept for a few hours, then went on a beautiful trail to some ice caves. It was an adventure! Vito Sabella and I inside the ice cave. I’m standing by a beautiful, large, cold, mountain snow waterfall. A view from inside the ice cave to the world outside.

Lego PDA Digital Photo Frame

One of the little gadgets I’ve wanted ever since getting a digital camera is an LCD Digital Photo Display. This is a unit that sits on the desk and cycles through photos. They typically cost a pretty penny, so using my PDA as the display unit, I built a little adjustable stand out of spare Legos to make my own! The gear on the back adjusts the display angle. The HP comes with photo viewing software that runs a slideshow of pics of my fiance. 🙂 The stand holds the PDA on its side at a good viewing angle. The … Continue reading Lego PDA Digital Photo Frame