Site Changes

This article was originally posted at this domain name on an old blogging system. I am consolidating all of my ramblings and drabble here.

I’ve finished migrating www.madajczyk.com over to MovableType. I was previously using DasBlog, but I felt a bit limited by it. I couldn’t find time to contribute to the project workspace over at GotDotNet, and I needed a way to update content quickly and painlessly.

There are actually two blogs, the standard type blog at www.madajczyk.com/blog, and another that I hacked together to allow me to serve the rest of the standard content at www.madajczyk.com.

Visual Studio 2005 Express

This article was originally posted via Squarespace on a domain name I no longer utilize. I am consolidating all of my ramblings and drabble here.

Microsoft recently released the Visual Studio 2005 Express tools (currently in Beta). This is really a good idea… provide entry-level coding tools to developers who don’t need all of the frills and features. More important is the cost, which is free. The biggest question is… how long will that last? It’s important to provide the tools to get more developers to try them, which allows more exposure to the newest technologies.

I’ll happily relate my experiences in .NET programming to anyone who will listen, but the big point to be made is this: Microsoft IS making it easier and faster to produce code, and the code appears to be more bulletproof that what earlier tools could produce.

Is this something that Java offers? Yes, to a point. Does Java have more market share? Yes, I believe it still does. Does that make it a superior product? I can’t pass judgment based on my limited Java experience. However, I know from experience that for probably 70% of the programmatic challenges I’ve come up against, I can find some kind of code example to set me on my way.

So… how is that different from Java? Simple: Sometimes I find the answer in C#, sometimes in VB.NET, sometimes in VB6 code, sometimes in ADSI or WMI programming examples, sometimes in VBscript.

Did any of this ranting make sense? Possibly. Did all of the points get made successfully? I don’t know… I drank before I wrote this… but I figure that the underlying main point stands.

DomainKeys and SPF

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Yahoo! just released a draft specification for domain-based e-mail authentication. Essentially, each e-mail has a header with an encrypted hash of the text. In DNS, a special TXT entry with the public key information is stored. The receiving mail servers can use the public key to ensure that the message was generated by the authorized server.

Not a bad idea in concept. I’m still reading the draft, but I’m intrigued by the possibilities.

Yahoo! Resource Center article on DomainKeys

Internet Draft as submitted to IETF

Comments on Neowin led me to another project, the Sender Policy Framework, which I wasn’t aware of. A whole bunch of cool ideas floating around right now!

Dumpster Diver

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When I arrived home this evening, I noticed that my neighbors across the street had put out a large amount of garbage for pickup. Trash day isn’t until Thursday, but it’s not the first time they were early.

In the past 90 minutes, a minimum of 4 people have stopped to pick through the pile of debris. Now, Packerland Drive isn’t exactly a quiet street, but isn’t that a bit much? And it’s not like I was staring out the window the whole time, either.

I’m all about not wasting things, but I leave the trash digging to others.

Comment by Michelle Miesbauer:

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By the way, people dig in garbage in Wausau all the time.

Dearborn Assembly Plant

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The last Ford Mustang rolled off of the assembly line today at the Dearborn Assembly Plant in Dearborn, MI. It will be shut down shortly, although plans are being made to convert part of it into a museum. Henry Ford himself assisted in the design of the initial buildings.

I remember driving past the plant with my Dad from time to time when we still lived in Detroit. Lots of history built up in the Mustang, and at DAP.

I just don’t know if it will be the same when the 2005 model appears later this year. According to the press release, it will be built in the Flat Rock plant.