Wow, what a week for Google!
Of course, the G1 was released this week. I was waiting for the dust to settle down to find out if this was an iPhone killer or not. From what I've seen on CrunchGear with their roundup, it's pretty close, but not quite an iPhone. There are some features missing that may sway a consumer one way or another.
I'm still wrestling with paying $179 for the phone with a $25/$35 a month bill.
GridView Tips and Tricks using ASP.NET 2.0
A great collection of tips for GridViews including adding and editing of rows, popup confirmation, and paging and sorting techniques.
Generic Collections and Filtering
Here's a technique if you've been using Collections before generics.
250+ ASP.NET Interview Questions
If you want to gauge how much a candidate knows, here is a great list of questions that range from beginner to advanced.
My parents came back into town because of a recent death in the family and brought, of course, both laptops. For a recap of what happened before, check my past laptop experience with my parents.
The laptop my father was using was the Acer Aspire 5315. He didn't want all of the software on the computer. I found the OS disk, backed up his data, reformatted his hard drive, and voila! He had a clean machine.
The one piece of software I didn't install was the most critical piece of software he needed: The Acer ePower Management Utility.
I recently had a visit from my parents. They were having problems with their laptop because it kept shutting down right in the middle of doing something important: email.
After they were here for a couple of days, I noticed first hand when the Acer laptop would shut down. I couldn't explain why it was happening. Possibly the battery pack or the power cord.
Eventually, I couldn't take anymore and started looking for a replacement for my parents while they were here. Because they sure weren't getting mine. :-)
For those who own a Sony VAIO, I would definitely make a call to Sony for replacing your laptop. Sony is recalling 73,000 VAIO laptops due to burn hazard. The recall involves faulty wiring where the computer hinge is located, resulting in short-circuiting or burning the user.
The laptops involved include the VGN-TZ100, VGN-TZ200, VGN-TZ300, and VGN-TZ2000.
The interesting thing about the recall is that it only affects certain laptop models. Even if you have a model listed above, you still need to call Sony and find out if you laptop needs serviced or not.
anewmorning.com posted a quick tutorial on how to create the Ultimate Windows XP installation CD/DVD and it looks pretty thorough.
However, even though the tutorial is thorough, I didn't see any links to the supporting software to create the ultimate installation CD/DVD.
I haven't ran through the tutorial, but it's bookmarked when I get some time to dedicate to it.
When you start building a web application, you definitely need a database. But where do you start?
Try DatabaseAnswers.org. This site also has a community area for asking database questions.
It's back! The 2008 Web Survey from A List Apart is back and is ready for data.
After a huge response last year of over 30,000 people taking the survey, it resulted in knowing what kinds of job titles, salaries, and work situations are common in our field.
This survey is geared towards designers, developers, data architects, project managers, writers, editors, marketers, and everyone else who makes websites.
For those who haven't heard of this fantastic speaker, Randy Pausch was a Carnegie Mellon Professor and was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. His doctor said that he was expected to live around 3-6 months.
When he gave his "Last Lecture" on September 18, 2007, he focused on Achieving your Childhood Dreams instead of talking about his cancer.
His lecture is nothing short of monumental and is something everyone should watch and absorb. If you take his perspective on life, I guarantee you will be successful.