Wednesday, April 26, 2006

The one dollar experiment

Emily Chang posted a link to the site on her excellent eHub blog. This is one of those it's-so-stupid-that-it-might-actually-work ideas, like the million dollar homepage, which I followed with ever increasing annoyance last fall (annoyed that I didn't have the idea first, that is).

The way these sites work, of course, is that they build buzz, the buzz atracts advertisers, and that creates revenue, which because it's-so-stupid-that-it-really-shouldn't-work, builds more buzz, and the cycle continues until it becomes old and boring and the advertisers give up.

Given that this blog attracts all of 11 people per day on average, I figured - what the heck - let's bet a dollar to see if the buzz-machine actually works. Not that I'm generating any money at all off this blog, so it's purely a social experiment: I am now one of's bosses. For a month at least.

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Monday, April 24, 2006

ReSharper 2.0 goes Beta

Having struggled through the alpha-period, it's nice to see that JetBrains made ReShaper 2.0 a public beta:
C# productivity and refactoring add-in for Visual Studio .NET

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Wednesday, April 05, 2006

Let's all sue so that I can get rich

Via A VCYet another reason why we need lawsuit reform - especially in the area of class-action suits: - Verizon Offers Refunds For Blocked Emails. So the users get $3.50 per affected month (up to $28 total) and the lawyers get $1.4 MILLION.



Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Enthusiasthma and Apple Pie

I think I prefer Rory Blythe when he's being honest/sincere. In his latest exercise at this, he talks about what he calls Enthusiasthma. Eric Gunnerson follows up with some thoughts about apple pie. Good, quick reads.

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Monday, April 03, 2006

SQL: Corrected IsSmallDate function

Mounir BEN HAMED was kind enough to alert me of a blatant, brain-dead bug in my IsSmallDate SQL function.

So, below is the corrected code, also to be found at Code Snippets

--Checks if a string is a valid smalldatetime
--Updated 04/03/06 by Oskar Austegard after bug find by Mounir Ben Hamed
  @SmallDateString varchar(20) --The input string to check
  DECLARE @Result bit
  SET @SmallDateString = LTRIM(RTRIM(@SmallDateString))

  IF ISDATE(@SmallDateString) = 1
   AND CONVERT(datetime, @SmallDateString) BETWEEN '1900-01-01' AND '2079-06-06'
    SET @Result = 1
    SET @Result = 0

  RETURN @Result