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Hey Santa, how 'bout that pony?!?

Dear Santa, Is there an age limit on getting a pony for Christmas? A man in his mid-thirties has as much right to a Christmas pony as a 8 year old girl, right? My wife says there is an age limit and I am well past it, but she doesn't know...


The secrets to long life

The quote of the day on my Google homepage is: "My Grandmother is over eighty and still doesn't need glasses. Drinks right out of the bottle." - Henny Youngman This reminds me of my great-grandmother that lived to 100+ and passed away a...


WhatIWantMost: Starting off with .netTiers

In my last post I took a first pass at designing the database for WhatIWantMost.com. The next step is to use CodeSmith and .netTiers to generate... well, um... the .NET Tiers. Using .netTiers in as easy as they say it is on the site. Really, all...


MS Virtual Desktop Manager

After reading Scott's post about Virtual Desktop Manager, one of Microsoft's XP PowerToys, I decided to give it a try. Like everyone else I have about a gazillion applications open at once and this little tools sounded like a good way to keep...


WhatIWantMost: Database I

In my last post in the WhatIWantMost series I further defined the basic entities for the project by adding attributes I think they need. The next step is to make a first pass at designing/implementing a database to support those entities. I...


Changing machineKey settings in Web.config causes bad behaviour?

Friday night I tried to update the machineKey section of a web.config file of a site so that it could share logins with another couple of sites. I have done this before a couple of times with those sites. The site currently has the machine keys...


WhatIWantMost: Adding attributes for the entities

In my last post I defined what I believe to be the basic set of entities needed for the site. I may need to add more later, but for now they will suffice. The goal is to make a decision and keep moving. I don't want to spend too much time over...


WhatIWantMost: Errata I

I found an additional tool that I would like to include in the WhatIWantMost project: EViL, Dave Donaldson's Entity Validation Library. I saw Dave give a presentation on using custom attributes for entity validation at CINNUG a few months ago and...


WhatIWantMost: Establishing entities

Based on quickly reviewing the user stories I have come up with a short list of entities the system should support: * User - which will be subclassed as Member, Guest, and Admin * Wishlist * WishlistItem * Category * Manufacturer...


WhatIWantMost: User Stories

To help define some of the functionality I am looking to bake into WhatIWantMost.com I listed out a few user stories. Because the stories can be a little complicated (userA sends email to userB to ask if userC...) I created a couple of personas....