Hike Ford Canyon

by Mike Linnen 11. January 2004 08:37
Hike Ford Canyon
Dad and I hiked part of the Ford Canyon trail at the White Tank Mountains Regional Park.  We started at the #9 Area on Ford Canyon road and hiked in 2.5 miles.  We ended up short of the Abondoned Dam but it was real pretty.  The trail started to get tough at about 2.0 miles in where you start getting into the canyon.  Take a look at the Hiking gallery for a couple pictures.

Tags:

Family

Multimedia application

by Mike Linnen 9. January 2004 21:49
Multimedia application

I have an old PC that isn't really doing anything so I decided to make it into a multimedia PC for my home entertainment center.  I looked around a little bit to see if there are any freeware applications that will handle this application.  I found Freevo and MythTV.  Both of these applications are Linux based which is ok for some people but I am a .Net developer so I wanted a Windows .Net solution.  I haven't found anything that is written in C# so I decided to start my own for now to see how far I could take it.

Here are some things I want to do

  • Play MP3
  • Play My Home Videos
  • Slideshow pictures
  • X10 Home control
  • Speech and Voice recognition
  • Record TV Shows
  • Monitor Home Security
  • Get News feed with speech
  • Weather reports
  • RSS Aggregator
  • Internet Radio
  • Home Wiki
  • Audio/Text Message center
  • Allarm clock
  • Play Games

I started a Home Automation Wiki Wiki to keep notes on my progress.

 

CachDependency is neat

by Mike Linnen 7. January 2004 22:06
CachDependency is neat

I just finished a bug in the FlexWiki project that had to do with the System.Web.Caching.CacheDependency object.  What a cool object!  You can tie a cached item to a collection of files.  When one of the files is changed the cached item is cleared.  I did not relize the System.Web.Caching namespace had such an object. 

Tags:

Software

Finished FlexWiki enhancement

by Mike Linnen 7. January 2004 06:35
Finished FlexWiki enhancement

I finished an Xml Transform enhancement for the FlexWiki open source project late last night.  I plan on using this feature to extract XML configuration information from the integration and test servers that run multiple instances of a web application.  It is always painful to keep the documents up to date on what versions of the software are installed on the machines.  Now I will be able to navigate to a wiki page and display the information.

This is the second enhancement I coded for the FlexWiki project.  The first enhancement allowed a user to restore a previos versioned page as the current one.

I plan on contributing more to this project as time allows.

 

 

 

Tags:

Software

I'm a geek

by Mike Linnen 6. January 2004 07:45
I'm a geek

My commute to work has extended to almost 60 minutes at times here in Phoenix Arizona.  Nothing good seems to be on the radio anymore either.  So today I grabbed one of the .Net Rocks internet audio talk shows and burned it to CD.  The ride into work was a lot more informative:)  You can also get the shows from MSDN Hosted .Net Rocks.  I think I will be doing this more often.

 

 

Tags:

Software

Wiki on my Palm

by Mike Linnen 5. January 2004 20:48
Wiki on my Palm
I have been using MegaWiki on my Sony Clie for about 2 weeks now and I love it.  It allows you to do WikiWikWeb like mark up in any text field on a Palm OS device.  I currently only use it for organizing my memo pad notes.  It makes navigation between notes a snap.  Now I can use my PDA as a note taking device when I am in a remote location without my computer. 

Tags:

Software

Made up my mind on blogging software

by Mike Linnen 5. January 2004 13:48
Made up my mind on blogging software

I have tried several blogging services and software packages and I finally decided to use .Text on my own web site.  I felt I had more control over what I wanted to do with my blog if I used my own site and a package that came with the source.  So far I really like .Text and I can't think of anything I would change currently.

 

 

Slow Stick Flight

by Mike Linnen 4. January 2004 20:59
Slow Stick Flight
I took to the park today and flew the Slow Stick.  I had a 2 cell Lipo powering it.  It flew about 15 minutes before I had to call it a flight.  It sure is nice using Lipo power packs over nicads.  The weight differance allowed me to use half throttle and still climb.

Tags:

Fly Electric

New webhosting service

by Mike Linnen 4. January 2004 13:30
New webhosting service

Well I am in the process of moving over to a new webhosting service.  I used to use Flarehosting but I changed to WebHost4Life.  The new service is cheaper and provides more capabilities.  So far I am very impressed with the service.  The control panel used to configure your web site gives you a lot of capabilities.  I now have subdomain capability without additional cost. 

.Text configured as multiple blog on webhost4life

by Mike Linnen 4. January 2004 11:43
.Text configured as multiple blog on webhost4life

I now have .Text (version .94) configured for multiple blogs on WebHost4Life.  It wasn't too hard to do but took a little digging around.  I wanted it to be set up as a subdomain so I could have other applications on my main domain.  Once I get around to it I will add the steps it took to configure .Text to the new DotTextWiki.

About the author

Mike Linnen

Software Engineer specializing in Microsoft Technologies

Month List