Wednesday, December 22
Sunday, December 19
Some have asked, so here you go.... Garry held out too long for WLS and they decided to drop him. Roe has been on his own since Feb 94 and has held up well in the ratings and as a host over all. Other good news includes Christina Filiaggi
has been hired as a WLS employee. And Roe has a new sidekick/sportscaster Bruce Wolf from WFLD FOX32 has been adding his commentary to the show.
Friday, December 17
Monday, December 6
Friday, December 3
Wednesday, November 10
Tuesday, October 26
Wednesday, October 20
Wednesday, September 29
Thursday, September 23
OK Its official. I'm getting old. Movies from my childhood are being remade, Revenge of the Nerds, or being converted into Musicals.
Yahoo! News - 'The Last Starfighter', the Musical, Beams Down Into World Premiere in NYC
Posted by Cold Chilli at 9/23/2004
Wednesday, September 1
Wednesday, August 25
Apple's trailer website is now hosting the trailer for the upcoming FARSCAPE mini-series THE PEACEKEEPER WARS. Set directly after the final episode of the regular series, the four-hour mini wraps up all the dangling loose threads and also sets in motion a chain of events that will lead to open war between the human-looking Peacekeepers and the lizard-like Scarrans. The first part of the show will air October 17 on Sci Fi Channel.
Click here to witness the return of John Crichton.
Also check out http://ChicagoScapers.com
Posted by Cold Chilli at 8/25/2004
Tuesday, August 24
Fantasy Football season is upon us again. So far I’m in 4 leagues, like last year. Three on yahoo sports with computer draft, and one on http://www.fanball.com/ with a live draft.
I’m also running a pick-em league on yahoo. If you want in send me an email (in my profile), I’ll send you back an invite.
I’m still devising strategy. The live draft is a keeper league and I’m going to inherit someone else’s team.
I read an interesting article on fanball.com about doing a reverse draft. If your deep into the draft order all the good backs are going to be gone. So why not break with mantra and go WR or QB first. You could even pick up a good WR/QB combo. Dante and Randy were my sweet picks last year. I even had some luck with Kitna and Johnson.
Posted by Cold Chilli at 8/24/2004
Monday, August 23
Friday, August 20
Its been a busy month in August, so far.
I've bought and sold a house and preparing to move at the end of the month. I am so glad I don't move that often. My brother-in-law, Vinny, has sold his house. My sister, Sandy, has sold her house in Cincinnati.
I've started a new project working on ASP.Net in VB.Net. The downside is that its an out of town project. So I'm spending 4 days a week in Milawaukee, WI while Melissa preps for the move.
I'm also catching as much of the Olympics I can. Its tough to watch a delayed broadcast on NBC when you already know the results.
Posted by Cold Chilli at 8/20/2004
Monday, August 16
842242 - Some programs seem to stop working after you install Windows XP Service Pack 2
if any of your programs stop working after installing sp2 check this list.
Posted by Cold Chilli at 8/16/2004
Tuesday, August 3
Friday, July 30
Tuesday, July 27
Posted by Cold Chilli at 7/27/2004
Tuesday, July 20
Friday, July 16
Thursday, July 15
I tried, I really did try to like Firefox.
I've used it for about 2 weeks and I just don't like it.
- It doesn't seem any faster it doesn't draw any better.
- I loose my cool toolbars from Google and Yahoo. Yes there is a Google toolbar for Mozilla, But I'm stuck stacking the toolbars, I can't have 2 toolbars side by side to save screen real estate. And its not complete. AutoFill doesn't work.
- Doesn't like to page up/down. When I'm on a web page where I have to page down, I press the page down and NOTHING happens! I click onto the page, then things might work right. If I'm using the scrollbar then switch to using the keyboard, then the page starts back from the top.
- How do I delete entries in the form autofill? It has some typos.
- Tabbed browsing, its overratted. I was expecting any new windows to open as a tab rather than another window, or at least a switch to do it. Nope, right click, open in new Tab.
- Plug-ins, overrated, the only good one I found was the cards and ViewInIE. And of course BlogThis! for Blogger.
The Gmail to address is pretty good also, since mailto doesn't work with Gmail, Yet.
- The download manager seems buggy. I click on something to download, it doesn't notify me when its done. The window pops up but its emtpy. found fix, its in the options, it defaults to remove them when done
- Security: Security by ommission is not security. There aren't 10 Gazillion people using Firefox, yet. and the hackers haven't had time to find the bugs yet. Ohh Wait. They did find a security hole The Latest From Mozilla
- I'm still using IE to view Blogs with NewsGator within Outlook
Posted by Cold Chilli at 7/15/2004
Wednesday, July 14
Tuesday, July 13
Wednesday, July 7
Tuesday, July 6
Spider-Man 2 mistakes, bloopers and goofs - moviemistakes.com
Great Movie!! Everything they say about the movie is true.
I love how they set up future movies also.
Posted by Cold Chilli at 7/06/2004
Monday, July 5
Tuesday, June 29
It's been an interesting week in the life of Brian. Melissa and I have officially started our adoption process of adopting a baby from Guatemala by submitting our application and meeting with a representative from European Adoption Consultants, Inc. within 2 weeks we should be having our first meeting for our home study. Hopefully we should have a new baby in the beginning of the year.
We also started looking for a new home. We’ve lived in Lombard since 98 and we’re starting to outgrow the home, especially when the baby comes. But housing is soooo expensive in the Chicago area. What we want and can afford compared to what my commute would be are major trade offs. Most of the projects I’ve worked on have been in the near north suburbs or downtown. But the houses Melissa and I like are farther south closer to I-355 and I-55. Some have been available farther.
But then again we might wait until next year.
And in the middle of all these life changing experiences, my last project ended and I’m on the bench. But it does give me time to finish MCSD.Net certification.
Posted by Cold Chilli at 6/29/2004
Sunday, June 27
Tuesday, June 22
Monday, June 21
Good News for anyone who like independent and internet radio! 97X found funding and is coming back to the "airwaves".
Posted by Cold Chilli at 6/21/2004
Friday, June 18
Thursday, June 17
Monday, June 14
Friday, June 11
Real Simple Shopping: Feed promotions, offers, merchants newsletters directly into your RSS reader.
Interesting Idea. Get the newsletters but not the Spam.
But will they switch to tracking graphics or webbugs ?
Posted by Cold Chilli at 6/11/2004
Thursday, June 10
Wednesday, June 9
TiVo sets sights on Net content, cuts prices | CNET News.com
I've had TiVo throughout directTV since Sept 03.
I love it. The ability to record 2 shows is great especially since when Discovery/TLC shows are up against 2 network shows, It will record the cable shows when they repeat later that night.
But the biggest pain with DirectTivo is that it doesn't support any of Tivo's series 2 features like home networking, if you have 2 tivo's copy shows from one to another, or upgraded software.
Now TiVo just annouced they're adding more features to Home Media Option such as downloadable Music and Movies.
Earlier this week DirectTV annouced they sold their stake in TiVo and left their board. Is Murdock's DirectTV going to drop TiVo and come out with their own ? If they do it I hope it will be better than TiVo, and/or continue to support TiVo.
Posted by Cold Chilli at 6/09/2004
Tuesday, June 8
Monday, June 7
“One measure of a leader's greatness is this: By the time he dies the dangers that summoned him to greatness have been so thoroughly defeated, in no small measure by what he did, it is difficult to recall the magnitude of those dangers, or of his achievements. So if you seek Ronald Reagan's monument, look around, and consider what you do not see.” - George Will
Posted by Cold Chilli at 6/07/2004
Building a picture frame -- The “junk”-top revival.
Interesting article on building your own digital picture frame from an old laptop.
PII Laptops are good for something.
Posted by Cold Chilli at 6/07/2004
Friday, June 4
Slashdot | VisiCalc Turns 25, Creators Interviewed: "VisiCalc Turns 25".
I remember when my dad used this when I was 9 to do taxes.
Run it yourself!
Posted by Cold Chilli at 6/04/2004
Tuesday, June 1
Roe is back but the deal isn't done. He intends to stay with WLS but contract still needs t's crossed and i's dotted.
Garry is another story. Roe wouldn't comment too much on his situation. 30 minutes later... :). To me it sounds like Garry choose to leave WLS and the team. Garry had a list of demands from WLS and apparently they didn't meet them.
Jim provided his usual humor.
Funny point of the contract is that WLS fought for the ownership of the Canarble Wagon.
Roe isn't activly looking for a co-host.
WLS Chat room
Monday, May 31
Thursday, May 27
Wednesday, May 26
Roe Conn talked about the situation at WLS-AM and the Robert Feder article on the Sun-Times. A Deadline of Wed. June 2 has been set. A "final" offer from WLS was made, Garry Meier shot it down. Roe wanted to think about it and hasn't come to a final decision.
Roe stated that he wants to stay with Gary even at WLS but it seems WLS burned Gary too hard for him to want to return.
Sad part is if a contract doesn't get resolved and they go to another station, they have to wait until the fall to start at a new station.
[Now Playing: 890 WLS - NewsTalk 890 WLS - )]
[woxy] 97X the future of rock and roll
One of my favorite radio stations, when I was growing up,went off the Air May 13th 2004. Its a sad day. 97X was one of the most popular independent radio stations. Whats ironic is they said it more expensive to run an internet radio station than a terrestrial because of the idiodic ruling from 2003 Copyrights office, effectivly putting internet radio out of buisness.
Posted by Cold Chilli at 5/26/2004
Tuesday, May 25
Monday, May 24
Microsoft has finally upgraded Visual Source Safe. Here are some of the new features:
- FxCop is finally integrated into Visual Studio
- Sampling and Instrumentation support for performance measurement
- Code Analysis and Coverage tools
- Unit and Load Testing Tools
- Application, System, Deployment, and Class Modeling tools
- Source Control tools that allow both parallel and serial development modes, deep branching and merging capabilities, and orders of magnitudes faster than Source Safe.
- Work item tracking (Requirements, Bugs, Tasks, Risks, etc.)
- Better support for agile software development methods
[Now Playing: 890 WLS - NewsTalk 890 WLS - )]
Wednesday, May 19
Denis Bauer has created an output plug in for Reflector FileDisassembler for Reflector 4.0
. So now you can get all the .net source code and save it into a file. It also works great for C# to VB conversion or visa versa, you could even convert to Delphi.Net if your into it :~}.
Posted by Cold Chilli at 5/19/2004
Tuesday, May 18
Sometimes I really despise Crystal Reports. I don’t know if it’s a right brain/left brain thing or the product just sucks.
For instance, when you create a report it gives every control a tool tip, to problem is it’s the Name of the control, so users see @Text1. You would think there would be a global flag or an easy way to turn these tool tips off. WRONG. You have to go into every control and give the tool tip a value, you would think a space would work, but no, you have to put something obvious like chr(9). WTF is chr(9) ?
Thursday, May 13
Tom's Hardware Guide Peripherals & Consumer Electronics: Modding The Xbox Into The Ultimate Multimedia Center - Xbox Multimedia Capabilities Untapped
Turn your XBOX into a media center playing Movies and mp3s of your own network.
Wednesday, May 12
Tuesday, May 11
Monday, May 10
Free Gary Meier from WLS-AM radio.
His contract has been up since Jan. and Roe Conn has been doing solo since.
Roe's contract is ending soon. I hope he stays on WLS or another radio station where I can hear them via the internet.