Friday, April 23, 2004
Thursday, April 22, 2004
Someone sell NZ Telecom a new billing system.... PLEASE!
Just made the steps to get my Jetstart ADSL changed to JetStream Surf....
Easy enough you'd think... all I'm doing is changing plans.....
NOPE!.... I have to wait until the 'anniversary date' of getting my ADSL connection before Telecom will do the change over. Which means, in turn, I have to go back to my ISP and ask them to keep my Jetstream account active for another 1/2 a month... which in turn costs me money....
Would someone please sort out the shitfight that must be Telecom's Billing System..... talk about Mickey Mouse... even the CSR said so.
Rants|Thursday, April 22, 2004 1:28:32 AM UTC||
Monday, April 19, 2004
Sunday, April 18, 2004
.NET maniac! G33ks with Real Guns
Nick and some of the Auckland DNUG crew went out for paintball today.... kinda reminded me to post my photos (and some words) about my fun with guns while in the US o' A earlier in the month.
I arrived in Seattle early for the MVP summit so my buddies and I decided to head out for some pistol shooting. We went to Wades Gunshop on Bel-Red Road, just down the road from the Redmond Campus. We hired a lane, paid our $12 for free range over the whole gun cabinet and set about firing every calibre they had bar one (the 500 Magnum which looked more like a handheld cannon).
- .357 Magnum
I think my favourite part of the day was emptying the whole clip (only 10 rounds these days) of a Glock Model 23 .40 cal pistol at 20 yards. Kinda makes you yearn to be an American and frightened to death of becoming so at the same time.
All in all it was a really fun day- I even wore my special g33k with a big handgun T-Shirt.
Rambles | Toy Box|Sunday, April 18, 2004 9:49:06 AM UTC||
Saturday, April 17, 2004
New Zealand Dot Net Users Group Training Course
As you may already know I kicked off a discussion on the NZ .NET Mailing List late last week around the possiblity of running some free training on a community basis.
I've done some digging and there looks to be enough interest from both a student and instructor viewpoint to make it happen. The plan of attack will probably be to run it via Microsoft LiveMeeting. If you haven't played with LiveMeeting it's a bit of kit that Microsoft purchased off Placeware sometime last year. It allows powerpoiint presentations with live voice and application sharing over the internet in real time. MSDN uses it for their webcasts if you've ever watched one of those.
So anyway, the plan is to run some free training via LiveMeeting over the course of a month or two. The training will happen outside business hours either early in the morning (gotta give the option) or in the evening.
There are a whole load of potential parameters to the final course we could offer so what I'd like to do is solicit some feedback. If you are interested in participating in this community course please answer the following questions by posting me an email to chris(at)kognition.co.nz. I'll be collating the feedback and working on the final course proposal on Tusday night so please answer before Tuesday close of business. Just answer each question with the number and your answer.
1. What sort of time commitment can you make per week?
What is the best course time for you?
Before Work - 7:30am
After Work - 5:30pm
Early Evening - 6:30pm
Late Evening - 8:30pm
What sort of format would you like the course to take?
Lectures and Labs
Which of the following topics would interest you (please put most important first if you choose more than one)?
ADO.NET incl SQL Server 2000
Windows and Smart Client Applications
Do you want the course to have an exam with a final mark?
Would you buy a textbook ($60-$150) if one were available for a course?
.NET|Saturday, April 17, 2004 9:10:18 AM UTC||
Lock The Bastards Up
Looks like Mossad are having a go at getting New Zealand passports this time around. I'm impressed that our coppers actually nabbed them, one would have thought the Israelis should have been able to run rings around us.
Good to see the government 'treating it like any other case'. Bad to see them out on bail.... I mean can you say FLIGHT RISK! One has already escaped the country.
PoliTechLaw|Saturday, April 17, 2004 7:39:27 AM UTC||
More on the Civil Union Bill
David Farrar has the first guess at numbers on the Civil Union Bill.... looks promising...
Let's hope we can convince a few more 'classically liberal' ACT members to support it.
PoliTechLaw|Saturday, April 17, 2004 7:35:26 AM UTC||
Self knowledge in Neural Networks
Casey has been spending some time playing with neural nets and asks
“i am beating myself up for not learning quickly enough today. does this exist in the neural network world? a machine knowing that its training is going badly and that it needs to train differently?”
No comments on his blog means I'll add my 2c worth here.
The way I see it there are two possible approaches (in mainstream NN theory) that address the rate of training issue.
While not really providing for the concept of a global track on learning rate, the use of an inertia value provides a useful mechanism for controlling learning rate in a localised fashion. Basically it aims to prevent local minima/maxima solutions from being found.
2. Evolving Neural Networks
This probably provides better for the idea that Casey is looking at. Evolving neural nets change their architecture- usually by adding nodes but sometime also layers- on the basis of the perceived ability to fit the problem. This fit-ability is in turn often determined by the rate at which the potential solution is being approached in training.
Anyway.... those are my thoughts...
.NET | Human Aggregation|Saturday, April 17, 2004 7:29:23 AM UTC||
Mike Hall is blogging about personalised g33k plates.
Mine is 'XML'.
I have a friend with 'GOATCX'.... now that is a little more concerning... in fact it's concerning if you even know what it means.
Rambles|Saturday, April 17, 2004 7:16:17 AM UTC||
Friday, April 16, 2004
Blatant Self Promotion mark II
Nic is doing it.... so I think I should as well....
Microsoft have a Security Summit (which could also be called "DevDays2004"), and I'm presenting at it, along with a bunch of other neat people (likie Nic). Its on in
- Auckland, 26th April 2004 @ Carlton Hotel
- Wellington, 28th April 2004 @ Hotel Intercontinental
- Christchurch, 29th April 2004 @ Hotel Grand Chancellor
If you have an interest in, or need for, secure Smart Client application, or hack-resistant ASP.NET applications (I think that covers everyone), come along! Its free, tho I think it's filling VERY fast...
.NET|Friday, April 16, 2004 3:13:24 AM UTC||
First Ever Speeding Fine
Well, it seems I have acrued my first ever speeding fine. One of those damned camera things.....
But the really cool thing is... you can pay for it with Amex... can you say *double airmiles*? At least there is some justice. Can't pay parking tickets with amex... tried that before... had plenty of those already!
Rambles|Friday, April 16, 2004 3:09:11 AM UTC||
Thursday, April 15, 2004
Robert takes Flight- I get frustrated during installation thereof!
Robert Levy, one of the mobility peeps @ MS went for a fly with Paula (another mobility peep). He writes about it here.
I'm partial to the odd flight myself, but usually in a purely simulated environment. Thus it was that I found myself installing MS Flight Simulator 2004 the other night- hooray for the Microsoft Company Store @ MVP Summit.
Why does the thing take so bloody long to install!?! I think I watched a whole Simpson's episode and most of Queer Eye while waiting. Can we please have it ship on both CD and DVD media next time? I got so sick of waiting that once I did actually get up and running I lost interest almost immediately. Hmmm... maybe I'll try again this weekend.
Rambles|Thursday, April 15, 2004 9:40:21 PM UTC||
Wednesday, April 07, 2004