Wow - last post in 2004

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

So, with energies poured into other things, it's been a very, very long time. My intention from here out is to be a little more regular (I'm shooting for at least once/yr). ;-)

I'll come back over the next couple days to talk about the baby, ASP.Net 2.0, the new car, phone/mp3 player, etc., etc. Hopefully with the baby site I won't be posting to a crowd of no one!

With the baby I have finished up doing an application for our contest. Couple factoids about the site/technology/industry:

  • .NET hosting providers are consistently more expensive, especially if you want a database. I'm sure this is due to an MS tax, but also makes me wonder about TCO for .NET.
  • ASP.Net 2.0, which really does do a good job of killing off most of the hand-coding that used to be needed. Typical Microsoft evolution means that figuring out/controlling what it's doing is more difficult if you don't want the packaged behavior.
  • My phone has a web browser, which I will need when the baby is born and I need to call people. One of the most difficult/time consuming parts of the site was getting the infrastructure to understand that my phone can accept cookies. Not absolutely necessary, but I did not want to have to log in (which is necessary for the admin interface) during all the excitement.

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