June 28, 2002

HTTP protocol and IIS

Microsoft's IIS server is certainly popular. IIS includes an HTTP server with ASP support, FTP Server, and an SMTP Server. With the gaining popularity of active and database-based websites, ASP is also becoming a mainstay in the web-development space. Since the NT/2000 platform is so prevalent and so easy to setup and maintain, it is no wonder IIS took off like wildfire. Furthermore, now that IIS is being pushed into the consumer space with Windows XP, the webserver platform is getting even more exposure. Maybe that is why all these Microsoft patches and holes are getting so much press. For all its popularity, IIS is ridden with bugs as depicted by all the number of worms and viruses written to attack it.

This paper (Hosting ASP.NET) gives a little insight into the workings of ASP and presents Cassini (Microsoft's attempt to refactor IIS). From an initial look, Cassini is very basic. It offers basic web page serving and ASP.NET execution. But to most of us who are willing to get our hands a little dirty, basic is good. From my experiences of trying to run a server in the past and spending so much time in keeping up with Microsoft's patches, I definitely think it's worth a look.

I am currently exploring the free tool put out by Microsoft to develop ASP.NET. It's called The Web Matrix Project and is currently at Beta .5. I have an impression that the webserver included with the tool is Cassini.

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June 26, 2002

Habits

As a continuation of my previous note on the psychological imperative, I have come across an article expressing a similar line of thought. Five Habits of Highly Deceptive People. In this day an age, we all need to arm ourselves with as much "right" knowledge as possible.

June 25, 2002

Terablaze

thanks for the tip on the company Ich.... I checked out their website and their kind of work looks like something that Sonny and I can contribute to. However, good companies with products similar to what they are creating are dying left and right. Their site is extremely shallow in information. I wonder if they have enough funding to continue - or would their offer be that we work for free. Investigating them further is a little difficult for me being in Vegas. Sonny, if you decide to find out more about them, could you keep me in the information loop?

Posted by Hoang at 09:32 AM | 2 Comments | In Los Banos

June 21, 2002

Filtered internet at the library

Why don't we ask what the librarians think about the issue and how to go about solving the problem of keeping pornography away from young children.  This New York Times article poses that question and explores the issue in more detail.   It makes sense to ask the experts about the matter.  Although how each specific librarian deals with the problem differs, in the end, their solution works.  It is also interesting to note that each method is about 180 degrees different from the other.  Maybe this is just another lesson to tell us that no one thing or solution is applicable in all situations.

In our local Clark County library, the method used is basically filtering software.  I have noticed this at least in the Spring Valley library and also in Green Valley.  There are dialog boxes displayed at logon to inquire whether you want to use "filtered" or "unfiltered" internet.  I guess the "filtered" works well when you just don't want to be annoyed by the pop-ups or haplessly wander into dark alleys with flashing red neon signs.

June 20, 2002

The psychological imperative

When we shop, we want the very best that money can buy. But what exactly does that mean? The best of what? The best until the next best comes out? The best because our favorite movie star owns one? The best because TV tells us that it is and by owning one, our self-esteem will go through the roof? In the end, we all would like to think that our choices are driven by our rational reasoning heads. However, I would like to think that very little is based on that. We are creatures of habit, emotion, and impulse and I dare to say that the large majority of our so-called reasonable decisions are really just driven by our basic nature. Good advertisers know this, marketing folks know this, lawyers know this. They are in the business of convincing people.  Is it brain-washing?  Not really, but it is making people think the way you want them to think.  And at the root, making someone believe something is more psychological than reason. Reason cannot hope to win
over our basic nature that has evolved over however long man came to be. The next time you look at a product at the shopping mall, think to yourself: do you need it for you or do you need it because someone put the idea into your psyche that you needed it (that without it, you are not complete).

June 15, 2002

Pictures of the Venetian

Time for a change in the Gallery. In there you will now find some pictures of the Venetian casino, aerial views as well as night-time shots and some of the interior.

Surviving the Heat

Call me a Vegas newbie because these past few weeks contending with the over 100 degrees Fahrenheit temperatures are a struggle. Of course people who have lived here most of their lives have told me that this is only the first taste of summer. Sonny, you ain't seen nothin' yet... Well, experiences in driving around in an un-air-conditioned car have taught me a thing or two about survival. It's quite bearable if you don't have to drive around too long. If you do, particularly spending over an hour in the car between the periods of 1PM - 6PM.... well you are in for some unpleasant experiences. Symptoms can involve you getting drenched in sweat and the strength in you sap away like a drop of water on a sizzling slab of concrete. Being exposed to the sun directly for anymore than 30 minutes at once can give your body a sense that it is in the midst of a pitch fever-like sickness. I have learned a thing or two about parking in the shade (when I can) and avoiding the sun during peak times.
During previous months, I used to open the windows in the apartment late in the evenings to air out the place and hopefully to bring in a cool breeze or two. Unfortunately during summer months, the outside air is rarely if ever cool. I end up only bringing in the dry, staticy hot air from outside. Ok, this is a lesson of what not to do and a habit to be unlearned during the summer months at least.

I am sure it will take years to develop the right habits for comfortable survival in Vegas. Las Vegans will have already integrated all that into their daily/monthly/yearly habits. What is wonderful about the human creature is that we can adapt to almost any environment. It just takes time. What are some other tips of survival that might be worth knowing?

June 02, 2002

classmates.com

It looks like someone else who was playing around found a little more success with this system than you did. The Mercury ran this cute little article regarding people who found each other. Hey, the wonders of the internet through a little tap of the mouse click.

Here is a take on a different topic: Nation-wide Broadband. I'm for anything that would make cheap broadband available for everyone. Right now the issue is in Congress and Lieberman is carrying about trying to push the idea. With POTS lines, America is still in the stone age and to those in power, they want to keep us there. Why not when the Bell providers can continue to milk the public for the next hundred or two hundred years? Well for whatever reason the law makers can decide on, I really hope the issue of Broadband passes. Because the technology have been available for many years and we all need it.

Posted by Hoang at 06:45 AM | 1 Comments | Technology

classmates.com

It looks like someone else who was playing around found a little more success with this system than you did. The Mercury ran this cute little article regarding people who found each other. Hey, the wonders of the internet through a little tap of the mouse click.

Here is a take on a different topic: Nation-wide Broadband. I'm for anything that would make cheap broadband available for everyone. Right now the issue is in Congress and Lieberman is carrying about trying to push the idea. With POTS lines, America is still in the stone age and to those in power, they want to keep us there. Why not when the Bell providers can continue to milk the public for the next hundred or two hundred years? Well for whatever reason the law makers can decide on, I really hope the issue of Broadband passes. Because the technology have been available for many years and we all need it.

Posted by Hoang at 06:45 AM | 2 Comments | In Los Banos