Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Holidays 2007

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

ASP.NET ViewState Helper

From BinaryFortressSoftware:

ASP.NET ViewState Helper is designed to help all web developers, but has specific features to help ASP.NET developers track ViewState issues. Analyze your web pages in real-time while you browse them using Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher. As you can see in this Screen Shot, ASP.NET ViewState Helper gives you very detailed information to help you optimize your web application’s performance. ASP.NET ViewState Helper allows you to see the following details about each page:

  • Page’s total size: This is the total size of the web page shown in the URL column

  • ViewState size: This is the size of the ViewState field

  • ViewState %: What percent of the total page size is being taken up by the ViewState?

  • Markup size: The size of HTML markup (non-visible text) on the page

  • Markup %: What percent of the page consists of non-visible HTML markup?

Softpedia 100% Clean Award

Double-clicking on any URL in the list will bring up the ViewState Decoder window. If the page you double-clicked on contains a ViewState, it will be decoded into plain text, and also broken down into a tree-view for easy analysis.

No wonder Google loads so fast! :)

Saturday, December 8, 2007

Windows Server 2003 Tips

SQL Server databases not supported on compressed volumes. Read more.

Thursday, December 6, 2007

Setting up Local Network with Windows Server 2003

I recently set up a local network with Windows Server 2003. Microsoft has a really good 2-part tutorial on how to set one up called Step-by-Step Guide to a Common Infrastructure for Windows Server 2003 Deployment.

This document is the first in a series of step by step guides explaining how to build a common network infrastructure for deployment of the Microsoft WindowsServer 2003 operating system. Subsequent guides build upon this base infrastructure by detailing the configuration of common customer use scenarios. This guide begins with the installation of the Windows Server 2003 operating system and Active Directory.

Part 1: Installing Windows Server 2003 as a Domain Controller

Part 2: Installing a Windows XP Professional Workstation and Connecting It to a Domain

Sanyo Xacti HD700

I have been waiting to purchase a digital camcorder for a really long time. Can't wait to put my hands on this baby. Bought it yesterday. You will be seeing videos on my blog soon. :)

HP Pavillion dv6500t

It is definitely a beauty! Too bad I didn't purchase it for myself, but for a friend instead. I'm jealous.

Monday, November 26, 2007

2004 Athens Taekwondo

This is an awesome video. I miss Taekwondo!

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Happy Thanksgiving

I'm thankful for everything in my life. Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!


Here are some of the pictures we took on our Fall outing during Thanksgiving week.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Dell PowerEdge SC 1430

Can't wait to put my hands on this new server I bought a couple days ago. It's a Quad Core. Sweet!

Here are some of the specs:
Quad Core E5310 Processor 2X4MB Cache, 1.6GHz, Xeon 1066MHz Front Side Bus for PowerEdge SC1430
2GB 667MHz (2X1GB), Dual Ranked Fully Buffered DIMMs
160GB 7.2K RPM Serial ATA 3Gbps 3.5-in Cabled Hard Drive

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Philadelphia Museum of Art

This past weekend HA and I visited the Philadelphia Museum of Art. We also drove on Kelly Dr along the river, went shopping at Franklin Mills Mall, and watched the Bee movie. It was a lot of fun. :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Cool Halloween Costumes

And real techies too I must say. Happy Halloween! :)

Source: Techcrunch.com

Monday, October 29, 2007

Red Sox Nation

I only watch the League and World Series, but I'm starting to like the Red Sox after watching them come back to win from a 3-0 deficit against the Cleveland Indians in the NL series and then swept the Colorado Rockies 4-0 to win the 2007 World Series. It was an amazing feeling, even for a small baseball fan like myself. Go Red Sox Nation!

Source: sportsillustrated.cnn.com

VT Football

BC rains on Hokies' parade with 14-10 victory
Touchdown with 11 seconds left lifts Eagles in comeback
Source: www.hokiesports.com

I am a proud Cavalier, but I also feel bad for VT for such a bad loss.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

The World Is Flat: A Must Read

I haven't had time to sit down and finish a book in a really long time. It's a great feeling to be able to finish Thomas Friedman's latest The World Is Flat Release 3. Thanks to my Public Policy: Globalization and IT course taught by Professor Steve Ruth. I would highly recommend it to everyone interested in concepts, such as globalization and outsourcing.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Final I Bring Lunch Post

I'm happy to say that this is my last I Bring Lunch post. It's been 52 really long weeks, but it's worth it. You have seen all the food that I have been eating in the past 52 weeks, so it's a good time to stop. I think 52 weeks are enough to showcase my mom's cooking and to show how much I appreciate her lunches.

Thanks for reading my blog(s)!


Thursday, October 25, 2007


Rudy Heeman has developed a hovercraft with the ability to lift- off, leaving other waterbased craft in its wake.

I want one! :)

Source: http://dailymail.co.uk/

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Lutz Roeder's .NET Reflector

Ever wondered what the source code for System.Web.Mail.SmtpMail.Send() function looks like? Lutz Roeder's .NET Reflector is great for looking at the source code of compiled DLLs. It's located at http://www.aisto.com/roeder/dotnet/. Every .NET developer should definitely take a look.

Alt + PrintScreen

I love the PrintScreen button, but now I love it even more. I've just learned you can use Alt + PrintScreen to capture only the active window. Isn't it awesome? :)

Friday, October 5, 2007

Tuesday, October 2, 2007


Just submitted all the required forms for the PhD IT program at George Mason University earlier this morning. I have always wanted to pursue it, but never really thought about the challenges behind it until now. All I know is that it is going to be the most rewarding and challenging experience of my life. Anyway, sometimes it is better to not think too much; otherwise, you might get scared and give up without trying. Wish me luck! :)

GMU Mascot

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

My New Office

Moved into new office last night, because my officemate found another job. It's smaller and windowless, but I can now call it my own. :)

Friday, September 21, 2007

Table Tennis Pros

These guys are good and funny too! :)

Happy Birthday

Thanks everybody! :)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Google Presentation

I'm trying out the new Google Presentation and I like it a lot. Everyone definitely needs to give it a try. :)


Presentation Mode

Monday, September 17, 2007

Guess Who?

They are keynote speakers at TechCrunch40.

Marc Andreessen - former CTO and Co-founder of Netscape
Chad Hurley - CEO and Co-founder of YouTube
David Filo - Co-founder of Yahoo

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Monday, September 10, 2007

Avoid these Meeting Mistakes

These are terrible meeting mistakes that one definitely need to avoid:

  • Being Unprepared

  • Showing Up Late

  • Being a Meeting Hog

  • Sitting Silently

  • Expressing Rude Body Language

  • Conducting Sidebar Conversations

  • Arguing or Putting Others Down

  • Leaving Your Cell Phone On

  • Chewing Gum

  • Shutting Down After the Meeting

I think most of these mistakes can be dealt with by using common sense, but you can read more about these at CNN.com.


A man is flying in a hot air balloon and realizes he is lost. He reduces his altitude and spots a man down below. He lowers the balloon and shouts "Excuse me, can you tell me where i am?"

The man below says "Yes, you're in a hot air balloon, hovering 30 feet above this field".

"You must work in technical support," says the balloonist. "I do," replies the man. "How did you know?" "Well" says the balloonist, "everything you have told me is technically correct, but completely useless."

The man below says: "You must be in management." "I am," replied the balloonist, "but how did you know?"

"Well", says the man, "You don't know where you are, or where you're going, but you expect me to be able to help. You're still in the same position you were before we met, but now it's my fault."

Source: http://humor-world.blogspot.com/

Monday, August 27, 2007

How to truncate log file in SQL Server 2005

Found this nice article on how to truncate or totally eliminate log file in SQL Server 2005. I had to do this, because one of my websites' log file got up 6Gig. The procedure is not recommended by Microsoft for live databases, but I could not afford to have it take up that much space. Something had to be done. :)

Eliminate the log file completely

  1. Detach the database

  2. Rename the log file

  3. Attach the database without the log file by highlighting the log file and click the 'Remove' button

  4. Delete the log file

Source: http://www.codeproject.com/

Sunday, August 26, 2007

MS SQL Server Suspect Database

Ever had your database marked as 'Suspect'? It happened to me today, and it's easily fixed by restarting SQL Server.

Monday, August 20, 2007

Blue-footed Boobies

These are birds that were spotted by Darwin on the Galapagos Islands.

Source: http://www.livescience.com/

Friday, August 17, 2007

Photo of the Day

Don't you want to be there right now? I know I do. :)

Source: http://photo.net/photodb/photo?photo_id=4920356&size=lg

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Create a Transparent Image using Adobe Photoshop

I've finally learned how to create a transparent image using Adobe Photoshop. As you can see the new Dealyzer logo is now transparent. :D

Dealyzer Logo

Thanks to Vishah for putting it together.

Source: http://www.axialis.com/tutorials/tutorial-misc001.html

Monday, August 13, 2007

Speed Painting by Nico Di Mattia

This is really amazing! Check it out for yourself.

Friday, August 3, 2007

My Mom Cooks

This one goes out to my mom and her relentless cooking effort. Thanks to her; we're a happy and full family! :)

I will be taking pictures of our dinner and posting them here http://mymomcooks.blogspot.com/.

Tuesday, July 31, 2007

Facebook is Down

This is the first time I have seen the Facebook website being taken down for upgrade. Pretty cool, isn't it? :)

Saturday, July 21, 2007

BT's Birthday Dinner and a Movie

Happy Birthday, Em Nho! Dinner was at Bistro 123 in Tysons Corners. Transformers afterwards. Highly recommend everyone to go see that movie.


Best Angus Beef Burger Ever!

BT & Her Imaginary Car :)