Archive for March, 2011

Easier reading of the Windows event log

Mar 25 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

Investigating the event log in Windows is fiddly to say the least.  The list takes a lot of space but doesn’t show much.  It takes a while to load in Windows 7.  The contents of each event can only be seen after opening the event and only one at a time in WinXP and with too much wasted space in Win7.

If one exported the event log to a queryable database, an ISAM would suffice, it would be a breeze to search and list.  It shouldn’t be too hard to write such a program.  Either export when a button is pressed or set it to subscribe to event log events.

Then create a better viewer too.

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Smaller film format

Mar 19 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

If watching movies on mobile phones is on the rise I believe the film format should be smaller.  The 10 meter wide high resolution dream filled with 3D and details doesn’t make it to a smaller screen, the details will be gone or smoothed out.

Also watching a movie on a mobile isn’t an all night thing, unless you are hiding in your bed under your blanket, so the stories should be kept short.  Think 20 minutes train ride or 7 minutes with a tram.

There are already books being written on and for mobile phones, why not take the moving pictures there too?

I guess it can be less expensive  too, smaller images allows cheaper cameras and less resources for editing.

Bring on the story telling!

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Very simple record editor for Devops

Mar 10 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

As a Devop we often hack the database.  I see the need for a simpler tool than Toad/MSSQLEnterprise or even Queryexpress.  One that does only very simple things but easy and quick and safe.

Updating schemas aside I have presently found use for a simple record editor.  The simplest solution would be a hard code primary key and one field to update.

Sketch for a simple record editor

Sketch for a simple record editor

Specify the connection string, the primary key and the field in the config file.

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Avoid username and password to make site simpler

Mar 01 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

For one: do you even need a usr/pwd?

Demo site can be anonymous.  Unique user name can be enough.  Use login from OpenID or Google or Facebook or LiveID or other known site.  Use email to create one time URL.

Above all: make it simple.

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A simple voting site

Mar 01 2011 Published by under Uncategorized

A small, fast and simple site to set up voting.

One case is a conference room where, by some reason, ordinary pieces of paper doesn’t make it.  The voting might be secret.  There might be complex rules (messes with “simple” site).  Whatever reason I haven’t though of.

Another is 5 people going out for lunch.  Instead of wasting time by the elevator or in the rain outside – set up an easy voting page.

What to get for birthday present.  Which day is the best for meeting with relatives (relatives are not all on email).  Which time is best for floor ball (a team of 20 people).   A whole school can vote on bike shed colour.

Spice the site with a simple forum, especially for colouring bicycle sheds.

Make it simple enough to not require usr/pwd.

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