Monday, May 30, 2005

Xbox 360

Ok, I must have been away from this world for some time. Apparently Microsoft's new game console will be called Xbox 360. You can read all about it here.
A few years ago, when Microsoft released its first Xbox, there was some student analyzing traffic that was crossing the encrypted bus (between CPU and peripherals I think), for its thesis. As a result, different small companies released mod chips that were able to hack this bus. After mod'ing your Xbox, you were able to run copied games (not that I approve that). You could even run Linux on your Xbox. After all, the first Xbox was a normal PC, with some proprietary stuff from Microsoft.
When the new Xbox will be released, the OpenSource community will be ready ... I can't wait ;)

Thursday, May 26, 2005

The Daemon, the GNU and the Penguin

For those of you interested in the history of Unix, OS2, Minix, Linux ... (or in short those decent OSes that don't originate from Redmond) there's a series of tales you can read on Groklaw. The latest is chapter 9.

Where did my functoids go ...

Ok, yet another Biztalk post. The other night, I was working for a client, trying to get a map right. Normally I don't use these things. I know XSLT well and tend to use this instead of the clumsy Biztalk Mapper. This time, however, I was obliged to use the mapper. My colleague was using it and I had to fix his map.
Anyway, opening the toolbox startled me, as there were no functoids. After Googling for a while, it seemed I had to add Microsoft.BizTalk.BaseFunctoids.dll (which you can find near C:\Program Files\Microsoft BizTalk Server 2004\Developer Tools) to my toolbox. After that, everything was working as it should.
I'm not sure how MS Visual Studio ever forgot about the location of my functoids ...

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the sith ...

Ok, I admit it, I'm a nerd ;) This morning, at 00h10, I went to see the final part of the Star Wars saga. Better than the first 2, I must admit. Even though you know how it's going to end (you do know how it's going to end ... if not, were have you been the past 6 years or so), Lucas managed to bring enough entertainment, drama and suspension to keep me awake for almost 3 hours. So in short, a must see ... may the force be with you ...

Tuesday, May 17, 2005

Duplicate message types part II

In a recent post I was talking about duplicate message types deployed to the Biztalk management database. The following link describes duplicate message types in more detail.

Wednesday, May 04, 2005

Long classpaths in Java

Yesterday, a colleague had a problem setting the classpath for an application we use. Apparently, the length of environment variables is restricted in Win32. Unfortunately our application is using a lot of external jars, so classpaths tend to grow.
While google'ing for a solution I came accross this post.
There is another solution to solve this issue. Just add the following line to your config.sys file:

shell=command.com /e:4096

I must admit, I like the Runner.class solution though ;)