the magic number

entertainment :: HD DVD processing key leaked

09 F9 11 02 9D 74 E3 5B D8 41 56 C5 63 56 88 C0

HD DVDs

everyone is going crazy over this. in case you’re a n00b and don’t know, this is the 'processing key' for all HD-DVDs out currently. this means that linux will now have the ability to decode and play HD movies, as well as facilitate the creation of HD-DVD backup warez. this number cannot be copywritten, so feel free to share!

iubi blue pmp

entertainment :: portable media player

iubi blue pmp

Well I just got my first paycheck, and bought myself a present… an iubi blue (high rez photos here). it’s still not available in the US, but I ordered my from the UK here.

so what is it you ask? It’s an audio/video player/recorder and a logical usb hard drive. As for playback, it will run almost every codec under the sun: MPEG 1, 2, 4 DivX 3.X, DivX 4.X, DivX 5.X, Xvid, WMV9, H.264/MP4, AVI, OGM, WMV 7, 8, MOV, & Real video files! The screen is very bright a clear, and you can see it from almost any angle.

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post and querystring vars in dotnet

code :: asp.net c#

here's a nice little snip of c# code. this is meant to be used in an asp.net web application. the following code will return either a querystring variable or a post variable, it tries both and finds the valid one.

public string RequestParam(string paramname)
{
    string result = string.Empty;
    if (Context.Request.Form.Count != 0)
    {
        result = Convert.ToString(Context.Request.Form[paramname]);
    }
    else if (Context.Request.QueryString.Count != 0)
    {
        result = Convert.ToString(Context.Request.QueryString[paramname]);
    }
    return (result == null) ? string.Empty : result.Trim();
}

the center for educational technology

random :: my new job

my cet business card

i now proudly work for the Center for Educational Technologies at Wheeling Jesuit University. my official job title is web application programmer. i will be working with asp.net, c#, php, flash, mysql, mssql, and whatever else they need. all the projects we work on are grant based, so the CET staff are constantly writing proposals and bidding for new work. this means that the work we do is completely varied from project to project...

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v a c a t i o n

random :: escape to ocean city

with summer in full effect nina and i decided to take a vacation. we were discussing a trip to ocean city at willy’s house when his (now ex) girlfriend saunda proclaims she’s never been to the beach. so we invited her to come with us.  in ocean city we stayed with one of my dad's old navy buddies (since hotel prices are astronomical these days). the first day was awesome, the weather was nice, the beach wasn't crowded, and we ate at spiffy italian place. day two however was rainy and overcast. so we decided to kick it on the boardwalk. we ate some uber-sweet cotton candy, i bought an aqua-teen poster, nina and i laughed at saunda’s failed attempts to be funny. after a while we were just chillin' on a bench trying to decide what to do next, when out of nowhere we see this dude with a pink mohawk and a fu manchu. then i realize, “hey i know that guy”...

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