Thursday, August 20, 2009


Are you a great problem solver?

Then you should try your skills at Code Jam 2009

It's all about solving problems so knowing the latest development fads will not help you. You can access last years tasks in the practice section to get a feel for the problems you will have to solve. You can use any programming language, development environment or text editor as long as the compiler or interpreter you use is freely available and easy to download and use. Visual Studio can be used as there is a free version available: Visual Studio Express.

The top 25 online contestants will travel to Google headquarters in Mountain View, California where they will will compete for ACRush's title of Code Jam Champion and the grand prize of $5,000.

Registration ends September 3rd so register now.

Good luck!


How to fix The address is not valid error in Internet Explorer 7

I hardly ever user Internet Explorer so I don't know when it broke, but today it gave me this error for all sites:

The address is not valid

Most likely causes:

  • There might be a typing error in the address.

  • If you clicked on a link, it may be out of date.

Looks like one of the latest set of security patches messed up something as the problem went away after I reset the browser settings:

  • Go to the Tools menu

  • Choose “Internet Options“

  • Click on the “Advanced“ tab

  • Click the “Reset“ button

  • Close the browser

Monday, January 19, 2009


Make sure you subscribe to the Chrome dev channel

You can get a preview of the next version of Google Chrome  by enabling the developer preview channel. It is not for the faint of hart so only do this if you have time to waste or like to be on the cutting edge:

The Dev channel is where ideas get tested (and sometimes fail). The Dev channel can be very unstable at times, and new features usually require some manual configuration to be enabled. Still, simply using Dev channel releases is an easy (practically zero-effort) way for anyone to help improve Google Chrome.

The latest build picks up a lot of fixes from Web Kit so you will notice increased compatability and several new features like user scripts.



Trust me. You do not want this message flashing on your TV when you transfer old camcorder videos of your kids to a DVD Recorder:

It will be a pain to edit the pieces together, but I hope I got most of the tape starting/stopping/rewinding a few times. At least I hope so or I'm in trouble...