Wednesday, June 3, 2009

dynamic link library LIBEAY32.dll. ERROR!

After running Oracle SQL Developer, I would always get this error message:
What I did to get rid of it was to remove the LIBEAY32.dll file from the system32 folder. It seems that Oracle SQL Developer should've been looking for this .dll in another place; not in the system32 folder. At any rate, problem solved!
Michael Adkins

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

How to get the information you want.

I heard something interesting that made me say, "Hmm." There has been a lot of press about the use of waterboarding and how former VP Cheney said that because of their waterboarding tactics, the process of waterboarding saved a lot of US citizen's lives.

However, former Governor Ventura said that if waterboarding worked so well on Guantanamo prisoners and the like, why isn't our local law enforcement using it to save US citizen's lives?

That kind of statment can lead to a lot! So, one of my questions would be, how do we know, that local law enforcement is not already using this tactic.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

XNA Gaming

On April 6th, 2009, CTXNA (Central Texas XNA) was launched. We had our first meeting to kick off this exciting journey. I'm totally stoked and pumped about developing games using XNA. Mark and Tim are the leaders of this grassroots organization. I think they have what it takes to get this thing off the ground. There were a total of 5 people that showed up; there would've been more but the others had prior commitments. Nevertheless, I think CTXNA will continue growing. We were told that only good things are destined to come. Like freebies from Microsoft!

I'm really looking forward to the collaboration with other developers. I believe this will help me with my "day" job. Mark is working on the website as we speak. I'm by no means proficient at game programming, but I have a willing heart to learn. I just hope I'm not the stumbling block for the rest of the team. At any rate, I believe we all have something to add.

Michael Adkins

Thursday, April 2, 2009


I've been working in the .NET Framework 2008 and was attempting to add a component to a form via the toolbox. When I went to "Add Items" the IDE closed out completely! Mind you, I attempted this twice; thinking it was just a fluke. But, low and behold, it was not. So, I googled the problem, and come to find out, Microsoft is aware of the problem. The fix is to start up Visual Studio in "Safe Mode." You can do this by navigating to your Visual Studio command prompt and typing, "devenv /SafeMode." Needless to say, I did not feel safe. But, it worked! Symptom solved (not the actual problem). Google is your friend. :-)

Michael Adkins

Monday, March 30, 2009

User Interface

I was looking at the new User Interface for the upcoming Windows Mobile 6.5. I feel that it may rival the infamous IPhone User Interface; but will ultimately come up short. The fluidity of the IPhone is second to none! We live in a world of psychological obsolescence; dissatisfied with the old, in order to upgrade to the new.

Maybe I'm wrong. Maybe Windows Mobile 6.5 will surpass the IPhone's UI. But at this point, I doubt it. There is no question that Windows Mobile does beat out the IPhone when it comes to usability. But I think we all love the bells and whistles of any new thing.

For the most part, we buy an automobile for its looks alone; forget about the safety features and performance! At any rate, I'm going to try out the new Windows Mobile 6.5 when it becomes available.

Friday, March 13, 2009


I just saw the most incredible thing.  Please watch this video; it will bring you back in the day and bring you up to the present.  It's about 10 minutes long but well worth it.  Too funny!

Basic coding!

What's funny is that I've been preaching POCOs for all the time I've been at my present job. I liken programming to professional basketball. The basics and fundamentals of basketball are taught at an early age. When players get to the pro's, for the most part, they stop using the basic fundamentals; like boxing out to grab a rebound, cutting off the baseline and forcing their opponent back to the middle of the floor, etc...

The point is, you have very talented developers that would like to use the latest development tools and methods, but the basics will always pull you through. You can get yourself into uncharted territory when you attempt new things. Just ask Shaq when he tries to shoot a three-pointer when his skill level is really inside of the key.

This is not to say developers should not try new things, but try (and succeed) new things when you are not under a strict deadline.

Michael Adkins