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Wow, I was pretty excited when I read this morning that SourceGear has created a stand-alone version of it’s excellent diff tool, DiffMerge! Eric Sink wrote about it on his blog June fourth. I have been using SourceGear’s products for a few years now and am very satisfied with them. I was even able to get their Vault application to work at my web host.  DiffMerge has always been bundled with Vault and I was impressed with it the first time I used it.  I even created a shortcut to it in my vault folder.  I was never sure why SourceGear didn’t do that?

Give a try, I know you will be very happy with the product.  Plus it works on multiple platforms, Windows, Linux, and Mac!

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While reading the news on myyahoo today I came across this story about a black hole found 13 Billion light years away. As I thought about it, I really realized that 13 billion light years is a completely incomprehensible distance. So being the curious type that I am I set out to find out how far that really is.

I started out by looking up some values:

Astronomical Unit (AU):
1 AU = 149,598,000 Km (kilometers)

Light-year (ly) :
1 ly = 63239.6717 AU

So:

13,000,000,000 ly * 63239.6717 = 822,000,000,000,000 AU

822,000,000,000,000 * 149,598,000 =
123,000,000,000,000,000,000,000Km

Hmm…

so there are 123 x 10^21 km in 13 billion light-years
or 76.4 X 10^21 miles for us here in the States.

OK, that didn’t help at all. Like I said, completely incomprehensible

This is a kids song/rhyme that my son loves to sing. I was thinking about him and the song just now and thought I would share it.

Little Bunny Foo Foo,
Hopping through the forest
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin’ ’em on the head

Down came the good fairy and she said

“Little Bunny Foo Foo,
I don’t want to see you
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin’ ’em on the head.
I’ll give you three chances,
And if you don’t behave
I’ll turn you into a goon!”

The next day:

Little Bunny Foo Foo,
Hopping through the forest
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin’ ’em on the head

Down came the good fairy and she said

“Little Bunny Foo Foo,
I don’t want to see you
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin’ ’em on the head.
I’ll give you two more chances,
And if you don’t behave
I’ll turn you into a goon!”

The next day:

Little Bunny Foo Foo,
Hopping through the forest
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin’ ’em on the head

Down came the good fairy and she said

“Little Bunny Foo Foo,
I don’t want to see you
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin’ ’em on the head.
I’ll give you one more chance,
And if you don’t behave
I’ll turn you into a goon!”

The next day:

Little Bunny Foo Foo,
Hopping through the forest
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin’ ’em on the head

Down came the good fairy and she said

“Little Bunny Foo Foo,
I don’t want to see you
Scooping up the field mice
And boppin’ ’em on the head.
I gave you three chances
And you didn’t behave
Now you’re a goon! POOF!!”

The moral of the story is:
HARE TODAY, GOON TOMORROW

[from: http://www.kididdles.com/lyrics/l007.html ]
He has never said the moral, but I thought I would include it anyway.
Have a hopp’n day.

On Friday afternoon I made some simple changes to my EVE Tools website and posted them as usual. But as you may have guessed, everything didn’t upload as usual. A major file for the site, a web user control used for the header menu, was locked by the server.

I called iHostasp.net tech support, and explained my issue. They agreed it was locked and tried to restart the web server, it made no difference. They then suggested that I wait fifteen to twenty minutes to see if the server will release the file. If it isn’t released send us a support ticket and we will restart the server. Well it didn’t release and now their tech support is closed (I knew when signing with them this would be an issue). So now, since Friday afternoon my site has been down, broken to the world. It isn’t used by a lot of people but I know I have a few regulars there, and that’s all that matters.

This tech support thing is a real shame for this company because they operate some pretty solid servers. Every application, either .NET or PHP, has just worked, and without fault. There are a few database bottlenecks once in a while, but hey, you get what you pay for. If they could just give some good support. Tickets can take weeks to get to, and that is just to long. Heck, a full day is to long.

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