Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Superman is back!

Yesterday, me and Paul Dutmer (a colleague of mine), went to see Superman Returns in Pathé Scheveningen. I was afraid this one was going to be another poor attempt to bring an action comic to live, but I was so wrong. The X-Men series were on the top of my list of great conversions, followed by Spiderman, but this has changed. Superman Returns definitely earns a 2nd place in my personal charts. It is incredible how good the cast and crew managed to recreate the atmosphere of the original Superman movies.

You may have heard the discussions on who was supposed to play the role of Superman, but they’ve made the right choice. Brandon Routh did an excellent job of portraying Superman. The way he moved and talked really gave credit to the late Christopher Reeve. Even fanatics that avoid Superman Returns because of commercial exploitation must admit the director sincerely tried to recreate the atmosphere of the original series. For instance, while you're watching it, note the perfectly blended in archive footage of Marlon Branda as Superman's father Jor-El.

The only compliant I can come up with is the casting of Kate Bosworth as Lois Lane. She looks far too young for a role like that. I hope that they find a different actress for a possible future installment.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Losing weight

I’m in the second week of a diet from a book written by Sonja Bakker. I was a bit skeptical, but the many success stories made me decide to try it anyhow. Well, in exactly two weeks, I’ve lost 6.5 kilograms, even though I actually committed terrible sins twice (by eating sate and having a BBQ). But for the remainder of the days I tried to stay as close as possible to the prescribed meals.

Time to make fun of me

Last Thursday, my girlfriend had a tennis tournament, so we decided to go to the court early and have diner first. Because I had some short nights before, after finishing diner, I couldn’t resist closing my eyes for a few minutes. Unfortunately for me, there was a photographer around…

Thursday, August 10, 2006

LinkedIn and Hyves profiles

I've set-up a professional profile through LinkedIn and a more social profile through Hyves (although the latter is in Dutch only). Check them out if you want to know more about me.

Team System tips & tricks

I've found an excellent site with tips & tricks on how to customize and extend Team Foundation Server. It covers several scripts, add-ins, and solutions to everyday problems. I'm sure going to try a plug-in that sends detailed mails to people who get a workitem assigned to them.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Moved my domain

I've finally managed to move my domain to a provider that allows me to use a real IP address instead of forwarding everything to different system. You'll notice the difference by looking at the URL in your browser's address bar. With my previous owner, you would see the physical name of the server hosting my blog. Now, you only see www.dennisdoomen.net, as it should...

Thursday, August 03, 2006

NDoc is over, welcome Sandcastle

Kevin Downs, the leader of the NDoc project has thrown the towel in the ring (is that English btw?). He claims to not have received any support from the community or from Microsoft. That’s a shame. I’ve been using NDoc since 2001, and I was eagerly waiting for the moment a .NET 2.0 version would become available.
Unfortunately, Microsoft’s Sandcastle project is far from complete. With the CTP, it is very possible to compile a set of assemblies in a nice .CHM file, but it will still take a few months more before we get the nice user interface NDoc offered. Moreover, to get it to work for .NET 1.1, you need to perform a decent amount of hacking.

150 free Windows programs from Microsoft

Blake Handler of The Road To Know Where has compiled an awesome list of free goodies from Microsoft. I haven't tried all but I did like the Vista-like Alt-Tab plugin. It shows a thumbnail of the application while alt-tabbing. I also saw some potentially interesting tools that I'm going to try out soon.

What is the Web 2.0?

I've already posted about this before, but Supr.c.ilio.us has compiled the 20 best answers to this questions here.