Wednesday, July 13, 2011
Tamara and I left the hospital distraught. We prayed for the health of our baby, for her miraculous healing and for wisdom for ourselves. After a couple days of prayer, the peace came. It came on strong. I knew God was in control and that he would use the circumstances for his glory. With the peace came something I didn't expect: courage. I had courage like I've never had courage before -- courage to make the right choice, regardless of the doctors' or anyone else's opinions about which lives should be given the chance to live.
Thanks to the prayers of so many friends, family and strangers who heard our story, Baby Daisy was miraculously healed. When we went back to the specialists, the vein that we were told hadn't formed was found taking an alternate route through the liver. One of the doctors we met with with so unconcerned with Diasy's condition that we spent more time talking about iPhones than Daisy.
One year ago today, Alexandra Daisy Sue Dunkin was born a perfectly healthy little girl. We are delighted and blessed to have her as part of our family and to be able to share our story of God's faithfulness.
Friday, April 22, 2011
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
Binding validation failed because the endpoint listen URI does not represent an MSMQ direct format name. The service host cannot be opened. Make sure you use a direct format name for the endpoint's listen URI.
You'd think this had something to the endpoint URI, but you'd be wrong. A little sleuthing revealed WCF trying to validate that it could move the message to the retry subqueue in the event of an error. The queue is hosted on a Windows Server 2003 system, which doesn't support the retry subqueue. I'm testing my WCF service is on Vista. Solution: run the queue and WCF service on the same level OS and curse Microsoft for misleading error messages.
Monday, August 16, 2010
Worldwide Smartphone Sales to End Users by OS 3Q08-2Q10 (Thousands of Units)
Note this doesn't include business sales, which would likely boost RIM a lot and iOS a little. Nor does this include devices other than phones, e.g. iPod touch and iPad.
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
In 2006 my wife and I went on safari in Kenya. I took thousands of photos, mostly of animals. I did a pretty good job, too. They're not going to appear in National Geographic, but I was pretty happy with them and I'm pretty picky. When I got home from Africa, I hit a photographic wall. Nothing seemed interesting anymore because I felt I couldn't top what I had done before. I'd peaked two years into my life as an amateur photographer. So I stopped taking photos.
Then about two weeks ago, my wife asked me about buying an iPhone app called Hipstamatic, which she had seen a few of her friends use. She got it and took a few photos. Then I installed it on my phone. I got hooked.
Hipstamatic is cool for a few reasons. It looks and feels kinda like a camera, which is fun. It makes you choose how your photo will look before you take the photo, like with a film camera. Different lenses, flashes and films produce different effects. The alternative -- endlessly tweaking a photo in Photoshop, applying filter after filter -- sucks the joy out of the photo. I love the simplicity that Hipstamatic provides in this regard.
Thursday, July 8, 2010
I spent some time struggling with a WCF service with a .NET MSMQ binding. The public queue resided on a test Windows Server 2003 machine. Everything worked fine on my machine, but when I installed the WCF service on the test server, I got the following error message:
An error occurred while opening the queue: The queue does not exist or you do not have sufficient permissions to perform the operation. (-1072824317, 0xc00e0003). The message cannot be sent or received from the queue. Ensure that MSMQ is installed and running. Also ensure that the queue is available to open with the required access mode and authorization.
The error code (0xc00e0003) corresponds to MQ_ERROR_QUEUE_NOT_FOUND.
Turns out, I needed to reference the queue with net.msmq://server/queue instead of net.msmq://server/public/queue. It's unfortunate the latter URL works in some cases but not others.