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Weather Info 2005 Released

Friday, December 30, 2005 11:46 AM

Weather Info 2005

I've just released Weather Info 2005.  Weather Info 2005 is a major update to my Pocket PC Weather Info program.  Weather Info 2005 is designed for Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PCs and fully supports all of the available screen resolutions in Windows Mobile 5.0.  The weather data is still downloaded from weather.com.  Weather Info 2.5 is still available on my Other Projects page for Pocket PC 2003 and earlier devices.  Download Weather Info 2005 from my new Windows Mobile page.

 
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Currency Converter 2005 Released

Friday, December 30, 2005 11:40 AM

Currency Converter 2005 I've just released Currency Converter 2005.  Currency Converter 2005 has been completely rewritten with support for Windows Mobile 5 and the new VGA devices. The currency converter uses a webservice provided by xmethods.net to download the conversion rates. Once downloaded, the rates are then cached for times when the device does not have an active internet connection. The previous version for Pocket PC 2003 and below can be found on my Other Projects page.  Download Currency Converter 2005 on my new Windows Mobile page.
 
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Nature Reclaims Rocky Flats

Thursday, December 22, 2005 9:53 AM

Xeric Tallgrasses against the mountain backdrop of the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge. photo credit: RFETS

The Rocky Mountain News had a good article today on how nature is reclaiming the now closed Rocky Flats site.  Quoting the article:

People have become rarities at the now-defunct atom bomb plant, vastly outnumbered by coyotes, deer and owls.

Rocky Flats was once a sprawling complex where workers produced 70,000 nuclear weapons. In the past 10 years, thousands of workers dismantled it building by building and hauled off thousands of truckloads of radioactive waste.

Demolition workers packed up and left in October, leaving the 6,000 acres of foothills prairie to the occasional environmental regulator or researcher checking on the cleanup.

Heavily armed guards protecting deadly plutonium have been replaced by a 4-foot- tall wire fence that might stop a cow, but little else.

Rocky Flats is home to 108 species of songbirds, 23 species of raptors (birds of prey), 2 species of upland game birds, 49 species of waterfowl, 38 species of mammals, 14 species of reptiles and amphibians, and 11 species of fish.  The buffer zone was largely untouched during the years of weapons production and will be the first area opened to visitors when the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge opens sometime next year.

Read the rest of article on the Rocky Mountain News.

 
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Weather Info System Tray 2.2 Released

Friday, December 16, 2005 11:28 AM

Weather Info System Tray 2.2 I've just released Weather Info System Tray 2.2.  Weather Info System Tray 2.2 fixes a number of small issues associated with the cold temperatures of the winter months.  The text for the system tray icon is now dynamically sized and centered and now handles single digit or triple digit temperatures correctly.  This release also fixes a bug where a parse error would occur when the weather.com server failed to report a Feels Like or Dew Point temperature.  I have also added a configuration form accessible from the right click context menu in the forecast screen to allow users to modify application settings without needing to manually edit the config file.  Weather Info System Tray now uses the new .NET Framework 2.0 Click Once deployment tecnology which will allow the application to update itself whenever I release a new update.  Please uninstall any previous versions of Weather Info before installing this new version.  You will get a security warning on the installation because the code is not signed.  Click install on this warning dialog to install the application.  To enable the application to startup when you start your computer, click on the "Install Startup Shortcut" menu item in the forecast details right-click menu.  Install the application or visit my Windows Software page for more information.  NOTE: The installation page requires Internet Explorer.
 
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iTunes Playlist Converter 1.1 Released

Friday, December 16, 2005 11:25 AM

iTunes Playlist Converter 1.1 I've just released iTunes Playlist Converter 1.1.  iTunes Playlist Converter 1.1 is updated to use the new Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 and Click Once deployment.  Click Once deployment allows the application to automatically check this site for updates and to update itself.  Please uninstall any previous versions of iTunes Playlist Converter before installing this version.  You will get a security warning on the installation because the code is not signed.  Click install on this warning dialog to install the application.  Install the updated application or visit my Windows Software page for more information.  NOTE:  The installation page requires Internet Explorer.
 
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Busy Weekend

Wednesday, December 14, 2005 2:49 PM

This past weekend was a busy one.  Friday night I went dancing at the Turnverein like I do every week and then went to see the late showing of Chronicles of Narnia with a bunch of friends.  The movie was ok, but not great.  While it was very faithful to the novel, I ended up being a little disappointed in the overall presentation. 

Saturday night was the TimeCentre holiday party at the Omni Interlocken Golf Course clubhouse.  The food was phenomenal and the entertainment, comedian Todd Johnson, was good as well.

Sunday I had to get up early to go to Green Mountain Presbyterian Church where I was helping my friend Katie play bells in their Christmas cantata.  We rehearsed for about 2 hours before the service and the whole performance went well.  After the cantata, I went down to Larimer Square where I played in the annual TubaChristmas concert.  There were about 325 tubas and euphoniums playing Christmas carols in the concert.  Following the concert I went out to lunch/dinner with some friends from the concert at Sam's No. 3 before heading home for the night.

All in all it was a good weekend and a very busy one as well.

 
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New Hosting Provider

Wednesday, December 14, 2005 12:12 PM

CrystalTech

Welcome to my new site on CrystalTech.  I have decided to switch hosting providers from Uplinkearth to CrystalTech.  Over the next 72 hours, the new DNS information should propagate around the internet and you should be automatically transitioned to the new host.  All of my email will continue to be received from both hosts for the time being, so I will get any mail sent to any s-church.net address.  The new site has a number of navigation and maintenance enhancements and has been completely redone in ASP.NET 2.0.

 
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Quoted in the Denver Post

Thursday, December 8, 2005 10:52 AM

I was quoted in the Denver Post this morning in an article on fan and alumni reactions to the potential dismissal of Gary Barnett as head football coach at CU.  Yesterday, Tom Kensler, a Denver Post sportswriter, called me after getting my name and number from a former coworker for my thoughts on the news and we chatted for about 20-25 minutes about Barnett and the state of the CU football program.  My section of the article is as follows:

Shane Church, 26, was a sophomore at CU when Barnett was hired in 1999. A Westminster-based software engineer, he recalled the excitement caused by Barnett's arrival.

"Everybody figured that with his background of having started coaching at Air Academy (High School), he'd be able to keep the good players in the state," said Church, who doesn't believe that has happened. "I'll give Barnett credit for getting his teams to play better than they were projected before the season. But I want some talent here, too. We need a coach to get everybody in the state excited. We need the new coach to build a wall around the state."

Church said that with the football programs at Nebraska and Kansas State down in recent years, CU had a chance to become a dominant team. "But Colorado missed that opportunity," he said.

Read the rest of the article in today's Denver Post sports section.

 
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