Friday, December 8, 2006

42 is the answer to any problem

I can now officially state and prove that solution to any problem is 42!

Let me run my solution by you. Lets assume that the problem is represented by a variable: X
My prove:
1. if x * 0 = 0
2. if 42 * 0 = 0
3. then (x * 0) = (42 * 0)
4. divide both sides of the equation by 0: x * (0/0) = 42 * (0/0)
5. since both sides of the equation contains (0/0) we cancel it out of the equation and end up
with x= 42!

Since any problem can be expressed mathematically, I can now say that the solution to any a problem is 42!

My special thanks to Dr James Anderson, from the University of Reading's computer science department, that made my prove possible.

Of course anyone with any basic math skills may point out that we are not allowed to divide by zero since it is undefined operation. In the computer world we know that division by zero produces a NAN (Not A Number) but thanks to a new number "nullity" (-0-) that Dr. Anderson proposed we can now safely divide by zero to solve all kinds of the problems!

I found his lecture extremely interesting and I have enjoyed people's responses to his solution to 1200-year-old problem. I can not wait to talk to him on December 12th

Monday, December 4, 2006

"the error code 2869" while running installations in Vista

I have run into interesting problem in Windows Vista, while I was installing Web Service Software Factory and GAT I kept getting 2869 error code, followed by a few empty 'OK' prompts.

It looks like this error is due to the installation package requiring administrative rights. In my case installation package was denied contact with Visual Studio 2005.

There are several ways to fix this problem:
1. create a batch file containing msi package, and run it as Administrator
batch file will contain following line: msiexec /i {package.msi}

2. run msi from the with elevated privileges command prompt.
Find your "Command Prompt", typically located in: %SystemRoot%\system32\cmd.exe (or just search for Command Prompt); right click on it and select "Run as Administrator", and then navigate to your msi file

Saturday, December 2, 2006

Register for CodeMash

This is a great opportunity for developers to get together and exchange ideas and learn what is going in different branches of technology. I am looking forward to the event.

CodeMash – I'll be there!