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Welcome to the 2nd installment of the monthly Caffeinated Codey awards. As I mentioned in the first installment, the lucky winners will receive a caffeinated or alcoholic beverage of their choice if we should ever meet. Of course, when when I first made the offer I assumed this was mostly an empty threat, however it looks like this opportunity could present itself next month for at least five of the winners since Ayende Rahien, Justice Gray, Scott Bellware, David Laribee, and Jeremy Miller are all ...
I'm a big fan of Windows Live Writer and use it almost exclusively to write my blog posts. As a result of this, I'm always on the lookout for new and useful plug-ins. Since I have accumulated quite a few of them, I thought I'd share my favorite plug-ins. These are listed in no particular order. SkyDrive Embed Plugin Allows you to easily embed a file or folder from your public Windows Live SkyDrive account. You can specify 3 different embed formats. Paste MSDN URL Allows you to paste a URL from any ...
We got a very strange recommendation from Amazon for our four-year-old. We do not understand it either ...
How cool is this!!!! I must be mad, because I've just volunteered..... seriously! Spacesuit entrepreneurs plan parachute jumps from orbit Lost their hearts to a starship trooper/the ultimate in high fashion By Lewis Page ? More by this author Published Wednesday 27th June 2007 20:29 GMT A former Nasa flight surgeon who lost his astronaut wife in the Columbia space shuttle disaster has teamed up with a self-described "bad boy" space commentator to mount trials in which humans would descend from orbit ...
I am kind of late to announce this, but our book is out...and selling quite well. One problem with the first print was that Wrox accidentally left out the acknowledgments. They have stated that it will make it in the next print later this summer. Since we actually will have more than one print, I am excited. Jim Minatel from Wrox stated, "This book was one of two or three HOT SharePoint titles too hot for the Tech Ed bookstore to keep in stock last week. It's not surprising to see the Amazon rank ...
I already had the book xUnit Test Patterns: Refactoring Test Code on my Amazon wishlist. But after reading Sam Gentile's xUnit Test Patterns and evolving TDD and test automation post today about the book and its topics I've decided to go ahead and order it now. I still have 3 books that I am currently reading ( 1, 2, 3 ) but this will jump to the front of the line when it arrives. EOF Technorati tags: TDD, xUnit, Test Patterns ...
I've had an epiphany... It started with D'Arcy's impeccable logic about Why Venom can't be in Spiderman 4, where D'Arcy uses the Design-Patterns-Girl (DPG for short) from the Head First Design Patterns book as an example. Design-Patterns-Girl + symbiote != Venom. Next, I stumble upon Justice's incredibly intuitive review of the head-First Design Patterns book. I have seen this book at Borders lots of times and Amazon keeps telling me that I *want* this book. But the graphics on the front have always ...
AJAX has been breaking new grounds almost every day, with over 150 AJAX frameworks, there are plenty of options to choose from and one might say too many. Most of the AJAX frameworks provide you with browser extension libraries that will help you utilize the browser and interact with the server in a more productive way. What they are trying to do in most cases is to provide larger building blocks to achieve your goals by abstracting the calls to the browser API and to the server. The last is a significant ...
This week marked the release of my latest book - Professional XML. I wrote this with friend Kent Sharkey and some other authors including Michael Kay (editor of the XSLT specification and other things). This book came out really nice and after quickly covering XML - goes straight into covering all the major technologies that are based upon XML. The Amazon site doesn't seem to provide the table of contents at the moment, so here it is: 1. XML Syntax 2. XML Editors 3. XHTML and CSS 4. XFL-FO 5. Document ...
Most of us developers - in fact, all of us - have written some rotten code at some point. Some people learn quickly how to improve their code, improve architecture, whatever, but even today my first pass at code often gets improved by the time I finish a project - and I don't know of any code I've ever written that I might not be able to improve if I took another shot at it later. Years ago, programming was a side hobby - I was a graphic artist and illustrator. I'm not going to go into the details ...
I found this link on i-am-bored.com today. Its a review to a page on Amazon.com selling Chiquita Bananas. What you should look at is the reviews and not the item. Specially the review by Z. Wolf. I think more authors should write reviews for this reason. Link: http://www.amazon.com/gp/pr... Technorati tags: Banana, Review, Amazon Cross-posted from tariqayad.com ...
Just last night I received a private email asking for the install of my XFN™ Live Writer Plugin from Alexander Groß in Germany. After exchanging some emails to get him the installer, I was able to look at the Live Writer plugin he created for Windows Live Writer. I am probably in the minority here, since I don't usually listen to music on my computer while I'm doing anything, but for those of you who do, this is a great plugin. This is version 2.0, and has been completely rewritten from his earlier ...
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Microsoft engineer's boat still missing; Coast Guard to call off search. The article talks of "Google engineers are also helping in search by looking at their Google Earth satellite photos for any signs of a boat in distress" and the Amazon CTO, Werner Vogels, is tracking the issue in his http://www.allthingsdistrib... Previously posted at blog.Solidsoft.com ...

It was nice to see "Mr. ASP.NET" himself (Scott Guthrie) give a nice review of the latest version of my ASP.NET 2.0 book on Amazon just recently!

Our book is printed, and out. Source code is now online on the Apress site. Already seeing a few ratings on Amazon and a question regarding what version of WCF (.NET 3.0) was used. The book and supporting code works with the RTM version of .NET 3.0 released in December on XP SP2, along with Vista RTM (which has .NET 3.0 already part of the distribution). It's a great feeling to see this thing actually in print after a long road from concept to print (1.5 years easily). I had one advantage over my ...
When consuming any external service, don't expect the external service developer is as much smart as you are. Recently I have faced an issue when integrating with Amazon S3 that they failed to serve the data on first request, but on the consequent request they are able to return the data. So I did a little tweak in my code, instead of calling the service once, I am retrying up to 3 times. If the retry also fails the regular code block executes: const int MAX_TRY = 3;int tryCount = 1;byte[] result ...
Found this in the Blue Origin article. This is cool. Amazon amazes me with some of these capabilities that they've re-marketed. This looks like a great foundational platform for a strong service. I always need storage and the ability to get to it from many locations & machines. The pricing seems OK at first glance, but the Data Transfer prices would be the thing that ends up racking up charges. Link to Amazon.com: Amazon S3, Amazon Simple Storage Service, Unlimited Online Storage: Amazon Web ...
'Back in the day' there was DOS and this new-fangled thing called Windows. Windows didn't multi-task, but it had a cool UI, so I was attracted. 3.1 finally came out and amazingly enough, Borland was delivering a compiler that would allow me to compile 'Win-Apps', as opposed to 'DOS-Apps'. If I bought the compiler by a certain date, I'd get a copy of "Programming Windows" by Charles Petzold. I did, and tried to enlist friends and coworkers to join my quest, to no avail. I read that book cover to cover, ...
Amazon has kindly let me know that, based on some of my previous purchases (notice the classic use of data mining here?), I might be interested in Edward Melomed's soon to be released book Microsoft SQL Server Analysis Services. Edward is a program manager on the development team at Microsoft and he and a few of the other co-authors joined Microsoft as part of Microsoft's aquisition of OLAP Services from Panorama back in the SQL Server 7.0 timeframe, so hopefully this book should have a few insights ...
So Amazon recently released their S3 service, it's a remote Storage Service and it can use WebServices to access it. In their own words: "Amazon S3 is storage for the Internet. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers. Amazon S3 provides a simple web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. It gives any developer access to the same highly scalable, reliable, fast, inexpensive data storage infrastructure ...
I attended another .NET User Group meeting here in the 'Peg, this time my first in helping out with the board. Not a lot for me to do just yet, as I am still getting the hang of things there. However, I did have the opportunity to listen to a presentation on Web Services developed by Amazon.com (they aren't just books anymore!!). Basically, with some of their web servicwa, Amazon is attempting to sell space and bandwidth in the ether instead of requiring every user to pony up the bucks to update ...
A couple of months ago I have read the book "Visual Studio Hacks" by James Avery but I have never taken the time to write a small review so here it is. James is a .NET Architect and has previously written several books for Microsoft press and Wrox and has published several articles on the MSDN Magazin and ASPToday. In his book Visual Studio Hacks he has collected 100 tips and tricks from several Visual Studio experts that show you how to make the Visual Studio IDE even more powerful than ...
Does Vista mean the begining of the end for Microsoft? Well that's an interesting suggestion from John Naughton at the Observer I found this courtesy of Bink.nu and it does raise some interesting points regarding the gestation period of Longhorn and it's challenges getting to this point? Have we reached the natural plateau of how large a software program can be? There will be a predictable (and expensive) PR campaign to coincide with the final release of the software. But in Redmond, Washington, ...
I was checking out my Amazon account one day when I came across a blurb for their “Mechanical Turk” service, at http://www.mturk.com . It's built for what they call Human Intelligence Tasks (“HITs“), which computers can't do reliably yet. Tasks like comparing two photos to see if they're the same person, reading two product descriptions to verify if they're the same product, or summarizing a podcast in 200 words or less. You can even register (using your normal Amazon account) ...
Adopting TDD has been an enlightening experience. I have found that doing things the right way usually seems to be the hard way. Or at least you have to take your lumps when applying TDD to an application that was initially developed without TDD. I have been reading a book that could quite possible have the worst title I have ever heard. This book cannot stand on its title alone. The only reason I am reading it is because it was recommended to me by someone who I trust. I believe this is a book that ...
A couple of recent customer service experiences I've had recently.... 1) Nationwide Building Society (Direct)- Their online mortgage application service and subsequent phone based customer services is definately the worst customer service I have ever seen. How can a mortgage application take from March to August to complete, when there are no special circumstances at all, just NationwideBS Customer Service incompetence? 2) Nationwide Building Society (Local branch) - being a geek I'd much rather ...
*Moved to: CafeMSN PrizeI managed to win an amazon voucher from Microsoft for my answers on cafemsn, not once but twice! At leaset I got $20 for my trouble!Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
If you’ve tried moving an eBook you bought on Amazon that was protected with DRM to your palm device and have been successful skip this post. However, if you’ve tried your hands at if and failed (becuase you were as confused as me) read on. Trying to the use the Acrobat Reader for Palm OS (that works for all of my other PDFs) kept throwing the following error - "This document has not been encrypted using stand security handler and therefore could not be opened" A Few minutes on Google ...
The article is here. Kind of makes you wonder how many abstraction layers will be added to .NET in the next few years. Now we have the OS, .NET 2.0, and the additions in .NET 3.0 (WPF, WF, WCF). On top, one could add security and validation layers and others. On the bottom work is being done to abstract away the intrinsics of database access. As WCF, messaging, and WS-* take off, the abstractions get really cool. Perhaps your “database” is just some service hosted by Amazon and your “file ...
I’ve been looking into MSIL mostly comparing the generated code from both vb and c# as I’m about to start an app where execution speed is going to be important, I’ll need to keep boxing down to a minimum, c++ is not an option because of time constraints. I’ve found a few handy tools along the way. Excellent tool this, version 3 of ILIDE can be downloaded from here http://nida.se/ilide/ unfortunately it appears to be tied to version 1.1 of the framework and therefore knows ...
Whoops I did it again: Amazon have quietly dropped Google as their search engine and moved over to the new MS Live search engine. Wonder why? Also have a look at the new Amazon search site at www.A9.com. For more info read it here: http://www.washingtonpost.c... ...
Only Passionate People Win : Make sure your team is jelled before starting Agile. This post is reminiscent of what the book Peopleware : Productive Projects and Teams emphasizes, and this goes back 7+ years with this edition (I don’t know when the 1st edition was published). Team dynamics is the foundation of longterm success. Sure on short projects you can beat the hell out of people to get it done; but, if you looking for something beyond that, you won’t get it unless you have a well ...
This is cheap for right under $100. Wrox is releasing their “WROX BOX” on Amazon starting May 9th and it includes the following books and chapters: Professional ASP.NET 2.0 Professional C# 2005 Professional .NET Framework 2.0 Professional .NET 2.0 Generics CD-ROM with more than 700 pages of bonus chapters from 10 other .NET 2.0 and SQL Server™ 2005 Wrox books DVD with 180-day trial version of Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 Professional Edition This is a top of the line ...
After reading how FrontRow is a crap I ended up playing with Windows XP Media Center Edition only to learn that is crappy too. Namely, per official Microsoft Extender FAQ the whole MediaCenter - Extender architecture is as good as its extenders and extenders are closed source. So I do get decent experience on a PC, but in the living room Xbox extender is pretty much useless for anything but playing mp3. The reason for that is that Microsoft do not support any codecs but Microsoft's and there is no ...
Michael Robertson is taking another shot at Microsoft with ajaxWrite, an online word processor. I'm not going to tear apart ajaxWrite or praise it. Specifically I have a problem when Michael puts on his sales weasel hat and fails to compare apples to apples. For example, here is the first paragraph from his latest Michael's Minute: What if there was alternative for Microsoft Word that would install and open in 6 seconds, read and write Microsoft Word .doc files and run on Macintosh, Microsoft Windows ...
Amazon S3 is storage for the Internet. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers. Amazon S3 provides a simple web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. It gives any developer access to the same highly scalable, reliable, fast, inexpensive data storage infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own global network of web sites. The service aims to maximize benefits of scale and to pass those benefits ...
It's been highly anticipated that Amazon would enter the movie-download business. But the long wait may be over as such an offering might finally be coming to a personal computer near you. Renting movies online doesn't work for me. The real hold back is the download times. I have used CinemaNow and Movielink before, but they both took almost a full day to download. And for the cost I could be up to Blockbuster and back much faster. Buying movies is closer. But the cost savings would have to be big ...
Amazon started selling Intel based Mac Mini. Mac Mini 1.5GHz Solo is at $599.99 and Mac Mini 1.66GHz Duo is at $799.99 or both are at MSRP. Amazon runs $25 mail in rebate on both until 03/21/06. Mac Mini review by arstechnica pointed out that MacMini CPU is socketed and thus MacMinis are upgradable, but at least for now it is quite expensive $300 to go to Core Duo 1.83GHz and $400+ for Core Duo 2GHz. Still, it makes MacMini very cheap Yonah entry-level box that could have longer life with CPU upgrades. ...
So Apple released Intel based MacMini with their stinky old remote. At $799 Core Duo version is competative with lower end Pentium D boxes starting at $700+, alas Gateways and such offer more raw power and disk space (2.8GHz, 2x1MB L2, 800 MHz, 1GB RAM, 250GB HD vs. 1.66GHz, 2x1MB L2, 667MHz, 512 MB RAM, 80GB HD), but lack extras like 1G ethernet, bluetooth and built in wireless. Oh did I forgot remote? Anyhow, looks like for the first time ever Apple appears if not cheap, but at least as a good ...
A year ago I bought myself a Canon A95 digital camera preceding a vacation with my wife to Maui. We got some great photos from that trip with the camera, and everyone was impressed. In fact, a picture of a purple flower I took made it into the BBC's Pictures of the Week column. The only pictures that didn't turn well were the ones we took underwater using single-use (disposable) Fujifilm cameras which we had processed by Kodak. This year we had the opportunity to return to Hawaii. Things worked out ...
So sometime back I got myself an Ipod Video – Special offer on Amazon (I think it still on, the 30GB one goes for 260+). So now that I’ve got it, its time to customize the Pod (thats what I am calling it). Ordered myself an Iskin – http://www.iskin.com/eVo3ga... Got Videora Ipod Converter to convert my videos to mp4 – which kind a has few gltiches, interface isnt really pristine, and sometimes refuses to convert some videos. Got an IpodLibrary which converts ...
In Grade 7 my crush-of-the-week was a girl by the name of Jen. I had just seen her star alongside Fred Savage in the movie/Nintendo commercial “The Wizard”. From what I remember of her Nintendo Power interview, she like Tetris...I think (grade 7 is like a lifetime ago). Unfortunately, she didn't go the way of other geek girls like Morgan Webb and embrace her geekiness, so it just wasn't meant to be. Sorry Jen. She has however put out her new solo CD (Rabbit Fur Coat) after spending the ...
I've recently started using Listal to catolgue my DVDs. My old spot was GuzzleFish, but it has been down with a MySQL error for months now. Listal's DVD catologue comes from Amazon and seems quite large. You can add titles based on a name search or ASIN. I don't think, based on comments from the developer's blog, that he pulls the data real time. (If something is missing, you can still add it yourself.) The site has only been active for a few months, but so far I like it. The new friends feature ...
Amazon has now added the ability to "tag" items. I have added a few DVDs and created a sample personal online DVD collection. I think this new feature could have some interesting applications. Now the scary part: Tags do appear to be accessible from Internet Explorer. I can view them in Firefox or Netscape, but tags do not show up on individual item pages or my profile under IE. When I try to use the direct link to my DVD collection above from IE I get an Amazon error page. Is anyone else having ...
The final week of the semester is finally here. This semester has been a good one so far and my web design students have learned a great deal about web design. I hope they continue studying about web design and take my advanced class where we learn about portals and work with dotnentuke. I will be working on web services for this final week. Some of the advanced students will complete all of the lessons in the CurliQue curriculum and some are only three or four lesson behind. I will introduce my ...
I usually just ignore all of the SPAM that comes through my InBox but for some reason this one caught my eye. It's the typical phishing email where some jerk tries to get your username and password for something like Amazon or eBay or whatever. We all know how they display what looks like a perfectly legitimate URL with an underlying link to a place that then steals the information you enter. So, here's the link in the email that caught my eye: http://www.amazon.com/exec/... ...
The semester is rapidly coming to a close in a couple of weeks. After looking at what’s left to do in the Curlique lessons I will probably eliminate some of the required lessons and have them spend some additional time on web services. The lesson has a good application using Amazon and I also have an application that I created that uses Pig Latin. Udentsstay avehay unfay ithway isthay essonlay. You can go here to translate if you want. On average it takes about a week to cover two lessons. ...
First of all, sorry for the length of this - and I'll understand if you can't be bothered? but at least go and check out the blog at Sightlines Consulting please? You know how it is with us self confessed Geeks? You start searching or researching for a particular answer or information and then the power of the HyperLink takes over and before you know it you are in another Metaverse all together, looking around for the breadcrumbs or the piece of string to guide you back to the path? So it was with ...
So many of us out there in the technical community know about BookPool for buying tech books at a good discount. Of late, I have found that Amazon has really caught up to them on some books and haven't seen that BookPool has been able to keep my business. Anyhow, while I was searching for a specific title on Froogle (Google comparison shopping), I found another really good site. NerdBooks.com. The site was easy to navigate and the service was terrific. Better yet, they had Bookpool beat by a couple ...