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Every year I post all the things that I hope the suckers family and friends in my life will buy for me. I hope to completely eliminate crap gifts one day. So here goes: Most of my items can be found on my Amazon.com and ThinkGeek wish lists. Amazon has mostly DVDs and Xbox 360 games and ThinkGeek has mostly, well, geek stuff. But there are three items that did not fit on either list: A wireless surround sound system and receiver for the living room. All digital, no 900MHz stuff. That works fine for ...
Just got the following email that leads you to believe that Amazon.com is having a problem with a recent credit card charge - if you get a similar email don't fall for it. The embedded link will take you to a page where it will ask you for your credit card no and even your pin # - like they need to know your pin. Don't fall for it! If you look close at the link you will see http://secure.amazon.com.lo... At first glance, it looks like you are going to secure.amazon.com ...
Crossposted from my Apress blog... I am, among other things, an upcoming Apress author. I’m currently working on a vb.net book titled Beginning Role-playing Game Development with VB.NET 2005. Writing games is pretty easy. Writing a book about writing games is not. Wow, was that the understatement of the decade, or what? Don’t get me wrong… I’m thoroughly enjoying the experience, and I can’t wait to get it published. I really really can’t wait, because it means ...
Learn how to build your own starter kit using Microsoft ASP.NET and Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 or Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition. Welcome to ASP.NET Jumpstart, a four-article series that will run you through the creation of a complete application—from the beginning to the end. This article is really meant for the Microsoft ASP.NET beginner or hobbyist, but anyone interested in the new features provided by ASP.NET 2.0 will find value in this series of articles. The kit ...
Scott Hanselman discussed this earlier, but the XmlDataSource control has a bug in it. When working with the XPath capablities of the control (which you will do pretty much every time you use the control), the control will throw an exception when working with XML data that includes namespaces/prefixes. I recently encountered this problem when I was working with some of the XML data coming from the Amazon APIs. One possible fix is to apply a XSLT stylesheet to strip the namespaces and prefixes from ...
Via MSDN Here are few useful online free books listed on MSDN that will get you started with Microsoft Content Management Server before you do your own investment and buy a MCMS 2002 Book or take an official MOC Training. Note these books are not meant for beginners though. For beginners I will still Recommend the Book Building Websites with Microsoft Content Management Server as per my post here earlier.You can get good deal on this book from Amazon and other online book sellers. (1) Building, Deploying, ...
On JobsBlog on MSDN Blogs, there is a recruiter suggestion that your identity might be googled prior to an interview to find out more about you. (Bite of Advice - The Art of the Search Part 1). So to experiment with this, I googled my name and city. I get this blog at the top. I get appsguild.com, my original site and original blog, and I get a bunch of other Scott Miller stuff. Scott Miller is a common name, even in Kansas. (I remember being five years old and, like a "big boy", telling the receptionist ...
Most popular employers among US computer science students: Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Apple by ZDNet's ZDNet Research -- Microsoft captured the top spot in Universum Communications survey of US computer science students, with 41% of college students willing to work for the company. IBM was #2 with 39%, Intel was #3 with 20%, Apple was #4 with 19%, Amazon was #5 with 16%, Cisco was #6 with 15% ...
I have had some fun in the last couple of weeks debating the Microsoft Rules Engine with Peter Lin. Many people in the BizTalk community will know that Peter used Amazon and The ServerSide site early this year to launch an attack on Microsoft's representation of their rules engine. You can read the original thread here. Based on a BizTalk performance whitepaper, the latest version of which is here, and on the documentation of the Rules Engine on MSDN, he deduced that that the engine does not implement ...
I just read on the CodeCanvas blog that Google has entered into the IM race.If you ask yourself what Google is up to and you already know the secret google masterplan go and watch Epic 2015.Robin Sloan and Matt Thompson produced a great video about a fictional future of the media. (especially about Microsoft, Amazon and Google) ...
For anyone who is remotely interested in VMWare ESX Server (and who in the Enterprise side of things isn't?) then you would be well advised to pop over to the http://www.vmguru.com web site and download the Sample Pack of the VMWare ESX Server - Advanced Technical Design Guide. This book was released on 5th August and is available on Amazon and Amazon.co.uk.Just a quick idea of what it covers: (The sample pack actually contains chapters 5 and 9) Section 1. Introduction to ESX Server1. VMware Overview ...
http://news.zdnet.com/2100-... How did this patent idea EVER get patented? Where's “prior art” in this case? Why did Amazon pay $40 million? You mean the court costs against this OBSURD patent were estimated to be MORE than $40 million? So is it time to start patenting clickable buttons on an virtual device? Maybe I can get several hundred thousand dollars for something that is not new, has been around for years now. This is scary. I have a project that ...
If you would like to install an add-on to your Windows XP installation you will be forced to verify that your copy of Windows is genuine. Check out the full story here. The thing I find interesting most interesting is that if you are found to have a pirated copy you will have the option to pay for a licensed copy, $99 for Windows XP Home and $149 for Windows XP Pro. Doing a quick check over at Amazon shows, $189.99 for Windows XP Home and $249.99 for Windows XP Pro. So why should I actually buy the ...
Ari Bixhorn just did an excellent demo showing some of the capabilities of Indigo. He wrote a service that sends a message to his Pocket PC device based on events in Windows Media Center. For the demo, he used an example of his second grader watching Jerry Springer at home while he's at work. When the Springer show came on, he recieved a message on his Pocket PC based on the rating of the show. He then sent a message back to the television, “Your busted!” and changed the channel to Spongebob ...
Doug gave an excellent introduction to Indigo at last night's meeting. Any one who missed it will have some catching up to do. I was amazed at the reduction in code to implement security, transactions, and transport. Wow. From 57,300 lines to just 3. What a hoot. Web services may actually become fun. ;-) What really interested me was the Indigo 'pipeline'. What a concept.I have just two questions:1. Will there be any support for Indigo in VS.NET 2003 or will we have to wait until VS.NET 2005 is released ...

If you are interest in the how consumer trends are changing thanks to systems like amazon and also with digital media you will find this Wired Article a good read.

http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/12.10/tail_pr.html

Mike Torres (MSN - Early adopters and "influencers") asks why? please answer him... I just deleted a lot of blah-blah, let me just answer his question from my side. Let me just say that I am an early adopter as long as it doesn't cost me money (I would spend money on those stuff, just that I don't have it to spend :-) donations are welcomed.... First, I'd like to say to you Mike is that I did try out MSN, I actually did it because I read your blog. So look at 2 - more bloggers increase exposure especially ...
Reading today some long ques of blogs, I have been on vacation for a few days, without any computer close by (I got to points where my hands were itching to type, but it is better without computers sometimes). Vacation was great, Israel has some beautiful sites and things to see, if you like nature, now is one of the best times to come and see awesome sights. I'll be glad to provide tour help... Anyway reading James Governor mentioning a XUL application that does Amazon, I rememberd that a few years ...
Bought an e-book from Amazon.co.uk, Of Blood and Honor, by Chris Metzen (Fantastic Blizzard conceptual artist)Ebooks from Amazon come packaged as Adobe DRM protected files. Well remember how I run my laptop in non-admin mode?At least they use .net passport for the registration service… that at least cut down on my registration time ...
Individually they’ve been unstoppable in their respective industries. They’re both legends that have survived the dot com burst and came out winners. Now they’re using both their muscle to combat a Canadian spammer who has been using spam to perform "phishing" fraud. First, an introduction to Phishing: "Phishing", for the uninitiated, is a form of fraud which uses fake, but official looking e-mails to solicit information from consumers such as credit card numbers, social security ...
Well, about a month ago I bought the Sony DRU-700A Double Layer Internal DVD-RW Drive for my personal pc. It was about a $200 purchase and I have been very happy with it so far. Anyway, I use it as a cheap solution to back up all my important stuff but this morning the backup failed so I went to investigate the problem. The disk was laying on top of the PC and in it's place was a piece of cheese, Kraft, I am sure. Now, I don't know who exactly did it but my prime suspects are THE boy (Bryant, age ...
I was just on Amazon buying the first ever Barbie XBOX game (I have a 6 year old daughter!) and when I was done purchasing it - Amazon gave me a list of recommendations from all the stuff I look at. I thought my recommendations where funny: Your Recommendations: SpongeBob SquarePants: The Battle for Bikini Bottomby THQPrice: $36.95 Used & new from $34.97 Finding Nemoby THQPrice: $19.99 Used & new from $13.00 Programming C#, Third Editionby Jesse LibertyPrice: $30.57 Used & new from $22.95 ...
The Register reports about one Cisco CCNA Manual for free. I downloaded the copy and it looks extensive and the hard copy is sold at Lulu for $25. Upon preliminary examination the book looks OK, but than I would still spend $40 on Amazon for this book, as with the book I get exam questions along with simulations and other electronic material and allways use this as a reference material. But this is a good effort. Tejas Patel ...
First of all, I've been in a pretty pissy mood all day. I have no clue why, I just have. Luckily, what I am about to bring to your attention made me laugh. I think by this point, a lot of people realize that there are a surprisingly high number of book reviews at Amazon that are absolutely atrocious. I don't mean reviews giving a book one star. I am talking about reviews that don't actually review anything about the book. A good example of one I saw today (although not the one I was referring to ...
I just got a copy of my latest book, WROX's Professional VB.NET 2003, in the mail last week, so I am guessing the book is out and ready for sale even though Amazon at this moment says it hasn't been released yet. This was a fun book to work on and I got to write it with the likes of Billy Hollis and Rocky Lhotka - two icons in the VB world! Enjoy ...

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Dave
Just because I can...

I'll admit it, I'm addicted to Amazon. However, it's probably not in the same way as others may be. You see, I go to Amazon at least once a day to look at the sales rank of my latest book (I've given up on the first one). I keep thinking to myself though that this can't really be the best way to gauge the sales of the book. Or is it? For any and all published authors, how do you track the success of your publications? Amazon sales rank? Comparison of past sales of your other publications? Wouldn't ...
Justin King blogged about Amazon's new search engine. I looked at it, installed their very Google like toolbar and tried it out. The SiteInfo popups on the search results page were cool. Then I clicked on the toolbar button that said “mark@schmidt6.com's History” and lo and behold, I was taken to http://a9.com/-/search/edit... and their I saw all the websites I had just visited after installing the toolbar. No way. Maybe the toolbar is intercepting the http response and filling in ...
Just finished reading 'The Sun Also Rises' by Hemingway (again). He is my absolute favorite writer. I have no faith in the writers of today and consistently find myself turning to the classics. If you *need* or want to get away from reading computer book after computer book (I did) - go to Amazon and get this book. It is pretty exciting. Bull fights, troubled women, troubled men, fishing, drinking and more drinking. You will not be disappointed. The dialogs are outstanding and the interactions of ...
Interesting article over at eWeek ... http://www.eweek.com/articl... The following quote makes me wonder about the “Simple” in SOAP ... “In June 2002, Amazon made many of its Web services interfaces public as a software developer kit; the services provide access to the data within Amazon's entire product catalog and much of the functionality of the site used by both customers and merchants who sell through Amazon. The services can be accessed via both Simple ...
There has been a long thread of discussion on some of the lists regarding the quality of book reviews in the community. The discussion has commented specifically on some reviewers, reviews and styles. Here is what I have to say on the subject (many of you know I am the Public Relations Manager and sender of many review copies at Sams Publishing and Que Publishing). I appreciate reviews no matter what they say. Obviously, the reviews that get the publishers in a funk are those that are completely ...
Jim Alchin - ** how developers can do this? Fundamentals - WinFS - Indigo - Avalon Announcing WinFX - next step behind Win 32 - builds on the .NET Framework Well-structured programming framework for Windows Continued commitment to back wards compatibility MS-DOS – Win16 – Win32 - WinFX Add ref and release you will not have to think about. WinFx Developer Preview - namespace chart Software fundamentals - challenges System, application, driver reliability Deployment complexity and expense ...
Has everyone heard about this stupid Eolas vs Microsoft lawsuit? Basically any <OBJECT> tag that references a linked file. (ex. music or video file) has to be changed. And its not like you can't do it anymore, you just have to do it a “certain” way. What kinda bullshit is that? All they did was make it harder, not really stop it. What a waste of thousands of web site developer's time across the world. See this article: http://techupdate.zdnet.com... ...