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I've been recently looking for a service that could be used as a medium of communication within a community. I do not want to type that I was looking for a community server as it is name of a product but I was. I needed it for Cracow .NET User Group that I am member of. I considered: Windows Sharepoint Services Community Server Google Groups Each of them has different set of features and can be applied to different requirements. All of them fullfil my requirements. I finally chose google groups because ...
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Thank you Microsoft, for once again bypassing my Windows update policies. I can now go explain to my managers why 500 workstations and 12 servers have ended up with Microsoft Desktop Search, without anyones explicit approval. To illustrate how totally stupid this is, check out these screenshots out of our WSUS box: As you can see above, our current update policy only allows Security updates, Critical Updates and Security Roleup Packs to be automaticly installed ("Approve for Installation") on select ...
Quote from the official InfoWorld press release: Microsoft will purchase a $240 million minority stake in Facebook as well as become its exclusive third-party ad platform Facebook will sell a $240 million minority stake to Microsoft, which as part of the deal will also expand the advertising services it provides to the social networking phenom, the companies said Wednesday in a statement. The size of the ownership stake Microsoft will take during Facebook's next round of financing puts Facebook's ...
Gmail has added IMAP access. It does not show up in all the accounts, but it will be rolled out to all accounts in the next few days. https://mail.google.com/sup... You can configure IMAP on your iPhone too. https://mail.google.com/sup... Anyway there is also a URL for mobile phones which is almost like the web interface. http://m.gmail.com Technorati Tags: Gmail , iPhone , IMAP , Mobile , Google ...
Now, after the very futile example which accompanied the introduction to JavaScript Object Notation in my last post (by the way, I forgot to mention that this is what the fancy acronym stands for, but I'm sure you already knew that), let's go straight to the fun part, and see how we can leverage the flexibility of JSON (and ASP.NET AJAX, of course) to achieve some less trivial result. When developing a web application, we often need to aggregate data from different sources. You might argue this is ...
The folks at Snap have released a new Snap Shot, called the MapShot. Once activated, it display a map of an address, a point of intersection or a location specified using latitude and longitude. This is the first release and only works with Google Maps, but all of the standard controls offered by Google Maps work so you can zoom, drag, or change views. Snap has also added the ability to perform quick local searches for hotels, gas stations and restaurants near the center point of the map. The easiest ...
I've found that not too many of my coleagues know that almost every google application has its own API. E.g. the google calendar has API that is available in .NET. I am interested in the calendar automation so I hope I will find some time to use the Google Calendar APIs and Tools. Anyway all that is available for developers in google applications is avialable here: http://code.google.com/ Just check it. Maybe you will find something interesting for you ...
At the end of September, Microsoft launched a major upgrade to Live Search that makes it faster and easier to use. Some of the areas that have been improved are: Relevance: The size of the Live Search index has quadrupled, which means more correct results for searches. Enhanced ranking algorithms, auto-spell correction and better stop word handling help return the best results. Speed: Pages load much faster than before. Streamlined look and feel: The end-to-end experience has been improved. For example, ...
I saw a post on Digg today about changing the Ready message on the screen of your HP Printers. So I took a look at it and modified it so that it will read the XML output of the Google weather service. Just change the IP address to that of your HP Printer and then set it up as a scheduled task. Then change the Google URL to your location. http://www.google.com/ig/ap... 03051 &hl=en If you ever want to know how cold it is outside, take a look at your printer. #!/usr/bin/perl # $Id: hpsetdisp.pl ...

I didn't hear anything about this until a buddy mentioned a rumor that Oracle might be purchasing Business Objects...turns out the company was already sold, but the purchaser was SAP!

Check this article, and feel free to Google for more info.

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Hello Live Search Maps.... ehhh... Virtual Earth goodbye Google Maps! I was hanging out with Peter Laudati tonight and he showed me the next rev of what I call Virtual Earth. Can anybody tell me what the correct name is? Peter totally got the jump on me and blogged about the new release already! There is a new Interactive SDK (version 6) to go along with this release! Virtual Earth ROCKS! --chaz Technorati Tags: Live Search Maps , Virtual Earth , Microsoft , Maps ...
Hmm... It's complicated. Lets go flash. Somewhere in June 2006, I released Orkut Messenger, a messenger for the popular social networking site, Orkut - owned and operated by Google. I'm so glad to receive your nice and happy happy (and a few spam) messages and suggestions either dropped at my mail box or as comment on the post. Orkut Messenger was as an answer to OrkutCute and some thing called ScrapBoy. Well, it worked so great until Google revamped the Orkut portal causing all the scraps to bounce ...
Well, here we have Google India's latest hot shot (or the only), a Hindi typewriter. Kidding, its not pretty much a hardware typewriter but a web application that transcripts all your English typed Hindi mnemonics into Hindi fonts. Truly, this is a magnificent stuff for an Indian having no Hindi (worst a German laid) keyboards but like to express the stuff in India's national language. Google along with this provides an automatic interaction with your blog (if and only if: Blogspot) that will help ...
The spoof blog The Secret Diaries of Steve Jobs has the best news summary of the recent debate over Microsoft's motivation behind releasing the source code for the 3.5 framework. It's concise, insightful, and most importantly hilarious. With all the animosity and paranoia constantly floating between Microsoft and the Open Source Community, I almost forgot that there is another rather large group that hates both the MicroBorg AND the freetards. As an aside, why doesn't Apple, or any other 3rd party ...
Silverlight Cream #100 -- This all started on May 16th after MIX07 with so much Silverlight flying around, I found it hard to keep track of everyone, and thought I'd blog fun new things I found. From the email I received, it seemed like people liked the idea, so I continued. Then on August 19th, SilverlightCream.com made it's debut. Now I have a way to allow SL developers that I wouldn't normally be aware of send me links to their work. All I can say is Keep up the Good Work Everyone!! Ronan Geraghty ...
SITUATION: I needed to find out how many people hit and stayed on an internal company site per day on average. So, I looked through the many MANY IIS log analyzers available on the nets to help me with the task. SOLUTION: While I was looking for a decent one I found the LogParser tool by Microsoft, which caught my eye because it's free. I ended up using a 30-day eval copy of something else, but I kept monkeying with LogParser because it survived the 30 days. INFO: http://www.logparser.com/ - The ...
Introduction The following article will provide recently found issues discovered when planning a system seperation using Merge Replication using Microsoft SQL 2000 Database Server. These issues (or pitfalls) were discovered first-hand in a real world environment at the company I work for when we were doing a monthly release of our in-house software, while getting ready for a complete System Seperation using Merge Replication. The resolutions offered in this article have been tested and are known ...
I had recently added a Google search box to my blog to allow easier searches on both Google and the Geekswithblogs site itself. However, it seems to have caused a problem today that was preventing people from leaving comments on any of my posts. After much trial and error, I was able to track the problem down to this search box and have removed it from my blog. For those that tried to leave comments today, apologies to all and hopefully you will try again now that everything seems to be working again ...
Raymond Chen, the mastermind behind the popular OldNewThing blog, linked to my New Employee Hall of Fame post a few days ago and my web traffic stats took a brief, meteoric spike (at least by my humble standards). I even got a few comments from readers who got errors when trying to listen to the wav file because the bandwidth limits on the google storage service that was used to host it had been exceeded. I wonder if Raymond Chen stays up at night plotting how he will next wield the power that comes ...
Today I exposed my first WCF service in the 'old fashioned' Web Service way. The WCF service behaves exactly as ordinary Web Service hosted in IIS. It wasn't as easy as I thought. The app.config of the WCF is complicated a bit and I couldn't find appropriate sample. Hmmm, in such case I say: I just don't know what to type in google to find the exact answer. I finally found it here: http://msdn2.microsoft.com/... The article describes how to create WCF service that can be ...
I met the guys behind Simian Escape tonight. Sorta. I'm not sure I actually met them, since the guy I "attempted" to speak to was dismissive and rude, but hey whatever... I don't get mad, I just use my google juice. :) So here's how it went... (If you don't know who these guys are, there's an article here: www.joystiq.com/2007/03/07/... I was at the Halo Pre-Launch Party at Microsoft. Had a great time, lots of cool people, etc. In the middle of it all, are these two guys ...
Michael Washington posted a DNN/Silverlight Picture album viewer; Andy Britcliffe posted an article to help debug Silverlight no-show issues; vivekdalvi discusses XamlReader.Load; Craig Dunn has an example of combining Silverlight and Virtual Earth; Bob Familiar discusses Silverlight 1.1 and Web Services; and Dave Campbell [that's me :) ] posted a write-up on the Desert Code Camp III Silverlight presentation of a Silverlight 1.0 Outlook Bar From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight Album Michael Washington ...
Recently we started using Google Analytics to drive our global site statistics for GWB, however during that time, many members told me their Google Analytics statistics stopped working. Friday evening, I put in a fix that should make the multiple site (_uff = 0; in Analytics Script). Let me know if your Google Analytics is still acting up and we will debug from there. Technorati tags: Google Analytics ...
One of my friends has shown me his Google Analytics site (http://www.google.com/anal... It allows you to analyze traffic on your site. I thought I could use it here on my blog to check who reads it. Unfortunatelly GA requires from me that I put some magic goo (some script) immidiatelly before the <body> tag. I tried to congiure that with the Admin console that is with the Subtext on the GWB but whatever I do it does not insert the script before the <body> element. Did anyone try ...
I recently had an issue while trying to configure the authentication provider for a SharePoint 2007 site. Regardless of the authentication provider that I selected, clicking the save button would result in the following error: An object of the type Microsoft.SharePoint.Admini... named "Provisioning 1aa06c49-f543-41c2-b3f6-ce7... already exists under the parent Microsoft.SharePoint.Admini... named "". Rename your object or delete ...
Dear Google Recruiters, Here is my answer to one of your interview questions that was posted by Tihomir Nakov. Question: Every man in a village of 100 married couples has cheated on his wife. Every wife in the village instantly knows when a man other than her husband has cheated, but does not know when her own husband has. The village has a law that does not allow for adultery. Any wife who can prove that her husband is unfaithful must kill him that very day. The women of the village would never ...
A supposedly list of true Google interview questions. Jeez, they make my head hurt. My favorite: 9. Every man in a village of 100 married couples has cheated on his wife. Every wife in the village instantly knows when a man other than her husband has cheated, but does not know when her own husband has. The village has a law that does not allow for adultery. Any wife who can prove that her husband is unfaithful must kill him that very day. The women of the village would never disobey this law. One ...
Kyle Archer is headed to New Jersey today to swoon our future clients at the COST Expo 2007 tradeshow. He took our Where's Tim phone, so you can view his current GPS location on Google Maps in real time (updates automatically every 15 seconds). You can view his location here. Or download the Where's Tim task tray alerter. It's ClickOnce, so it's double cool. Bring home the bacon, Kyle! Technorati tags: Kyle Archer, EnGraph, New Jersey, Where's Tim, GPS, Google Maps, COST Expo ...
The final session yesterday was a panel of developers including ScottGu, Angus Logan, Danny Thorpe from MS and some guys from other companies associated with MS (sorry I forget there names, perhaps someone would be kind enough to leave them in the comment so I can add them in?!). This raised some interesting points regarding, single point of failure for all web applications (being the users connection), this was then a fall guy for things in the cloud never being "as good". Points raised around security, ...
Last week, I started deploying a new DOTNETNUKE project on one of our DEV Server and instantly I got web configuration error. Scenario: (IIS: Default Web Site is pointing to "C:\Inetpub\wwwroot" Virtual directory. (DOTNETNUKE Project) Under the default web site I also created another virtual site which was pointing to D:\\Mysite directory. (Asp.net project) Problem: http://localhost/default.aspx was working Ok. BUT http://localhost/mysite/def... through a dotnetnuke error message. This type ...
ProblemRedirect the user to login page after a period of inactivity or when the session expires.InvestigationA quick search on Google will find many articles which discuss how we can detect session expiration and how to redirect to the login page. However, most of the methods described require page refreshes or requests to the server to find out whether the session expired. Some ways of detecting whether a session has expired:1. ASP.NET Forum ArticleIf you are using cookie, you can store a marker ...
I went out and bought the mammoth sized Montreal Smoked Meat sub from Subway for lunch today (so...much...meat...but...h... which lead into a discussion about what Montreal Smoked Meat was, which lead to a Google search which led to this thread on Chowhound.com. These guys are passionate about pastrami and deli meats the same way Justice is about hair products and Donald! A quote from John Manzo on the thread: "I get smoked meat cravings now and again and we have GREAT shipped-from-Montreal ...
I needed to get some work finished this weekend. The VPN connection to my clients network is generally very slow and flaky (and doesn't work with my Vista box), so I decided I would install the database on my PC and work without the tethers of Cisco constraint. The database in question was db2, so I went to IBM's website and downloaded a copy. After everything was in place, I attempted to create a database. create database mydb SQL1032N No start database manager command was issued. SQLSTATE=57019 ...
I've been wanting to add a search box to my website for quite some time, and also wanted to play with Google AJAX Search API. Turns out it's a very easy API to use! I simply wrapped their search control in a PositionedNode and FadedNode, and added a higher-lever object to "hide" Google's syntax and offer a higher level interface. So from today, you can now use the "Search" menu to search the website and also (in the same dialog) this blog. Read the rest of this entry » ...
November 1 2007 It's been 2 months now since I've made SoapBits available on this blog. And I'm genuinely surprised that people had stumbled into it! Google you're the king!! Here are some download stats from easy-share.com. On the average, the tool gets downloaded twice a day. I've also received some emails regarding difficulties downloading from easy-share. This most probaly because of the layout of the easy-share web site. You need to scroll down a bit to get past the ads until you see the download ...
From TechCrunch.... Google Earth’s Hidden Surprise: A Flight Simulator Duncan Riley We’ve always known that Google has wanted to challenge Microsoft’s desktop dominance in a number of areas, but to date we didn’t know that extended to gaming. Hidden inside Google Earth is a secret Flight Simulator that takes full advantage of Google’s extensive satellite imagery. To access the hidden feature, open Google Earth and hit Command+Option+A (note it must be capital A) or Ctrl+Alt+A if you’re using a Windows ...
Several weeks ago I used WatiN (pronounced as What-in) to create a suite of automated GUI tests for an old internal ASP application that we were upgrading. Inspired by the popular ruby testing tool Watir, WatiN is an open source .NET wrapper around the Internet Explorer that you can reference in your test project and use to get access to all of the HTML elements on a web page. I was surpised by how easy it was to simulate a user typing text and clicking buttons and then check to see if the result ...
So, I was looking at Google Reader and noticed a link in the upper right - Offline (new).. What's that? Turns out, Google has a project called "Gears" that provides Javascript hooks that will interface with a few locally running services: Cache, DB, and asynchronous thread pool. This is great, cross platform too. It's SmartClient (and no, MSFT didn't invent the term as far as I know) in essence that it also provides offline capability. You'll still need to deal with updates, etc. Google Gears: Enabling ...
It's been a while since I posted my last Crystal Reports rant and I've been walking around this sucker on egg shells because I've made multiple xsd changes and gotten them into the reports without having it puke and die on me like it normally does... so that's a good thing. The bad thing is that all of a sudden I'm getting a very weird "Page header or footer longer than a page" message. So I go to Google and I find others that have had the same problems and have resolved it by making sure the print ...
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 ...
I just happened to check some of the news coming through from TechCrunch on Bloglines and noticed that the iPhone now appears to be well and truly hacked to any Carrier, as seen in this screenshot connected to T-Mobile Now That The iPhone Can Be Unlocked, Will Apple Try To Block The Hack? iPhoneSimFree.com And thanks to Ian for pointing out more details on video, and it's interesting to note that George wants to become a Neurosurgeon so that he "can hack the brain"... ;-) AP Aug. 24: George Hotz, ...
I ran into a crazy issue while working on my ASP.Net 2.0 application in Firefox this week and thought I'd share... When a certain ASPX page completed rendering and emitted it's final markup to the browser, I noticed the status bar read 'Done' for an instant, but then immediately changed to 'Waiting for localhost...' again. It definitely seemed as if the page was being requested twice. I immediately looked at FireBug to see what was loading, and indeed the same page showed up twice in the 'Net' listing. ...
I have switched over to Google Reader (after being a long time FeedDemon user) and am loving the browser-based access anywhere experience. While FeedDemon had great offline reading abilities, if I switched computers I was out of luck. It also doesn't have a sweet Blackberry reading option as does the web-based Google Reader. Part of this switch also means that instead of laboriously re-posting items I want to share to my blog I can SHIFT + S and easily add them to my shared feed. You can read it ...
Google has several products available to educators that you might find of interest to use yourself or with your students. Google is getting education friendly and now has a website for us to use. They have the tools categorized: Search, Communicate, show & share and newly featured products. I use some of these products and I'll share how I've used them. Under search you'll find book search. Google Book Search allows you to search the full text of our large and growing index of books, from popular ...
Try this for size? and they are also extending the fuctionality of this to include off-line use as well based on the Google Gears project - more info on this development on their blog at http://blogs.zoho.com/ Heads up came from TechCrunch Office Suite Zoho Writer Online word processor with collaboration features. No download, No install, just sign up to create documents. 100% free Try Now Zoho Projects Project management software to create, manage & collaborate online. Free for 1 project. For ...
One thing is for sure, if Microsoft were to buy/offer XenSource $1b and trump Citrix - then I think we would be able to safely say "the bubble has burst" on Tech Stocks again.... Having said that, this <cough> reporter from TheDeal then goes on to compare Microsofts Virtualization efforts to Google's acquisition of Green Border for the browser virtualization technologies - so on that little insight I'm not going to be worrying too much if I was Citrix. But in fairness, there is a very good ...
It has been a while since I last posted, but I haven't stopped working :) I am currently on a project involving WPF and WCF. While I am not a big fan of WPF, but I quite like WCF. During the development of our project we run into a very annoying problem with WCF. After some help from Microsoft, we found a solution at last. The problem is very easy to describe. On the one side, we have a WCF service running. On the other side, we have a client with a reference with to this service. Now and then, we ...
Google has knocked Microsoft off the top spot and been named the most powerful global brand of 2007 in a recently published ranking In the ranking, which factored in financial performance and consumer sentiment, Google ranked first with a brand value of more than $66 billion, nearly double its value in the 2006 ranking, according to market researcher Millward Brown Optimor Microsoft came in third this year with a brand value of $55 billion. Fellow tech companies in the top 10 are China Mobile, in ...

Now here's a thought.....

We can save energy by switching search engines to Blackle.com because it uses a black background rather than the normal Google white. It is powered by Google but just uses black as the background!!!!

Do we believe this saves energy??? Thoughts please!