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If so, you should go read this eWeek article by Jim Rapoza. In it, he talks about Tim Berners-Lee talking to Congress and how what Tim had to say really made him realize his stand on Net Neutrality: What if the Internet wasn't designed the way it was? What if it worked more like cell phone or satellite TV networks do here in the United States? Hey, I hear there's this great search engine called Google that supposedly works really well and offers all kinds of cool online apps. Problem is, you have ...
When I am posting question to one of news groups, it always desireable to get notification if anyone replied to the thread.Recently I've noticed, that Google Groups have this facility. As it is described in the Google Groups Tip:At the top of the thread of interest, to the right of the thread title (what you or the author named the thread), click "more options". Then choose "email updates to me". You will now receive an email for any postings to that thread. A small mail icon will appear, next to ...
I've started to use GMail. They have Labels instead of folders to organize e-mails. There are certainly benefits in ability to have many labels for one item. However I feel folders are more familiar for me (and other people ). In particular, I am missing ability to organize hierarchy-i.e. sub-folders within folders.I've posted the suggestion to Gmail discussion group. Update Note: I found a special Google Feature requests group. It looks that it is a good place to post suggesetions to Google.But ...
Does anyone else have some problems with their network connectivity with Vista? If my computer goes into sleep mode, or I leave it on for a significant period of time (or even just randomly), thet network connection seems to die. I have to disable my network connection in Windows, then re-enable it. Then I can get connectivity back. That is gettign slightly tedious, though; does anyone know any resolution to that? (I cannot seem to find the same question asked after a google search.) ...
I was just looking for more info about Google's move to offer an inexpensive alternative to Microsoft Word for word processing, when I discovered this recent blog post from the CEO of Sun Microsystems, Jonathan Schwartz: My Family Photos - and ODF. For those who will use Microsoft Word 2007, Sun is apparently creating a plug in that will allow users to set the Open Document Format as the default format for saving documents. Very interesting... Microsoft cannot ignore this format, and clearly isn't ...
Scott Hanselman has a little TODO batch file that he uses to quickly email himself notes from the command line. I have something similar, but mine is a PowerShell script that uses NetCmdlets. The cool thing about the send-email cmdlet in NetCmdlets is that it supports SSL as well as other email features like html mail and attachments. There are separate cmdlets for sending other types of messages like Usenet newsgroup articles, Jabber IMs (ie, Google Talk), SMS messages, SNMP traps, etc. Here is ...
I have the pleasure recently, after working with BizTalk since 2001, of actually implementing a solution using the business rules engine aka BRE as hosted by a BizTalk Orchestration. While the "insight" is fresh, I though I'd jot down my observations. This may be of interest to you if you are evaluating this for use within your solution/organization. BRE uses a different paradigm than typical coding. Now if you are considering BizTalk, then you are probably aware of this already. But even so, although ...
Here is a blog post from someone who has worked at all three places. The summary: Share this post : email it! | bookmark it ...
Where do you go to download VS2005 Extensions? Seriously where do you go? How do you know what the latest CTP is? of if an Extension is released or is in RC? Its weird but www.visualstudio.com (aka http://msdn2.microsoft.com/... doesn't list any, netfx3.com doesn't list any of the extensions or the CTPs. Googling for an Extension by name is of no luck, the result takes you to a download page for the most referenced CTP (which may not be the latest). Speaking of CTPs how do ...
The inevitable happened eventually, Google will be releasing a package of office-like applications this coming Thursday, just a couple of months after Microsoft released Office 2007. This package, called Google Apps, will be hosted as services accessible over the internet with Google storing the data. However innovative this is idea is, I'm not too sure if that is the best way to do it. Is Google aiming at the everyday user or at corporations? Will corporations trust Google and it's services enough ...
Today I got my brand new Zune MP3 player which I did win at a Microsoft Event. Lucky me ;-). Ok install the software and you are ready to rockn roll, I thought, and I was wrong. Very wrong. At 94% of the installation it did stop with an error which was there even after a reboot. A quick Google search did confirm that other users had this problem also. One of the possible installation problems was the the Users group has the wrong name. Aha! I have a German Windows XP where the Users group is named ...
Ug I have just spend a few infuriating hours playing with Yahoo latest utility, Yahoo Pipes. Tim O’Reilly said this was a milestone in the History of the Internet. (Ug isn’t he the same bloke that coined the phrase ‘Web 2.0'? Ug, what does that mean?) In a nutshell Yahoo Pipes is a utility that lets you build your own custom searches, it allows you to aggregate search-engines searches and RSS into one stream of output. So for example, if I wanted to see all what had been posted about ‘Girl Geek ...
Yesterday Jon Udell wrote about slicing and dicing, and then rewiring the web. Reusing websites as data sources is great - and Yahoo Pipes provides several such "sources" in Yahoo Search, Yahoo Local, Flickr, Google Base, and the basic URL Fetch. All these are great and provide interconnectivity and the ability to slice and dice certain parts of the web. But why stop there? The beauty of this annotating, slicing, and dicing, is in the reusability of this data - not just for reading blogs - but for ...
After installing MOSS and launching the SharePoint Configuration Wizard (psconfig.exe) - you are ready to begin the last leg of your MOSS installation/setup. Here you provide the setup with the particualars for your server. Often you are installing MOSS with SQL Server being remote from MOSS, and you will be using a domain-level service account for the installation. The following is an example of the data you might enter during this step: (if the pic does not show - click here) Here you have a named ...
Are you registered in so many forums that you can't remember which one? I'm like that. I noticed that most have the same look/feel/architecture. Why not create a standard? An Xml schema for forums. I searched google and didn't find much. We could then have desktop applications that would mimic RSS readers ! Heck, current RSS readers could easily implement this new kind of feed ! What do you think? Did I stop my search too quickly and there's already a ForumXml schema somewhere? Would the RSS schema ...
In case you do not know already, there is an excellent search engine that has been around for a very long time, overshadowed by Google and the recent Live.com. The search engine is Clusty from Vivisimo. A colleague of mine sent me a mail entitled "The most popular are not necessarily the best" and in the email, he wrote http://clusty.com. I visited it, tried it a few times, and decided to switch back to Google. Today, I decided to try it again and I'm glad I did. It's still pretty much the same engine ...
ClustrMaps is the only hit counter that (i) accurately shows you the locations of all visitors to your site on a thumbnail map embedded in your page, (ii) uses dot-clusters that scale up to huge numbers, and (iii) lets you store old maps in an archive. Well, I finally took the plunge and added a ClutrMaps counter to my blog. Since I started this blog almost 9 months ago, I have seen referrals from all of the world (most through Google and other search engines). It has been cool knowing that my little ...
I'm in the process of trying to make a copy of tree surgeon that does a couple of different things. (If you don't know what tree surgeon is and you're a dotnet developer, I can not say enough good things about it, go, run, don't walk, get it) One: I want to implement Jean-Paul Boodhoo's version of the Model-View-Presenter framework which he presented in DNRTV episode 14 Two: I want to provide a Console, a WinForm, and an ASP.Net front end. Three: I want to upgrade treesurgeon to 2005. In light of ...
PhoneNews reports that a version of Google Maps has been released for Windows Mobile. I downloaded and played with it last night on my PPC-6700. It works really well and it integrates with your contacts list. It is interesting to note that is uses the old version of the street maps and older satellite images. Also, the final version of Window Mobile Device Center is now released. Technorati tags: Windows Mobile, Google Maps ...
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 ...
Bungled branding of the new Windows Live Internet services has hurt Microsoft and could affect its chance to play catch-up with Google, analysts said on Friday. On Thursday, Microsoft lowered its sales forecast for its Internet services business for the full year from 11 percent to between 3 percent and 8 percent. It also acknowledged that its search market share has dropped. Windows Live Search saw its searches drop nearly 10 percent from a year ago, while Google's rose more than 22 percent, according ...
I don't remember where I heard about it, but there's a hard disk monitoring utility that I've tried on on two of my computers. It's very useful--it monitors drive temperature and SMART status. The temperature was something I was worried about with a new external SATA drive I had purchased a while back. I was using the 500GB drive to store and access video files during encoding for DVD authoring. So, getting the best performance from the drive without frying it was very important. Anyway, HDDlife ...
Carl is driving to Colorado and wants people to watch his progress with GPS and send him text messages. Click here to see him on a Google Map and click the icon on the map once you get there to send him a text message. Technorati tags: Where's Tim, GPS, Google Maps ...
I just tried to register with Google Checkout - Google's shiny new payment service. To my surprise, I could not find my beloved country of Israel in the countries drop down list. Turns out Google Checkout is only available in a few, select, countries. I learned this and little more in a support article buried deep inside the site. Why isn't Google Checkout available in Israel and so many other countries? Google isn't saying. Until then - Bad service Google dudes ...
Recently Marco Shaw posted a little nntp-stats script in the microsoft.public.windows.po... newsgroup that I thought was pretty neato, and right up my alley since we were in the middle of adding get-nntp and send-nntp cmdlets to the /n software NetCmdlets product. So as a tip of the hat to Marco, here is my version. Poster Stats: Get-nntp returns a collection of objects containing the subject, articleid, sender, references, etc of articles posted in a particular newsgroup. I put together a few ...
I've been using a plug-in for IE for about a month that saves YouTube and Google videos as Zune compatible Windows Media Video files in your video directory with a single click. It has a few bugs, sometimes videos do not save correctly, but it's a great add-on for archiving online videos and carrying them around on your Zune. Download YouTube Google Video downloader for Zune ...
Brian posted about a service that's going to add wi-fi to Avis rental cars. I tried to post a comment on his blog about whether I thought this would be useful, but for some reason hitting the Submit button did nothing (Jeff - possible bug with the skin and/or IE 7?) So anyway, here's my response: I can see it being beneficial if the car didn't come with a built in GPS device. That way, if you got lost, you could check Google Maps or some other service with your laptop or PDA. Or, if you're a mobile ...
Now I have Vista installed I want to protect my installation with some decent security software. NTL NetGuard the free Internet Security software for NTL subscribers which is made by Radial Point is actually very good and meets my needs very well but during installation under Vista an Error 1321!? appears. After speaking to NTL technical support it seems they will support Vista eventually but the operative couldn’t supply me with any dates. Jan 30th I suggested! Another reminder that I would have ...
I have been using Onfolio blog reader since I installed MSN Live toolbar sometime ago; its nothing special but does the job. The biggest problem for me is that onfolio stores state offline so when I read a blog at work (during lunch of course!) it gets marked as read but then when I go home I have to mark it as read again....bit of a pain but at the time I had a look at Google reader and didn't like it so stuck it out with Onfolio. Recently I installed Vista and Office 2007 and to my surprise lots ...
Whether you are working with forms in custom workflows - or simply trying to publish a form to a form library in MOSS so you can collect information from the user, you may encounter this error. Initially if you Google the error - you may find comments that state that you need to uncomment the following line in the web.config for the web application: <!-- <add name="Session" type="System.Web.SessionSta... --> DO NOT uncomment this field. Many do this and the forms ...
Dear Firefox, You're fast and light-weight. You're pretty much everything I want in a browser. However, my browsing heart is not satisfied by you alone. See, I'm a developer, so I download a lot of tools that are wrapped in .exe and .msi files. When I want to use one of these tools, you make me download the file to the desktop before I can run it. I don't understand why you must clutter my desktop so much. I don't need the file on my computer, if I want it later, I'll just re-download it. I appreciate ...
There is a big story making the rounds right now of JavaLobby getting delisted by Google. Lots of different takes on how bad this is : http://www.codinghorror.com... http://www.skrenta.com/2007... One post in particular makes an analogy between search engine neutrality, and network neutrality : http://www.onlyrepublican.c... I think this comparison is totally off base. There is a huge difference between ...
Just had my first encounter with VSTO, trying to embed a C# macro in an Excel workbook. I fired up the ol' Visual Studio 2005, created a new "Excel Workbook" project and bumped straight into this: "Programmatic access to the Microsoft Office Visual Basic for Applications project system could not be enabled. If Microsoft Office Word or Microsoft Excel is running, it can prevent programmatic access from being enabled. Exit Word or Excel before opening or creating your project." The problem with the ...
Search Engine Optimization A cursory search using the term Search Engine Optimization turned up the topic of sitemaps – and one link I followed went to a tutorial on www.seochat.com entitled, Put Your Site on the Map with Google Sitemaps (written by Dan Wellman). I learned that sitemaps are simple xml files that basically lay out a map of your site – every distinct url/page of your site is listed in an xml document with some optional attributes that describe how frequently a page is updated, the ...
Recently I was trying to set an iframe height which is hosted in another domain. But could not able to get its height from its hosting window - It always throws security exception. I searched Google and found a interesting example on Iframe cross domain messaging, here is the link. Based upon it I have created a small solution which finally does the job. Here are files, you can also download these files from this link:// FrameManager.js -- Must be added in Hosting windowvar FrameManager ={ currentFrameId ...
The Apple iPhone runs OS X Posted Jan 9th 2007 12:45PM by Chris ZieglerFiled under: Cellphones, Features, Handhelds, Portable Audio, Portable Video Capping literally years of speculation on perhaps the most intensely followed unconfirmed product in Apple's history -- and that's saying a lot -- the iPhone has been announced today. Yeah, we said it: "iPhone," the name the entire free world had all but unanimously christened it from the time it'd been nothing more than a twinkle in Stevie J's eye (comments, ...
Create and share your work online with Google Docs & Spreadsheets: It is a free web-based word processing and spreadsheet program that keeps documents current and lets the people you choose update files from their own computers. You can, for example, coordinate your developer's assignments, access your task list from work or home, or collaborate with remote colleagues on a new development plan. And you can: Stored your documents and spreadsheets securely online Invite others to share or edit ...
I was reading the IT news today, as I usually do at some point during the day, and of course there were several things about the opening of the 2007 International CES in Las Vegas. The big news is that Bill Gates (Chairman at Microsoft - but if you didn't know this, I must ask: in what planet do you live?) started to talk about a "home server", a server that the average home user would have at home, to store their files and stuff like that. Personally, I think it's a great idea to have a server at ...
Have you ever been surrounded by so much information about a subject that you were almost depressed that you still couldn't get anything of substance working? That is exactly the way I am feeling right now about Sharepoint Workflows in Visual Studio 2005. I am trying to create a (what I think should be simple) Escalating Approval Workflow and progress is SSSSSLLLLLLLOOOOOOOWWWW! If you do a search on Google you get a lot of good information on so many aspects creating workflows in VS2005 and Sharepoint. ...
Google has fixed a security hole in several of its services that exposed the address books of Gmail users, the company said Tuesday. An attacker could create a malicious Web site that would copy all the entries in a Gmail user's address book, a potential treasure trove for spammers, according to a description of the problem on the "Googling Google" blog. The only condition is that the user would have to be logged in to Gmail or another Google service. The issue came to light after Google watcher ...
The last year or so there have been a lot of pages being created specifically to be used as your homepage. I've tried a few here and there, and now I think I finally found my favorite. NetVibes , this one loads fast, has multiple page tabs, allows rss feeds, and has a nice rss reader. I also like to have gmail load up at the same time, that way I have immediate access to my e-mail too. The other pages that I liked and were alright, google personalized, and pageflakes. They both had their ups and ...
If you want to you can skip the blah blah blah of this post and go get it here is the link - StarUML (pls note workaround to quirky object naming is at the bottom) Anyways, sometime last week I was looking for a UML modelling tool, and was looking for something that would be easy on the pocket. There is a few sites out there that have listings up of the various UML tools, if you google for them you will find them. Most of the ones that cost $0 weren't impressive at all, and then there was ArgoUml, ...
I've posted the 3rd sample/tutorial in my on-going WPF/E excursion, this one is on animating straight lines left-to-right and top-to-bottom. I posted it because the first time I tried it, I had some interesting results, and it's much easier to grab code that works than to flounder: http://www.wynapse.com/WPFE... This page also allows animation restarts to watch it as you read the xaml code that I also display. Good web links found today: A new Google group ...
My friend Michael (who has written the AjaxPro library) is using more and more WPF/E controls with the December CTP in his web applications. I could have a look on it today already, and it is great how AJAX (or his library) and WPF/E work together. By the way, he has collected a list of great WPF/E examples. And a new Google group is started here ...
Well, I know I am a few days behind on the whole SP1 frenzy. So today I am going to upgrade my install, so I hit google to check to see if anyone was having any issues. It seems that the upgrade, though very LONG, is going smooth. One thing that I read on Jon Galloway's blog proved very useful::::: 1. Save Time and Space for VS 2005 SP1 by Disabling the Patch Cache (via Heath Stewart) The SP1 requires a lot of disk I/O. You can eliminate 1.3 GB of disk I/O, and cut the installation time significantly, ...
Quote from the original post by O'Reilly Radar: In an odd move Google has quietly deprecated their Search SOAP API, will no longer be issuing keys, and have removed the SDK from their site. They did not even issue a blog post about it. They will continue (for how long?) to support existing users, but will not do any bug fixes. They are urging developers to use their AJAX Search API ((Radar post) instead. Read More Hmm. I can understand what business goals they want to achieve by this. It's sad cause ...
I've been sitting on this post for a long time... I just read a post by Chris Williams about a technical interview he conducted today. It is very funny and it has inspired me to write this. Now I have been on both sides of the fence in a technical interview as both the interviewer and the interviewed. I really hate this process from all sides. Obviously as an employer you need to figure out what somebody knows and if they are qualified for your job. As a candidate you want to put your best foot forward. ...
Somewhere around day 3-4 of using phpBB I noticed a peculiar behavior where whenever I tried to access the Admin Panel, I was unable to do so. I was continually getting prompted to log back in, and never reaching the Admin Panel. This also began to affect my general use of the board. For whatever reason, I was unable to stay logged in. So I hit the phpBB support boards and it they recommended DLing a special script to run (once) on my site and delete. This was sure to cure all my problems. I'm sure ...
I've been running FireFox 2.0 for some time and have noticed way too many Freeze-ups causing me to kill the process somehow. Funny thing is, when Vista's Crash Analysis comes back it indicates that "Firefox has a new version" - but when I check for new versions from within Firefox it comes back indicating I have the latest. So, disabling some of the extensions that come with Firefox seems to have done the trick. Generally, I run Google Toolbar & Google Browser Sync. I also checked yes on installing ...
One morning when restoring my pc from hibernate - I got this error: svchost.exe -- application error the instruction at "0x745f2780" reference memory at "0x00000000". the memory could not be 'read' Once this error is closed you can't start anything - and XP crashes when trying to shut down. Fortunately, if you don't close any of the error messages down, windows still works. Using google I found this solution by Scott Swigart (see the 2nd solution) - Thanks a million Scott!!! "1.Go 2 the start menu2.Right ...