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command prompt here in vista

tired of hacking around with registry entries on getting the 'command prompt here' on your context menu? in vista, Shift + right click shows the 'Open Command Window here' option: tags: vista, command prompt here, command

random: check your hygene at the gate

i haven't traveled in a while, so when i went on a recent trip this past week, i wasn't sure what the experience would be like in light of the recent threats in london, etc. i had heard that 'no liquids' would be allowed on the plane.  i was only on a trip for overnight, so i just had a change of clothes and my overnight kit (which has toothpaste).  so i decided to ask if it needed to be checked...i was assured it did, so i checked it. as i browse through the airport i see tons of people...

msi for simple deployments

in writing some plugins for windows live writer i started out creating a deployment package.  first, i suck at writing installers.  i rely on tools to do it for me.  for writer plugins, it really is a simple process to ensure the plugin is installed in the right directory, that's it. so using the visual studio 2005 package project, i went about creating my msi.  add file, put destination directory, build.  when i run the msi, it takes FOREVER.  what gives?  why does a simple operation take so long. it frustrated me, so i gave up and went to inno...

calling all plugin developers!

the windows live writer team has just announced that they will be supporting a new section in the windows live gallery for writer plugins.  this is a great opportunity to get your plugins ready for primetime and ensure that you are listed in the directory.  jeff has been doing a good job keeping track, but now he won't have to worry about it :-). submissions aren't automatic, so be sure to review the criteria.  namely, you need to ensure that you are putting them in an installer package (apparently the preferred is an MSI - more on my opinion here)...

random: rubiks cube solving with one hand

um, yeah. and check out some on the related videos too...

giving dsl a try

a while back i ranted about my woes with high speed internet companies and choices.  when is a monopoly not a monopoly?  apparently when it is a utility. argh, i get frustrated thinking that i have 1 choice for electricity, 1 choice for telephone, 1 choice for gas, etc. -- argh. anyhow, because of the cox acquisition of cableamerica and my concerns about cox services and customer service, i figured i'd jump on the opportunities presented to my by qwest dsl (higher speeds).  anyhow after some bumpy starts (i placed the order 45 days ago and it is just getting...

codeplex project owners: update your homepage!

there have been a lot of interesting projects showing up on codeplex lately.  i want to learn more. when you submit a project request, you enter details about the project.  unfortunately, those details *do not* get transferred to your project wiki/homepage when the project is approved. so what happens is a short teaser blurb is in the 'most recent' and project directory, but when you click on the project, you get nothing :-(.  i agree, the details you submitted should be automatically put on the homepage of the project. but until that happens (if it even will), please, please, please,...

flickr4writer: another update you will want

okay, so one thing was bothering me about the flickr retrieval and sizing for thumbnails, the performance. so, i implemented a background worker process and wow, what a difference in the user experience. please get this 1.1.60817.1 update instead of the other...trust me. tags: flickr4writer, windows live writer, windows live, writer, flickr

flickr4writer: updated build

i've updated flickr4writer with some changes in functionality and some suggestions from users. you can get the updated build and release notes on the flickr4writer codeplex site. tags: flickr4writer, codeplex, flickr, windows live writer, windows live, writer

microsoft and open source

there's been a lot of coverage lately about open source and microsoft projects, namely sparked by the 'death of ndoc' postings all over the internet.  this has caused me some pause to reflect on why...and i'm not sure i have the answer, but it is just interesting to see the surroundings discussions on this. here's one comment i found interesting (speaking on ndoc, etc. -- tools ported from java tools)... The big difference is that the ports are usually maintained by a single person or a very small team whereas the Java tools have a thriving community supporting them...

windows live writer plugins: flickr and tagging

okay, codeplex projects approved!  i've just uploaded the plugins (binary setups and source) for the two plugins i wrote for windows live writer. here's a brief description of them. Tag4WriterA *very simple* content source plugin for enabling quick insert of formatted tags using a URL template.  This one is simple and could be converted to a smart content source for better usability.Codeplex Project: Tag4Writer Flickr4WriterA simple content source for browsing/inserting images from Flickr services.  Enter a user name, click search and view pictures.  Currently does not support uploading (hoping that another extensible model from Writer will enable that, but could...

hacking windows live writer

i've gotten a few comments privately about some questions and thought i'd offer some opinions here. first, regarding my flickr/tagging plugins.  again, i've chosen codeplex to be my source of distribution/collaboration and i'm just waiting for project approval -- hopefully i'll get it shortly and then the plugins will be up there in no time. now, on to the hacking :-) i should point out that windows live writer is beta right now and they've acknowledged more work to come.  still, it's an awesome tool and kudos to the team, especially joe for championing some of my feedback :-).  because...

enter windows live writer

it's official! for the past few weeks i've been able to use a new tool just released, called windows live writer.  at it's core, writer is a blogging client (i'm sure there will be other uses for it in the future, but for now, this is what i use it for).  after seeing the announcement of the tool, i was skeptic.  YABC is what i thought (yet another blogging client, for those not familiar with the YA* acronyms). but i bleed windows blue, so i installed it.  i should point out at this point that i amwas a blogjet...

growing pains of an open source community

well, amidst the scurry and comments of yesterday's rails security issue and resulting patch debacle, today, yet another new version is released and patches for the previous versions. the *MUST UPGRADE* patch of yesterday didn't even appear to fix the issue.  sure, this happens, but maybe if some subtlty was exhibited and some of the feedback (unfortunately after the fact) was leveraged, it could have been avoided and a correct patch along with the full disclosure could have been implemented. with today's new release, it caused me pause of the growing pains of this rails community.  several things happened today:...

rails hits major security flaw

...and nobody knows what it is.  warning: this is a long post, but sit back and read it -- it is quite telling IMO. while reading some of my email list posts this evening, i came across a post on the ruby on rails forum: This is a MANDATORY upgrade for anyone not running on a very recent edge (which isn't affected by this). If you have a public Rails site, you MUST upgrade to Rails 1.1.5. The security issue is severe and you do not want to be caught unpatched. The issue is in fact of such a...

visual studio eye for the dba guy

okay, i'm slightly ashamed to admit it, but today i finally saw the visual studio team edition for database professionals in action.  vsts expert rich Hundhausen was demoing to a customer and i wanted to tag along to see this new feature set available to the team system family. after 40 minutes of seeing some of the simple features all i could say was: cool. seriously.  it was so simplistic, yet so necessary and needed for the db developer world.  here's a run-down of some of the features i saw today: creating db schemas by reverse engineering diff'ing schemas...

send me an internet

i've been reading about the aol snafu about releasing search data.  if you haven't caught that yet, aol released some search data from 650K subscribers (wow, i didn't even realize people used aol search -- i'm assuming that is all from aol subscribers only) for research purposes.  while they removed account-identifying information, it was clear that any intuitive person would be able to sift through the search results and identify trenst based on same user -- thus increasing probability of identifying that person. aol has retracted and removed the data and offered an apology without trying to evade their logic...

movie stars in the desert

universal studios is filming a movie near my house the past few months.  well, okay, they've been building the set (which i originally thought was some serious low-rent housing) since april, and started filming in june. my house is the pushpin on the bottom, the movie set is the one just above pecos road -- about 1.5 or so miles away what's been interesting about this whole process is a few things.  first, queen creek isn't exactly the mecca that attracts stardom.  we've been trying to figure out *where* they stars (which namely are jennifer garner and jamie...

getting screwed by cox

where i live, i actually have a few choices for high-speed internet services.  it's actually been great having that feeling of choice in a utility (yes, i consider high speed internet a utility -- municipalites should as well and start offering it), especially when you generally (or at least i don't) have one for electricity, water, etc.  i'd been a customer of cableamerica services for a while.  they were a small provider servicing more rural areas [at the time] of phoenix-metro(and somewhere in missouri, which i found odd).  their customer service is awesome, their services great.  i was one...

vista - virtual pc and iso mounting

i just got a note from jamesb who is an AZGroups.com frequenter.  he reports that he got vista running on a vpc.  while some may have already done this, others have struggled still.  james pointed to a resource that helped him get it running using microsoft virtual pc (now free). he used: vista on virtual pc he noted to me that it is running on 812MB RAM and took >8GB of the drive -- oh yeah, and took about 14 hours to install...yikes. just a reminder that vista on vpc isn't a good experience at all and you aren't getting...

about to be scammed on ebay

it's sad to say, but yes, i am knowingly (i think) about to be scammed on ebay.  i started looking around for some new geek stuff.  naturally i look to ebay for some ideas on pricing, etc.  i see this auction about to close in 20 hours with no bids and no reserve and an unbelievable deal (complete with pictures and everything). being the skeptic, i look at the sellers rating (or more appropriately their 'feedback rating').  generally, as a rule of thumb, this can be a good measure of how active/new/etc the ebayer is.  this seller has a rating...

cingular will charge for old technology

bravo i say! in a recent decision, cingular has decided to tack on another $5/month to subscribers using older technology handsets on their network. some may think this is rash, and i'm sure people like my dad (who only turns on his cell phone to make calls, yet still gives out his number) will be upset. to cingular, it appears that's going to be okay. in business to succeed and provide best value to the mass of customers tough decisions have to be made. believe me, i learned this the hard way with my home builder. the cingular people...


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