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Tagged: September 2006 Blog Posts

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linux is dead

i don't know what happened...i was reading an article about how the cost of linux and windows are roughly the same and the next thing i know i see this photo on the internet... there may have been some huge riot or something, but the penguin has bought it. tags: linux, penguin, humor

msn soapbox scores high, live id scores low

i just had a chance to play around with msn soapbox.  youtube copy? whatever, i've decided not to try to care much anymore about the "you're copying us" mentality after i saw iMediaCenter...er...i mean iTV. i didn't want to use soapbox mainly because i'm not a fan of the usability experience of windows live id and/or passport.  why?  take a look...here's msn's home page: notice the branding and look and feel...now let's click 'sign in': does this look the same?  other than the msn butterfly logo, i'm clearly jumped to another place...and by the way, if i signup...

moss 2007 in action

bill pointed out this great example of moss2007 in action, in use, full-featured, and guess what...it doesn't "look" like sharepoint.  it's the sharepoint european conference site.  the site seems well organized and even uses the infopath form server features as a part of the registration form. talk about dogfooding!  well done! tags: sharepoint, moss, office 2007, infopath, bill simser

my mac and least priveleges

the concept of least priveleges (LUA, UAC, non-admin, whatever you want to call it) is nothing new.  windows vista implements 'user account control' which even as an administrator on the machine (read: someone in the administrators group), with uac on, you still have to authorize certain actions.  personally, for consumer users, i think this is a great thing...for developers...well, jury is still out for me. anywhoo...my wife and i have a 4 year old who is getting too smart for her own good (just turned 4 going on 18).  we have a mac at home and we bought a few...

.net guidance explorer

back in june, there was a release from the patterns and practices team of their .NET and ASP.NET Guidance Explorer.  it is a tool that provides some analysis and resulting suggestions (with reasons/instructions on how to implement) for ASP.NET projects. well, the team has just placed the guidance explorer on codeplex.  what is cool about this is not only can you look at how the explorer works, you also get source to the user interface to see how they may have done some cool things.  go check it out. codeplex is growing to be quite an interesting microsoft community.  my...

windows live writer updated

well, one reason i haven't updated tag4writer (which i now consider to be an archived project -- at least i won't be touching it) is that tagging support is now added into the latest refresh of windows live writer: the tagging support now included was exactly the direction tag4writer was heading with exposing the templates for configuration, etc.  you'll notice the tagging support in writer has some cool memory-sense (intellisense-ish). along with tagging support, here are some other updates: blogger beta categories changes improved startup improved style detection and some others... learn about all the updates and...

writer plugins on gallery

windows live gallery now has a category for windows live writer.  flickr4writer just released a new version with better performance and more streamlined options (yeah, there were too many buttons with icons ;-) and you had no idea what did what).  The latest version is on windows live gallery as well as the current release on codeplex. tags: windows live, live writer, live, windows live writer, flickr4writer, tag4writer, gallery, codeplex

visual studio support on vista

some important news came out today regarding visual studio 2005 and visual studio version support on vista.  you can read about it on soma's blog here, but here are some nutshell bullets: Visual Studio 2005 SP1 Beta released today - pending feedback over the next few weeks, this is planned to be released out of beta in the next 3-4 months VS2005 SP1 will run on Vista, but may have some compat issues, teams are working together to find those issues and provide a set of fixes beyond SP1. .NET Framework 1.1 and 2.0 applications will work on Vista...

ouch, i had to use google over live

well, i've been telling my friends and family (secretly replacing their search defaults :-)) that live.com is the bomb and it has been producing more relevant searches for me for the past few months since i told myself i'd start using it.  that's a claim i stand by -- so flame away. until today.  i was responding to a blog post where someone referred to "Fuslogvwr" and i had no idea what that was.  so i searched on live...no results.  put quotes around it, no results.  and not "no results" in the sense of no relevant results, there were literally...

web dev summit summary

well, i'm a little late to the game on the summaries -- drewby and hollywood were blogging fiends this time around... you can read the summary from their sides here (drew) and here (dave). a few of the attendees were blogging it as well: John C. Bland II: start here and work your way current -- some good note taking/insight.  John also quite possibly got the "youtube" moment of the 3 days and actually did capture it on camera.  apparently the event bus got in a bit of a fender-bender (and that being a ratio of a charter bus...

modern terminology

i'm always amazed at how cogniscent i am of things when i travel.  as i sit here on the plane i wonder why the heck the flight attendants still refer to it as a lavatory.  i mean, i get it of course, with regard to the avaiation terms (just like when i'm diving it is port/startboard as opposed to the left/right).  but, for real, can't we just say bathroom/restroom?  heck i'll even take water closet. i think at home i'm going to start saying lavatory and just see how my family and neighbors react. excuse me tim, where's the bathroom?...

gmail sucks

i only use gmail as a shell for webmail...mainly because i thinkthought their spam filter was awesome.  giving credit where credit is due, it is good, i generally find only relevant mail in my inbox. but i've been getting a TON of russion spam lately.  why on earth does it not recognize that as spam?  why can't i input a setting (like outlook) that says anything with these languages are spam?  but okay, i can maybe get past that -- but since i go through every russian spam message, select it and click the "report spam" button that gmail provides,...

msft web developer summit

i'm in redmond the rest of this week for the 'microsoft web dev technology' summit.  similar in nature to mts, however much more web developer specific (hence the name).  there are about 25 people here from various non-msft technology worlds, mostly php (with a hint of java/rails/css). john bland is here and had this first comment regarding some of the microsoft people he's met: All of them were cool. I honestly thought they’d be ultra techie or something but, well…some are techie but none ultra, most of them are very open to other worlds, etc. So far, it is a...

acrobat collaboration?

i just got done watching podtech's video of the acrobat 8 demonstration from rick brown.  <tangent> i was frustrated that the only video format was quicktime...a far cry from scoble's days at channel9 offering various formats.  i have to ask myself if he wasn't editing/producing on a mac these days if he'd be disgruntled about a singular format as well -- i always pegged him for a crusader of options -- podtech gives me only one experience...and it just so happens to be the one i hate.  i don't have podtech though -- just quicktime.  in order to...

social networks, ownership and consistency

who really owns a social network? when we moved into our neighborhood, my wife decided to rally some troops and organized some women around the 'hood for various reasons.  she started a babysitting co-op where the currency is popsicle sticks and communication is done via a yahoo group.  you need a babysitter for 2 kids for 3 hours?  send a note to the group and within hours (usually minutes) you'll have someone willing to take you up on it...that will be 6 sticks please.  it has worked out great and is totally self-sustaining.  the neighborhood has virtually free babysitting for...

voice command recognition

i've been playing around with some voice recognition stuff and decided as a test i'd leave my phone on voice announce for a few days to see what it does.  this has helped me learn a bit more about windows mobile 5.0 features, laugh a lot, and learn how voice command/text-to-speech determines certain things. i'm reminded of the onion's hilarous radio bit about "voice-activated gps system takes top gun soundtrack fan into the danger zone." here it is: powered by ODEO pretty funny (at least to me). here's just some dump of what my experience has been so far with...

a tool for your gullable family and friends

well, i decided to play around a bit with the new visual studio tools for office second edition that was released today.  a while back (actually at codeslam before the microsoft mvp summit), i was talking with richard Hundhausen about some ideas to code about -- he needed a good one.  he came up with the idea of an outlook add-in for those people who keep thinking that bill gates will send you $5 if you forward the email to 11 of your friends. an add-in that would simply scour snopes.com to see if it is a hoax.  i decided...

vsto 2005 second edition beta released

sweet...the update to visual studio tools for office (vsto) has been updated and released!  just updated on the office developer center, vsto 2005 second edition is released in beta form. this represents an opportunity for visual studio 2005 developers to do some development on the office 2007 platform now much easier.  what is great is the vsto team also created a tutorial to walk through some examples.  granted the examples are very simple, but it gives you an idea of how to leverage things like add-ins, task panes, integrating with the ribbon UI.  it's 58 pages of goodness to get...

foxit reader 2.0 released!

my favorite pdf reader had a new release a few days ago, get foxit reader 2.0! (with an installer finally).  for those that don't know anything about this reader, it will make you wonder what the heck adobe acrobat reader actually does with all that space -- foxit is lean and mean...and free. tags: foxit reader, foxit, pdf

windows mobile goodies

i've been a bit frustrated at my windows mobile device lately.  i've been dealing with my issues for a while and finally got around to asking some questions (some yet to be answered though). one thing that i'm confused about is how windows mobile prioritizes the user to display when calling someone from their contact list. for example, let's say I have Chris Smith with a home/mobile number and his wife Sarah Smith with a home (same) and mobile (different) number.  if i scroll to chris' contact record and click to dial on the home number, windows mobile displays sarah's...

why sharepoint 2007 makes me happy

two words (separated by a dot): default.master having worked with sharepoint technologies since "v1" (dare i call it alpha?), those could appreciate the likes of using such rich development tools like notepad to modify themes and templates.  i mean, who needs designers and other productivity greatness like color coding, intellisense, previews, etc.  after all, they only save time... as a long time fan of web development and lover of all things asp.net, i was so happy to learn early on that sharepoint v3 (i much prefer that than MOSS) was going to be built on asp.net.  don't get me wrong,...

visual studio team data and vista

are you excited about the visual studio team edition for database professionals (whew, that was a mouthful, let's just call it team data)?  i am, i think it is a great addition to the suite, and i'm sure i'm only using a portion of the features (i.e., data generation, schema compare, etc.). one thing to note is that on vista rc1 you may experience an immediate frustration.  go ahead, try it...i dare you.  open up team data and create a new database project. you should be presented with this: why?  well, team data basically uses a sandbox environment for the...

vista rc1/devtools on toshiba m400

i've seen a couple of posts on this, namely pointing to the RAID driver issue, so i thought i'd post my install comments as i have an m400 and have a stable environment. before you instal anything on your toshiba m400, go and grab the RAID driver as pointed out in several posts across the internet.  you can get it from here: RAID_M400.  without this you will not be able to even start the setup on your hard disk.  reason?  let's not go into details -- bottom line: you need it. once you have it here you go... [note: there...

live local updated!

windows live local has been updated along with live.com release! i just saw some announcements that live.com is 'released' as well as live local is updated.  i've been using live.com for a while and while the 'infinite scroll' is no longer there, it isn't much new to me as i've been dogfooding the service for a long while now -- and i like it -- i haven't had to go back to google all but 5 times in the past 4 months...and yes, i reported the reasons why. for live local, i was curious if updated imagery was available as...

tivo finally gets hdtv

<sarcasm>whew, that didn't take long </sarcasm>.  TiVo finally got their hdtv dvr in the market...i saw the ad, clicked the link and -- what!?  $800!?  holy crap.  maybe it's me, but that's priced out of the park for me (in a bad way, not the homerun way). sure, i'm still 'renting' my dvr from my cable provider, but for a nominal fee that gives me 16 years of rental (and i can upgrade whenever to their newest stuff) relative to plopping down $800 for a fixed-technology device. wow, i think they missed the boat on pricing.  too bad, as a...

email jokes

oh my gosh, i don't post jokes that often, but this is so true to form...should i send it to my family to help remove me from their spam lists? :-) tags: blaugh

atlas naming and update

jut got back from a small extended weekend, so apologies for the reprint here (i'm sure it is all over the underbelly right now)... see ScottGu post for full details...highlights: "Atlas" v1.0 will ship before next release of VS Features may be different than current CTP Naming: Microsoft AJAX Library (Client), ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Extensions (Server), ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit (Atlas control toolkit) Technorati tags: asp.net, atlas, aspnet, ajax, visual studio

vista has hit RC1 milestone

nick pointed it our here that vista hit the rc1 milestone!  right now it is available for beta and early adopter program customers.  hopefully there will be information in a few weeks (or less) for a broader availability. for developers, be on the lookout in your local area for installfests that may occur and get you running on the latest and greatest! Technorati tags: vista, windows vista, rc1, installfest


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