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don't miss out on this opportunity to view the visual studio team edition for database professionals event!

visit http://www.teams-deliver.com to find an event near you and register!

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interface-white                     ASPNET-AJAX-Color

and Microsoft have partnered to present , a one-day intense seminar designed to accelerate your web development with ASP.NET AJAX technologies.  In this one-day session you will learn:

  • The simplest, most scalable ways to add AJAX support to your applications
  • When using an AJAX library beats hand-coded JavaScript
  • The reality of cross-browser support (it may surprise you!)
  • Technical concerns of file size, testing and debugging
  • Common AJAX design patterns
  • How and when to extend the ASP.NET AJAX libraries

this is a great opportunity to hear from local experts.  no long travel needed.  no hotel needed.  sign up for this one-day seminar today to learn all that you can from the best out there!  for more information and how to register see the AJAX500 web site.

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over 2 years ago i posted some images of how from first versions of windows to present day windows xp, the application of solitaire hadn't changed...

with vista, the 'killer app' has undergone a wpf-ifying makeover.  scale graphics, high-resolution decks, new animations (i haven't won yet to see what happens).

vistasol

anyhow, an update nonetheless...

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i've been looking at options on feedburner and saw something called a 'photo splicer' that you can add to your feed.  basically your provide them your user name of a photo service and they'll add that feed into your current feedburner feed -- a feed merge if you will.

cool, i thought i'd try it out (i immediately took it down because for me it just didn't make sense).  the first thing i noticed was something akin to seth godin's new site www.thisisbroken.com.  here was one of the configuration options:

FB_PhotoSplicer

note the text box label: "Flickr ID or Screen Name" -- it says "or Screen Name" right?  i'm not just seeing things?  okay, so i try the screen name...why?  because that is what every flickr user immediately knows, duh.  error.  "XXXXXX" is not a valid flickr id.  yeah, i knew that...your label said "or" so i'm trying the "or."  okay, clearly it wasn't working.  now, i was smart enough to read the fine print that is there, but heck it still said "or" on the label.  now take a moment and read the fine print.  okay, quick, what's your flickr id?  exactly.

feedburner is basically saying: "okay, go here, do this, look at the url, and get this random string of characters" -- yeah, unintuitive.  by the way feedburner...my flickr photostream doesn't have that :-) -- guess what it has?  my screen name.  argh.  and by the way, the flickr api's allow you to take a screen name and interpret the id...so feedburner...don't make me work so hard!

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just got pointed to 'postitboard' which is a windows presentation foundation (wpf) application using flickr services.

check out the result when i searched on one of my tags:

postitboard

very cool.