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well, for those that have been emailing, i hope you stayed subscribed.  feedreader has finally found a home and the complete source code is available. 

as i’m sure most of you have reflected the code ;-) you’ll know it isn’t brain surgery, but that there are probably some things that could be cleaned up and we know there are areas that need to be fixed.

so visit the feedreader codeplex today and get the source released under the creative commons attribution-sharealike 2.5 license.

remember, the purpose of open source is to share :-D, so be sure to contribute back your fixes and log issues as well!

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i’ve updated the origami skin for subtext…although gotdotnet is having some problems and i can’t upload it just right now.

i’ve fixed a few things thanks to phil and matt pointing out some areas…namely

  • fixed css for safari, opera and ie6
  • removed the need for modifying the DTP.aspx body element
  • fixed the cookie preservation of the user personalization areas
  • fixed the css images references

there are still a few config things that you have to do for your config that will be outlined in the README file.

there are still some things i’m working on and one thing that i had (google ad support) was screwing up some of the css config…but i’ll let everyone else figure out their own config for stuff like that.

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are you running windows vista beta 2 or later?  i am.  more about that some other time and my frustrations as a developer workstation!

at any result, one of the problems i’ve been having is getting use to the user access control features (basically run as a least privelege user).  i couldn’t take it anymore and made myself an administrator.  guess what, still didn’t help, imo (again, more about that when i have time to document the scenarios fully — after all, i’m giving the team a chance…it is beta ;-)).

UPDATE: pointed me to this post on how to turn off UAC

well, some of the MSI packages (namely the msi) distributed from the asp.net team will fail when installing on vista even if you are an admin.  why?  seriously, i’m trying to understand that myself.  but nonetheless, i know *where* they are failing — and it is essentially in some areas of installers and log files…minor, but important seeing how any failure in the process of the msi setup will rollback the setup!!!

so, in order to get around it, do this:

  • run a command prompt in elevated mode (right click on command prompt and choose run as administrator)…yeah, i know even if you are an administrator
  • in a command prompt use msiexec to start the install..like this:
msiexec /i <path-to-msi-package>

i’ve found that worked without error for me…good luck!

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my wife desperately wanted to watch the new nbc talent show thing.  i reluctantly set the tivo (repaired after a new hard drive from weaknees.com).

while feeding my newborn tonight i watched it.  or tried to.

(note: what follows is what is commonly referred to in the english language as an ‘opinion’ — it is mine…feel free to differ.)

i cannot believe that show exists.  find america’s best talent?  in what category?  apparently juggling, horn honking, snapping fingers, singing, magic, comedy, and stripping all in one!  how can you honestly find the best talent when you are mixing all the genres together (don’t get me wrong, i like juggling, but it shouldn’t be put up against a 14 year old who can sing like whitney houston).

and all this hype about regis philbin hosting.  he’s essentially playing the rod roddy of the show, doing nothing but calling people out of the audience…he played no commentary, offered no opinion on the acts or the judges contribution, etc. — i hope he’s getting paid a lot.  and then you have the judges with ‘X’ buzzers akin to the family feud.  who designed this show?  interns?

and hasselhoff…

seriously…he had it made with baywatch, does well in germany.  but his antics on this show are an embarrassment to himself, his attempt at dancing and being whimsical on queue…kitt, where are you?

this ‘talent search’ is a waste of precious bits across our airwaves, i am sick of every american idol-ish spinoff that thinks they can make it — some have, but i hope this one doesn’t.

the show is a train wreck.  and fortunately for them, because of that, it might be a must see just to know what idiocracy is happening…

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a while back i wrote a dictionary search provider for ie7.

i just found this link from eric lawrence providing an online tool for configuring your own search provider…pretty cool

opensearch provider creator