July 2005 - Posts

31 July 2005
ASP.NET : Upgrade from ASP.NET 1.x
ASP.NET : Upgrade from ASP.NET 1.x ASP.NET 2.0 contains a wealth of new features and capabilities for ASP.NET developers. Learn how to best use the new features and explore the changes to the architecture in ASP.NET 2.0. Looks like MS has put up a dedicated site for 1.x to 2.0 migration resources. Lotsa good stuff there. Read More...
29 July 2005
The OS Formally Known as Longhorn
Now that Vista (man, I’m having a hard time saying the new name after all these years of Longhorn) is in beta, it’s time to start seriously digging into it. This post is just a very high level look/first impressions, and kicks off a new post category devoted to the topic. I’ll dive more in depth in future posts. First impressions aren’t that good actually; I do realize this is a beta and that at this point it’s only 1/3 feature complete (which kind of negates the whole point of being a beta IMO… .Net beta 1 was much more complete than vista beta 1…but that’s another topic). Installation on a very fast machine took about an hour and a half; the second part of the installation after the reboot was gruesome at best…you get to stare at a screen with a green status bar that rolls on seemingly forever and an hourglass icon, no visual/text indicators as to what’s really going on. It does finally get past this stage though. The plus side of the installer is that it’s fully graphical and not text... Read More...
28 July 2005
Serious Productivity Killer for Firefox
Whatever you do, do not…I repeat, do not install this extension for Firefox. [edit] fixed link, there were 2 http:// in the href. [/edit] Read More...
27 July 2005
Google At It Again -- Google Homepage v2
They released their customizable homepage in beta a while ago…well, they’ve updated it and are up to their snazzy DHTML tricks again. Go check it out . Sidenote: Does anyone besides myself feel really dumb for not having bought Google stock? When it debuted at ~80 bucks a share, I thought they had lost their minds. It’s close to 3.5x that now. Whoops. Read More...
26 July 2005
BlogJet Users -- RFC for Adding Tag Support
In an effort to get on the tagging bandwagon I contacted the folks over at BlogJet about adding support for tagging into their wonderful posting tool. In true developer style, they emailed me back asking how I would like to see it implemented. The obvious answer is to add another dropdown next to the post categories box; the values could be stored in a simple XML file that has an interface via the preferences dialog…selecting the tags would inject the necessary html to the end of the post. In a perfect (blogging) world, blog engines could start supporting tags and make them accessible via a web service, though this is probably a bit far out on the horizon as tagging is still relatively bleeding edge. So my question is this: How would you implement tagging via posting tools? Should the tool take care of pinging the necessary sites notifying them of updates? What about inline tagging (tags embedded in the post itself instead of in the footer)…maybe have a configurable whitelist of words that... Read More...
26 July 2005
Firefox Memory Leak?
This is the second time I’ve noticed this since upgrading from 1.0.4 to 1.0.6; looking in task manager, Firefox is sitting at a whopping 240 megs (with a maximum of 316 being reported)…5 tabs open, and they are lightweight pages in terms of size. This is the second time in about a week…I purposely avoided the 1.0.5 upgrade due to the problems that were voiced about some plugins breaking. I remember reading about a FF memory leak somewhere (don’t remember where), but thought this was fixed in the newest release. Featurewise I really like FF, but it’s seemingly failing to deliver on a lot of the promises it made (security and otherwise). Anybody else seeing this? I’m hoping it’s just a rogue extension I have installed and not related to FF itself, but that seems pretty unlikely. Here’s hoping for a fix, come on guys…let’s get it right man. Read More...
25 July 2005
Making a Blog Technorati Friendly
[Update] I just realized that I wasn't embedding Technorati tags in my actual posts (for some reason, I thought Technorati pulled tags from the RSS file), so that explains why I'm not seeing updates on their site. Time to start building a TTags addin for CS. Doh! [/update] Now that I’m generating Technorati tags, I’m thinking about “breaking out” some of the categories I have lumped together (i.e. movies/tv/music; creating a seperate category for each) to be more Technorati friendly. Anyone have any advice on getting Technorati-ized? Also, for some reason (even though I’m pinging Technorati) my posts aren’t showing up when searching for them in their corresponding tags. *Sigh*, this bleeding edge crap can be a little frustrating. Read More...
25 July 2005
I Think I Have a New Idol
I was really fortunate this year in that I was able to watch most of the stages of the Tour de France…I’ve always been a huge fan of cycling, and especially Lance Armstrong. I never really knew the whole story behind Armstrong though. Yes, we all know he fought and won his battle with cancer, but I never really realized how close to death he actually was…there were tumors throughout his body and he was given a 50% chance of surviving. If anyone could beat it, it was most definitely him though. I caught a great show on The Science Channel recently; The Science of Lance Armstrong . In a nutshell, this man is as close to Superman as anyone could be. He started training at a very young age, and pretty much was genetically predispositioned to be an incredible athlete; for example, his lungs can process roughly 50% more oxygen than a normal person. His muscles generate a third less lactic acid than the average person. For some reason, he doesn’t suffer as much at altitude as the average person... Read More...
25 July 2005
Motorola RAZR V3 -- HelloMoto!
After getting some feedback (both on and offline) per my previous post , I decided to go with the Motorola RAZR V3. I checked this phone out when it was released a while back and was very impressed with the form factor, though I was less than impressed with the 500 dollar price tag. At the current price of 200 bucks, a little more palatable. I had forgotten just how sexy this little piece of hardware is, it’s so unbelievably thin…yet it feels incredibly solid due to the extensive use of metal throughout the construction of the phone (a welcome change from the flimsy plastic phones I’ve had in the past). Setup was a breeze as Cingular uses SIM cards to store most of the user data (sadly, custom ringtones are not stored on the card for obvious piracy reasons, so I had to repurchase those), so simply swapping the card moved everything over. My previous phone was a Motorola, so the learning curve was non-existent as the menu layout is virtually identical. I was a little bummed that the RAZR... Read More...
20 July 2005
Community Server -- Adding Post Categories to Blog Posts
I’ve written an article on how to add post categories to the header/footer of posts (both individually viewed and on the main aggregate page), it’s located here . This will also kick off a new article category called (interestingly enough) Community Server . Going forward, all CS mods/code/long discussions will be located there, however I will continue to post shorter blurbs in my CS category. I also will be duplicating my previous CS mod posts in this new article category. And eventually I will be releasing a CS library plugin that encompasses all the mods I’ve done…so much to do, so little time. Read More...
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