November 2006 - Posts

28 November 2006
RSS Bandit Comment Watcher
Via Haacked : Participating in the comments section of particularly interesting blog posts is a lot of fun and helps build community. But one of the annoyances in doing so is that there’s really no good way to keep track of comments. Unlike new posts in someone’s RSS Feed, most aggregators won’t tell you when there is a new comment. Sure, there is coComment , but since I like to post comments using my RSS Aggregator via the CommentAPI , coComment isn’t such a help there. But help is on the way. Dare Obasanjo recently announced the beta release of Jubilee , the code name for RSS Bandit 1.5. One of the more interesting features (and my favorite) included in this release is comment watching . This has been a huge item I've wanted to see in a feed reader for a while now (or even just in principle...coComment made a good stab at it but fell well short of the mark IMO), so it's great to see RSS Bandit making some strides towards realizing this. It could even be a compelling enough feature to... Read More...
27 November 2006
You Ever Have One Of Those Nights...
Where Visual Studio absolutely refuses to cooperate? The VS gods were very much aligned against me earlier this evening...broken references in projects that worked just fine the last time I opened them up, breakpoints playing IDE hide-and-seek, code just outright refusing to compile even though I know it should, not to mention my source control server just outright being bloody slow as hell. *sigh* Yeah, it was just one of those nights...for every hour I wrestled with VS, I got about 10 minutes of actual work done. It's been a while since VS has had it in for me. Hopefully the planets will be more aligned in my favor tomorrow. Read More...
24 November 2006
Show Dog Disappearance Creates Urban Legend
Via CNN : NEW YORK (AP) -- In the nine months since escaping her travel cage at Kennedy Airport, Vivi the wayward whippet has joined the Central Park coyote, high-rise tiger, Harlem Meer caiman and Molly the fugitive feline in New York's ever-growing pantheon of urban animal legends. She was reported dozens of times, roaming cemeteries with other dogs, or hanging around stores in the borough of Queens, in some cases miles from the tarmac where she disappeared while awaiting a flight home to California on February 15. A day earlier, she had won an Award of Merit at the annual Westminster Kennel Club show. I had completely forgotten about this story until I saw this headline today. As the owner of a Whippet myself, my heart goes out to Vivi's owners. Unfortunately I have to agree with the article in that if someone hasn't picked her up, there's almost no way she could have survived this long...Whippets do not do well in cold weather (very thin skin, almost no fat, and very short hair), though... Read More...
24 November 2006
Add A Nice Touch To Your Site -- Snap Preview
A couple of folks in the Community Server have posted about a nifty offering from the folks over at Snap.com : Snap Preview Everywhere . It's a little gimmicky, but adds a nice touch to existing websites via just a couple of lines of javascript added to your header. I only have 2 complaints (if you can even call them that): I wish there was an option to specify the dimensions of the snap preview window (it's tiny on my 1600x1200 monitor), and an option to open links to external sites in a new window (there is an option to disable snap previews on internal links to your own site, read the FAQ for more information), or even better honor the underlying link's target attribute...as of now all links open in the same window regardless of the target value. There are more detailed instructions located here . Is this a permanent addition to JK.com? We'll see. So far I like it. Read More...
24 November 2006
A Couple Of New Whippet Photos
The tryptophan is kicking in, so before hitting the sack I thought I'd post a couple of new Escher pics ( here and here ). Read More...
23 November 2006
XML Notepad 2007 Released
Just a short blurb before stuffing myself tomorrow with turkey; it appears that Microsoft has released XML Notepad 2007 . The previous version was an invaluable tool for me when it comes to working with XML documents, and no doubt this version will be even better. To everyone here in The States, enjoy your Thanksgiving! Read More...
22 November 2006
Licensing the 2007 Microsoft Office User Interface
Via Jensen Harris (Bink coverage here ): Internally, though, more than a year ago we started talking about how we could share the design work we've done more broadly in a way that also protects the value of Microsoft's investment in this research and development. Well, I'm pleased to finally be able to definitively answer the question. Today, we're announcing a licensing program for the 2007 Microsoft Office system user interface which allows virtually anyone to obtain a royalty-free license to use the new Office UI in a software product, including the Ribbon, galleries, the Mini Toolbar, and the rest of the user interface. Jenses goes on to outline the high level details of the license, as well as how to obtain a copy for your development endeavors. He also links to a related Channel 9 video here which I have not watched yet as I'm not at my own machine. I also have not read the details of the license or the User Interface Guidelines included, but apparently the license is available to... Read More...
19 November 2006
The Surest Way To A Woman's Heart...
Is to clean her shower (with a toothbrush). Read More...
19 November 2006
Switching To Windows Live OneCare?
I'm thinking about switching over to Windows Live OneCare in the very near future and wanted to see if anyone had any opinions on it. Please keep the snickering to a minimum...I'm currently running: Norton Antivirus 2003. IMO, 2003 was the last decent release from Norton, and it has served me well over the years. It's showing its age though. I do realize that eTrust currently has a 1 year free subscription to their service, but after running it on one of my other machines for a couple of months now; I'm less than impressed as it will not run scheduled scans or updates unless you are logged into the machine...maybe I'm missing an obvious setting somewhere, but it simply refuses to cooperate. So that's a no go, and is a ridiculous issue. Any opinions on WLOC? Read More...
15 November 2006
Windows PowerShell Has RTM'd
You can snag it here . If you want to install it on Vista, you'll have to wait while MS lawyers wrangle with the Vista EULA . I'm personally lovin' me some Powershell (even though the name is so bleh). Keyvan recently posted about a great tool for help wading through the plethora of commands available in PS...it's already been invaluable for me. Read More...
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