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I really don’t see what the point of Google Talk is. Unlike GMail it is just another IM client to the already cluttered domain of IM clients. Nothing really innovative there, or at least not yet. But for those of you who are like me and are side stepping all of these IM clients by using something like Trillian (or Gaim for that matter) ForeverGeek has a post showing the Jabber settings used by Google, so if you are on Trillian you can get the Jabber plug-in from here. Update: Google themselves ...
There has been quite some critisism on the tech scene of Google talk, people often siting thats its nothing special, that it lacks features, thats it too basic. But it seems to me that its simplicity is exactly the point. With Messenger clients increasingly bloated with features, a nice, clean, simple and elegant IM client is refreshing. As part of the Google Desktop it sites unobstusively in the sidebar, or simply invisble until the preview of the message pops up. Dispite its simpleness though, ...
I can't emphasize enough the usability of Google's products. I'm pushing GMail everyday. I was a HMail user for years, but had enough of the ads and useless navigation on their website. When they took away the OExpress access I was completely through. Now I'm using the Google Desktop Beta and am happy with this APP too. It's not very innovative, but once again is best in usability. If only Google and Apple could work together... .
So when is Google going to unveil their office suite and operating system? Google Talk.
I (like thousands of others) recently downloaded version 2.0 of the Google Desktop and have begun to play around with it. I wasn't too impressed by the first version but this one is looking much cooler already. My biggest problem is the lack of Canadian cities for the weather module. I can approximate the weather in Vancouver by adding Seattle, no biggie but try finding a proxy for Montreal. Plattsburgh, NY? “No Weather Information“. OK, something a little bigger. Albany? “No Weather ...
Yesterday I mentioned that I revisited an old Google Adwords demo that I worked on a while back. Here's the tutorial explaining that demo. I've updated the demo, which previously was a VB6 app that was basically just a list of functions, to a more functional app. If you're interested, you can download the demo app here (source and compiled executable). This could be easily translated into .Net, ASP, Delphi, BCB, C++, Java, PHP, etc. Just let me know if you're interested ...
I just read on the CodeCanvas blog that Google has entered into the IM race.If you ask yourself what Google is up to and you already know the secret google masterplan go and watch Epic 2015.Robin Sloan and Matt Thompson produced a great video about a fictional future of the media. (especially about Microsoft, Amazon and Google) ...
Update [26th Aug 2005]: Google has given the configuration details for third party applications in their help center. Have fun. Happy happy!! Google has entered the instant messaging race as well. I downloaded the Google talk client and instantly logged in to my account, only to remember that I don’t have any of my friends online on this network yet. So, an alternate would be to download a Jabber-compatible client which also supports other IM networks like MSN and Yahoo! I choose GAIM, it is ...
The new beta of Google Desktop is available and it’s pretty cool. This version incorporates a “sidebar” style layout for your feeds, e-mails, to-do lists, weather, etc. While it’s not as pretty as some other sidebar programs, like DesktopSideBar (freeware), it is Google and we all like their stuff. At the very least you should check the new version out. On a side note if you sit behind an ISA Server be sure and open up POP3 Secure to your machine or else the indexer cannot ...
Okay MSN, Google is throwing down. Do I have to wait for Vista to get a cool MSN sidebar?
I have a mirror of my old blogs in TechRepublic http://techrepublic.com.com... I am sure that the TechRepublic blog pages were searchable in Google on some stage, but the search doesn't show them now. It is possible that the link to the TechRepublic blog was on one list page(e.g somethink like New TechRepublic Bloggers) but later link was removed by newely joined authors. Now I want to check would the link from this post help to make my techrepublic blog searchable ...

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I've been getting a good deal of traffic over on the original Gmail Problems post so here's an update for all the people looking for answers out there. Things have been working fairly well for me over the past week or so but there have been reports of people who could not connect for days. Mostly the issues seem to be transient and trying again in 15 minutes seems to do the trick. There does however seem to be a lack of “official” news from Google. Are there any Google bloggers out there ...
I had a very busy last week. For those of you who were wondering what I was upto, I was in stage 2 testing and rollout. Stage 2 what? you say. Well, I like to call it Stage 2 testing and rollout because the developers have run it on their machines and a patched demo version is now working. The real integration and testing starts at Stage 2. All that I really do is make setup files for all the components and arrange them in CDs. Also, I check if there are any major holes in the system, aka show-stoppers. ...
As opposed to my first IE7 post, I wanted to point out some good stuff about the new browser. I rarely run beta software on my machines. I made an exception this time, mostly because intense interest. I waited almost a week to see if the early adopters had gotten burned by anything. I was amused by the people who used a Beta 1 software package for 15 minutes and then declared it to be inadequate when compared with their current tabbed browser. There were both good and bad aspects about the IE7 Beta ...
There were a lot of solutions in Google but my problem was solved by a simple remedy. The folder in which the Access Database file resided had to be shared on the network. There's another option in Windows XP Prof. which had to be checked - “Allow network users to change my files”. A few days back I had accidentally removed the sharing on that folder and as a result, had to go thru so many difficulties... I feel relieved that I did not have to workaround the problem with the umpteen solutions ...
So I'm working on this project that I inherited and there are these Flash buttons with embedded links. I don't have the FLA files, just the SWF files. I Google around a bit and find a couple of products that will decompile SWF files back into FLA so I can open them with Flash. (For the record, I don't use Flash ever... or ColdFusion... but I'm a glutton for punishment.) So I download both of the utilities... and of course both are crippled to the point of being useless to me. So after much deliberating ...
So I'm at Google and I type in ColdFusion (why is not important) and press

First hit that comes up... Microsoft! So I'm curious... I click the link and it takes me to the Download Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition Beta 2 Today page (here).

That's just wrong. Funny yes, but wrong.

I'm trying out Mercury Interactive's QuickTest Pro. The recording feature, of course, doesn't do exactly what I'm expecting, so I go to the “expert view” to see the code behind. My first thought is about the IDE. It uses VBScript. The VBScript IDE is not user friendly. It would be prefferable to use Visual Studio with a Mercury extension. Second.... Mercury is not providing any help on their web site. You have to register, and it's for paying customers only. I'm using an evaluation version! ...
I tried out My MSN a few months back, and it looks like a great service. I would never have considered using it, however, because it had a ridiculously HUGE banner ad right at the top of the page. I was so disappointed that I sent some feedback to the team. Imagine how surprised I was to receive a response to that feedback today, from "Justin", a program manager on the MSN.com Portals Team. Here it is: Hi, My name is Justin and I?m a Program Manager who works directly on the My MSN site. You?re receiving ...
In introducing people about using google to probe internal networks today, AlexTheBeast stumbled upon an odd site... http://netscan.research.mic... Although he found it accidently, google shows that this site has been discussed in the past. Obviously, the purpose of this project is to explore the structure and activity within the Usenet. If you enjoy using data in strange ways, this little site might be something in which you want to invest some time ...
Not long ago (I’m talking days here) I watched a Channel 9 video of Sanaz Ahari and Steve Rider - Start.com where they talked / demoed the start.com/3 project. This project is part of the MSN “Sandbox” Honestly, it’s pretty neat. A drag and drop start page rich with RSS support, collapsible sidebars etc. it makes for a cool experience. If you want to skip the silly trivia questions and get right to the site is is at www.start.com/myw3b. When you check it out be sure and click ...
While Microsoft is busy launching Windows Vista, google is venturing into areas where no mapping application has gone before ;) check out Google Moon
i'm having an issue with positioning in firefox. i have an ajax table that i popup on the bottom of the screen using clientHeight + scrollTop for the style top. it works great in IE, however in firefox it looks like butt. its almost as if ff isn't accounting for the taskbar, etc..style top:newyPos = document.body.clientHeight - objPopUp.offsetHeight + document.body.scrollTop; anybody else have this issue? google isn't helping, so maybe i'm just overlooking something. email me here with suggestions ...
Well, Saturday was, as my postal carrier called it, “Harry Potter Day”. Unlike some of you, I chose to wait by the mailbox rather than be at the store at midnight. Unlike the rest of you, I wanted to know what was going on before November 2008 (anticipated release date of HBP in theatres). So, what did I think of it? Well, it’s not quite as good as Prisoner of Azkaban or Goblet of Fire, but much much better than the disappointing Order of the Phoenix. Also, at 652 pages, it’s a bit lighter than years ...

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This is the text of the Commencement address by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, delivered on June 12, 2005. I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I've ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That's it. No big deal. Just three stories. The first story is about connecting the dots. I ...
Blog configuration has “Display Skins“ combo with different options. I tried to find in Google samples how each of skins looks, but didn't succeed. dottextwiki describes how to configure new skin and there is Unofficial .Text Skin Directory for additional skins, but Skin repository with sample previews of standard skins would be handy. UPDATE: It is quite easy to play with available skins by opening Admin/Options/Configure and choose from “Display Skin” combo-box. I've preferred gertrude-blue.css, ...
I have to do my EDR work in VB6, and I was getting very irate with not having my MouseWheel. Rob Chartier posted a timely reminder that there was a fix for that deficiency. I have repaved my machines so many times since we started the EDR back in 1997 with VB5 that I forgot which add-ins I had used over the years. Now why did I not think of using Google to find "Mouse wheel events do not work in the Visual Basic 6.0 IDE" ...
Ok, so I sat down yesterday and started migrating my network and clients over to the new Symantec Corporate Anti-Virus v10 package and ran into an interesting dilemma. If you want to skip my enlightening path to discovery and just get to the solution then scroll down to the Solution header otherwise read on. Right off the bat I must warn you DO NOT INSTALL the v10 server anti-virus over a terminal server remote desktop connection!! I can’t stress this enough. If you install the server version, ...
Found this in my aggregator this AM, and it was quite disturbing... http://www.theglobeandmail.... From Globeandmail: Could it be possible that Canada will make Google or any other Internet search and archiving engines illegal? Bill C-60, which amends the Copyright Act and received its first reading in the House of Commons on June 20, suggests it could be illegal for anyone to provide copyrighted information through "information-location ...
Found this in my aggregator this AM, and it was quite disturbing... http://www.theglobeandmail.... From Globeandmail: Could it be possible that Canada will make Google or any other Internet search and archiving engines illegal? Bill C-60, which amends the Copyright Act and received its first reading in the House of Commons on June 20, suggests it could be illegal for anyone to provide copyrighted information through "information-location ...
Ever have one of those nagging questions which should be easy to google for and sovle? It should be simple but everyone you talk to, even when I have asked the experts at Tech Ed 2005 can't answer. A puzzled look appears on their face and they know there is an easy answer but can't quite remember how to do it either. Don't you just hate those kind of questions? It is not really important enough to spend money on it and research it, but it sure be nice if you found the one property that needed to ...
London bombings: ABC News Map. 08/07/2005. ABC News Online This is remarkably effective! ABC News Online has created an interactive map of the scene of the London bombings for the Google Earth software. To see the map, you will need to have Google Earth running on your computer. If you have Google Earth installed, just download and open this file and it will fly you to the location of the London bombings News Map, also including Gleneagles in Scotland where G8 leaders are meeting. On the map, you ...
All I wanted was to take a numeric string, and increment it. The string happened to be 2 digits long. All I wanted to do was something along the lines of var.ToString().PadLeft(2). So off to google I went, and I finally found my answer, but not in any MSDN documentation. The MSDN docs refer to format strings as if I use them EVERY single day. I don't. I deal with them about once every 3 months, (but this time ... I'm writing it down) I eventually found this method stringVar = intVar.ToString().PadLeft( ...

I found a Google Earth download (while they are down) at:

http://www.softpedia.com/get/Others/Home-Education/Google-Earth.shtml

Doug

I can't wait to get a look at Google Earth. I tried to download today, but apparently they're not currently "accepting" new downloads since the product is in beta. Given how long google groups has been in beta, I wonder if I'll ever get to download it. :)
In a brief conversation about employment at Microsoft with a friend I asked a question that I have pondered ever since. For us 30 - 40 somethings, is Microsoft the IBM of our youth? Back then IBM was the technology king. Big Blue was doing things nobody else could imagine. IBM was sexy. Now IBM is an old giant who has changed with the times and rarely changes the times anymore. Is Microsoft on the same path? Is Microsoft reaching or beyond its sexiness? Are Google and Yahoo the new Microsoft? Is ...
Google Earth - Home Wow! Remember Google buying Keyhole? Well they have just released their own version of the software, and its undergone a major update.First thing I noticed was that all the maps have been updated, and my own flat here in the Netherlands is better visible than ever before! So cool! Google is planning a payed version of the software later (their first payed software ever), and they will be introducing router-planning amungs other services. Here is a pic of my flat, (thumbnail): ...
Visions of the Future: EPIC has a Sequel!! My Friend Maarten reports that there is a new version of the EPIC flash movie out. Dont think its very fresh. They still have Google buying Tivo in 2004, which you can no longer mention if you want to maintain that 'suspension of disbelief'. Also, I see no mention of RSS and Podcasting, while I think they are part of this 'history' of the personalised mediascape.How about p2p? In the land of increasing media, would it not makes sense that a system like Google ...
Well I have been doing this for a while now (Using Enterprise Library Logging and Exception Handling with BizTalk 2004) and I happened to google it (how did this turn into a verb?) one fine day and found this great blog by Andy Morrison on the topic. Remember to strong name your Enterprise Library assemblies before starting this. Here's an article by Tom Hollander about strong-naming your Enterprise Library assemblies. I remember when Enterprise Library first came out and I was thinking of using ...
What a frustrating day. I spent hours looking for a code snippet on google on how to achieve something that I was very sure I had done. I was looking for the snippet which does not bring up the enter credential box if the user does not have rights for a sharepoint section. I knew it could be done, I had done it before. I spent an awfull long time searching the newsgroups (as i recalled the place i had seen it the first time). All this for what? just the one line below // Prevent the request for access ...
I finished creating my virtual pc install for testing the betas of all the stuff I picked up at TechEd. I've got Windows Server 2003 R2, with IIS 6, SharePoint, SQL Server 2005, and Visual Studio 2005. I tried to get Visual Studio Team Server installed on it as well, but I had some problems with the data tier. Looking at other people's experience, this may be due to the beta not being very happy on a virtual machine...or could be because I missed a step. If you're installing VSTS, do it on a fresh ...
Loads of impressive stories about how google helped people, read them at http://www.google.co.in/pre... Some samples: I just wanted to let you know that Google may well have saved my life. My sons and I were walking home from having eaten out. A half block from my house, I felt this pressure building in my chest. Immediately, I thought, 'heart attack' and ran through how I'd been feeling that the day (I had been nauseated). My first thought was, 'confirm suspicions,' and immediately, ...
well the other shoe dropped, so to speak, on our project. our client would like to have a forum as well as some other minor features to add to the list of components for their site. so the somewhat obvious choice was to drop .text and move on to community server (which is co-authored by the same feller who wrote .Text). We actually had the chance to conference call/Live meeting with Alex Lowe and Scott Watermasysk, the principal developers. Nick was able to dig into the api a little with them. It ...
Well, finally the MS guys have heard the needs and given a means by which we can have multi-tabbed interface in IE. But for that we will have to install the MSN toolbar. I wouldn't mind doing it but since I am already using google toolbar for searching and I prefer searching in Google rather than MSN, its kind of a put off that we have to install and enable MSN in order to use the multi-toolbar feature. Fortunately and I think with this drawback in mind, the MSN guys have given the option by which ...
Well I finally got around to looking at google sitemaps (googlesitemaps). If you don't already have a google account (gmail acount also) just register for one. I have been wanting to test this service out. So I embarked on creating a simple xml (sitemap based file) for this site. I downloaded the python script and started to run it. I do like python but figured since I was running windows and did not have python on this computer I would do some looking. I found a great application called Gsitemap ...
Ok. I'm new to BizTalk Server, but I think I got this right. Please let me know if I didn't. I have an existing application that uses an object. I want to take this object, allow BizTalk to accept messages of that type, and map them to another message type that can then be sent out to a third party verification system. Sounds like a pretty typical scenario to me.It took me a while to figure it out though. First, I added a reference in BizTalk to my business object class. Then I created ports that ...
Saw the buzz about Yahoo Mindset at Lockergnome.com This is also interesting, Y!'s version of Google Labs: http://next.yahoo.com/ ...
I appreciate Shaggy mentioning one of my tutorials on his blog today. I attempted to leave a comment on his blog, but I could never get it to post. He was talking about changing the msn search to default to google. Since I could not leave it there, here was my response: Thanks for the mention. Google is still winning the search engine war. Here's the exact link to changing the default search engine in the MSN Desktop Search: http://www.tech-recipes.com... You guys probably won't ...