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Blog Roll using RssToolkit article posted
AZGroups used to have a 'Blog Roller', which consisted of the latest couple entries from any of the member's blogs. I liked going there and being able to read the 'headlines' and decide what I wanted to read rather than either go through each blog in order.Squeet came along, and maybe that's when the roller went away. Squeet works great, and I have a bunch of feeds being emailed to me at home and at my work email address. This is an excellent solution for me, working inside a restrictive environment. ......

Posted On Sunday, November 26, 2006 3:19 PM

Blog Roll Added to site
Somewhere along the line, AZGroups removed the "Blog Roller" from their site. I liked it, because it was one go-to place to get my morning 'news' .. headlines from a lot of folks, similar to what you have at I like Squeet and will continue to use it but there's just something about going to one central place. So my goal was to build a Blog Roll for my site. I ratted around and found a blog entry from Dmitryr, talking about the release of his RssToolkit on CodePlex, and it looked like just ......

Posted On Saturday, November 25, 2006 10:31 AM

System scan, system scan...
I suppose this falls into the 'productivity' category because it certainly eats away at your productivity if you don't watch it. I installed a piece of software recently that is 'free', but came with an offer of a toolbar. I said not to install it, but somewhere along the line I got it. It had an 'uninstall' button on it, so I pushed it. it popped a box that said to exit IE,then press OK which I did, and when I restarted the browser it was back. So next stop Control Panel, uninstall.. nothing... ......

Posted On Friday, November 24, 2006 9:04 AM

Avoiding a NullReferenceException on MasterPage
I went in to add a page to a site that's been alive for about 11 months. I wanted to add a page in a subfolder to test out some user/role setup on the subfolder, and instead have been debugging a NullReferenceException.When my MasterPage.master.cs Page_Load ran, I found the root of the problem was all my controls appeared to be null, which was confusing since 'this' was live.Bottom-line:When I added my new page, I took the default given to me by Visual Studio after selecting my MasterPage.master. ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 22, 2006 10:17 AM

Happy Thanksgiving

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Posted On Wednesday, November 22, 2006 7:19 AM

Engineering Conversion Tables
I don't know the source of this, but some were clever enough to repeat: Ratio of an igloo's circumference to it's diameter Eskimo Pi 2000 pounds of Chinese soup Won Ton 1 millionth of a mouthwash 1 microscope Time between slipping on a peel and smacking the pavement 1 bananosecond Weight an evangelist carries with God 1 billigram Time it takes to sail 220 yards at 1 nautical mile per hour Knot-furlong (for horse-racing fans) 365.25 days of drinking low-calorie beer because it's less filling 1 lite ......

Posted On Monday, November 20, 2006 11:37 AM

Phoenix NON Transit System
1 hour to drive 27 miles on one of the newest roads in the Phoenix metro area (101 outer loop) is unacceptable. The first 5 miles took 20 minutes this morning because of heavy construction vehicles spread across all 3 lanes. Finally after 40 minutes I got to about the half-way mark and traffic began moving. Then there was a wreck, firetruck and all 2 miles ahead. I avoided driving past it at 1 mile an hour by getting off at Shea, making a U-turn and getting back on. Going through the next curve, ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 15, 2006 8:03 AM

Vista "Ready for a New Day" Launch Tour in Phoenix

Wed., Jan. 17, 2007
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N. 3rd Street
Phoenix, AZ

Posted On Tuesday, November 14, 2006 7:47 AM

Set .Text Category on email from blogmailr

I'm going to tag this with one of my Post categories and see what happens.

This worked just perfect!

I added a line:


above my email message, and blogmailr posted that to my geekswithblogs "Non-Technical" Category.

Posted On Friday, November 10, 2006 7:27 AM

Test Email from blogmailr
If this works, I'll detail out how to set it up. Very cool... they got .Text working last night apparently. Go into "Add a Blog", for the web address, type and then enter your login and password. Press "Find My Blog" It wll come back saying it can't find it, and now has a dropdown for "Blogging software" with "Custom" selected, and a textbox for "Web service endpoint". Using the information for Windows Live Writer from Julian on the geekswithblogs site, enter: http://www.geekswithblogs.n... ......

Posted On Thursday, November 9, 2006 3:19 PM

CodeGuru Article on producing Atom XML Feed
I'm not sure why I just got this today, but in an article from October 6, Eric Smith displayed a very concise method of building an Atom feed from a database. This isn't exactly what I've been trying to do, but it might be the second half, assuming I can read the feed into the StringBuilder to begin with... definitely worth a try, and why didn't I think of writing it out like this before ......

Posted On Thursday, November 9, 2006 2:36 PM

Updating an xsd file... why does Crystal Reports ALWAYS kick my Axx?? -- Part IV [End for now]
After the Altiris-a-rama was complete, I finally got back to this. Very possibly the workstation was in a 'weird mode' Friday, Monday AND yesterday during my other problems, <start spin> but it doesn't excuse the other things that were going on surrounding Crystal Reports, e.g. the Exception message</start spin> I worked as if I only had one shot to get it right: Got a Diet Dr. Pepper and 2 Extra-Strength Excedrines Refreshed from Version Control Modified the element I wanted to replace ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 8, 2006 2:32 PM

Productivity loss in the name of Altiris
Working on-site for a client that has a pretty restrictive approach to computing in general. I can get to most places I need to, so it's not a huge problem, but it's out there burning cycles for me all the time. They use Altiris to manage updates and who knows what else out to the 6000+ workstations. It's got to be a huge headache, and something I wouldn't want to approach, but it's not helping me much right now. I have two workstations on my desk.. an older Win2K box that is still used for development ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 8, 2006 8:48 AM

Here's a great idea, and it's free: blogmailr. You get yourself signed up, want to add to your blog, send an email to an address... how cool is that? Thought I'd mention that they don't work with .text yet (e.g. geekswithblogs), but they said it would probably be just a couple days. I'll mention it here when I hear back from them. Meanwhile, you can get an acct and setup email addresses you will write from :) ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 7, 2006 9:28 PM

Updating an xsd file... why does Crystal Reports ALWAYS kick my Axx?? -- Part III
I'm not convinced that the Crystal Reports "Exception" is a real deal in my case because of two conflicting scenarios I restored from Version Control, pulled out all but two of the existing fields in the xsd element I wanted to replace. I modified the query to pull from a different table. I added one field of the two I need into the element, and when I added the 2nd one, I got the exception. I could not make the exception go away by backing off the work I'd done. I restored from Version Control, ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 7, 2006 9:23 PM

Updating an xsd file... why does Crystal Reports ALWAYS kick my Axx?? -- Part II.V
This one is a grand example of why I have such warm and fuzzies about Crystal Reports: Reference Part II from yesterday. It is 2:58 on Tuesday. I've been dorking with this since Friday afternoon sometime. About 1/2 hour ago I pulled everything back in from Version Control for about the 4th time today. I modified the existing subreport by pulling fields out of the element associated with the report, and miraculously got it to accept it. I then went into the code behind and pulled the data from the ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 7, 2006 2:16 PM

Updating an xsd file... why does Crystal Reports ALWAYS kick my Axx?? -- Part II
Follow-on to: Day I. A new day, a new week, another attempt at this. I've learned something about setting the database location. I know that previously I've gotten into the ADO.NET(XML) dialog box, and searched for the XML File Path using the top drop-down. On Friday, and what I'm using now, I ended up using the "Use Visual Studio Data Class" checkbox, and selected the class name. I'm not sure why one is working differently on a different day than another, but I'll go with what works right now - ......

Posted On Monday, November 6, 2006 4:01 PM

Friends shouldn't let friends get repairs done at Paddock Pool
My Pool pump was shooting water back toward the motor, so I figured a seal of some sort was failing. I dropped by my local Paddock Pool shop on Saturday (1/2 mile from the house) and was told not only do they have the parts, but they can do the work and I just pay for the parts... perfect! 20 minutes later I had the pump/motor on their counter. I should have left at that point, but I hung around and saw them trying to (1) get the motor and pump separated and then (2) get the impeller off the motor ......

Posted On Monday, November 6, 2006 1:23 PM

SlickRun - Cool Tool of the Week!
Scott Cate blogged about this Friday night, and I got it this morning with Squeet. Very cool. I have been trying various ways to increase productivity, and SlickRun looks like the best one in a while. I already have a "hot" folders list in IE, so now the hottest of those can become SlickRun shortcuts. Thanks Scott ......

Posted On Monday, November 6, 2006 8:26 AM

First post with Windows Live Writer

Not 100% sure what this is going to be like, but it's worth a shot. I installed Windows Live Writer (Beta) according to the instructions from Julian on the site, and it appears to know who I am.

I guess everyone that uses it writes a first post like this. Sort of like "Hello World from Windows Live Writer" ... maybe that's pathetic :)

Posted On Sunday, November 5, 2006 9:35 PM

Updating an xsd file... why does Crystal Reports ALWAYS kick my Axx??
I just don't get it, I guess that's an understatement, but all I did was add one simple text field to one table in a schema, and I'll be danged if I can figure out the right combination of incantations to get it to show up in my Field Explorer so I can paste it into the report. I'm fairly certain I've done all the steps in just about any order I can think of: deleted the xsx and cs files associated with the xsd have the box checked "Generate Dataset" (right-mouse menu on the xsd layout) save the ......

Posted On Friday, November 3, 2006 6:00 PM

Odd Driving pattern, but whoa, it's a cop!
I'm concerned this morning that someone may have stolen a Scottsdale Police car because the guy that was driving South on the 101 just before 8 this morning didn't appear to be driving like any Police Officer I've ever seen. We were doing about 70 I guess... just a big mass of cars rolling South when a police car came up on my right in the middle lane. I didn't see him coming, so I guess he came over from the right-most lane. There's no HOV lane on the 101, at least not that part of it, so I was ......

Posted On Friday, November 3, 2006 2:34 PM

Clever use of ding font in form display
I'm not the one that originated this, but I'm responsible for the code-base now and every time I come across it I smile because it's one of those things that if you were asked you'd say "oh yeah, you can do that", but not the sort of thing I'd think of using in this manner. I've got a grid display where the customer wanted to populate a cell with a read-only checkbox giving a visual of something being set or reset. Rather than display 1/0 or Yes/No, the original authors translated the 1/0 in the ......

Posted On Thursday, November 2, 2006 5:21 PM

Increased Reading Speed - very interesting
I was pointed to a site last night: eyeQ by Infinite Mind. The eyeQ product is supposed to increase your reading speed 2 to 10 times. On the page is a link to a Free Demo. You take a short pre-test to get your current reading speed, do some online exercises, then a post-test. The whole thing only takes 7 minutes so I did it. My pre-test had me at 390 words per minute and after the demo I clocked 670! That's not 2 to 10 times, but for a 7 minute demo of their system, I thought it was pretty darned ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 1, 2006 3:33 PM

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