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INauseous() Shawn Cicoria - Solution Architect, Craftsman and Artisan - INauseous() - Main Blog Here: www.Cicoria.com May 2007 Entries
BITS download manager and .NET wrapper for BITS API

This is a note to self.  When I need it I can never find it.  The name of this tool that wraps the BITS api, using C#, and provides a smooth BITS client.

http://sharpbits.xidar.net/

Posted On Thursday, May 31, 2007 9:11 PM

New WindowsClient.com website...

The www.WindowsForms.net website is no more; it's just been recast as WindowsClient.com - to take advantage of the SmartClient, WPF, etc. parts of the client side experience. Although, the SmartClient verbiage is light on the site - definate focus is WinForms & WPF...

http://windowsclient.com/Default.aspx

Posted On Wednesday, May 30, 2007 7:20 AM

Netflix of the Future with SilverLight (fka WPF/e)
I've been a big fan of Netflix for years, but definately see the horizon on their mail to home business model coming to an end, or at least siginificant contraction as video on demand becomes truly viable. The Netflix folks have been working with SilverLight and at the Mix 07 conference they presented a demo of their new video player - saying it took about 2 weeks to build. It was very slick, simple interface with all the controls you'd expect from a DVD player controls. Take a look at it here: NetFlix ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 30, 2007 7:17 AM

Viewing user calendars in Microsoft Exchange OWA 2007
One nice feature of the Outlook thick client is to view other user's calendars. In OWA 2003 it was a different URL that was needed, as along as you had the permissions. Now with Exchange 2007 OWA the URL is different. Below is the syntax - all on one line: https://<server>/owa/... replace <server> and <user@yoourdomain> with your host and User's email address as required ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 30, 2007 7:14 AM

BlackJack Cheating - One Approach is Well Known.
Recently, a bunch of people were caught cheating casinos by various means. One of those ways was something that I saw first hand when I worked as a BlackJack dealer in Atlantic City back in the mid-1980's for the Sands Casino (which is now gone). This was done by I guy I knew who was also a BlackJack dealer at another Casino in AC just down the boardwalk. He just wanted to prove it was possible. And to my knowledge it happened only once, and the win was probably around 1K, and clearly not the millions ......

Posted On Sunday, May 27, 2007 10:53 AM

Batch File Renaming Utility - Updates by Greg Poole
Greg Poole has updated the batch file renaming utility that I posted a while back (http://cicoria.com/CS1/blo... Here's his updates: http://m4dm4n.homelinux.net... From Greg's post: I've spent some time looking around to find a batch file renamer which meets my needs, without much luck. Basically, I wanted something which would be activated by an item in the context menu for folders (right click) and would just allow basic renaming of files ......

Posted On Sunday, May 27, 2007 10:05 AM

TFS Project Server Connector
If you're using both TFS & Project Server (god bless you BTW) the Project Server Connector has been released on CodePlex. The Visual Studio Team System Project Server 2007 Connector is designed to integrate the project management capabilities of VSTS with Project Server 2007. It's been developed by the Visual Studio Team System Rangers in response to significant customer demand for a connector solution. Future versions of Team System will have native integration with Project Server, in the meantime ......

Posted On Friday, May 25, 2007 7:47 AM

Enterprise Library 3.1 Released...
A few updates to EntLib for the May 2007 releaes. Just released in April, the P&P team updates (bug fixes & more functionality) the distrubution, now on CodePlex http://codeplex.com/entlib Tom Hollander posts the changes in the 3.1 release: http://blogs.msdn.com/tomho... ......

Posted On Friday, May 25, 2007 7:15 AM

Diving into MOSS 2007
Needing to learn MOSS "fast" - Tim points me to a bunch of nice videos on MOSS features. Kinda like the MSDN nuggets on MSDN UK site. http://www.microsoft.com/do... ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 22, 2007 3:29 PM

Bowser? A typo in Vista LanMan code.
I was looking in the event log at some issues and noticed a source "bowser"? Well, that sounded like Browser. Here's what shows up below - clearly somebody fat fingered the "r" in the provider name missing it altogether. Some QA on that spelling... - <Event xmlns="http://schemas.micro... + <System> <Provider Name="bowser" /> <EventID Qualifiers="49152">8003&... <Level>2</Level> <Task>0</Task> <Keywords>0x800000000... ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 22, 2007 12:10 PM

My old company causing heart attacks?

No, sorry, that's Avandia.

http://www.upi.com/Health_Business/Briefing/2007/05/21/dems_pledge_avandia_investigation/1138/

Posted On Tuesday, May 22, 2007 8:11 AM

Microsoft's Popfly - Taping the MySpace Generation.
I tend to think the MySpace generation is already aged. However, Microsoft has put up a site called Popfly (www.PopFly.com) that allows mashups of content based upon blocks. There's a Popfly Explorer VS 2005 add-in allowing users to work with Popfly for building or extending. Silverlight (the old WPF/e) is in the mix as well. Quoted in the Article: "There's an obvious desire or need for people to want to create online applications, but it's too difficult today. So our goal is to democratize development," ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 22, 2007 4:58 AM

Microsoft ESB Guidance up on CodePlex...
The Microsoft ESB Guidance, Co-authored by Neudesic and released back in December 2006 in a "partner only" set of bits, VPC, documents, has been released to the public up on CodePlex http://www.codeplex.com/esb This is CTP code with lot's of good patterns and concepts that I was fortunate enough to use as "inspiration" on a project I worked on several months back while at Avanade / Accenture. Certaintlyl allowed re-use of a patterns for concepts that made it into working code. Take a look, if not ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 22, 2007 4:15 AM

Tablet PC is now Mainstream - if it wasn't already...
Usually, as it was in the past, when Dell finally started producing systems supporting a technology is was considered mainstream. In reality, it's when the economics start to make sense that Dell's model, capital structure, turnover ratios, etc. all make sense; or maybe because Michael is back? Here's a link to a quick video on Dell's announcement (blog, WMF, and MPEG respectively). http://direct2dell.com/one2... http://media.dellone2one.co... http://media.dellone2one.co... ......

Posted On Monday, May 21, 2007 6:43 PM

Article on Windows Home Server
PC Magazine has a quick article on Windows Home Server - something I've been testing out at home for a bit. I personally like it. The WiFi limitation is more based upon reliability of a link than anything else. WiFi still is not reliable (just do a search on 3945ABG & Vista - which is all Intel's issues). It's Windows 2003 Server underneath it all, which never was meant to be WiFi friendly - so drivers are always the issue. The price is projected at about $500 - which is inline with what I would ......

Posted On Thursday, May 17, 2007 6:50 PM

MSDN Subscriptions Download Issues on Vista - Error Code 11001
If you're having issues downloading from MSDN Subscriptions the following steps cleared it up for me. I had the issue over the past several days. So, I tried MSDN support and in the end they were of no help. First they said I was the only person with the problem. Then, after I pushed them, the support person contacted her supervisor who confirmed that others were having the issue. So, these steps cleared it for me: 1. Control Panel -> Uninstall -> FTM File Transfer manager 2. In IE -> Tools ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 16, 2007 11:07 AM

Airplane Boarding - Aren't the airlines paying attention?
On Marc Adler's blog, I noticed a link to a paper on improving the airline boarding process. http://www.math.duke.edu/ne... It never ceases to amaze me the herd mentality when it's boarding time, or in actuality, about 30 minutes before boarding time. People start congregating to the opening of the jet way far in advance of what would be their expected board time. People who sit in the front part of the cheap seats, generally board last (unless you're on United); however, they're ......

Posted On Monday, May 14, 2007 10:11 AM

Cyberhomes - Web 2.0 for Real Estate
Check out Cyberhomes http://www.cyberhomes.com/d... My wife spends lots of time looking at homes through real-estate sites. In fact, almost every night I come home and I found out about where I'll be moving soon This site was done by my current company (I'm checking if it's referencable now) and uses AJAX, Live Earth, and real good presentation of information in a nice view ......

Posted On Thursday, May 10, 2007 8:36 AM

Batch Processing - It will never go away...
The Spring Framework for Java now has a Batch Processing Framework. Something that will always be around it seems is Batch. No matter how hard we try, things aren't always real-time and there's a need to run things in "batch"... But, this is not your mother's COBOL batch.... I'm looking forward to the Sprint.NET port of this. My old company had a poorly maintained, often forgotten asset called Batch. When the .NET framework moved forward it was always an afterthought. The real issue was, we told ......

Posted On Thursday, May 10, 2007 8:15 AM

Workflow Demo & Presentation from N3UG...
The following links are for the Presentation & Demo's (and a whole bunch more) from the presentation that I did at SetFocus on May 8th, 2007 for the Northern New Jersey .NET Users Group (N3UG). Presentation in PDF format http://cicoria.com/CS1/file... Demo's & Source Code http://cicoria.com/CS1/file... ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 9, 2007 5:13 PM

Leveraging Microsoft Technologies to Enable SOA Webcast - Curt Peterson from Neudesic
One of my peers, Curt Peterson, that's extremely articulate on SOA, ESB, and general services, is presenting a webcast on 5/16/2007 - 10 AM PDT, 1 PM EDT. https://www.clicktoattend.c... Join Neudesic’s Enterprise Solution Architect/Distinguished Engineer Curt Peterson for a webcast presentation on “Leveraging Microsoft Technologies to Enable SOA.” He will demonstrate how Neudesic can provide a concise roadmap to help you to apply theory to real world projects. Learn how ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 1, 2007 4:46 PM

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