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What sites do you visit? Directly.
I realized after a discussion at work today that I don't view news and information sites in a browser that often. I find that I use an RSS reader more than actually going to the sites. I did not think about this too much until a co-worker was discussing Twitter as a service does not get that much direct traffic (people going to their site) most twitter users use a 3rd party software or tool to tweet or follow people. I realized how true this was when I realized that I had not gone to www.twitter.com ......

Posted On Friday, January 30, 2009 10:30 PM

IIS 7 - Web application installer
I love the new version of IIS. One of the great elements of Server 2008 is that it has IIS7 installed. A great aspect of the new IIS is that you can now run very common applications (wordpress, and photo gallery) on Windows. These applications are PHP based and typically are hosted on Linux Servers. IIS 7 allows for you to host these applications on Windows with some great performance A new tool from Microsoft allows you to install all of these applications with little or no configuration. (Web Application ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 28, 2009 12:33 PM

Ring Tones

I am not a big fan of ring tones.  My cell phone is normally the old fashion ring of the 50's and on vibrate.  I was reading some blogs this morning and came across this url http://www.makeownringtone.com/ and gave it a try.  I'm not sure I'll use the ring tone I made but, it was fun and would be a better alternative than purchasing the 4 dollar ring tones from the carriers.

Posted On Saturday, January 24, 2009 8:39 AM

Windows 7 - Migration
I finally made the full migration over to windows 7. It is fast and uses less memory than Vista. I now am running it on my primary machine. I was on Vista x64 and I have found Windows 7 x64 to be more responsive. To make the migration work I used a drive image software and a spare hard drive. I first installed Win 7 on a smaller 60 gig drive to make sure that my base applications worked (Visual studio 2008, SSH, IM, and other tools). Once I was happy I made an image of that drive using Macrium Reflect ......

Posted On Thursday, January 22, 2009 7:37 PM

Win form vs web client
The current project I am starting we are debating using a win form client vs a web client. I feel like I have done this argument (discussion) many times. In the past I have always felt that you had more control with a winform. Now with new tools such as ajax,jquery, and css, we are able to make our web applications seem like win forms. Which do you prefer? I realize that requirements drive decisions, but I would love to hear stories or thoughts?

Posted On Thursday, January 8, 2009 11:13 PM

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