November 2005 Entries
The Real Sharepoint Themes for WSS 2.0

Here's how Sharepoint Themes should be implemented, check out these impressive themes by Infotech Canada.

Having tried them on our WSS sites I was amazed at how these themes liven up the original dull looking Sharepoint sites. The subtle changes such as the tabbed effect menu bar and the thin web part borders makes a big difference to the look and feel of the Sharepoint site. In my opinion these themes are better than the ones that came with the official Microsoft Sharepoint application templates which were released a while ago, these older application templates are demoed on Bil Simer's Sharepoint site.

Posted On Wednesday, November 30, 2005 8:41 PM | Comments (16)
Holographic storage to overtake Blu-ray and HD-DVD in the long run

Holographic Disc 

A computer disc holding 300GB using holographic memory technology will go on sale in 2006 according to

Holographic Versatile Disc (HVD) storage size makes Blu-ray and HD-DVD optical disc seem tiny in comparison. Early versions of holographic disk storage can store up to 300GB per disk. By 2010, the disks are expected to cost $100 each and store 1.6 terabytes (that’s roughly 1,600 gigabytes) each. (joystiq)

Storage capacities of other up and coming discs format:

  • Blu-ray disc has a single layer capacity of up to 27 GB and a dual-layer capacity of up to 54 GB
  • HD DVD has a single layer capacity of 15 GB and a dual-layer capacity of 30 GB
Posted On Monday, November 28, 2005 6:27 AM | Comments (5)
ASP.NET 2.0 Web Parts and Controls in SharePoint using Son of SmartPart v1.0

ASP.NET 2.0 Web Parts and Controls can now be run in SharePoint using the "Son of SmartPart v1.0" container developed by Jan Tielens.

Here's Jan's blog posting of Son of SmartPart v1.0

Great work Jan!

Posted On Monday, November 21, 2005 12:24 PM | Comments (0)
ActiveSync 4.1 Released

ActiveSync 4.1 is the latest sync software release for Windows Mobile 5.0 devices.

New features include:

  • New partnership wizard makes syncing easier
  • Faster transfer of data files including media
  • Ability to sync photos assigned to contacts from Outlook on the desktop

Microsoft ActiveSync provides a great synchronization experience with Windows-based PCs and Microsoft Outlook right out of the box. ActiveSync acts as the gateway between your Windows-based PC and Windows Mobile-based device, enabling the transfer of Outlook information, Office documents, pictures, music, videos and applications from your desktop to your device. In addition to synchronizing with a desktop PC, ActiveSync can synchronize directly with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 so that you can keep your e-mail, Calendar, Notes, and Contacts updated wirelessly when you’re away from your PC.

Download  ActiveSync 4.1 here

Posted On Monday, November 21, 2005 6:38 AM | Comments (3)
64MB RAM showing as 50MB on Windows Mobile 5.0 devices
If you have bought a WM5 device with 64MB of RAM, you may wonder why the control panel on the device is showing only 50MB of RAM. This is because the control panel only shows the RAM usage that you have any control over. For more details see the Windows Mobile Team Blog posting by Mike Calligaro.
Posted On Monday, November 21, 2005 6:26 AM | Comments (1)
Opera Enables AJAX on Mobile Browser

Opera Software has released a beta version of Opera Platform SDK, a software development kit for developing and running Web applications on mobile phones. The Platform supports XMLHttpRequest, a basis for creating AJAX applications.

More details here


Opera Platform architecture

Opera Platform architecture consists of three parts:

  • At the lowest level is the Application Player, an extended version of the Opera browser. It provides web applications with access to native phone functionality such as messaging, calendar, battery and signal status.

  • Above the Application Player is the Application Framework, which supports interaction between installed web applications. It also offers predefined UI elements, such as menu systems and dialog boxes to ease application development, according to Opera.

  • On top of the Application Framework, are the web applications themselves. These are created in established, open standard technologies such as HTML, CSS and JavaScript, Opera says. They have access to the phone's functionality through the Opera Platform DOM interface, provided by the Application Player, and communicate with servers using XMLHttpRequest.

A beta version of the Opera Platform SDK supporting Windows Mobile 2003 Second Edition and Smartphone Edition is available for free download here.

Posted On Wednesday, November 16, 2005 11:09 AM | Comments (0)
Google Base now live

Google Base 

  Google's Blog on Google Base

Google Base enables content owners to easily make their information searchable online. Anyone, from large companies to website owners and individuals, can use it to submit their content in the form of data items. We'll host the items and make them searchable for free. There's more info here.

Posted On Wednesday, November 16, 2005 9:15 AM | Comments (0)
Quake 3 on your mobile
NoctemWare have ported Quake 3 Arena to the Pocket PC. The latest version (v1.1) includes direct support for hardware acceleration through OpenGL ES for the PowerVR-enabled Dell Axim x50v/x51v. Quake III Arena is currently achieving up to 25 fps on the Dell Axim X50v, and is totally playable.

Download from the official site here

Note of warning:
This game is a beta and is still in development, hence it could cause the device running it to undergo a hard reset, erasing everything on it.
Posted On Monday, November 14, 2005 6:48 PM | Comments (5)
The most expensive SharePoint blogs
See a list of the most expensive SharePoint blogs at

The values were calculated using Technorati's API which computes and displays the blog's worth using the same link to dollar ratio as the AOL-Weblogs Inc deal.

Posted On Friday, November 11, 2005 12:44 PM | Comments (0)
HSDPA (High Speed Downlink Packet Access) by Q3 2006

The Register has reported that O2 will roll out HSDPA across its national 3G networks by Q3 2006


HSDPA upgrades 3G to improve the network's data performance, taking downloads speeds up to 1.4Mbps in its current form, though O2 is looking to improved data rates that should push 3.6Mbps by the time the technology goes live outside the Isle of Man. Upload speeds should hit 384Kbps from today's 128Kbps.

Come early 2008, and the download speed is set to rise to 7.3Mbps before hitting 10.2Mbps in late 2009.

The trial network became a commercial service run by O2 subsidiary Manx Telecom last week.

Posted On Thursday, November 10, 2005 8:29 AM | Comments (0)
Windows Workflow Foundation

Introducing Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundation: An Early Look

Getting Started with Microsoft Windows Workflow Foundation: A Developer Walkthrough

Windows Workflow Foundation - Developer Center


Posted On Wednesday, November 9, 2005 7:08 PM | Comments (0)
SharePoint SDK updated 10/31/2005

SharePoint SDK has been updated as expected to bring it up to date with the recent SharePoint SPS and WSS Server Pack 2 releases.

Download link to the updated SDK and excerpt:

The Service Pack 2 (SP2) release of Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 adds a supported API that you can use to update SharePoint Portal Server 2003 with changes to user accounts. When a user is migrated in the Active Directory directory service, the security identifier (SID) changes for that user. Additionally, the logon information for that user might be changed. Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 and SharePoint Portal Server 2003 store user information based on both the user's SID and the user's logon information. When the user's SID or logon information changes in Active Directory, Windows SharePoint Services 2.0 and SharePoint Portal Server 2003 must be updated with the new user information before that user can successfully access SharePoint Portal Server 2003. Using the new, supported account migration APIs, you can update SharePoint Portal Server 2003 with new user information.
Posted On Monday, November 7, 2005 7:31 AM | Comments (0)
Create C# .NET 1.1 Projects in VS 2005

Armand has created an installer to add two new project templates to your available C# templates in VS2005 that makes use of the C# 1.1 compiler. One for Class Libraries and a Console Application template.

He also describes how to add more project templates.

NOTE: This was tested on Beta 2 with the assumption that templates can be added the same way in RTM version.

Seems like such a neat idea to test for backward compatibility between different .NET framework versions.

Posted On Monday, November 7, 2005 6:48 AM | Comments (2)
SPS 2003 and WSS Case studies

SPS 2003 Case studies

WSS Case studies

Posted On Friday, November 4, 2005 9:41 AM | Comments (2)
Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar Updated

Internet Explorer Developer Toolbar

This version of the Developer Toolbar is an updated version of Beta 1; it was updated on October 31, 2005. Several issues are resolved and some feedback has been incorporated.

New features and functionality have also been added.

  • Default styles (in the third pane) now appear in gray, separating them from explicit styles.
  • The ruler dialog is always populated with the ruler information if there is just one ruler.
  • The ruler dialog now describes advanced features.
  • "Undo all" reverts the page to the initial state.
  • You can now remove all outlines.
Posted On Friday, November 4, 2005 9:21 AM | Comments (0)
Open source AJAX web client and server

Posted On Friday, November 4, 2005 8:25 AM | Comments (0)
.NET Compact Framework 2.0 now available in full (non-beta) version reports on The Microsoft .NET Compact Framework 2.0 Redistributable

  • This redistributable enables running applications built for both .NET Compact Framework v1 and v2
  • This version is not embedded in the ROM of Windows Mobile devices as the version 1.0
  • Can be installed via ActiveSync or by running the CAB files.

To develop .NET Compact Framework applications, Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 or the Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 SDK are required.

What's New in the .NET Compact Framework 2.0
Supported Classes in the .NET Compact Framework 2.0
In order to see what version of CF is installed on a device, use File Explorer to navigate to the \Windows directory, and click the file called CGACUTIL. You will get a message box showing you the Win32 File Version of the .NET Compact Framework installed on the device.(.NET CF FAQ)

Posted On Friday, November 4, 2005 8:23 AM | Comments (0)
Funny side of Microsoft
An amusing video by the Microsoft TechNet UK team...
Microsoft's WSYP (We Share Your Pain)
Posted On Friday, November 4, 2005 6:25 AM | Comments (1)
Find all documents stored and their sizes in SharePoint

Ben Cartwright has some tips for finding large documents and email addresses in SharePoint by running queries directly against the content database. This is a quick and easy way to get a list of all documents and their sizes in SharePoint.

Update : 8 November 2007

SharePoint 2003 (WSS 2.0) Database Tables - MSDN

Orphaned Sites - Keith Richie

Posted On Wednesday, November 2, 2005 7:51 AM | Comments (3)
Update on MSDN Universal subscribers downloads

SQL Server 2005 Enterprise edition is now available for download for MSDN Universal subscribers

More details on SQL Server 2005 Features Comparison

The following table outlines the pricing and benefits for each edition of the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 product line.

Pricing & licensing of Microsoft SQL Server 2005

Edition Pricing Benefit Size Key Features



Fastest way to learn, build and deploy simple data-driven applications.



4-GB DB size

4-GB DB size

Simple Reporting

Replication & SSB Client


$3,900 per processor

$739 (server + 5 users)

Most affordable and easiest to use database solution for smaller departments and growing businesses.

1-2 CPUs


Management Studio


Limited Replication Publishing


Back-up Log Shipping


$6,000 per processor

$2,799 (server + 10 users)

Complete data management and analysis platform for medium businesses and larger departments.

1-4 CPUs

Unlimited RAM

Database Mirroring

Basic ETL

Standard OLAP Server with Analysis Services

Standard Reporting with Reporting Services

Data Mining

Full Replication & SSB Publishing

Available in native 32- and 64-bit editions

Supports Itanium2 and x64


$25,000 per processor

$13,500 (server + 25 users)

Fully integrated data management and analysis platform for business-critical enterprise applications.

Unlimited Scale & Partitioning

Advanced database mirroring, Complete online & parallel operations, and database snapshot.

Advanced analysis tools including full OLAP & Data Mining.

Advanced reporting with customized, high scale, and ad hoc reporting.

Advanced ETL with complex data routing and transformation capabilities.

Available in native 32 and 64 bit editions.

Supports Itanium2 and x64

Posted On Wednesday, November 2, 2005 6:32 AM | Comments (1)
Bored of TV?

Go to Google Video 

Try Google Video

Posted On Tuesday, November 1, 2005 11:20 AM | Comments (0)
DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper 2 (DDD2) Slides and Videos
Some slides and videos from the Chicago 1 sessions from the DDD 2 event are now available for download
Posted On Tuesday, November 1, 2005 6:41 AM | Comments (0)
Large enterprise deployment of SQL Server 2005
Ryan Stonecipher points out a new blog maintained by the Microsoft SQL Server Development Customer Advisory Team (what a mouthful!). The goal of their blog is to make entries of best practices and lessons learned from the most demanding SQL Server implementations in the world.
Posted On Tuesday, November 1, 2005 6:03 AM | Comments (1)

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