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Moshe Eshel The eye in the sky - just fell down December 2004 Entries
Challenges of maintaining an almost 9 year old piece of software
This in a sense is just a rant, but also a serious post. I've been working for this company (still the same one I wrote about before) for the last five years in changing roles, I always had some sort of connection to the web component, and in the past 2.5 years, I have been on the actuall dev team of it. To outline the past roadmap of this application, lets just say that it started as a demo. which is the worst mistake that was done here. Why? because when you develop something as a demo/poc/ just ......

Posted On Monday, December 27, 2004 10:50 AM

Why I'm currently staying with Google desktop
I Installed MSN Toolbar suite a few days ago, and I just noticed today that I'm not using it, actually I spent more time to configure it (and there aren't that much configuration options), than the time I spent searching with it. I continue to use Google desktop all the time. Why? well I can think of quite a few reasons. 1. For some reason the MSN Deskbar on my computer is flickering all the time (the buttons are blinking constantly) - which annoyes me to the the point that I turn it off, therefore ......

Posted On Thursday, December 16, 2004 11:44 AM

Lookout Google - MSN Toolbar behind you!
Hot of the presses, MSN Toolbar is out there, still a beta, but what isn't these days. Its almost 1:00 AM here in Israel so I'll wait till tommorow to actually download and install it, I fell a need to be focused. This Toolbar promises a lot.1. Popup blocking, autofill forms and more things you'd expect from an IE toolbar2. Email search3. Desktop search (indexes Office docs, pdf etc..)4. Web Search5. Integration to hotmail6. Integration to the new MSN Spaces7. Integration to Outlook And probably ......

Posted On Monday, December 13, 2004 9:59 PM

A new one from Google - Google Suggest
If you already use Gmail, you know about the excellent Auto-Complete feature in the address book. Google just went one step ahead and implemented Auto-Complete in the google search engine itself, this is of course stillk beta, but is accessible through this link or through Google Labs. Just type anything in the search bar, and google suggests searches, including how many results such a search would bring. Via Scoble and Google Labs (which is a web site you should check periodically if you like those ......

Posted On Sunday, December 12, 2004 11:34 AM

Thunderbirds' RSS
I've been a Firefox + Thunderbird user for years now, been following each and every release. I like the combination of two different utilities. I never did like the Netscape suit (you remember Netscape Gold ?). Two lightweight utilities that supply most all of my needs. I completely abandoned Outlook Express once Thunderbird was stable, though I still use IE most of the time. I was especially excited when looking at the release notes before downloading the latest version of Thunderbird (congrads ......

Posted On Thursday, December 9, 2004 2:47 PM

Starting the .NET path
Today we had a meeting with several Microsoft Israel people, where we discussed how to best bring our current application into the .NET world. This is after the long time that I have been pushing to do this and giving all the reasons, apparently hearing it directly from Microsoft has a different effect on management :-) There still is a long way to go, management which actually wants to go forward with this now, has to decide exactly what path to follow, somewhere between a full application re-design ......

Posted On Monday, December 6, 2004 11:07 AM

PDF Speedup - A must utility - Update!
Just though I'd pop and mention this excellent utilty called PDF SpeedUP, it's freeware.You can download it here or read about it here. Thanks to and the Daily Grind - an excellent blog, with news you can use (at least if you are a software oriented geek :-)) I used it and it works as promised, speeds up acrobat speed by 10 fold. you only need to run it once, or if you want to restore a specific plugin then maybe once more... Who would of thought a one time use utility can be so usefull. ......

Posted On Thursday, December 2, 2004 2:19 PM

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