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Scott Kuhl Warning: I may have no idea what I am talking about! February 2007 Entries
I have 2 Joost invitations available

First come, first serve.  Just request it in the comments.  The only rule is you must be a GeeksWithBlogs member.

Update:  Both are gone.  They went to Jeff Julian and D'Arcy Lussier.  I'll post again if I get more.

Posted On Wednesday, February 28, 2007 12:06 PM

Pizza Vending Machine

Take your stale sandwich / rotten apple spinning vending machine and throw it in the ditch.  Every IT department needs one of these.

Wonder Pizza

Posted On Wednesday, February 28, 2007 11:49 AM

New Storm Worm Spreading Via Blog Posts
Heads up GWB posters and readers. Keep an eye on your posts and comments. When a user with an infected system visits a bulletin board or posts to a blog, the worm inserts a malware into his or her comments. The line asks readers to look at a fun video and contains a link leading to a Web site where the malware is waiting to reinfect more users. Read New Storm Worm Spreading Via Blog Posts ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 28, 2007 10:40 AM

Extend the Range of Your Zune FM Transmitter
The transmitter I use to listen to my Zune in the car is an old one that came with my XM radio years ago. It works fairly well, but when I get close to another car on the highway transmitting on the same frequency the signal goes to crap. If your having the same problem this hack will show you how to modify the transmitter and boost the strength. While it applies specifically to the Zune FM transmitter, the lessons learned could be applied to most FM transmitters. Warning: I'm not sure how legal ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 28, 2007 8:06 AM

5 .NET Podcasts
I found a post by Sean Deasy that lists the 5 podcasts every developer should listen to: Hanselminutes .NET Rocks! ArCast Polymorphic Podcast ASP.NET Podcast Here is what I think of each of them. Hanselminutes is tied with .NET Rocks for the best of the bunch. Scott Hanselman covers interesting topics, not always related to .NET, that are short and to the point. I think the show would flow a little better with Carl Franklin. .NET Rocks has the best guests and usually covers interesting topics. It's ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 28, 2007 7:47 AM

OpenID control for ASP.NET
What is OpenID? OpenID is an open, decentralized, free framework for user-centric digital identity. How do you implement it in ASP.NET? Add references. Add two lines of code. Get the ASP.NET control and library here ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 27, 2007 12:58 PM

Zune Styles

Here is a new Zune community site: Zune Styles.  Right now it is pretty much just wallpapers.  But they are collecting:

  • Contribution by Zune Styles users. Includes homemade Zune themes, backgrounds, styles, mods, etc.
  • Collection of various Zune modifications out on the Internet.
  • Collection of wallpapers for your Zune!

Posted On Tuesday, February 27, 2007 10:20 AM

Apple TV - Late Plus No Cables
Now if this was Microsoft shipping an Xbox late without cables everybody would be screaming bloody murder. But since it's "do no wrong" Apple, all I am seeing are a lot of "we understand" style excuses. "We need to give them time to make a great product" or "It's better than shipping crappy cables" type stuff. Don't get me wrong, some people are complaining, they're just not doing it as loudly or are harshly as they would with Microsoft. Any else notice this? That the industry is bent toward being ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 27, 2007 9:55 AM

5 Most Common Passwords

The movie Hackers claimed the most used passwords were password, God and secret.  Looks like they only got one right.

Here are the top 5 passwords according to Counterpane Internet Security:

  1. password1
  2. abc123
  3. myspace1
  4. password
  5. blink182

3 and 5 really surprised me.

Source: Net users picking safer passwords

Posted On Tuesday, February 27, 2007 8:29 AM

Bravia Slogan is Stupid
I don't know if you have seen a commercial yet for Bravia, Sony's brand name for it's high definition LCDs. But the slogan is this: Bravia, the world's first television for men and women, Trademark Sony. WTF?! What TV in the world does not match this description. Maybe a SpongeBob or Princess television for kids, but when did TVs get made specifically for men or women? This is just stupid. Where does Sony get off claiming its made the world's first television for men and women. Who the hell is in ......

Posted On Monday, February 26, 2007 1:00 PM

Share This Post
At the bottom of my last post you will notice some additional text. Share this post : email it! | bookmark it! This was done with a social bookmarking tool you can get here. It would be better if it was a plug-in for Windows Live Writer. But it is pretty easy to use. Share this post : email it! | bookmark it ......

Posted On Monday, February 26, 2007 8:37 AM

Working at Microsoft / Google / Yahoo!
Here is a blog post from someone who has worked at all three places. The summary: Share this post : email it! | bookmark it ......

Posted On Monday, February 26, 2007 8:06 AM

ASP.NET ViewState Helper

In real-time you can see your web pages being analyzed while you browse to them using Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher.

Download ViewState Helper

Posted On Friday, February 23, 2007 1:26 PM

Gates vs. Jobs Video

Awesome!  Must see!

Posted On Friday, February 23, 2007 11:59 AM

Microsoft's Share The Pain Video

This is the video that was shown before the developer track yesterday.

Posted On Friday, February 23, 2007 8:24 AM

Clippy is dead Microsoft, just let it go.
It seems Microsoft just can't let go of Clippy. Yesterday I attended the Vista / Office launch in St. Louis, and while Clippy himself did not make an appearance, his dog did. I guess Microsoft just can't stand to have a presentation without some annoying cartoon character jumping around the screen, so we were treated to a dancing Scooby-Doo while we waited. Maybe this is what happens when you bury Clippy in Stephen King's Pet Sematary. If you're into this sort of thing (shame on you), you can get ......

Posted On Friday, February 23, 2007 7:42 AM

How Much is GeeksWithBlogs Worth?

$212,400

This value is calculated based on several factors shown above, including: Links, Traffic (Alexa), age of the domain, site category, domain keyword popularity, and overall occurences of the domain name on the web.

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Posted On Friday, February 23, 2007 7:33 AM

Getting Started with Windows CardSpace
I have been looking into OpenID and CardSpace for a new project. There is a shortage of .NET 3.0 books right now (see my previos post) but I was able to find some good introductory information on CardSpace. The Windows CardSpace - Simplified! Microsoft’s CardSpace: Part 1 – Getting started Microsoft's CardSpace: Part 2 - Creating and using your first identity card Microsoft’s CardSpace: Part 3 – Using a Card ......

Posted On Thursday, February 22, 2007 6:58 AM

Programming .NET 3.0 - Rough Cut
Rough Cuts is a program offered by O'Reilly that lets you get access to beta versions of books while they are being written. I ordered an electronic copy of Programming .NET 3.0 through my Safari account. The publication date is set as the 26th (four days away) and the Rough Cut only contains 3 very unfinished chapters, two of which ARE EXACTLY THE SAME. I complained to Safari that if that is all that they are offering they might as well not even put it up. But I guess they want there money as quickly ......

Posted On Thursday, February 22, 2007 6:51 AM

SubSonic 2.0 Is On The Way

Looks like less than a month.  Rob Conery has listed some details on features to expect.  The biggest ones are a command line executable, builders that will generate the site for you, a brand new starter kit and some solid many-to-many support.

Here is the announcement

Posted On Wednesday, February 21, 2007 7:03 AM

I'm THE PC and I'm THE Mac
CEO Steve Jobs and Microsoft Corp. Chairman Bill Gates, the seminal figures in the development of the personal computer, will make a rare joint appearance at The Wall Street Journal's ``D: All Things Digital'' conference this year. The two men will jointly discuss the history and future of the digital revolution in an unrehearsed, unscripted, onstage conversation on May 30 with D co-producers Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher. Woh! This could get interesting. I'm hoping it degenerates into a physical ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 21, 2007 6:45 AM

.NET API for YouTube

Don't know if anyone is interested in this or not.  But I stumbled upon a .NET wrapper for the YouTube API.

YouTube.NET API

Posted On Tuesday, February 20, 2007 7:29 AM

Tabbed Browsing for the Wii
Here is an interesting way to get tabbed browsing on the wii. Navigate to wiiminder.com. The site itself creates tabs to help you navigate. If you point your normal browser there all you will get is a video demonstrating the site. Can't wait to get home and try this. It even includes a better favorites system. But where is the Xbox 360 browser? Could you make one with XNA Game Studio? Would Microsoft block it's release ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 20, 2007 6:47 AM

Washing a Cat
Put both lids of the toilet up and add 1/8 cup of pet shampoo to the water in the bowl. Pick up the cat and soothe him while you carry him towards the bathroom. In one smooth movement, put the cat in the toilet and close both lids. You may need to stand on the lid. The cat will self agitate and make ample suds. Never mind the noises that come from the toilet, the cat is actually enjoying this. Flush the toilet three or four times. This provides a "power-wash and rinse". Have someone open the front ......

Posted On Monday, February 19, 2007 1:06 PM

Ricky Gervais - 1983

How about that picture!  Oh, it get's better.  He was in a pop band.  Check out the fan site here.  Includes bios, lyrics, pictures, songs and videos.

Posted On Monday, February 19, 2007 7:20 AM

Happy Presidents Day

Hopefully by now you have heard the song Code Monkey.  Here's another great song by Jonathan Coulton, perfect to celebrate Presidents Day.

The Presidents

Posted On Monday, February 19, 2007 6:27 AM

Learn ASP.NET 2.0
Step 1 - Get the Tools Cost - $0Time - About 3 hours to download an install Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition Visual C# 2005 Express Edition SQL Server 2005 Express Edition - You will have the option of downloading this when you download Visual Web Developer and Visual C#, but I recommend downloading SQL Server separately with Advanced Services for reporting. Step 2 - Getting Comfortable Cost - $0 to $30 if you purchase the eBookTime - 30 hours for either the video or book route Start with ......

Posted On Friday, February 16, 2007 12:52 PM

Negotiate Your Next Raise the Scott Adams Way

I want $80,000 per year to do the work, and I want another $100,000 to not set the building on fire.

From North Korea - The Funniest Regime

Posted On Friday, February 16, 2007 12:29 PM

Is ASP.NET Too Easy?
This seems like one of those questions like: Is my girlfriend too hot? or Do I have too much money? Those are problems we love to live with. Mads Kristensen has a blog post where he discusses how easy it is to build a website with Visual Studio and questions if that is a good thing. He discussed the designer and drag-and-drop methods of development where, in the end, you don't learn anything and that can be bad. I agree the designer hides a lot. But I also heard these same arguments way back between ......

Posted On Friday, February 16, 2007 7:19 AM

Breisch, You Just Stepped Into a War Zone
So let's get this straight. A 3 month backlog of posts you had time to collect but pushing the submit button was to much? Obviously it's working for you now. Way to stress test the thing. Timing seems odd. Yesterday D'Arcy and I are shooting it out and suddenly, Chris is back. Hmmmmm. Some people just can't stay away from a fight. Rumor around the internets (both good and bad) is you've been cheating on GWB with another posting site. You think you can just come waltzing back in here after 3 months. ......

Posted On Thursday, February 15, 2007 1:00 PM

Skin Your Zune Software

Zune Boards has released some new software called zSkin that will change the look of the Zune software.  In honor of Valentines Day they have started with pink, but expect to see more skins soon.

Posted On Thursday, February 15, 2007 8:47 AM

Get Cozi
A new application, Cozi, has been launched by some ex-Microsoft employees that is sort of a virtual family bulletin board. It contains a calendar, message center, shopping lists and some family picture support. (What no allowance manager?) There is both a windows application and web interface and some PDA and phone integration. The only thing that bothers me about these super productive applications with a niche market is that I live by Outlook. We spring for hosted Exchange services and both my ......

Posted On Thursday, February 15, 2007 8:42 AM

Total Posts

This is a good example of why the "total posts" section on the Green Bastard should be re-thought.

(That's one more post for me, one less on the march to Tariq!)

Posted On Wednesday, February 14, 2007 1:54 PM

Windows DreamScene Preview on Ultimate Extras
Finally, we get at least a taste of something that was scheduled to launch with Vista. But it's a little limited. The current preview of Windows DreamScene comes with only 1 DreamScene - a animated version of Windows Vista's default Windows Energy wallpaper. Windows DreamScene Preview announcement on The Hive Sorry for all the front page posts today Chris :) ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 14, 2007 8:33 AM

MSN Soapbox is in Public Beta

I've been using Soapbox for a while, but now it is available to everyone.  Hopefully the content will spike.

I'm looking forward to some APIs and better Zune integration.

Posted On Wednesday, February 14, 2007 8:30 AM

Mac vs PC for PCs
Here is a set of interesting Mac vs PCs commercials from the PC side of things, which of course if closer to reality ;) Money Girl Work Music ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 14, 2007 8:05 AM

Happy Valentines Day Kendra

Click here for the video

Posted On Wednesday, February 14, 2007 8:04 AM

Winter Has Hit St. Louis Again

We got about 3 inches of snow, but you would think it was 10 feet.  St. Louis becomes a mess even when it rains after a long dry period.  My 45 minute commute was 3 hours going home and 2.5 hours coming back to work.

There, I have vented and I feel a little better.  But only a little.

Posted On Wednesday, February 14, 2007 7:42 AM

Scott Bakula by Sunspot
I stumbled upon this beauty of a song. If you are a sci-fi fan, it's a must hear. You can download the MP3 for free from Sunspot's website. You just can't go wrong with lyrics like this: Ziggy said there's a 98% chance of a broken heart. Scott Bakula never played Drakula, laid down the smackula, on the bad guys. Give it a listen and let me know what you think. If I ever run into another Zune user, I know what song they're getting :) ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 13, 2007 7:22 AM

Aging Gamers Need More Console Love
Okay, so here is a little gaming history on me. I started as a traditional pen-and-paper D&D gamer way back in the 80s and I played the classic "Gold Box" games like Pools of Radiance. But at some point, I grew up, got a job, got married and had kids. With each transition came less and less time for games. Now I find that I have no time for lengthy gaming endeavors such as D&D, World of Warcraft, or even Oblivion. What I have found as a fun replacement are the transitional board games that ......

Posted On Monday, February 12, 2007 7:27 AM

Enable Hidden Vista Boot Screen

Enable the hidden Vista "Aurora" boot screen.

Find the instructions here

Posted On Monday, February 12, 2007 6:40 AM

CSS Speech Bubbles

Easy to customize speech bubbles coded in CSS and valid XHTML 1.0 strict.

Download CSS Speech Bubbles

Posted On Sunday, February 11, 2007 1:35 PM

At Least Windows Calculator Works

Macs are perfect.  Windows sucks.

Hey, at least the calculator in Windows works.

Mac Calculator is bad at math

Posted On Sunday, February 11, 2007 1:25 PM

Vista Simulator

"You should go to Vista."

"So you like Vista?"

"Not really, no. I run a Vista simulator."

"Virtual Server?" the Boss asks.

"Nah, I just turned on all the flashy crap in XP, changed the background image, took some memory out of my box and clocked down the CPU. Then broke Media player. Works like a charm."

From BOFH: Episode 6

Posted On Friday, February 9, 2007 2:04 PM

I'm a PC and I'm a Mac and I'm Linux (Part 2)

I made a slight change to the photo that I think is more accurate. :)

Posted On Friday, February 9, 2007 7:13 AM

Design Patterns for ASP.NET Developers
DevX is starting a new series of articles entitled Design Patterns for ASP.NET Developers by Alex Homer. Part 1 is an introduction to design patterns and sets the focus for the rest of the series. I didn't see anything in the article that indicated a time table for release of the remaining parts or how many to expect. In the past their agile development series was only 2 parts and was published over 6 days, but their UML series was 6 parts and was published over 8 months. So who knows how long the ......

Posted On Friday, February 9, 2007 7:01 AM

I'm a PC and I'm a Mac and I'm Linux

 

Original source, at least the link that was sent to me.

Posted On Friday, February 9, 2007 6:29 AM

GotDotNet Shutting Down?
Looks like CodePlex is finally starting to kill off GotDotNet. I just got this e-mail: Subject: Important Announcement: GotDotNet Private Workspaces will be shutting down You are receiving this mail because you are listed as the owner of a private project hosted on GotDotNet Workspaces. Microsoft will be shutting down private Workspaces on 3/20/2007. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to contact us at: gdnfeed@microsoft.com Thanks, The GotDotNet Team ......

Posted On Thursday, February 8, 2007 7:24 PM

Windows Mobile 6

Hopefully I will be able to upgrade my Motorola Q, but I'm not counting on it.

Download Squad has links to several reviews

Posted On Thursday, February 8, 2007 12:58 PM

Exploring Zune Marketplace
If you're like me and you have a Zune Pass (I know there are at least a few of you out there) you probably have spent more than a few hours building your library. I finally have all the artists that I own CDs for downloaded so I can get all the songs I like without buying more CDs. I also re-downloaded all my MP3s in Zune format just to keep things simple and have complete tags and album art. Now I spend time checking the home page to see what's new and also pick an artist I already have to check ......

Posted On Thursday, February 8, 2007 12:49 PM

Linspire Moves to Ubuntu
First Apple posts now Linux. Good thing you can't bet banned from GeeksWithBlogs for this. :) Linspire has announced that it is changing it's core distro from Debian to Ubuntu, another testimony to how well (and quickly) Ubuntu is being received. I've tried both Linspire and Ubuntu in the past just for fun and to see if my kids would take to it. Linspire had some driver problems (audio and 3D video) but was the most user friendly, Ubuntu just worked. So we went with Ubuntu. Linspire: Ubuntu: My oldest ......

Posted On Thursday, February 8, 2007 7:54 AM

10 Windows Vista Myths
You'll have to buy a new, high-end PC to run Vista Vista will solve all your security problems Vista is no more secure than XP SP2 The only thing new about Vista is the eye candy You can't dual boot Vista with another operating system Vista requires (or includes) Office 2007 Most old applications and peripherals won't work with Vista You have to buy a Premium version of Vista if you have a dual core machine You won't be able to play ripped music in Vista Vista costs a lot more than XP Read full explanations ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 7, 2007 3:00 PM

Steve Jobs on DRM
I know, I know, too many Apple posts the last couple of days. If you haven't seen this yet, it's a letter posted on Apple's site from Steve Jobs talking about music. He doesn't do this very often so it's getting a lot of attention. It's primarily in response to the building anti-trust issues with Apple's dominance in the digital music market, which is misguided since the real problem are the music companies. To break it down: Apple won't license it's DRM because it will be cracked and the crack can't ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 7, 2007 7:10 AM

What Would Make You Switch to Apple?
I made a tongue-in-cheek comment about why I don't switch to Mac OS X on a recent post to which Jeff Julian made a comment that got me thinking. What would it take to get you to switch to Apple? For me it would take a two-punch combo: Visual Studio for the Mac or an equally good development environment for Ruby on Rails. (I mostly do web development.) A music and video subscription model to iTunes. If I could get that, I would seriously consider trading in my laptop, Zune and Xbox for a MacBook, ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 6, 2007 3:04 PM

TV on Zune, A Plea to Microsoft
Dear Microsoft, I understand that you are trying to go for a unified interface for the Zune just like iTunes. But would it kill you to add support for TV shows recorded by Windows Media Center so we don't have to do things like this? In the short term: Please add .dvr-ms support in the next minor Zune software update. It's not that hard and I'm not asking for anything special. Just have them show up under videos. In the long term: Please add a TV section to compliment Music, Videos, Podcasts (you ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 6, 2007 1:36 PM

Why open-source software development environments are crap
I think the guy that wrote this article just woke up one morning and thought, "Let's see how many people I can piss off today." Here is what he has to say about his experience with open-source IDEs. They were slow, flaky and frustrating. I very soon abandoned the Java world – I couldn’t stand the tools, the debuggers were crap or non-existent and the documentation was sparse one-dimensional and uninspiring. There is nothing out there in the open source world that can begin to compete with the fluidity ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 6, 2007 7:47 AM

A Better BulletedList

Enhanced version of the ASP.NET 2.0 BulletedList control to allow embedded HTML tags.

Read A Better BulletedList

Posted On Tuesday, February 6, 2007 7:36 AM

Ameren's Illinois Rate Increase
We just got notice of the rate increase by Ameren, and our bill is going up apx. $2/day. That's not a rate increase, that's an attack! I started thinking about all the things I could do with $60 per month, but what really bothers me are the people who can barely afford it now. $60 per month is really going to hurt them. Maybe they plan on introducing a "$100 More" donation plan to replace the "$1 More" plan. This sucks. St. Louis (KMOX) -- the Illinois Commerce Commission approved the utility's plan ......

Posted On Monday, February 5, 2007 12:42 PM

REALbasic, No Web Development For You
REALbasic is a version of BASIC very similar to Visual Basic before the jump to .NET. It has more OO features than classic VB and almost looks like what you would expect Visual Basic to have become if Microsoft didn't port it to .NET. REALbasic's big claim to fame is the ability to run on Windows, Mac and Linux. Over a year ago I checked it out, and it looked very promising. Easy development, cross platform, and has access to web services. But it was missing a critical piece: No ability to create ......

Posted On Monday, February 5, 2007 7:40 AM

Dream Gallery
DreamScene has been delayed, but the folks at WinCustomize are ready for launch. They are putting up an online gallery of motion backgrounds you can download for Vista Ultimate DreamScene whenever it finally releases. The "Dreams" will be a combination of user submitted and in house created. Right now everything is in preview stage, but I expect it will be fully functional by launch ......

Posted On Monday, February 5, 2007 7:20 AM

Xbox 360 Ring of Light Rug (eBay)

Bidding ends in less than 2 days on this beauty (currently at $36).  Microsoft needs to mass produce more geeky items like this.

 

Posted On Friday, February 2, 2007 8:35 AM

Xbox Live Achievement Generator

Unlock your own life's goals.

 

Posted On Friday, February 2, 2007 7:07 AM

Another Reason to Choose ASP.NET Over Ruby

Ruby on Rails authors look like arrogant tools. :)

Patrick Lenz, author of Build Your Own Ruby on Rails Web Applications

 

Posted On Friday, February 2, 2007 7:04 AM

Choose Your Own Adventure (Flash)

Which Way Adventure is a flash based game based on Choose Your Own Adventure series of books.  Have fun.

Posted On Thursday, February 1, 2007 1:21 PM

Windows Vista Upgrade Decision Flowchart

Print it and hang it in your office.  You know you want to.

Download it in PDF or JPG format.

Posted On Thursday, February 1, 2007 1:21 PM

Emperor of the United States
I found an interesting article on Wikipedia about Joshua A. Norton, the self proclaimed Emperor of the United States. Joshua Abraham Norton (c. 1815 – January 8, 1880), also known as His Imperial Majesty Emperor Norton I, was a celebrated citizen of San Francisco who, in 1859, proclaimed himself "Emperor of these United States." Although he had no political power, and his influence extended only so far as he was humored by those around him, he was treated deferentially in San Francisco, and currency ......

Posted On Thursday, February 1, 2007 7:29 AM

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