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Scott Dorman ephemeral segment March 2007 Entries
GWB Conversion to Subtext
Jeff just recently posted that the conversion of Geekswithblogs.net from .Text to Subtext is back underway. I am really looking forward to seeing the conversion complete. Subtext has a lot of great features and has a very active development community. I'm sure GWB will be converting to Subtext 1.9 for now, and hopefully will upgrade to 2.0 when it comes out. As part of the conversion, Jeff is looking to not only change the look and feel for the homepage, but also update it to be more Web 2.0-ish ......

Posted On Saturday, March 31, 2007 10:18 AM

Joe Wells leaving Sunbelt
For those of you who have been following my blog, you should remember that I used to work at a local computer security company, Sunbelt Software. Just over a year ago, Joe joined Sunbelt a their Chief Scientist for Security Research. (Disregard the date on the press release, the year is incorrect and should be 2006.) If you are wondering why Joe was important to Sunbelt, he was one of the developers behind the VIPRE scan engine that is employed in the V2 release of CounterSpy. Joe did bring a great ......

Posted On Thursday, March 29, 2007 11:35 PM

Xbox 360 Elite
Microsoft just announced the Xbox 360 Elite gaming console. The Elite version has a price tag of $479.99 and includes the following: Xbox 360 Elite console Premium black finish 3 core processors 1080p support, 16:9 cinematic aspect ratio anti-aliasing full surround sound HDMI output DVD playback with upscaling capabilities Xbox 360 120GB hard drive Xbox 360 Wireless Controller (black) Xbox 360 headset for Xbox LIVE (black) The Elite package is rumored to be available at the end of April. This version ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 28, 2007 6:34 PM

Why QA is important
For those of you who question why QA is important, here is proof. The city where I live put up a new street sign last night at an intersection in downtown. The street is named Kennedy Blvd. In a mistake being called "human error" by the city's public works directory, the sign that was put up misspelled President Kennedy's name. The mistake is especially unfortunate because it is at such a high-profile intersection. The city will put up a corrected sign tonight ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 28, 2007 5:02 PM

CodeCamp is over...
and my blog was referenced in one of the talks that I happened to attend. I was duly surprised when I saw my WPF Datagrid control post popup on the overhead and see it listed on the references slide. I must say, it was pretty cool. Overall, I think my first CodeCamp experience (seeing my blog "up in lights" not-withstanding) was very good. It was well organized and had just over 300 people attending. The topic coverage and speakers were also great. I would definitely go to another one, which should ......

Posted On Monday, March 26, 2007 7:47 PM

Tech·Ed 2007 Keynote
The Keynote speaker for Tech·Ed 2007 will be Bug Muglia, Senior Vice President of the Microsoft Server and Tools business. The Keynote will cover the evolution of IT from an organizational cost center (a group that is expected to cost a company money each year rather than earning revenue) to a strategic asset (one that is expected to earn revenue). He will also cover how to help your IT department embrace this new role and fuel growth and innovation. The Server and Tools business is responsible for ......

Posted On Wednesday, March 21, 2007 9:32 PM

In Memoriam - John Backus
The computer world lost a huge figure in the history of programming languages today. John Backus, the primary developer responsible for Fortran, died at his home in Oregon today. He was 82. The cause of death is believed to be old age. Fortran is regarded as the first widely used programming language, and helped open the door to modern computing. Released in 1957, Fortran was considered to be turning point in computer software, much like the microprocessor was in hardware. After Fortran, Mr. Backus ......

Posted On Tuesday, March 20, 2007 11:16 PM

DinnerNow
Microsoft has a released a new technology showcase site called Dinner Now. From the website: DinnerNow is a fictious [sic.] marketplace where customers can order food from local restaurants for delivery to their home or office. This sample is designed to demonstrate how you can develop a connected application using several new Microsoft technologies. The demo utilizes several technologies including: IIS7, ASP.NET Ajax Extensions, Linq, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation, ......

Posted On Sunday, March 18, 2007 9:16 AM

2nd Annual Orlando .NET CodeCamp
The Orlando CodeCamp is basically a free one day conference for and by the community. Last year we had 7 tracks with over 45 speakers and 300 attendees present. This event is the MUST attend event of the year if you are a .NET developer or architect in Central Florida. If you would like to speak or make a donation please let me know (shawn@shawnweisfeld.com). All event information can be found on the CodeCamp Website: http://www.orlandocodecamp.com I've always wanted to go to one of the CodeCamps ......

Posted On Saturday, March 17, 2007 2:11 PM

Just Pencils! a subscript...
After hunting around on Google for a few minutes, I was not able to find the person who may have originally taken these photos...but I was able to find the original sculptor. All of these pencil sculptures are the creation of Jennifer Maestre an incredibly talented woman. The pencil sculptures are made up of hundreds of pencils cut into 1 inch sections and sewn together. The original gallery of pencil sculptures is available as well as some additional ones. (Disregard the JavaScript error that displays...I've ......

Posted On Saturday, March 17, 2007 11:05 AM

Cisco buys WebEx
According to eWeek, Cisco Systems just announced that it is buying WebEx Communications for $2.9B. The total deal is worth $3.2B including WebEx's existing cash reserves, and will be Cisco's biggest acquisition since it bought Scientific-Atlanta last year for $7B. The deal is a natural fit for Cisco as it expands it's unified communications and telepresence offerings and is expected to close sometime in late July, at the end of Cisco's fiscal fourth quarter ......

Posted On Saturday, March 17, 2007 9:56 AM

CI Factory
As you know, I'm working with the Subtext project. Subtext uses CruiseControl.NET (CC.NET) as it's continuous integration (CI) build system. One of the nice features of CC.NET is the web dashboard that provides the visibility in to the builds. Over the last month, I have been upgrading the Subtext dashboard with a new look and feel as well as some additional features. As a result, the dashboard caught the attention of Jay Flowers, who owns the CI Factory project. For those of you who don't know about ......

Posted On Saturday, March 17, 2007 9:36 AM

StupidCubicle.com

This is a great site for some fun geeky novelty items covering some great categories, including GeekWear and Cubicle Warfare. Check it out and pick up your favorite geek gadget.

Posted On Thursday, March 15, 2007 11:28 PM

Windows Server 2003 SP2
This service pack was just released amid a deafening roar of silence. Honestly, the service pack was released on schedule, but with very little fanfare. The service pack is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit versions. The service pack adds the improved Microsoft Management Console (MMC) 3.0 as well as many other fixes. The full list is available on the Microsoft Help and Support Knowledge Base. Microsoft TechNet has a list of the Top 10 Reasons to Install SP2: Security Updates/Hotfixes Deploy your ......

Posted On Thursday, March 15, 2007 11:19 PM

Just Pencils!
I was recently sent an email that has some of the most amazing pictures. I have uploaded them to the Just Pencils gallery. The thumbnail images in the gallery really don't do these justice, so be sure to view the full size image. Keep in mind, all of these creations are done using just the tips or ends of colored drawing pencils. And I always thought they were just for writing. If anyone knows how the artist is, please let me know so I can give him or her credit for these amazing creations. [See ......

Posted On Thursday, March 15, 2007 10:45 PM

SQL Anywhere 10 Developer Edition
One of the online developer newsletters I receive is "Application Development Trends". In the most recent newsletter, they have an offer for a free download of SQL Anywhere 10 Developer Edition. I don't personally use SQL Anywhere, since I work in an all-Microsoft shop and have a couple of SQL Server 2005 Standard Edition licenses for my other work, but this sounds like a good deal. Here is the excerpt from the newsletter: SQL Anywhere provides data management and data exchange technologies that ......

Posted On Thursday, March 15, 2007 10:34 PM

FoxPro Retiring
It seems this is the year for Microsoft to announce product retirements. First GotDotNet, then Visual J#, and now eWeek just announced that FoxPro is being retired as well. According to Microsoft, they will not be releasing any new versions of Visual FoxPro past version 9.0, but they will continue to support it through 2015. The FoxPro development team, which is actually part of the Microsoft Visual Studio team, will be spread out across different groups in the Microsoft Developer Division, including ......

Posted On Thursday, March 15, 2007 10:27 PM

Commodore is back!
I don't know about you, but my first home computer was a Commodore VIC-20 longer ago than I care to admit. From there, it was a Commodore C64, then a C128. After that, we got our first IBM PC compatible, a Goldstar made PC clone. I never really got in to the Commodore Amiga, although the graphics and operating system where definitely ahead of it's time. The Commodore line sort of died out in 1996 with the Amiga, and hasn't been heard in the mass-consumer market since then. That's all about to change! ......

Posted On Thursday, March 15, 2007 10:11 PM

Visual J# Retiring
I'm sure there's a clearer explanation somewhere, but reading the announcement on the J# home page is just a bit confusing. So far, what I've been able to piece together is that Visual J# 2.0 Redistributable will still be released sometime in Q2 of 2007 and support for English locales will continue through 20017. Along with this, the Visual J# 2.0 Redistributable Second Edition will also be released that will enable Visual J# code to run natively on 64-bit versions of Windows and the .NET Framework, ......

Posted On Sunday, March 4, 2007 12:24 PM

Folder Size for Windows Explorer
If you have ever wanted to know how big a folder was, you had two options: Open a dos prompt and get a directory listing Open the properties for the folder Wouldn't it be great if the folder size could be displayed right in Windows Explorer, just like it does for file size? Well, thanks to this post on Noah's blog, it is now possible! This is an open source project available on SourceForge at: http://foldersize.sourcefor... Of course, this information is only available in Details view, but if ......

Posted On Sunday, March 4, 2007 11:49 AM

Community Credit February Prize Winner
Don't let anyone tell you it doesn't happen. I was just awarded 16th place for February on Community Credit. I know, 16th place doesn't sound like a big deal, but keep in mind that it is 16th out of 6950 (I think that was the number of members when they calculated the prizes, if not it is pretty close) and all I had to do is what I normally do anyway: blog and answer/post forum questions ......

Posted On Sunday, March 4, 2007 11:21 AM

Subtext CruiseControl.NET dashboard facelift
The Subtext CruiseControl.NET dashboard has undergone a major facelift this weekend. It now has a new CNAME record, which allows access to it from: http://build.subtextproject... This change is the beginning of an effort to enhance the documentation for the project and make it easier for users to find everything. To go along with the new address, the dashboard itself received a huge overhaul as well. It now sports a nice, clean feel that matches the main Subtext project site. There are still ......

Posted On Sunday, March 4, 2007 11:08 AM

Detecting if IIS is installed and ASP/ASP.NET is registered
Recently, someone sent me an email about my post on using managed code to detect the installed Framework versions and services packs. The posts were really just pointers to my article on The Code Project, but it did bring up an interesting topic. The question at hand really boils down into two separate issues: How to detect if Internet Information Services (IIS) is installed. How to detect if ASP and/or ASP.NET is registered with IIS. The best way to detect if IIS is installed is to look for the ......

Posted On Thursday, March 1, 2007 11:06 PM

February was busy!
All I can say is, "Wow!" I just looked at my blog and realized that I posted 34 posts for last month. I'm sure some of you may not think this is a large amount, but for me it represented the single busiest month of blogging since I started almost a year ago. I don't know how busy I'll be blogging this month, but I know I will be busy. Here is my current list of projects (outside of real work, that is): Update my File Downloader component with asynchronous download support. Update my Framework Version ......

Posted On Thursday, March 1, 2007 10:21 PM

Visual Studio Code Metrics
Visual Studio will finally get built-in support for generating code metrics for project and solutions. Unfortunately, we'll have to wait until Orcas officially ships, but it is part of the latest March CTP release (Virtual PC image or self-extracting install). Again, as with the integrated FxCop analysis, this will only be available with the Visual Studio Team Developer and Team Suite editions. I still think Microsoft is doing the development community a huge injustice with this decision, but I'm ......

Posted On Thursday, March 1, 2007 9:47 PM

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