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I've tried to investigate slow load of UpdatePanel. It works quick enough in FireFox, slow in IE 7 and even more slower in IE6. I found a few related links: In production make sure that <compilation debug="false"> is in your web.config(tip from http://forums.asp.net/threa... Delayed load with an UpdatePanel and similar post. The top 10 mistakes when using AJAX recommends do not put everything in a UpdatePanel. "Are you making these 3 common ASP.NET AJAX mistakes?" suggest to use ...
Ok, let me start off by saying that I like MS stuff. No really, I mean that. Is it perfect? No, of course not. Some of it is very, very good, however, and worthy of appreciation. Some of it is even fantastic. I'll certainly accept that not everyone likes it, nor would I expect this would be any other way. I work in all day, most everyday, and make my living writing code for their products in their development tools. Does this make me biased? Maybe, but I am not sure. I do find it interesting that ...
It's been a long time since I last posted, I have been really bad lately I know. Work, life, changes on the horizon. You know how it is... Every once in a while for the past two years I have been getting comments about Gmail problems which I wrote about in the past. However, in the past few weeks I have been getting hammered with comments and mail concerning Gmail. It seems like people are having connectivity problems that last for days(!) and it's not only affecting overseas users but lots of people ...
I picked my new flat because the location was perfect for my beautiful 5 year old daughter. Easy access to parks, rivers and shops would fill our weekends with adventure and discovery. Having carefully selected the ideal location for my fledgling family, I then reached for my pc and checked that broadband was available. I was in luck (my move could proceed) but my broadband supplier quoted 10-15 working days to move over my account. 10-15 working days is 3 calendar weeks by my calculations. Could ...
I was delighted to find out that Local Live is able to search by airport codes. Google Maps also has this feature for some time, I don't know for how long, as such small updates aren't usually announced, so it's not clear who was first and who just caught up. Anyways, it was interesting to see how each map handles this task. Apparently, both pretty much suck, but each in its own lovely way. Local Live can search by three character FAA airport code, i.e. DFW is the identifier for Dallas-Fort Worth ...
It's a great keynote going on this morning out here at the Venetian, learning about the newest of the new from Microsoft. The new beta bits for Silverlight 1.0 are now available for download, with the RTM is coming this summer. And surronding Silverlight is also the announcement of the featureset to be included in Silverlight 1.1. For that Laurent already mentioned some of the great news. Especially important is that a scaled-down version of .NET will be included in that v1.1 release. We've been ...
Another great move from Goggle . They have called out a number of popular book writers to come for launch and just have talks. This has to be something worth viewing. Do you agree ?? Quote from Authors@Google Homepage: The Authors@Google program brings authors of all stripes to Google for informal talks centering on their recently published books. Through the program, we invite authors to our Mountain View headquarters as well as our New York, Santa Monica, and Ann Arbor offices, where they treat ...
Hot Potato, a company and project that aim to narrow the gap between text and video, making videos easier to index and search. I and Tamer Zaki carried out the implementation of version 1.0 of Hot Potato's proof of concept project, providing some of the very basic functionalities for the complete project. The set of ideas for Hot Potato used to be considered confidential. This is no longer true. Here's a quote from Adam's [SK Co-founder] Announcement: There is a company called Hot Potato that is ...
Wavepad conversion software from NCH Swift Sound Once or twice a year, I need to convert a mp3 to a wav. I've usually rebuilt my computer since the last time I converted a file so the software I used is gone. I then spend a hour on Google sifting through all the malware. Hopefully that will never happen to me again. Technorati tags: audio, conversion, mp3 to wav, nch swift sound ...
I haven't searched google or anything to find a solution but has anyone else found that their SQL Server Agents just randomly stop running? I've had this problem with a couple of my SQL Servers off an on for the last two years. I have a large number of scheduled jobs that run that massages data to feed into other software systems on a daily basis. Every now and then some of the sql server agents will just stop running and I have to manually go in and start them. I can't seem to reproduce the problem ...
Check out instruction #23 on Google Maps directions from New York to Paris. Good stuff :) Technorati tags: Google Maps ...
Last night, I set up Matt Strausz of SmartStart up with Live Writer and Flickr4Writer. He has already started using it on his latest post about their Ignition Interlock device. Disclaimer - I built Matt's site a couple years ago (including the very cool "Find a shop" Google Map app) in exchange for links to Where's Tim, random car repairs and a case of beer :) Technorati tags: Matt Strausz, SmartStart of Kansas, Live Writer, Ignition Interlock ...
I've added Snap Preview Anywhere to my blog. It generates a popup window with a preview of the site for links in my posts. Firefox users will recognize the same technology in the GooglePreview extension, and extension that does this for Google searches. If you're looking at this post in an RSS aggregator, or off the GWB main feed, you probably won't see it. You'll have to go to my blog directly to see it in action. Still, it works if you get redirected there, or click on the link in your aggregator ...
Ever since I've upgraded from IE6 to IE7, I've noticed that whenever I reopen my Internet Explorer, all my toolbars get messed up. It's as if they are reset to the original "factory" setting, regardless of how carefully I've tweaked them before previously closing IE7. Clearly something was wrong, but to my surprise the fault lay not with "Evil Microsoft" but with the "Benevolent Google"'s beloved Google Toolbar(!). I've learned here that the Google Toolbar uses some evil voodoo ("hijacks ITBarLayout ...
A couple of weeks ago I've had the pleasure of attending outbrain.com's "friends night out". A small get together of bloggers, outbrain.com crew and sympathizers. Not only was it great fun, it was also educational as Dr. Nahum Sharfman (of shopping.com fame) gave a short talk about the recent web 2.0 startup boom. Dr. Sharfman's bottom line seems to be that nobody knows what's going to catch on and what isn't, with the one exception that a viable business model should be the prerequisite for anyone ...
So last I was trying to create myself a nice little web page for domain. I've had this domain for about two years now and I still don't have a web page for it, just sub domains and such. So I finally got around to making a website for it. I've got quite a bit of experience with C# and asp.net so that was the logical choice. So I threw together a page template in a MasterPage and then put it up... The table that contained everything wasn't centered. So I went back into the code, told the div surrounding ...

Er, well, uh, so far, just the one way I suppose.

I'm looking into other ways to edit this blog.  I'd like to be able to hook MS Word (2003 or 2007) into the .Text blog system, or even Google docs, but I'm too busy to try it right now.  If anyone has any real cool, techie way to do it, please post.  I'm always up for the new and novel.

Thanx in advance,

 

Dave

Today I started working on the security layer of a web application. I won’t divulge the details of what I’m working on, but we can call it PaymentSystem.One of the requirements of this project is to hook into an old database. The company is still using applications that use this data, and it’s not going to be changed for a few years. Because it will be merged with a larger corporate database in the future, I have to maintain flexibility.I took a look at the database to figure out what was going on ...
As somebody who's building his career around Microsoft, I feel I should do things the "Microsoft" way, which means, among other things, using Microsoft Live Search instead of Google. Unfortunately for Microsoft, this isn't working. I wanted to know how to turn on tracing in IBM's XMS for .NET library (see http://geekswithblogs.net/.... Entering "ibm xms trace" (without the quotes) in Live Search resulted in a collection of useless links that just happen to ...
*Moved to: Team Server Hmm!I got an interesting question from our SQL Server DBA team in London today. They asked if you can integrate team server with Microsoft SQL Server Management Studio. I had a look at the software and could not see TFS source control in the list, so I did a little google and found: Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server MSSCCI ProviderRead more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
I have to admit that the first sight I laid on this link New! Get FREE breakthrough broadband with Google TiSP (BETA) under the big G's search box, I was so excited. Not only because it's FREE, but the word "breakthrough" which caught my breath. After 20 ms reading the link How TiSP Works, I can only regret for the end of the once-a-inovision-hero. I like the sense of hummer google presented here, but what I'd really like to see is a real respectful technology breakthrough rather than a cheap joke. ...
I was looking for something simple to get the file name for the selected file of an OpenFileDialog in C# today. Of course you can parse the string looking for backslash, etc. It annoyed me that there was no FileText property or something similar which returns this little nugget. After a short Google search, I found that the System.IO namespace contains Path.GetFileName. This helpful little static method returns the filename given a path (Path.GetFileName(string path);) (supported in 1.x, 2.0, 3.0). ...
I'm running into this a lot lately with developers who are using EntLib for the first time, particularly the Data Access block. You create a new project, you use the Enterprise Library configuration tool, you have your first db line like Database db = DatabaseFactory.CreateDatab... and you get an exception that is talking about some ObjectBuilder version 1.0.... that cannot be found, type initializer exception, etc. You're completely lost, you lose faith, you Google it but ...
[reposted] I'm one of the few people who doesn't use MSN Search nor the Google Search toolbar but I happened across the IFilter.org web site today. It's maintained by Scott Stonehouse, who I went to University with, and he created it when he couldn't find ifilter information in a single spot. Apparently the IFilters will work with IIS Index Server, Sharepoint, SQL Server, and Windows Indexing Service and are used to index file formats in addition to the default types. So if you're looking to index ...
[reposted] Every so often I like to Google my name and see what comes up (and curses to Jason Row the photographer for getting the top 2 spots today!). I then thought I'd check my wife's name to see what appears and what do you know, Google returns a result pointing to the profile page for the Community Server account that I created for her. I haven't even told my wife about this account yet and even when I created it I don't remember making any entries in the blogs, photos, forums, or other sections ...
The Google Maps API blog talks about adding support for GeoRSS enabled feeds on Google Maps. That means you can take the Where's Tim Messaging Feed and view the last 50 message people sent me on Google Maps You can also take my location feed and view it on Google Maps. Since my location feed contains Yahoo Maps, clicking on the GIcon will show a Yahoo Map on the Google Map! Technorati tags: GeoRSS, Where's Tim, Google Maps, Yahoo Maps ...
Sometimes I wish I could bill crap software companies for the time I waste testing their latest releases. I just wasted 60 minutes of my life I will never get back because they have known bugs in their software that they encouraged me to download and install without any warnings. ZoneAlarm now proudly announces it is a CheckPoint company. However, clearly a company that doesn't check their releases properly. I upgraded to 7.0 due to a notification from my 6.5 suite encouraging me to do so. I've never ...
Alex Iskold posted a great article here http://www.readwriteweb.com... Which made me think of another blog entry that I read here by Ismael Ghalimi http://itredux.com/blog/200... ... and after looking thru the various comments got me thinking about what it would take to provide a SIMPLE API over the Web. 4 Hours later, it came up with this http://www.universaldatafee... and this http://www.universaldatafee... ...
Woot! I've just received an SMS from Google Calendar reminding me of an event due in an hour. The greatest part? I'm in Israel. Who would have thought Google would support this feature for a market as small as Israel? Here's a list of carriers supported by Google Calendar: "Which mobile providers does Google Calendar support?". Currently 2 of Israel's cellular carriers are supported: Orange and Cellcom. Who's missing from the list? Pelephone of course. That company always ends up last in the race ...
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 ...
It's been a while since I checked the state of add-ins for Windows Live Writer, and there are quite a few now. Some of the more interesting ones: Insert Video Insert a video from MSN SoapBox, Google Video, YouTube, MySpace Video, Yahoo! Video, muveeMix and now myvideo.de videos. Usage is easy, just click on the Insert Video link, then copy and paste the link into the text box. Alternatively, you can now just paste the video link into the blog entry and the plugin will do the rest. Now fully compatible ...
If so, you should go read this eWeek article by Jim Rapoza. In it, he talks about Tim Berners-Lee talking to Congress and how what Tim had to say really made him realize his stand on Net Neutrality: What if the Internet wasn't designed the way it was? What if it worked more like cell phone or satellite TV networks do here in the United States? Hey, I hear there's this great search engine called Google that supposedly works really well and offers all kinds of cool online apps. Problem is, you have ...
When I am posting question to one of news groups, it always desireable to get notification if anyone replied to the thread.Recently I've noticed, that Google Groups have this facility. As it is described in the Google Groups Tip:At the top of the thread of interest, to the right of the thread title (what you or the author named the thread), click "more options". Then choose "email updates to me". You will now receive an email for any postings to that thread. A small mail icon will appear, next to ...
I've started to use GMail. They have Labels instead of folders to organize e-mails. There are certainly benefits in ability to have many labels for one item. However I feel folders are more familiar for me (and other people ). In particular, I am missing ability to organize hierarchy-i.e. sub-folders within folders.I've posted the suggestion to Gmail discussion group. Update Note: I found a special Google Feature requests group. It looks that it is a good place to post suggesetions to Google.But ...
Does anyone else have some problems with their network connectivity with Vista? If my computer goes into sleep mode, or I leave it on for a significant period of time (or even just randomly), thet network connection seems to die. I have to disable my network connection in Windows, then re-enable it. Then I can get connectivity back. That is gettign slightly tedious, though; does anyone know any resolution to that? (I cannot seem to find the same question asked after a google search.) ...
I was just looking for more info about Google's move to offer an inexpensive alternative to Microsoft Word for word processing, when I discovered this recent blog post from the CEO of Sun Microsystems, Jonathan Schwartz: My Family Photos - and ODF. For those who will use Microsoft Word 2007, Sun is apparently creating a plug in that will allow users to set the Open Document Format as the default format for saving documents. Very interesting... Microsoft cannot ignore this format, and clearly isn't ...
I have the pleasure recently, after working with BizTalk since 2001, of actually implementing a solution using the business rules engine aka BRE as hosted by a BizTalk Orchestration. While the "insight" is fresh, I though I'd jot down my observations. This may be of interest to you if you are evaluating this for use within your solution/organization. BRE uses a different paradigm than typical coding. Now if you are considering BizTalk, then you are probably aware of this already. But even so, although ...
Here is a blog post from someone who has worked at all three places. The summary: Share this post : email it! | bookmark it ...
Where do you go to download VS2005 Extensions? Seriously where do you go? How do you know what the latest CTP is? of if an Extension is released or is in RC? Its weird but www.visualstudio.com (aka http://msdn2.microsoft.com/... doesn't list any, netfx3.com doesn't list any of the extensions or the CTPs. Googling for an Extension by name is of no luck, the result takes you to a download page for the most referenced CTP (which may not be the latest). Speaking of CTPs how do ...
The inevitable happened eventually, Google will be releasing a package of office-like applications this coming Thursday, just a couple of months after Microsoft released Office 2007. This package, called Google Apps, will be hosted as services accessible over the internet with Google storing the data. However innovative this is idea is, I'm not too sure if that is the best way to do it. Is Google aiming at the everyday user or at corporations? Will corporations trust Google and it's services enough ...
Today I got my brand new Zune MP3 player which I did win at a Microsoft Event. Lucky me ;-). Ok install the software and you are ready to rockn roll, I thought, and I was wrong. Very wrong. At 94% of the installation it did stop with an error which was there even after a reboot. A quick Google search did confirm that other users had this problem also. One of the possible installation problems was the the Users group has the wrong name. Aha! I have a German Windows XP where the Users group is named ...
Ug I have just spend a few infuriating hours playing with Yahoo latest utility, Yahoo Pipes. Tim O’Reilly said this was a milestone in the History of the Internet. (Ug isn’t he the same bloke that coined the phrase ‘Web 2.0'? Ug, what does that mean?) In a nutshell Yahoo Pipes is a utility that lets you build your own custom searches, it allows you to aggregate search-engines searches and RSS into one stream of output. So for example, if I wanted to see all what had been posted about ‘Girl Geek ...
After installing MOSS and launching the SharePoint Configuration Wizard (psconfig.exe) - you are ready to begin the last leg of your MOSS installation/setup. Here you provide the setup with the particualars for your server. Often you are installing MOSS with SQL Server being remote from MOSS, and you will be using a domain-level service account for the installation. The following is an example of the data you might enter during this step: (if the pic does not show - click here) Here you have a named ...
Are you registered in so many forums that you can't remember which one? I'm like that. I noticed that most have the same look/feel/architecture. Why not create a standard? An Xml schema for forums. I searched google and didn't find much. We could then have desktop applications that would mimic RSS readers ! Heck, current RSS readers could easily implement this new kind of feed ! What do you think? Did I stop my search too quickly and there's already a ForumXml schema somewhere? Would the RSS schema ...
In case you do not know already, there is an excellent search engine that has been around for a very long time, overshadowed by Google and the recent Live.com. The search engine is Clusty from Vivisimo. A colleague of mine sent me a mail entitled "The most popular are not necessarily the best" and in the email, he wrote http://clusty.com. I visited it, tried it a few times, and decided to switch back to Google. Today, I decided to try it again and I'm glad I did. It's still pretty much the same engine ...
ClustrMaps is the only hit counter that (i) accurately shows you the locations of all visitors to your site on a thumbnail map embedded in your page, (ii) uses dot-clusters that scale up to huge numbers, and (iii) lets you store old maps in an archive. Well, I finally took the plunge and added a ClutrMaps counter to my blog. Since I started this blog almost 9 months ago, I have seen referrals from all of the world (most through Google and other search engines). It has been cool knowing that my little ...
I'm in the process of trying to make a copy of tree surgeon that does a couple of different things. (If you don't know what tree surgeon is and you're a dotnet developer, I can not say enough good things about it, go, run, don't walk, get it) One: I want to implement Jean-Paul Boodhoo's version of the Model-View-Presenter framework which he presented in DNRTV episode 14 Two: I want to provide a Console, a WinForm, and an ASP.Net front end. Three: I want to upgrade treesurgeon to 2005. In light of ...
PhoneNews reports that a version of Google Maps has been released for Windows Mobile. I downloaded and played with it last night on my PPC-6700. It works really well and it integrates with your contacts list. It is interesting to note that is uses the old version of the street maps and older satellite images. Also, the final version of Window Mobile Device Center is now released. Technorati tags: Windows Mobile, Google Maps ...
Microsoft engineer's boat still missing; Coast Guard to call off search. The article talks of "Google engineers are also helping in search by looking at their Google Earth satellite photos for any signs of a boat in distress" and the Amazon CTO, Werner Vogels, is tracking the issue in his http://www.allthingsdistrib... Previously posted at blog.Solidsoft.com ...
Bungled branding of the new Windows Live Internet services has hurt Microsoft and could affect its chance to play catch-up with Google, analysts said on Friday. On Thursday, Microsoft lowered its sales forecast for its Internet services business for the full year from 11 percent to between 3 percent and 8 percent. It also acknowledged that its search market share has dropped. Windows Live Search saw its searches drop nearly 10 percent from a year ago, while Google's rose more than 22 percent, according ...