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Tim Hibbard CEO for EnGraph software November 2006 Entries
Sprint launches email client
PCSIntel and PhoneScoop report that Sprint has released an email client for their Java enabled handsets. The client will be able to connect to AOL, Yahoo, Live and any POP3 or IMAP server. Now Kyle won't have mobile email envy and he will stop stealing my PPC-6700. Technorati tags: Sprint, PCSintel, Christopher Price ......

Posted On Thursday, November 30, 2006 5:24 PM

Working from home
The roads are disgusting today, so I am working from home. It's nice to get laundry done and have Cold Pizza on in the background, but I miss my monitors. I've been with EnGraph for 3.5 years now. The last nine months we've had an office. For a year, we worked out of Kyle's basement, and the rest of the time, I was working from home. I love having an actual office. Mostly because it provides a needed separation between personal and professional life. I found that I had a hard time shutting down when ......

Posted On Thursday, November 30, 2006 12:01 PM

We're certified!
We finally got everything straightened out with our certification process. Apparently we had assigned the wrong competencies to the wrong assessments or something. An hour and a half on the phone took care of it. The lady that helped me was really nice and explained things well. But more importantly, EnGraph is finally an official certified partner of Microsoft. Team Foundation Server, here I come. Technorati tags: EnGraph, Microsoft Certified Partner, good customer service ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 29, 2006 3:48 PM

It's snowing!!
Actually, it's raining ice :) But it's better than nothing. I miss Minnesota where we had real snow all winter and it actually stuck. Here in Kansas, we get a little bit of snow and then it is gone tomorrow. Note the fantastic GeeksWithBlogs.net sticker on the Saturn. Technorati tags: snow, sleet, Lawrence Kansas, GeeksWithBlogs, Saturn ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 29, 2006 11:53 AM

KU crushes Dartmouth
Yesterday, Phog Blog (a blog dedicated to Kansas University sports) posted Dartmouth: Bad At Basketball talking about how statistically awful Dartmouth is. The main blogger there posted a comment predicting a 90 - 37 victory. He wasn't far off, the final score was 83 - 32. Interestingly enough, Florida (who was #1 and was beaten by Kansas on Saturday) also crushed their opponent yesterday by a score of 83 - 27. After the fantastic matchup last Saturday, I get the feeling that KU will be compared ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 29, 2006 8:30 AM

Events are easier in VB
It is so much easier to create, raise and handle events in VB.net than C#. In VB, it is simple: Public Event MyEvent()RaiseEvent MyEvent()Private Sub MyEventHandler() Handles MyObject.MyEvent In C#, I have delegates and protected voids all over the place! Thankfully, VS takes care of the code creation for handling the events, otherwise I would pull my hair out trying to match method signatures. I'm sure there is a good reason for making this so difficult. I know that it is possible to fire events ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 28, 2006 3:01 PM

Vista license plate
Kyle is heading to Philly today. He has been helping them set up a transit company from the ground up. Literally. They didn't have office space two weeks ago. He talks a bit about it on his blog. Anyways, he is heading to the airport now and sent me this picture. Technorati tags: Vista, license plate, kansas, Kyle Archer, EnGraph ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 28, 2006 9:28 AM

All about UAC
UAC (User Account Control) is the new security model for Vista. Basically, it tries to run everything with the least expected permissions, even if you are running as an admin. Based on file type, file name and other parameters, it tries to figure out what permissions the application is going to need. If it thinks the application will need extended permissions, it will ask to continue (if you are an admin) and attach administrative permissions to the application. Daniel Moth has posted a collection ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 28, 2006 7:54 AM

Welcome French readers
A couple French websites talked about Where's Tim today. After translating them to English, I was a bit surprised to read the negative/paranoid connotation of the comments. Maybe the intent was lost in translation, but one guy mentioned radio controlled missiles and burglary. Translations here, here and here to see comments. I have not been to France or hung out with anyone that has spent an extended time in France. That being said, I wonder if something about the French culture or government spawns ......

Posted On Monday, November 27, 2006 8:58 PM

C# Conversion Conundrum
I decided at HDC 2006 that it was time to make the switch from VB.net to C#. Not because it is better, but because all the presentations I go to are in C#. I hate having to convert languages in my head and since I give presentations every now and then, it's not fair to my audience to make them convert in their head. I've come to my first road block in migrating to C#. I really like the My. namespace that VB provides and C# doesn't have anything like it. I need to access the My.Computer.Network.IsAvail... ......

Posted On Monday, November 27, 2006 4:26 PM

Access 2007 Security Settings
As an update to this post, this is how you enable Access 2007 to work with your Access applications that require extended security. 1) Open "Customize Quick Access Toolbar" menu to the right of the office button2) Select "More Commands"3) Click "Trust Center" menu button on sidebar4) Click "Trust Center Settings" button on main pane5) Click "Macro Settings" menu button on sidebar6) Select "Enable all macros"7) Click "OK" to close Trust Center8) Click "OK" to close Access Options Technorati tags: ......

Posted On Monday, November 27, 2006 11:58 AM

Wrong tiles in Google Maps
Google Maps works by asynchronously downloading tiles of map/satellite data as you navigate around the map. Lately, I've noticed that it has been rendering the wrong tiles in Where's Tim occasionally. I've only noticed this in FireFox though. Anybody else seeing this? Technorati tags: Google Maps, Where's Tim ......

Posted On Monday, November 27, 2006 10:27 AM

What is a reflexive pronoun?
I would say that I have fairly decent grammar. I'm not a good speller, but I try not to leave too many prepositions dangling. So, I'm working along on an article, and all of the sudden, MS Word 2007 throws this little guy at me: I've never even heard of a Reflexive Pronoun. It sounds like it hurts. Needless to say, I was humbled tonight by my computer. Technorati tags: word, grammar ......

Posted On Sunday, November 26, 2006 6:42 PM

Looking for proofreaders
I'm working on an article for a special personal tracking issue of a magazine. It's due next Monday and I would like some other people to look it over before I submit it. If you have some spare time this Thanksgiving weekend, send me an email and I'll send you a copy to proofread. Warning, it's mostly about Where's Tim and Social Geocoding, so if you're tired of reading about that on this blog, you're probably not going to want to read this :) Technorati tags: Writing, Where's Tim, Social Geocoding ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 22, 2006 7:29 PM

A plea to Lawrence Journal World
All the audio and video clips on LJWorld.com and KUSports.com are in quicktime format. To Jeff Croft, Matt Croydon and all the other developers over there, please give us another format. Haven't you read that people hate quicktime? Their office is four blocks from EnGraph headquarters. Maybe I'll bribe the development team with a free lunch. Pepperjax for the LJWorld geeks if you let me watch Julian Wright clips in a format other than quicktime. Technorati tags: Lawrence Journal World, Lawrence Kansas, ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 22, 2006 11:04 AM

Grrr...Sprint blocked my SMTP server
When you send me a text message on Where's Tim, I just send an email to my cell phone at myphonenumber@messaging.spr... Turns out that Sprint didn't like that and block messages that came from my mail server. So I switched it to send through a different server. I wonder why they cared? I guess they saw a lot of traffic coming from the same SMTP server and assumed it was spam. [Update here] Technorati tags: Where's Tim, Sprint, SMS ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 21, 2006 9:48 AM

NavXS
You're going to be hearing a lot more about the Social Geocoding service, NavXS. It's MySpace meets Where's Tim. These guys do it right. They have a Windows Mobile client, a Java client, Google Maps interface and a rock solid permissions model. They also have a blog here. Technorati tags: NavXS, Social Geocoding, GPS, location sharing, Where's Tim ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 21, 2006 1:17 AM

So close

I can almost taste it.

vistadl

Posted On Thursday, November 16, 2006 4:59 PM

Kansas University GIS Day 2006 Wrapup
Matt Dunbar & Co. did a fantastic job putting together GIS day at Kansas University. My favorite part of the day was judging the student competition. Seven students gave ten minute presentations on unique uses of GIS. They showed everything from a geographic boundary of where grits are consumed (apparently South Carolina is the capital of all that is grits) to a traffic analysis of SW Douglas Country in Kansas. The winner was Lincoln Lewis. He showed how to make GIS data pretty using a suite ......

Posted On Thursday, November 16, 2006 12:24 PM

Google Desktop quick tips
I'm loving Google Desktop these days. The first couple of versions they came out with were garbage, but they have really cleaned up the performance of the indexing engine. If you uninstalled Google Desktop like me because it was pegging out your CPU, try it again now. It's much better. Here are some shortcuts that I use on a daily basis: 1) Pressing Ctrl twice on your keyboard will bring up a search box. From there you can type in your search phrase and it will search your desktop and google.com. ......

Posted On Thursday, November 16, 2006 9:02 AM

Google Map of GIS day participants
The people putting on GIS Day at Kansas University tomorrow built a Google Maps mashup showing where are the presenters and attendees are located. That's a lot of people. I hope they like listening to a .NET geek ramble on about GPS :) They are going to video record each session, so if you don't get a chance to make it (Kyle), you'll still be able to join in on the fun. They will also be posting the slide deck from each session. Technorati tags: GIS Day, Google Maps, Kansas University, GPS ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 14, 2006 7:20 PM

Social Geocoding
You heard it here first. Social Geocoding is a social network with a layer of location awareness. A million little Where's Tim's running around interacting with each other with "friends list" based permissions. NavXS, Dodgeball and Loopt are all examples. Come listen to my talk at KU tomorrow if you want to learn more. Technorati tags: Where's Tim, Social Geocoding, Social Networks, NavXS, Dodgeball, Loopt, Kansas University, GIS Day ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 14, 2006 1:04 PM

Crimson Tide
The Alabama women's basketball team is staying at the same hotel as me here in Jonesboro, AR. As Kyle so philosophically said, "Roll Tide" Technorati tags: Bama, basketball ......

Posted On Sunday, November 12, 2006 9:53 PM

Where's Tim in Business Week
Rachael King from Business Week writes about Where's Tim: Meet Tim Hibbard. It's 11:45 p.m. on a Wednesday night and Hibbard is currently near the intersection of Jacob and Ranch Streets in Lawrence, Kan. It's a cool 50 degrees outside. He's not moving around now, but he's traveled a total of 28.42 miles today. And no, I'm not stalking him. Very cool. She also talked with John Musser of ProgrammableWeb (THE place for web API's). He talks about the article on his blog. Technorati tags: Where's Tim, ......

Posted On Sunday, November 12, 2006 6:05 PM

Driving to Arkansas
I'm driving to Jonesboro, AR today to install ParaPlan for our newest client, EAAAA. I'll be driving through Clinton, MO. You might remember that we stopped there on our SC Code Camp trip. It's also Jeff Julian's hometown. Watch me here. Technorati tags: Where's Tim, EnGraph, South Carolina CodeCamp, Jonesboro, Clinton, Jeff Julian ......

Posted On Sunday, November 12, 2006 9:22 AM

100% Code Coverage
A very cool thing just happened. One of my classes has a 100% next to it in NCoverExplorer. Granted it's pretty much just a data store for now, but it's still 100%! Heck yes, I'm agile. If you haven't downloaded TestDriven.net, go get it now. You can right click in Visual Studio and run NUnit, debug your tests and get code coverage statistics. Technorati tags: Code Coverage, TestDriven.net, NCover, NUnit, TDD ......

Posted On Thursday, November 9, 2006 4:42 PM

Carrie on Lame Duck Hunt
My sister, who I saw a couple weeks ago, has been invited to be a blogger on Lame Duck Hunt, a political blog ran by very smart people. So smart in fact that they decided they needed the expert environmental whisleblower enabler that is my sister. Go Carrie! Her first post is here. She works for an agency in Washington DC called PEER that protects government employees who report irresponsible environmental behavior by the entity that employs them. They work with the employees so that "agencies must ......

Posted On Thursday, November 9, 2006 9:52 AM

Measuring time in Google satellite images
This bus has been parked by our office for so long, that it shows up in satellite view on Google Maps. Technorati tags: Google Maps, long term parking ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 7, 2006 3:47 PM

411Sync - Search song lyrics by Phone
Manish Lachwani from 411Sync sent me an email this morning about his new service that allows you to send a text message to 411Sync with a couple of lyrics from a song and they will send you a text back with the artist and title of the song. For example, send a text message to 415-676-8397 with "getlyric stranger flowers yet" and it will return 8:16 AM by 311. "getlyric should have done something but i've done it enough" to get Blue and Yellow by The Used. I can see being useful when listening to ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 7, 2006 10:49 AM

Bloated AJAX hits
In CNN's article about .NET 3.0 RTM, they quote Ben Noonan from Burton Snowboards: Now that our pages are enabled with Atlas, we've seen nearly double the traffic. That is a misleading statement. By nature, adding AJAX elements to your site is going to increase traffic. Every page that loads asynchronously (where the initial page load is just the structure and then the data loads in front of your eyes) is charging many more hits to the server. For example, on Where's Tim, I initially load the map ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 7, 2006 8:04 AM

Cheaper car insurance, geoslavery or geosavings?
Tim from GPS Review revisits the idea of submitting a GPS tracklog to your insurance company to prove you are a good driver in exchange for better rates. This particular program is in the UK called "Pay as you Drive". David Starr talked about a similar program in Canada a couple months ago. I still think this is a good idea. In order for GPS to be profitable in the consumer market, the end person being tracked must be in full control. In both of these cases, participation is voluntary and the consumer ......

Posted On Monday, November 6, 2006 6:58 PM

Just because I can...
Sorry Dave, but your signature was the only way to describe my new office monitor setup: Technorati tags: Excessive ......

Posted On Monday, November 6, 2006 8:22 AM

.NET function to produce RSS pubDate
According to the RSS specification, the pubDate element (when the item was published) must be formatted like this : Mon, 28 May 1979 19:45:32 GMT I've posted an article with C# / VB.NET functions that will accept a DateTime object and return a string properly formatted to meet the pubDate specification. Technorati tags: RSS, pubDate, Code, .NET ......

Posted On Sunday, November 5, 2006 1:39 PM

Publishing ClickOnce error on Vista
Brian Noyes talks about an error that I am going to get when publishing a ClickOnce app from a machine running Vista. When logged in to Vista as an admin, you still won't have full admin rights when running Visual Studio. The short answer is right click on devenv.exe, select properties, select compatibility tab and check "Run this program as an administrator". He goes into more details on the User Access Control (UAC) and when it is appropriate to run with full admin rights. Technorati tags: Brian ......

Posted On Sunday, November 5, 2006 12:53 PM

Scrybe
Scrybe has potential. It is a personal web based organizer that has "human nature" built in. It looks like it was designed by somebody that has no idea how to write software or what a database looks like. Which can be a good thing as far as user experience goes. I tried Google's calendar for a while, but Outlook was still better because I can associate contacts with events, and sync everything automatically with my PPC-6700. If Scrybe can add those things, I might switch. Technorati tags: Scrybe ......

Posted On Sunday, November 5, 2006 3:04 AM

Kansas University GIS Day November 15 2006
Kansas University (right here in Lawrence, KS) puts on a Geographic Information Systems day every year. A couple months ago, Matt Dunbar contacted me and asked if I would speak about personal tracking. My talk is titled "Big Brother is on MySpace. How GPS will change our everyday lives (in a good way)" After some shameless promotion of Where's Tim and EnGraph, I plan to talk about how real time GPS can add a new dimension to social networking sites like MySpace. I also plan to talk about enhancing ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 1, 2006 4:17 PM

HDC 2006 wrapup
Heartland Developers Conference 2006 in Omaha was a huge success! Joe Olson, Phil Wolfe and everybody else involved did a great job getting everything put together. Day 1: Joe Stagner did the opening keynote on Federated Logic. Basically using data sources that live anywhere on the internet with ASMX web services. He even talked a little bit about GPS and web based mapping solutions. Something that is near and dear to my heart. Next, I went to Dave Donaldson's talk on Power Programming with Attributes. ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 1, 2006 2:30 PM

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