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Tim Hibbard CEO for EnGraph software December 2006 Entries
C# Code to install MSI silently and know when it is done
If you want to install an application that is packaged as an .MSI and you want to know when the application has finished installing, use this code: string installerFilePath; installerFilePath = "C:\\Program Files\\CCS\\Downloads\\CCSR... System.Diagnostics.Process installerProcess; installerProcess = System.Diagnostics.Process.... "/q"); while (installerProcess.HasExited... { //indicate progress to user Application.DoEvents(); System.Threading.Thread.Sle... ......

Posted On Thursday, December 28, 2006 10:39 AM

Pete wants you to talk smack on Mashable
Pete Cashmore, who writes a blog you should subscribe to if you care at all about web trends, wants you to insult his posts. And he is going to pay you $500 to do so. whoever leaves the most amusingly witty derogatory comment on specific Mashable posts between now and Friday, January 5th will win $500 paid by Paypal or check. Cursing isn’t allowed, but everything else is fair game. Here is a good post to start slamming. What a great promotion effort! Technorati tags: Pete Cashmore, Mashable ......

Posted On Thursday, December 28, 2006 8:20 AM

No VSTS For Developers yet
We were supposed to get Visual Studio Team Edition for Developers in the mail by the 20th of this month (Dec 06). It still hasn't come and I don't see it on MSDN. Time to get back on the phone with Microsoft. Technorati tags: VSTS, Tired of waiting ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 27, 2006 9:09 PM

Windows Mobility Center
Try WinKey + X on your Vista laptop for this bad boy: Handy software, awful name. Technorati tags: Windows Mobility Center, Vista ......

Posted On Saturday, December 23, 2006 11:16 PM

Dog Whisperer blog
I'm a huge Cesar Millan fan and have learned so much about proper dog training from his show on National Geographic. I just found his blog and rss feed. His latest post is about dogs as co-workers. Joey has been coming to work with me ever since we got our office. It's easy for me to get too plugged into my current project and taking him for a walk or playing with him provides a nice mental reboot from time to time. Technorati tags: Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan, National Geographic ......

Posted On Thursday, December 21, 2006 6:18 PM

It's officially an office now
Since EnGraph's productivity has gone through the roof with Team Foundation Server, we now have time for other things. Like installing our KU basketball hoop (9 months after moving in): I used to be a deadly shot back in the days of Kyle's basement. Now if only Joey will give me the ball back: Technorati tags: EnGraph ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 20, 2006 7:25 AM

Top six blog posts from Kyle in 2006
Most bloggers do some sort of self-gratuitous year-end post where they talk about all the great things they have blogged about over the last year. I tried to come up with a post like that, but I found that I only talk about Where's Tim. So instead, I thought I would pay homage to the greatest Director of Software Development that EnGraph has ever had - Kyle Archer. In no particular order, here are my top six posts from KJA this past year: EnGraph to attend n4a this summerMy Visual Studio Experience ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 19, 2006 2:22 PM

Cardiff University article about geotags and Social Geocoding
Iain Martin (a student on the post graduate diploma in journalism at Cardiff University) wrote an article about the mainstreaming of geography and geotagging journalism. He talked briefly about Where's Tim and included some of my quotes on how GIS will impact various industries. He even mentioned Social Geocoding. Well, it was in a quote from me, but he still published it! He also spoke of Jerome Dobson and his concerns of loss of privacy. It's funny how we always get mentioned together in articles. ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 19, 2006 9:09 AM

To the trash, to the trash
I heard the Beyonce song, Irreplaceable, on the way to work this morning. I threw up a little in my mouth when I heard this nugget of poetic genius: I could have another you in a minuteMatter fact, he'll be here in a minute Come on, you're telling me that they couldn't come up with a word that rhymes with "minute"? Has music in general become this bad, or do her managers think that her popularity will make any song successful, regardless of lyrical content? I think she peaked at Austin Powers and ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 19, 2006 7:38 AM

I've never been this excited to pay a traffic ticket
I got a ticket a couple weeks ago for "Unsafe passing" when I went to see my parents for Thanksgiving. The officer actually was pretty nice and gave me a break on the other infractions. Anyways, I went to pay the ticket today and I saw on the paper "Pay online at www.iowacourtsonline.org". The website looks like it was coded five years ago, but it worked and I was able to pay my ticket online and on time (it was due tomorrow). I bet the states save a lot of money by offering this service. Technorati ......

Posted On Monday, December 18, 2006 12:31 PM

Remote Desktop Connection warning on Vista
When remotely connecting to a computer that is not running Vista, you will get a message saying that it cannot verify the identify of the computer you want to connect to like this: To automatically override this warning, change the Authentication options like this: 1) Open Remote Desktop Connection2) Click "Options"3) Click "Advanced"4) Select "Always connect, even if authentication fails" from the Authentication options drop down box. Technorati tags: Vista, Remote Desktop Connection, Authentication ......

Posted On Sunday, December 17, 2006 11:43 AM

GTA on I-435
For the Vice City fans, I saw this yesterday in Kansas City: Ugh, my windshield is dirty. Technorati tags: Kansas City, Truck ......

Posted On Friday, December 15, 2006 9:53 AM

One is the loneliest number...
Jeff shared his Vista score, and I am almost embarrassed to share my laptop's score: .score, { font-weight:bold; font-decoration:none; font-size: x-large; cursor: hand; background-image: url(http://www.shareyoursco... color: #ffffff; font-family: verdana, arial; width: 80px; height: 80px; background-position: center center; vertical-align: middle; background-repeat: no-repeat; text-align: center; } 1 I still love my D610 though, this thing hums. Literally. It does this ......

Posted On Friday, December 15, 2006 12:39 AM

New Vista short cut keys
Rolvin Pagunsan talks about some new Win key combinations. My favorites are Win-Space (show sidebar) and Win-Number to launch applications in your quick launch toolbar. Like Win-3 to launch VS 2005 since that is the 3rd application in my quick launch toolbar. Technorati tags: Vista, Short cut keys, Rolvin Pagunsan, DevPinoy ......

Posted On Thursday, December 14, 2006 10:53 PM

Update on Sprint blocking my mail
A couple weeks ago, I blogged about Sprint blocking my SMTP server from sending text messages to my cell phone from Where's Tim. After I changed the code to send messages people send me through a different mail server, it worked fine for a week or two. I noticed last week that they were not coming through again and sure enough, they blocked me again. I apologize to anybody that has sent me a text message on Where's Tim and I haven't replied. I still kind of get the messages via the RSS feed, but ......

Posted On Thursday, December 14, 2006 10:09 PM

Sprint Mobile Email
I loaded the new Sprint Mobile Email java client on Kyle's phone (MM-A920). The install was easy, I connected it to EnGraph's mail server in less than a minute. The interface is simple and you can even enable SMS alerts when you get a new message. Technorati tags: Sprint, Mobile Email, Kyle Archer ......

Posted On Thursday, December 14, 2006 9:26 PM

Changing your hosts file in Vista
By default, if you try to modify your hosts file in Vista, it will not let you save it. It tells you that you don't have permission. To successfully modify the hosts file, run notepad.exe as an administrator and open the file. 1) Browse to Start -> All Programs -> Accessories 2) Right click "Notepad" and select "Run as administrator" 3) Click "Continue" on the UAC prompt 4) Click File -> Open 5) Browse to "C:\Windows\System32\Driver... 6) Change the file filter drop down box from "Text ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 13, 2006 6:00 PM

Using Authenticated SMTP server for TFS email alerts
I was having problems getting new tasks and build alerts from TFS. I found this post by Vertigo that gave me a great jump start. But, it didn't tell how to authenticate against our SMTP server. Based on a SWAG (Scientific Wild A** Guess), I added smtpPassword and smtpUser keys to the web.config. It worked like a champ and now our web.config in C:\Program Files\Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Server\Web Services\Services looks like this: ... <add key="emailNotification... ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 13, 2006 11:45 AM

Source Control in TFS - No commands available
I freaked out this morning because I thought I screwed up our Team Foundation Server by using the TFS Admin tool to modify some permissions. Apparently, you are not supposed to use this tool on non-domain based installs. When I pulled up our source control, right clicking on anything gave an empty menu that said "No commands available". After googling around, I found Grant Holliday's blog, which told me to make sure TFS was set as my default source control provider. Turns out that Vault put itself ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 12, 2006 8:07 AM

Do's and Don'ts of becoming Certified - Installing TFS
I've been chin deep in confusion the last week getting EnGraph to be official Certified Partners and installing Team Foundation Server. Luckily for me, there is a lot of good information online so I thought I would post a mini-guide: DO ask lots of questions to your Microsoft rep about becoming certified DON'T freak out when the partner's site opens 15 new Internet Explorer windows DO follow the competencies instructions as close as possible DO worry when you don't hear back from Microsoft after ......

Posted On Friday, December 8, 2006 8:08 AM

I would also miss the moon
Only Scott Adams could make a point for sending a nuclear bomb to the moon to avoid future religious wars. Let’s vaporize the moon before it gives the Muslims and Jews one more reason to fight. Hilarious. Technorati tags: Scott Adams ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 5, 2006 3:58 PM

Changing the default report interval in TFS
Dave Donaldson, who gave a great presentation at HDC, talks about working with TFS and changing the reporting interval from the default time of 3600 seconds. Technorati tags: TFS, Dave Donaldson ......

Posted On Tuesday, December 5, 2006 12:24 PM

Why Dell is the best
I ordered a new server and workstation from Dell on Friday. Not only did they give me 60 days same as cash, but they shipped our server on Saturday. The representative gave me his direct line and said to call him anytime I need something. I recommend him to anyone needing new hardware: Matt Moore - 512.723.5850 Technorati tags: Dell, good customer service ......

Posted On Monday, December 4, 2006 5:54 PM

Tracking runners
jeepx reports that the University of Washington has released a report that they found a way to track people without their consent or knowledge when they are using the iPod + Nike sport kit. The iPod + Nike kit tracks the distance you have traveled by submitting information wirelessly from the sensor in your shoe to your iPod. They say that the internet-connected tracking kit could be built for less than $250 and would work up to 60 feet from someone using the iPod + Nike kit. The tracking application ......

Posted On Sunday, December 3, 2006 10:00 AM

Football, Basketball and System.Security.Cryptography. The perfect Saturday
I didn't really like how I was storing some of our SQL connection information. It was buried deep in the file system in an XML file, but it was still plain text. So I spent my day looking at the different encryption options in the .net framework. I needed it to be two-way encryption so our objects could still work with it, so I decided on Rijndael. I found some great code, modified what I needed and wrapped it in one of our objects. It works pretty well. Now only if KU could have pulled it out... ......

Posted On Saturday, December 2, 2006 7:51 PM

KU GIS Day 2006 slides online
The GIS folks at Kansas University have put the slide decks from GIS Day 2006 online. Hopefully they will have the videos posted soon. My slide deck (in pdf) is here. Here is my wrapup post for the day. Technorati tags: GIS Day, Kansas University ......

Posted On Friday, December 1, 2006 8:13 AM

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