March 2006 Entries
Microsoft is giving away a free visual studio.net partner tools cd. Get yours here.
Order this free DVD and receive over 50 tools, components and languages from Visual Studio Industry Partners. These full, trial and and evaluation products can help save you time and money building applications for Microsoft Windows, mobile devices, the Web, and Web services.
Google has done it again. They the launch a yahoo finance replica or better - google finance. As usual its made of simple interfaces and contains information that you need to know, all the other gimmics are excluded. Company summary, financials, etc. Excellent. AJax is used in a deadly manner, image panning is available as with the google maps.
Mozilla is about to gift us again with a faster, more stable and generically better Firefox major release. Please note that it's still a Alpha version, which means it does not contain all new expected features, it can have bugs, it can even freeze your computer. You should install and run it at your own risk! via Revolving world.
Got a cool idea? Want everyone to know? Ok, but only if we can throw in $10,000.
For those of you are express gurus, you might want to check this out.
EmigrantDirect - my savings bank, now offers a whoopy 5% APY CD "My Way", the highest I've seen so far. Millenium Bank which used to be the highest immediately started offering what they called specials at 5.10% APY. However, EmigrantDirect still has an advantage over its unusual terms, 18 months to 10 years. Yep thats unsual.
Amazon S3 is storage for the Internet. It is designed to make web-scale computing easier for developers.
Amazon S3 provides a simple web services interface that can be used to store and retrieve any amount of data, at any time, from anywhere on the web. It gives any developer access to the same highly scalable, reliable, fast, inexpensive data storage infrastructure that Amazon uses to run its own global network of web sites. The service aims to maximize benefits of scale and to pass those benefits on to developers.
Amazon S3 Functionality
Amazon S3 is intentionally built with a minimal feature set.
It is not an intelligence-boosting formula likely to impress an Oxbridge don: watching Countdown, playing Sudoku, remembering telephone numbers and taking a shower with your eyes closed.
Yet doing 'brain exercises' such as these can make us all up to 40 per cent cleverer within seven days, according to research by a BBC programme this week. More...
THE GET SMARTER GUIDE
Brush your teeth with your 'wrong' hand and take a shower with your eyes closed.
Do the crossword or Sudoku puzzle in your Sunday paper and take a brisk walk.
Have oily fish for dinner, and either...
I finally received my trial account for mapsurface today. By placing two lines of jscript on my page - led to instant page stats.
"mapsurface is a web page activity widget that helps you quickly see how people find, navigate and value the pages of your web site."
Check it out guys, its awesome so far. Not a single load increase on my page.
alexa charts by alexaholic
Yes, pluck is now officially on my pain application list. I've been using the tool for a while now (love it), because of its advantages such as integration with IE, clipboard read and some other cool stuff. The most painful side of it, is its inability to maintain the read status of my feeds.
So I have three computers with pluck install on each, I use my laptop in the morning to read 100 feeds - then mark them as read. At night if I decide to use another computer to read my feeds, I'll have to go through all...
Today I noticed a new site - trainingthatsucks. I just hope that the new upcoming xMentor 2.0 will take the "suckiness" out of learning.
Windows live search is alive.
Ask.com now has a mapping and directions feature. One thing I can say for sure is I like it and its pretty accurate with addresses that I can't find on google maps. The only question I have is why another map engine? Are they trying to set a standard for all search engines?
"The security breach took place on February 22 after a Swedish devotee of the Mac set up a Mac Mini as a server and invited all takers to try to compromise the system's security to gain root-level control. Once a hacker has gained root access to a computer system, the attacker can install applications, delete files and folders, and use the computer for any nefarious purpose. " more...
Microsoft has listed a series of learning materials in multimedia and webcast formats. The materials cover a number of topics such as data access, profiles, security, caching and more.
Leland Scott has spent a long time compiling a list of AJAX libraries - ok so what is so special? I'm aware that you can find some comprehensive lists on the web such as: Ajax Libraries on OSAF, the eDevils list or a Google search. However, Leland toke the time to categorize the list of libraries into Ajax/Dhtml Library Scorecard.
"I decided to try to document the current state of things. I set about to compile a comprehensive list of all the Ajax/DHTML toolkits that web developers now have to choose from, and then to test those toolkits against a standard...
jQuery is just about the 10KB in size and supports chaining which is excellent and it works with all the top browsers. Need I say more? Check...
One of the cool new features of SQL Server 2K5 is the ability to use a variable as the top count value. In the days of SQL Server 2K, your stored procs had to hold the hard coded value, so it was a pain if you wanted your application to dynamically pass the number of rows to return. Here is an example using SQL Server 2000.SELECT TOP 15 * FROM TableName
...with SQL Server 2005 we can use a variable:DECLARE @TopRows INT
SET @TopRows = 15
SELECT TOP ( @TopRows ) * FROM TableName
Ether(invite-only beta) is now accepting new beta members. A day hardly goes by without a new so called "web 2.0" - Ajax enabled application. Although I'm criticizing 90% of the time, this time I found something that is worth checking out and a brand new idea.
Web 2.0 applications are usually worthless, nameless and clueless, anyway Ether does make sense, why not pay me to talk to me if you value what I have to say. Expect more from me about Ether, I'm still waiting on a response from my request for beta access membership.
Microsoft Live has released a technical preview that demonstrates the power of Microsoft Virtual Earth - "demonstrates our work-in-progress thinking about a rich immersive experience in mapping that also explores local information". You can easily scroll through the streets of Seattle or San Francisco with what I consider more than a human eye view. The images are rendered as if you are actually driving or standing on the street, Unfortunately it's only available in those two cities (city centers). It's a preview, so don't expect too much from it and currently it can not be integrated into our web pages, so we won't...
Ok, I thought the idea behind the new era is the simplicity of sharing information which should lead to easy installation of blogging tools - nope i'm wrong. I spent a whole lot of hours trying to install discontinued .Text with no success - no! I do not need community server, I just want a simple blogging tool.
After a few reasearch here and there, I finally gave up and decided to put the squeaking .Net 2.0 to a test by writing a simple blog in matter of minutes but as it always turns out...it was getting complicated since I have a long...
Yes, I am. I've been gone for a while due to the fact that I had too many things going on. A whole lot has changed since my last post and I do not have any plans to post my boring adventures. Anyway, http://www.programmersnet.com is now officially shut down, I do not have time to maintain it anymore, the domain will be made available soon (expires) for those of you that would like a domain with some traffic - buy now!.
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