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Jason Townsend July 2008 Entries
Make Life Simple: Redbox
Recently we found a cool new way to rent videos. Our local grocery store has a DVD rental machine ran by Redbox. Redbox gives you the ability to select your movies online, show up to the store, slide your debit/credit card, and out comes your movie. This is very convenient for us since it is less than 1 mile away. Also, the movies only cost $1 per day plus tax. You should check out Redbox and try it, you may find that it is the most convenient way to rent movies. My only complaint is sometimes you ......

Posted On Saturday, July 26, 2008 8:29 PM

Cool New Application: Fring
I happened to find a cool new application over the weekend, Fring. Fring is a mobile internet service & community that enables you to access & interact with your social networks on-the-go, make free calls and live chat with all your fring, Skype®, MSN® Messenger, Google Talk™, ICQ, SIP, Twitter, Yahoo!™ and AIM®* friends using your handset’s internet connection rather than costly cellular airtime minutes. I find that even on my crappy GPRS connection Fring works remarkably well. You can check ......

Posted On Saturday, July 26, 2008 8:24 PM

Protecting Content Passed From Web Services
Recently, I got called in to help a developer who had an issue where he was using the Infragistics HTMLWebEditor control to allow users to submit content. Many of the users copy and paste code from Word into the editor. For those in the web development industry we all know that Word's HTML is not your typical HTML. The issue the developer ended up having was that certain characters were being saved to the database and when passed back to the front end from his web service they were causing XML validation ......

Posted On Saturday, July 26, 2008 8:15 PM

Cool New Utility: Browser Shots
So I stumbled upon a cool new utility for web testing called Browser Shots. Browser shots will provide screen shots of the URL you send it in many different browsers. The full list of browsers can be seen here: As you can see from the image, you have the ability to select from multiple OS's and their browsers as well as set the Screen Size, Color Depth, whether Javascript is off or on, whether Java is off or on, and whether Flash is installed. This application is free, however you do have to wait ......

Posted On Saturday, July 26, 2008 8:09 PM

SolArc Applications Developer/Analyst: Tulsa, OK

As a member of the IT Applications Development and Support team, the successful candidate will: · Work with a team to develop modules, reports and processes within SolArc’s RightAngle architecture · The candidate should have a good working knowledge of Right Angle IV · Interact with accounting and back office personnel to define and document their system and information requirements · Perform business and technical analysis and design of business requirements and generate functional and tech

Posted On Tuesday, July 15, 2008 10:48 PM

Mid to Senior Level Developer Needed: Bartlesville, OK
As President of the Bartlesville .NET User Group I get many people asking me if I know of people looking for jobs. I have decided to start posting the positions on my blog as well hoping to help the companies in Bartlesville find skilled developers. Description: Seeking one mid to senior level developer for a local Bartlesville company (not ConocoPhillips). This position will revolve around Windows Forms and Applications development with a focus on mobile devices. The right person for this position ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 15, 2008 10:46 PM

Community Credit Winner: 4th Place in June
I was notified on July 1st that I placed 4th in June for Community Credit involvement. Most of my point came in related to my recently starting the Bartlesville .NET User Group. Community Credit is a pretty cool site that awards you points based on your involvement in the development community. Certain actions are worth more points than others. At the end of the month winners are notified on what "useless gadget" they win. Some of the prizes are pretty cool, and most will entertain the inner geek ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 15, 2008 10:36 PM

Remote Desktop Trick: Ctrl + Alt + End
I ran into an issue today where I needed to change the password on an account so that my application changes would take place. I quickly found out that I could not lock the computer using the standard start tools. I knew this but forgot in my rush to get the change in at 9:00 PM. So I was not in the office physically on my machine and could not get the Service Desk to change the password for me. I them tried command line tricks to lock the computer. No luck! It did not give me the option to change ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 15, 2008 10:32 PM

Bartlesville .NET User Group July Meeting
So we had out July meeting for the Bartlesville .NET User Group. It was an amazing meeting! If you have never seen Zain Nabousli speak then I suggest you try attend the next live event he is speaking at our check out his webcasts. Zain is a very dynamic speaker that keeps even the most sceptic of people fully engaged and entertained. The content of his presentation was LINQ with Visual Studio 2008. Zain's presentation was very to the point and very informative, and exactly what the audience had hoped ......

Posted On Sunday, July 13, 2008 11:42 PM

PhoneVite: Cool New Tool
I stumbled upon this cool new tool called PhoneVite today. I went ahead and signed up for the free account. I am hoping that I can use this to help with the organization of the Bartlesville .NET User Group. I am thinking that I can setup multiple phone calls under the free account (the free account only allows 25 contacts). I can then setup phone reminders for the day of the meetings to remind people to attend. I also plan on trying to use this tool to see if I can drive participation in the websites ......

Posted On Sunday, July 13, 2008 10:59 PM

Live Writer Error
Ok, I have been trying out Microsoft's new Live Writer product. Although, I find the product extremely helpful, I keep running into the same error. It seems to happen to me everytime I hover over certain links. It is starting to really get annoying. Below is the error. I so far enjoy Windows Live Writer, but if I cannot find the source of this error, I may have to stop using it ......

Posted On Saturday, July 12, 2008 11:20 PM

New Twitter Toy
I found a new Twitter toy today. It is called TweetMyPage. It is not an application that needs an installer. You setup your settings and TweetMyPage gives you a javascript you add to your bookmarks. When you are reading a page you want to Twitter, you click on your TweetMyPage bookmark and it will ask you for your Twitter user id and password. Once you give it your credentials it will tweet a message similar to the following: Reading (http://linktoarticle) title of article. Currently TweetMyPage ......

Posted On Saturday, July 12, 2008 11:09 PM

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