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Zipping data from/to memory
Recently, several people have asked me the same question: How do I zip from a memory stream to a memory stream? With the Zip component that comes in IPWorks Zip, you can zip from any kind of file or stream to any kind of stream or file. There is one trick to going from memory stream to memory stream though - and that is keeping the stream open after compressing. By default, the component will automatically close an input stream after it compresses from it. But we added a config setting that you can ......

Posted On Thursday, May 22, 2008 4:04 PM

Stuff White People Like

I don't often link to blogs just for the sake of it, but this one is so funny that I just can't help it.  I hear he just got a book deal too.  And yesterdays post was hilarious.  Stuff White People Like.

Now Playing: O.A.R. - Heard The World (Album Version)

Posted On Thursday, May 22, 2008 10:16 AM

South Mountains State Park
A couple weeks ago I had the pleasure of going on a camping trip with some friends: Diana, Korby, and Blake. Destination: South Mountains State Park. It was a blast. My favorite part actually turned out to be what I was afraid of. We left on Friday after work, which meant we would arrive at the campsite late. After taking our sweet time getting there (even driving around searching for the Russel Stover outlet on the way) we made it about 10 minutes before the gates to the park closed (whoops, that ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 20, 2008 3:11 AM

Remixing data from Google Docs & Spreadsheets
Right after Google Spreadsheets came out, I got a ton of downloads from a little class library I wrote for interacting with it over HTTP. Problem is, Google didn't provide a true API - the solution was to use HTTP to manually perform the gets and posts required to manage each spreadsheet. Now its much easier thanks to RSSBus! Here is a sample Google spreadsheet, it looks like this: A B C D 1 Name Hours Items IPM 2 Bingley 10 2 0.0033 3 Captain Carter 200 75360 6.28 4 Dawson 200 100000 8.3333 5 Colonel ......

Posted On Thursday, May 15, 2008 12:34 PM

FXP - FTP transfers from server to server
Every so often I get a question from someone who wants to transfer files between two FTP servers. In order to do so, they usually have to connect to server 1, download the files, and then connect to server 2 and upload the files. The process could go much sooner if they could eliminate the extra transfers and just copy the files directly from server 1 to server 2. It turns out this is possible, and is in fact mentioned in the FTP spec (RFC 959), but most people don't realize it. Also most servers ......

Posted On Thursday, May 15, 2008 12:02 PM

Software for Rock Star Wanna-be's


Charles Pyron at Stellar Media (a video production company in NC) on home audio recording software.

Posted On Thursday, May 15, 2008 12:01 PM

RSSBus: Simple Ways to Connect Data
I just uploaded a new YouTube video for RSSBus. Some of it is hard to see, but soon it will be published at as a high quality flash video. RSSBus can be used to securely serve custom feeds over the Internet or on the local host. This video shows examples of very basic feeds that can be created with RSSBus with just a few mouse clicks, and more complex piped feeds. Near the end, the video shows some ways in which RSSBus can be integrated into real world solutions. Obviously, RSSBus can ......

Posted On Tuesday, May 6, 2008 2:57 PM

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