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SlickEdit 2009 Evaluation
I was asked to evaluate SlickEdit 2009, so I dropped Ultra-Edit for about three weeks and used only SlickEdit 2009. Here is a little “log” of my thoughts on the switch: - SE setup asked to add to my system path – I don’t like having to add stuff to my path. What is the benefit of adding this? [SE Staff:] Many of our customers are heavy keyboard and command line users. Adding SlickEdit to the path allows you to invoke it and its related utilities using the command line. - The first thing I went to ......

Posted On Thursday, September 17, 2009 7:00 AM

Four New Developer Toolkit Releases from /n software
Last week /n software announced new versions of three different toolkits, and a brand new SharePoint Integrator product. From nsoftware.com: NEW: /n software UPS Integrator V2 Released! Includes easy access to the most popular UPS mail capabilities including shipping, tracking, address verification, rate calculation, and much more. NEW: /n software SharePoint Integrator Released! Enables developers to build applications that integrate with Microsoft SharePoint Server, including components for working ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 15, 2009 1:53 AM

New Release of IMAP ACL Manager
An update to the IMAP ACL Manager has been published. Release Information June 4th, 2009 - Release V2.5: Added check/un-check all box Verify through UI that permission change applies to subfolders Added status bar and "busy" indicators Bug fix: logoff and re logging on resulted in folder tree not showing. Bug fix: avoid "busy performing current action" errors ......

Posted On Thursday, June 4, 2009 5:29 PM

Pascal Sauce
Nick Hodges, of Borland, made me laugh today: Little Pigs Geniune Pit BBQ has special Pascal sauce. The new IBiz S3 Integrator and Vital/TSYS Integrator (credit card processing) both have Pascal sauced flavors. In fact all of our products are available in Pascal flavor ......

Posted On Monday, July 17, 2006 9:48 AM

Troubleshooting FTP connections with PowerShell
I find that helping people troubleshoot FTP connectivity issues is much easier if they have PowerShell installed. I can just have them run the NetCmdlets ftp cmdlets with the –debug switch, which displays a trail of information about the communication over the wire. In this way you can see every command send to the server and every response coming back from the server, including what ports a server is attempting to use for ftp data connections. Very often ftp transfer connectivity errors are the ......

Posted On Thursday, May 21, 2009 1:22 PM

Shipping APIs - FedEx

an introduction to adding FedEx shipping to your desktop and web applications using the IBiz FedEx Integrator

Posted On Wednesday, July 18, 2007 1:49 PM

PowerShelling from mobile devices
Marco Shaw is PowerShelling from his blackberry by running /n software's new PowerShell Remoting server along with the "Mobile SSH" client application for wireless handhelds . You can connect to the PowerShell Remoting client using any SSH tool, or even create your own custom client using a developer tool like IP*Works! S/Shell development toolkit. Technorati : Netcmdlets, PowerShell, nsoftware, ssh ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 6, 2007 12:58 PM

Twitter Search Web Part for SharePoint
1. I installed and activated the RSSBus Web Part for SharePoint, which allows me as a SharePoint owner or member to create a customized web part from one of dozens of RSSBus connectors or any RSS/Atom feed I like, such as a Twitter Search RSS feed. 2. I added the RSSBus Web Part to my SharePoint page, and edited its content using the Source Editor. I am using the following template to format the results of my search.twitter.com RSS result: <rsb:call op=http://search.twitter.co... ......

Posted On Friday, February 20, 2009 11:00 AM

New nsoftware Releases for SharePoint, BizTalk, SSIS
Today /n software announced new versions of three more toolkits today: SharePoint Extensions V3 BizTalk Adapters V3 SSIS Tasks V3 I have been involved in building these products, so if you have any questions feel free to let me know. Technorati Tags: BizTalk, SharePoint, SSIS ......

Posted On Friday, January 9, 2009 3:38 PM

Amazon EC2 developer component
/n software’s new Amazon Integrator toolkit is now available (it was just released today!) for software developers: Amazon Integrator V3 with EC2 & SimpleDB Now Shipping! Integrate popular Amazon Web Services, including S3, SQS, SimpleDB, AWS, and EC2 with your applications. All Editions Now Shipping: .NET, Java, C++, ActiveX, Delphi, & C++ Builder! Technorati Tags: Amazon, AWS, nsoftware ......

Posted On Friday, January 9, 2009 3:25 PM

AmzWish is Amazon's ECS App of the Week
For the last few weeks, AmzWish (digg it), my little widget that displays your Amazon wishlist and lets people buy things for you while letting you make money from their purchases at the same time, has been one of the featured widgets at Widgetbox. Now, AmzWish is Amazon's ECS App of the week! Thanks to Amazon ECS and RSSBus, AmzWish was created in just a few minutes by doing nothing by combining a few RSSBus calls to RSSBus' AmazonOps with simple HTML. Technorati : amazon, amazon ecs, amzwish, ecs, ......

Posted On Monday, January 8, 2007 12:31 PM

PowerShell Server v2 vs PowerShell v2 Remoting via WinRM
A lot of people have asked me to explain the differences in the PowerShell Server v2 product with the obvious alternative: PowerShell v2 Remoting via WinRM. PowerShell Server The nutshell is that with the PowerShell Server, you are not limited to Windows machines and you don’t need WinRM or any other software other than the PowerShell Server itself and any old SSH client. This means that the “client” machine, where the commands are being sent from, can be anything – a Linux machine, a handheld device ......

Posted On Friday, January 9, 2009 3:16 PM

Amazon wishlist widget
AmzWish was posted on programmableweb last week as one of the best new mashups. Technorati : amazon, amzwish, ecs, rssbus, widget ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 1, 2006 10:43 AM

Windows Power Shell Quick Start

Here's the Windows Power Shell Quick Start at Channel 9. This is a nice little quick resource for anyone interested in playing with the PowerShell scripting language.

Posted On Wednesday, November 1, 2006 9:18 AM

Need an RSS feed? Don't want to have to write code?
Bob Walsh over at My Micro-ISV invited me to make a guest post about RSSBus and how you can use it to generate RSS feeds without having to write any code. Check it out! Technorati : feeds, rss, rssbus ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 1, 2006 9:17 AM

Generating KML with RSSBus
RSSBus is good for more than just generating RSS feeds or helping you easily create an API for your data or services. Its also useful in easily outputting other formats as well, such as KML (an XML format for Google Earth). For example, recently Tim posted an example of using XmlTextWriter to generate KML. For most of ius, its not rocket science, but compare his code and the ease of writing it with how it can be done with RSSBus. With RSSBus you can just literally write the XML and plug-in the values ......

Posted On Monday, October 2, 2006 9:23 AM

How to Execute SQL PowerShell Commands Anywhere
SQL Server 2008 PowerShell Cmdlets + /n software PowerShell Server v2 = Execute SQL Queries Anywhere. If you don’t already have the SQL cmdlets for PowerShell, you’ll need to download and install SQL Server 2008. A warning for those of you running on x64 machines - you’ll have to export the SQL Server keys in HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE... (there should be 2 in PowerShellSnapIns and 1 in ShellIds) and reimport them to Wow6432Node. If you don’t already have /n software’s PowerShell ......

Posted On Monday, December 22, 2008 3:13 PM

IMAP backup service accepting beta testers
ImapBack: ImapBack makes a complete copy of your emails, on any IMAP server, from Gmail to Google Apps, to your own custom IMAP server located anywhere in the world! These backups can be stored on another IMAP server, on our servers, or on your local hard drive. You can schedule any interval of backups (Daily, Hourly, Weekly, Monthly) as well as creating a backup on-demand. On a related note, if you need an easy way to view and control IMAP access control, check out my IMAP ACL Manager application. ......

Posted On Monday, August 18, 2008 4:44 PM

Why is configuring Net-snmp so painful?
This incomplete tutorial gets a person started, but then bails on the second half of the process of configuring actual users. Instead it points you to the man page, which is basically useless and conflicts with directions mentioned in the snmp.conf man page! Ugh! This page is a little bit better, it helps me get an authNoPriv user up and going. From there, I was able to add my authPriv users too: As described in the first tutorial mentioned above, run snmpconf –g basic_setup and then copy over the ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 13, 2008 3:20 PM

What is the deal with Bloglines?
Bloglines is arguably one of the best feed aggregators available. Good reputation. Upcoming new beta (where's my invite?). Excellent speed and reliability. But jeez...how many times do I have to comment on how odd it is that such an application has no RSS feed? So I noticed today that they DO have an RSS feed now - in fact they have several. Even better - they've started using the link tag in their webpages to tell browsers about their feeds. Woohoo! Somebody gets an A in catch-up-to-the-rest-of-us ......

Posted On Friday, September 1, 2006 12:43 PM

NetCmdlets Invoke-Telnet?! And other PowerShell madness.
On last week’s PowerScripting Podcast, Jonathan Walz and Hal Rottenberg interview /n software’s Eric Madariaga about NetCmdlets and PowerShellToys (PowerShellASP). My favorite part was when Hal was shocked to hear that a telnet cmdlet was added to the v2 beta. Hahaha. I completely agree – who uses telnet anymore? But that was actually the biggest request we got from people who were using v1 of NetCmdlets! We already had cmdlets for executing commands over ssh…but people really wanted telnet. This ......

Posted On Monday, August 11, 2008 4:57 PM

IMAP ACL Manager v2
I uploaded a new version of the IMAP Access Control List Manager today. This new version adds support for SSL/TLS implicit and explicit connections, CRAM-MD5 and NTLM authentication, an IMAP communication log, and a few other minor and cosmetic changes. Technorati Tags: IMAP, IMAP ACL, ACL ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 24, 2008 1:41 PM

Gada be metasearch
Chris Pirillo announces his new gada.be search aggregator.

Unique twist in implementation, very slick interface. Sweet.

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Posted On Monday, October 10, 2005 12:38 PM

My ultimate tool list
Here are some ultimate tools that Scott Hanselman missed: For developers: Ethereal, the network sinffer. Secure Tunnel, add SSL to any insecure server, very useful for logging and debugging tcp apps. REST. Ok, so its not an application. But its still a useful tool. :) For everyone: Windows Remote Desktop. Yeah, I know - but it is very useful. Camtasia Studio, good for recording video & audio from your desktop. Bloglines, etc., for reading and searching blogs of course. VS.Net Command Prompt. ......

Posted On Thursday, October 6, 2005 8:25 PM

SlickEdit 2008 - My Evaluation
I got a free version of SlickEdit in return for blogging about the experience. So here is my feedback, good and bad. Good: First thing I noticed when I installed it: this is not your ordinary text editor. I've been using UltraEdit for several years now, and I like it. UltraEdit has some developer-centric capabilities, but they are not integrated tightly into the product as is the case with SlickEdit. For example, SlickEdit will automatically expand if and for statements, and try blocks, although ......

Posted On Friday, June 20, 2008 4:48 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 rssbus.com 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

ASP.Net Medium Trust and IPWorks/IBiz ASP.Net Editions
This great MSDN article: "How To: Use Medium Trust in ASP.NET 2.0" will probably answer nearly all of your questions about how to work in medium trust and how to customize medium trust permissions. Here are a few extracts from this document that serve as a sort of "quick start" to medium trust. By default, ASP.NET 2.0 Web applications and Web services run with full trust and applications can perform privileged operations and access resources subject only to operating system security and Windows access ......

Posted On Thursday, February 21, 2008 1:58 PM

NewsGator client apps are now free
Yesterday, NewsGator announced that it is making all if its RSS reader applications free. That includes FeedDemon (which I love and have been using for years), NetNewsWire, NewsGator Go, NewsGator Online, and NewsGator Inbox. Individual downloads ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 9, 2008 2:12 PM

Rock on! IPWorks v8 Released!
Wow, I can have a V8! Thanks to the hard work of some very talented developers, who I saw working late hours coding and testing, the next version of IPWorks is here! Yep, /n software announced today the release of IP*Works! V8 .Net and Java Editions. I got to work a lot with IPWorks v8 during its beta period, and my favorite thing about this version update is the new custom types and collections. I used the new Atom and Rest components, which are useful and easy to use. Other new features that I ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 3, 2007 5:25 PM

/n software announces new IPWorks betas
Here they are, new v8 beta's of various IPWorks products! Share this post : Technorati Tags: IPWorks, nsoftware ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 24, 2007 9:44 AM

Adding support for credit card/paypal to your website/application
In the latest installment of MSDN Magazine "Toolbox", Scott Mitchell wrote a few paragraphs about how a developer can add to his applications/websites the ability to accept online credit card payments. The process does seem complex and a bit intimidating at first, but with the right tools it can be pretty easy. Scott points his readers to Authorize.Net (Internet payment gateway through which one can process the charges), and also mentions the availability of some third-party shopping cart products ......

Posted On Friday, May 11, 2007 12:55 PM

Using AmzWish on Geekswithblogs.net
Visit the AmzWish home. Find your Amazon Wishlist Id, and paste it in the "My Wishlist Id" textbox on the AmzWish home page. Click the Generate HTML button and copy the selected code. Login to your GeeksWithBlogs admin page, and go to Options->Configure. Paste the html into the "Static News/Announcement" box. Secret tips for geeks with blogs and Amazon Associates accounts: In the generated HTML, you'll find a link to http://www.textbox1.com/app... By default, it contains ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 9, 2007 3:00 PM

Replace notepad in Vista
notepad.exe, *cough*sucks*cough*. But what do you expect? Its obviously supposed to be very limited, but its a little too limited for the year 2007 IMO. Fortunately Matt Berther showed me how to replace notepad on Vista with Notepad2, which rocks. Now when I view source in IE I actually get something I can read. Technorati : Vista, notepad, notepad2 ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 9, 2007 2:59 PM

/n software announced IP*Works! V8 beta!
112, count 'em, three new product announcements from the land of /n software today: IP*Works! V8 Beta - The must-have internet communications toolkit for software developers. IBiz FDMS Integrator v1 - For credit card processing through the First Data Merchant Services network. IBiz Paymentech Integrator v4 - For credit card processing through the Paymentech processor. /n software news feed: subscribe. Technorati : components, credit card processing, fdms, ibiz, ipworks, nsoftware, paymentech ......

Posted On Monday, January 8, 2007 1:46 PM

RSSBus new beta - rsb:pipe
A minor beta update has been announced on the RSSBus blog (read about it here). Last summer I talked about how RSSBus gives you the ability to pipe together feeds and items from feeds. One of the really cool features of this new beta update is a new RSSBus script keyword: <rsb:pipe>. This new keyword simplifies the piping of feeds. I no longer have to use nested <rsb:call>'s, instead I can just put a series of calls inside the pipe and they are automatically connected and what comes out ......

Posted On Friday, March 23, 2007 4:11 PM

Connecting sources of data, online or off
This post by Jeff Barr gives some interesting examples of things people might want to do with their data, and more specifically connecting their data to and from multiple sources. The kind of things Jeff mentions can be attained using RSSBus. It all boils down to flexibility, and how someday we should be able to take such flexibility for granted. One of the examples Jeff gives is locating the Amazon wishlist of his top email correspondents, which is actually quite easily done with RSSBus. RSSBus ......

Posted On Thursday, February 8, 2007 10:43 AM

nunit testing 32-bit apps on 64-bit machine
I'm trying to run nunit tests of a 32-bit assembly on a 64-bit machine. When I load the assembly (compiled with VS target platform set to x86) into nunit, I get a FileNotFound exception. The problem is that nunit is running as 64-bit. I found this post by Matevz Gacnik pointing me in the right direction to get around this problem. Here is the fix: You can use corflags to find out what settings the nunit assembly already has: C:\> corflags "C:\Program Files (x86)\NUnit-Net-2.0 2.2.9\bin\nunit-console.exe" ......

Posted On Thursday, December 28, 2006 9:57 AM

Change Active Directory password with NetCmdlets
Here's how you can change your active directory (or other ldap server) password with the set-ldap cmdlet in /n software NetCmdlets. Also, recently I also showed how to this using the IP*Works! SSL LdapS dev component. PS C:\> set-ldap -server myserver -binddn Domain\Administrator -password admin -dn "cn=BillyBob,ou=Employees,d... -newpassword mynewpassword -ssl implicit Update: the -password parameter is now a secure string. There is also a -credential parameter. So the cmd to change the ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 27, 2006 1:33 PM

NetCmdlets support PSCredentials
Previously with NetCmdlets, authentication details were only accepted using plain text parameters. This is still supported, but now these cmdlets support PSCredentials through a new -credentials parameter. This works for almost all of the cmdlets included in NetCmdlets, like FTP, LDAP, HTTP, SMTP, Rexec, RSS, IM, SMS, SSH, etc. Here's an example with get-ldap. Before, you had to bind to the directory server using plain text parameters, like this: PS C:\> get-ldap -server testboy -binddn mydomain\admin ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 27, 2006 1:27 PM

NetCmdlets Part 3: PowerShell and Active Directory using /n software's LDAP cmdlet
MOW's "PowerShelled" blog is another awesome PowerShell resource. Of particular interest to me was MOWs series on PowerShell and Active Directory. He used the .Net System.DirectoryServices classes to do all the work. here is how you can use /n software's LDAP cmdlet to manage directory servers like AD. The LDAP cmdlet supports plain connections as well as secure SSL connections. The LDAP cmdlet will work with any directory server, including AD, ADAM, OpenLDAP, Novell, etc. The LDAP cmdlet uses its ......

Posted On Wednesday, December 27, 2006 1:25 PM

quickly add zip and credit card functionality to applications
James Shaw mentioned how easy it was to add zip and credit card functionality (using nsoftware components) to a recent website he helped build recently. Technorati : ibiz, ibiz e-payment, ipworks, ipworks zip ......

Posted On Friday, December 15, 2006 4:01 PM

NetCmdlets FTP - recursive directory upload
update: here's an updated function for uploading an entire directory tree: ## ftprecursiveupload.ps1: Recursive FTP Upload## Uploads a directory tree to a remote FTP server.## Returns an objects containing information about the files transferred.function upload-directory { param( [string] $server = $( Throw "You must specify an FTP server to logon to."), [string] $dir = $( Throw "You must specify a local directory to upload (ie, C:\Testing\FTPTest\)"), [switch] $overwrite = $false, [System.Management.Automati... ......

Posted On Thursday, December 7, 2006 11:37 AM

PowerShell 1.0 Released
PowerShell 1.0 was released yesterday in Spain, and /n software was there! When you go to download it (for free), don't forget to pickup NetCmdlets too. Also check out Jeffrey Snover's 12 Cool Features of Windows PowerShell. You'll need to uninstall previous versions of PowerShell before you can install the new one, but PowerShell won't appear in Add/Remove Programs unless you check the "show updates" box. Technorati : cmdlets, netcmdlets, powershell ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 15, 2006 10:34 AM

Output any newsgroup as an RSS feed in a half dozen lines of code
Update: I changed the feed to default to partial length, only the first 1000 characters of the article body. To change it to get the full body, add another querystring parameter named full with value true, ie: http://www.textbox1.com/exa... Output any newsgroup as an RSS feed in a half dozen lines of code. Thats pretty impressive, really. How? With RSSBus and a little script that calls RSSBus NntpOps. Here's ......

Posted On Friday, November 10, 2006 5:08 PM

NetCmdlets Part 2: PowerShell cmdlet for SNMP (network management)
The SNMP PowerShell cmdlets that come with /n software NetCmdlets support SNMP v1, v2c, and v3, SNMPv3 auth/priv, MIB loading, etc. Here are some examples of using the Get-SNMP, Set-SNMP, Send-Trap, and Get-Trap cmdlets. Find SNMP enabled machines (agents) on your network:PS C:\> get-snmp -agent 255.255.255.255 -oid sysName.0 Find processes running on a remote snmp-enabled machine:PS C:\> get-snmp -agent myagent -oid hrSWRunName -walk $true Send an SNMP trap to a remote manager:PS C:\> send-trap ......

Posted On Thursday, November 9, 2006 12:10 PM

NetCmdlets Part 1: PowerShell cmdlet for FTP (plus FTPS and SFTP)
Some examples of using NetCmdlets in PowerShell. The FTP NetCmdlet supports plain and secure (both SSL and SSH) FTP connections right from the PowerShell console. List files on a remote server: PS C:\> get-ftp -server myserver -user lancer -password mypass The same, but using SSL (auth-tls): PS C:\> get-ftp -server myserver -user lancer -password mypass -ssl explicit And again, but using SSH 2.0: PS C:\> get-ftp -server myserver -user lancer -password mypass -ssh Find the files on a remote ......

Posted On Thursday, November 9, 2006 11:37 AM

AmzWish updated for Amazon.ca, .co.uk, .fr, .de.
I added support for users outside the US to use the Amazon Wishlist widget. Now all my Canadian friends can use it too (not to mention UK, Fr, etc). :) Current parameter list: wishlistid - An Amazon assigned Id for a particular wishlist to use (required). maxitems - The number of items to display in the widget (optional, defaults to 4). associatesid - An Amazon Associates Id to use, so that you can get paid when people buy things from the widget (optional). sorttype - For now there are only two accepted ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 7, 2006 4:05 PM

Powershell scripting contest
Windows PowerShell Scripting Sweepstakes. I think its kinda funny, though, that the first prize teaser in the description of the contest is two "all-expenses paid trips to Redmond, WA to meet the Windows PowerShell team". You know I'm sure I would enjoy meeting you all and everything...but I'd rather just have the Xbox. Unless I can get the xbox AND the trip to Redmond. :) Submit your entry scripts in one (or all) of 12 categories: Active Directory SQL Databases IIS 6.0/7.0 Networking Partner Category: ......

Posted On Monday, November 6, 2006 1:41 PM

RSSBus SLE feed example: stock quotes
As it turns out, a lot of the operations provided by RSSBus work great as lists using Microsoft's Simple List Extensions (see previous post if you aren't familiar with SLE). As an example, consider the yahooStockQuotes operation. If you only wanted to be able to track the latest quote of your favorite stock(s), a list would work perfectly. No need to store historical items about previous quotes in your feed reader. If your reader is smart enough to analyze historical data and give you charts and ......

Posted On Thursday, November 2, 2006 2:40 PM

RSSBus and Simple List Extensions
One of the changes in beta 3 of RSSBus is that by default all feeds produced use Microsoft's Simple List Extensions. For anyone who's not familiar with SLE, the cool thing about it is that it can tell the feed reader to treat an RSS feed as a LIST rather than a regular feed. One effect of this in your feed reader is that when you subscribe to a LIST, the reader knows that it shouldn't accumulate all of the items in the RSS feed forever. Instead, it will only maintain whatever is provided in the current ......

Posted On Thursday, November 2, 2006 2:22 PM

RSSBus Beta 3 Available
The new beta 3 of RSSBus was announced last week: "We have spent the past couple of months hardening the RSSBus Engine and preparing it for production. You will notice significant performance improvements, better error handling, better integration with ASP.NET, and a better security infrastructure." Read the full announcement. Technorati : feeds, rss, rssbus ......

Posted On Thursday, November 2, 2006 12:09 PM

Amazon Wishlist Widget
My Amazon Wishlist widget, AmzWish, displays your Amazon wishlist (or wedding/baby registry). Visitors can click on items from your wishlist and purchase them for you, and Amazon will ship them directly to you. You can see AmzWish in action in the left-hand column of this blog, as well as in the right-hand column at the AmzWish home at textbox1.com.In order to use this widget you'll first want to determine the list id of the list you want to use and then generate the code to paste into your web page. ......

Posted On Thursday, September 28, 2006 6:49 AM

Top 10 most useful extensions to use in syndication feeds
In August, the Google Reader Blog posted a list of the most commonly used extensions in feeds. Here is my list of the top 10 most useful extensions for syndication: 10. iTunes This one really shouldn't even be on this list, but I include it because it did make a big splash when it was released. It also generated a lot of frustration and anger amoung podcast producers. The iTunes namespace extension was created to allow podcast feed producers to integrate their feeds with Apple's iTunes music player. ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 26, 2006 3:26 PM

Feeds are APIs
Nick Bradbury, in his post Feed My Attention, says he views feeds as an "alert system" and that we should demand more feeds from the services we use. Nick is trying to make the point that feeds are for more than just blog reading, but he fails to make this point fully because he is restricting his ideas to typical feed reading applications like his own FeedDemon. Not only are feeds for more than just blog reading, but they're for more than just the simple "retrieve and display" feed readers of today ......

Posted On Monday, September 25, 2006 9:10 AM

New releases from /n software
/n software has released two new products: IBiz Vital/TSYS Integrator: IBiz Vital/TSYS Integrator (formerly IP*Works! CC Direct) includes Components for direct credit card authorization and transaction processing through Vital/TSYS ( www.tsys.com ), a major Internet Payment Processor. Certified support for Retail, E-Commerce, Direct Marketing and Restaurant transactions. IBiz S3 Integrator: Do your applications need secure, always-on storage accessible from anywhere in the world? IBiz S3 Integrator ......

Posted On Monday, July 17, 2006 8:56 AM

Data feeds: Beyond blogging
Niall Kennedy wants to talk about data that can be delivered over syndication standards like RSS and Atom. His point is that feeds are not just for blogs. Niall points out a few examples of "data feeds" offered by Gmail, Netflix, and the US Geological Survey. I use the Netflix New Releases feed (although they offer many feeds, this is the only one I have subscribed to) in my own feedreader. The problem with the Netflix feeds is the same as the problem with other feeds that I've mentioned recently: ......

Posted On Monday, September 18, 2006 2:25 PM

FeedMapper
Another example of creating a mashup with RSSBus with just a little bit of code: FeedMapper. Lots of services let you plot individual items on maps. Some even let you plot multiple items on maps. But I don't know of any that let you plot any feed (with georss data, that is) on a map. Taking advantage of feeds with georss data in them, FeedMapper will plot events contained within the feed on a Virtual Earth, Google Earth, or Yahoo map (Yahoo mapping only works in Firefox). Update: Where's Tim lets ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 13, 2006 9:47 AM

Easy API creation
There is all kinda of data that I wish were made available through some API, such as the congressional voting data that I mentioned previously. There are lots of businesses and organizations that have data, but not necessarily the resources to create an API. This is another great use of RSSBus. You can create RSSBus scripts that can take advantage of things like SqlOps and OracleOps, ExcelOps, CcOps, QbOps, FileOps, S3Ops, etc. Through these scripts you can expose an API for your data that is stored ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 13, 2006 7:18 AM

Why should apps take advantage of syndication extensions?
I made some comments about how Feed Crier should understand syndication extensions. In that post, Adam Kalsey (doesn't he kinda look like a younger version of John Travolta in that photo on his blog?) was kind enough to comment: > Maybe Adam Kalsey will make Feed Crier understand>some of the common syndication extensionsPerhaps, but I'm not convinced of their value to Feed Crier. Right now I'm just >trying to make it the best way to get instant update notifications. As I watch how it's used, ......

Posted On Friday, August 25, 2006 12:19 PM

Flickr urls changed for the worse
Lets say you wanted to get the RSS feed for a particular Flickr Group called "MyGroup". All you had to do to know the URL for this feed was: "http://www.flickr.com/grou... + MyGroup + "/pool/feed/?format=rss_200" Easy as pie. No matter the group name, it was always very easy to find the URL for its feed. No longer. Now, the urls look like this: http://api.flickr.com/servi... (the format parameter can also be atom_03). On top of the fact that ......

Posted On Friday, August 25, 2006 7:11 AM

/n software releases SQL Server Integration Services (SSIS) tasks
The new IP*Works! V7 SSIS Edition includes SSIS tasks for all kinds of internet communications (file transfer, email, web services, etc).

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Posted On Thursday, April 6, 2006 9:45 AM

Users benefiting from SFTP Biztalk Adapter
Chris Vidotto suggested /n software's SFTP Biztalk Adapter to his customer who appears to have given us a great review!  Thanks Chris!

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Posted On Tuesday, January 31, 2006 12:11 PM

IE7 public beta

Internet Explorer 7, beta 2 is out.  You can Get it here.

Posted On Tuesday, January 31, 2006 11:34 AM

EDI AS2 Connector
/n software has made available in PRERELEASE form the IP*Works! EDI AS2 Connector. It is completely free for 1 trading partner. The software itself is a .Net application with an embedded web server, which allows you to configure trading partners to exchange EDI documents with over AS2. Technorati tag: EDITechnorati tag: AS2Update: EDI AS2 Connector screencast (WMV or Flash) ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 26, 2005 3:01 PM

Upcoming.org RSSBus Ops
As I've mentioned a couple times in the past, Upcoming.org already provides a useful set of RSS feeds. On top of this, they also have a great REST API. Here's a list of "cool third-party applications" that use the Upcoming.org api. Their RSS feeds are useful only if I know the metro code. For Raleigh, NC it is 99. So the full feed URL is http://upcoming.org/syndica... It would be nice if I could easily piece together this URL without knowing anything other than my state and city, ie: ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 23, 2006 3:39 PM

Google Calendar to SalesForce Event
Charlie Wood has been working on synching his Google calendar data with his SalesForce.com account. This is an interesting project. Despite its early age, I thought this a good test for RSSBus. I decided to start with moving Google Calendar events to my SalesForce.com account. First, RSSBus already has a set of GoogleOps, including a googleCalendarSearch operation that lets me get the details of calendar events in my Google account. The next step: adding events to SalesForce.com. The currently shipping ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 22, 2006 5:39 PM

Who's down with APP?
Who's down with APP? You down with APP? Yeah, you know me. Atom Publishing Protocol is naughty, by nature. Its the bad boy on the street who knows it all and is intimidating all the other kids on syndication street. It has made friends with the Googlers, and with this new found friendship it plans to take over all the street corners in Webservicetonvillelandberg. My question is - what services support APP? I read that Blogger is rolling out support for it - but what other services are? Update: Elias ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 22, 2006 7:06 AM

New service: receive feed alerts in your IM client
I've seen several people (Michael Arrington, Jeff Barr's links, Postbubble) talking about Feed Crier, a new service that lets you receive alerts in your IM client for when your favorite RSS feeds (craigslist, news, blogs) are updated. I'm surprised by this, because this is not some new mind blowing technology. But ok. I think this service is fine and dandy. Do I see someone using it to be alerted to Sam Ruby's latest Atom comments? Nope. No offense, Sam - I wouldn't use this to subscribe to alerts ......

Posted On Monday, August 21, 2006 12:06 PM

RSSBus beta 2 released
RSSBus beta 2 was announced this week. If you are interested in RSS, and leveraging RSS to create your own feeds - you have got to check this out. Download here. Creating feeds is just scratching the surface of what RSSBus can do. IMO, the coolest thing is mixing and pipelining feeds and operations, and then pushing item data out as a new feed or in any other format like HTML, iCal, text, etc. I personally suggest checking out the script and template demos that come installed with RSSBus first - ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 9, 2006 7:17 AM

RSS and Atom vulnerabilities
Last week Nial Kennedy posted about SPI Dynamics' report about RSS and Atom vulnerabilities. There's been a little bit of chatter about this ever since. Nick Bradbury says that FeedDemon is immune to all of the major vulnerabilities, and he points to Mark Pilgrim's Platypus prank as one example. Mark offers a little checklist for aggregator authors to be smart. Technorati tags: rss atom security ......

Posted On Monday, August 7, 2006 1:48 PM

"Enterprise mashup maker"
Sam Ruby points to this demonstration of "situational mashups" using IBM's DB2 v9. DB2 v9, aka "Viper", supports XPath and XQuery, and even Atom syndication. Interesting to watch, because the demonstration is done in QEDWiki, which the speaker calls an "enterprise mashup maker". This is similar to RSSBus, in that you can easily wire together feeds and data to create customized views of data. I like the modularity of RSSBus, in that there is no end to the potential number of operations available to ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 18, 2006 12:43 PM

News feeds vs Data feeds (and Yahoo)
Some feeds have no use, at least for the majority of us, outside of a regular feed reader like Bloglines or FeedDemon. I call these "news feeds" whether they are feeds of world news from CNN.com or Shelley Powers' personal blog postings. Perhaps "news feeds" is not the best name and I should change this habit. Now that I'm an a-lister I should be more precise, maybe. ;) I don't like to just use the word "feeds" to describe them all, because I think feeds that have more granular data in them need ......

Posted On Monday, August 21, 2006 10:29 AM

application/json

http://www.ietf.org/rfc/rfc4627.txt?number=4627

Posted On Thursday, August 17, 2006 8:42 AM

Yahoo feeds could be more useful
Hey Jeremy Zawodny, since you are working so hard to improve the Yahoo! Developer Network, how about making feeds that are useful to software developers? Right now, if you look at the big list of Yahoo! RSS feeds, you've got a lot of things that are interesting for me to subscribe to in my feed reader. For example, I can subscribe to someone's delicious links, or flickr photos, or the Yahoo! Finance feed for a particular company. All great for me to read when I have time. So whats my problem? My ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 16, 2006 8:04 AM

Tim Bray on Atom (from ETech)
IT Conversations show: "Atom As A Case Study". This is a recording of Tim Bray's talk at ETech 2006. Here are Tim's related links for this talk.The biggest argument against RSS seems to be the lack of detail in the RSS 2.0 specification itself. Internet protocols and standards must be very precisely defined, and RSS certainly is not. There is something to be said for the simplicity of the RSS 2.0 specification though. Recently I noticed that the RSS 2.0 spec says that the url attribute of the enclosure ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 16, 2006 7:17 AM

BlockRocker and geotagging
Scoble is pointing to Rod Edwards' BlockRocker. It sounds interesting. Scoble didn't give it much of a detailed description, but it looks like BlockRocker lets you point to a Google map and then helps you geocode Flickr photos, blog posts, delicious bookmarks, and YouTube videos. I would look more, but I keep getting errors in Firefox. I'll check back later with IE7. On the subject of geotagging, with a couple dozen lines of RSSBus script I've created a little web app that will pin-point geocoded ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 15, 2006 2:23 PM

Turbo Delphi, Turbo C++, Turbo C#
Ah, remember Turbo Pascal?  If only there was more (or less?) in a name:  here's news from InfoWorld about the next Borland Developer Studio offerings.

Posted On Friday, August 11, 2006 11:25 AM

Output any feed as JSON
In my last post, I explained how RSSBus can be instructed to output JSON instead of RSS items. This means that RSSBus can be used to output ANY feeds items in JSON, simply by creating a 3 line RSSBus Script that calls the target feed. As an example, here's how I can get the latest digg.com technology topics in JSON: 1. Create a new RSSBus Script that looks like so: <rsb:call op="http://digg.com/rss/con... <rsb:push /> <rsb:call> 2. Hit the url http://localhost:1110/digg.... ......

Posted On Friday, August 11, 2006 10:32 AM

RSSBus JSON output
Drew McLellan says that all web services and API's need to offer JSON output: “if you want people to hack on your APIs, roll out JSON support“. Several people made this same kind of comment in some of the feedback for the first beta of RSSBus. Then, during the first beta, if I wanted to get a feed of MSFT and BORL stock quotes using the yahooStockQuotes operation that comes with RSSBus, I could call: http://server:1110/admin/ca... Now, during the ......

Posted On Friday, August 11, 2006 10:01 AM

WS-* - aka WS-deathstar
I just saw this picture in David Johnson's slides from his Triangle .Net Users Group presentation last night:

(original source is David Heinemeier Hansson).

Posted On Thursday, August 10, 2006 7:39 AM

RSSBus and remote access
There are several things to consider when attempting to access RSSBus: 1. Operations are never directly accessible from outside of localhost. The only way to expose them to the outside is to create a script or template which makes calls to them. 2. Scripts and templates are not accessible from outside of localhost by default. In order to expose them you must use the rsb:allow keyword. For example: <!-- the following allows a particular user. --><rsb:allow host="*" passwd="changeme" user="joe" ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 9, 2006 8:40 AM

RSSBus Template to output Virtual Earth Maps
I've mentioned before how you can generate Google Earth KML using RSSBus. The current beta of RSSBus already comes with a yahooMaps operation that will generate an RSS feed that contains a Yahoo Map of a particular location. Virtual Earth, you say? The LoadMap function of Virtual Earth takes a latitude and longitude coordinate as input, so here is some RSSBus Template code that will call the RSSBus yahooGeocode operation and use its lat/long output to generate a Virtual Earth map. The first step ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 21, 2006 12:52 PM

Developing for Amazon S3
Jeff Barr pointed to Sergey Schetinin's S3 Manager (he's looking for beta testers). The screenshot included in this post is not of Sergey's project - but a demo project that comes with the /n software's IBiz S3 Integrator. The IBiz S3 Integrator is a component toolkit for software developers that allows you to easily add Amazon S3 capabilities to your own applications. The toolkit comes with the development component as well as the a demo, such as the one you see here. This particular demo allows ......

Posted On Friday, June 16, 2006 12:29 PM

Where's Tim's Lunch?
In my last post I showed how I can create an RSSBus template to take the Where's Tim RSS feed and output it as a Google Earth KML format. This time I'll create an RSSBus script to take Tim's most recent location and output an RSS feed of pizza restaurants that he might eat lunch at today. I'll do this by “pipelining“ together Tim's feed with another restaurant feed. What's the difference in an RSSBus script and an RSSBus template? Not much. A script outputs an RSS feed, and a template outputs any ......

Posted On Thursday, June 15, 2006 11:19 AM

Where's Tim RSSBus Template
Tim Hibbard has added GeoRSS to his Where's Tim location feed (by the way, you can get your own location feed through Where's Tim On Demand). I've talked about how RSSBus can be used to work with feeds and generate new output based on them. Here's a simplistic but neat example: I took Tim's location feed and called it from an RSSBus template. Inside the template I split out KML (Google Earth's XML format) that draws a path showing Tim's path throughout the day. Here's what the KML looks like in Google ......

Posted On Thursday, June 15, 2006 9:50 AM

GeoRSS - location encoding in RSS feeds
Unfortunately I'm not at Where 2.0 (wish I was), but O'Reilly Radar reports that Mikel Maron revived the RSS as the “Unix pipe of the Internet” analogy today while talking about GeoRSS, a standardized way for encoding location in ATOM/RSS feeds. Mikel's own mapufacture aggregates multiple GeoRSS feeds into a single map. Recently I spent some time playing with the RSSBus YahooOps, which contains geocoding and yahoo mapping feed generation capabilities. I used these operations to generate ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 14, 2006 9:25 AM

The "Unix pipe of the Internet"
In an interview with ACM Queue last year, Ray Ozzie called RSS "the Unix pipe of the Internet": "RSS is an extremely important standard. It’s the HTML of the next generation of the Web, or some people might refer to it as the Unix pipe of the Internet. It’s a way of channeling data from one application to another in very interesting and robust fashion. Again, I think it’s important as a technique far beyond just collaborative software." Again on his blog and at the E-Tech conference Ray hits on this ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 14, 2006 9:20 AM

Fun customized graphics generators
A while back I ran across fodey.com's newspaper clipping graphics generator: Pretty cool. Today someone told me about another one, www.churchsigngenerator.com: ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 13, 2006 10:55 AM

"The most elegant RSS service I’ve seen so far"
Hendry Lee calls RSSBus "the most elegant RSS service I’ve seen so far". While its true that RSSBus is currently available for Windows only, we will have a Java version available in the future. How about a chart to describe how the concept works for less tech-savvy viewers? I hear ya, that's good advice and something that we will definitely do. Until recently our focus was mostly to reach and get feedback from techies and alpha-geeks. Now we have gotten a lot of useful feedback, made some positive ......

Posted On Friday, June 9, 2006 10:44 AM

100+ MORE ways to use RSS
Mike Gunderloy points to arc90's 25 New Ways to use RSS. Here are over 120 more ways to use RSS - all exposed as RSSBus operations: AmazonOps: feeds that provide access to Amazon services. AsteriskOps: feeds of voicemail, call connection. CcOps: feeds for credit card authorization, validation, refunding, voiding. EbayOps: feeds that provide access to EBay services. ExcelOps: feeds for retrieving information from Excel spreadsheets FedexOps: feeds for FedEx shipping, rate queries, and tracking. FeedOps: ......

Posted On Friday, June 9, 2006 9:50 AM

Google Spreadsheets API: Library and Demo
Ready for some feedback. Download the library and let me know what you think. There is a csharp winforms demo included that shows how to use the GSheet class that is contained in the dll. Contents of the zip: csharpDemo - Folder containing the csharp source code of the demo GoogleSpreadsheetsAPI.dll - Library containing the GSheet class. nsoftware.IPWorksSSL.dll - IP*Works! SSL library for communications code Update: Download it here, source included. Update 2: The library is no longer available. ......

Posted On Thursday, June 8, 2006 2:14 PM

New bloglines version in closed beta?

In the referrer logs of my recent post about Bloglines, I see that apparently there are improvements under way after all.  Anybody have access to beta.bloglines.com?  I want to see!

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Posted On Wednesday, June 7, 2006 7:19 PM

Google Spreadsheets Sneak Peek
Jayaveer has a sneak peak of Google Spreadsheets.

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Posted On Tuesday, June 6, 2006 7:59 AM

Secure email adapter for Biztalk
Jay Kinker outlines the simple steps to configure the SMTP adapter in Biztalk.  If you need security (SSL), consider the /n software Secure Email adapter which support secure SMTPS (as well as POPS and IMAPS for securely retrieving mails).

Posted On Thursday, May 25, 2006 7:22 AM

Jabber Chat Demo - upgraded to VS2005
Greg asked me to upgrade the VB.Net source project to Visual Studio 2005.  Here it is (source and binary).  Read more about the project here.

Posted On Wednesday, May 10, 2006 6:46 AM

S3 Development Components

/n software has put out the beta for the new IBiz S3 Integrator.  The S3 component lets you develop for Amazon's Simple Storage Solutions very easily.

It would be interesting to have a blog or podcast that exists entirely on S3.

Posted On Friday, May 5, 2006 9:17 AM

Gritwire is AWESOME
Gritwire rocks. This is just top of the line presentation AND its very fast as well! I just wonder how fast their release cycle is. I'm currently a bloglines user and I'm tired of no responsiveness and the apparent lack of desire to add any new features (even though they have a great existing feature set, thats no reason not to improve). Gritwire: here is my feedback: 1. I want the ability to mark a feed as read automatically after clicking on it (instead of having to click on "Mark as Read" every ......

Posted On Friday, March 31, 2006 7:44 AM

Online Feed Readers Evaluated
I've been a Bloglines user for a while now, and before that FeedDemon. FeedDemon is excellent, but I think I prefer the convenience of an online feed reader. Bloglines is great, but I get the impression that nobody is actually working on improving it or supporting it. I tried a switch to Newsgator Online, but apparently they have a brand new version in which the kinks aren't out yet. I'll definitely give them another try because they seem to have promise. I was happy to see this article on TechCrunch: ......

Posted On Friday, March 31, 2006 6:50 AM

The coolest web advertising ever
Visual Steel

Posted On Tuesday, March 28, 2006 9:14 AM

SFTP BizTalk Adapter How-To
Vamsi Krishna has posted a new article about the nsoftware SFTP BizTalk Adapter:  Secure Shell SSH Enabled FTP Adapter for BizTalk

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Posted On Monday, March 27, 2006 9:48 AM

You know what ANNOYS me about IE7?
When it finishes loading a page, it takes window focus from wherever I am! Jeez, don't do that! There's not much more annoying than when some application thinks that it should determine what window has focus and takes control away from me. If it can't load a page after a certain time, it reissues the GET request. Excuse me, but if I want to reload the page *I"ll* reload the page. If the browser does it, it is really annoying if I'm debugging a web application. Some pages still don't render correctly, ......

Posted On Thursday, March 23, 2006 7:09 AM

Borland and Colonic Irrigation

Verity Stob: Borland's Delphi Goodbye.

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Posted On Wednesday, March 15, 2006 1:52 PM

Instant Notification of Financial Transactions Using OFX
Components for software developers: “/n software's IBiz OFX Integrator can be used to connect to and retrieve live financial data from banks, credit card, and investment companies. The OFX Integrator contains several components which use the OFX protocol and SSL technology to communicate with these financial institutions.“ Read more: Receive Instant Notifications of Financial Transactions Using OFX ......

Posted On Thursday, February 23, 2006 11:05 AM

Delphi and C++ Builder editions updated for BDS2006
There are a loyal bunch of Delphi and C++ Builder developers who use IP*Works! and other nsoftware products regularly. Many of you have asked for BDS2006 support, and it is finally here! All of the nsoftware Delphi and C++ Builder Edition toolkits have now been updated to integrate with BDS2006. Technorati tags: BDS2006 IPWorks Delphi ......

Posted On Friday, February 10, 2006 2:56 PM

Desktop vs Online Aggregators
Scott thinks that desktop aggregators have no future. I have to agree. I used to be a FeedDemon user. FeedDemon is a great piece of software, and Nick is smart enough to allow owners to install it on multiple machines - however I found it annoying having to maintain new and removed subscriptions between my work and home installations. Since FeedDemon was purchased by NewsGator I haven't tried the new beta's - for all I know they provide a method of synching subscriptions between installations now, ......

Posted On Thursday, October 6, 2005 8:43 AM

Gmail: Customized From address implemented
What's New in Gmail? Lots! One of the features I (and lots of others apparently) requested is the ability to customize the FROM address used when I send email from my gmail inbox. This really expands the power of gmail, and allows me to use it to manage email from all of my domains. Now I have configured all of my incoming mail in all of my personally owned domains to forward to my gmail account. I have defined gmail filters there to label and archive these incoming messages into different labels ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 5, 2005 7:40 AM

Browser PA
Daan from Matirsoft pointed me to their Browser PA product. Developed in .Net, this thing has so many features its amazing. While it won't tear me away from Bloglines, this is one neat and feature packed tool: Multi-engine web search (including blog, print, and video searches) Read RSS feeds IE Favorites and History organizers (much better than the one that comes with IE) System tools like IPConfig, DNS query, etc. Explorer-style interfaces for folder browsing and tasks ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 5, 2005 6:44 AM

Google will set IM free

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Microsoft, AIM, Yahoo, etc - please take note. OPEN UP and say "Ahh", or get uninstalled. Finally, one IM client is in sight.

My google talk name is “lmrobins”

Posted On Wednesday, August 24, 2005 6:34 AM

New version of NukeSyndicate released (DNN Podcasting Module)
Scott Schecter has released a new version of NukeSyndicate, the DNN 3 podcast feed module. Its open source, supports RSS 2.0, and looks great.

Posted On Monday, August 15, 2005 11:13 AM

My MSN listens to user feedback and makes changes
I tried out My MSN a few months back, and it looks like a great service. I would never have considered using it, however, because it had a ridiculously HUGE banner ad right at the top of the page. I was so disappointed that I sent some feedback to the team. Imagine how surprised I was to receive a response to that feedback today, from "Justin", a program manager on the MSN.com Portals Team. Here it is: Hi, My name is Justin and I?m a Program Manager who works directly on the My MSN site. You?re receiving ......

Posted On Monday, August 8, 2005 6:11 PM

Planning a day trip to outer space? Better check out Google Moon first!

Today is the 36th anniversary of the first lunar landing. Google Moon plots out Apollo landings and provides a up-close view of the moon.  Don't forget to zoom all the way in!

Posted On Wednesday, July 20, 2005 6:45 AM

Quick screen capture utliity
Last month, Scott Hanselman posted his Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List. I checked out some of the things I'd not heard of before. One of these was Brian Scott's Cropper, a little .Net utility for quickly and conveniently creating screen captures. This little app is great! Brian, a suggestion: when I take a shot - how about copying the resultant file to the clipboard ......

Posted On Friday, July 8, 2005 8:13 AM

MSN Messenger has a big bug!
Harish recommends MSN Messenger 7.0. No, no, no, no, no. And if you recommend AOL IM? No, no, no, no, no. Can these two IM clients throw everything at you except the kitchen sink, or what? Good grief! Some products will get so bloated, and be completely blind to the features that are really important. If I use MSN Messenger as my only IM client, that means I can only talk to other people who use MSN Messenger. If I want to chat with my friends who use AOL IM, I have to install that and run it as ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 5, 2005 2:17 PM

Google Earth
I can't wait to get a look at Google Earth. I tried to download today, but apparently they're not currently "accepting" new downloads since the product is in beta. Given how long google groups has been in beta, I wonder if I'll ever get to download it. :)

Posted On Thursday, June 30, 2005 4:20 PM

"IE Dean" Points to Simple List Extensions Spec and More
Dean Hachamovitch write on the IE Blog about his presentation at Gnomedex earlier today. The new RSS functionality in Longhorn will enable developers to build on top of RSS as a platform. Dean points us to the MSDN Longhorn RSS page, where the Simple List Extensions spec can be found, as well as more details on RSS support in Longhorn ......

Posted On Friday, June 24, 2005 4:47 PM

DNN Blog Module That Supports Enclosures
Scott Schecter has released NukeSyndicate, a blogging module for DotNetNuke that supports enclosures.

Posted On Wednesday, June 15, 2005 9:42 PM

Finally, Tabbed Browsing in IE!
I've been a convert to the Maxthon browser for some time now. The convenience of having multiple tabs in one main browser window is great. I assumed that Maxthon would have little success after IE7 came out, but I guess the end of the road for Maxthon came sooner rather than later. Enter tabbed browsing in IE via the latest version of the MSN Toolbar. Right-click “Open in new window” still creates another separate instance of IE. Instead, the MSN Toolbar adds two new right-click menu ......

Posted On Thursday, June 9, 2005 8:31 PM

Blogging Client
I've just created a quick and dirty blogging client - using the metawebblog api. None of the existing clients I tried had the features I want (posting to multiple blogs at once and auto-emailing copies of the post to specified addresses). To create the client, I just use an HTTP component to send metaWeblog.newPost XMLRPC to each of x selected blogs. Then I use an HTMLMailer component to email a copy to myself for secondary archival. UPDATE: I posted a link to my app here: http://geekswithblogs.net/l... ......

Posted On Thursday, June 9, 2005 12:56 PM

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