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The Amazon Wishlist widget that I created last week is now at Widgetbox, a widget directory. Their site is quite nice. It allows users to browse widgets and use them in their webpages. For developers, Widgetbox provides a nice interface for submitting your own widget. When I put AmzWish on Widgetbox I exposed some querystring parameters for it: wishlistid - An Amazon assigned Id for a particular wishlist to use (required). maxitems - The number of items to display in the widget (optional, defaults ...
A couple of months ago I have read the book "Visual Studio Hacks" by James Avery but I have never taken the time to write a small review so here it is. James is a .NET Architect and has previously written several books for Microsoft press and Wrox and has published several articles on the MSDN Magazin and ASPToday. In his book Visual Studio Hacks he has collected 100 tips and tricks from several Visual Studio experts that show you how to make the Visual Studio IDE even more powerful than ...
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. ...
Does Vista mean the begining of the end for Microsoft? Well that's an interesting suggestion from John Naughton at the Observer I found this courtesy of Bink.nu and it does raise some interesting points regarding the gestation period of Longhorn and it's challenges getting to this point? Have we reached the natural plateau of how large a software program can be? There will be a predictable (and expensive) PR campaign to coincide with the final release of the software. But in Redmond, Washington, ...
I was checking out my Amazon account one day when I came across a blurb for their “Mechanical Turk” service, at http://www.mturk.com . It's built for what they call Human Intelligence Tasks (“HITs“), which computers can't do reliably yet. Tasks like comparing two photos to see if they're the same person, reading two product descriptions to verify if they're the same product, or summarizing a podcast in 200 words or less. You can even register (using your normal Amazon account) ...
Adopting TDD has been an enlightening experience. I have found that doing things the right way usually seems to be the hard way. Or at least you have to take your lumps when applying TDD to an application that was initially developed without TDD. I have been reading a book that could quite possible have the worst title I have ever heard. This book cannot stand on its title alone. The only reason I am reading it is because it was recommended to me by someone who I trust. I believe this is a book that ...
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, ...
A couple of recent customer service experiences I've had recently.... 1) Nationwide Building Society (Direct)- Their online mortgage application service and subsequent phone based customer services is definately the worst customer service I have ever seen. How can a mortgage application take from March to August to complete, when there are no special circumstances at all, just NationwideBS Customer Service incompetence? 2) Nationwide Building Society (Local branch) - being a geek I'd much rather ...
From the AWS blog: Peter Lewis, writing from Australia, shows how to create An Amazon S3 Hosted Website using Interarchy. Interarchy is an FTP client application for the Mac.The technique illustrated in the article is not specific to this application and is quite handy - Amazon S3 is a really good web host. Of course, the article itself is on an Amazon S3 hosted website! Technorati tags: amazon s3 ...
*Moved to: CafeMSN PrizeI managed to win an amazon voucher from Microsoft for my answers on cafemsn, not once but twice! At leaset I got $20 for my trouble!Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
If you’ve tried moving an eBook you bought on Amazon that was protected with DRM to your palm device and have been successful skip this post. However, if you’ve tried your hands at if and failed (becuase you were as confused as me) read on. Trying to the use the Acrobat Reader for Palm OS (that works for all of my other PDFs) kept throwing the following error - "This document has not been encrypted using stand security handler and therefore could not be opened" A Few minutes on Google ...
The article is here. Kind of makes you wonder how many abstraction layers will be added to .NET in the next few years. Now we have the OS, .NET 2.0, and the additions in .NET 3.0 (WPF, WF, WCF). On top, one could add security and validation layers and others. On the bottom work is being done to abstract away the intrinsics of database access. As WCF, messaging, and WS-* take off, the abstractions get really cool. Perhaps your “database” is just some service hosted by Amazon and your “file ...
/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 ...
I’ve been looking into MSIL mostly comparing the generated code from both vb and c# as I’m about to start an app where execution speed is going to be important, I’ll need to keep boxing down to a minimum, c++ is not an option because of time constraints. I’ve found a few handy tools along the way. Excellent tool this, version 3 of ILIDE can be downloaded from here http://nida.se/ilide/ unfortunately it appears to be tied to version 1.1 of the framework and therefore knows ...
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 ...
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: ...
Yesterday I talked about using RSSBus script to easily combine multiple feeds into one. The result of the script was a single RSS feed. RSSBus also has the ability to let me easily expose the data contained in this feed in other formats, such as plain text, HTML, ATOM, etc. We do this through RSBTemplates, which are nothing more than script (such as that in the post from yesterday) intermixed with non-script (like plain text, HTML, etc). As an example, I will build on yesterdays script. I'll start ...
The RSSBus website talks about “Create, Connect, Visualize”. It goes on to explain that RSSBus lets you do three major things very easily: Create feeds out of whatever you want, with relative ease (yes, I said whatever you want: data from QuickBooks, data from your database, Asterisk connection information, Amazon S3 buckets, Google maps, file listings, system process information, etc.) Connect feeds to each other, and manipulate them. Pipeline them through computations or pass them to ...
Whoops I did it again: Amazon have quietly dropped Google as their search engine and moved over to the new MS Live search engine. Wonder why? Also have a look at the new Amazon search site at www.A9.com. For more info read it here: http://www.washingtonpost.c... ...
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Only Passionate People Win : Make sure your team is jelled before starting Agile. This post is reminiscent of what the book Peopleware : Productive Projects and Teams emphasizes, and this goes back 7+ years with this edition (I don’t know when the 1st edition was published). Team dynamics is the foundation of longterm success. Sure on short projects you can beat the hell out of people to get it done; but, if you looking for something beyond that, you won’t get it unless you have a well ...
This is cheap for right under $100. Wrox is releasing their “WROX BOX” on Amazon starting May 9th and it includes the following books and chapters: Professional ASP.NET 2.0 Professional C# 2005 Professional .NET Framework 2.0 Professional .NET 2.0 Generics CD-ROM with more than 700 pages of bonus chapters from 10 other .NET 2.0 and SQL Server™ 2005 Wrox books DVD with 180-day trial version of Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 Professional Edition This is a top of the line ...
After reading how FrontRow is a crap I ended up playing with Windows XP Media Center Edition only to learn that is crappy too. Namely, per official Microsoft Extender FAQ the whole MediaCenter - Extender architecture is as good as its extenders and extenders are closed source. So I do get decent experience on a PC, but in the living room Xbox extender is pretty much useless for anything but playing mp3. The reason for that is that Microsoft do not support any codecs but Microsoft's and there is no ...
Michael Robertson is taking another shot at Microsoft with ajaxWrite, an online word processor. I'm not going to tear apart ajaxWrite or praise it. Specifically I have a problem when Michael puts on his sales weasel hat and fails to compare apples to apples. For example, here is the first paragraph from his latest Michael's Minute: What if there was alternative for Microsoft Word that would install and open in 6 seconds, read and write Microsoft Word .doc files and run on Macintosh, Microsoft Windows ...
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 ...
It's been highly anticipated that Amazon would enter the movie-download business. But the long wait may be over as such an offering might finally be coming to a personal computer near you. Renting movies online doesn't work for me. The real hold back is the download times. I have used CinemaNow and Movielink before, but they both took almost a full day to download. And for the cost I could be up to Blockbuster and back much faster. Buying movies is closer. But the cost savings would have to be big ...
Amazon started selling Intel based Mac Mini. Mac Mini 1.5GHz Solo is at $599.99 and Mac Mini 1.66GHz Duo is at $799.99 or both are at MSRP. Amazon runs $25 mail in rebate on both until 03/21/06. Mac Mini review by arstechnica pointed out that MacMini CPU is socketed and thus MacMinis are upgradable, but at least for now it is quite expensive $300 to go to Core Duo 1.83GHz and $400+ for Core Duo 2GHz. Still, it makes MacMini very cheap Yonah entry-level box that could have longer life with CPU upgrades. ...
So Apple released Intel based MacMini with their stinky old remote. At $799 Core Duo version is competative with lower end Pentium D boxes starting at $700+, alas Gateways and such offer more raw power and disk space (2.8GHz, 2x1MB L2, 800 MHz, 1GB RAM, 250GB HD vs. 1.66GHz, 2x1MB L2, 667MHz, 512 MB RAM, 80GB HD), but lack extras like 1G ethernet, bluetooth and built in wireless. Oh did I forgot remote? Anyhow, looks like for the first time ever Apple appears if not cheap, but at least as a good ...
A year ago I bought myself a Canon A95 digital camera preceding a vacation with my wife to Maui. We got some great photos from that trip with the camera, and everyone was impressed. In fact, a picture of a purple flower I took made it into the BBC's Pictures of the Week column. The only pictures that didn't turn well were the ones we took underwater using single-use (disposable) Fujifilm cameras which we had processed by Kodak. This year we had the opportunity to return to Hawaii. Things worked out ...
So sometime back I got myself an Ipod Video – Special offer on Amazon (I think it still on, the 30GB one goes for 260+). So now that I’ve got it, its time to customize the Pod (thats what I am calling it). Ordered myself an Iskin – http://www.iskin.com/eVo3ga... Got Videora Ipod Converter to convert my videos to mp4 – which kind a has few gltiches, interface isnt really pristine, and sometimes refuses to convert some videos. Got an IpodLibrary which converts ...
In Grade 7 my crush-of-the-week was a girl by the name of Jen. I had just seen her star alongside Fred Savage in the movie/Nintendo commercial “The Wizard”. From what I remember of her Nintendo Power interview, she like Tetris...I think (grade 7 is like a lifetime ago). Unfortunately, she didn't go the way of other geek girls like Morgan Webb and embrace her geekiness, so it just wasn't meant to be. Sorry Jen. She has however put out her new solo CD (Rabbit Fur Coat) after spending the ...
I've recently started using Listal to catolgue my DVDs. My old spot was GuzzleFish, but it has been down with a MySQL error for months now. Listal's DVD catologue comes from Amazon and seems quite large. You can add titles based on a name search or ASIN. I don't think, based on comments from the developer's blog, that he pulls the data real time. (If something is missing, you can still add it yourself.) The site has only been active for a few months, but so far I like it. The new friends feature ...
Amazon has now added the ability to "tag" items. I have added a few DVDs and created a sample personal online DVD collection. I think this new feature could have some interesting applications. Now the scary part: Tags do appear to be accessible from Internet Explorer. I can view them in Firefox or Netscape, but tags do not show up on individual item pages or my profile under IE. When I try to use the direct link to my DVD collection above from IE I get an Amazon error page. Is anyone else having ...
The final week of the semester is finally here. This semester has been a good one so far and my web design students have learned a great deal about web design. I hope they continue studying about web design and take my advanced class where we learn about portals and work with dotnentuke. I will be working on web services for this final week. Some of the advanced students will complete all of the lessons in the CurliQue curriculum and some are only three or four lesson behind. I will introduce my ...
I usually just ignore all of the SPAM that comes through my InBox but for some reason this one caught my eye. It's the typical phishing email where some jerk tries to get your username and password for something like Amazon or eBay or whatever. We all know how they display what looks like a perfectly legitimate URL with an underlying link to a place that then steals the information you enter. So, here's the link in the email that caught my eye: http://www.amazon.com/exec/... ...
The semester is rapidly coming to a close in a couple of weeks. After looking at what’s left to do in the Curlique lessons I will probably eliminate some of the required lessons and have them spend some additional time on web services. The lesson has a good application using Amazon and I also have an application that I created that uses Pig Latin. Udentsstay avehay unfay ithway isthay essonlay. You can go here to translate if you want. On average it takes about a week to cover two lessons. ...
First of all, sorry for the length of this - and I'll understand if you can't be bothered? but at least go and check out the blog at Sightlines Consulting please? You know how it is with us self confessed Geeks? You start searching or researching for a particular answer or information and then the power of the HyperLink takes over and before you know it you are in another Metaverse all together, looking around for the breadcrumbs or the piece of string to guide you back to the path? So it was with ...
So many of us out there in the technical community know about BookPool for buying tech books at a good discount. Of late, I have found that Amazon has really caught up to them on some books and haven't seen that BookPool has been able to keep my business. Anyhow, while I was searching for a specific title on Froogle (Google comparison shopping), I found another really good site. NerdBooks.com. The site was easy to navigate and the service was terrific. Better yet, they had Bookpool beat by a couple ...
Every year I post all the things that I hope the suckers family and friends in my life will buy for me. I hope to completely eliminate crap gifts one day. So here goes: Most of my items can be found on my Amazon.com and ThinkGeek wish lists. Amazon has mostly DVDs and Xbox 360 games and ThinkGeek has mostly, well, geek stuff. But there are three items that did not fit on either list: A wireless surround sound system and receiver for the living room. All digital, no 900MHz stuff. That works fine for ...
Just got the following email that leads you to believe that Amazon.com is having a problem with a recent credit card charge - if you get a similar email don't fall for it. The embedded link will take you to a page where it will ask you for your credit card no and even your pin # - like they need to know your pin. Don't fall for it! If you look close at the link you will see http://secure.amazon.com.lo... At first glance, it looks like you are going to secure.amazon.com ...
Crossposted from my Apress blog... I am, among other things, an upcoming Apress author. I’m currently working on a vb.net book titled Beginning Role-playing Game Development with VB.NET 2005. Writing games is pretty easy. Writing a book about writing games is not. Wow, was that the understatement of the decade, or what? Don’t get me wrong… I’m thoroughly enjoying the experience, and I can’t wait to get it published. I really really can’t wait, because it means ...
Learn how to build your own starter kit using Microsoft ASP.NET and Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 or Microsoft Visual Web Developer 2005 Express Edition. Welcome to ASP.NET Jumpstart, a four-article series that will run you through the creation of a complete application—from the beginning to the end. This article is really meant for the Microsoft ASP.NET beginner or hobbyist, but anyone interested in the new features provided by ASP.NET 2.0 will find value in this series of articles. The kit ...
Scott Hanselman discussed this earlier, but the XmlDataSource control has a bug in it. When working with the XPath capablities of the control (which you will do pretty much every time you use the control), the control will throw an exception when working with XML data that includes namespaces/prefixes. I recently encountered this problem when I was working with some of the XML data coming from the Amazon APIs. One possible fix is to apply a XSLT stylesheet to strip the namespaces and prefixes from ...
Via MSDN Here are few useful online free books listed on MSDN that will get you started with Microsoft Content Management Server before you do your own investment and buy a MCMS 2002 Book or take an official MOC Training. Note these books are not meant for beginners though. For beginners I will still Recommend the Book Building Websites with Microsoft Content Management Server as per my post here earlier.You can get good deal on this book from Amazon and other online book sellers. (1) Building, Deploying, ...
On JobsBlog on MSDN Blogs, there is a recruiter suggestion that your identity might be googled prior to an interview to find out more about you. (Bite of Advice - The Art of the Search Part 1). So to experiment with this, I googled my name and city. I get this blog at the top. I get appsguild.com, my original site and original blog, and I get a bunch of other Scott Miller stuff. Scott Miller is a common name, even in Kansas. (I remember being five years old and, like a "big boy", telling the receptionist ...
Most popular employers among US computer science students: Microsoft, IBM, Intel, Apple by ZDNet's ZDNet Research -- Microsoft captured the top spot in Universum Communications survey of US computer science students, with 41% of college students willing to work for the company. IBM was #2 with 39%, Intel was #3 with 20%, Apple was #4 with 19%, Amazon was #5 with 16%, Cisco was #6 with 15% ...
I have had some fun in the last couple of weeks debating the Microsoft Rules Engine with Peter Lin. Many people in the BizTalk community will know that Peter used Amazon and The ServerSide site early this year to launch an attack on Microsoft's representation of their rules engine. You can read the original thread here. Based on a BizTalk performance whitepaper, the latest version of which is here, and on the documentation of the Rules Engine on MSDN, he deduced that that the engine does not implement ...
I just read on the CodeCanvas blog that Google has entered into the IM race.If you ask yourself what Google is up to and you already know the secret google masterplan go and watch Epic 2015.Robin Sloan and Matt Thompson produced a great video about a fictional future of the media. (especially about Microsoft, Amazon and Google) ...
For anyone who is remotely interested in VMWare ESX Server (and who in the Enterprise side of things isn't?) then you would be well advised to pop over to the http://www.vmguru.com web site and download the Sample Pack of the VMWare ESX Server - Advanced Technical Design Guide. This book was released on 5th August and is available on Amazon and Amazon.co.uk.Just a quick idea of what it covers: (The sample pack actually contains chapters 5 and 9) Section 1. Introduction to ESX Server1. VMware Overview ...