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Tangible Thoughts SharePoint, MOSS? and all the other questions September 2004 Entries
Value for Money
With all the different posts running around about the Starter Edition of Windows XP, I was writing a post myself on it, but I am going to save that for another time. Anyway I was going to link to the following articles Seattle Times Article on Windows XP Starter Edition Microsoft Press Release on Starter Edition The Register on the Starter Edition Techdirt on the Starter Edition But.... Just a bit of commentry Right now I think there really is no value in the Starter Edition, infact its 800x600 resolution ......

Posted On Thursday, September 30, 2004 12:20 PM

Star Wars TV Show?
From Slashdot “Lucas will not direct it just produce it. Kevin Smith (Silent Bob, the clerks series) is named as a possible director." Source: I wonder where in the story line the TV Series feature ......

Posted On Thursday, September 30, 2004 12:18 PM

Microsoft Readies DirectX Replacement
Interesting tidbit from Microsoft Readies DirectX Replacement Microsoft is very close to releasing its newest iteration of DirectX. Dubbed the "Windows Graphics Foundation" (WGF), Microsoft will reunite DirectDraw and Direct3D into one package allowing the graphics subsystem of a PC to be completely integrated into the operating system. Reports cite the latest versions of the WGF to be at version 0.99, just shy of an initial release. The initial release of WGF will allow hardware vendors ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 29, 2004 11:11 AM

Want a Sidebar & Dockbar?
Found this sidebar tool advertised on noahh's blog. Thanks for the info noaah Check out http://www.desktopsidebar.c... The other app that i use very often is YZDock (Screenshot, more screens). I have tried the various Dock applications including MobyDock, Object Dock etc. so far I have found YZ Dock to be the most configurable, but its one those orphaned projects. Download YZDock here ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 28, 2004 12:42 PM

Half-Life 2 held hostage?
Did you read this news about HL2. Oh No! I forsee more delays. Half-Life 2 held hostage? Court filings show VU Games has the right to sit on finished Half-Life 2 code for up to six months. Could it be deja vu all over again? As part of GameSpot's ongoing look into the two-year-old copyright infringement case that pits business partners Valve Inc. and Vivendi Universal Games against each other in US District Court, additional documents uncovered this week reveal an interesting ace up VUG's sleeve. ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 28, 2004 12:11 PM

Virgin Astronauts in Space
Scoop from Virgin Astronauts in Space The designer of the SpaceShipOne vessel, which cracked the barrier to manned commercial space flight earlier this year, signs a deal with Virgin Airways' Richard Branson to build more spacecraft based on that design. Source: ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 28, 2004 12:09 PM

BAR in 555 Livery
If any of you haven’t seen it yet, there are a couple pics of BAR in the 555 livery. Ofcourse if you saw the Chinese Grand Prix you would already have seen the team uniforms had changed. Should tell you the BAR 555 car look really sparkling. Something to note is that BAR is one of the teams that do not have sponsors in High Tech at least not yet ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 28, 2004 11:14 AM

Guess where our troops are going?
Guess where are troops are going? Haitti! Yep, right in to the middle of hurricane territory. The funny thing is now that there is no War to kill them; they felt a bit a ‘too alive’ and decided a hurricane was almost the same excitement as fighting Tigers in our back yard. Anyways, humour-aside, my sympathies goes out to all those ppl in Haiti and the other nations that were battered by this hurricane streak ......

Posted On Monday, September 27, 2004 2:58 PM

Humour in clothing?
Saw this linked off Clemens’ blog. Next time I am going to read all the washing instructions on anything I buy carefully. Who knows what you might be missing ......

Posted On Monday, September 27, 2004 2:58 PM

Firefox as MyIE2
Recently I was writing a mail to a friend of mine, who wanted to know how I customized Firefox to give me the same features as MYIE2 (which I used to love). So I thougth I'd share the content with you as well. Actually there is nothing much to it, all you got to know is the proper extension to install. My current list to duplicate most of MYIE2 (now known as Maxthon) functionality is Tab Browser Extensions (TBE) Petit TBE All in one gestures Super drag and go miniT Ie view add bookmark here copy ......

Posted On Friday, September 24, 2004 3:37 PM

Toyota's RSC
Came across this beast today. Looks like a fine looking vehicle, too bad it’s a concept.

Posted On Friday, September 24, 2004 11:07 AM

Traktor DJ Player
To all you audio palyer/dj freaks. Check out Traktor DJ Player. It’s an audio player based on the Traktor DJ Studio engine. Here is a snippet from the site Sharing the same engine as its professional siblings, the Player version of TRAKTOR plays back MP3s, WAVs Audio CDs and DJ-Mixes produced with TRAKTOR DJ MIXER and TRAKTOR DJ STUDIO. It's the perfect tool to share your DJ-Mixes with a large audience over the internet Waveform display The tracks stream through the waveform displays revealing the ......

Posted On Thursday, September 23, 2004 7:46 AM

Sony Using OLEDS
Got a scoop from a friend. Sony is prototyping OLED displays on its handhelds in Japan Full article is here ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 22, 2004 5:32 AM

Interesting F1 Championship history.
I was looking for a list online to use as some testdata for a certain SharePoint tool I use internally when I came across this link. The site gives you a run down of the F1 championship history. What interesting is you can see what engines the teams have been running way back then, and what teams are now non-existent. For instance - Mc Laren were running on Ford and Porsche way before they were on Honda engines. - Williams were using Ford and then Honda engines - Lotus used to compete in F1 ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 22, 2004 5:31 AM

Google Browser
This hit my scanners today. A couple of folks from Microsoft and Sun have left to join Google. So far it is rumored that Google is planning on building a web browser. What I don’t understand is with FireFox, Mozilla, Opera, etc why bother. But then I am inclined to think that it might be a contribution to the Mozilla effort or a spin-off based on Mozilla. The other angle to this is that now Microsoft and Sun might have a few vacancies J Any predictions anyone on what the browser will be called. How ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 22, 2004 5:30 AM

Valve vs Vivendi

Several sources online are pointing to this court-room battle between Valve and Vivendi (or Sierra) regarding infringement Half Life Interlectual property.

Here is a link to the article.

Not sure where the real discussion about this is. I only have a link to discussion on phl.

Posted On Tuesday, September 21, 2004 6:17 PM

Pilawoos on TIME
Whilst traveling with a friend of mine from work the other day, my friends Dad told me that a famous food joint here in Sri Lanka was featured on TIME magazine. Wow TIME took notice of Pilawoos. I am wondering whether their next update would be about the cars that frequent the place at wee hours of the night on weekends J ......

Posted On Friday, September 17, 2004 2:46 PM

Extracting a WebPart Page, DVWPs and Saving Document Library Templates
Some things I got burnt by recently. Hope you guys are aware of these. 1) If you right click on a WebPart Page on a document library and say Save Target As (i.e. from IE’s context menu) what you are going to get is the HTML normally sent to the browser and not the WebPart composition. It makes perfect sense actually since the browser is requesting for a ‘Smart Page’ from SharePoint and there for SharePoint sends it HTML. Now having said that even though it makes perfect sense it is not too obvious. ......

Posted On Friday, September 17, 2004 5:44 AM

Tweaks I am looking forward to
Perhaps it’s a sign that I am getting old (although I really doubt that since I am along way from 30 and still play Counter Strike often). Recently I’ve been scouring the net for tweaks to products I use just to find ways of enabling features that I could really look forward to. The 2 on the top of my list are Outlook 2003 I’ve been looking for a tweak or a ‘How-To to create a view similarly to how GMail shows the inbox and emails stacked by conversations. And I don’t mean the default ‘Group by Conversations’ ......

Posted On Thursday, September 16, 2004 8:35 AM

Downloading Arena Wars
Courtesy of Scoble I am now downloading Arena Wars. Hope its not a bummer. Will keep you posted if it was worth the download. Btw first time I heard about GDMag, It looks interesting, might be worth a second visit ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 15, 2004 4:10 PM

A funny thing happened
My machine crashed today! and I am a bit puzzled about it. The crash was a BSOD crash, with the Stop error being 0X000000008E (0X00000005, 0X80588318, 0XF4E4ACC4, 0X00000000). Right now I blame the hardware, from what I have read typical reasons for the 0X000000008E crash are either the memory or the BIOS. Anyway while I was in a foray seeking out a reason for the crash, I came across this thread on the newsgroups about a user facing the 0X000000008E Stop error, which eventually turned out to be ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 14, 2004 12:40 PM

Moving Contents of Issues Lists are impossible?
Recently a colleague of mine was faced with the problem of moving content from one WSS Site to another, with almost all the lists you can save the content in a template and recreate the list, but that is not possible with the Issues List. For some reason beyond my comprehension the Issues List does not let you save the content to a template. Here is a small tip on this, but I do not recommend it. The SharePoint ‘_Site’ database contains a table called UserData that stores the contents of all lists. ......

Posted On Friday, September 10, 2004 4:03 PM

(SPS) SSO_E_CANARY_VALIDATION_FAILURE error solved thanks to the help of a very nice guy.
My earlier frustration with a programming issue I had with SharePoint Portal Server Single Sign On (SPS SSO) came to the attention of very nice chap inside Redmond . All I can say about this chap is that he is very nice, goes by the name of Chris, and works with SharePoint Portal Server; Did I say he was nice guy already? Well anyway he is a nice chap. He was able to throw a suggestion at me that actually bowled me over. It was one of those things that go totally un-noticed until someone points it ......

Posted On Friday, September 10, 2004 3:50 PM

IntravNews 1.1 is Released
Off the intravnews rss feed intraVnews 1.1 Released intraVnews 1.1 has shipped and is now available from the download page. Kudos Peter ......

Posted On Friday, September 10, 2004 3:49 PM

GWB domain problems
Looks like somebody acquired and pointed it to some online webportal. I noticed it when WBEditor return 404 errors when trying to post. ---- Update: It is just me. Some stupid DNS problem me and my colleagues are facing ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 7, 2004 12:23 PM

(SPS) SSO in SharePoint is driving me nuts
Actually I am complaining about very simple bit of code. It is so simple that even I could write it (or copy and paste it) a million times. All I want to do is to set a user’s Credentials into the Single SignOn database from a WebPart, but the frigging thing keeps failing. string[] rgSetCredentialData = new string[2]; rgSetCredentialData[0] = "2ser"; rgSetCredentialData[1] = "rb26dett"; Credentials.SetCredentials( 1, "TestSSOAPP", rgSetCredentialData); The error returned is SSO_E_CANARY_VALIDATION_FAI... ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 7, 2004 12:19 PM

Alien-aware machines
Amanda points to Alienware’s 4ghz machine. If only I had the cash J What sounds most pleasing about their services is this “Send in your favorite games or purchase them from Alienware and your ALX technician will install, update, and optimize up to 3 of them on your system free of charge. If you decide to send them in, you will be provided with a shipping label and Alienware pays for the shipment. …” “Optimize the game for the system?”, shouldn’t that be the other way ......

Posted On Monday, September 6, 2004 5:00 AM

SharePoint SP1 KB Articles
WSS SP1 KB Article SPS SP1 KB Article ......

Posted On Friday, September 3, 2004 2:28 PM

Looks like Gmail has re-commenced the invitation feature

Looks like GMail has recommenced having its ‘invite a friend’ feature. Regarding this, I have run into a point of saturation where there are invitations but no one to give them to.

Posted On Thursday, September 2, 2004 1:15 PM

Isnt the Halo Pelican cool
The one disappointing thing about Halo for me was that I didn’t get the chance to get into the cockpit of a Pelican. To me the Pelican looks so cool, it almost shares the same design style from the drop ships in Starship Troopers. Well if any of you feel like I do and want to get behind the stick of the pelican here a flash game that gives you that opportunity. ......

Posted On Thursday, September 2, 2004 1:01 PM

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