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The company where I work, Kasamba, has been purchased by LivePerson for approx. $40 million! Kasamba Inc's motto is "Expert Advice - Live!". Kasamba has an instant messaging and phone platform where experts can conduct paid sessions with customers seeking their expert knowledge. LivePerson Inc provide online support tools for service they have acquired ......

Kudos to liorz for beating me to it (link to post in Hebrew). Veteran readers of Tidbits might recall my fascination with the "Multi-Touch Screen" technology developed by Jeff Han of NYU and how it might revolutionize the way we interact with our computers. Microsoft Surface promises to be a commercial implementation of a Multi-Touch Screen that will ......

Back after a long period of time away from the internet. This won't be much of a comeback though, as I'm getting married (!) the day after tomorrow and then I'm going here for a week: Santorini on 43places. But I digress. I just want to recommenced Paint.NET. In a sentence, it's the open source Photoshop. It's a free for download open source photo editing ......

I will be going offline for a couple of weeks, starting tomorrow. This is not some innovative web2.0 experiment intended to explore the possibilities of living without email. Rather, it is a much more mundane call to reserve army service :). I will be back with a vengeance come May 1st, with further coverage of some cool new features from outbrain.com, ......

Spotback which advertises itself as the "rate everything!" platform for the web 2.0 is finally out of private beta and available to the public. Spotback provides widgets that blog writers can embed in their blogs. The widgets enable readers to both rate blog posts and see which blogs posts have received the highest ratings from others. Spotback users ......

Ever since I've upgraded from IE6 to IE7, I've noticed that whenever I reopen my Internet Explorer, all my toolbars get messed up. It's as if they are reset to the original "factory" setting, regardless of how carefully I've tweaked them before previously closing IE7. Clearly something was wrong, but to my surprise the fault lay not with "Evil Microsoft" ......

A couple of weeks ago I've had the pleasure of attending outbrain.com's "friends night out". A small get together of bloggers, outbrain.com crew and sympathizers. Not only was it great fun, it was also educational as Dr. Nahum Sharfman (of shopping.com fame) gave a short talk about the recent web 2.0 startup boom. Dr. Sharfman's bottom line seems to ......

I've finally gotten around for some long delayed blog maintenance. Here are some nice tweaks that you too can employ: I've added a button linking to my LinkedIn profile. This is one of Guy Kawaski's Ten Ways to Use LinkedIn. LinkedIn have a wide selection of customized buttons available. If you want one, sign in, click "My Profile", click "Edit my Public ......

Don't ask me how I ended up there, but "Dig Deep and Go Further with Microsoft Visual Studio 2005" has some nice freebie book chapters on VS2005 plus discounts on the actual books (mostly for US residents).



Woot! I've just received an SMS from Google Calendar reminding me of an event due in an hour. The greatest part? I'm in Israel. Who would have thought Google would support this feature for a market as small as Israel? Here's a list of carriers supported by Google Calendar: "Which mobile providers does Google Calendar support?". Currently 2 of Israel's ......

This is a bit on the "old news" side of things, but have you heard of SeaMonkey? SeaMonkey is FireFox's smaller, uglier but faster brother. SeaMonkey is a web browser from the Mozilla Foundation that's based on Gecko - the same "layout engine" as FireFox. That means it renders HTML to your screen the exact same way as FireFox does. The difference? While ......

I've stumbled upon behavior that I cannot understand in ASP.net's handling of the Response.Cookies object. The trigger for this post is a page where I have Response.Flush() followed a bit later with an attempt to write an HttpCookie to the Response. Everything works fine when I try to write the cookie like so: HttpContext.Current.Respons... ......

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I use this blog as my private (or should I say protected?) "Knowledge Base" repository. Whenever I bump into an issue and successfully resolve it, I'd blog about it for future reference's sake. This post is the same, except I wasn't the one to resolve the issue, or even bump into it for that matter. That credit goes to Jeff Atwood over at Coding Horror, ......

I just tried to register with Google Checkout - Google's shiny new payment service. To my surprise, I could not find my beloved country of Israel in the countries drop down list. Turns out Google Checkout is only available in a few, select, countries. I learned this and little more in a support article buried deep inside the site. Why isn't Google Checkout ......

Take this quiz and find out. And whaddaya know? Turns out: I am: William GibsonThe chief instigator of the "cyberpunk" wave of the 1980s, his razzle-dazzle futuristic intrigues were, for a while, the most imitated work in science fiction. Which science fiction writer are you? I couldn't ask for a bigger compliment ......

Yesterday's Israel Visual C# Users Group meeting at Microsoft, Ra'anana featured a lecture from guest speaker Tomer Shamam and he gave a talk about Windows Presentation Foundation. The meeting was a mess. Here are some highlights to show why I left yesterday's meeting disappointed: The invitation for the meeting said it'll start at 17:00. When we got ......

I'd like to give a thumbs up to WikiSeek - a new search engine that indexes Wikipedia and is a well needed alternative to Wikipedia's inferior search engine. Wikipedia have been taking their sweet time improving their search engine so SearchMe - a search engine company - was clever enough to fill the void and implement a better solution. BTW, If you're ......

Watch this video demo of "Multi-Touch Screen" technology devloped at NYU. With UI like this, reminiscent of what's seen in Spielberg's "Minority Report", my mouse is now considering early retirment. Thanks goes to Vic Divecha for the link ......

Pete Stevens' neighbors were "stealing" his wireless internet access. So he decided to secure it in an original fashion. First he mapped all their web requests to go to KittenWar (danger! high saccharin levels). Then he decided to hook them up to a proxy server that would turn their internet literally on its head: Here are the technical details :). ......

Just had my first encounter with VSTO, trying to embed a C# macro in an Excel workbook. I fired up the ol' Visual Studio 2005, created a new "Excel Workbook" project and bumped straight into this: "Programmatic access to the Microsoft Office Visual Basic for Applications project system could not be enabled. If Microsoft Office Word or Microsoft Excel ......

Here's a wonderful Kodak ad found via the Feng-GUI blog. I just love crazy, raving rants when they're done so well: When a company finally realizes it's lost its innovative edge years ago, that's the first step in getting it back. PS - I'll be writing some more about Feng GUI once I actually get it to actually work for me :). It keeps giving me a "web ......

You might recall my previous post about innovations in man-machine interfaces that bring us closer to the vision seen in Steven Spielberg's Minority Report - where Tom Cruise interacts with a computer by moving his hands in space to move 3D "objects" on screen. That post was about a novel touch screen that supports multiple points of contact - allowing ......

It makes me somewhat sad to write about the Linux community's latest attempt at bringing their product to the wider public. MakeTheMove.net is a website dedicated to spreading the word on why Linux and other FOSS (Free and Open Source Software) are the right choice for average Joes and Joans and not just for the ubergeeks. Ironically, the website looks ......

StreetTech just ran an item about a website called LibraryThing. It lets you populate an online catalog of your books by scanning the barcodes on the covers into your computer. The interesting question is - How do you scan a barcode into a PC and onto the web? Gareth from StreetTech suggests using something called a CueCat. This is an old barcode scanner ......

I'm having a debate (with myself mostly) concerning the proper way to name private methods in C# projects. For some forgotten reason, I have been accustomed to use camel casing when naming private methods - as opposed to using Pascal casing for public methods. Example: private int getBlockInfo(int memberID) {...} public int GetBlockInfo(int memberID) ......

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