November 2005 - Posts

30 November 2005
Firefox 1.5 Released Into the Wild
As has been posted forwards, backwards, and all over the web, Firefox 1.5 has been released to the general public (notice there is also a new website for Firefox and Thunderbird). I haven’t decided if I’m going to upgrade yet due to the fact that I had major issues with the 1.5 RC3 release concerning extension compatibility…I might just give it a while to let all the extension devs sort things out with the RTW as I have quite a few extensions I simply cannot live without. Maybe in a month or so. That all being said, Firefox is one of (if not the most) successful OSS projects ever released, and it’s probably one of my favorite (non-developer related) applications I use on a daily basis besides Outlook. Security issues aside (and there really haven’t been that many), the Firefox guys pretty much nailed it on the first try, and with the 1.5 release I would most definitely consider this a “mature” product. I keep meaning to hack together a post listing... Read More...
29 November 2005
Click the Red Tab, Click the Blue Tab
This is my favorite Firefox extension du jour . The author says he lifted the idea from OneNote …that being said, I’d love to see Microsoft incorporate this idea into other applications that use tabs (Visual Studio?)…after just a couple hours of using it and I’m hooked on the concept; we are visually oriented after all, right? Simple, yet elegant…I love it. Read More...
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28 November 2005
Looking for Some Definitive SQLCMD.EXE Resources
Does anyone know of a good hard core SQLCMD (not the ADO.Net object, the OSQL replacement that ships with SQL Server 2005) reference? The SQL Books Online documentation for this new tool is terrible, and Google isn’t turning up much more than basic primers. I’m looking for a hard core top to bottom detailed article (either online or print is fine) discussing the usage of it given my disdain for the new Management Studio (MS) I griped about earlier . What little I have done with SQLCMD thusfar has been great; it’s a nice replacement for OSQL (quite a bit easier to use), and the performance is leaps and bounds beyond MS as it uses the native .Net SqlClient OleDb provider instead of ODBC. I’m just surprised at the lack of information out in the wild on this tool. Here’s a nice (very high level) comparison of SQLCMD vs OSQL . I’m definitely sold on it, I just need information people! Read More...
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27 November 2005
List of Google Services
I was actually in the process of compiling my own list of Google’s ever growing portfolio of services, but it looks like there’s already a list out there . Well done. Read More...
26 November 2005
Surreal Streams -- A Low Key Blend
This week’s Surreal Streams mix will be a blend of some of my favorite low key/get in the groove tracks, with tunes from the following artists: Air . Boards of Canada . Brian Eno . DJ Food . GusGus . Orbital . Placebo . Propellerheads . Snake River Conspiracy . Squarepusher . Tosca (those guys are now Tosca). These guys are some of my all time favorites; I’ve queued up 363 tracks and like always I’m hitting the shuffle button…there are some truly amazing tunes on this playlist. The stream is at . Enjoy. Read More...
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26 November 2005
Looking for a Flash Guru
I have a small project I’m spearheading with a local fashion design company and am in need of a Flash (or Shockwave) developer for a concept we’re working on. The premise is simple enough: We need to create an eBrochure that will get mailed out on CD/DVD to an existing mailing list (it will not be used on the web). What we’re really looking to do is create a simple multimedia “shell” application that will support: Templated branding (this is the number 1 priority). Swapping images on the fly. Music and voiceovers. The number of images will be anywhere from 100–200, everything else is still in the preliminary planning stages. Something else we’re looking for is an associated iPod download that has the same “look and feel” as the eBrochure…of course that wouldn’t be in Flash but it should be easy enough to build a short video that looks similar; this will be on the disc as well. Anybody interested/know anyone who might be... Read More...
24 November 2005
Office 12 Beta 1 -- First Impressions
That’s right, I have Office 12 Beta 1 (it’s not too hard to find out in the wild, ping me if you want details as to where to get it). The upgrade from Office 2003 went smoothly enough, and so far I haven’t run into any issues besides Outlook using upwards of 400 megabytes of memory at times…usually just minimizing it to the system tray fixes it. Some notable features (mostly related to Outlook as that’s the Office app I use the most): All applications have been “ribbonized” except for Outlook, which GUI-wise remains largely unchanged in this release (a few little tweaks, but nothing major). It’s unlike anything I’ve ever seen before, but so far has been pretty intuitive. I’ll be honest, not having menus is just…well, strange as that’s what I’ve been used to for the past 2 decades. As Office is pretty much the driving force behind GUI’s at MS, it’s most definitely a good idea to start working with... Read More...
24 November 2005
Has Microsoft screwed up with VS 2005, or is it a perception problem? (Via ISerializable)
Has Microsoft screwed up with VS 2005, or is it a perception problem? Some thoughts. "Every single version of Windows, Office, and Visual Studio (and any other product of similar size, for that matter) has shipped with bugs of the magnitude that people are reporting in VS2005. So why are we suddenly so hyper-aware of the VS2005 bugs? The difference is not in product quality, but in two other areas. First, the developers at Microsoft were incredibly open about the development process in this product cycle. For the first time multitudes of people got to see the realities of bugs being triaged to meet a ship schedule. I've seen some online expressions of shock that a bug-fix could be postponed to the next release of the product, but in fact this has always happened. If you don't stop fixing bugs and ship software at some point, you don't stay in the software business for long. Second, the blogosphere makes it incredibly easy to find and publicize the people who are finding the bugs; previously... Read More...
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24 November 2005
Bring on the Tryptophan
Yeah, it’s turkey day here in the states…I personally don’t care much for turkey and usually pop a couple of cornish game hens in the oven with the following simple (but tasty) recipe: Two cornish game hens. In a small bowl, mix together a few tablespoons of spicy Grey Poupon mustard, some worcestershire sauce, your favorite hot sauce, 1 crushed clove of garlic, and some basil/thyme/oregano/salt/black pepper. Crush an entire head or 2 of garlic, and stuff the hen with it. Generously coat the hens with the mixture from the 2nd bullet point. Pour an entire can of chicken stock into a baking pan (I prefer homemade stock personally, but the canned stuff works fine). Heat your oven to 350 degrees, pop the hens in the baking pan, and bake on the bottom rack for 1 hour. Baste only once about halfway through, and make it quick (opening the oven is a no no according to Alton Brown). The point is to get a nice somewhat firm crust baked onto the birds, so the less moisture the better. After removing... Read More...
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22 November 2005
Upgrade to Firefox 1.5 RC3? I Recommend Waiting...
I gave the new Firefox 1.5 RC3 release a test drive over the weekend…it was one of the shortest test drives in history though and lasted long enough for me to find the Firefox 1.0.7 download to revert to the previous version (which worked flawlessly amazingly enough…try doing that with other software). Unfortunately Shannon happened to message me online right as I was upgrading and was victim to a slew of 4 letter words (sorry about that) from me saying exactly where the mozilla devs could put their browser. I won’t get into too much detail here, but needless to say it’s not ready yet. Over half my extensions aren’t compatible (though many claim to be), and there were numerous GUI flaws, the most glaring of which was that I lost all my scroll bars. I later found out it’s related to the theme I use ( Noia 2.0 eXtreme )…which is odd because the upgrade process claimed to have updated my theme for use with a new version of Noia. Actually, it claimed... Read More...
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