Thursday, September 30, 2004

Teenager -> Human dictionary

Teen Lingo

An interesting take on the future of RSS

Micro Persuasion: Don't Worry, Microsoft Will Wake Up and Smell the RSS
"In typical Microsoft fashion, the software giant will again crash a hot, happening technology party fashionably late and then dominate it, just as it did in the Web browser and email/groupware markets. As I pen this post, I bet Microsoft is probably now cooking up all kinds of new software/ASP-based tools that will make it a snap for information workers and consumers to save and publish any information that needs to be continually updated in RSS format."

Tuesday, September 28, 2004

How to report a bug - a good guide from MSDN

Bug Reporting Best Practices: "Bug Reporting Best Practices "

Task manager services exposed

Windows Process Library: "The WinTasks Process Library contains information about all common Windows processes and is continously updated with new information. On this page you can find a subset of the most popular processes listed in WinTasks Process Library. The categories available online are: Security Risks, System Processes, and Applications"

Dilbert's "Salary Theorem"

"Engineers and scientists can never earn as much as business executives and sales people."

This theorem can now be supported by a mathematical equation based on the following two postulates:
Postulate 1: Knowledge is Power.
Postulate 2: Time is Money.

As every engineer and scientist knows: Power = Work/Time
Since: Knowledge=Power & Time=Money
Then: Knowledge=Work/Money
Solving for Money, we get: Money=Work/Knowledge
Thus: as Knowledge approaches zero, Money approaches infinity, regardless of the amount of work done.

Conclusion: The less you know, the more you make.

The End is nigh (for chip makers that is)

Outgoing Intel chiefs interview somewhat foreboding for the future of the IC: "Most theoretical guesstimates are that when you get down to the 5 nanometer range, these things physically don't work anymore, because you've run out of atoms.
You can't split an atom in half or you can't split a molecule in half. But to get to 5 nanometers, you go from 90 to 65 to 45 to 30 to 20 to 12 to 5. So, there's six or so generations between now and then. "

Thursday, September 23, 2004

You would search if you knew what to search for

When You Can't Google It..: "So sometimes you will find yourself sitting in front of Google scratching your head. You might want to dig up a site you lost. Want to go back to where you browsed 2 weeks ago. Want to research that hot new programming language. What was it called? Sure, Google provides the dry wood, but you are missing the spark to light the fire. In situations like these, you have several options:"

Tuesday, September 21, 2004

This could be good

This could be good

I want to be in America?

HackerWatch Map: "World Animation of Lovsan Worm Activity"

Aha! I thought so. - and we don't even get free PocketPC's

Computerworld - Microsoft promises MSDN price correction: "Pricing figures provided to Computerworld by a reader for the six MSDN products indicate New Zealand developers are paying between 41% and 66% more, on an after-tax basis, than the US recommended retail price.

It gets worse. If the products are sourced from Amazon, the differences ranges from 87% to 111%."

Monday, September 20, 2004

To blog or not to Blog.. What was the question again?

Scobleizer: Microsoft Geek Blogger: "How your blog will get discovered"

This is Wrong on Oh So Many Levels: "do what you want, anyway, because we're all just making this stuff up."

Do you write a blog for the audience or yourself?
to quote Forest Gump "or maybe it's both"

Confessions of a Web greenhorn.

OK, So I am an HTML Newbie
you can tell this from the number of 'freebie' buttons on this site (under the powered by area).
Paypal, blogshares, firefox...
The truth is I am just trying stuff to see how the plumbing works.
Does this site load in thess than 3 seconds? - probably not.
Is the web design World class? AS IF!
Does it reflect the mind of a developer learning at his own pace? Absolutely!
So help me out, visit my page and click on a few things.
Click a google ad, put a pin on my guestbook map, send me some money via paypal... ;)

Go ahead make my day.

Friday, September 17, 2004

Graphical analysis of SPAM & Virus content

Seven Years of Unwanted Email, Charted and Graphed: "Raymond Chen saved every piece of junk email and virus-laden email over the last seven years. Recently Chen posted a graphical plot in his blog of the trends related to that saved email. "

Thursday, September 16, 2004

A Blog is like a favorites list with notes

Download details: Visio Viewer 2003: "Visio Viewer 2003
The Microsoft Office Visio 2003 Viewer enables almost anyone to view Visio files."

think of this as a bookmark in case I need it later.

New MSDN works well

New MSDN = REALLY cool:

Andrew Duthie has this to say

"I am really impressed by the new site.

Now you can use '' to get the documents for a particular namespace. For example, I reference System.Reflection quite a lot. So I type, all the documents for classes under System.Reflection are right there.
This is what MSDN team called 'URL aliases'.
Aliases also works for classes. To look for documentation of System.Reflection.Assembly class, I will simply type
This is superb work done by MSDN team!
I can't believe this. It actually works with properties and methods as well. Like This is too good to be true."

I just treid it and I must agree, this is a cleaner, faster interface. Well Done to the MSDN team.

Geek Art

Download Visual Studio.NET 2003 Posters

Microsoft Office Internet Free/Busy Service

Welcome to the Microsoft Office Internet Free/Busy Service: "
The Microsoft Office Internet Free/Busy Service will end on October 15, 2004. While current users can continue to use the service until October 15, we are not enrolling new users."

Not surprising, I could never got it to work, or get anyone else game enough to try it.

Saved my bacon more than once

DLL Help Database: "This database contains information about DLL files that ship with selected Microsoft products."

Ok So I'm a lemming - Load Forefox now.

Firefox - Rediscover the web: "The world's best browser just got better. The new Firefox Preview Release is the award winning preview of Mozilla's next generation browser."

Friday, September 10, 2004

Desire has a new name

Microsoft Mice & Keyboards - Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer with Fingerprint Reader: "A mouse that recognizes you. This stylish wireless optical mouse offers the Fingerprint Reader to eliminate password hassles - now you can log on to Web sites and your computer with the touch of a finger. Tilt Wheel Technology makes navigation easy, and more than half a year of battery life lets you stay productive."

Wireless IntelliMouse Explorer with Fingerprint Reader

Thursday, September 09, 2004

Simple Intro to blogging

HP Smalltechnology tips- 101 series: Blogging
"Weblogs 'blogs' for short are a type of online journal devoted to a single subject or a range of them. Blog entries, also called 'posts' or 'stories,' might be written by a blog owner, a contributing reader, or gleaned from other Internet resources."

Wednesday, September 08, 2004

These are not me.

Andrew Dixon, Director of Marketing for Microsoft's Tablet PC Team

But if anyone wants to send me free samples I would not complain.

Andrew Dixon, editor of the Weekly's popular 'On-line' column.

Right country, Right profession - I can't write

Andrew Dixon: The Art of Sax

Right country, wrong profession - I can't even spell saxophone.

The things you find out when you google....

Tuesday, September 07, 2004

And a dictionary we could do without

Dictionary tells it like it was, man:
"Are you feeling screwed, blued and tattooed because the man slipped it to you? Like, stay loose, hit the pad and share a thumb with your pash.

If that made no sense to you, check out 'The Hippie Dictionary' by John McCleary. Using the new book to translate, readers come up with the more conventional: 'Are you feeling mistreated by the authorities? Relax, go home to bed and share a very large marijuana cigarette with your significant other.' "

A Dictionary we could use - Also sprach die Fraulein: "We are amused to learn from Reuters that a leading German dictionary publisher plans to launch a guide it says will help men translate the subtext of female conversation"

Friday, September 03, 2004

Copernic Vs LookOut

I have a number of .pst files that hold archived messages (in outlook) Copernic SAID it was indexing them - but did not
Copernic could not see public folders on the exchange server
I REALLY like the interface and the fact it is not inside outlook - but I for one will be sticking with LookOut for the moment.

Scare people on the Motorway

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In case you were wondering, those are balloons

DotNet Ruler. Get it.

Ruler util: "DotNet Ruler"

Jeff Key has a blog. subscribed.

Pat's back

Data on the Outside vs. Data on the Inside: "An Examination of the Impact of Service Oriented Architectures on Data
By Pat Helland

Summary: Pat Helland explores Service Oriented Architecture, and the differences between data inside and data outside the service boundary. Additionally, he examines the strengths and weaknesses of objects, SQL, and XML as different representations of data, and compares and contrasts these models."

Thursday, September 02, 2004

Another blow for Project Green

InfoWorld: Longhorn cuts delay Microsoft Business Framework: "Experts say the delay is bad news for developers waiting for MBF and gives the rival Java platform an edge.

MBF is not just key for third-party software vendors and corporate developers building on the Windows platform: a new family of Microsoft ERP (enterprise resource planning) and CRM (customer relationship management) applications -- known as "Project Green" -- is also supposed to rely on the framework, Microsoft has said.

Microsoft recently disclosed that it is slowing down development work on Project Green and is instead focusing on its existing offerings. The software maker even reduced the number of developers assigned to Project Green from 200 to 70 because the first products are not expected out until 2008 at the earliest, Microsoft Senior Vice President Doug Burgum said in June. Microsoft originally had planned to ship the first results of Project Green as early as the end of this year.

Microsoft plans to provide early MBF code, so-called alpha code, to its early-adopter partners for MBF later this year, the company spokesman said. "

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Spetember 2nd - red letter day - The Internet at 35: "Stephen Crocker and Vinton Cerf were among the graduate students who joined UCLA professor Len Kleinrock in an engineering lab on September 2, 1969, as bits of meaningless test data flowed silently between the two computers. By January, three other 'nodes' joined the fledgling network.
Then came e-mail a few years later, a core communications protocol called TCP/IP in the late 1970s, the domain name system in the 1980s and the World Wide Web -- now the second most popular application behind e-mail -- in 1990. The Internet expanded beyond its initial military and educational domain into businesses and homes around the world."