Saturday, September 04, 2004

LMAO - Back up to 6 GMail Invites to Give out...

I'm back up to having 6 GMail invites to give out again...


I'm going to have to start posting on the different gmail invite sites... ( &

...must... give... them... all... out!! MUST....GIVE...!!!

LOL :)

codezone - Europe Middle East and Africa - Magazine

codezone - Europe Middle East and Africa - Magazine

My free copy of MS's Codezone magazine came in today.

Nice mag. It's interesting the differences in it, the content and point of view coming from outside the US....

Friday, September 03, 2004

RSS in Government

RSS in Government: "RSS in Government"

"News about how RSS is being used by international, federal, state, and local governments "

Okay this is kind of cool (for RSS geeks).

A site dedicated to listing, talking about, etc RSS feeds from different governments.

"The Fire Drill or Randomization 101"

The Fire Drill or Randomization 101

" see the "hallway dance" outside of your closed blinds. You all know what I'm talking about. The brief glimpse of the person dodging and weaving outside of your window trying to peek through the blinds to see if you are truly busy. And heaven forbid you acknowledge their presence because the door immediately opens and "got a second?" is heard..."

LMAO... No kidding

Thursday, September 02, 2004

GRR... I just can't GIVE them away fast enough!

Instead of two invites left I now have 6 to hand out

MAN I just can't give them away fast enough!

So if there is anyone left who wants one, or you know of someone who wants one, or someone who knows someone who knows someone...

Free & clear, no BS, etc, etc.

Email me at gduncan411 > at <>at] gmail or leave a comment...

(Can you tell I like playing the email address obfuscation game? :)

Update #1 9/3/2004 7:49 AM PDT:
Five left.

And a funny moment.

The number of GMail invites available to give out and the link to do it used to be on the left. In a very clear and obvious place. Well when the first request for an invite from this batch came in I went to GMail... And the link was gone!

"Crap" I thought. Google took them away!...

I was about to reply to the request, giving them the bad news, when I decided to check GMail one last time.

Guess what? Google re-org'ed the page a little... The available invites and link is now in the header above the email list in the Inbox. You have to look for it... No longer really obvious (like it was before).

sigh. I love beta's :

Update #2 9/3/2004 8:36 AM PDT:
Four left...

Update #3 9/3/2004 3:54 AM PDT:
Three left...

HOTMAIL users, please make sure to check your junk mail folder... The invites might end up there. [No comment]

Update #4 10/4/2004 6:34 AM PDT:
All gone.

Dan Grigsby - Bloglines Internet Explorer context menu

Dan Grigsby - Bloglines Internet Explorer context menu

" Internet Explorer extension to allow you use Internet Explorer's right-click/context menu to:
Add blogs to your Bloglines account.
Search Bloglines for references to a page or link.
Search Bloglines for text selected with the mouse."

Another cool utility from Dan Grigsby...

Makes adding feeds to your Bloglines (my favorite web RSS aggregator) list a little easier. Much easier that the stupid way I was doing it before...
(No, I will not share the steps I was using before... to ashamed ;)

One note to self... click through the RSS link, THEN right click "Bloglines: Subscribe". Just right clicking-Subscribe on the RSS link isn't enough... If I think about it, that makes sense, but I hate thinking...


Is my app already running? Well, it shouldn't be. [blameMike]

Is my app already running? Well, it shouldn't be.

"if (Diagnostics.Process.GetProcessByName(Application.ProductName).Length > 1)
   MessageBox.Show(Application.ProductName + " is already running.",Application.ProductName,MessageBoxButtons.OK, MessageBoxIcon.Warning);

Looks like an easier way to implement a singleton application model than a mutex...?

(Via blameMike)

Copernic Desktop Search - The Search Engine for Your PC

Copernic Desktop Search - The Search Engine for Your PC

"Easily search your entire hard drive in less than a second to pinpoint the right file, e-mail, music or pictures.
CDS brings the power of a sophisticated, yet easy-to-use search engine right to your PC and allows you instantly to search files, e-mails, and email attachments stored anywhere on your PC hard drive. It executes sub-second searching of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files, Acrobat PDFs, and all popular music, picture and video formats. CDS also searches your browser history, favorites, and contacts."

Seems like I'm into indexing and search tools recently...

I am giving this a try. I find myself searching my local drive too often, so we'll see if this helps.

Nice interface... and the price is just right (Free).

(via theofficeweblog)

Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Novell Forge - monoppix Summary ( Released)

Novell Forge - monoppix Summary

"monoppix is a livecd linux distribution that includes the free MONO .NET framework implementation.
monoppix includes the basic mono runtime environment class library and compiler. It also includes development tools like MonoDevelop (IDE) ,MonoDoc (Class libraries help) , XSP (web server), and some quick start tutorials."

Cool. I dig "live" CD's. They usually work great with Virtual PC. :)


More info on JonGalloway.ToString() - Monoppix Preview ( Release

Download ISO from here

I'm running this now on VPC. Pretty cool so far...

Monodevelop on VPC needs help. Fonts are jacked/unreadable. I need to play around and see if there's some setting I can change.

This distro is still very preview/beta... but still the idea is cool.

Update #1 9/2/2004 12:32 PM PDT:

So close... It's the color depth that's making monodevelopment ugly...
As I watch the VPC boot, it first flashes a XWindows screen that looks good. Looks 16 or 32 bit color. Then when XWindows finally loads it's back at 256 color.
It's auto detecting the video card and doing it wrong (known issue with Linux and VPC...)

I think there's a way to install this distro to the VPC virtual hard drive, at which point I might be able to force a XWindow config. But that goes against the coolness a little.
But then again, if I want to actually development something I'll need someplace to save it.


[Changing the] VirtualPC Default Folder

VirtualPC Default Folder

"If you don't like that Virtual PC uses C:\Documents and Settings\\My Documents\My Virtual Machines as the default location for its Virtual Hard Disk files [Greg: I don't], then you need to do this:

On the host computer, right-click My Computer, and then click Properties.
Click the Advanced tab, and then click Settings under Environmental Variables.
Under System variables, click New.
In the Variable Name box, type myvirtualmachines.
In the Variable Value box, type the path of the folder that you want to use.
Click OK two times, and then close the Computer Management window.

That's it!"


Also see the MSKB article.

Authentication and Access Control Diagnostics 1.0 (AuthDiag)

Download details: AuthDiag

"Authentication and Access Control Diagnostics 1.0 (more commonly known as AuthDiag) is a tool released by Microsoft aimed at aiding IT professionals and developers at more effectively finding the source of authentication and authorization failures.

These users have often seen behavior from Internet Information Services (IIS) that doesn't seem appropriate or random when users authenticate to the IIS server. The complex world of authentication types and the various levels of security permissions necessary to allow a user to access the server causes many hours of labor for those tasked with troubleshooting these problems.

AuthDiag 1.0 offers a robust tool that offers a efficient method for troubleshooting authentication on IIS 5.x and 6.0. It will analyze metabase configuration and system-wide policies and warn users of possible points of failure and guide them to resolving the problem. AuthDiag 1.0 also includes a robust monitoring tool called AuthMon designed at capturing a snapshot of the problem while it occurs in real-time. AuthMon is robust and specially designed for IIS servers removing any information not pertinent to the authentication or authorization process."

If you need this, then you really need this...

(via Michael Howard's Web Log-IIS Auth Diagnostic tool now available)