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I have recently bought a Intel core 2 duo system with 2407FPW monitor from Dell through one of their Dell Kiosks in Toronto.I requested them to expediate the shipment since I need it early. The sales person informed me that they will try their best to get it early. I placed the order on 12th of Novenember that was due to be delivered on 22nd November. I got the System on 22nd but the monitor was missing. I looked at th Packing list and the monitor was supposed to shipped with the system. I immediately ...
This happened to me six months ago. I've been saving it as an introductary type post for Cödenfreude ever since. Never mind the fact that I already wrote an introduction. *waves hands* Pay no attention to the mand behind the curtain! There is nothing to see here! Um, except this story I'm about to tell. This is a live chat support with a Register.com representative. Keep in mind, I had to enter my email address before I could even establish a chat session. Peter S: Thank you for visiting Register.com's ...
I have been working on setting up demos of VSTS and TFS on a VPC and Virtual Server. Along the way I have come across a number of snags. Some I have managed to work around. Some I have no answers for. First let me say that I didn't originally install VPC, Virtual Server or their operating systems. My normal machine didn't have enough horses to run these applications so I had our company's admin setup a new machine and install the basics for me. There seemed to be network problems which may be contributing ...
Within {and probably outside} the Blog-o-sphere I am but a pimple on the ass of society. None the less I'm not sure if I should find it amusing or alarming that my most popular post is in reference to a problem installing Live Messenger titled Windows Live Messenger Installation Error 1601, 1603 & 1635 . With 6516 web views this is a Google Ader's dream. Unfortunately I am not among the beneficiaries of Google Ads... So listen up Live Messenger team, there are a lot of people out there struggling ...
The new Windows SysInternals website has been up, but I just noticed today: http://www.microsoft.com/te... The Sysinternals web site was created in 1996 by Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell to host their advanced system utilities and technical information and Microsoft acquired Sysinternals in July, 2006. Whether you’re an IT Pro or a developer, you’ll find Sysinternals utilities to help you manage, troubleshoot and diagnose your Windows systems and applications. If ...
While designing DAL layer we normally stuck with one debate, Stored Procedures or Embedded SQL Query? I also faced the same problem. I searched on the internet, read some books and discussed with some friends. I am trying to compile all these discussion in single post. Stored procedures require only use the SqlCommand object to execute. Other way is to deal with SQL is to store your SQL statements as text (Embedded SQL Query) to be executed with SqlCommand objects. Different people will give you ...
http://www.davidchappell.co... White Papers Application Development Trends Columns, 2000-2004 InformIT Columns, 2001-2002 Component Strategies Columns, 1997-1999 Miscellaneous Articles White Papers Introducing Indigo: An Early Look Understanding BPM Servers Understanding BizTalk Server 2004 Application Development Trends Columns, 2000-2004 Defining “Service”: A Pragmatic View The End of .NET vs. J2EE Take Your Pick: Business Processes or Bangalore Longhorn: Too Much, ...
The last few weeks have been pure hell. Between “school“, code camp, work, Reality Check, breaking two toes, family stuff, leasing disputes and other bullsh!t... I needed a hard reboot this week. I needed some non-filtered, non-flourescent, non-cat-taminated space. Did I mention I'm not a cat person. Did I mention I have TWO cats in my house? Did I mention I'm not only NOT a cat person, but that I actually don't LIKE cats much? Fortunately, these cats don't suck all that much. They're ...
A colleague asked me what blogs I read, and I thought it would be interesting to blog about that ;-) My main activities in programming in the moment are .NET, especially ASP.NET, and WPF. ASP.NET also includes a lot of JavaScript programming, which was always one of my favourite subjects anyway. About JavaScript, I don't read blogs, but I can recommend the newsgroup comp.lang.javascript. I learned most of my JavaScript there over the years, and though the tone is sometimes passionate over what may ...
Straight from the horse's mouth: Discover the latest update to the 2007 Microsoft® Office system Beta via download at www.microsoft.com/office/pr... We've listened carefully to your feedback and have developed a technical refresh with significant performance improvements and redesigns so you can support your organization's IT needs more effectively. New features of the Beta 2 Technical Refresh include: Better accessibility support Improved XML file format scheme Greater security Improved ...
Went to the Princeton (East Windsor) Java User Group meeting last night to see a demo of Ruby on Rails. One question that I kept trying to answer for myself is, 'when and where would I use this?' First impressions are ROR is pretty cool as a quick and dirty set of tools for getting a data driven site up fast. Most of the code files are created automatically (like another framework I know of), if you don't have an editor you can use the command line (doesn't that defeat the quickness argument?) and ...
Talk about shooting yourself in the foot. This once ok system has finally gone just one step too far - in the direction of the smelly stuff. What used to be a stroll in the park to install is now walk through a mine field. The latest version 4.3.4 promises to be great - but infortunately it shoots you down before entering the building. They may as well put a bunch of viruses in their downloads area. Finding answers to the many many different errors is a rewardless task. After finally resorting to ...
I have always known I am very right brain. If you are unfamiliar with the terms check this out. Despite being math and syntax impaired it has never hindered me in my career as an infrastructure systems engineer. It takes me longer to script than most others and I will never be fluent in a programming language, I cannot subnet in my head and I need a calculator to do anything other than add and subtract. Math has always been my nemesis so I laughed out loud when I read this. I can feel your pain! ...
Introduction Now a days concept of chat bots is getting very popular. In this article we will see what are these chat bots and for what purpose these chat bots are used. This article will provide answers to the following questions What are chat bots and why Chat bots are used? What is Bot Suite? How to create these bots using bot suite? How to schedule & run custom bots using bot suite? How to chat with multiple messengers using bot suite? How to provide automated conversation on a website using ...
*Moved to: CafeMSN PrizeI managed to win an amazon voucher from Microsoft for my answers on cafemsn, not once but twice! At leaset I got $20 for my trouble!Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
So you just finish installing TFS, it works great and you’re about to give out the name to all your devs so they can start using the great new features in TFS but the name of the server uses corporate naming standard and is called rtmtgbs001 that is a great name for the ITO folks they know the scheme and can find that server to patch it and all that but for devs and project manager, and other consumers of TFS data it’s a bit hard to remember and if you have many servers it because quite ...
Today I pieced together some random thoughts on web 2.0. Here they are, sloppily weaved together. Calcanis "gets it". His blog post about paying digg diggers was digged, flickr'd, del.icio.us'd, and even TechCrunch'd (hey, even bad publicity is still good publicity). Before its all over with, this will probably be IT Conversation'd (or should I say GigaVoxed? Conversation Networked? I'm not sure which it is these days) by Doug Kaye and PodTech'd by Robert Scoble (or John Furrier) too. Bloggers, vloggers, ...
One reader of my post “How to fix "Visual Studio 2005 is very slow" problem -no solution so far“ asked me should he use VS 2005 or VS 2003: “We recently moved from VB6 environment to .net. We started our project in VS 2005 , asp.2.0 . But the issue is VS 2005 is VERY Slow on our computers. My Team members are getting frustrated. I increased the Ram to 1 GB... still no significant improvement! (yet to implement the hot fix).” I've posted his questions and my answers here: 1) ...
<http://www.new7wonders.... all but one of the 7 Wonders of the (Ancient) World are gone* there’s an effort to come up with 7 new wonders. So take a peak and vote. One day, you’ll say to your grandkids: “I told them to name that one of the Wonders of the World. That’s the kind of pull I used to have, kid. That’s right. Fo-shizzle.”Trivia: Neushwanstein Castle will probably look familiar. It’s the inspiration for Sleeping Beauty’s ...
I did this post a while back talking about Chris talking about some big red billboards and some hot toe picking. So I thought “What better way to see if you all are actually reading the main feed than by having our own little game of 'Who said it?'. Some may be easy, but a few might be a bit tougher.[Edit]Congrats to George who was the first to answer them all correctly! I'll contact the Mad Mexican and get your autographed picture within the next 2 days But I think we should open this up a ...
Flaber is a “Flash-based Web Builder”. FLABER stands for FLAsh-based web BuildER and use PHP technology as its server side script, XML as data set and Flash scripts as the presentation layer.I was actually looking for a CMS type solution to maintain my here n there project and get them all organized. I have tried my hand at loads of CMS solutions (both paid and free), in which the following top rate Kentico (ASP.NET), Community Server (ASP.NET), Umbraco (ASP.NET, free), and then Mambo (PHP, free), ...
In previous posts, I have talked about the "What All Great .NET Developers Should Know" as well as my own list of questions. This time I'm looking for questions that Great BizTalk Developers Should Know. Naveen Karamchetti had created a list off CodeProject entitled "BizTalk 2004/2006 Interview questions that every developer must know...". Unfortunately for us he already had the answers posted, but if you stay here for just a minute, you can ponder the questions on your own. I'm adding some to his ...
Someone asked an interesting question the other day: If VBScript will only allow zero for the lower boundary of arrays, why does it honour the LBound function? I gave the expected answers like “allows for less issues porting to VB, etc.”, but to be totally honest I don't know why. I don't suppose it matters, but it's the kind of thing that drives me batty....oy
Below are some useful resources that I fell across as I did my first windows service. I thought putting them all together on one page would be a good idea. I hope you find it useful There is a really useful article on the Microsoft website about how to create a Windows Service and how to use a compiled setup project to install the service. A link to this article is here (http://support.microsoft.c... One thing I did find out even after I followed these instructions is that if you create ...
This article is a Part 1 of the Interview Questions series. Part 1: BizTalk: Questions for interview without answers Part 2: BizTalk: Interview questions and principles Part 3: WCF: Questions for studying and interviewPart 4: WCF: Questions for studying and interview: DiscoveryPart 5: WCF: Questions for studying and interview: Routing Service Part 6: BizTalk: Advanced Questions Standards BPEL4WS: Comparing of BizTalk 2004 and BPEL4WS • Which points is the BTS Orchestration different from BPEL4WS ...
I've been installing Visual Web Developer Express on several machines of late. (I've convinced several new to .NET to download and install this product and start learning before the free offer expires). Everything is going along fine and I receive the following error on one machine: "BITS Service must be enabled before you start the installation process. Enable the BITS service and run setup again" Deciding I should become more confident in troubleshooting strange messages I begin to think of what ...
This morning my Box had slowed down quite a bit and I decided to clean it up. Basically, I hopped to Add / Remove Programs screen and started picking the stuff I didn't need. Of the list of Items I removed were: Azerus - a bulky Bit Torrent Client (which I had not replaced with BitLord). Adobe Photo Album - that abode had just fooled me into installing when I installed Acrobat reader. Windows Work Flow Foundation - this was an early Beta Release that I had downloaded to play around with but wasn't ...
Here's one that had me scratching my head for a bit.As you might know, in asp.net 2.0 you can choose to have cookieless Forms Authentication (http://msdn.microsoft.com/... Basically, what this means is that your pages Url's will get increased by about 200% :) because asp.net no longer stores the forms authentication information in a cookie, but directly in the Url. Also, you can have cookieless session state, meaning some extra characters get added again in the ...
Telegram Sam: A little late by me but Solidsoft issued another edition of their quaterly public sector bulletin: Value from IT in Government at the start of the month. These are the features in this latest issues: Feature Articles A turning point for eGovernmentLiam Kelly, Public Sector Practice Manager, Solidsoft explains why he believes these are exciting times for local authorities.>> more Government Connect - Making the business caseSteve Lawrence, Take-up Manager, Government Connect, answers ...
I am by means no expert to be writing on this topic but I've had this conversation with SO MANY different people (developers / clients / Project Managers) on this topic and everyone seems to have a slightly different opinion and stand. So, I feel I should take my stand on this topic as well. A HIGHLY opinionated one – that is. Of course, other’s who read this may / may not beg to differ. The Question – “To develop or Re-Use?” There are times when I need to write design ...
Earlier this week I conducted a Training 3 hour Marathon Session on DotNetNuke; there were some follow up items on the session and answers to some questions I wanted to post out: Some Questions Asked During the Training And Their Answers: Question à How can I get DotNetNuke Templates for Visual Studio.NET 2005 Professional? Answer à You’ll need to download DotNetNuke Starter Kits at - http://www.dotnetnuke.com/t... and install them. Question à When I am designing ...
I almost made a mistake and skipped this week's Hanselminutes. This week Scott covers MONAD. I a nutshell, this is the command shell on object steroids. Most people who know me have heard me say that my ideal environment has the ease of use that comes with a windowing, event-driven environment with the power of a command line. Well it looks like the computer gods are smiling on me. MONAD sounds like it makes Windows really close to what I am looking for. Call me a dinosaur geek, but this is way too ...
Before starting to outsource to a company in Romania, there are a lot of questions that should be answered about the possible partner company: if there is enough resource, knowledge and reliability; if the foreign company's organization is compatible; how the communication will flow; how the structure of the project will be set up; how the financial and legal aspects will be clarified and so on. There are no generic answers to those questions but I can emphasize some interesting things and present ...
Today in my mailbox was an article from the New York Times that was entitled “ Legalized Cheating- Text messaging answers, googling during exams. In the internet age, some schools have a new approach to cheating: Make it legal.(Saturday/Sunday January 21-22) The article lists several private and public high schools that are allowing students to look up test answers online during their test and what's interesting is that the Director of Admissions at Harvard University states “ that adding ...
So, if you plan to accept an offer of employment from a US based company to work in the US, please make sure you investigate all the immigration and work elegibility requirements for your spouse and other family members before you accept the job. I have a fantastic job so I'm not complaining about that aspect. What I find troubling is the lack of information that is given to foreign nationals who come to this country to work. As long as your employer is sponsoring your work visa, no problem. For ...
Over on the AjaxPro Google Group, a user asked a question about databinding a repeater using Ajax. The response has always been "A repeater (or any other server control) is rendered on the server, and then passed back to the client as HTML." One of the purposes of Ajax is to reduce the amount of bytes being sent back and forth between server and client on non-initial load functions. In this post, the usual answers were given. Loop through the dataset with JavaScript, then display the results. This ...
I've always been a HUGE promotor of using tools to drive process and when TFS Beta 3 was released I was one of the first ones who decided to lay hands on it and give it a shot. I've never been able to make it work however, untill today! I went through the whole cycle of having setup detect missing pre-requsites multiple times (the price you pay for not having the patience to read the documentation :) ). Here's the process I followed this time: I started off with installation of IIS - followed by ...
Almost two years ago, I posted the answers to a private trivia challenge I was involved in. In the interim, the US Navy has intentionally sunk the ex-USS AMERICA (Hull #66). That ship was subject to a series of real-world tests you rarely get to do -- survivability of a modern aircraft carrier when hit with modern weapons. The details and results are classified, but in the end the ex-AMERICA slipped quietly beneath the surface having survived the weapons, but not the scuttling charges. Another carrier ...
Two days ago I took BizTalk exam and passed it. My socre was 737 (700 is required for passing). Test contained 40 questions. It was my first Microsoft exam, and I can say it was pretty hard. I've been studying quite hard. Mostly I used BizTalk 2004 Unleashed" which is a great learning resource. Surely you are wondering what kind of questions are in the test ? (that's what I was looking on blogs, but couldn't find too much information). So I can tell you that there are some pretty easy questions (too ...
Office 12 will be named Microsoft Office 2007 on release. The official release date is still tba but is expected late 2006. The Microsoft Office 2007 fact sheet can be found here. One of the interesting additions to the Office suite is Microsoft Office Groove. Groove is all about people collaboration. Increasing people need to work as a team, but the teams boundaries could be geographical, organization or disconnected. The Groove.Net site products overview page explains it better than I can, "What's ...
So I've got a class of students, I've known several of them for a few years. Going into the year I looked out and saw some that I figured would be stellar, some who would be average, and some who would be ... ah ... something else. (Yeah, I know, I should never make such assumptions, but I am human.) And as the year progresses things almost seem to be following predicted lines. Almost: Two that I would have figured to be stellar are actually falling more into category three. Granted, to offset this ...
So continuing on from last nights rant/ramble regarding Root Certs on my C600……. I originally sent this email to Orange Developers trying to find out why I couldn’t at least unlock my Phone from the point of view of running unsigned applications on it. This used to be one of the first things I always did after I’d upgraded or flashed the C500, straight over to http://developer.orangews.c... and enter my details along with the IMEI number and hey presto “Application ...
As it turns out it's possible that the cert wasn't necessary as one of my colleagues (Thanks Alex!) pointed out "just uncheck the SSL box and it should be fine" - and lo and behold it was!! So although I've now proved it works, I'm still a bit miffed on a few accounts: Why can't it be using SSL? (I think this is related to point 2?) We still have the security team at our place insisting that OWA hides behind the FW-1, so everyone who wants/needs access to OWA needs to have an account set up on the ...
Toronto SharePoint Users Group - January 11 Small Business Server and Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) Demonstration and discussion about installation and use of Microsoft Small Business Server 2003: SBS contains Windows Server 2003, Exchange Server 2003, Windows Sharepoint Services, and other great components. The CompanyWeb site installed by default on the SBS server has great potential - but low utilization in most small businesses. Help those businesses understand the power and potential of ...
I guess I was sleeping and forgot to post the answers to the BizTalk Interview Questions from a few posts ago. No worries though, Gustavo Echeverry went thought and answered them complete with reference! Great work! In any case, here are my answers. Of course, in some cases it may be possible to have more then one right answer. Development Focused Questions What is BizTalk? · Biztalk is a messaging based integration tool. · Bonus: It consists of several different pieces including Business ...
Ok, I want to play with this some more and blog about it...but to help me to remember I'll post this blurb: Using DSL Tools, you can create a custom graphical designer that uses your domain-specific diagram notation. You can then create custom text templates that use models created in your designer to generate source code and other files. In this release the validation framework makes it easy to apply constraints to the language, and you can deploy the designer as a standard installer package for ...
A colleague of mine was looking in to an issue last week where the users appeared to be having very slow logins, as seen in this CTX Article 107433The Logon Process Hangs At "Running logon scripts..." What it turned out to be was that this was a system integrated in to a Novell Environment and somewhere in their login script was some lines that messed with the PATH Statement. Now this should have been set not to mess with the Citrix Servers - but, never mind... - so anyway, the PATH was actually ...
Wow, it has been some time now since I last blogged. I would like to say I have been super busy with tons of project work. But, actually I have been on vacation most of the time. From time to time I get the chance to interview prospective Biztalk resource to join various projects. Since Biztalk 2004 is such a broad and relatively new product, it can sometimes be hard to compare different resources that might have had totally different experiences. I have put together a few questions that I like to ...

This is a great post on Ordering Code Construction Tasks by Jeremy Miller.  In it he answers the question of what order do you build an application?  It shows good reasons to implement agile development.  (Hat Tip: Roy Osherove)

I just found this out from Chris Sells and Savas. Add the address encarta@conversagent.com as a contact in Microsoft Instant Messenger and then chat away. Some of my favourites are things like the equation editor as well as natural language conversions. Peter says: 2*pi*7=?Encarta® Instant Answers says: Calculator 2*pi *7 = 43.982297 Peter says: convert 150 lb to kgEncarta® Instant Answers says: 150 pounds are 68.038855 kilograms. (150 lb = 68.038855 kg) Peter says: Where are my keys?Encarta® ...