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June 2004 - Posts

Still need to track referrals?

My blog engine does not track referrals yet, and I am contemplating how important they really are.  With services like Feedster, Technorati and PubSub, you can easily track where links to your site exist.  I will probably end up implementing referral tracking in the interest of capturing all data possible, but I wonder how much that data will get lost and if it will just take up hard drive space.

When I setup dasBlog as my engine last November, I checked all of the tracking textboxes thinking I would enjoy logging and even getting an email for every referral, trackback, pingback to my blog.  When I went to move my blog last week, I found that the logs had grown to some 6MB of files.

I think I'll take a step towards not keeping unused information and write without referrals for awhile.  Who knows, maybe someday I'll be such a free and casually writer that I won't even accept comments...:p

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Posted: Jun 30 2004, 05:08 PM by AdamKinney | with no comments
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Windows 2003, so secure it doesn't work

At least in this instance, the default security was a bit handicapping...

Last night I was attempting to setup a site in a pretty new instance of Windows 2003, and I wanted to transfer the files to the server via FrontPage Extensions. So I remote desktopped in, and opened IIS and clicked the "Configure Extensions" menuitem on the respective website.  A local webpage opened and asked me to define the administrator and folder path, which I did and then clicked the button.  Waa-laa, up comes the fancy gear-shifting image!



Hmm, nothing changed.  Close IE window.  Click "Configure Extensions" link again in IIS.  Click Button on web page again.  Gear-shifting image appears.


Repeat a few times double checking connections and everything.  No good.

Ok, fine, its late I'll just email myself the files using my fancy gMail account.  After sending the zipped files I attempt to login to gMail, where I have to enable cookies and javascript even to get into it.  I see one of the files has arrived, but then a lightbulb goes on. Bing!  I flip back to IIS, click "Configure Extensions", click the button, gear-shifty things come up and Boom!  The page uses the newly enabled Javascript to show me an error.  Apparantly I had moved some files under the application root that had some past Front Page extension logs in them and I needed to delete them before I could enable Extensions for this website.

So there you have it, gMail is good for something beyond a status symbol.

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Adam gets a new blog!

Ok, this is the last "Adam gets a new..."

I've got a new blog engine, as well as a new look. I can't take any credit for the new look as it's almost a complete copy of D. Keith Robinson's blog. I've always thought that he's had the best blog layout, so while creating the new engine I thought I'd just pay him tribute and create a near duplicate. The greatest value was the HTML structure of the site, what better way to learn then to emulate a site that passes XHTML, CSS and Section 508 validation tests successfully.

I'll change the skin soon, though, I don't want to cramp Keith's style for too long...

Now on to the new blog engine.  I've been using dasBlog as my main blog and every blog community site that I am involved with uses DotText.  I've liked and disliked parts of each, and I've always been a “write-it-yourself” guy, so I decided it was time to start fresh.  I've just got the basics so far, but now I'll be able to experiment with a few ideas.

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Adam gets a new job!

Yep, you read the press release right, I've joined the Xamlon team.

Ever since I got my hands on the Longhorn PDC bits (thanks Chris), I've been addicted to Longhorn and XAML.  I love the potential that XAML brings to application development and am excited to help make the dream become a reality.

We've got a lot of big ideas in the works, so stay tuned...

(If you want to try out Xamlon today, click here to get on the beta list.)

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Domain Names Abbreviated

Recently Chris Sells posted about and how it redirects to the Longhorn Developer Center.  As someone who doesn't really use Favorites this is a great shortcut to have.  Just type “winfx” in the address bar, hit Ctrl+Enter and you're there.

Two other domain name shortcuts I know of are wmlah which leads to the WatchingMicrosoftLikeAHawk site and msdn which finally leads to the Microsoft Developer Network site.  I say finally, because this is a recnt change.  I know that for at least a year the domain name “” was owned by a third-party he just posted a link to direct you to the Microsoft MSDN site.  I wonder how much that guy made when he sold the domain name…

Do you know of any other shortcut domain names I'm missing?

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