I'm not an Opera user, but for it's nice to have a copy on hand for testing. Opera's giving away free licenses to celebrate their 10th birthday:
It's been slashdotted, but seems to be holding up well - I got mine pretty quickly. If it gets overloaded, you can request yours via e-mail, too:
For one day only, you can get an ad-free version of Opera. Simply e-mail email@example.com to obtain a registration code. This offer is valid from 12 a.m. Tuesday, August 30 to 12 a.m. Wednesday, August 31 2005 (PDT).
 I don't normally repeat things that are on Slashdot, but since this is a one day only thing I'm making an exception.
Monoppix 1.1.8 is live!
TagCloud is an automated Folksonomy tool. Essentially, TagCloud searches any number of RSS feeds you specify, extracts keywords from the content and lists them according to prevalence within the RSS feeds. Clicking on the tag's link will display a list of all the article abstracts associated with that keyword. TagCloud lets you create and manage clouds with content you are interested in, and lets you publish them on your own website.
Since even mobile devices now have basic General MIDI support now, what about approximating digital audio as a stream of very short MIDI notes?
RSS.NET and Atom.NET are great, but they sure could use an abstraction layer. I'll bet the same conditional logic has been written hundreds of times, but I haven't found anywhere that it's been abstracted out as a standalone library. Think ADO.NET - it's a general data access framework that allows any data provider (SQL Server, Oracle, DB2, Text, write your own) to be accessed as generic interfaces (IDataReader, etc.).
Internet Explorer 4 used document.all['elementName'] to refer to document elements while waiting for the W3C standard, which turned out to be document.getElementById('elementName'). IE 5 and above, plus all other modern standards based browsers, all support document.getElementByID(). IE 4 usage was below .5% in 2002 and isn't even being tracked anymore, so there's no good reason to be using document.all anymore.
I was looking around for the Most Unwanted Song since I seem to have lost my copy. This song was scientifically designed to be liked by "fewer than 200 individuals of the world's total population", and oddly enough I'm one of them. They conducted surveys on least liked themes and instrumentation, then comissioned a song full of rapping over tubas, operatic interludes about the cowboy life, and children's choirs singing about politics, religion, holidays, and advertising. Wonderful.
Heard about the OpenNetCF Smart Device Framework on Wally McClure's ASP.NET Podcast. It's a shared source framework that "enriches and extends the .NET Compact Framework by providing a rich set of classes and controls not available in the .NET Compact Framework."
I just got an Audiovox SmartPhone last weekend, so I'm eager to see what sort of trouble this will help me get into.
RSSBandit is a great RSS Aggregator, but it's just about unusable with over 1000 feeds. CPU use goes through the roof, and it's got some GDI leaks. It runs, but the computer's not very usable. I've been starting it up every few days and setting the process priority to "Below Normal" in the Task Manager, but it's enough of a pain that I've just been browsing to a few pages in a browser (shudder) and ignoring the other feeds.
Dare's post on Nightcrawler's feature list gave me the clue as to what's wrong - the comment threading. So I pulled the latest code from CVS and made a custom build with threading diabled. It just took one line of code, and it made a huge difference.
I just added the following line of code to WinGUIMain.cs file in the InitializeComponent function (line 2869):
this.listFeedItems.ShowAsThreads = false;
Note that this disables threaded viewing of comments and trackbacks. The Nightcrawler release will offer this as a mode, so if you can wait until then I'd suggest it. If not, have at it. If you haven't compiled a project from SourceForge, see Haacked's post on building SubText - just use :pserver:firstname.lastname@example.org:/cvsroot/rssbandit as the CVS root, and pull down the current_work module.[...]
Release Date: August 31, 2005
- NNTP Newsgroups support
- Downloading of Enclosures/Podcasts
- Subscription Wizard replaces Add New Feed dialog
- Fast Mode (shutting off comment threading which uses a lot of CPU)
- Synchronization with Newsgator Online
- Atom 1.0 Support
- Extensibility Framework to Enable Richer Plugins
- Item Manipulation from Newspaper Views (e.g. Mark As Read, Flagging)
- Tip of the Day on Startup