November 2006 - Posts
One of the nicer new features in Outlook 2007 is the ability to subscribe to RSS feeds and read them just like emails. There's been a bit of confusion lately though about how RSS is tied to the Email Send/Receive in Outlook 2007. So for those people with huge bloglists, here are detailed instructions on how to separate the retrieval of RSS feeds from your normal email by using Send/Receive groups.
The first thing you need to do is to remove RSS Feeds from the "All Accounts" Send/Receive Group. To access the Send/Receive Groups settings, drop down the Send/Receive menu from the Send/Receive button or just hit Ctrl+Alt+S.
This will bring up the Send/Recieve groups dialog box.
Select the "All Accounts" group and click "Edit". This will bring up a dialog box that allows you to select which items to include in the group.
Select "RSS Feeds" on the left and you'll see that it is included in the Send/Receive group by default. Uncheck the "Include RSS Feeds in this Send/Receive group" check box and click "OK". RSS Feeds will no longer be updated with your email. In fact, they won't be updated at all if we don't add a new group.
From the Send/Receive Groups dialog box, click on "New" and add a new Send/Receive group called "RSS Feeds Only". Then select the RSS Feeds and check the "Include RSS Feeds in this Send/Receive group" checkbox.
Click on "OK" and your back to the groups dialog. Be sure to uncheck the "Include this group in Send/Receive (F9)" check box. Now you can specify the schedule for when you want Outlook to update your RSS Feeds independent of your email.
If you want to manually update the RSS Feeds you can use the Send/Receive menu or use the shortcut keys Alt+C, 2.
That's all there is to it!
I tend not to "syndicate" another blogger's work but this blog post from S. Somasegar is such a dead-on anology of the gap between Business and IT thinking that I had to pass it along to my readers... both of you. :-)
Check out the Hot Air Balloon story on S. Somasegar's blog.
I have placed the source code from my VSLive Dallas talk on Multhreading in Windows Forms on my corporate website. There are three solutions, each showing a different aspect of multithreading specific to Windows Forms. The first is called AsyncDemo and shows how to wrap a slow process in the .NET asynchronouse programming model. The second solution is BGWDemo and shows how you can use the BackgroundWorker component. The last demo is called TimerDemo and shows the difference between the three types of timers available. in the .NET Framework. This code is currently in C#, I'll try to get a VB version done as soon as I can.
Download the demo code.
As you may have already heard, Windows Vista will be available for download on MSDN this Friday, November 17th. WooHoo!! While I'm looking forward to using the new OS full time (I've been beta testing off and on for several months) I understand that there are some issues with with running my usual list of software on the brand spanking new platform. In particular, here's a list of software that I know I'm going to have problems with.
Dell Mobile Broadband for Verizon (Mini PCI)
Visual Studio 2005
HP 7210 Client Software
The HP 7210 support I can live without as Vista comes with the print drivers, so I just can't scan to my client desktop or laptop. The lack of support for my Verizon broadband access however will keep me from migrating my laptop as I've found the broadband service to be invaluable. So if any of you out there have managed to get this work, I'd love to hear how you did it.
As for Visual Studio 2005 support in Vista, here's a url that lists the known compatibility issues with Visual Studio 2005 and workarounds. http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/support/windowsvista/default.aspx. Most of the issues are fairly manageable with the possible exception of the problem with the Dataset designer. Here are some helpful hints to help you avoid many of the issues listed in this doc.
1. Install VS 2005 as Administrator
2. Be sure to install IIS6 Compatibility Layer
3. Expect to have to run external tools as Administrator
If you are planning to attend VSLive in Dallas, stop by the Rochester Consulting booth for a chance to win a fully licensed copy of Visual Studio 2005 Team Suite Edition with a 1 year Premium subscription. That's a $10,000+ prize for some lucky developer. And don't forget to check out my presentations on Office 2007 for Developers and Mutlithreading in Smart Client apps! See you there!