April 2004 - Posts
Good news, the latest version of iTunes for Windows is getting better.
Excellent player, it also can compete well against WMP. I noticed that Apple introduced a COM support, so it could be nice to see what we can do with this.
Maybe starting by having a neat function to blog what we listen now. The import of WMA is a boost for this software, particularly if you have an Ipod.
By the way, if you own an Ipod, like me, i recommend using Anapod Explorer for Windows to browse your Ipod library. It's much much better than Itunes for this function.
Anapod is well integrated with Windows explorer, and stay permanently in the systray for an easy access. The transfer to my Ipod is also much faster.
They also integrate a web browser access, so it's easier to share my music across the house. And finally they embedded a kind of SQL database engine, so you can easily export to a SQL Server database or create an XML playlist.
Like a lot of people, I stop using th favorites in IE because after 100 stored links, it's really messy and difficult to manage.
Searching (I think I can say googling) on the web for a solution, I found yesterday a nice online tool Bookmark Tracker.
I can now share my links with my office and my home PCs. Cool :-)
A new book by Zak Ruvalcaba, published by Sitepoint has just been released. The aim of this book is to focus on building web applications using .Net and HTML. Beginners, but also intermediates developers and web designers can learn a lot from this reading.
Learn how to create the basic, dynamic, and advanced ASP.NET pages in C# and VB.Net.Packed with tips, tricks, and workarounds, this book covers every aspect of developing a Web application for the enterprise using ASP.NET.
Written by a web expert, it shows readers how to create the basic, dynamic, and advanced ASP.NET pages in Microsoft's .Netprogramming languages, and explains how to interact with the database using ADO.NET.
The author reviews the fundamentals on Object Oriented Programming with clever and easy to use examples. He also explains how to create web forms and web controls.
The author covers every aspect of developing a Web application including building an e-commerce site or reinforcing the security.
One thing I particularly like in this book is the code published in the two main .Net languages, C# and VB.NET, like in this example:
It would be nice to see other writers inspired by this idea.
A companion Web site features complete source code samples for the applications developed and explained in the book.
Get some sample chapters here
If you use the excellent ToDoList (currently version 3.5), and if you have a Pocket PC, you might be interested by ToDoList viewer 1.3, a very good idea to have a preview of your tasks on your mobile device (note: read only)
Microsoft Security Bulletins are available now in RSS. Subscribed !
Believe me very addictive flash music clip, and so funny :-)
Note: The song is actually "Tunak Tunak Tun," by Daler Mehndi, a former Punjabi Pop sensation. Punjab is a northern state in India known for it's super-famous traditional folk and pop music
On Internet Archive, you can find an interesting section related to Computer chronicles.
The one I was curious about today is the famous interview made in April 1999 with Bill Gates. A lot of preminition there, including the 'hand held computers'.
An up close and personal profile of Microsoft chairman Bill Gates. Includes comments by John Gage, Sun Microsystems; David Kirkpatrick, Fortune Magazine; Tony Perkins, Red Herring; Mitchell Kertzman, Liberate Technologies; Alex Vieux, Dasar.
This episode was originally aired during the fierce MS vs. US Government battle, and oddly Bill Gates has never come off more cool and relaxed. He talks about not wanting to be an old man running MS, mentions that up until now everything they have done has been a warm-up to the real work, and how easy it can be for companies like MS to fade away unless they stay aggressive and innovative. The Sun Micro dude makes an odd remark near the end that basically states MS, in 2003, will not be making desktop OS's and instead concentrate on "hand-held appliances" and server platforms.
Check Akadia if you want more .Net articles and code samples. Some are quite impressive.
You can also find stuff on Oracle, SQL Server and Windows.
The one I am reading currently is the SQL Server 2000 Survival guide. Cover almost everything on the administration side.
Filtering and sorting in ADO.Net is also a good example of a technical article. Very complete.
The list is long, so check yourself :-)
The Developer PowerToys site is a "work in progress" directory of cool utilities and tools developed by Microsoft and the community that are meant to improve developer productivity. Currently, on this site, you will find the original list of Powertoys projects on the right, categorized feeds from the Powertoys Blog, and a blog created for discussion about the future of this site. Ideally this site will transition into a place where people can post, rate, and share their cool extensions to the Visual Studio platform.
I always have a passion for all sort of dictionaries, and having one in my Pocket PC is a must.
So I am delighted with the release of WordNet CE, a dictionary and thesaurus for Pocket PC, based on a Princeton Univeristy project, avaliable for desktops.
This version has been developed with compact framework.
And good news, it's a freeware (some donations to the author will be of course appreciated)
You need a good storage space for the data, about 40 Mb !
You need also Wordnet 2.0.
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