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Tangible Thoughts SharePoint, MOSS? and all the other questions November 2005 Entries
RssBandit on and my Custom Formatter
There is a new version of RssBandit, and it has one feature that I have been wanting for a longtime, i.e. to be able to mark an item as read from newpaper view. I did a minor change to the default outlook 2003 xslt to render the ‘mark item as read’ and ‘flag item’ to item footer, because if there is long post, and once you reach the end of it, you just dont want to scroll all the way up again to mark it as read. Here is what it looks like, and you can get it from here. I would ......

Posted On Monday, November 28, 2005 10:19 PM

DPack 2.5.1 finally out for VS2005 RTM

Get it now

Its got some neat stuff that enhances the IDE. I specially like numbered bookmarks.

Posted On Monday, November 28, 2005 2:14 PM

Steam Survery Results
A lot of folks who bought HL2 last year are probably on Steam. Today Valve had an automtaic survey querying hardware information. Here is the results The total number of samples collected at the time I checked it was 836099. Its interesting to note that 86 % of machines polled contain a DVD drive 75% of the Steam installations run on English, 73 % are on XPSP2 Very few have a dual processor machine ......

Posted On Sunday, November 27, 2005 8:35 PM

Namespace Alias Qualifier :: confusion?

Are you confused with the new namespace alias qualifier ‘::‘ in C# 2.0

MSDN gives a brief explanation.

But Jerod Moemeka has a very good write-up illustrating the whole fiasco.

Posted On Sunday, November 27, 2005 2:10 PM

Coral Distribution Network
Jon Galloway blogged about the Coral Distribution Network. I find this idea pretty cool. It solves the same problem that Bittorrent strives to but without all the hassle. “The coolest thing about it is that it's really easy to use. You just modify your links to include after your domain name. So instead of this: would use this:: The file is still on your website, ......

Posted On Sunday, November 27, 2005 12:52 PM

My Wishlist for RSS & Aggregators
<rant> I am not a guy who regularly checks if there any changes to specs, infact I cant remember the RSS spec at this very moment, so the content of this post could be 90% BS, 10% my the things I want. To state the obvious there are a lot of interesting blogs out there. And some of them (really good ones at that) might not be in English. Take Micheal Greth for example. He really blogs some awesome stuff or so I am told. But subscribing to his RSS feed really gives me nothing. What I would really ......

Posted On Sunday, November 27, 2005 12:46 AM

IDC claims Windows leads Server Market for 3rd Quarter
An report by IDC shows the following stats Worldwide server market grew a robust 8.1 percent Sales of Windows systems accounted for 36.9 percent of all server revenue in the quarter Sales of Unix systems accounted for 31.7 percent And Linux systems accounted for 11.5 The article also carries the following quote “Gartner's figures showed Windows servers with more than 37 percent of the market, also in first place, according to analyst Joseph Gonzalez.“ The only thing I am sceptical about ......

Posted On Saturday, November 26, 2005 3:30 PM

Legofied Mathematical models

Lockergnome points out to this site which provides a series of links to different pages containing mathematical models created using just lego.

Interesting aint it.

Posted On Friday, November 25, 2005 10:27 PM

Omea Reader
Recently a lot of folks seem to be either raving about Omea Reader or have already switched. Today, I took the plunge, installed it, and I like it. But…. One must have feature that I demand is configurable shortcuts. Its not that I customize all of them but I do have a few picks that I want, for instance to mimick the CTRL+Q for marking items as read, I wish that applied to categories as well.Rss Bandit has this feature, you could edit the shortcutsettings.xml in your profile directory. Another ......

Posted On Friday, November 25, 2005 8:27 PM

MSDN: The time tracking app

Sometimes those really simple small apps can be really cool.

Recently Arian Kulp published a little time tracking app to msdn in the coding for fun section.

This is a nice tool that lets you puch-in and punch-out times for projects that you can define.


Posted On Thursday, November 24, 2005 5:46 PM

The Windows 2003 Resource Kit brought us a tool (which perhaps was present in other resource kits as well) which is the windows equivalent to the tail command. Tail.exe as it is rightly named shows the last x kb of a file on the conosole (command line) even when the file is being appeneded to. Looking for a GUI version I found Wintail at ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 22, 2005 6:08 PM

Chameleon Clock

I have been going through Fritz’s ASP.NET webcast series, and yes like mentions was curious about his clock.

Fortunately he has blogged about it.

Posted On Monday, November 21, 2005 12:18 AM

Slipstreaming Windows XP
Maximum PC has an article on how to ‘slipstream’ Windows XP Setup. Am currenlty forced to take this route, got a new SATA HDD and want to install the OS on it, but I gave up the need for floppy drives a long time back. Anyways this ‘slipstreaming’ is interesting. Any one know if Vista supports USB devices as alternate seek locations at setup? XP doesnt, hence the need to slipstream ......

Posted On Saturday, November 19, 2005 8:46 PM

Cloning Windows XP has a guide on how to clone Windows XP System Drive


Posted On Saturday, November 19, 2005 8:00 PM

VS 2005 to Older Runtimes (1.1 etc)
Jon Galloway has the goods/links.

Posted On Friday, November 18, 2005 3:50 PM

Mouse Gestures for VS 2005
I was just listening to the recorded PDC session on by Anson Horton (Download, Stream) on Tips and Trick for VC#2005, and he mentions that you could navigate backwards and forwards across the go-to definition stack using buttons on an explorer mouse. Thats when it struck me that a cool VS2005 power toy would be to have mouse gestures within the IDE. Infact this is not a new idea, the question has been asked by Sean Labaree before. Infact I am kicking myself in the ass for not seeing that post and ......

Posted On Thursday, November 17, 2005 1:25 PM

NFS Most Wanted Demo Out

I dont think the game is out, quite frankly at this moment I am unaware of the official release date.

But the good news is there is a demo. has a list of mirrors offerring the demo.

Posted On Tuesday, November 15, 2005 2:35 PM

Getting VS 2005 to compile to .NET 1.1 and other Framework Versions

Check out Robert McLaws et al’s Ms Build ToolKit

Not going to steal their thunder so here is the link:

I am giving it a try right now.

Posted On Tuesday, November 15, 2005 1:49 PM

Mask IE - A User Agent Switcher for IE
Wrote this over the weekend. It is also my first 2.0 public app. It is a tool that manupilatest the registry to change IE’s user agent string temporarily (temporarily becuase it resets it on exiting) One hiccup with it though, I couldnt find a means of removing the ‘Compatibility, Version, and Platform’ string but it does get obfuscated. Project Distributor Link : http://projectdistributor.n... Actually I did upload it to the gdn as well, but I ......

Posted On Tuesday, November 15, 2005 1:36 PM

All you wanted to know about System.Web.Mail

A very comprehensive FAQ on the System.Web.Mail namespace

check it out :

Posted On Friday, November 11, 2005 4:28 PM

Renaming a SQL Server Box

Came across this write-up by Brian Knight on renaming a SQL Server Box.

Posted On Wednesday, November 9, 2005 12:08 PM

Curious about supporting .net 1.1
Ok its out. VS 2005 has launched and this officially ushsers in the .NET 2.0 era, which actually makes me a bit curious about a couple of things. So let me post these question to you and let me know what you think. For how long do you guys plan on supporting your apps written in .NET 1.1. If you already have a 2.0 app in the works, typically in sittuations like this, what is the usual phase out period? Do you have any plans for supporting multiple runtime versions? I am trying to get a feel as to ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 9, 2005 1:28 AM

The Coca Cola Recipe

Is this a hoax or the real thing?

Check out the comments, it looks like one of the worlds mores secret trade secrets has been revealed.

Posted On Friday, November 4, 2005 2:39 PM

SEMA Goodness 2005

Cant provide a permalink for this, but if you are an auto fan and want to see all the goodness of the SEMA auto show, head over to

I warn you theres a ton of Tuner Civic SIs there. Also a 1750HP 6.9s 350Z, MOPAR Dodge Charger and much more.

Posted On Friday, November 4, 2005 12:01 PM

I have been a big fan of the Run Command. Primarily because from the app you are currently working with, launching another app is just a few key strokes away. Eg. if you are working with SharePoint, then typical run commands you would use is 'iexplore', 'inetmgr', 'iisreset', 'compmgmt.msc', 'frontpg' etc. Previously I had come across an app called 'ExeCommand' that would let you add entries like the above with an associated path to the registry making it available off the run command. But now I ......

Posted On Friday, November 4, 2005 9:04 AM

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