Wednesday, 28 September 2005

Building ASP.NET 2.0 Web Sites Using Web Standards

MSDN have released a really good comprehensive tutorial on creating accessible and standards-conforming websites - Building ASP.NET 2.0 Web Sites Using Web Standards.

Nice to see that not only is the author not afraid to mention the "FireFox" word, but he actually quotes their developers and links to some of the Mozilla resources.

Multiple Service Pack 2's for Office 2003

Microsoft have released Service Pack 2's for a number of their Office 2003 products.

There's also a new release of SharePoint that includes SP2 (the link above is just for the service pack for existing installations).

Tuesday, 27 September 2005

Replacing a gear cable on a Shimano RSX shifter

Yesterday, I was going to ride my bike to work. I didn't get past the driveway as my rear gear cable broke. I'm glad it didn't happen halfway up Flagstaff Hill Rd!

So I bought a new cable and fitted it this morning. Turns out you probably don't need to pull anything apart (as I did at first), just follow this advice about moving the shifter to the highest position so you can just slide the cable out easily.

Our digital camera is still being fixed by Olympus (how many more weeks can it take!) otherwise I'd add a photo to show my handywork.

Monday, 26 September 2005

Dr Neil touring Australia

I read on Charles's blog that Dr Neil Roodyn will be running some .NET eXtreme courses, both 1 and 2 days in length, and yes he is coming to Adelaide.

Visual Studio 2005 Team Foundation Beta 3

Beta 3 has been released. This has the "Go Live" license so you can install this now and there will be a supported path to install the final release (due early 2006)

An updated Installation Guide has also been released.

Wednesday, 21 September 2005

Mozilla Firefox 1.0.7 released

Mozilla Firefox 1.0.7 Released. Fixes the IDN and Linux command-line vulnerabilities, and some stability fixes.

Firefox extensions in Visual Studio.NET

I've had a go once or twice to write an extension for Firefox, and found the whole process a bit involved.

What I'd like to see is someone write an add-in for Visual Studio.NET that would help with this process.

I'm not even sure if this is all possible, and how easy it would be. Some of the things I would like to see are:

  • Javascript language support
  • Intellisense when using XPCOM objects
  • Automated jar building

Mailinator:Spam Map

I was only reading in The Australian yesterday about websites ("Mash-ups") that combine services from a number of other websites.

I found a reference to Mailinator on The Register today. It's a page that maps incoming spam against the source IP address and uses Google Maps to generate a geographical map of where the spam is coming from. Makes you wonder how else you could make use of this kind of info.

Monday, 19 September 2005

Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 E-Learning

Microsoft have made a number of their e-learning courses for Visual Studio 2005 available for free until November 8th.Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 E-Learning.

Sadly, the pages don't work very well with FireFox, so you'll need to use IE to get to the content.

Developer Toolbar for IE announced at PDC

I use Firefox as my web browser, and one of the extensions I always install is the Web Developer extension.

Internet Explorer users look like they are now going to get something similar: IEBlog : Developer Toolbar for IE announced at PDC

Wednesday, 14 September 2005

Monad, Win2000 Rollup and ADS

Windows "Monad" Shell Beta 2 (for .NET Framework 2.0 Beta 2) x86
Windows "Monad" Shell is a new interactive command-line and task-based scripting technology in Windows that enables administrators to more efficiently and securely automate and control system management tasks on both desktops and servers.
Update Rollup 1 for Windows 2000 SP4 (KB891861)
This update consists of previously released recommended, critical and security updates for Windows 2000, rolled into one convenient package.
Automated Deployment Services (ADS) 1.1
With Windows Server 2003, Microsoft extends the platform to make it easier for administrators to build and administer very large, scaled out deployments of Windows servers. Automated Deployment Services (ADS) includes a new set of imaging tools developed by Microsoft and a more secure, remote-able infrastructure for rapidly deploying both Windows 2000 Server and Windows Server 2003 onto bare metal servers. In addition, ADS offers a more secure, reliable script execution framework that lets administrators perform script-based administration on 1,000 servers as easily as they once did on a single server.

Thursday, 8 September 2005

Visual Studio 2005 update

Just noticed that there will be Visual Studio 2005 RC1 released this month ahead of the final release in November.

I might be visiting Sydney late November, so I'll try and get along to the product launch if possible.

Wednesday, 7 September 2005

I passed the 70-305 exam at TechEd!

I attended TechEd on the Gold Coast last week, and took advantage of a free offer by Pearson VUE to take a free certification exam. I studied really hard (figuring that even if I failed, then at least I had experienced an exam without it costing me anything).

Well the study paid off, as I passed "Developing and Implementing Web Applications with Microsoft® Visual Basic® .NET and Microsoft® Visual Studio® .NET" with an excellent result - 962!

I'm going to see if I can have a go at 70-310 before the end of the year, and maybe complete the MCAD or MCSD next year.