Thursday, 30 November 2006

A HttpModule that moves ViewState to the bottom

I came across this via LarkWare News - it's a HttpModule that moves the ViewState data in the HTML down to the bottom of the page.

The idea of doing this is that the browser then gets to render all the regular page content before it hits the ViewState blob.

Looking at the comments, there appear to be a few small problems, but it could be a useful thing to use on ViewState-heavy pages once it is more robust.

Wednesday, 29 November 2006

New Vice Chancellor for UniSA

Professor Peter Høj will take over from Professor Denise Bradley next year as the new Vice Chancellor of The University of South Australia.

Yes, that isn't a regular 'o' - it has a slash through it because Peter hails originally from Denmark, though he's been in Australia since 1987.

I'll link to the press release when it goes live.

Microsoft Ready Summit '06

I've managed to attend two of these events this year. The first was in Sydney as it coincided with family holidays in that state.

It was held at the Sydney Convention Centre (the same venue as Tech-Ed). I think there were more exhibitors in Sydney compared to Adelaide, but again the catering let Sydney down.

I didn't get to see as many sessions in Adelaide yesterday, as I also needed to get back to work to oversee our building's emergency evacuation drill (all went well I'm pleased to report).

I do think Adelaide does a much better job of putting on a seminar like this (really nice food for lunch, and they even know about dessert!) It isn't the main point of a day like this, but I do think it reflects on the quality of the venue and location. Yay Adelaide.

Remote Desktop Connection (Terminal Services Client 6.0) for Windows XP

Earlier this year, I mentioned my success in using the Remote Desktop client from the Vista beta to enable multiple monitor spanning.

I've had a few enquiries about that post, and those people will be glad to see that Microsoft have now publicly released the new version of the RDP client.

Friday, 24 November 2006

Things missing in IIS7

Some things that I've noticed are missing in IIS7 that comes with Vista.

  • WebDAV (as mentioned to me by Ben)
  • FrontPage extensions
  • The SMTP service

WebDAV is a big problem for our production web server, as we currently promote that as the way for people to edit their content.

Thursday, 23 November 2006

Blog This for Firefox 2.0 now available for Windows Live Writer

Microsoft have released a Firefox Extension (amazing in itself!) to add a Blog This button that launches Windows Live Writer.

I quite like Live Writer, particularly as it understands how to put <p> tags around paragraphs of text. All it is missing is support for Blogger Beta tags and uploading images. Hopefully these features will be coming soon.

Feature Specifications for Visual Studio and .NET Framework

Microsoft have started to publish the feature specifications for Visual Studio and .NET Framework that will be part of the next version.

Friday, 17 November 2006

Syncing with iPAQ and Vista now working

The trick is to install the "AMD64" version of the Windows Mobile Device Center (even if your CPU is not an AMD)!

Now my iPAQ is synchronising nicely again.

I'm also downloading the Vista RTM at the moment from Microsoft Connect (as a Beta Programme participant).

Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 RTW

SharePoint 3.0 has RTM'd, or should I say "Released to the Web", as Microsoft appear to be using for some of their products now.

Nothing at the moment to indicate that you can install it on Vista (which would be handy for development)

Tabbed user interfaces

I've been using Firefox for web browsing since it's first release, so I'm quite used to tabbed-browsing.

The new version of Firefox (and IE7 too) has made a small change to how tabbed browsing works - the 'close tab' button is now part of each tab.

Firefox tabs

What I've realised is that there's a difference now with how Visual Studio works - it's tabbed editing environment is like the old Firefox method - there's just one 'close' button over on the right-hand side.

Visual Studio tabs

I'm not sure which way I prefer - I can see advantages to both, but I just wish that I could make all the apps do it the same way and not be inconsistent now.

I haven't tried any of the CTPs of the next version of Visual Studio yet, but I would guess that they'll change Visual Studio to mirror tabbing in IE7 (and Firefox 2).

Sitemaps

Looks like Microsoft, Google and and Yahoo! have been collaborating on creating a standard for a sitemap file - used by search engines to get a better idea what pages are available to be crawled and if they've been updated recently.

Wednesday, 15 November 2006

Vista RC2 64bit on my desktop

I've taken the plunge and have started using my new Dell box with Vista 64bit RC2.

Hopefully I'll get access to Vista RTM in the next week or so, then I can either install everything again, or just upgrade.

So far most things are working fine. There was a small hiccup this morning when I arranged for the IP address to be swapped over to the new box, but that seems to be resolved now.

Problems I have noticed so far are:

  • Our print server doesn't have 64bit printer drivers, so I've had to use a workaround I read about in the beta newsgroup - Create a local printer with a local port and set the port name to be the printer share name. This did the trick.
  • VMware Server refused to install. I've downloaded the beta of Virtual PC 2007 and installed that instead.
  • Symantec AntiVirus won't install on Vista 64bit. I even arranged to get hold of their beta of the next version, but it doesn't work. Hopefully they'll come out with a new beta that does work soon. I also tried the beta of Microsoft OneCare, but that doesn't support 64bit either :-( I'll just have to rely on Vista's inbuilt security for now (and be careful with email attachments)
  • I can charge my iPAQ with the USB cable, but the current release of Windows Mobile Device Center doesn't allow it to connect properly. I gather they're overdue for a newer release so maybe that will be fixed then.

At the moment, I quite like the Sidebar, but it would be nice to have a weather forecast gadget along the lines of the Firefox ForecastFox extension.

Otherwise relatively smooth sailing so far.

Thursday, 9 November 2006

Congratulations Rod

I caught up with the news last night that Rev. Rod Dyson is the new Moderator-Elect for the Uniting Church in South Australia.. Yay :-) He takes over as Moderator next November.

Another famous person I can say that I know!

Microsoft Windows Vista is RTM

Vista build 6000.16386 is RTM. Now to wait and see how long it take to be publicly available!

I bet lots of people wished that it was 16384 - a lot more geeky.

Wednesday, 8 November 2006

SQL Server Database Publishing Wizard CTP 1

This is a tool that generates the SQL for both the database schema and also to insert the data of a database.

Windows® Defender RTM

Windows Defender is a free program that helps you stay productive by protecting your computer against pop-ups, slow performance and security threats caused by spyware and other potentially unwanted software.

Windows Desktop Search 3.0 RTM

Windows Media Player 11 RTM

Writing Accessible Web Applications

Microsoft have published a useful whitepaper on how to create an accessible web site/application.

Windows Mobile Network Analyzer PowerToy

Network Analyzer for Windows Mobile runs network utilities (e.g., ping and ipconfig) on a Windows Mobile powered device.

.Net Framework 3.0 RTM

Office 2007 is RTM

Microsoft Office 2007 is now finished. It will be good to get our hands on the final version- I've really liked the new version while running the Beta 2 preview.

Firefox 2 released

Catching up on lots of stuff that happened while I was away.. Firefox 2 is now officially released. Might need to check that all your extensions are going to work ok in the new version.