• Ed Draper

    Editing JPEG metadata (EXIF)

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    I've had a few comments asking what tool I use to edit JPEG metadata. The answer is: Picture It! Library which was included in my MSN Premium subscription. The metadata is stored in the EXIF portion of the image data and travels along with the image as...
  • Ed Draper

    MCE vs TiVo

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    Ok, I’ve got my new MCE box up and running and connected to my living room via my X-Box Media Center Extender . General impressions: My wife and I purchased an 80 hour TiVo Series 2 a number of months back for $299 at our local Fry’s electronics. I had...
  • Ed Draper

    5 kick ass apps on the SmartPhone

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    Okay, I bit the bullet and upgraded my cell phone to an Audiovox SMT 5600 . I have to say that I’m quite pleased with the improvements over what I was using before. Reception is much better, the smaller size is more pleasant to deal with, and the device...
  • Ed Draper

    The MCE vs TiVo cost issue

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    I've had a few comments regarding my awarding Windows Media Center Edition a “+” on price in my previous post. Here’s my rationale: I fundamentally challenge the idea that an MCE box needs to be used as a stand alone system. I use my MCE system constantly...
  • Ed Draper

    Honda to lease fuel cell vehicles to U.S. individuals

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    This is good news. It’d be great to actually be able to buy one! My wife and I bought a Toyota Prius a couple of months back and we’ve been delighted with it so far. However, it’d be great to actually move beyond a hybrid when...
  • Ed Draper

    Hold the press... here're some other awesome SmartPhone Apps!

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    Thanks to Dan Bartels for turning me on to Newsbreak . Wow... a full featured RSS reader that works right on my phone! Too cool! Newsbreak is from IlliumSoft ,which from my perspective is THE PREMIER third party Windows Mobile development house. How I...
  • Ed Draper

    X-Box Media Center Extender reviewed on WinSuperSite...

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    I don't entirely agree with Paul: http://www.winsupersite.com/reviews/mcx_xbox_review.asp
  • Ed Draper

    Another Digital IQ Test

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    Perhaps I’m just a weenie, but I’m a sucker for these “how big a geek are you?” online quizzes. I think there’re some interesting things to take away from many of the results. For example, I scored 209 on the following quiz...
  • Ed Draper

    Santa was good to me this year!

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    Well, I decided to burn some unused vacation time and do a little relaxing through the holidays this year. My wife, Yoshi, proved to be the most awesome incredible Santa ever ! She even came early! My long time interest in assembling a high quality replacement...
  • Ed Draper

    Ghost in the Shell 2

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    Just rented Ghost in the Shell II at the local video store. Wow - this production is impressive. I've never seen animation done at this level. I'm flat out blown away...
  • Ed Draper

    EntLib has shipped!

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    PAG has released EntLib. You can get it here: http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnpag2/html/entlib.asp
  • Ed Draper

    Huygens Probe detaches tonight!

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    Wow - the Cassini mission to Saturn has gone well. Tonight, the Huygens probe is going to be released. Descent through Titan's atmosphere is set to occur January 14th. I wonder what we'll discover!
  • Ed Draper

    Interesting development in nanotech...

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    Nanotechnology fascinates me. What other technology in the course of human evolution can even touch its potential? How invigorating it is to be alive and see it unfolding before our eyes… "In a demonstration that holds promise for future advances in nanotechnology...
  • Ed Draper

    MSN Toolbar Suite leverages JPEG metadata!

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    Wow, I've been incredibly pleased by the quality of the MSN Toolbar Suite. The guys on the team dig a heck of a good job! For those of you who like me, annotate your digital photographs with JPEG metadata, you'll be pleased to discover that desktop searches...
  • Ed Draper

    scalability != performance

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    Harry Pierson raises the question, “ Is the middle tier dead .“ He goes on to say: “ Why do we distribute applications across multiple systems today? Is it because we like managing multiple systems? No! It's for scalability. We...
  • Ed Draper

    Search your inbox, outlook folders and My Documents directory with one click...

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    Search your inbox , Outlook Folders and My Documents directory with one click: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=09b835ee-16e5-4961-91b8-2200ba31ea37&DisplayLang=en
  • Ed Draper

    G4-TechTV sucks

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    The G4-TechTV merger has to go down in history as the worst corporate bungling since the new Coke and it continues to get worse. Finally, I see a TSS host that's not only a geek, but who's actually funny and is not card carrying Linux or Apple bigot ...
  • Ed Draper

    Last thought on “Is the middle tier dead.“

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    Will there be a giant sucking sound as architects and developers rush to host their business components in SQL Server 2005? I don’t necessarily think so. I’d like to explore why I think this way… Yes, SQL Server is going to host...
  • Ed Draper

    Great way of folding clothes!

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    Wow, what an interesting way to fold clothes . Thanks Geeklife!
  • Ed Draper

    64-bit Compatibility Matrix

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    Here's a very useful compatibility matrix of Microsoft product and their support for both Itanium and x64. What is x64 you ask? It is the “64-bit extensions“ technology pioneered by AMD which is in use in some of their Athlon products and...
  • Ed Draper

    RJS Software, is doing a training session in Dallas

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    One of our partners, RJS Software, is doing a training session in Dallas. The session teaches AS/400 / RPG developers how to program in .NET and use the VS tools. The focus is on using .NET to extend and modernize their AS/400 applications. However, once...
  • Ed Draper

    Smart Device Framework

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    I learned about the Smart Device Framework project today. It looks quite interesting. A lot of this functionality will ship in Compact Framework 2.0, but this is available today. It supports things like working with the Registry and programmatically adding...
  • Ed Draper

    For the Microsoft haters out there...

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    John Topley has an excellent post on his blob regarding the pathology of Microsoft bashing.
  • Ed Draper

    Two great posts in a week for all the Microsoft haters out there...

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    First, there was John Topley's post earlier in the week. I particularly enjoyed it as it was from a third party, disassociated with Microsoft and from a declared platform neutral guy. Then today, I read Chris Pratley's excellent post on Word. While Chris...
  • Ed Draper

    Sony's new blue-violet laser

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    Sony unveils its new “Blu-ray” laser . Say hello to 25GB per disc! The article claims 2 hours of hi-def video, but this has got to be using a really inefficient compression algorithm. It should be able to do MUCH more than that on 25 GB!
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