Kevin W. Hammond

Developer Evangelist

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    Setting up the Nano Cube

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    If you read my earlier post, Finding Nemo and Customer Service , then you know that I’m setting up a nano reef. Well, today’s our first day back from vacation and visiting family, and I’m making good on my promise to my daughter. We...
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    Need a good XSD-to-Java class generator

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    So far I've tried Castor and I've tried XBeans. Two more downloads, and once again I'm reminded that every class in Java must exist in its own file. The result of trying to use Castor to generate code from an XSD that describes two complex types? Four...
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    Of Web services and client-side certificates

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    I recently had a customer embark upon the process of securing Web services by using SSL and client-side certificates for authentication. On the surface, this seems a very straightforward process, but after spending four days of questioning why four simple...
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    How to grant ASP.NET access to certificate private keys on Windows Vista

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    One of the more painful processes on Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 is granting read permission to the private keys of a certificate. It typically requires a few trips to your favorite search engine, msdn.microsoft.com and running winhttpcertcfg.exe...
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    Left Lane Law (aka. one of the most stupid new laws of 2004)

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    Left Lane Law - While traveling on an interstate highway, a vehicle may not be driven in the left lane, except when overtaking and passing another vehicle. This prohibition does not apply to authorized emergency vehicles while engaged in official duties...
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    Configuring IIS6 for Team Development

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    I started this paper a while ago and simply haven’t had the chance to buff ‘n polish it for publication. However, enough people within Microsoft have derived value from it that I thought posting it here may allow the general public to derive...
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    Thinking about one-way SOAP messaging

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    Working on the MSMQ provider for WSE 2.0 has really changed the way I think about SOAP messaging. Most of my customers are still working with what I would refer to as “classic” or “traditional” Web services – SOAP over HTTP...
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    Livestock introduced to the Nano Cube

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    The Nano Cube cycled nicely – complete with measurable ammonia and nitrite spikes – and stabilized in just over a week, though it did require some addition of pH buffer to raise the pH. After the water tested out great at the local fish store...
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    IE7 vs. Firefox 2 - is IE7 not loading images from cache?

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    Scoble knocks IE7's performance compared to Firefox 2 and I had to see it to believe it. Given I've been living in IE7 for months - and more recently with IE7 on Windows Vista - I've never given performance a thought, which tells me either that performance...
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    Casa dé Hambone - my personal blog

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    I've established a personal blog at Casa dé Hambone in order to decrease the signal to noise ratio here on blogs.msdn.com and weblogs.asp.net, thereby keeping my personal hobbies and interests out of the aggregated feed. I'll continue to post...
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    I'm no terrorist, but I do like my cigar even when we're on Orange alert

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    I was stopped at about 12:30AM this morning by the Winnetka police as I unwittingly turned off the main road that runs from the north side of Chicago up through Evanston, Wilmette, Kenilworth, Winnetka and beyond, and onto a little dead-end road that...
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    Implementing a custom binary security token with WSE 2.0

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    Herein lies some detail regarding how to go about implementing your own custom binary tokens with our Web Services Enhancements 2.0 for Micorosoft .NET. If the topic interests you, read on! If all you want is the code, you can get it here . Note that...
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    Say goodbye to laptops? I don't think so.

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    Has this guy ever sat inside a high rise office building or even the basement of a Midwestern home and struggled to get a reliable cellular signal? In his article about how once again the browser will make Windows irrelevant , he sings the joys of living...
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    Experience with my new Java environment thus far

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    I was asked in a feedback item about my thoughts on Eclipse. Let me preface with what I'm about to say is that as far as free development environments go, Eclipse is nice. I'd even say it's very nice. With that said, I spent a good portion of the day...
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    Casa dé Hambone is Windows CardSpace-enabled!

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    Taking inspiration from Kim Cameron and how he CardSpace-enabled WordPress , I did the same with DasBlog 1.9.6264.0. casadehambone.com now supports logging into the administrative account using Windows CardSpace allowing me to throw the use of passwords...
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    Photoshop CS and Scripting

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    I just discovered that Photoshop CS supports scripting in AppleScript, JavaScript and Visual Basic! There's a complete type library available for the Visual Basic developer, and you can use either VBScript or full blown Visual Basic. I'm going to bet...
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    WSE 2.0: SoapService and XmlSerialization

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    Increasing developer productivity with SoapService...
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    The Secret of Successful Telemarketing

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    Take a lesson from Game Stop . Their automated system called me today and left a voice mail. It got my attention right off the bat with, "Attention Halo fans!" Every other automated telemarketing pitch I've ever received on my cell phone was immediately...
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    Firefox 2 outperforms IE7 because Firefox doesn't do "the right thing"

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    As I mentioned here , Scoble points out that IE7 renders TechMeme slower than Firefox 2 . A true statement. Another true statement is that Firefox isn't respecting the <META HTTP-EQUIV="Expires" CONTENT="now"> tag. Furthermore, Firefox doesn't respect...
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    Finishing the MSMQ transport provider with the WSE 2.0 release bits

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    I finally have time to sit down and finish off the MSMQ transport provider using the WSE 2.0 release bits. There was yet another change between the intirm build I was using and the release bits that caused the transport provider to break. However, with...
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    Information card sign in without validation

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    I'm testing out a slightly modified information card login process on Casa dé Hambone . Previously, I validated your email address in your self-issued card. An email was sent to your email address asking you to click a link to activate your account. Currently...
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    DMB, Stand Up and copy protection

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    Before you read any further, know this … I am firmly against copying and sharing intellectual property of any type. Working for a company whose bread and butter is intellectual property, and knowing that I’m going to put my kids through school...
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    I was once placed inside a mainframe ...

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    ... allow me to explain. I was born in 1970 and did not have my first exposure a computer until I was nine or ten. My mother enrolled me in a summer work program at the local library where they had a Radio Shack TRS-80. I got addicted to this text-based...
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    Early SVN patch of DasBlog 1.9.6264 with information card support available

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    Rather than wait for perfection, I'm making available an SVN patch of my work-to-date for information card support in DasBlog 1.9.6264. You can get it here from the Casa dé Hambone Download Center . Due to the dependence in my current build on Microsoft...
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    Do you want authenticated comments in DasBlog?

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    DasBlog 1.9.6264.0 . Authenticated comments. Windows CardSpace . Working. Try it out right now by signing in with your information card and then leaving a comment on this post. Inclusion of your web page claim is optional; include during the initial card...
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