Omar Shahine's WebLog

The content of this blog is a subset of the posts I make to my personal blog http://www.shahine.com/omar/.

January, 2005

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    How the Moleskine Rocked My World

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    It's so weird how a small black book and a nice pen can change things. Since graduating from college I have increasingly gone "all digital". No more paper, vacuum tubes, tapes etc etc. However, in this process I have tried to cram the needs of my life...
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    Favorite FireFox feature

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    This has to be my favorite feature (I don't really use FireFox, but just started to play around with it). I am always looking for specific text in a web page, and I hate doing the Control-F, rinse, repeat mechanism to find something. FireFox has this...
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    dasBlog 1.7 released

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    Well, I'm a bit late to the party... but as Scott announced , dasBlog 1.7 is finished. There are numerous and substantial improvements in this version. Some of them were done months ago, and the most substantial came in the last 2 months as Scott and...
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    Microsoft AntiSpyware

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    Not very often does a piece of software come along that blows me out of the water. A few months ago I got a very real experience dealing with spyware. Even after coaching my sister through fixing her computer, on my visit home over thanksgiving I found...
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    My New Etymotic Headphones

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    I have owned the Bose Noise QuietComfort I and II for a while now. A few weeks ago (at Macworld) I purchased the Etymotic ER 6 isolator earphones for $99. I seriously love these headphones. I did not get the white ones ( ER 6i ) because they were designed...
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    DateTime.ToString("yyyy-MM-dd")

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    Recently I found the answer to two very hard questions about bugs in dasBlog. They were kinda tricky to figure out, but also really interesting (bug 2 will be in a follow up post) Bug 1: DateTime.ToString() One of the classes in dasBlog that stores...
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    Outlook Live

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    What happens when you take the most utilized business communication tool and team it up with Hotmail as the mail backend and sell that as a subscription? Outlook Live . This is a pretty cool service! You can use Outlook and have all your mail, contacts...
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    Enclosure support in dasBlog

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    Well, thanks to some encouragement from Jeff Sandquist , I just recently added Enclosure support to dasBlog. It was a bit tricky because RSS 2.0 only allows for a single enclosure per item . I didn't want to get burned by the spec changing at some point...
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    Picasa 2 supports RAW

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    Finally, a *free* photo album tool that supports RAW images like those from my Nikon D70! http://www.picasa.com/ update: it appears Picasa does not support auto rotation of images. That sort of bums me out. The data is there, not sure why they would...
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    Dying Thread on Trackbacks, Referrals and Pingbacks

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    Part 2 of 2 Bug 2: TrackingHandler Thread Dies Another problem that Scott Hanselman informed me of was that he would frequently stop receiving Trackbacks, Pingbacks and Referrals on his posts. Furthermore, it was intermittent. This was troubling...
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    Adobe Premiere Elements 1.0

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    A few days ago I was in CompUSA doing the usual... walking aisle by aisle as my wife did some shopping in Union Square, and was surprised to find that Adobe had created an "Elements" version of Premiere . Finally, a DVD creating, Video Editing, Movie...
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    Referral Spam and Movable Type Blacklist

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    Well, just in time for a wave of referral spam that is hitting my blog (mostly from http://www.ownsthis.com ) I spent part of today writing a class that can consume the Movable Type Blacklist . The class will allow you to download this file from the server...
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    Staying on the Getting Things Done Wagon

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    Scoble just mentioned that he'd fallen off the Getting Things Done wagon. This is dangerous. Since I started last march I have never fallen off the wagon. I have been bad about my weekly review of the task list, and I generally add more tasks to my task...
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    Programming Teaches

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    Sometimes I wonder if I was supposed to be a programmer. My job at Microsoft does not require that I write any code... that's not what Program Managers do. Instead I do all sorts of other stuff, but I enjoy it a great deal. However, sometimes all the...
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    Skype 1.1 Install Problems

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    Jeff is having problems installing Skype 1.1 . I am having the same problems. This is the first time I've ever used Skype, so this is not leaving a good impression. Anyway, booting into Safe Mode allowed me to install it. Not sure why.
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    Nullable Types

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    I'm pretty excited about Nullable Types in Whidbey. The primary reason I care about this is that in my PhotoLibrary (library that exposes EXIF properties of a picture) has lot of value types like int. One neat thing about the class is that using something...
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    Unlimited Photo Backup/Gallery (SmugMug)

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    I can't believe I just found out about this! SmugMug is an online photo site like Shutterfly or Ofoto with some BIG differences. For $29.95 a year you can store unlimited photos! That's right, simply start your uploads, and they will store full resolution...
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    Office 2003 Primary Interop Assemblies Article

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    Everything you wanted to know about the Office 2003 Primary Interop Assemblies (ignore if you aren't writing a managed code for Office). "Learn how to get and install the Office 2003 primary interop assemblies (PIAs), and how to reference and troubleshoot...
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    ClearContext to deal with E-mail

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    I've been meaning to write this for a while, and reading John's post on Microsoft's Email Culture finally motivated me to do so. I'm particularly interested in talking about how I deal with "Ignore Incoming Email" since that can be a major distraction...
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    dasBlog 1.7 questions and answers

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    First of all, the community reaction to dasBlog Community Edition 1.7 has been great! I’m delighted that people have been able to move with little trouble. However, a number of folks have asked some questions and I’d like to answer some of those. Question...
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    RSS xhtml:body

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    A while ago there was some hubub about support for xhtml:body in the RSS item tag. Since all RSS aggregators must support the description tag, which contains all the escaped html content of the post, having another tag in the RSS feed that duplicates...
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    Windows Indexing Service + ASP.NET = CannotDebug

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    Agrhhhhh! This is why I hate computers sometimes. Based on this post that I saw a few days ago I enabled the Indexing Service on Windows XP. Well all of a sudden I started getting: Parser Error Message: Access is denied: [name of .dll here] When...
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    MovableType Blacklist for .NET

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    As I promised , here is the code for the MovableType Blacklist that I wrote for dasBlog. There are three pieces to it: the IBlackList interface The MovableTypeBlacklist class The Factory Class that holds an instance of the MovableTypeBlacklist...
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