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/.

March, 2005

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    Creative Zen Micro vs iPod

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    For the past few months I used the Rio Carbon . While it fared well, there were a couple of things I didn't like about the device. There was no hardware hold button, and the audio menu was not sticky and always dropped you back to the audio list, rather...
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    Programming Mac vs Windows

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    David Weller discusses what it's like to program on a Mac. Back when I was a Mac user, I desperately wanted to write some programs. The barrier to entry was huge. I didn't know C++, didn't know Java, and still don't know Objective C (and don't care to...
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    Treo 650

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    The last time I owned a Palm device was in 2000. Since then I have used a variety of Pocket PC devices, and for the last few years I've tried one Pocket PC Phone and owned two Smartphones. My friends laugh at me cause the most important function of my...
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    The device does not appear to work consistently as a phone

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    That title is one of the main reasons I seriously considered a Treo 650 (and ultimately got one). If you wish to purchase a Pocket PC Phone in the US, you have four choices (that I am aware of). HP H6315 (T-Mobile) Audiovox 4100 (AT&T) ...
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    On Shipping Software

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    Mark Luckofsky's post is sure making its rounds on the web and inside Microsoft. Joshua Allen posted some of the most insightful comments in reaction to that post. I don't think I could have said it better myself. You know, when I joined Microsoft...
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    Guide to ripping CDs

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    Chances are, you have ripped some of your music. More than likely you chose a lossy encoding. Probably it's in MP3 format. Maybe not. Anyway, I have continually refined my ripping strategy. It's optimized for getting the best audio quality on the device...
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    Google Human

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    I think this is the kind of stuff that makes me feel like Google is a human company. How cool and fun is that. It made me smile :-).
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    Take Control of E-mail

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    Today I decided to stop the madness. An email every few minutes and desktop alert + sound to go with it makes it to easy to lose focus on my task at hand and look at my inbox. While I loved this feature when Outlook came out, it's become my achilles heal...
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    Geek Tax

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    I have this term, Geek Tax, and I have to pay it every few months. Geek Tax is the amazing waste of time that you must endure when crap stops working. Today my internet stopped working. I've been troubleshooting various things for the past few hours,...
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    Vonage ClickToCall API

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    This is pretty neat. I wish Vonage had a web API, but they do not. However, they do have a HTTP GET and POST based API for initiating a phone call from your Vonage phone. Simply create a custom URL for your account: https://secure.click2callu.com...
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    start.com/1/ now works in FireFox

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    You can thank a pretty hard working developer in MSN for fixing this. The site now says: Now in new Firefox flavor!
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    Make ico files from png

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    I found this great freeware utility, png2ico , which will take a png and create an ico file. I wanted to create a favicon for my web site, and this made it super simple. This will also come in handy when I need to make icons for my .NET applications...
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    Proud owner of FeedDemon

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    A few years ago I purchased TopStyle . It's simply the best CSS editor on the market. Before that I loved HomeSite , which is now owned by Macromedia. I mean really, both products rock. Nick Bradbury has always been a talented developer in my mind, and...
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    Phone Calls in Meetings

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    When did it become OK to answer a phone call in a meeting? I personally find it incredibly distracting. I *never* answer my phone during a meeting. I try (and some times forget) to place my phone on vibrate, and if I need to answer the call (because my...
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    Windows Media DRM to deliver Indian Movies over the Internet

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    One of my co-workers, Imran , is a prime example of how powerful a rich and licensable DRM system allows people to build a business on your platform. The site that he helped create is called Masala Downloads and operates much like Cinemanow or Movielink...
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    Microsoft can do fancy JavaScript too!

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    Two new incubation projects in MSN. start.com/1/ start.com/2/ What is an incubation project? Its basically a prototype , a snapshot on the way to something. [via Dare ]
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    Skype doesn't like Standby/Hibernate

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    Unbelievable that for the past few weeks I have been stumped as to why my desktop pc and laptop can take minutes (like 5) to resume from standby. On a hunch I uninstalled Skype, then found this and this . If you write software that messes with my power...
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    The Week Subscription arrived

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    Well, that was fast. My order for The Week from Amazon took less than 4 weeks to fulfill. Contrast that to my direct order for Make Magazine which has yet to arrive. Anyway, I read The Week cover to cover last night. What a fantastic magazine. It is...
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    Joe Wilcox on PlaysForSure, Napster, WMP10 and Zen Micro

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    Joe Wilcox did an awesome four part series on his experiences with PlaysForSure, Napster To Go and the new PlaysForSure devices. Awesome read and is very close to my sentiments on the matter. Part 1 Part 2 Part 3 Part 4 ...
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    Groove Virtual Office

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    Wow. I installed Groove a few days ago on advice from Dennis and tried the File Synchronization feature. There are few things I will say this about. It's Magic . I can just drag stuff to a folder and it replicates to all my machines, w/o the use of a...
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    Got my Treo 650

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    Yesterday I received my Treo 650. I'll post a full review later on (compare it from the perspective of some one who has used Pocket PC from 1.0 to 2003 SE and SmartPhone 2002/3). The last Palm I used was a Palm V many years ago. And before that I used...
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    Getting Things Done Add-in going to be updated

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    This is most excellent news. The folks at Netcentrics are going to be updating the Getting Things Done Outlook Add-in. I applaud them for the transparency with which they are presenting their plans. I purchased the add-in last year and grew frustrated...
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    Digital Audio Tools

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    Eric Virro has a great site that covers all aspects of ripping digital audio. Highly recommended reading if you are curios about lossless, transcoding, cleaning, converting etc.
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    Treo 650 Review Part 1

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    I've been thinking how to best structure my experiences with the Treo 650. I have a lot to say on the topic, too much to write in one sitting and too much for a single blog post. As such I'm just going to start now. Expect a Part 2 later this week, and...
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    start.com developer blogs

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    Steve Rider , who works on start.com , started blogging about it . I'm super excited about the work they are doing. They are out there, on the live site, shipping bits, addressing user requests, and making improvements along the way. Part of me is...
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