Omar Shahine

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  • Blog Post: Treo 650 Review Part 3

    I almost forgot that I never finished my Treo Review Series. The device is so integrated into my habits now that I don't even notice how much I depend on and value the device. It's been over a month since the last review, and that's a good thing because I have finally settled on all the applications...
  • Blog Post: Wow I was slashdotted!

    I never thought it would happen, but thanks to Dan Crevier's recent patent, I was slashdotted because I have a blog post that gives some background on Dan (who to this day is still one of the smartest people I've had the honour of working with at Microsoft). I haven't read all the commotion regarding...
  • Blog Post: Newsgator + FeedDemon

    Interesting indeed . I started using FeedDemon because I grew tired of having my RSS in Outlook (I do not think RSS belongs there for high volume RSS readers). Before using FeedDemon though I was using NewsGator Online, and then added FeedDemon because while I liked the benefits of online I did want...
  • Blog Post: Yahoo Music

    Here is why Yahoo Music is cool. Yes I work for MSN, and sure I wish MSN Music had this same feature, but I'm super excited that Yahoo Music launched their business. Why? THEY ARE BUILT ON OUR PLATFORM! Let me explain. A few months ago I wrote this post about Technology Camps . Let me point out my...
  • Blog Post: Fixing Outlook Red "X" Problem

    Every few months, Outlook 2003 will get into a situation where it will no longer render images in the preview pane or the message window. If you reply to the message, then you will see the image. Perplexed by the problem, I would take the brute force "Detect and Repair" solution but that isn't always...
  • Blog Post: Photoshop CS2

    First of all, a big shout out to Adobe for creating an awesome upgrade for Digital Camera owners. I still don't understand why you insist on installing Adobe ImageReady when I never use it and curse it when I accidentally double click a PNG and watch it take forever to load. However, you fixed one of...
  • Blog Post: Media Center TV on PSP

    I just found this app called Image Converter 2 made by Sony, that will convert a wide variety of video and photos to playback on the PSP. It supports DVR-MS, the file format that Windows Media Center records TV. It costs $19. Now all I need is a 1GB Memory Stick Duo . NEVER in my life did I think...
  • Blog Post: Adobe Photoshop CS2 in the mail!

    Just got this email from Adobe. Wohooo! Your Adobe Store order has shipped! Product: Adobe Photoshop CS2 Upgrade for Windows Ship Date: April 21, 2005 Quantity: 1 Price: Price:$149.00 Item Subtotal: US$149.00
  • Blog Post: Zinio 3.0

    Zinio released an updated version of their Magazine Reader. It's much improved over 2.0. One of the things I actually do religiously with my Tablet PC is read PC Magazine in Tablet mode. I can't tell you how cool it is to sit there and read the magazine, like on an airplane, or in bed. It's one of the...
  • Blog Post: Photshop Maximize Compatability

    I just noticed this warning when I saved a file: So lets see. You are asking the user a question. Unchecking the checkbox above has no clear benefit to me. However, if I do uncheck it my file may not be compatible with future versions of Photoshop or other applications. Not I undestand it may...
  • Blog Post: Shutdown

    Why doesn't Shutdown work? Shutting down Windows and Shutting down Outlook requires user intervention 80% of the time for me. Yes I run Add-ins in Outlook, so what? I also run software in Windows. I don't care that an Add-in might be holding an Outlook resource, or that some Windows process won't go...
  • Blog Post: Turbo Tax 2004

    Well, this is the 6th year I've used TurboTax now. Each year I owe some federal tax, and each year TurboTax insists on printing out vouchers for estimated tax payments for the following year. They use the most conservative rule for determining if you should pay estimated taxes, and I never need to do...
  • Blog Post: WikiSpam

    I am getting a ton of LinkSpam on my dasBlog Wiki. It's driving me nuts. Like 3 times a day! In about a few days I'm going to hook up the same CAPTCHA that dasBlog has to FlexWiki and be done with them. The current antispam features of FlexWiki aren't helping.
  • Blog Post: Apple iTunes DRM hole

    It seems that Paul Thurrott is astonished that Apple would apply DRM to purchased music on the client (iTunes) rather than the server. Seems like a really bad design decision and a good way to open the door for two programmers to crack it . The statement from their blog is precious: "Our intent...
  • Blog Post: Windows Media DRM to deliver Indian Movies over the Internet

    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 . The difference is that Imran isn't a big media...
  • Blog Post: start.com developer blogs

    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 jealous :-).
  • Blog Post: Google Human

    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 :-).
  • Blog Post: Groove Virtual Office

    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 centralized server. Yes, this is basically doing P2P...
  • Blog Post: Vonage ClickToCall API

    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/tpcc/makecall?username= username &password=...
  • Blog Post: start.com/1/ now works in FireFox

    You can thank a pretty hard working developer in MSN for fixing this. The site now says: Now in new Firefox flavor!
  • Blog Post: Microsoft can do fancy JavaScript too!

    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 ]
  • Blog Post: Getting Things Done Add-in going to be updated

    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 with it, so I wrote my own implementation in managed...
  • Blog Post: Proud owner of FeedDemon

    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 I've closely watched his FeedDemon RSS application...
  • Blog Post: Make ico files from png

    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. the VS.NET 2003 editor can't handle 32 bit icons...
  • Blog Post: Skype doesn't like Standby/Hibernate

    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 management shame on you. Sometimes I hate computers...
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