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    The Bellagio Fountains of Diet Coke

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    As I was doing some of my morning infosnacking, I came across this post on slashdot . A few guys seem to have figured out how to recreate the Bellagio Fountains using only 2L bottles of diet coke, and several menthos. Check out the video at http:/...
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    Hosted vs Home Grown

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    I'm struggling with an interesting connumdrum right now. I take a lot of pictures. And I mean a lot of pictures, I've got 11,000+ digital photos, and more than 500 rolls of film that hasn't been scanned. I love to share my photos with my friends, and...
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    DOCType? Why do I need that?

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    I got a comment on my last post ( CSS Positioning: Margin, Border, and Padding ) that was rather blut, telling me to pull it down, as it was confusing and IE rendered things incorrectly. I did a little checking into things and s/he was partially correct...
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    Free ASP.NET Hosting

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    A few weeks ago, one of the forum posts I was looking at asked about free ASP.NET hosting. I knew when we had shipped, we had offered some, but do you think I could find it a few weeks ago when someone really wanted it? Of course not. http://www...
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    CSS Positioning: Margin, Border, and Padding

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    MOVED This content has been moved to my new blog at http://petelepage.com/blog/2006/05/css-positioning-margin-border-and-padding/ Thanks, PEte
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    personal: this side up.

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    I figured I'd share this with both my personal and work blogs as it's kind of funny and a little humbling. In my personal blog, I always write in smallcaps, so just ignore that fact, and hopefully you'll get a laugh out of my morning. my friend heath...
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    Overriding "Activating" ActiveX Controls

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    I'm in the midst of a DHTML test pass right now (this is a separate issue from the one I previously blogged about), and I came across a rather frustrating change. In response to the patent lawsuit between Microsoft and Eolas, we released an update for...
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    Hiring & Ship Stuff

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    I've got a good entry coming tomorrow, where I'm going to talk about the DHTML control and some changes coming in the Vista time frame. I mentioned a few weeks ago that we're pulling it from Vista, and I'll fill you in with complete details then. But...
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    CSS Reboot!

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    Darn, I found out about this a little too late for this go round, but I'm going to do it for next time. Honest! Have you heard about CSS Reboot ? The idea is that twice a year, participating websites redo their CSS pages and come up with new, fun,...
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    RSS Feed Icons!

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    As I was surfing around last night before heading out for Dine Out For Life , I came across this great website that has the official RSS Feed Icons. It's a ZIP file that contains not only the PNG files, but also JPG, GIF, PSD and several other formats...
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    The Power of the DIV & other BLOCK elements

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    The DIV tag is one of my most hated and most loved tags in HTML. It allows you to do so much, but at the same time, can cause some headaches when things aren't lining up, or because of their block nature, finding each new div on a new line. This morning...
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    Now Open: Web Development Tools Team Blog

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    Our team just launched a team blog. It's open to anyone to post and in the coming weeks, you'll see lots of new information. So far, we've only got an intro post from Bash, our PUM and an intro post from me, but I'll try to get something a bit more substantial...
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    Web Development Tools Team Pictures

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    Earlier this week we shot some photos of the team to put on our new team blog (I'll post about that later this afternoon once we get our first post on it), but I have a few frames left. Yep, good 'ol film! I'm a bit of a film snob. One of the photos...
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    Express Editions Now Completely Free!

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    Every once in a while I hear things that I want to blog about as soon as I hear about them, but we're kind of embargo'ed on them, and this was one of them. In fact, I had even forgotten we were going to announce this today until it was mentioned at our...
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    MashUp: Hu's At Bill's House, Spell Checker, Hiring, Bug Bounties, Provider Toolkits, Retail=True

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    It's been an interesting day here in Redmond. I've been spending the day trying to get Virtual Server set up on one of my boxes and Vista set up on the other one. One of the big reasons that I'm doing this is so that I can increase the number of environements...
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    Circular Reference: OS X inside VirtualPC on a MacBook using Boot Camp?

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    Not to start a holy war on why you'd want to / not do this, but ... I wonder if you can get a MacBook Pro using BootCamp booted to Windows XP then run Virutal PC to boot OS X inside the Windows VPC? Now that would be interesting, and kind of cool...
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    File Checksum

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    I brought a neat idea to my lead earlier this week, and lo and behold, he started working on it! He got the hard part done one morning when he was in before everyone else, but now I get to implement this idea. With the new designer surface, I wanted...
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    Let the Sapphire Work Begin!

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    I think the only let down I had at Mix06 this year, was the fact that we weren't doing any demos of Sapphire, the version of the VWD web designer. For those of you who haven't heard, we're starting from the ground up again, and taking a slightly different...
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    Mix06: Photos

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    I've posted my Mix06 photos online at http://www.bigbackpack.ca/nGallery/albums/Mix06.aspx I also put them up on Flickr as an experiment here http://www.flickr.com/photos/petele/
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    Mix06: Creating Mashups with Yahoo!

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    I remember the days when Yahoo was just a little search engine, when it was still beta and long before Search.MSN.com or Google. But this morning, I atteneded a session titled " Building Web Applications Using Yahoo! Web Services ". I was very highly...
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    Mix06: Do you like the XBOX360?

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    Sadly, today was the last day of Mix06, and things started winding down this morning. I think the coolest thing I saw this afternoon though, was when the Channel 9 team (or was it ten) came by the XBox station that I was manning and asked if they could...
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    More Free Money With Express

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    As a follow on to one of my last posts, I found this kind of cool thing. If you're using Express do to do neat stuff, check this out! If you submit your story on how you're using Express, and they use you in a feature article, they'll give you a $100...
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    Mix06: Mashups, Origami, MCE, Tao

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    We're about 1/2 of the way through day 2 here, and there is still some great stuff happening here. If you didn't hear, yesterday, we announced a Go Live license for Atlas ! This freakin' rocks! I'm really looking forward to starting to play with it more...
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    Mix06: Atlas is ALIVE!

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    There is one other super AWESOME thing that has come out of Mix. Atlas March CTP now has a GO LIVE license! That means you can put this on production boxes and use it to impress your customers!
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    Mix06: Day 1

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    Well, we're about 1/2 way through day one here at Mix06 and all I can do is say WOW. WOW! The keynotes this morning were pretty good, I'm not a big keynote fan, I'd much rather get my info seeing demos one-on-one or hearing about cool stuff in real...
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