Santomania

Addy Santo's occasional braindumps

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    I Love MSN, I Hate MSN

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    I LOVE MSN Virtually everything released by the MSN team in the last year or two rocks. Spaces. MSN Search. Even the toolbar with the long name. My personal favorite is www.start.com . Every now and then I poll it to see what’s new, and I’m never disappointed...
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    ClearType Tuner makes your code (and everything else) look better

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    Royo mentions his preference wrt coding fonts . I recently (re)discovered a tool which is just as important for developers - the ClearType Tuner. This little utility lets you tweak the Windowns XP ClearType settings to make text look... err... clearer...
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    BlogWave RC2

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    <6/2 Update: fixed 404 on download link> <6/1 Update: The download link now points to RC3, which fixes the DateTime issue with non-US locales> BlogWave is getting closer to v1.0. It's not quite there yet, but is close enough to take a peek...
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    [OT] Birthday post

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    Ooops, it has been over a month since my last post. Time flies when you are too busy to sleep :) So, what have I been up to lately? 1. BlogWave v.next is stuck at 99.5% complete, and has been for several weeks. There are no big obvious bugs left...
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    The training progresses....

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    Indigo is sexy; Avalon is sexier.
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    More search coolness

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    hm..... This is apparently more of a research prototype than real release or even beta, but still very cool (wait for the left-hand frame to populate): http://wsm.directtaps.net/default.aspx
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    Scotty, beam me up

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    I'm back at the Redmond mothership for a week of training. Indigo, Avalon, Longhorn, Office 12, WSE, security... let the good times roll :)
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    MSN Search vs. Google

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    As a Microsoft employee, I want to do my small part in making MSN Search better. They have the little " Help us improve " link at the bottom of the MSN Search result page, but it isn't that easy to figure out what needs improving? So I cooked up this...
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    A tip, a tool and a book

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    The Tip: If your mouse has thumb buttons, they are usually mapped (by default) to "back" and "forward" in IE. Change those to PgUp and PgDown, and give it a test drive in Visual Studio. I never noticed how much of my development time was being spent on...
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    Out-Googling Google

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    One of the things I like best about Google is their clean, elegant and functional UIs. Microsoft's web offerings always seem to be a step (or three) behind, or so I thought before running across http://www.start.com/1/ Once again the folks at MSN prove...
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    Why Microsoft Won, according to OSS/Unix guru Marcus Ranum

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    I found this article on Slashdot . It is a well written commentary on the state of Unix/Linux, although I'm anot sure how many OSS advocates would agree with the conclusions. My evil twin particularly liked the following passage: I installed Linux on...
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    [OT] One step closer to geek movie heaven

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    The new trailer for Episode 3 is out - http://www.aol.com/starwars/trailer/index.adp?type=lrg <edit> as David Taylor so politely pointed out, that link points to the old trailer from Nov 2004. The new one air will air on March 10th. My mistake,...
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    The magic URL for fixing a broken Sharepoint page

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    I know it exists, but every time I need it I still spend 15 minutes searching. So, once and for all, here it is: ?contents=1 . Appending that to the URL of a web part page in WSS or SPS will display a list of web parts on the page with options to close...
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    WssDal - a Sharepoint Web Services alternative

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    About 2 months ago I asked if anyone was interested in an alternative to the WSS webservices . A few people responded and tried my WssDal library. The general consensus seems to be that while it isn't perfect, it is useful enough to continue developing...
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    Sauce Reader (v1.10BETA) chokes on UTF-16 RSS?

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    Can anyone else confirm that Sauce Reader doesn't support Unicode RSS?
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    Random musings and an Infopath tip

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    Random musings... I have had too much sugar today and too little sleep last night, so my brain is a little fried. Consider yourself warned :) My current gig is for a hospital. Every evening when I leave the parking lot, the automated toll machine remarks...
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    Another VSTO dev tip

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    Office will only load managed code assemblies which are fully trusted by the .Net CAS policy. When developing a VSTO solution, Visual Studio tweaks the CAS policy to allow Office to load the VSTO assemblies from a default <projectname>_bin folder...
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    VSTO 2003 Development Tip

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    One of the more annoying aspects of developing a VSTO solution is debugging deployment issues. The Office host application (Word/Excel) often returns error messages along the lines of: “Can’t find or load the <assembly> assembly in <url>”...
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    Is Gmail ramping up for a release?

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    Gmail has become very generous with their invites lately (I have 50 invites available on my account, and I don't even use it that much). Obviously they want to increase their volumes by an order of magnitude or more... I wonder if this means that a release...
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    One year and counting...

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    Hey, I just noticed that last week was exactly 12 months since I joined Microsoft. Time really does fly when having fun!
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    What does a petabyte of data look like?

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    Today I saw my first petabyte system. A SAN composed of multiple cabinets, each one with 225 disks of 360GB each. Wow. Even more impressive was the size of it all - it could easily fit into the kitchen of my tiny Manhattan apartment. Any bets how long...
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    FireFox ate my cat!

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    Actually, it was my Linksys wireless router. And maybe "ate" isn't the most accurate description of what happened. But it was a pretty weird coincidence that my router keeled over and died (complete with nasty burnt plastic smell) just as I opened FireFox...
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    Are the Sharepoint Web Services too complex? Looking for something better?

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    I'm looking for a few people to help beta-test an alternative to Sharepoint's web services. The solution allows a simple "object modelish" approach to working with WSS, as shown by the following sample code snippets: It also solves some of the WSS web service pain-points, such as download/upload, checkin/checkout, etc. Drop me a mail if you are interested. ...
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    Fixing Broken Links after Restoring a Sharepoint (WSS) Site with SMigrate

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    WSS 2.0 includes a utility called SMigrate which can be used to backup the content and structure of a site and to later recreate a site’s content and structure from the backup file. SMigrate also enables migration scenarios – by backing up a site and restoring it to a different URL, it is possible to migrate content between different sites or servers. When restoring content to a different URL SMigrate attempts to update the necessary links to ensure that the restored site will work correctly, i...
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    [OT] Exceptional people doing exceptional work creates exceptional companies

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    No, this isn't a story about Microsoft. But it is so cool that it deserves to be told anyway ;) It is the story of how Apple employees managed to ship a product. Sounds easy? Try doing it after the project has been cancelled and you've been layed off...
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