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Addy Santo's occasional braindumps

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    Getting the POSITION() of the PARENT node using Xpath

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    I just spent waaaaaay too long figuring this out, so I'll leave a note of it for future projects: To enumerate the current node's position in the current nodeset, position() is great. However when using nested nodesets, getting the parent's position relative...
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    Outlook Adapter for BlogWave

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    Dan Hounshell is working on an Outlook Adapter for BlogWave . It isn't available yet but sounds pretty cool so far: It was fun working with Outlook and working the framework Addy supplied for adapters. It's pretty slick, it will get Tasks, Notes, Email...
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    Signing off for a week or two

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    I'm moving apartments this week and will also be away on business (Toronto here I come...) so I won't be blogging for a while. Next BlogWave release will probably be around mid-September. Known issues with v0.3: - Drag-drop to create a new feed assigns...
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    BlogWave FAQ

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    BlogWave Mini-FAQ Last Updated : 10/24/2004 Current Version : 0.99.1.5 (Beta 1.5) Download Link: http://www.addysanto.com/blog/blogwave/blogwave_vB15.zip (522K) Q. What is BlogWave? A. BlogWave is an "RSS Generator": a tool which can pull information...
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    How to get noticed

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    Michael Swanson shares a brilliant! story of how he made sure that his resume would get noticed by Microsoft . I'm filing this one away in my favorite "interview/recruiting" stories :)
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    BlogWave version 0.3 (Alpha 3) - Released!

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    This release is full of cool new features. Drag-and-drop enables creating complex aggregate feeds in literally seconds. Context Menus. NNTP (newsgroup) support. A pluggable architecture and a C# code sample showing how to connect BlogWave to additional...
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    "InteropServices.SEHException: External component has thrown an exception" - Solved!

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    I finally solved the problems with enabling XP Visual Styles (Themes) which I described here . My initial attempt worked on some computers but not others; apparently there is some mystic connection between the themed activation context, the color of my...
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    Happy Birthday Roy!

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    Roy Osherove - Congratulations!
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    Fighting the "InteropServices.SEHException: External component has thrown an exception" blues

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    <8/18/2004 update: see part II of this post, with a better solution: http://weblogs.asp.net/asanto/archive/2004/08/18/216825.aspx > .Net version 1.1 has a bug with XP Visual Styles which causes the following cryptic exception: "'System.Runtime.InteropServices...
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    Some Spam, a Chainletter and a Blog walk into a bar....

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    I'll be the first to admit that Luke Hutteman rocks (SharpReader is my primary aggregator!) but this post is very disturbing. It basically encourages people to create a chain-letter of blog posts with the sole intent of improving the google-juice of the...
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    BlogWave v0.2 (Alpha 2) - Released!

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    Alpha 2 of BlogWave is now available. ( What is BlogWave?? ) New & Improved in this version: Many internal changes and bug fixes. Supports for syndicating multiple feeds at once through the UI. Redesigned the "Running" screen to be more informative...
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    Blogwave Alpha 2 - features

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    The response to the initial release of BlogWave was better than I expected - 1500 blog views and several hundred downloads in just a few days. Thanks to everyone who took the time to post or email me about it! The improvements in the next release ...
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    [OT] Macaque Monkey Goes Totally Bipedal

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    Via ./ “ Add another bonus point for the Darwinians/evolutionists. A macaque at the Safari Park Zoo in Ramat Gan, Israel has recovered from a near-fatal illness in an unusual way: she has switched exclusively to walking on her hind legs . Given...
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    Pat Helland's "Building Metropolis" is available online...

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    One of the highlights of the MGB was the closing keynote by Pat Helland. Titled “Building Metropolis”, it discusses the past and future evolution of the IT landscape and draws parallels between today's IT innovations and the industrial advances...
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    Introducing BlogWave !

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    Everyone, say hello to BlogWave ! This is an alpha (read: mostly functional and sort of stable) version of a tool which enables automated generation and scheduled publishing of RSS feeds. This allows, for example, publishing Sharepoint lists and libraries...
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    MGB rocked!

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    I spent the last week in Atlanta together with ~12000 other Microsoft employees at the yearly MGB. This was my first such event, and for me it was a real wild ride. The people who coined the term “drinking out of a firehose” knew what they...
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    Atlanta bloggers/geek dinner tonight!

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    The scheduling was tricky but it all came together at the last minute, so here goes: Time: 8:15pm Location: Hooters restaurant, 209 Peachtree St NE, Atlanta. Everyone is invited... I expect some Microsoft bloggers (from the US and abroad), a few...
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    Doom 3: slated for release August 3. Woohoo!

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    I haven't seen this mentioned on any of the gaming sites yet, but it seems to have leaked out in an interview with the Rock , who might be playing the "Doom Guy" in an Doom upcoming movie. Time to upgrade.... <update> It turns out that Gamespot...
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    Simple is better!

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    I bought my wife an iPod for her birthday. It reminds me of my GMail account - both are elegantly simple, and also simply elegant. Clean, intuitive interfaces topping rich functionality. Unfortunately, that is something that software developers don...
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    [OT] The joys of early hour flights...

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    It is 4:30am, time to leave for the airport. I was about to reflect on the joys of early hour flights until I remembered that there aren't any.
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    XPath Injection attacks - the "other white meat"?

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    Everyone knows about securing apps from SQL injection attacks, but how many of you have given consideration to XPath injection protection? This (PDF:"Blind Xpath Injection") is a good introduction. A short excerpt shows why XPath injection can be more...
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    Yahoo Mail Plus goes to 2GB

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    Sometime between 3:30am and now, Yahoo Mail upped the quota of paying members to 2.0GB... Hooray! And the “official” announcement: Notice: Change of service to your Yahoo! Mail Plus account Dear Yahoo! Mail Plus Subscriber, Thanks...
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    Webmail Woes...

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    I used my personal Yahoo email account for testing a Biztalk orchestration which sent emails through the SMTP adapter. While debugging some connectivity issues, I opened Outlook Express on the dev box (which is running in an image) and configured it...
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    Blogging on UserFriendly.org

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    Illiad lets us know his opinion about blogging
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    Life imitating art : NASA working on lightsaber practice droid.

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    This is what happens when you give true geeks an unlimited budget... The article (from Wired ) has some simply awesome quotes: ... "The PSA started with a simple idea: to hook up astronauts with some of the cooler gadgetry from classic '60s and...
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