# Friday, 05 January 2007

Here's something interesting to hosters and developers out there.

This document describes a series of performance tests conducted for Commerce Server 2007 using the Commerce Server 2007 Starter Site. The hardware and software configurations used in the testing are described and the results are summarized. Some recommendations for improving performance are also provided.

Commerce Server 2007 Performance Guide

posted on Friday, 05 January 2007 11:46:51 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I've been on the lookout for a new phone but I didn't really know what I was looking for. I'm pretty happy with my non-smartphone but it dawned on me that what I'm really missing is e-mail and Messenger support with which I could ditch the laptop in many situations.

Drool.

posted on Friday, 05 January 2007 09:25:36 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [2] Trackback
# Wednesday, 03 January 2007

I'm surprised to find that Adobe has actually created a version of Acrobat Reader that doesn't suck. Yes you read that right: It doesn't suck. It's speedy loading up documents as quickly as FoxItReader. Another new feature is that you can select text in a PDF without clicking a button to do so first. Welcome to 2007 Adobe glad you could join the rest of us :) Also the UI has been revamped removing the ridiculous Yahoo toolbar and generally making for a much nicer and clean experience.

They're still trying to bundle all sorts of crap with the product when you download it but I'd still give it a whirl now that they're to par with third party products.

posted on Wednesday, 03 January 2007 11:56:52 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback

Once in a while I come across blogs which are truly different and inspiring. One such example is the Chief Happiness Officer blog by Alexander Kjeruff. It's very different from what I usually read and that makes it even better in that it gives me a different perspective that I wouldn't usually get.

Check out his latest post which highlights some of the best posts from 2006. I only recently started reading the blog but if the list is representative of overall content I think it's safe to say that I'm hooked. I thoroughly enjoyed each and every post on that list. I think you will too :) This post stood out to me the most How Not to Lead Geeks.

posted on Wednesday, 03 January 2007 08:33:26 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Monday, 01 January 2007

What better way to spend new year day than to create a logo for the blog? I've noticed that logos are popping up on more and more sites but I've never found them particularly useful. That is until I started reading feeds in FeedDemon. FeedDemon supports favorite icons and will display them next to the feed name. This makes navigating my subscriptions much easier as the feed itself now provides me with a visual cue by which I can remember particular blogs. Naturally I wanted one for myself :)

I like the Technorati logo very much so I took cue from that in creating my own logo. The simplicity appeals to me a great deal. Usually I try to stay away as much as possible from PhotoShop, for my own sake as much as others: Pushing pixels just isn't my thing. Give me some angel brackets and semi colons any day of the week instead :) In spite of my limited pixel skills I'm pretty happy with how the thing turned out. I wanted to create a fav icon only but when I first got going I figured I might as well do a larger version for an actual site logo.

In case you were wondering I created the logo using PhotoShop and used a service from Chami.com to generate the favicon.ico file. You need to clear caches in Firefox and Internet Explorer in order to get the file to display. IE had me do this in spite of the fact that no icon was actually showing.

posted on Monday, 01 January 2007 15:20:32 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 29 December 2006

"She turned me into a newt... I got better", John Cleese

posted on Friday, 29 December 2006 19:25:51 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 27 December 2006

Somewhere must have gotten pretty cold when a Mac user actually proclaims,

"It doesn’t suck."

And goes on to say,

"Vista has a few features that I wish I could use on my Macs."

Yes people hell may not be the warm place to go to this summer with statements like these flying about :) Head on over to MacUser and read the entire thing. He has some nice things to say about Vista.

Ihnatko: Windows Vista... doesn't suck

posted on Wednesday, 27 December 2006 08:45:00 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 25 December 2006

I loathe the Xbox style controller for FPS gaming. So such so that I never got around to buying an Xbox. I've tried it a couple of times but each time I sit down with it I can't help but feeling constrained by it. Coming from the PC gaming world with lots of Quake and Doom under my belt I'm used (or rather was used) to the complete freedom offered by the mouse and keyboard combo.

Lately I've been looking at a couple games I'd like to try out only to find that they are available for the Xbox only. Bummer. Looks like I might be getting an Xbox soon though as Team Xtender has created a neat product called the XFPS 360 which allows you to hook up a mouse and keyboard for that nice free form feeling you usually get only from the PC.

Team Xtender's XFPS 360 in action

posted on Monday, 25 December 2006 17:54:49 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I've switched my feed over to FeedBurner. You shouldn't even notice the difference as DasBlog will redirect you to the new feed automagically from now on. The new feed URL is feeds.feedburner.com/publicvoid. I basically did this to have better stats on how my feed is used. I started this blog with the intent of using it as my extended memory but over the years (yes the blog is coming up on its three year birthday) it's become increasingly clear that I wouldn't get around to actually updating it if people didn't come here to read my stuff. So thank you for keeping me at it :) FeedBurner will allow me to keep track of the stuff you guys like and it'll keep me interested as I can see that the stuff is being read.

DasBlog has great support for FeedBurner you basically create an account with FeedBurner and enter the feedname in DasBlog. From that point in DasBlog will redirect both existing and new subscribers to the FeedBurner feed automatically.

FeedBurner allows for more in-depth stats of subscribers than DasBlog. DasBlog offers hit stats but that's it. With FeedBurner you can get a real count on how many subscribers your blog has (I actually have 62 at this point which was pretty surprising). Also you can make your feed available in lots of different ways: RSS, ATOM, e-mail, simple HTML, and more. You can add Flares which are small links added to each individual post like "E-mail this", "Digg this", and so on. There are a whole bunch of these I have to take a look at. It could spice the feed up quite a bit.

Read more about FeedBurner.

posted on Monday, 25 December 2006 12:04:47 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

It's here. Microsoft Enterprise Library 3.0 is here. As a CTP anyway. Personally I'm looking forward to getting my hands dirty with the Validation Block. With this release the team has moved on the Codeplex so you need to go there for your EntLib fix in the future.

Validation Application Block

  • Core validation API
  • Minimal Validator Library
  • Attaching validators to objects via attributes
  • Attaching validators to objects via configuration
  • Not included yet (but in the works): Configuration tool support, complete validator library, integration with ASP.NET, Windows Forms, WCF etc.

Just Released! Enterprise Library 3.0 - December 2006 CTP

posted on Monday, 25 December 2006 11:28:48 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, 20 December 2006

I completely missed this yesterday: Visual Studio 2005 SP1 has been released.

Scott Guthrie has more information about it.

This SP release is a pretty major service pack, and incorporates a lot of bug-fixes and feedback from customers.  Included built-in with the service pack is support for VS 2005 Web Application Projects (which we also made available as a separate download back in May).  It also contains a number of design-time performance optimizations and fixes across the product.
[Visual Studio 2005 Service Pack 1 (SP1) Released]

Download Visual Studio 2005 SP1

posted on Wednesday, 20 December 2006 14:25:19 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

SHG.dk has got some quotes on Windows Vista prices and they list the licenses as being available January 15th. They are only OEM prices at this point but who cares. If you can buy you can buy it right?

The SHG homepage is pretty sucky when it comes to linking in but I'm giving it a shot anyways. Check out the Windows Vista prices.

posted on Wednesday, 20 December 2006 08:16:44 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 19 December 2006

I like to have information stored once in a single place, exactly how I like to have a code block which does a single thing exactly once in my solutions. Long ago I chose to go with the favorites feature of Windows and Internet Explorer because I found it to be more readily backupable than Firefox bookmarks. Also synching the stuff across multiple computers requires no special programs as we're basically talking about files in a folder when dealing with the Internet Explorer favorites.

Lately I've taken to using Firefox. Performance, flexibility are the key factors for my decision to do so but I found myself missing my favorites. I don't use Firefox exclusively and I want my favorites both in FF and in IE. What to do?

Luckily a guy named Alex Sirota created a small extension for Firefox called PlainOldFavorites which basically puts a new menu item on the Firefox menu called ... you guess it .... Favorites. Instant access to the favorites folder from Firefox. I've been using this extension since my switch to Firefox but with the release of Firefox 2.0 compatibility was broken and I waited ... and waited ... and waited for an updated version of PlainOldFavorites. But such a thing wasn't forthcoming. I even started looking at the alternatives and believe me there are many alternatives out there for synching IE and FF bookmarks but they all seem to be overkill for my simple purposes.

Well the other day I was listening to the HanselMinutes episode Life Hacks with Gina Trapani where Gina mentions that Firefox extensions are nothing more than an archive in disguise. With this knowledge in mind I went ahead and downloaded the XPI for PlainOldFavorites, opened it up in WinRAR, and extracted the install.rdf file which is the manifest for the XPI package. In there you'll find stuff like which version the extension is compatible with and the version number of the extension itself. I figured that the extension is so simple that I could safely trying mucking around with the compatibility information of the manifest. Lo and behold it actually works. I've updated the extension with support up to and including Firefox version 3 and I've gone head and bumped the version of the extension to 0.5.6.2.

Hopefully Alex Sirota will get around to updating the information himself but until then you can download my updated version from below.

Download PlainOldFavorites vesion 0.5.6.2 with support for Firefox 2.0

posted on Tuesday, 19 December 2006 13:19:18 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback