# Thursday, 11 January 2007

I've been listening to the Windows Weekly podcast featuring Paul Thurrott of WinSuperSite fame. I enjoy the format very much and it reminds me of DotNetRocks in that it provides the same insight into Microsoft but in other areas which DotNetRocks doesn't cover. I highly recommend it for weekly Vista news.

Also check out the comprehensive review Paul Thurrott did of Windows Vista.

posted on Thursday, 11 January 2007 13:38:50 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

A colleague of mine sent me this breaking news story: The Zune Phone.

posted on Thursday, 11 January 2007 13:31:59 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Wednesday, 10 January 2007

I read Omar Shanine's post about Adobe Acrobat Reader 8 and how it puts an Updater5 folder in your documents folder and never thought twice about it. Sure it's annoying but hey that's why I set the path of my documents folder to my personal folder instead. Keeps my documents folder nice and clean and allows me to access everything right from the start menu. Handy.

The point of this post however is that today I noticed that Reader 8 was updating itself and in doing so I wanted to see what it was doing. In doing so it turned out that you can actually configure the place where the updates are stored. I went to Help / Check for Updates, clicked Preferences. From there I simply changed the Updater5 folder location to c:\Windows\Temp.

I did try to find the option in Edit / Preferences but I wasn't able to find it there. Not too obvious that you would need to check for updates to actually change the settings. Oh well. No more Updater5 folder in your documents, Omar.

posted on Wednesday, 10 January 2007 09:31:38 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [6] Trackback

With some hours gone by since the announcement of the iPhone I thought it interesting to see what reactions different people have to this thing.

First up a hands on from David Pogue, New York Times:

"Today, I had meetings with with Steve Jobs and then Phil Schiller, Apple’s director of worldwide marketing. I basically played with the iPhone the entire hour.

Here are some of the things you can’t tell without actually handling and using the iPhone."

[Some Hands-On Time With the iPhone]

Omar Shanine also has some interesting things to say about the thing. Most of which actually mirrors my own thoughts in that we'll be seeing a version 1 product with bugs and niggles which need to be worked out. Luckily they'll probably get there before the European launch:

"Here is the thing with the iPhone. Yes it's cool... and yes it has some crazy cool new features. However, there is a reason it's going to be out in June. It's probably horribly buggy and incomplete. There is going to be a ton of NEW software running on this thing. Mac OS X on a tiny device the size of the Q powering your Phone, IMAP IDLE connection etc? It's going to Crash, need reboots, be slow, lock up (hellooooo spinning beach ball), have trouble answering the phone and so on. You know it will, you just don't know it yet because you haven't lived with one."

[Thoughts on the macworld keynote]

Also I don't know how Apple can get away with calling this thing the iPhone with Cisco releasing a product with the same name weeks before. Finally the Macworld keynote is online at the Apple site if you want to see the whole thing and maybe learn a thing or two about how to give a really great presentation :)

posted on Wednesday, 10 January 2007 09:10:51 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [2] Trackback
# Tuesday, 09 January 2007

Yes after years of speculation Apple announced the iPod Phone and I got to say that it looks pretty sweet. I may have to revisit my stance on the Samsung SGH-i600 :) Unfortunately it won't be available in Europe until Q4.

Also the iTV was announced now called Apple TV. Basically a streaming box. Not all that exciting in my mind. They snuck out an update to the AirPort Extreme as well which enables 802.11n.

posted on Tuesday, 09 January 2007 20:37:01 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, 08 January 2007

Do you wonder how the ADO.NET Entity Framework fits into the whole LINQ story? I did too. I actually didn't see the point in this framework with LINQ doing almost the same thing. Channel9 has a video which cleared the whole thing up for me and man am I excited about it. LINQ/ADO.NET Entities could prove to be the most significant feature of the Orcas release. I know it is for me. There are probably a couple of ORM vendors out there feeling the same way :)

ADO.NET Entity Framework: What. How. Why.

posted on Monday, 08 January 2007 13:07:44 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 06 January 2007

It took a while but I've finally gotten around to uploading the photos I took at TechEd 2006. Check them out at Flickr.

posted on Saturday, 06 January 2007 14:37:18 (Romance Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# 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.


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