Scott Hanselman

Linux Switchers - 4 out of 5 super villians agree...

February 13, '03 Comments [1] Posted in Web Services
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The Switch to Linux Campaign...awesome "TV Ad" about why you should switch to Linux, in the style of the Apple Switch Campaign.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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My ignorance proceeds me: Visual Studio.NET Incremental Search

February 13, '03 Comments [1] Posted in Web Services
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Again, my buddy Sairama to the rescue.  Just when I think I've pretty much got VS.NET down solid (only being use it since Pre-Beta days, right?) I'm thrown a curve ball called incremental search.  I guess I just assumed that a feature that was so cool in so many other editors would never make it into VS.NET. Silly me.

So, lest I be the most ignorant, fire up Visual Studio.NET, get some code in there, hit Ctrl-I and start typing.  After you've found something, use F3 to Find Next.  In the words of Chris Sells - It's pure sex.

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Living the dual monitor lifestyle - You're preaching to the choir!

February 13, '03 Comments [2] Posted in Web Services | Bugs
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Living the dual monitor lifestyle.

I loved the SyncMaster 172T so much that I bought another. And once I got my motherboard problems out of the way, I'm happily running a 32MB ATI AIW RADEON and a 64MB ATI RADEON 7000 PCI dual-monitor setup.

One of the really cool features that ATI provides with their drivers is Hydravision support. It lets me run multiple hardware accelerated virtual desktops (up to 9) and I can switch between desktops using their tray icon utility (in theory I can do this using a keystroke but I can't get it to work). The switch is lightning-fast - much faster than the Virtual Desktop Manager utility found in Windows PowerToys. I find that I now use one desktop for email / news stuff, and another desktop for dev stuff (running full VS.NET full screen and debugging a GUI app on another monitor was the main reason I switched to this setup). I suspect I'll use a third desktop for blogging-related stuff.[IUnknown.com: John Lam's Weblog on Software Development]

A picture named monitors.JPGI've been utterly hooked on Multi-Monitor for about a year now.  I have a Compaq Evo N800w at work with an ATI Chipset that supports Multi-Monitor with the external VGA and the integrated LCD pannel.  At home I picked up a single AGP GeForce MX440 with TWO VGA outs for $129 at Fry's.  I'm running a 17" monitor in a corner (because of the depth) and a 17" Viewsonic Flat Screen against the wall.  Once you've lived it, you CAN'T go back.  I'm even thinking about a third monitor at home.

There's a great searchable online database of Multi-Monitor setups if you have any questions about if Multi-Monitor is possible on your system (there are always compatiblity issues with motherboard chipsets, video chipsets, video drivers, etc as John can attest to!)

I FULLY recommend that ANYONE who is using true Multi-Monitor support in Windows (as opposed to the NVidia "giant NView Desktop Fake-out") pickup a copy of UltraMon from RealTimeSoft.  It supports things like: Multiple screensavers, an alternate secondary taskbar for the other monitors, proportional autostretching of wallpaper, roaming profiles, and many other things.  It's a multi-monitor must-have. Full Stop.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Outlook2RSS - Outlook Folders to RSS Feeds

February 12, '03 Comments [4] Posted in Web Services | XML
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So, I took Peter Drayton's slick Google2RSS and made my own Outlook2RSS.  I'm running it as part of the Task Scheduler and creating RSS feeds for Outlook Folders and Exchange Public Folders (cuz nobody looks in Public Folders, right?) ala:

Outlook2RSS.exe -folder "Public Folders\All Public Folders\For Sale" -title "Corillian - For Sale" -desc "Corillian Employee Stuff for Sale" -link "http://computername/RSSFeeds/CorillianForSale.xml" -outfile "path/CorillianForSale.xml"

The format for the -folder parameter is just a backslash delimited string with like folder1/folder2/folder3, just as Outlook displays it.  For Exchange users, you'd do something like: -folder "Mailbox - Scott Hanselman\Inbox\Spam" or "Public Folders\All Public Folders\For Sale."

I'm using it as a Very Poor Man's Outblog [regrets to Ingo :) ] to publish specific project folders and my Status Updates to my boss from my personal Outlook stash to RSS Feeds.  Any MailItems or Posts in an Outlook Folder will show up in the RSS Feed. Maybe I'll add to what little I did with support for graphics, etc...a client side "pull" model of OutBlog, or make it an Outlook Add-In.

Note #1: Make sure you have the Office XP Primary Interop Assemblies (PIAs) and Outlook running on any box you use this on.  

Note #2:  The feeds it creates MAY look odd on NewsGator v0.9, but Greg has fixed this for v1.0.

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WS-I Basic Profile, Baby - If you don't know, you better ask somebody!

February 12, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services
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"If you're an infrastructure player and don't buy into the WS-I group, don't even show up--we won't do business with you," Merrill Lynch CTO John McKinley said in reference to the Web Services Interoperability Organization, a standards group led by Microsoft and IBM to make sure competing Web services software can communicate.

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