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Outlook2RSS v0.4 with support for Images

February 18, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services | Tools
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Jorge Curioso and I have updated Outlook2RSS (download here) (modified from Peter Drayton's Google2RSS) to include additional features in RSS 0.93 as well as support for Inline Images and Attachments from within Outlook!  This means, you can include inline images from within Outlook and with a little magic (very little) we will deal with all the Outlook cid://ABCE32432 crazy URLs and munge the content appropriately.  The images will be extracted from Outlook into the same directory as the RSS feed with the external URLs automatically added.

Jorge is happily running his blog with Outlook2RSS and has added a "Publish Blog" tool to his standard Outlook Toolbar.  You too can have you own blog from Outlook...just create RSS from a private or public Outlook folder and style to taste.

Next step, make it an add-in...here's a thought - Greg, how about using this code to implement an "Export to RSS" feature in NewsGator so we can both aggregate feeds and publish feeds from any Outlook Folder?  You've got all the infrastructure already...I'd like to have it run on the same schedule, and it'd only be one extra tab...;)

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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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BBSs, Dead OSs, and Door Games

February 18, '03 Comments [1] Posted in Gaming
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Rogers Cadenhead reminds us of our BBS days...

This month marks the 25th birthday of the bulletin board system, the old-school online network invented by Ward Christensen and Randy Suess.
As someone who began using a BBS in 1981 and claims to have invented the BBS door game, I could inflict all kinds of punishing remembrances.
You kids today got it good. Back then we transmitted our data over acoustic modems at 300 bits per second. And we were grateful!

Ah...to be young and foolish!  I remember running my BBS out of my parent's garage (what computer geek didn't live in their parent's garage?).  I was doing contract programming on Windows 3.1, back when Hello World! was 93 lines of C and SDK code.  I started out running Wildcat BBS software and a pile of door games (thanks Rogers!)  I multi-tasked with the help of QEMM and Desqview.  Then I moved up to OS/2 and a Digiboard.  At the peak of Tweak Computer Support BBS we were running multiple lines happily on a single 486 with 8 megs.  I started at 1200bps, but when it ended, I think I was just looking at a sweet new USR 9600 v.Everything.

Rogers:  You might take a look at http://www.telery.com/, they let you play classic BBS Door Games on the 21st century 'Net!  GO Tradewars!

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SQL2K Stored Procedure Debugging broken with SP3

February 18, '03 Comments [2] Posted in Web Services | Bugs
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Some folks have noticed that Stored Procedure Debugging was not working after applying SP3 to SQL Server 2000.  If you run into this, the trick is to call

exec sp_sdidebug "legacy_on"

This is a new security switch that was added in SP3 and only affects App Debugging.  Also, note that the setting doesn't stick, and you'll need to call it each time you start up the SQL 2K Server.

 

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My Collection of .NET Regular Expression Tools

February 17, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services | ASP.NET | Tools
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I'm starting to use .NET's RegEx class all over...in ways I never expected.  Here's the tools and sites I'm using lately:

And Library Resources:

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I wallpapered the office today...

February 17, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Musings
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I woke up with a need to find new wallpaper, and with 2 monitors at home and 2 at work, my work was cut out for me.  Here's some links to rockin' sweet new wallpapers from my friend at Panic, Steven Frank.

http://www.prevision.dk/photo.html
http://mandolux.com/
http://www.veer.com/ideas/wallpaper/
http://www.pixelgirlpresents.com/desktops.html

The new wallpaper (seen at right) I'm using is here.

(Cultural note: If she's meant to represent a woman of Islamic faith, it's possibly not accurate since: 1. Her green eyes are probably contacts.  2. Most devout Mulsim women who wear burkas avoid eye makeup. 3. The text is in an english font that harkens to the Devanagari scripts, which are Northern Indian and Indo-Aryan, not Hamito-Semitic like Arabic.)

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