Scott Hanselman

ieHTTPheaders gets even MORE useful

March 6, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services | Tools
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One of my favorite tools certainly high on my list of things I use all the time is Jonas Blunck's ieHTTPheaders.  It's a fantastically elegant solution to an irritating problem...I want to see the HTTP headers, but I don't feel like using a sniffer...can't this be integrated in with IE? Well, it is.

But, it's never supported HTTPS before, which put me in a bad spot since EVERYTHING we do in the banking industry uses HTTPS.  So, now ieHTTPheaders supports SSL.  Fabulous.

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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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This is just too stupid for words...The largest Chee-to in the world

March 6, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Musings
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"This giant Chee-to could be a boon to our local economy," said Tom Straub, owner of Algona's Sister Sarah's Bar. "Anything we can do to attract visitors to our town would be good." [CNN]

For a second there, I thought I was reading The Onion.  Personally, I'm more of a Frito guy.

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Just exactly HOW powerful is Google? Just WHAT can you find?

March 5, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services | Africa
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A lot of people comment on the top of the my wife and my Wedding Cake.   It has myself (wire-rim glasses, goatee, traditional Scotish Kilt and Sporin) and my wife (with Traditional African Kente Cloth designs and a matching flower arrangement.)

They say, "How ever did you find a cake topper like that?" and I say "I googled for 'Scottish Interracial Cake Topper' and well, the rest is history."  What kills me is, they usually assume I'm kidding.

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Wireless - An excuse to not pay attention....

March 5, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Musings
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Convenience and portability -- usually touted as the key benefits of wireless technologies -- can also be the biggest drawbacks of wireless in a business environment. Before we rolled out wireless technologies at InfoWorld, meetings were focused on the particular agenda at hand, and although we had our share of boring meetings like everyone else, most people were engaged in the discussions. After all, meetings are only called when teams need to discuss issues face-to-face in an environment where everyone needs to contribute or be aware of other points of view. Now that we have 802.11 in conference rooms and BlackBerrys in use by a number of employees, the quality of the interaction sometimes declines as the people in the room check e-mail, and send and receive instant messages. In some cases, I have been to lunch with BlackBerry users who feel compelled to check and read e-mail while I'm talking to them (I can see your furtive glances under the tablecloth, and I can hear the telltale clicking a mile away). Although wireless technologies promise to link teams more efficiently than ever before, when managed improperly, they can erode the basic fabric of business: human interaction.
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Chad Dickerson]

Yeah, I'm as guilty of this as anyone...Wireless, Blackberries, all this just enables people who already have a high incidence of ADD to have even....ooo! Shiny!

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MSI2XML and back...converting Windows Installer Databases to XML

March 5, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services | XML | Tools
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"The command line tool msi2xml converts Windows Installer Databases (.msi) to text based XML files. The complementary tool xml2msi reconstructs the .msi from the XML file."

Utterly brilliant. [Via Almost Perfect] [Via Joshua Allen.]

Ooooo....that is nice...

The command line tool msi2xml converts Windows Installer Databases (.msi) to text based XML files.
The complementary tool xml2msi reconstructs the .msi from the XML file.

There are several possible uses for msi2xml/xml2msi:

  • Quality assurance: use the human readable XML file to compare changes between different versions of a .msi file.
  • Version control: many version control systems are text based. Store the XML file instead of the .msi file.
  • Automated build systems: using xml2msi, existing installations may be updated with new files, and automatically rebuilt.

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