Scott Hanselman

Microsoft Desktop Search...quietly released. Look at me! I can code one too!

December 13, '04 Comments [4] Posted in XML | Tools
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Certainly comparisions will be made to Google Desktop Search, which I'm already a fan of, but here's YATB (yet another toolbar) for IE. Rather than building it into the operating system or XP SP2, it's a viral MSN toolbar. Here it is, Microsoft's Desktop Search.

I've installed it, and I'm currently digging into how it works. Doesn't support Firefox, though. ;)

It has an X1-style type-ahead feature and rather than browser integration it's an Explorer Toolbar (I needed more things in my tray! Woohoo!)

Currently Indexing...if it indexes .CS files, I'm all in.

UPDATE: It DOES index source and XML! Yum.

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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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Changes to dasBlog - Watch for Weirdness

December 12, '04 Comments [3] Posted in ASP.NET | DasBlog
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I've just made some changes to my personal branch of dasBlog including:

  • Referral Blacklist - This should cleanup my referrers and make my life easier.
  • Fully integrated CAPTCHA - You won't lose your post if you goof the CAPTCHA. MaxS will feel better.
  • Performance re-work of RSS/Atom - I've added internal caching to the syndication service. You the end-user won't see a change, but my ISP and I will see big change in CPU. DasBlog continues to honor the HTTP Headers ETag, If-Modified-Since and returns 304s as appropriate.
  • A number of small caching and perf improvements - Meant to please my ISP who has noticed my CPU and bandwidth characteristics were degrading as the amount of content I've got archived and hits have grown.

I say again, ORCSWeb.com kicks bootay. I highly recommend them, their service is without equal.

Let me know if you see any weird stuff due to these changes. Omar will likely put these changes into dasBlog 1.7 along with his many improvements. Clemens may also test them out. We shall see.

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Corillian is looking for a good ASP.NET person

December 10, '04 Comments [0] Posted in ASP.NET
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We need a good ASP.NET programmer for a three month contract, with an option to hire at the end.

If you feel comfortable answering some of these questions, that's a ++ for you. You likely live in the Portland/Metro area.

More importantly, I want:

  • Passion and enthusiasm
    • You can't sleep until the solution "feels" right
  • Ruthless competence
    • "I read about it once" isn't enough. Did you do it? Your old job didn't require you to do it? Did you go home and do it anyway?
  • Good troubleshooting skills
    • How do Assemblies get loaded, shadow copied, etc. What is VS.NET doing that?
  • Familiar with Objects as much as DataSets
    • Being good at ASP.NET isn't just hooking DataSets up to DataGrids. We do more than that, and we want you to do more as well.
  • Self Starter
    • If you're chillin', you must be done. :)
  • I don't care if you're MC*.*
    • I do care if you've got a resume that shows a proven track record of successful ASP.NET work.

Email me your resume - scott/atnospam/corillian.com.

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Today's Favorite Right-Clicks - ClipPath, RunAsLimitedUser, and Clean Sources

December 10, '04 Comments [7] Posted in ASP.NET | XML | Tools
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I loves me the right-click. I right-click in my sleep. Any utility that lets me right-click to do something that is a hassle, is my new best friend. Oh, and not crashing Explorer.exe is a requirement.

Here's my three favorites today (there are others for later):

  • RunAsLimitedUser - Jonas Blunck does it again. The only guy who writes more stuff is Jeff Key. Anyway, RunAsLimitedUser will launch an application using an account that has a limited set of permissions on my box. It's different than the shift-right-click RunAs...which lets you run as any user. If you're doing development in a restricted or very restricted environment, it's the tool. Slick.
  • ClipPath - Adds a context-menu to put the current path from Explorer in your clipboard. Even better, you can chosse from \'s or /'s, as well as Outlook friendly <file:///http://www.hanselman.com/blog/content/binary/whatever>. Why wasn't this in Windows already?
  • Clean Sources - "This Application does one thing. It adds an explorer shell menu to folders that when selected will recursively delete the contents of the bin, obj and setup folders. If you have a .NET project that you wish to share with some one, this is useful to remove the unnecessary stuff from the folder before you zip it up and send it off."

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Note to World: Stop thinking that "Recall this message" will work. It NEVER will.

December 9, '04 Comments [5] Posted in Musings | Tools
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If I had a nickel for every time someone sent an email followed by an attempt of "Fred would (desperately) like to recall this message."

Sorry Fred. I already saw your "I'd like one" or "Me too" or "Joe is a jerk" email that you Big-R'ed rather than Little-R'ed.

  • Stop recalling your messages. It just looks bad and chances are it's already been delivered to your boss's BlackBerry.
  • Set a "Delay" Rule in Outlook that holds your email in the outbox for 1 minute. This saves me weekly.
  • "Little-R me" means Reply. "Big-R" means Reply to All.  Don't Big-R if you've been BCC'ed. It kind of shatters the mystique of it all.
  • Check twice if you are thinking of attaching something. Then check again, especially if it's your resume.
  • Use punctuation. And Capitalization. im glad youre h4pi to be lazi but pls don't inflict your inability to use the "Shift" key on me. And don't blame your carpal tunnel. Just Shift.
  • The P4-3.2Ghz1G can also check your spelling. Look into it.
  • Subjects in emails are nice. "Dude...check this out" isn't a subject.
  • If it's a throw-away comment, chat me instead. Ignoring you is easier than deleting.
  • Think about a utility like SSW LookOut. Not the LookOut search engine, this is a tool that catches your swear words, complains if you use the word "attach" then attach nothing, and generally enforces Netiquette.

Thank you.

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