Scott Hanselman

Adding Custom UserControls to DasBlog

July 19, '05 Comments [1] Posted in ASP.NET | DasBlog | TechEd | Speaking
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Even though the soon-to-come DasBlog 1.8 will include support for Custom Macros, you CAN get custom functionality now with this existing macro:

<%newtelligence.aspnetcontrol("TechEdBloggersFeed.ascx")%>

This will load the specified ASCX control into the page at this location. The code-behind can be in another (non-DasBlog) assembly.

This won't give you access to the DasBlog DataService, that's what the new Custom Macro support does. Still, pretty slick, and a good reminder from Michael Earls.

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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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Microsoft Update versus Windows Update

July 19, '05 Comments [7] Posted in Musings
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Sigh, well apparently no one in Microsoft marketing remembers the chaos caused (and still caused) by multiple versions of Windows Messenger versus Microsoft Messenger versus MSN Messenger. And it was only a year ago.

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Well, anyway, you can switch your system over to Microsoft Update (I have) by visiting http://update.microsoft.com/microsoftupdate. Of course, switch only your personal computer unless your IT department has OK'ed this, yada yada. Looks like a new ActiveX control will be downloaded and you'll have Office Updates included within your Automatic BITS Updates. Shiny.

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Visual Studio Command Prompt Here and Search Unknown File Extensions

July 16, '05 Comments [4] Posted in ASP.NET | Web Services | Bugs | Tools
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I found myself searching my own blog for these three things today to set up another machine for development. Here they are so *I* can find them.

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The Big News - Update #1

July 15, '05 Comments [29] Posted in Musings
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Had the second ultrasound today and everything looks good, it's a boy!

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Now playing: Matisyahu - Beat Box

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I'm in love with FinePrint

July 12, '05 Comments [10] Posted in Reviews | Tools
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FineprintOMG, I'm in love with FinePrint. This is the kind of tool that BillG should just bake into the OS. Just give these folks a million bucks and build it in. I'm so sick of 50 different printer drivers all behaving differently. FinePrint totally evens the playing field and has made my life (and my move to GTD) way easier.

It's a "fake" (virtual) printer driver that basically sits between you and your real printer. You print everything to FinePrint and it gives you an opportunity to mess with the pending print job.

Most interestingly, you can change 1:1 print jobs to 2, 4 or 8 up. This ROCKS. I can take 4 page long meeting agendas and print them on one page to any printer. (Some expensive copier/printer drivers support this in the driver, FinePrint works with all printers.)

How many times have you seen hundreds of sheets of paper (color ink, even) sitting printed in your company's copy room/office that one sided. Seriously, makes my heart ache. With this thing you can print double sided easily and do booklets as well.

Now that I'm all about the 43 Folders, I'm actually printing more, but with FinePrint I'm using less paper. It makes filing really easy.

Other things about FinePrint that make me happy:

  • You can also print to the Clipboard. Ya, read that twice.
  • Adjust the margins AFTER the fact.
  • Create multiple "FinePrinters" that each have their own settings. One for 2 up, one for 8 up, etc.
  • You can delete pages from Print Jobs after the fact.
  • It can save print jobs and replay them like Tivo for Printers.
  • Convert color to black or remove all graphics for fast web page printing.
  • Build custom watermarks and letterhead that is automatically added to your printed output.

Well, I'm gushing, but I'm digging it.

Now playing: Counting Crows - Einstein On the Beach (For an Eggman)

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Disclaimer: The opinions expressed herein are my own personal opinions and do not represent my employer's view in any way.