Scott Hanselman

DotNetKicks Flare for FeedBurner and DasBlog

June 25, '06 Comments [9] Posted in DasBlog | Javascript | Subversion | XML | Bugs
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A number of folks have asked about the "flare" on my site that appears at the bottom of each post. This is possible via a number of things.

First, the current version of DasBlog (get it via SubVersion) supports FeedBurner directly. FeedBurner will host your RSS Feed for you and DasBlog will automatically redirect folks who ask for your original feed to the new FeedBurner one, like http://feeds.feedburner.com/ScottHanselman. This will allow you to manipulate your feed in a number of new ways, including the addition of "feed flare."

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Gavin Joyce kindly created a FeedFlare for DotNetKicks.com that I put up at http://www.hanselman.com/blog/kickitflare.xml. I told FeedBurner, via their web-based configuration interface to use this new flare and it now appears automatically at the bottom of each of my posts along with a few other bits of flare.

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Then I added this line to my itemtemplate.blogtemplate file in my DasBlog specific theme folder:

<script src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/ScottHanselman?flareitem=<%PermalinkUrlRaw%>" type="text/javascript"></script>

This includes a bit of JavaScript from FeedBurner that creates the flare. I can have different flare in the feed and the site.

NOTE: Apparently there's some kind of known bug in FeedBurner on their side related to DasBlog's correct usage of the Description element in the RSS Feed, but they know about it and they are working on it. This causes, it seems, flare to not display in some aggregators.

I've been VERY happy with FeedBurner and it's cut my bandwidth in half and added a host of new abilities like more detailed statistics on the number of subscribers, where they're from and what aggregator they use.

So, the combination of DasBlog's auto-redirect, the FeedFlare API, modifying the DasBlog item template and their FeedFlare JavaScript make it so.

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New Mexico 2006

June 22, '06 Comments [2] Posted in Musings
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Mo went to United World College 92-94 before her undergrad at Linfield and MBA at Willamette. This week we went back to visit for the first time since she left twelve years ago. She came to the states as a 19-year-old who'd never left Zim and returned to New Mexico a business person, wife, and mother. It was a blast - pics here. We flew into ABQ and rented a car and drove to Las Vegas (Montezuma), New Mexico. We also visited a number of friends and host-families who took Mo under their collective wing.

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TechEd 2006 In Conclusion

June 22, '06 Comments [4] Posted in TechEd | PowerShell | Ruby | Speaking | CodeRush
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And a lovely time was had by all at TechEd 2006 this year. I did two talks, one with Patrick Cauldwell, who I've been speaking with for darn near ten years now, and one with Keith Pleas, this being my first time with Keith. Both talks went over pretty well considering the hard drive crashes and laptop LCDs dying that the audience didn't see. Thanks so very much to Simon Guest and Marty Collins for having us and for the privilege of speaking in the Architecture Track.

See you next year!

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Hanselminutes Podcast 21

June 22, '06 Comments [1] Posted in Podcast | ASP.NET | TechEd | Speaking | XML | Tools
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HanselminutesMy twenty-first Podcast is up. This episode is some off-the-cuff, on the show floor interviews from TechEd 2006 this year in Boston! Thanks to John Lam, Patrick Cauldwell, Jeff Atwood, Shy Cohen, and everyone else that I hung out with and met at this year's conference!

We're listed in the iTunes Podcast Directory, so I encourage you to subscribe with a single click (two in Firefox) with the button below. For those of you on slower connections there are lo-fi and torrent-based versions as well.

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NEW COUPON CODE EXCLUSIVELY FOR HANSELMINUTES LISTENERS: The folks at XCeed are giving Hanselminutes listeners that is Coupon Code "hm-20-20." It'll work on their online shop or over the phone. This is an amazing deal, and I encourage you to check our their stuff. The coupon is good for 20% off any component or suite, with or without subscription, for 1 developer all the way up to a site license.

Our sponsors are XCeed, CodeSmith Tools, PeterBlum and the .NET Dev Journal. There's a $100 off CodeSmith coupon for Hanselminutes listeners - it's coupon code HM100. Spread the word, now's the time to buy.

As I've said before this show comes to you with the audio expertise and stewardship of Carl Franklin. The name comes from Travis Illig, but the goal of the show is simple. Avoid wasting the listener's time. (and make the commute less boring)

  • The basic MP3 feed is here, and the iPod friendly one is here. There's a number of other ways you can get it (streaming, straight download, etc) that are all up on the site just below the fold. I use iTunes, myself, to listen to most podcasts, but I also use FeedDemon and it's built in support.
  • Note that for now, because of bandwidth constraints, the feeds always have just the current show. If you want to get an old show (and because many Podcasting Clients aren't smart enough to not download the file more than once) you can always find them at http://www.hanselminutes.com.
  • I have, and will, also include the enclosures to this feed you're reading, so if you're already subscribed to ComputerZen and you're not interested in cluttering your life with another feed, you have the choice to get the 'cast as well.
  • If there's a topic you'd like to hear, perhaps one that is better spoken than presented on a blog, or a great tool you can't live without, contact me and I'll get it in the queue!

Enjoy. Who knows what'll happen in the next show?

 

 

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Quicksilver for Windows - Eh...soon...Colibri is close

June 16, '06 Comments [12] Posted in TechEd
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GoogledesktopsearchprogramsI am so very much all about SlickRun, but lately I've been branching out.

I've been using the "Ctrl-Ctrl" hotkey on Google Desktop more and more. There's a configuration option in Google Desktop that lets you indicate that you're more interested in launching programs than finding stuff. This turns Google Desktop into a fantastic program launcher, particularly for those not-used-so-often-have-to-search-for-programs that one tends to ding into the Start Menu looking for. Since I've incorporated GDS into my productively cycle as an augmentation to SlickRun I've not needed the start menu.

A while back, after I got my Mac, I (mentally) declared QuickSilver to be the greatest program launcher ever. Anyone who gets QuickSilver done right on Windows, they will have a license to print money.

Colibri1Colibri is a pretty decent start at a QuickSilver for Windows. Just like QuickSilver, you hit Ctrl-Space and start typing.

The documentation is weak, but if you do a little digging you'll figure out that sometimes you need to press TAB and sometimes you need to press SPACE or ENTER to get what you're looking for.

It's about 20% of the way to being QuickSilver, but it's a great start. I hope the author keeps development up and moves it forward. 

Other apps to try out in the same vein are, of course, SlickRun, but also AppRocket, ActiveWords, and Launchy. I talked about these in my Hanselminutes Podcast #15 on Replacing Start|Run.

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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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