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Complete Hanselminutes Master Feed

January 9, '07 Comments [3] Posted in Podcast
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Due to popular demand (as opposed to unpopular demand) there's now a master feed of Hanselminutes shows. It contains every show we've ever done.

Before, our feed had only the latest show, because of bandwidth constraints as well as really stupid podcasting software that would continue to re-download shows that folks had listened to. Now, not only are podcast-downloaders more respectful, but our kind sponsors are helping with bandwidth.

Here's the master Hanselminutes Feed with all shows in MP3 format.

 

Again, do thank our sponsors for making it happen. Carl and I couldn't possibly afford the bandwidth, equipment, or editing costs without them. I try to put on a quality show (mostly) each week, and I appreciate the sponsors helping to make it happen.

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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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SOLVED: Windows Media Sharing gets SLOW after installing Zune

January 8, '07 Comments [7] Posted in Musings
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We came back from Tanzania with over three gigs of photos and looked forward to having friends and family over to watch slideshows. We usually run the slide show on the Xbox360 talking to my main PC running Windows Media Sharing Service.

I chose to setup our home network using wired 100Mbs Ethernet, rather than wireless as our main "backbone" as I find even the fastest wireless totally unacceptable for large file transfers. Small things like the ReplayTV and a few other appliances are wireless, but every room is has plates in the wall with at least two drops, and there's a formal wiring closet in our linen closet with a punchdown block so I can rewire the house. Maybe one day I'll post on all this.

Anyway, back to the point. The pictures are 7.2 megapixels so they are 4-6 meg JPEGs depending. For last year the Xbox360 has been able to pull down a picture in less than 3 seconds, but just this last week it's taken 10-20 seconds, sometimes longer. Of course, this has significantly cramped our slide-showing style.

I'm a firm believer, when debugging, that something must have changed. So I sat down and puzzled on what's changed on my machine.

Then I realized that the only thing that changed was the addition of the Zune. I puzzled when I installed the Zune why it'd need another 'Sharing Service' - It installs the Zune Network Sharing Service. I didn't think too much about it, but I remember wondering Why do we need another uPnP service? Is the Zune THAT different that it can't just talk to the regular Windows Media Sharing Service.

Long story short, I ran "services.msc" on my Windows Vista machine and set the Zune Network Sharing Service to Manual, and stopped it. Lo and behold, the Xbox360 suddenly could pull images down as fast as before. Your mileage may vary, but if you have a Zune, you might consider just disabling that service all together. It certainly has a problem with the Xbox, or the Xbox has a problem when it sees two seemingly identical uPnp servers on the same machine.

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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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Hanselminutes Podcast 45 - IronPython ASP.NET and Language Extensibility

January 6, '07 Comments [3] Posted in ASP.NET | Podcast | Ruby
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My forty-fifth Podcast is up. In this one, Carl and I discuss how the Iron Phython guys used a hook into No-Compile ASP.NET pages to enable better support for dynamic languages in ASP.NET. We also speculate on Microsoft's plan for Ruby. I hope you enjoy it.

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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Links from the show are also always on the show site, although this show had no links to speak of. Do also remember the archives are always up and they have PDF Transcripts, a little known feature that show up a few weeks after each show.

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There's a $100 off CodeSmith coupon for Hanselminutes listeners - it's coupon code HM100. Spread the word, now's the time to buy. This coupon is good for the CodeSmith Professional With 1 Year Premier Support option.

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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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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Family Portraits to start 2007

January 6, '07 Comments [8] Posted in Musings | Parenting | Z
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A new year, and time to head out to get some family portraits. Even more fun when you are three rather than two. We started out the day going to an "upscale" photo joint. I asked them to shoot RAW rather than JPEG, and they obliged (...after some shock. Apparently I'm the second to ask for this.). The photos were nice, but we were underwhelmed some how. Perhaps we think we're prettier than we really are.

We went to lunch at the mall with my dad, and there's a "low budget" photo place in the food court, and there's no sitting fee. They aren't digital, but you can buy the negatives and copyright for the whole roll for US$70. What the heck, we said.

Turned out that the mall shop photos were all gold, IMHO. They shot in 120mm, rather than 35mm, so the negatives are a medium format, so I'll need to find a negative scanner that'll take them.

I scanned the pictures at right on my Canon Pixma MP500 Multifunction with no color correction at 600dpi. The photos on flickr are 1280pix, but the scanned ones are of sufficient detail to create borderless 4x6 photos on the Canon that are nearly indistinguishable from the original prints.

Once I scan the clean negatives (and do some decent cropping, my cropping at right is lousy, I can see now) I'll be able to make 8x10's no problem for gifts and such.

This is our first (yearly) portrait with Z, and I'm looking forward to the next seventeen.

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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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Complete DasBlog Macro Documentation

January 5, '07 Comments [1] Posted in DasBlog
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John Forsythe is one of the most active DasBlog contributors, always pushing his own blog to the edge with cutting edge custom macros and features that are often brought into the main codeline.

One of the largest (valid) complaints about DasBlog has been it's near-complete lack of documentation around included Macros. For a while it was embarrassing, then it just became sad. John to the rescue. Unprompted, he's documented the complete set of macros, including screenshots (you'll need to scroll horizontally) and CSS styles. Amazing.

Check it out, and give him kudos. He, and our other documenter Tom Watts, should both be commended for their hard work along with the many project contributors and custom macro writers. Thanks guys for the efforts!

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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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