Archives / 2003 / July
  • Dundas Chart Review

    I've posted a brief review of Dundas Chart 3.5 based on what I've used it for (no rocket science, but stuff that most of us probably could use for our apps, imho). You may read it here:   more

  • FTC Offers Guidelines to Reduce SPAM

    If you run any servers, even at home, you should probably read this and/or forward it on to anybody you know who manages servers.  As anybody with a clue can attest, SPAM is quickly clogging up not just our individual inboxes, but also the networks that make the Internet work.  Most of these messages are being sent by unsuspecting individuals' computers, not from the spammers' own machines.  Do your part to stop spam by protecting your servers. FTC - SPAM - Securing Your Email Servers   more

  • InfoPath / XDocs

    I'm learning more about InfoPath (formerly XDocs), and it seems like it'll be a really cool addition to the Office toolset.  Has anybody had much of an opportunity to play with this using the beta?  What did you think? more

  • RSS for Events

    RSS = Real Simple Syndication, I learned recently.  I've been wanting to implement something similar for events (of the calendar variety) for some time.  There are several formats in use today to describe events, but none are as pervasive and as widely used as RSS is for blogging and articles. I have an event calendar on my website.  It's hard to keep it updated, though, since there is today no automated way to pull in events.  For instance, Microsoft periodically posts new tech chats, conference calls, and webcasts on MSDN.  Various training companies announce new class dates.  Conferences announce their upcoming dates and locations.  And user groups are often updating information about … more

  • MS Passport - What are they thinking?

    Note - this is a rant I've had for a long time, not a response to anything new.  You can learn more about Passport here and here.  To get right to the chase, here's the part I think is ludicrous and detrimental to Passport ever getting any market share: There are two fees for licensing .NET Passport: a periodic compliance testing fee of US$1,500 per URL and a yearly provisioning fee of US$10,000 per company. The provisioning fee is charged on a per-company basis and can be applied to multiple URLs. For example, if your company uses .NET Passport on three distinct URLs, you would pay one yearly fee plus the periodic compliance testing fee for each of the three URLs. This entitles your company … more

  • Outlook 2003 Beta

    Thought I'd blog about my experience thus far with the beta.  As I wrote in an earlier entry, I upgraded to Outlook 2003 Beta some weeks ago.  The results have been largely positive, but I do have a few complaints.  Here's the rundown: Best Features: Junk Mail Support - It has yet to mis-classify a message as spam, and it has reduced my spam that I actually have to deal with by about 90 to 95% I'd say.  I get about 500 spams per day as a result of several aliases being published on popular websites.  With Outlook 2003, I get maybe 10-20 spams per day in my inbox. Flagging - I really like the mult-colored flags for TODO items.  It would be cool if I could assign labels to the colors … more