Tuesday, 06 July 2004

Evan Feldman has posted a second installment of his description of Tablet PC Field Trials (see entry Tablet Test, Trials and Tribulations from June 28).

The great thing about Microsoft blogs is that you sometimes get to read insights into what goes on there, stuff that you'd never see otherwise. I enjoy the nitty gritty about how the technologies I use each day came to be:

"There are some things that I can’t really talk too much about but instead, I’ll give some of those secret anecdotes that have been floating around Microsoft that many have never heard before."

Some of the anecdotes are funny, but Evan also includes a few of the more serious ones (things he describes as more difficult to share) that changed the course of the tablet in the early days."

I'm looking forward to the future installments, especially what he eludes to as a future topic : The Tablet as Primary PC.

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Tablet PC | Tech
Tuesday, 06 July 2004 21:49:07 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Hey. it's a Microsoft link day here at the ol' blog, so... Another useful one:


Microsoft's IT Pro communities are a good resource for a variety of MSFT servers and technologies. Newsgroups and a huge amount and variety of information - coming from both inside and outside Microsoft:

Would you like to get your computer advice directly from the world’s leading technology experts? Interested in tips from power users or developers? Do you have tips you’d like to share with others? Then you’ve come to the right place. There is a lively community of computer experts and computer users who are taking advantage of the Internet to exchange ideas, information, knowledge, and expertise about Microsoft products and services. The Microsoft Communities Web site provides access to wealth of newsgroups, chats, user groups, tips, and discussions where experts and users who are passionate about Microsoft technologies share their thoughts, help, support, and ideas.

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Tuesday, 06 July 2004 21:12:09 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Anyone who deals with computer and network security in their jobs owes it to themselves to check these two security resources now and then. Microsoft's security-related webcasts have been broken down into slightly smaller (it's all relative - 45 minutes is shorter than 2 hours :-)) chunks. You can check out archived presentations as well as sign up for live session to be held in the near future.

In my experience. these are quality webcasts with actual useful information - A great resource for learning as well as staying on top of things. Webcasts provide a forum for addressing things in a fashion that's a lot like the real-world, so the practical use of the information is often better than that from other means of communication. If you happen to catch any of the live webcasts, there is typically a chance to ask questions during the session - so take advantage where needed.

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IT Security
Tuesday, 06 July 2004 16:03:03 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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A few people have built different little apps to allow you to syndicate SharePoint content via RSS. Bluedog Limited's SyndicationGenerator is a web-part-based RSS generator that makes it really easy to create RSS feeds from specific SharePoint lists. It allows you to place the web part on your server and then allow site admins to use it to set up their own feeds - great if you run a portal and WSS setup with many site admins that don't have access to add or modify web parts on the server. They can just drag-and-drop the web part, specify the list they want to create a feed for, and there you have it: Instant RSS feeds.

After some quick testing done here by a trusted partner, it appears that the web part has a hard time displaying its “Modify Web Part” pane correctly unless you place it on its own web part page. Then it's easy to work with. Cool stuff!

(by way of Travis and others)

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RSS Stuff | SharePoint | Tech
Tuesday, 06 July 2004 15:33:17 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Sunday, 04 July 2004

I woke up this morning, bright and early, and was getting ready to head out the door. I decided to check my email real quick, and BAM! ... Tons of referral tracking notifications, all from the same porn URL - So, it looks like someone referral-spammed by blog last night. I just removed all the bad listings, and have been trying to think of a way to prevent this from happening again. I'm coming up short in the ideas department, with the exception of the obvious: turning off referral tracking. I really don't want to do that, though.

It's the first time in quite a number of months that the site has been online, so I'll leave them on and see what happens in the future. Anyone have any bright ideas about preventing referral-listing spamming? Hey - I guess I should just be glad it's not comment spam!

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Blogging | Things that Suck
Sunday, 04 July 2004 07:10:23 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Saturday, 03 July 2004

Heading out to pick up a big truck with all the equipment for the fireworks show I'm responsible for firing tomorrow. A few people know that I'm a state-licensed pyrotechnician, and I occasionally shoot public displays around the region. Tomorrow we're in Clatskenie, Oregon (on Hwy 30 between Portland and Astoria) shooting several hundred 4- and 5-inch shells for their city 4th-of-July display. Should be fun! I might take come pictures or quick video and post later. If you happen to be in the area, stop by and enjoy the party the town is throwing. It sounds like a good time.

EDIT: A couple of pictures taken by Travis, showing the trench before and after the mortar tubes were installed:

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Saturday, 03 July 2004 09:55:16 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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