Wednesday, 06 April 2005

Flash_managerOver on Microsoft Downloads today there's a new setup file for Microsoft USB Flash Drive Manager:

"Use this application to backup and restore presentations, pictures, songs and applications from and to USB Flash Drive devices and take them with you. Use USB Flash Drives to store personal data, to keep your network configuration and to share information with your friends. Microsoft USB Flash Drive Manager is available for Windows XP only."

Copy and backup files, restore backup images from your hard disk (great for standard copying of the same image onto multiple flash drives, too), edit the properties of the drive, put the Flash Drive Manager binaries on the drive and make it autorun when inserted, save your wireless network settings to the flash drive for deployment to other computers, etc.

It's pretty cool. I have a need to be able to deploy multiple copies of the same USB Flash Drive image and to update them periodically. It looks like this utility will allow me to keep a standard library of flash drive images to let me restore a single image to a whole slew of drives very quickly and easily.

Download here

(via Chris Lanier)



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Tuesday, 05 April 2005 23:06:24 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Tuesday, 05 April 2005

Forgive the topic (just skip this entry if you don't care to read semi-graphic bathroom prose), but Doc Searls writes today on his weblog about the bad habits guys have in the men's room - namely not using the urinal for "number one," and making a mess while standing and "using" a stall instead. So, I have to respond. I can't help it, it's like a disease this blogging thing.

Doc bluntly covers the not-lifting-the-seat problem, as well as the hygiene issues:

"But: why piss all over the place? Why not lift the seat? Don't these guys ever sit on the damn toilet? Do they like sitting on somebody else's pee? 

"These questions come to mind for two reasons: 1) because I just witnessed exactly that scene, in a mens' room here at a nice hotel here in San Francisco; and 2) nobody ever talks about the problem.

"So I'm thinking... a substantial percentage of men A) only piss in stalls; and B) don't lift toilet seats. If you're one of those guys, and you blog, can you please explain your position, so to speak, on this issue?"

Well, I can tell you that it still surprises me, even after all these many trips to restrooms over the years, how often I find a bathroom that's a disgusting mess because of people who have no sense of personal responsibility. And that includes places where only adults use the restroom.

But Doc's words make me thing of more.

For example, take the following from Greg's Quiz on Common Sense Men's Room Hygiene, based on experiences of observation over the past couple of weeks:

A guy walks into the men's room, approaches the urinal, and relieves himself. Once he's done he "zips-up" and then...

a) walks straight out the door.
b) walks straight to the sink, washes hands, dries hand on paper towel, and walks out the door.
c) walks straight to the paper towel dispenser, uses paper towel, and walks out the door.

Which action is the most disgusting? Please explain you answer.

Use the comments to relieve yourself of your thoughts and record your answers to the quiz, should you be so inclined.



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Tuesday, 05 April 2005 21:58:07 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Land Walker - click to enlarge

Why do I have these images from RoboCop movies going through my mind?

In case anyone's deciding what to get me for my mid-life crisis phase, one of these Land Walkers would do just fine.

This thing's cool. Who the heck has the time to sit around and think this stuff up??? Check out a demo video here.

Crazy, but pretty darn cool. Stick a super-soaker on that and it's party time.



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Tuesday, 05 April 2005 11:56:14 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Once You Know, You Newegg

I was just Google-Mapping a route and location in Vancouver, BC from Seattle when I noticed something that was not on the web service pages yesterday:

Googlesat1

Google just added satellite imagery to their entire Google Maps web app! Go try it - it's pretty amazing! Below are the standard Google map, same resolution satellite imagery, and a surprisingly excellent full zoom image (with my own handwritten notations, thanks to the new Tablet PC Experience Pack).

That Keyhole acquisition is paying off.

Googlesat2a

Googlesat2

Googlesat3



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Tuesday, 05 April 2005 00:34:07 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Thank goodness for blogging and for people like Mike Fitzmaurice of Microsoft (Developer Evangelist for SharePoint technologies), who posts some official information regarding the pending release of .NET v2 and Whidbey, which is expected this year.

It's a bit confusing right now for SharePoint developers, as they look at the coolness of the next version of the .NET framework and Visual Studio and try to decipher what they can/should develop, on which platforms, and when.

SharePoint v3 won't ship until well after Whidbey (Visual Studio 2005) and .NET v2.0 hit the street. So, Mike's blog entry is a welcome and useful explanation of what platforms and versions of software will interoperate and produce workable results in SharePoint land.

If you're a SharePoint developer, this is for you: 

http://blogs.msdn.com/mikefitz/archive/2005/03/17/397775.aspx

and this article is also a great resource for understanding what's coming and how things relate:

http://www.theserverside.net/articles/showarticle.tss?id=WebParts1



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Monday, 04 April 2005 23:41:11 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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If you're looking to learn about SharePoint Portal Server 2003 for the first time, or if you'd like to get some hands-on experience with a system that you can break and not have to worry about as you ramp up on the technology, check out the TechNet Virtual Labs offer for SPS 2003.

It's a good resource for people who want to learn in detail from the comfort of their own desk chair.

TechNet Virtual Lab: Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003

Get first-hand deployment experience through the Virtual Lab series. The Microsoft Office SharePoint Portal Server 2003 hands-on labs will teach you how to set up the portal, organize content on the portal, manage user permissions, create Web Parts for custom tasks, and much more.

It's simple — no complex setup or installation is required to try SharePoint Portal Server running in the full-featured TechNet Virtual Lab. You get a downloadable manual and a 90-minute block of time for each module. You can sign up for additional 90-minute blocks anytime.

As part of the TechNet Virtual Lab, you will have full access to SharePoint Portal Server's features and tools through ten modules:



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Monday, 04 April 2005 23:25:39 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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