Wednesday, 10 August 2005

Like Scott, I am always curious where my readers are from. Here's my guest map - please add your location! Just click on the guestmap image below to open a new window to view and "sign" it (I had to change this, the heavy iFrame version was killing my site - and I fixed the issue that was preventing some people from being able to sign the map):

     Guestmap



Add/Read: Comments [0]
Random Stuff
Wednesday, 10 August 2005 12:38:55 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
#  Trackback
 Tuesday, 09 August 2005

Looks like Microsoft on Tuesday released Microsoft Messenger v5.0 for Mac OS X. And since I recently became a Mac owner and added the Apple brand to my computer family, stuff like this make me a happier guy.

"Messenger for Mac 5.0 makes it easy to take advantage of the full power of instant messaging. Messenger for Mac offers two types of communication services - a personal account and a corporate account. A personal account works with the MSN® Messenger service on the Microsoft Passport Network. Contacts that you add to your personal account will include friends and family members. A corporate account uses the Microsoft Office Live Communications Server service and can include contacts who use other instant messaging services, such as AOL Instant Messenger (AIM), Yahoo Messenger, and iChat users who are signed in with AOL accounts."

More info here, and download here.



Add/Read: Comments [0]
Random Stuff | Tech
Tuesday, 09 August 2005 14:28:49 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
#  Trackback
 Monday, 08 August 2005

At http://wigle.rustyredwagon.com/ you can search for an address and see a whole list of WiFi connections mapped by war drivers from all over.

I noticed no one is war driving out in my ultra-remote neck of the woods, though.

And they say there's LOTS of WiFi in Portland - this pic proves it (click for full size - and check out the error, heh):

Wifimapkiller



Add/Read: Comments [1]
Geek Out | Tech
Monday, 08 August 2005 13:03:33 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
#  Trackback

"...wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a native Windows version that resided totally on CD and could be used to recover your distressed PC..."

Yes, it would. And as JK points out, there is one available. It's called BartPE (Bart Preinstalled Environment), and it lets you construct an awesomely useful boot CD. There's lots of plugins available, too.

Okay for personal use, and for business use in your company, but not free to redistribute.



Add/Read: Comments [0]
IT Security | Tech
Monday, 08 August 2005 11:48:30 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
#  Trackback

Astronaut Steve Robinson has done the first Podcast from space... Say what you want about Podcasting. You have to admit that when someone does it from the space shuttle, that's pretty big deal.

And to think a year ago nobody had ever heard of podcasting...

Listen here (MP3)

"At any rate I will close this very brief first podcast from space with a greeting to all Earthings and a thank you for your interest and support. Whether you support the space program or not, you're learning from it. You're learning from it the very moment you hear this and think about what we're doing. And I think that learning is what looking over the horizon is all about, and don't forget that learning can be exciting and fun, too, because that's certainly what this mission has been all about."



Add/Read: Comments [0]
AudioBlogging | Geek Out | Random Stuff
Monday, 08 August 2005 10:54:15 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
#  Trackback
 Sunday, 07 August 2005

Fact is, unless you're developing from scratch, there hasn't been a whole lot of help out there in terms of building apps on top of Windows SharePoint Services in order to enhance business.

Until now, that is.

Last week, Microsoft released 30 new application templates that enhance WSS and let you use the platform to solve more problems and meet more needs common to business. And these are out-of-the-box applications, not just starting points, although knowledgeable people could certainly use them as a beginning for something bigger if they like.

This is exactly what we need more of - help extending the platform without having to do it all ourselves. This is the kind of thing that makes SharePoint viable for smaller businesses that can't or don't want to take the time to customize from the ground up.

You can see them all in action, live and for real, at Bil Simser's public SharePoint site (found via Mark Harrison).

Also - for help installing them all, check out Raphael Londner's weblog post.

Here are the new apps, and they are no slouching solutions - these looks to be some solid business templates:

Scenarios Available for Download
arrow Absence and Vacation Schedule
arrow Board of Directors
arrow Case Work Management
arrow Change Management
arrow Classroom Management
arrow Competitive Intelligence
arrow Employee Activities Site
arrow Employee Timesheet and Scheduling
arrow Employee Training
arrow Event Coordination
arrow Expense Reimbursement
arrow Help Desk
arrow HR Programs and Services
arrow IT Developer Team Site
arrow Legal Document Review Workflow
arrow Loan Initiation Management
arrow Marketing Campaigns
arrow Meeting Management
arrow New Product Development
arrow Performance Review
arrow Professional Svcs Contracts
arrow Professional Svcs Site
arrow Project Team Site
arrow Public Official Activity
arrow Public Relations Work Site
arrow Publication Editorial Review
arrow Recruiting Resource Center
arrow Request for Proposal Management
arrow Room and Equipment Reservation
arrow Travel Request



Add/Read: Comments [0]
Office 2003 | SharePoint | Tech
Sunday, 07 August 2005 12:09:44 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
#  Trackback