Friday, November 25, 2005

AirSet - A Personal, Family, and Group Events Aggregator and Much More. - Maybe

The Personal Productivity Show #13 featured Brian Dougherty, CEO of AIREANA. There flagship WEB 2.0 product is AirSet. Currently, I am evaluating this to help increase the harmony in my relationship with my wife. It is great when after over 7 years of marriage one of your biggest challenges is knowing when to schedule a doctors appointment or what night I have a meeting to attend, and who's birthday or special event is coming up.

Since I have my own Exchange server at home, sharing Outlook calendars seemed like a solution. However, this solution turned out to be to clunky and only worked with calendars on our local Exchange server.

My wife and I are now evaluating AirSet to help with our scheduling and contact management.

I will keep you posted when I learn more about how this works for us.

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Take a look at the Tablet PC Form Factor

Do to my last Toshiba purchase I had $1000 to spend on a new Laptop. I decided a while back to get a convertible PC. They are Laptop computers that can also work as a Tablet or Slate PC.

Since I wanted the unit to have a GPU for performance, I was limited to the Toshiba convertibles. It seems only Toshiba does not use shared memory for video in there high end lines. At first I wanted the Toshiba M4 with its 14" screen. I felt I could go no smaller then 14" and still feel comfortable writing software and database applications. Then I started to think if the extra size and weight would discourage me from using it has a tablet.

After months of research and sole searching (Yes geeks search there soles for the perfect technology. Why else do you think it makes us feel so fulfilled?) I decided to choose the M200 with its 12.1" screen.

Not wanting to pay the $1900 for a new one I set an eBay search to look for all Toshiba M200's and M205's. I looked at each listing for about 6 months and once I got the trend cycles recognized I felt comfortable to start bidding.

A month went by and one came across with the specs and the warranty I wanted and I bid on it. For $910 I got one with over 1000 days left on the warranty. Not to bad.

I love the weight, the feel, the 1400 x 1050 resolution screen and it even recognizes my cursive handwriting.

I still was not sure of my decision to opt for the smaller screen until last night at the GSP Developers Guild meeting. It though I would be the stand out with my M200, but Tobin Titus came with a Gateway Tablet, and Bill Ryan with a Toshiba Satellite and someone else with a slate. I guess the form factor might finally be catching on.

Aside from the slate the others were 14" screens and, for me, not very comfortable to hold and weighed way more then I wanted.

I encourage everyone to look at the Tablet PC form factor. In my first week, I have already used it in ways I could not have used any other computer.

Tuesday, November 01, 2005

Last few weeks big for Microsoft SQL Server 2005

Here is what has happened.

This is all very exciting indeed. However, there is lots of work ahead to turn Microsoft’s achievements into value for our customers.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

MindManager Maps in SharePoint

Janson Burton just sent me this link on how to index MindManager 2002 mindmaps in SharePoint.

Thank you Jason.

qv: http://tinyurl.com/7ln77

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

MindManager X5 Development with Visual Studio 2005 RC1

The registry file named "MindManager5AddInWizard.reg" in the Mindjet Dev zone for MindManager X5 did not work for my installation of VS 2005 RC1. My VPC installation is:

Windows XP Pro SP2
Visual Studio Team Suite RC1
MindManager X5 Pro

I created a file named "MindManager5AddInWizard71b.reg" containing:

REGEDIT4

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Shared Tools\AddinWizard7.1b\MindManager 5]
"RegistryRoot"="Software\\Mindjet\\MindManager\\5\\AddIns"
"DisplayAdvFeatures"=dword:00000000
"StartupFlag"=dword:00000002

Once I loaded this file and restarted Visual Studio 2005 RC1, MindManager 5 was available for me to select.



Wednesday, August 03, 2005

CraftRobo

Here is something I am looking forward to buying for my family when it is sold in the U.S.  The CraftRobo II is the coolest peripheral I have seen in a while.    

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Will the real author please come forward

This morning I receive this email from Russ Jester.

Subject: Interesting authors

It seems that Iqbal M. Khan and Ann Morris think alike.
http://tinyurl.com/7rezx
http://www.codeproject.com/dotnet/DomainObjects.asp

I immediately began to compare the articles for similarities and did not have to work hard at finding them.

One of them plagiarized in a serious copy-and-paste way. I have my guesses on which one. But come on here, let this be an example to all the wanna-be article hacks out there. If you are going to plagiarize be a little more clever. Here is a tip: Take your ideas and code from more than one source and, at least, recombined them in a new or interesting way. This way there is a change there might be some added value to the community at large.

Anyone out there with the time and will to find the real "Domain Objects Persistence Pattern for .NET" author please post what you find in the comments section for this post.

Have a good day I am off to find some articles to recombine. If I post it, I will site the original authors of each.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Stone Trek

If you grew up watching both the Flintstones and Star Trek, this might be the site for you.

qv: http://www.stonetrek.com/

Confessions of a Super Villain

qv: http://www.ubergeek.tv/article.php?pid=54

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Self Balancing Electric Unicycle

So it is not the coolest ride, but it will turn a few heads. This project definitely intrigues me and I would love to ride over the Ready River Bridge on one, but the $1500 price tag to build one from new parts does not have me clicking for components. However, I will keep my eyes out for items I can get the parts from such as a used camcorder, motorized wheel chair, RC Cars, etc. Maybe in 3 to 5 years I can put one together for under $500.

qv: http://tlb.org/eunicycle.html

Thursday, March 31, 2005

PodCast42 Interview

I had the honor and opportunity to be the first TechMover segment on PodCast42 yesterday. It was my first experience with a one-take, no editing, zero prep interview and it was a lot of fun. I picked out a few errors when listening to it, and I think I learned how to avoid many of them in the future.

It was a great experience.

Thank you Phil.

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

101 Unuseless Japanese Inventions

This is the funniest book I have seen in a long time and maybe ever. There is a blurb about it in this months Wired. I read the blurb last night and now, during lunch, I am searching for more information.

I really want to get this.

Here is some of what I found out:
qv: http://www.wwnorton.com/catalog/fall95/031369.htm
qv: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0393313697/002-2631978-9814414
qv: http://www.designboom.com/history/useless.html

Thursday, January 27, 2005

A Mystery of a Native SC Plant Solved

The Venus Flytrap is one of the most interesting plants on the planet and is native to North and South Carolina. Until now it has been a big mystery on what triggered the closing of its mouth-like leaves to eat its prey.

The New Magnum Force

Here is the latest, "in print", article from Thomas P. M. Barnett. It appears in this month's issue of Wired. Ever since I heard his presentation from Pop!Tech 2004 held in Camden, Maine from ITConversations I have been hooked on understanding his ideas.

I am a daily reader of his blog and I am enjoying his postings on the writing process as he works on the sequel to "The Pentagon's New Map: War and Peace in the Twenty-First Century"

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Attention.XML

Attention.xml is a new XML standard created to help solve the problems of wasting time clicking blog posts that lead to the same location and helping RSS aggregators understand what the reader wants to read and in what order.

I can also imagine uses for this in the Business Intelligence (BI) space. With Giga and Tara bytes of corporate data to aggregate, summarize, query, report on and distribute, it sure would be nice to know what people and systems are actually using a specific data set.

The problem grows even larger when the corporation allows ad-hoc reporting and reports start to grow in number until the saved reports have no value because people cannot know the difference between a one-off report giving data for a specific week of business or a detailed product line report that can help them make a valuable decision.

Maybe this specification can help in some way or at least be a starting point for one that will.

Sunday, January 23, 2005

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Log Parser 2.2 is Available

If you like parsing logs on the Windows platform as much as I do than you will love the new version of Log Parser. Version 2.2 adds exciting new input and output formats. Yes! XML, Yes! Active Directory, and Yes! Even the registry.
If that gets you excited wait until you experience the enhancements to the SQL Engine. Just look at this list of new date and time formats:

l (milliseconds - lower case 'L')
n (nanoseconds)
tt (AM/PM)
? (any character)

Wow! Download it here.