Saturday, September 30, 2006

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Friday, September 29, 2006

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Friday, September 22, 2006

Testing Word 12 as a Blog Editor

So I'm typing this in Word 12 B2TR after having added as a blog account.


  • You can publish to multiple types of blogs, including SharePoint (2007 – I don't know what other blog clients can publish to SharePoint).
  • It's sort-of WYSIWYG (see concern below).
  • UPDATE: It does a good job of keeping the HTML clean.
  • UPDATE: It's easy to edit prior posts
  • UPDATE: You can do all sorts of fancy formatting quite easily – (duh – it's Word).


  • Windows Live Writer does a much better job of WYSIWYG – Word doesn't pull in any of the blog's styles.
  • You can't tab from the Title to the body

In general, other than that Word is a familiar interface, and there's some benefit to having a blog editor "right there", I don't see this as an attractive option to LiveWriter, or your blog's default editor. Good for quick notes, though, or for publishing something you already have in Word format.

I see where this has its place. I think I'll still use LiveWriter for most of my posts, but if I'm already in Word and want to jot a quick note, or I have something complex I want to put up, then this is a good tool to use. And I WILL use it with SharePoint.

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Thursday, September 21, 2006

How to Debug JavaScript

Writing a responsive UI in web applications is hampered by a lack of good tools in which to edit and debug JavaScript.  Or at least so I thought. My friend Rob pointed me to a post by Rumen Stankov from telerik who says "good ol' Visual Studio" does a pretty good job with the debugging part:

What VS.NET has to offer is the same integrated environment you are used to from your ASP.NET projects and the best javascript debugger on the market. Just write the magic "debugger;" line in your javascript code and VS.NET will popup in debug mode (make sure you have unchecked the "Disable script debugging" options in IE -> Tools -> Options -> Advanced). From this point on you can take advantage of step over (F10), step into (F11) and the powerful Watch window displaying all the properties/method of the object you inspect.

PS! Another good tool, if you're a Firefox user, is Firebug.



Writely to be Released Soon?

I got an email from the Google Writely Team the other day saying:

"Dear austegard,
"In a few days, we will update your Writely account to use your ... Google Account registration settings.
"This means you'll need to use your Google Account password when signing in, not your Writely password (if they're different)."

Does this mean they're going live soon?


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Monday, September 18, 2006

Office 2007 B2TR Blues

MS' approach of creating a patch for upgrading Office 2007 B2 to B2TR is a PITA.  First SharePoint Designer gives me a GraphicsFiltersCDRFilesIntl_1033 error (yet to be resolved), then VS 2005 Tools for Office gives me crap:

It's been stuck like this for several minutes...

Sunday, September 17, 2006

Testing Frank's Technorati Tag Live Writer Plugin

UPDATE (09/19/06): Frank updated his plugin, and addressed two of my three issues.  As for the third, let me quote Frank:

The first time I went to enter "Richmond, VA" into the text box; I realized that using comma's as a field delimiter has certain drawbacks.

Hence, I made semi-colon the delimiter.

I guess that's fair - I'll deal with it.


Frank La Vigne, one of my new coworkers at AIS wrote a Live Writer plugin that allows you to tag your posts with Technorati tags.  So naturally I decided to try it out.   Below are some comments:

The Good:

  • It works (as is evident by this post.)
  • It's convenient, with a simple pop-up available form both the Insert menu and the Insert action pane group
  • Easy to install, just download, and extract into the plugin folder

The Bad:

  • You have to enter the tags separated with a semicolon.  Why semicolon?  I can understand not using space (though I'm used to that from, but why not comma?
  • There's no icon for the menu item

The Ugly:

  • The dialogs title says Insert Hello World.  Uhm - how about Insert Tags?

All in all a good job, just in need of some simple polishing.

Via Russ Stalters' BetterECM.


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Saturday, September 16, 2006

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Thursday, September 14, 2006

Log-In Security Smell at Blogger

I decided to try out the beta of Blogger, to see if I could overcome the daily link post issue.  No luck, but I like the improvements, especially the template layout, which works similar to Google Personalized Homepage, or SharePoint - take your pick.

One thing I did realize, however - I can log in to both this blog and the beta blog with the same username.  The only thing that determines which blog I log in to is the password.  This blog uses my blogger un/pwd, while the beta uses my google un/pwd - I just happen to use the same usernames for both accounts.

Now what would happen if I had also used the same password for both accounts?  I realize they did this for simplicity and continuity, but it smells nonetheless.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Daily Link Posting from to Blogger

I submitted the following question to support:

Has anyone figured out how to submit daily blog postings to blogger/blogspot?

The response, from Britta:

There's no easy way yet (we're working on this), but some people have figured out clever ways. You can take a look at if you like.

Thanks! support

I'll have to try this sometime.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

PodCast: .NET Rocks - Ted Pattison Shows Us SharePoint

Ted Pattison has an excellent audio intro to the free Windows SharePoint Services 3 (as well as the for pay MOSS 2007) on .NET Rocks: .NET ROCKS! - Ted Pattison Shows us Sharepoint. The pertinent audio starts at 17:44.


Thursday, September 07, 2006

New Job

I started a new job today, at Applied Information Sciences (AIS) Inc. Should be exciting, the company has both a MS Regional Director and at least one MS MVP on the payroll, I ought to learn a lot.

Looks like at first I'll be doing MOSS 2007 stuff mostly, so expect to see SharePoint stuff here as I learn the technology.

Usual disclaimer: Anything said on this blog is my opinion only, and not necessarily that of AIS, nor any of my former or future employers.

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Pre-Stolen Idea: Traffic Tracking by Cell Phone

My Idea: Use the aggregate (and anonymous) cell phone activity on cell-phone towers to track traffic congestion along major traffic routes. Measure traffic speed by signal strength and tower-hops, measure congestion by number of phones on the towers.

Their Idea:

Of course this is one of those ideas that are a hell of a lot easier said than done, and the MIT guys appear to have actually figured out how to do it. It's also a lot easier to do in Europe where everyone is on a single GSM network, whereas here in the US, there are (at least) 2 network protocols and several carriers' whose data would have to be aggregated. that said, I believe this could be a valuable differentiating service that each major network could offer to its customers or sell to the media at large.

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