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I am considering opening an account with Does anyone have any experience with them? Anyone have any other advice? I need a good Windows hosting company where I can be use ASPNET apps like DNN or dasBlog without any issues. Update: I did go with Webhost4life, and they were great at the beginning. Their support was friendly and helpful, and my site was fast. That was then, this is now. It seems in this short time, they have gone to absolute crap. Their support appears to be all non-technical ......

Posted On Saturday, July 30, 2005 4:57 PM

No C-SPAN podcast or RSS feed may be displayed on any website, including personal websites
Someone posted this in the Podcasters mailing list.  Thats right, C-SPAN is podcasting. Just don't link to them. From, at the very bottom of the page:

"No C-SPAN podcast or RSS feed may be displayed on any website, including personal websites."

Posted On Friday, July 29, 2005 1:32 PM

Thunderbird extension for extension developers curses at you
Mitch Graw has posted a Thunderbird extension called Reloadchromezilla, which adds a "Reload Chrome" option to the Thunderbird context menus and toolbar. Looks like John Coleman didn't like it because it contained a "swear word". A swear word in an open source Mozilla add-on? Seems like the guy could have simply modified the code rather than giving a 0 star rating for a free, open source, useful tool ......

Posted On Monday, July 25, 2005 10:27 AM

iRobot Customer Service
For Christmas, I bought a Roomba Discovery. I LOVE it. Its so convenient, and it just scoots around sucking up all the dust and puppy hair. I was shocked and amazed (and a bit embarassed) at just how much dust it did pick up! The roomba has just as much (if not more) vacuum power as a regular upright vacuum cleaner. It has no trouble with my rugs (although I hear if you have frilly rugs they can cause trouble), stairs, or furniture. It did get caught on a tshirt on the floor once - but the Roomba ......

Posted On Friday, July 22, 2005 3:41 PM

Automatically serve all pages in your .Net web apps using HTTP compression
You can automatically serve all pages in your .Net web apps using HTTP compression by creating a simple HTTPModule and referencing it in your web.config. This particular implementation uses IPWorksZip ZipStream component. To create the module, just inherit from IHttpModule. In the IHttpModule.Init function, add an event handler for context.BeginRequest. Inside this event, check the Request object to see if encoding is accepted, and if so - use the Zipstream component to create a compression stream ......

Posted On Friday, July 22, 2005 12:18 PM

"Beauty and the Geek" contacts Chris Pirillo
Chris, I told ya. :) But I know you're right - Richard can't live up to your genius. I think your comparison of geek to nerd is right on.

I love how the producer said "I know you must be located in Seattle ... we're going to be in North Carolina August 9th through the 16th".

Posted On Friday, July 22, 2005 12:17 PM

Longhorn to be named Windows Vista
Longhorn to be named "Windows Vista", and the first beta will be available soon. via Steve Smith

Posted On Friday, July 22, 2005 11:41 AM

Winsock error 10035
Winsock error 10035 means "Resource not available" or "Operation would block". Huh? This error happens when the winsock buffer of either the client or server side become full. Huh? Ok, let me try to describe it as plainly as possible: Here are two situations in which you might see Winsock error 10035: You're trying to send a massive amount of information through the socket, so the output buffer of the system becomes full. You're trying to send data through the socket to the remotehost, but the remotehost ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 20, 2005 8:52 AM

Winsock error 10053: Part 2
Last month I mentioned winsock error 10053, "Software caused connection abort" (basically, the error means that something on the localhost caused the connection to be closed), and how it is so often caused by virus scanners. I pointed out that this is not always the case, and sometimes the problem is very difficult to troubleshoot. But don't worry, this is pretty common and it is most likely not a bug in your code, just something that needs to be considered when implementing error handling. Besides ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 20, 2005 7:52 AM

Planning a day trip to outer space? Better check out Google Moon first!

Today is the 36th anniversary of the first lunar landing. Google Moon plots out Apollo landings and provides a up-close view of the moon.  Don't forget to zoom all the way in!

Posted On Wednesday, July 20, 2005 6:45 AM

Do you like doggies?
I love dogs! Thankfully, Eo and Shellie love dogs as well. They run the doggie photo blog. Their RSS feed is here. These photos will definitely give you a smile.

Posted On Friday, July 15, 2005 6:14 PM

Robi is using IBizEpay to implement his credit card payment solution
Robi Sen is using IBiz E-Payment Integrator to implement his credit card payment solution. He's using Paymentech's Orbital gateway, and ran into some confusion during development. Some of the 45 gateways supported require the transaction amount to be specified in cents rather than dollars, and Robi found out the hard way that Orbital is one of these, and that Orbital also requires a BIN number. We try to document all of these minor differences between gateways. The documentation for Orbital now highlights ......

Posted On Friday, July 15, 2005 6:45 AM

Compact framework internet development components
The .Net CF Team has posted an updated list of .Net CF applications and libraries. The list includes /n software IP*Works .Net CF. It does not include the many other .Net CF developer toolkits available from /n software, including SSl, SSH, ZIP, Secure SNMP, Quickbooks Integrator, and credit card payment components! Here is a list of all the .Net and .Net CF toolkits available from /n software ......

Posted On Thursday, July 14, 2005 6:42 PM

Brad noticed /nsoftware's Google Adwords Web Service tutorial
Brad Snyder noticed has noticed /n software's tutorial on working with the Goodle Adwords API. Hey Brad, its not just VB that you can consume web services with - IP*Works! is available for just about any development language you like ......

Posted On Thursday, July 14, 2005 6:24 PM

Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is shipping
Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince is shipping. 1 copy will be on my doorstep by Saturday. This book is also available in a special deluxe edition, featuring art inserts, slipcase, and more ......

Posted On Thursday, July 14, 2005 4:44 PM

Was Chris Pirillo on Beauty & The Geek?

Was Chris Pirillo on Beauty & The Geek?  Hmmm....


Posted On Thursday, July 14, 2005 4:01 PM

Clear Channel: "Podcasts painful"
Billboard interview with Mark Mays, president/CEO of Clear Channel Communications. In this interview he is asked about satellite radio and podcasting being a thread to radio.

Posted On Tuesday, July 12, 2005 6:31 AM

Podcasts good for business?
Dave Taylor says podcasts are no good for businesses because we can't effectively search them for specific content that we want to hear. That may be so, however: I can't read a blog during my frequent road trips and commutes to and from work (amoung dozens of other activities, like jogging, lifting weights, or mowing the lawn). Even if I had mobile connectivity, its not easy to read blogs on a mobile device. Its very easy to listen or watch podcasts on a Pocket PC or similar device no matter where ......

Posted On Monday, July 11, 2005 7:03 PM

Wireless lcd tv

Wireless lcd tv
Originally uploaded by lmrobins.

Posted On Monday, July 11, 2005 2:48 PM

OFX (Open Financial Exchange) is a standard for electronic exchange of financial data
OFX (Open Financial Exchange) is a standard for electronic exchange of financial data. This standard is what many software applications use to monitor and perform financial transactions right on your PC desktop. /n software's IBiz OFX Integrator is a suite of components, which gives .Net and Java developers the power of OFX in a simple API. Jeremy has a list of OFX FI Data. This contains an index of thousands of financial institutions, and separate xml files with the individual FI details. Before ......

Posted On Monday, July 11, 2005 6:52 AM

Quick screen capture utliity
Last month, Scott Hanselman posted his Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tool List. I checked out some of the things I'd not heard of before. One of these was Brian Scott's Cropper, a little .Net utility for quickly and conveniently creating screen captures. This little app is great! Brian, a suggestion: when I take a shot - how about copying the resultant file to the clipboard ......

Posted On Friday, July 8, 2005 8:13 AM

MSN Search Forces Restart
I was impressed with the MSN Search Toolbar update for tabbed browsing recently. So when I was told there was an update available, I went ahead and said “OK“, go get it. Installation went well, until it was complete. Why do they have to force a restart? Let me restart whenever I'm darn ready, please ......

Posted On Thursday, July 7, 2005 11:14 AM

MSN Messenger has a big bug!
Harish recommends MSN Messenger 7.0. No, no, no, no, no. And if you recommend AOL IM? No, no, no, no, no. Can these two IM clients throw everything at you except the kitchen sink, or what? Good grief! Some products will get so bloated, and be completely blind to the features that are really important. If I use MSN Messenger as my only IM client, that means I can only talk to other people who use MSN Messenger. If I want to chat with my friends who use AOL IM, I have to install that and run it as ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 5, 2005 2:17 PM

Vlogging is stupid, and so is this argument
I'm so sick of this argument: "Is podcasting audio only?". Ugh. I can think of one reason why the answer to this question should be no, and that is that podcasting is a crappy name. That said - there's no reason for multiple words to describe the same technology. Wether it be mp3 audio, wmv video (MS Channel9), jpg photos (iBod), iso images, exe updates (aka "appcasting"), or any other file type, they can all be delivered via RSS enclosures. They can all be automatically cast to a mobile device. ......

Posted On Monday, July 4, 2005 5:13 PM

Hey Dave Winer!
Dave Winer drove through this corner of the world this weekend. Dave, I hope you get a chance for some good cookout food! Happy 4th! Please send me a copy of your OPML Outliner. I'd love to play with it.

Posted On Monday, July 4, 2005 5:04 PM

July 4 Cookout
Good ole eastern North Carolina BBQ on the smoker (for those that don't know eastern NC bbq, its smoked pork shoulder - aka Boston Butt - pulled, with a spicy vinegar based sauce, often accompanied by a high-vinegar cole slaw), just in time for dinner. Yum, yum, yum. The pork shoulders went on the smoker at 10:30 am. After 6 1/2 hours, they only need a couple more hours to be smoked to a tasty, tender perfection. Then I'll pull it into shreds, put on a hamburger bun and top with texas pete and slaw. ......

Posted On Monday, July 4, 2005 4:53 PM

I saw two movies this week
Saw, a slightly disturbing horror movie - actually one of the best horror flix I've seen in a while. It seems like good horror movies are few and far between, but this one is definitely worth checking out. Hell's Angels, the Howard Hughes classic. After watching The Aviator a few weeks ago, I stuck this into my Netflix queue. Honestly I don't normally enjoy older movies, but this was really good. The acting was a bit over the top at times, which I find to be true with a lot of older films, but the ......

Posted On Saturday, July 2, 2005 12:16 AM

Microsoft's Podcasting Solution
Robert Scoble has called out on Channel 9 for user suggestions as to what MS should do about Podcasting, I suppose in response to iTunes. I've seen people like Rob Greenlee suggesting adding functionality to Windows Media Player. I think thats a fine suggestion - but not until they take some functionality OUT of WMP first. That thing is so over-bloated that I can hardly run it. I hardly ever run WMP because it consumes so many resources on my machine, it slows down my work ......

Posted On Friday, July 1, 2005 9:42 AM

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