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Shipping APIs - USPS and FedEx

How to to automate and manage shipping through USPS and FedEx.

Posted On Wednesday, June 27, 2007 12:45 PM

E-Banking API - OFX
Shane Witbeck has found a new interest: OFX: I started looking into OFX because there seems to be a need for a good personal finance application for Mac OS X and the one feature missing from existing apps is live connectivity to banks. Shane is already linking to /n software's IBiz OFX Integrator, which has just been updated and re-released as IBiz E-Banking Integrator. The new E-Banking Integrator includes new components for bill payment, account discovery, and funds transfer I can answer a few ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 27, 2007 12:43 PM

"The operation has timed out" error on Vista x64
For a long time now I've never been able to use several applications, including Windows Live Writer (which is hugely improved over its initial beta release, btw), FeedGhost, FireFox (after it updated itself one day), and even the new beta of Safari for Windows. I always got the error "The operation has timed out" from these applications. I was never able to reproduce it myself in C#, nor did any other network related appliations or the IPWorks components that I work with so often produce the problem. ......

Posted On Friday, June 15, 2007 6:33 PM

RSS data feeds - RSS is not just for blogs
Randy Charles Morin doesn't know why anyone would want to use RSS to transmit OFX data. I find his confusion odd: ... why do you need RSS as an envelop for financial data in the first place. We have OFX, which predates RSS and works just fine. RSS can't be expected to do everything. Not that it can't. You can also use RSS as an envelope for OFX, but why not just use OFX? I don't expect my dishwasher to do the laundry, even if it can. RSS can be expected to do what it is best at - syndicating data ......

Posted On Thursday, June 14, 2007 12:52 PM

Secure, Personal RSS Feeds
I was reading an old post on Scott Hanselman's blog about accessing private feeds via RSS. The discussion turned toward comparing RSS reader requests to OFX requests that applications like Microsoft Money make to banks. A comment from "Jordan": No CTO wants to have his face on the cover of the Wall Street Journal because his site provided an RSS feed to Bloglines and Bloglines has a security breach that exposes all that information. I have several private RSS feeds that I would not trust a third ......

Posted On Thursday, June 14, 2007 12:32 PM

Impressions from TechEd 2007
Dale Churchward is impressed by NetCmdlets, which he found after David Aiken posted about the NetCmdlets stickers being given away at TechEd. Harry Pierson liked the PowerShell skinned XBox that /n software had at the NetCmdlets booth. Did you get your PowerShell sticker yet and enter the drawing for the XBox? If not, do it now! Jeffrey Snover keeps on doing "snoopy dances" about PowerShell. Who can blame him ......

Posted On Friday, June 8, 2007 3:44 PM

PowerShell Secure Remoting
You have to love this awesome introduction to NetCmdlets: My previous, scathing, blood-drawing, bruise-inflaming, vein-popping critique of the lack of SSH awareness in the Port25 show has lead my hate-filled, black heart to NetCmdlets by Just hilarious. Hopefully NetCmdlets lightened his heart a bit. Also, as I mentioned in the last post, note that /n software's new PowerShell Remoting (beta) was just made available. The PowerShell Remoting server (SSH terminal service) allows interaction ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 6, 2007 1:08 PM

PowerShelling from mobile devices
Marco Shaw is PowerShelling from his blackberry by running /n software's new PowerShell Remoting server along with the "Mobile SSH" client application for wireless handhelds . You can connect to the PowerShell Remoting client using any SSH tool, or even create your own custom client using a developer tool like IP*Works! S/Shell development toolkit. Technorati : Netcmdlets, PowerShell, nsoftware, ssh ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 6, 2007 12:58 PM

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