Sat, 26 Jan 2008 23:06:00
I don’t travel much. So, I was surprised to see that Northwest Airlines provided a calendaring feature since the last time I booked a flight with them a year ago. Their Add a Calendar pop-up window gave me a choice of adding each flight to either Microsoft Outlook or Google Calendar. Since, I was on a PC running Windows with Outlook, I tried both options.
The Qipit free web service takes photos from cameraphones and digital cameras and converts the text in those images to PDF files. I gave an example of how it took the photo I took with a cameraphone and did a good job of converting that to a PDF on my MobileViews blog.
It looks like free web services are really having a bad day. I’ve run into problems (see screen caps above) with Flickr, Jaiku, and Twitter so far. Wonder if there is a major data center outage somewhere.
I’ve been doing a bunch of dev work inside the confines of System.Drawing as of late, an area in which I’ve spent less time than I have elsewhere, and came across the following that left me busting a gut,
No doubt there’s good reason to have the enum value PixelFormat.DontCare, but it’s still making me smile none-the-less wondering just how purple and sticky** the sky’s above Redmond are these days (or at least that day, anyway). ;-)
Enjoy your “What pixel format should I use? Ah, hell, I don’t care. Just pick one.” dev days, everyone!
** If you don’t know, don’t ask. ;-) :D
POST-POSTING NOTE: If I wasn’t clear in my original blog entry, I am currently waitig for a replacement key fob to arrive. I will try activating it after it arrives. I received email from the PayPal Sr. Product Manager for Two-Factor Authentication the day after I posted this item in my personal blog. I’m quite surprised PayPal noticed my entry. I’m guessing that they have a search engine looking for comments about them. Good idea! I wish more firms would pay attention to what customers say like PayPal does.
POST-POSTING NOTE: Apple appears to have refunded payments for the unsuccesful iPod touch upgrades. However, I still have not received any resolution on how to actually upgrade the 2nd iPod touch.
CVS, Subversion, and, now,…
The Weather Channel released a Google Maps overlay (layer) recently that I really like. You can find and select it by clicking the My Maps tab in Google Maps, click on Browse the Directory, and search for Weather Channel in the Search Google Maps Content search box. The map above shows temperature bubbles for locations near one of my favorite places: Fairbanks, Alaska.
I’ve been meaning to launch a Mac focused blog for a couple of months now. The domain was registered and I installed familiar blogging software. The problem is that for some reason I can’t get the comment spam module working correctly. This is odd because I’ve installed and configured it a couple of times before. So, I started considering the idea of using one of the free blogging services. The first one that came to mind was Google’s…
Time Magazine created a list of what they consider the 50 best websites in 2007. Here’s a link to the first of the web services sites in the list. Unfortunately, they don’t provide a simple list of 50 sites on a page. You have to endure clicking through the sites one at a time. Gag…
Not all of services mentioned are free (e.g., Mozy). However, some favorites of mine (Tumblr and Twitter) made the list.
From this useful list on Microsoft’s On10.net site…
I didn’t even know that Microsoft’s free Windows Live Writer client-side blogging tool even had a plug-in capability. Looks like a great set of plugins for bloggers to use.
The OLPC (One Laptop Per Child) XO that I ordered for my daughter under the Give One Get One (G1G1) program finally arrived. We played with it quite a bit this evening. And, after writing a long-ish mini-commentary on it… (see my mobile tech focused blog entry)…
Just read about this before heading out to my office. But, it looked interesting, so I wanted to mention…
Happy New Year! More freeware, Open Source, and free web services will be noted here soon.
We have signed an agreement to partner with NBC Universal to build a Silverlight 2.0 based web broadcast of the 2008 Summer Olympic games. This agreement also sets MSN as the official home of the 2008 Summer Olympics.
At first I didn’t get what should have been Sam’s obvious point (he attached the Moonlight logo (in SVG format, none-the-less, which for those running IE would be unable to view… That Sam Ruby, I tell ya… always the sly one ;-)) inline to the post), something he clarified in a follow-up to my follow-up,
providing a useful service that the rest of us can benefit from
Define “us”. Does it include me?
Of course “me” links to http://www.unbuntu.com, suggesting in no uncertain terms the question,
… a Silverlight 2.0 based web broadcast of the 2008 Summer Olympic games
Or in other words, will I be able to gain access to those same streams regardless of whether I am running Silverlight on Windows or Moonlight on [choose your favorite Linux distro.]?
My assumption is yes, but as Sam points out in another follow-up to my follow-up,
it seems you are suggesting that this same content will not be available to those running Moonlight.
The announcement doesn’t say…
Anyone in the know care to clarify?
The Annals of Improbable Research magazine’s articles are now freely available on the web as well as a low-resolution PDF download. The high resolution PDF version as well as the paper version are available for a fee (seems reasonable to me :-). The magazine also sponsors the annual (and usually hilarious) Ig Nobel Prizes. A video of the 2007 event is available for viewing on their website.
Witty 0.1.5 is a Twitter client for Windows XP and Vista built on WPF (Windows Presentation Foundation). It performs reasonably well. However, as the low version number indicates, it is still early in its development phase. The window captured part of a dialog box that wouldn’t go away at one point. And, it crashed a couple of times when I tried to refresh (running under Vista, btw). I think it will be a useful little Twitter app once it becomes a bit more stable.
A combination of holiday busy work and being a bit under the weather (wheeze, sniffle) has me a bit behind checking out items on my list of freeware and Open Source apps for Mac OS X and Windows.
In the meantime, I hope everyone who reads this blog (all three of you :-) has a safe and happy holiday season.
Here’s wishing for more great freeware and Open Source apps in 2008.
UPDATE: John Lam has followed-up with a response on his blog. For what I assume are obvious reasons I would pay attention to what John has to say on the matter well before anything I might have to say as, again quite obviously, John kind of knows a thing or two hundred about these kinds of things. ;-)
To ensure I’m not propagating bad information I’ve integrated portions of his comments that help clarify the real picture as it is (as opposed to how I may have interpreted things to be) into the body of this post. That said, if you haven’t already I would encourage you to head on over to his post *first* and then come back here if/when time allows.
Thanks for the follow-up, John!
* How much are the IronRuby and Ruby.NET projects working together?
* Where/how could they better cooperate?
* What’s the easiest way to get started with Ruby.NET for Windows, Mac, and Linux users?
* What are some ways the Ruby.NET team is working with the larger Ruby community?
* What more could they be doing?
* Why should we trust Microsoft?
Extending from these answers and in response to a follow-up question from Pat, it seemed appropriate to pull together a summary of the core differences between the Ruby.NET and IronRuby projects. This summary extends from the thread @ http://groups.google.com/group/RubyDOTNET/browse_thread/thread/a8c51748456a46c0/0e6ad247c1e059e9?lnk=gst&q=Ruby.NET+and+IronRuby with plenty of extended substance from Douglas Stockwell, Charles Oliver Nutter, and Dr. Wayne Kelly that is worthy of your click.
PLEASE NOTE: If anyone from either the Ruby.NET or IronRuby camps (I claim myself a member of both) feels compelled to clarify or provide either an extended and/or counter follow-up, by all means please do. If it turns out that any of what follows is either inaccurate, misleading, or in other forms doesn’t present the complete story, please let me know and if seems justified, I will incorporate the suggested changes into the body of this post.
Thanks in advance!