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Need a Christmas Present for Yourself? - How about a Bat Phone?!?

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This site here offers some detailed instructions on how to build your very own Bat Phone! What else would you need?

Posted On Sunday, October 31, 2004 8:04 AM

Famous people who blog
Tired of reading about tech tech tech all day long? How about words of wisdom from someone famous? Here are some famous people who blog (any others?): Wil Wheaton (Star Trek NG, Stand By Me) - Barry (Columnist) - Bridges (Actor) - (Click on Latest Link) ** Artistic BlogAnna Kournikova - Roker (TV Weatherman) - (Musician) ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 26, 2004 2:40 PM

Microsoft resubmits a revised anti-spam specification to the IETF
Earlier, Microsoft's submission of the SenderID specification (anti-spam) to the IETF was rejected by a lot of companies and this sent Microsoft back to the drawing board. This was due to concerns about the spec falling in certain patented areas of Microsoft's world. Now the SenderID spec has been revised to take care of these concerns and now Microsoft has AOL on their side. The idea of the spec is that mail servers will match up a domain name from the email address to make sure that the email really ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 26, 2004 11:06 AM

Microsoft has their own section on and they put a focus of me and my job at Reuters on it. Thanks!

Posted On Monday, October 25, 2004 8:04 AM

ScottGu Post Update on Beta 2 of ASP.NET/VS 2005
Over the weekend, ScottGu announced how they are doing on getting Beta 2 out the door. Pretty interesting to hear how many tests they run on ASP.NET. Wow.

Posted On Monday, October 25, 2004 8:02 AM

Build Your Own Computer - Part I
It’s not as hard as you think. A few years back, all I knew about computers was on the software side of things. I am a developer and have been programming since I was twelve. I never considered doing anything on the hardware side of things myself. I remember the computer I bought in 1994 cost me $3,800. Computers today are not that expensive, but they still are pricey, BUT I AM HERE TO TELL YOU THAT YOU CAN EASILY BUILD YOUR OWN COMPUTER. It is easier than doing a puzzle … really. Here ......

Posted On Friday, October 22, 2004 2:28 PM

All I can say is .... we rock (St. Louis that is!) ... GO CARDS
I'm saying St. Louis in 5 for the World Series. ......

Posted On Friday, October 22, 2004 11:34 AM

Watch Out My European Friends - Here Come the Patents!

It seems that the European Union is on the verge of legalizing software patents. Here is a site trying to fight such actions:

An interesting page to look at from this collection is:

Posted On Thursday, October 21, 2004 3:39 PM

C# 2.0 Will Officially Have Edit and Continue Support Through VS2005
As posted here. This is nice to see.

Posted On Thursday, October 21, 2004 2:06 PM

Microsoft Launches Windows XP Media Center 2005
Some of us got to see some of the outstanding demos of this product at the latest MVP summit - but now the Windows XP Media Center 2005 has launched: Microsoft Launches New Media Center PC One of the first channels available is the new Reuters channel giving you instant access to news and video footage. We have it running here in the office and it was a great way to interact with the news ..... now to build my own media center pc at home .... hmmmm ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 13, 2004 9:57 AM

Announcing Two New INETA Board Positions
INETA, a non-profit organization dedicated to thesupport of Windows-programming based user groups, isadding two new board members.In the search for these new additions, we are askingfor either your application and/or suggestions forthese posts.INETA will decide sometime in November. A boardmember's position on the board lasts for three years.If you are interested, we ask for you to submit asmall "resume" (of sorts) which details out yourinvolvement with INETA and/or community-based usergroups. (Send ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 12, 2004 8:14 AM

ASP.NET Vulnerability Reported - TAKE PROPER ACTION!
No fix at the moment, but Microsoft reported an ASP.NET vulnerability yesterday: It deals with the canonicalization of files and a hacker's ability to play with the URL to get at files they shouldn't. There are safeguards to protect yourself in the meantime. Check out KB article 887459: ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 6, 2004 8:34 AM

INETA just keeps growing
The INETA board meets every 3 or 4 months face-to-face to go over issues that INETA faces and plan for the next quarter. This last meeting (last Saturday) was very special for us. INETA brought in the board and a representative from each of the INETA committees (UG Relations, Marketing, Infrastructure, Academic and Speakers) to meet with INETA's first full-time employee. Our new employee (name to be announced soon) will start on November 1st, but came to meet us at our meeting over the weekend. This ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 5, 2004 9:48 AM

MSN Maps and Directions
Some Finnish folks pointed this out to me and I thought it was rather funny. They entered in a request for the driving directions to get from Vaasa to Tampere (a rather short road trip in reality), but instead got these instructions from MSN: Click here for map. Start: Vaasa, Länsi, Finland End: Tampere, Länsi, Finland Total Distance: 581.3 Miles Estimated Total Time: 19 hours, 34 minutes--------------------... I like the part where they instruct ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 5, 2004 8:30 AM

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