Archive for August, 2005

Developing for Vista

Wednesday, August 31st, 2005

Vista, to the end user, will probably look a lot like Windows XP with a bit of a UI refresh, but there’s a whole lot going on under the scenes that only developers will appreciate. Win32 has been how you write Windows software since Windows 95 (and that was based on Win16) – from the […]

Moving Windows Media Player Ratings into iTunes

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

I tried to do this a while ago, and ran into problems with iTunes crashing when I tried to set ratings. I tried this again with iTunes 4.9 and it worked! I don’t know if it was my system that was at fault, or if it was an iTunes bug, but either way now I […]

Wikipedia Live Coverage

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

It’s cool that Wikipedia has a ‘live coverage’ mode for things that are going on now and changing rapidly. Here’s the page for Hurricane Katrina.

“This is Our Tsunami”

Tuesday, August 30th, 2005

It’s all relative right? The mayor of Biloxi said, “This is our tsunami“. Comparing the death of ~50 people with the death of a quarter million seems a bit outrageous, but when those 50 people are people you knew, it can sure seem more significant to you than the death of a lot of people […]

Blog Post File Format

Monday, August 29th, 2005

I decided previously to use an RSS <item> as the file format for a blog post.  Looking into the MetaWeblogAPI, it seems like that was a good move, since posting with MetaWeblogAPI involves simply sending the <item> to post.  So there’s two things to do: Figure out the SQL query to use with Community Server to […]

MythBusters, Jon Stewart

Monday, August 29th, 2005

There are only two shows that I record and watch regularly.  Jon Stewart, and Mythbusters.  So it was very cool to see Miguel de Icaza comment on both of them in one post!  

Monad Team Blog

Monday, August 29th, 2005

The Monad guys are blogging.  Monad is the future of command shells.  It’s one of the more innovative things Microsoft has done, and I’m really looking forward to a final release. Monad is different, so the more samples posted that show how to do cool things easily, the better.   

iTunes and importing ratings

Monday, August 29th, 2005

Joe asked what’s up with importing ratings into iTunes. I tried with iTunes 4.9 editing the ratings using the COM interface to iTunes on Windows, and it did let me set the rating. This means it’s possible to write a tool to import ratings into iTunes. I still have my database of ratings from Windows […]

Live Hurricane Katrina Blog

Monday, August 29th, 2005

CNN’s Miles O’Brien is blogging the hurricane, live. Cool.

Podcasting: Amateur Hour Almost Over

Sunday, August 28th, 2005

Driving back home from Brantford this weekend, I was listening to an AM station somewhere near Peterborough, and they were talking about their upcoming podcast. They’re going to take the radio show that they’re already doing every day, and turn it into a podcast. This is happening all over radio. To me, these aren’t really […]