Archive for July, 2004

DSL, Phone Service

Saturday, July 24th, 2004

Interesting – I’m moving this week, and today’s the day my phone service moves to the new place.  I have no home dial tone on my home phone line now. Funny thing is my DSL still works.  I’m hoping Magma can get me transferred fairly quickly to the new place, but I don’t know if […]

Microsoft and Lookout

Sunday, July 18th, 2004

Microsoft bought the company that makes a product called Lookout, a product that lets you search your Outlook database for emails, notes, etc.    Joel asks “Could Microsoft have possibly bought Lookout just to shut them down?”  I think the answer is “probably”.    Lookout is basically an Outlook hack that indexes stuff in Outlook’s […]

Rendering strings with characters from multiple languages

Thursday, July 15th, 2004

Raymond Chen answers a question I’ve wondered about in the past.  The question is this:  Unicode is a standard that lets you specify “any” character from any language in a string.  However, there aren’t any fonts that include every Unicode character.  So if you have a string that has characters, what do you do?  Read […]


Sunday, July 11th, 2004

…From the perspective of Eric Gunnerson, one of the developers of Visual Studio.  It’s nice to see Microsoft aware of where their stuff is lacking.  

Gmail new mail notification

Thursday, July 8th, 2004

I mentioned yesterday that one of the advantages of Outlook over Gmail is popup notification of new mail.  I should have checked around before saying it didn’t exist, because there are at least two out there. The one I’m using is John Vey’s, based on his Gmail Agent API.  Very nice.  

Google Mail vs Outlook

Wednesday, July 7th, 2004

I’ve been an Outlook fan for a long time.  I’ve got accounts with the various online mail services, but for a number of reasons, I prefered to manage my own mail.  These included the ability to define decent rules, the user interface, the pop-up notifications when a new email comes in, and the ability to archive as […]

ZIMoBLOG and pingomatic

Monday, July 5th, 2004

I updated the ZIMoBLOG site to use the pingomatic service instead of hitting directly – it was an easy change since they support the same API, and they’ll ping not only but a number of other services for me.   Now every time a new blog entry is posted I can see […]