Archive for May, 2005

I was going to say something…

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

But when I went to say it, I wasn’t logged in.  Now that I’m logged in and in the post editor, I’ve forgotten what I wanted to say.  I wonder how many good ideas are lost thanks to tool lag.

Mono indexing Wikipedia

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

From Miguel: Wikipedia is using Mono to run their indexing application. I’m really hoping Mono gains enough credibility to be a reasonable way of implementing server side components where cross-platform is a requirement.

SQL Server 2005 Native Web Services

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

Now that’s slick – SQL Server 2005 supports web services natively.  There’s an article on MSDN about it.  And they probably got most of it for free thanks to hosting the CLR. I’ve written a number of web services (probably most of the ones I’ve worked on actually) that basically come down to stored procedure […]

Podcasting, videoblogging

Tuesday, May 31st, 2005

In my opinion, one of the best things about RSS is that when I’m reading your writings in my aggregator, everything but what you’re trying to say is stripped away.  It doesn’t matter if you have good graphic design skills or whether you’re a skilled web designer; what matters is what you’ve got to say.  […]

The end of

Saturday, May 28th, 2005

I get my weekly movie listings from  Today when I visited the site I discovered they’re closing their virtual doors. From We’ll get straight to the point, we’re closing the site. It’s been 10 years since we started this website (see the history below), and it’s been a labour of love. We were […]

ASP.NET 2.0 Calendar vs Safari

Friday, May 27th, 2005

On the Ottawa Events site, using Safari on the Mac, you can’t click on dates on the calendar.  I don’t know whether it’s Safari’s fault or Microsoft’s fault; this sort of incompatibility is usually really neither’s fault, just a matter of interpretation But it’s probably Microsoft’s responsibility to ensure the site I create works on […]

Local Search, and the Loss of Local Media

Friday, May 27th, 2005

One of my reasons for starting the Ottawa Events site is because I know there’s so much going on in town that I miss out on, because I don’t read the newspaper and I don’t listen to the radio much.  Community Events are usually announced through local or community media, and I simply don’t read […]

RSS on Ottawa Events, Forum Switch

Friday, May 27th, 2005

I switched from YetAnotherForum.NET to the Community Server forums for the forums that I link to from my sites.. YetAnotherForum is a good package but development on it seems to have dried up, and the last version introduced a feature I really didn’t like (automatically expiring posts) and no way to turn it off by […]

An advantage of web apps

Thursday, May 26th, 2005

I’ve got Microsoft MapPoint installed on my system, but it’s faster for me to get a map for a given location using Google Maps.  I’ve got a Desktop Search tool installed, but it’s faster to find something on the Internet (searching billions of pages) than it is to find something on my own computer. This […]

The site I’m working on

Saturday, May 21st, 2005

I’m building a simple site where people can submit community event listings in Ottawa.  It’s not finished yet but it works enough that you can use it..