Archive for July, 2005

Search Rankings

Sunday, July 31st, 2005

Searching for yourself online can find some interesting stuff.  I did a search for ‘stevex’ on the major search engines, to see what they’d find. Google, as expected, found my blog.  Yahoo found my epinions profile as the first hit.  This is interesting because I haven’t used epinions in years, and the only thing that […]

Vista, MSBuild

Friday, July 29th, 2005

One nice thing about Vista is that it includes MSBuild out of the box. The .NET Framework comes with a compiler (and has since 1.0), but didn’t come with any build tools, so even if you included source code, you’d still need to include something (or tell users where to get something ) to build […]

Holes in IE7’s Tabbed Browsing

Friday, July 29th, 2005

One of the things I love about tabbed browsing in Firefox is how consistent the middle-click-to-open-a-tab behaviour is. For example, if I middle-click on the Home button, my home page opens in a new tab.  If I middle-click on a bookmark in the Bookmarks menu, same.  Middle-click on a quick links bar icon, same. IE7 […]

Happy Birthday James :)

Thursday, July 28th, 2005


Thursday, July 28th, 2005

I wish Windows Vista included MSH, the new Microsoft Shell.  It’s not there and doesn’t sound like it will be for release. I wonder if it’s too late to get a “We Want MSH” petition going for Vista?

Windows Vista: So?

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

Beta One is now available, and most of the interesting stuff is invisible. The cool new UI isn’t there yet, and most of the OS feels like Windows XP Version 1.1.  Sure it’s got the .NET Framework 2.0 and Indigo and Avalon, but these are foundational pieces that don’t mean anything until you get to […]

IE7 Tabbed Browsing: Nice

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

I’ve just started playing with Internet Explorer 7, and I must say that I’m very happy that they’ve used the hotkeys and conventions that Firefox created rather than inventing their own. Firefox uses Ctrl-T to create a tab, Ctrl-Tab to switch between tabs, and Ctrl-W to close a tab. The MSN Toolbar tab implementation ignored […]

Restaurant Reviews

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

I run the Restaurant Thing website, a collection of reviews of Ottawa area restaurants.  This particularly good review was posted recently.

Windows Vista Beta One

Wednesday, July 27th, 2005

It’s now available to MSDN Subscribers. I’m installing it in a VM now to have a look.. first impression is that it’s cool to see the setup process has been revisited.  It’s obviously not just another incarnation of the same setup process we’ve been using since Windows NT 3.1.

PSP Browser really works!

Tuesday, July 26th, 2005

I installed the PSP Web Browser on my PSP yesterday thanks to links posted by Russell Beattie.  It installed easily and just worked.The browser itself is very well implemented.  It makes good use of the PSP controls to make browsing as smooth as possible given the smaller screen and lack of a keyboard.  The PSP […]