Archive for April, 2006


Saturday, April 29th, 2006

The general concensus is that MSH.exe and “Microsoft Shell” were great names for the new shell, and that PowerShell is a terrible name. You’d think after the .NET naming fiasco Microsoft would have a new process for picking product names. I do a Start / Run… / “cmd” combination all the time to get a […]

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

I’ve got my own blog now at I’ll still post the usual stuff here (whatever that is), but stuff related to Form Designer or XFA I’ll post over there.


Friday, April 21st, 2006

I’ll be dropping by BarCampOttawa tomorrow, probably not for the whole day but I’ll try to be there for the afternoon. It starts at 8:30am. What kind of geeks are you going to get out to a conference at 8:30am? It’s a good thing they promised StarBucks would be available, that’s all I’ve got to […]

Ruby and Komodo

Wednesday, April 19th, 2006

I’m trying to learn Ruby and figured an IDE would help. I’ve been reading Why’s (Poignant) Guide to Ruby, which is a lot of fun to read (even teaches you stuff about Ruby), but once you get beyond the language syntax, the hard part about any new environment is finding your way around the libraries.  […]

Job Abstraction Layer

Saturday, April 15th, 2006

I usually love reading Joel Sposky’s stuff.  His insights into the software business are usually right on.  But I have a few problems with his recent article, The Development Abstraction Layer. The premise of his article is that software developers create products, and it’s the job of the development management to make the developer’s lives […]

Google Calendar, Ottawa Events

Friday, April 14th, 2006

Google Calendar is now in beta (which means it’s released as far as I’m concerned) and they’ve promised an API. The app supports multiple calendars really well, so what I’m thinking of doing is updating the Ottawa Events site code to maintain a calendar with all the events on the site, that users can subscribe […]

Qumana Mac, Blog Ads

Monday, April 10th, 2006

I’m posting this from the Mac using Qumana.  Looks and feels, well, a bit out of place on the Mac – I’m not exactly sure why; but it is a beta, so perhaps it will improve.  Functionally, it’s excellent. Hey – Qumana has an ad system.  Lets try this out. Cool – I have ads […]

A Whirlwind Tour of Windows Editions

Monday, April 10th, 2006

I picked up a new system this week, an Athlon 64 X2 based system.  I’ve been planning to buy a new system for a while now, and major criteria were 64 bit, and dual core.  AMD’s offering seems to be a bit ahead of what Intel has today, so while an Intel Pentium D 820 system […]

Why is there no Media Center client?

Sunday, April 2nd, 2006

Maybe I’m missing it, but Ive looked around for a thin client for Windows XP Media Center Edition, and I can’t find one, nor even find anyone looking for one.  Media Center supports this idea of Media Center Extenders, that you can hook up to a TV use the Media Center PC from that TV. […]