Blog from ‘down under’

Mark Baartse from Microsoft Australia has started his own blog at

The blogging software Mark is using, Seabeach, is a blogging app developed using .NET 1.1, C# and SQL Server 2000...Mark is using InfoPath as the primary posting interface (first I've heard of that...nice - I assume this provides the offline editing option?).  It also supports cross posting to .Text.  Seabeach was written by another Microsoft Austrialia employee Phillip Richardson (trapped between marketing and IT).

Through the wonders of the Internet, Mark and I manage to communicate regularly (timezone has no meaning) and are currently collaborating on a project - a CMS system based on Content Management Server 2002 and InfoPath).  I say collaborate, in fact Australia built it, we (UK) are 'leveraging' it ;-).

Anyways, nice to see Mark dive in...

Comments (2)
  1. William Luu says:

    Cool, more Aussies to keep track of 🙂

  2. Mark says:

    Thanks for the link Alex.

    I forgot to mention a cool feature of seabeach. It supports custom RSS feeds based on categories. For example, you’re interested in everything I write on except personal stuff (don’t want to see my baby photos :), you can specify RSS feed does that. There’s also an option to determine if in future I add an additional category whether you are automatically subscribed or not. Not aware of any other blogging tools that allow custom RSS. Hasn’t been heavily tested so please report bugs if you use it.

    And yes, the infopath interface rocks, and it does allow offline authoring.

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