Messenger Web Client

Need to IM someone but you can not install the MSN client (maybe you are on a public computer or a friend’s computer).  Try Web Messenger http://webmessenger.msn.com/ Happy messenging…   Ed Ferron Grace, Mercy and Peace

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The Open Source community, the Microsoft Community what’s the difference?

In another series of conversations on how Microsoft is the evil empire blah, blah… and how the open source community is the best thing to happen to the development community since Dilbert was published on the web.  The conversation started stating how there are so many free implementations and so much source code out there…

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OpenOffice.org versus Microsoft Office – Are you kidding?

I have been hearing a bit of buzz from people about OpenOffice again, so I went and tried OpenOffice again (and I really tried to like it). The last time tried it (almost 2 years ago) I refused to Microsoft Office for a month in order to really get used to the interface and commands…

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Don’t believe the hype

GoogleOffice = Microsoft killer? While initiatives such as OpenOffice document formats and GoogleOffice will prove to be interesting, and yes it may very well gain traction in the industry, I must take a minute to call out some of the super hype articles predicting the down fall of Microsoft.  While making money for our shareholders and great…

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Message to the Adobe reader team – Updated!

What makes Adobe think if I go download acrobat reader, I also would like to have the Yahoo toolbar installed? I just installed the Adobe reader on a new machine, and I was very suprised and frustrated to find all of the additional software the installer attempts to load.  I am for the most part…

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Tracing Guidance – Think about security

There is a lot of information out there about application tracing, here are a few tips to keep in mind. Secure what you trace. Make sure your trace log can not be used against you in an attack.  In other words be careful what information you put in your trace logs, don’t expose connection strings,…

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Microsoft has the most comprehensive integration platform and vision bar none!

From the theserverside.net, “A new report from the Burton group says that Microsoft has the most cohesive “superplatform” offering. The Burton Group defines the superplatform as a tightly integrated suite of products that provides a platform for enterprise computing. The analyst firm also places IBM, BEA Systems, Oracle and SAP AG in the superplatform vendor…

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How to make you Vonage work!

So I recently signed up with Vonage, I would have done so earlier however I was afraid of all the drawbacks What happens if you have a Power outage or your Internet connection goes down What happens if you need 911 (Vonage has a 911 service but it is flaky at best and not a…

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Plumtree purchased by BEA

How do entprise portal vendors keep innovating?  Plumtree was one of the very few portal providers that managed to survive long after the initial portal hype ended.  I think they barely survived the market because it is tough for portal vendors to innovate and provide customers reasons to upgrade.  I am not sure what the…

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dotProfiler by JetBrains

The good people over at JetBrains has released a profiling tool called dotProfiler.  While I have not had a chance to use the tool myself, I do currently use the ReSharper product for VS2003 and I have to admit there are several features I really like about resharper and several things I turn off right…

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