Archive for February, 2007

.NET Reflector 5.0 Released

February 20th, 2007 Comments off

Version 5.0 of the excellent .NET Reflector has been released. .NET Reflector

Reflector is the class browser, explorer, analyzer and documentation viewer for .NET. Reflector allows to easily view, navigate, search, decompile and analyze .NET assemblies in C#, Visual Basic and IL.

If you are developing solutions in .NET and you haven’t used Reflector then I strongly recommend that you download it and give it a try!

There are also some great add-ins that you can download.

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Joel on Seven steps to remarkable customer service

February 20th, 2007 Comments off

Excellent article about providing first class customer service in the software industry from Joel — he should know, he runs his own successful software company.

Seven steps to remarkable customer service

Here are seven things we learned about providing remarkable customer service. I’m using the word remarkable literally—the goal is to provide customer service so good that people remark.

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Fighting and Tracking Spam

February 18th, 2007 Comments off

A friend of mine recently pointed me to SpamGourmet which helps in the fight against and the tracking of SPAM or unwanted email. It works by allowing you to create multiple disposable email addresses. There are many sites that provide disposable email addresses but Spam Gourment goes that bit further.

Take this example:

For example, if your user name is “spamcowboy”, and BigCorp wants you to give them your email address (on the web, on the phone, at a store – it doesn’t matter), instead of giving them your protected address, give them this one:

This disposable email address will be created here the first time BigCorp uses it (you don’t have to do anything to create it), and you’ll receive at most 3 messages, forwarded to your protected address. The rest will be indelicately consumed.

Visit SpamGourmet to sign up.

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Attend Fritz Onion’s webcasts this week

February 17th, 2007 Comments off

Fritz Onion will be presenting eight webcasts next week (2/day Feb. 19-22) on ASP.NET 2.0 fundamentals, 4 in C# and 4 in VB.NET.

Sign up here

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Ultimate List of Free Windows Software from Microsoft

February 17th, 2007 Comments off

Here is a list of great free software apps and tools available from Microsoft

Ultimate List of Free Windows Software from Microsoft

Some of my favorites:

SyncToy – helps copy, move, and synchronize files with digital cameras, e-mail, cell phones, portable media players, camcorders, PDAs, and laptops.

Fiddler – a HTTP Debugging Proxy which logs all HTTP traffic between your computer and the Internet. Fiddler allows you to inspect all HTTP Traffic, set breakpoints, and “fiddle” with incoming or outgoing data. Absolutely necessary if you are doing any kind of web development.

Process Explorer – shows information about which handles and DLLs processes have opened or loaded. You can hook this up to be a replacement for Windows Task Manager. I never use boring old Task Manager. If you are not using this already then you should start now.

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Sysinternals now available as a single download

February 16th, 2007 Comments off

Sysinternals is an excellent suite of tools by Mark Russinovich (now working in Microsoft) that should be in everyone’s toolkit.

Download Sysinternals Suite

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Setting up a CronJob with CPanel

February 7th, 2007 Comments off

For hosting this site and many others I work with CPanel (hosting control panel). I needed to find out how to set up a Cron Job. A Cron Job is nothing more than a job that runs on a schedule. So you could call a script at a specified time every week or send an email report at the same time every day automatically.

I googled for it and I came across this little show video tutorial of how to set up a cronjob using cpanel

In fact after hunting around a bit I found many more cpanel video tutorials on the same site.

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Excellent Speed Test website

February 2nd, 2007 Comments off

I have tried speed test websites and wasn’t too impressed. I recently found this one and I must say that it is very nice. The site looks great and the user interface and feedback is done very well.

Check this one out at Speed Test

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WordPress posting issue solved at last :)

February 2nd, 2007 5 comments

For the past few months now I have been having issues when posting to my WordPress blogs. I type in the post and click Publish and after what seems like forever a blank post.php page appears. The post does get submitted but a blank page is shown. After alot of debugging I have solved the issue.

If you have this issue with the blank post.php page when posting then the issue is most likely some one of the sites in your ping list is timing out.

Alot of people say that by simply removing from the list it should work but this did not work for me. I had to go through alot of the ping list to eliminate which ones were causing issues.

Here is my current ping list and with this ping list I do not have the blank post.php issue. Hope this helps someone else. 🙂

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