I am a big fan of Google Docs and I store quite a number of documents there so that I can access them from where ever I have an internet connection. I don’t store anything too sensitive like my bank account details etc.
If Google disappeared over night I would miss all those documents and it would take too much time to download each doc one by one. Well now Google have added an export feature where you can export all the documents into one handy zip file. Go do that backup today! Here are the step-by-step instructions:
This opens the whole discussion of storing your data in the "cloud".
Do you fully trust the cloud services you use? Is your only copy of your data stored in the cloud? Would you miss all your email if your email provider disappeared overnight ?
The Irish Microsoft Technology Conference will be held in Dublin on June 7th and will host a wide range of speakers including Tim Sneath from Microsoft. The sessions will cover topics such as:
- Building Silverlight Applications using .NET
- Visual Studio “Orcas” and AJAX
- Microsoft Expression Studio
- SDLC the Team System way
and lots more. Here is the full agenda.
The conference is organised by MTUG (Microsoft Technology User Groups of Ireland) and IrishDev.com in association with Microsoft Ireland.
The price of the conference is only EUR50 including lunch. You can’t really beat that!
Techcrunch is reporting that Feedburner is to be bought out by Google. I use Feedburner on this blog to track usage and stats on my rss feed. It is a very popular service amongst bloggers so I’m not surprised that Google has decided to purchase them. It will be interesting to see how the service changes over the next months, will it be rebranded, will the service offering expand ? We’ll have to wait and see.
$100 Million Payday For Feedburner – This Deal Is Confirmed
Feedburner is in the closing stages of being acquired by Google for around $100 million. The deal is all cash and mostly upfront, according to our source, although the founders will be locked in for a couple of years.
If you are developing real world ASP.NET applications then security is something that you should be concerned about. How do you make your site or application is tamper proof but still make it flexible enough from an end user point of view ?
In order to make your web application more secure then you should take a look at the Microsoft Anti-Cross Site Scripting Library
Also, to learn more about preventing Cross Site Scripting in general there is a good MSDN Patterns and Practices article available at How To: Prevent Cross-Site Scripting in ASP.NET
Google Reader now supports embedded video from YouTube, Google video and many other sites (MySpace, Jumpcut, Grouper, IFILM, Metacafe, Revver, Vimeo, vSocial, and games from Monsters and Critics).
Official Google Reader Blog: Getting embedded in Google Reader.
This feature further enhances the excellent product that is Google Reader. I use it for all my RSS consumption. If you are still using client software on a pc or mac you should definitely check it out. http://reader.google.com
ASP.NET AJAX 1.0 (formerly known as Atlas) has been officially released.
I have been using RememberTheMilk for nearly a year now and I really like it.Â It is for managing todo lists and it sends email reminders (sms reminders for some countries but not for Ireland).Â The interface is pretty slick and you can add tasks suchÂ as next Monday and it will convert it to the correct date etc.Â Another feature I like is that you can email in a task, it generates an email address for you and any emails sent to that email address will be automatically added as a task.
Now, Google Calendar and RememberTheMilk are integrated so you can see your RememberTheMilk tasks within Google Calendar.Â Â Add your tasks to Google Calendar
While I was testing this integration I noticed that in Google Calendar that you can send sms reminders to an Irish mobile :)Â This could be the feature which makes me switch over to Google Calendar for good.Â I will do a bit of testing over the next few days to see how I like Google Calendar.Â
Â This just shows you that you can have the slickest interface but sometime it comes down to a killer feature.
Sitepoint have launched a series of video tutorials for web professionals.Â There are three free video tutorials to get you started.Â
- An Introduction to AJAX
- Photoshop Starburst Effect
- Set Up Ruby on Rails for Windows
You have to give your email address to get the URLs to the free videos.Â I took a look at the AJAX introduction and it is quite professionally done.Â If you know what AJAX is all about then you probably won’t learn anything new but if you want to find out what AJAX is all about then I would recommend checking it out.Â The videos are performed by Kevin Yank who has been at Sitepoint for many years now and who is the author of many books on web development technologies.
Apart from the three free ones mentioned above you willÂ find more on the site but you have to pay for them.Â $7.95 per video or three for $14.95, not a bad price.