Monthly Archives: February 2009

Who I Am Makes A Difference

I usually don’t pass this kind of information to others, emails (kind of like the one I’m copying) sent to me usually end up their life with me because I don’t believe in getting bad luck if I don’t send it to others… 🙂

In any case, this is very inspiring. Enjoy!!

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Intersoft’s Presenter February 2009 CTP

I’ve been testing this controls from
Intersoft for a couple of months now. They are so cool and so full
featured. Check this new tools for Silverlight and WPF.

INTERSOFT PRESENTERTM
FEB’09 CTP – THE NEXT REVOLUTION OF DATA PRESENTATION

Unlike any data presenter tools available in the industry,
Intersoft PresenterTM offers a unique experience. Not only it benefits end users
with its sleek UI and UX, but also developers with its declarative data binding
support. It helps you cut hundreds lines of codes while at the same achieving
better results, such as faster performance and integrated state management.
This will significantly increase your productivity and thus enable you to
deliver your line-of-business Silverlight application faster.

In addition to its powerful databinding capability, Intersoft PresenterTM also
introduces hybrid-view technology with automatic synchronization. Offering 3
built-in views in Feb’09 CTP, end user can switch between different views
through a sleek slider-style UX. Intersoft PresenterTM intelligently maintains
the view state as you interact with it.

Please visit intersoftpt.com/ctp
for complete information and to download the CTP.

GET A CLOSER LOOK ON INTERSOFT PRESENTERTM AND
DATASOURCE
TM FOR SILVERLIGHT 2

The
most frequent questions raised after you got a hand on the CTP bits are
probably “How can I get started quickly?”, “What should I do
next”, “Are there any documentations included?” Andry Handoko,
Intersoft’s Chief Technology Officer who leads the Silverlight division,
answers it in his dedicated blogs. He has written a series of blog posts that
cover Intersoft PresenterTM and DataSourceTM in deep details – from getting
started guide, conceptual explanation to feature and sample discussion.

To quickly getting started and to understand the innovative concept behind
PresenterTM, please start from the following list:

The list doesn’t stop there. Please visit Andry’s blog
to get the recent updates, tips and tricks, and more.

Microsoft Obsequia un Cupón de $500.00

Esta es una información recibida directamente de Microsoft. El mensaje se los copio de forma íntegra.

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Tienes un conocido, amigo,
familiar que desea tener presencia en Internet? – este mensaje te puede
interesar.

Sabemos que estamos en tiempos
mundiales económicamente “especiales”, donde debemos buscar como maximizar
nuestras ganancias haciendo un mínimo de inversión. Por esa razón estamos
seguros que con este apoyo pueden obtener un posicionamiento efectivo en
Internet. Estamos apoyando a la industria con un cupón de $500 para que
adquiera su Portal Web totalmente administrable – esta promoción es
totalmente real.

A través de nuestro socio de
negocios Netsoft, se obsequiará a determinados clientes un paquete que
le permitirá a su empresa tener presencia en Internet y poder iniciar sus
negocios en línea. Los clientes selectos que hayan recibido la promoción en el
respectivo newsletter de Windows Server 2008 y que posean código de
cupón, pueden aplicar si cumplen los siguientes requerimientos*:

  • Poseer un servidor con Windows Server
    2003 o Windows Server 2008.
  • Que el servidor tenga instalado
    IIS 6.0 o 7.0 o que se le pueda instalar.
  • Que el servidor tenga instalado
    .Net Framework 2.0 o se pueda instalar.
  • Que el servidor Windows 2003 o
    Windows 2008 se encuentre publicado en Internet o pueda ser publicado mediante
    una IP Fija.
  • Que la empresa cuente con una IP fija
    de Internet. El IP debe ser estático, público y local del país donde está la
    compañía.
  • Los países donde esta promoción tiene
    valides son los siguientes: todos los de Centroamérica, Perú, Bolivia, Ecuador,
    Paraguay e islas del Caribe.

* Aplican restricciones.

Los clientes que apliquen a la
promoción y cumplan con los requisitos, podrán recibir un cupón equivalente a
$500. Para hacer efectivo este cupón, no necesita realizar ninguna compra.
Dicho cupón podrá ser aprovechado en la creación del Web Site de su
empresa. Para ello, Netsoft ha diseñado cuatro (4) tipos de portales (o
sitios web tipo Plantilla) para esta promoción, de los cuales se
podrá escoger uno:

  • Portal eBusiness:
    Le proporciona un portal web para personalizar y crear un sitio para su propio
    negocio, con todas las características avanzadas incluyendo la integración con
    SQL y XML (procesamiento y distribución de datos) para las fuentes de datos de
    contenido y gestión de datos.
  • Portal eLoyalty:
    Le permite a su compañía contar con un sitio web para los usuarios de sus
    productos. Es ideal para lograr crear clubes u organizaciones de mucha lealtad
    hacia su empresa. Por ejemplo imagine que si usted es una librería, este portal
    le permitirá tener un sitio web para un Club de Lectores de Libros patrocinado
    por usted.
  • Portal eTimeTracker:
    Es un sitio web de negocios que tiene con objetivo principal registrar el
    detalle de las horas dedicadas a un proyecto o actividad con la capacidad de
    manejar múltiples recursos, así como múltiples proyectos.
  • Portal eRecruitment:
    Es un sitio web especializado en toda la gestión de contratación y
    reclutamiento de personal para su compañía.

Además, en todos
los 4 portales podrá recibir:

–  
Funcionalidad para crear y dar seguimiento a
incidentes de soporte para los usuarios de su sitio web, de Smarter Tools.

–  
Actualización de los parches y actualizaciones de sus
Sistema Operativo, incluyendo la instalación del Silverlight Runtime, el
.NET Framework 3.5, etc.

–  
Preparación de su sitio web para la versión 8.0 del
Internet Explorer, a salir en las próximas semanas.

–  
Animación Siverlight a escoger (entre 4
opciones) para su página principal.

–  
Funcionalidad de estadísticas de acceso a su sitio web
gracias a Smarter Tools.

–  
Compra y registro de un dominio a escoger para su
sitio web (www.algo.com) pagado por todo un año.

–  
Administración de su DNS para que el dominio apunto
efectivamente a su servidor.

–  
SQL Server Express Edition para la información
de su sitio web.

–  
Herramienta de Email de Smarter Tools para
funcionalidad básica de email en su nuevo dominio.

–  
Habilitación del Windows SharePoint Services para que
tenga un sitio de Extranet en el servidor con un sitio de equipos configurado
(no incluye certificados digitales).

–  
Soporte de Netsoft:

o   Sobre la
configuración e instalación original.

o   Entrenamiento en
línea para que puedan darle mantenimiento a su portal.

o   Recorrido virtual y
personalizado sobre su portal a la hora de la entrega.

o   6 meses de garantía
sobre su sitio web (problemas de instalación y configuración del sitio web -no
incluye soporte sobre el Windows Server)

o   Un incidente de
soporte sobre su sitio web a resolverse remotamente.

Puede obtener mayor información
de esta promoción en http://www.netsofthosting.com/Page/Microsoft.aspx
, e inclusive ver una demo de los cuatro (4) sitios web que Netsoft
ofrece.

Si desea
participar, lo invito a usted a que me escribe directamente indicando su
interés: Erick Esquivel (erickse@microsoft.com)
y personalmente lo pondremos en contacto con un representante local de esta
promoción.

Muchas
gracias.

Recover HD Space in Windows Vista

Hi all.

Although this is not an ASP.NET related post you might be interested in claiming space from your hard disk that Windows Vista took.

The reason for the this lost space is “Shadow Copies”. Shadow copies are backup information that keeps your hard disk “safe” (figuratively speaking). Anyway, the one thing you probably don’t know is that you can instruct Vista to keep only a certain amount of this information. Keep in mind that by reducing the allowed amount of HD space for shadow copies you might loose information you will end up needing, but if you are sure you can dispose this info, fire up! Here is how to do it:

First, let’s see how much storage space is currently allocated.

  1. Click the start menu
  2. Click on All Programs, and then Accessories
  3. From the accessories menu, right click on Command Prompt and select “run as administrator”
  4. Type “vssadmin list shadowstorage” into the command prompt
  5. The results should tell you the amount of storage used and the maximum amount alloted

If you’re not happy with those numbers, here’s how to resize them. Keep in mind, you will lose some older system restore points when you do this.

  1. Repeat steps 1-3 to get bring up the Command Prompt
  2. Type “vssadmin Resize ShadowStorage /For=[your hard disk]: /On=[your hard disk]: /MaxSize=[how much space you want to allocate]”
  3. For example: “vssadmin Resize ShadowStorage /For=C: /On=C: /MaxSize=2GB”
  4. You should get a message saying Successfully resized the shadow copy storage association, and you should have more free space on your hard drive.

Remember the MaxSize of 2GB is just an example. I’ve setup my laptop to use only 5GB but was able to recover almost 30GB of lost space.

Additional information can be found in this excellent article by Brad Linder.

Enjoy!!

 

Windows Live Messenger IM Control Module for Drupal CMS

If you are a Drupal user and want to be able to show your Windows Live Messenger online presence, Coworks has a module for you. Coworks attended the Microsoft Web Hosting & Developer Roadshow in Belgium in December 2008, and decided to build a module for Drupal that takes advantage of Live Services. Coworks, who actually specialize in PHP custom development and modules for Drupal, learned that Live Services can be accessed using standard REST and SOAP calls and decided that it was a great reason to give it a go and take advantage of Windows Live Messenger’s capabilities to enhance Drupal CMS.

This integration of the Windows Live Messenger IM Control for Drupal CMS can be downloaded from the Drupal site at http://drupal.org/project/windowslivemessenger. Drupal CMS users can easily integrate the Messenger IM Control by downloading the module and following the activation steps detailed on the download page.

[article originally posted by Jared Preston]

Enjoy!!

Customize your 404 error pages with the Web Page Error Toolkit

For large web sites with extensive amounts of content, 2 to 10 percent of traffic is looking for pages that either don’t exist or have been moved. Most web servers return a generic 404 error page or a sitemap when a user’s desired page cannot be found. These unhelpful pages often result in a dead end for users.

With Microsoft’s Web Page Error Toolkit, you can create dynamic 404 pages that contain customized error messages along with search results seeded with relevant keywords to help your users move past the missing page and find the information they need.

The Toolkit is a customizable ASP.net application that replaces the default error page on your IIS server. The Toolkit enables you to use Live Search (or any search engine) to return results for the specified domain and locale, control the number of results returned on your page, choose whether to offer spelling corrections, and customize your error message.

You also have the option of choosing from several keyword extraction strategies that are included with the install, or providing your own implementation.

Get the Toolkit

To install the Toolkit, click WebPageErrorToolkitSetup.msi.

Before you install, review the API terms of service at Windows Live Platform and Services – Terms of Service.

Note: A new version of the toolkit was published on 8/26/08 to remedy a security matter found during an internal review. We recommend you download the new toolkit and recreate your custom 404 pages to safeguard the security of these pages.

[This information was originaly posted by Stephanie Horstmanshof]

 An excellent article that helps in how to use it is Utility Spotlight Web Page Error Toolkit by Lance Whitney. 

Enjoy!!

 

Contest: Design a Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Shirt and win $100.00 plus 12 shirts

Hi all.

For all of you that have/want/need some time off the IT stuff. Check this out!!

 

We created this website for our client, it’s an online store built in ASP.NET and SQL Server 2005, for a company called Strange Cargo located in Chicago IL, just a few steps from Wrigley Field (house of the Chicago Cubs). You can create your own t-shirt with the image you want from the huge catalog they have, and you can see the live preview of how you’re shirt will be in the end, or If you don’t want an image, you can create a shirt with your own custom lettering.

In any case, they have this super cool contest where you could win a check for $100 + 12 shirts. All you need to do is design an image in honor of St. Patrick’s Day (for ideas check the Irish section in the store). Check the rules in their blog and send your designs.

Come on!! we all need to chill out from time to time… Enjoy!!

See ya…