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  • .NET Calendar for Small Networks?

    jonathansampson said:
    Bass said:
    *snip*
    This looks perfect; thanks!
    I must confess to being a littler confused as to why Sunbird 'looks perfect'. I've installed it and it has less features than Outlook that is installed already.

    Yes the application does allow for calendars to be shared by coping the calendar in .ics format to a shared location on a network for other users to access (original suggestion)



    If you have outlook you can use it to browse to an area on their network and load a shared calendar


  • Google Chrome: Technical pros and cons

    evildictaitor said:
    Yggdrasil said:
    *snip*
    ++ They should consolidate "Minor Tweaks" into the "Basics" tab, and call it something like "Options". "Under the hood" is a good name for most of the stuff there (DNS pre-fetching etc), but changing the language of an application isn't "minor" and changing the font should certainly not be grouped into the same sub-option category-window as changing the language.

    That said, the IE and Firefox options menus arn't great.

    Personally I'm really rather impressed with Google chrome. When I saw the "Google is making a browser" headlines I nearly audibly groaned with "oh god, yet another bandwagon for google to jump on. This is gonna kill IE in the same way that Google Spreadsheet killed Excel." But actually, having downloaded it, I would venture to suggest that it's actually rather powerful and it's bugs are relatively few.

    If nothing else, it tells me loud and clear the age old excuse of "we wouldn't have built IE/Firefox in the way we had, knowing what we know about them now, but it's too late, we've got too much code so we'll have to live with it and bug fix it until 2050" is a bit of a rubbish argument. My personal hope is that the IE team can see Google chrome and see that it's a real threat and get their act together for a proper release of a browser that is faster, less buggy and less garish than the stuff that they've made so far.

    I also like the idea that if you're not using IE, that doesn't mean you have to use Firefox (and v.v.) Hopefully by having 3 major browsers, developers will write to the HTML spec, rather than to one browser and bug fix it for the other one. With any luck, rather than starting a new browser war, Google Chrome may simply help to end the old one between FF and IE.
    My gravest misgivings are whether the IE team are going to allow themselves to be flexible enough to allow change this late in the development cycle. There must be some sleepless nights going on over at MSFT becuase PDC08 is going to bring big announcements, and that is going to be either Silverlight 2, IE8 or both.

    My personal feelings are that IE8 has gone far too long down the development track to be changed, and commitment to the forthcoming windows OS will be a key feature. That is of course unless we get IE9 for windows next version. I don't see why anyone would use  half a billion in advertising (mojave etc.) if the next OS was not due for at least another two years.



  • .NET Calendar for Small Networks?

    Looks feasible. Not tried it though.

  • .NET Calendar for Small Networks?

    phreaks said:
    jonathansampson said:
    *snip*
    Have you taken a look at the DevExpress scheduler suite?

    It's not free, but it gives you all the tools you need to easily create your own...

    http://www.devexpress.com/Products/NET/Controls/WinForms/Scheduler/
    That is an absolute pain to use if you need to change the appointment system to something different from the standard Outlook and incorporate additional functionality.

    I have tried others like componentone and infragistics (which are more authentic looking) and they too are unnecessarily complex. The mistake these guys make is in getting an Outlook mimic, but don't have a simple object model to modify the structure. I would advise against using any of the third party vendor suites (especially if it is a small office with limited funds) as it will take far too long to create something to suite their needs. Invariably you'll end up needing a database for the custom calendar, and then choosing which machine has it etc.

    The key decision is in realising that an exchange server is not available and impracticable at present. I would try to find a solution via the Office team, if not, resort to saving the calendar .ics file into a shared location on their peer to peer network and have a system where by each week/month a new .ics file is cretaed to this shared location. Not perfect, or ideal but it is workable.

  • Truly awful WPF UI

    Minh said:
    Bas said:
    *snip*
    That is pretty awful UI, but you know what? The guy who made it knows it's an awful UI. I bet he doesn't claim that's it's good he made it that way.

    Contrast that w/ the guy who makes awful UI (like leaving subject line out of a post), and thinks it's a good UI. Who's worse?
    Anyone remember this guy?


  • Truly awful WPF UI

    Bas said:
    BlackTiger said:
    *snip*

    Good thing jh71283 isn't blaming the tool, then.

    Here's a nice screenshot of that app:

    Screenshot

    Awful. Just awful. As much as I like those examples of curved scrollbars and textboxes on 3D cloth simulations, I cannot for the life of me imagine a scenario where stuff like that is useful beyond a "look what you can do with this stuff!" demo video.

    Maybe that's a nice C9 competition for PDC tickets: make a WPF-based UI that a) is whymsical and impossible (or very hard) to do with Winforms and b) doesn't suck. Could turn up some interesting results.

    This is not such a disaster. In WPF your are either a designer or a developer - both if you are lucky. The most important thing is that he gets the application working correctly and the code stable.

    jh71283 and Bas should be all acquainted with resource dictionaries. All the chap that developed this app needs to do is go here and choose a theme (or two). Within a flick of a switch the whole application will be looking respectable. Trying to do this with pre-WPF technologies is a lot of hard work. If you are a very good developer and lack WPF design skills the system makes it easy for you to still be effective.

    I've been thinking about making a reflection based application. If you look at reflector at the moment, I hate the way you navigate. Look at this traditional tree view



    Now look at it after some WPF goodness



    This simple article by Josh Smith shows the power of WPF and how you can re-order traditional controls like the treeview and come up with something different.

    I will probably do the reflection application in WPF because the door has opened up insofar as possibilities, and just the fact that you can buy or get resource dictionaries developed that can affect the whole application makes it something Redgate the new owners of reflector are unlikely to do. I also think that there is a "new breed" of developer that expects to be able to navigate hierarchy based applications much easier.


  • Index.dat, IE, and InPrivate?

    Yggdrasil said:
    vesuvius said:
    *snip*
    Which Nation would that be? Am I, as an Israeli citizen, bound to the laws of the US? Is Microsoft, which in addition to being an American company is also a registered company in Israel, bound to these laws in every product it provides all over the world?

    And I don't think Google is keeping track of your browsing history in case National Security needs it.
    That's an even more difficult question to answer that ought to be put to the IE team. It is an invisible factor included in buying and using Windows technology.

    I watched the GNU/Video and that has some resonance, as the arguments against IE and Windows "sandboxing" or "blackboxing" segments of the OS simply are not there with GNU. All you need is an open source non recording web search facility.

    Yesterday my heart sank when a priest was found guilty of child porn. The notable point was the offences were carried out between 1991 and 1997. I'm certain that this "blackboxing" of IE and the Kernel had a big part to do with his conviction, as well as his ISP.

    This really begs the question, whether one can ever be truly autonomous on the internet, and whether it is Microsoft's obligation to ensure that a "record of activity" is maintained. The typical Government response is "if you have nothing to hide, there is nothing to worry about".

    How do you strike a balance between ensuring communities are kept safe, and allowing people freedom with their data? The internet is an extension of self for most people now, and is open to good and mal-practice.

  • Index.dat, IE, and InPrivate?

    I can see where you're going here, and it is a perfectly apt question that I hope Charles, Dan and so forth should make representations to the IE team. No doubt some brilliant niner will ascertain sufficient information that proves or disproves whether private mode actually truely exists.

    My feelings are that any company whether it be Microsoft or Apple is under obligation via the law institutions of the Nation, to ensure some level of control is put into place. I think the result will be "we will keep you private from everyone, except ourselves". With the Google Chrome browser, they will be following suit, and any other company (ISP providers being next in queue) that can get you to use their product.

  • Google Chrome, Google’s Open Source Browser Project

    DCMonkey said:
    Charles said:
    *snip*
    What is this nefarious behavior the two of you keep hinting at? Are you talking about the DNS Pre-fetching? You can turn that off in the options.
    http://www.google.com/support/chrome/bin/answer.py?answer=95464&hl=en-GB

  • Happy birthday to the GNU Project

    I'm afraid this has been posted already here

    It appears you were right about gNewSense. The only problem I have with the video, is that Stephen Fry is a millionaire and that he didn't make his money by writing free books, selling free films or DVDs. The things that allowed him to buy all those computers in the first place.

    I have tried installing gNewSense to virtual PC2007 but it crashes, I'm not quite ready to create a dual boot OS yet, can this be installed on a virtual machine?