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  • New spambot in town

    @reply to post: Good catch, totally missed that one. It also shows that our new friend isn't so new after all; C9 hasn't become a testing ground for spambots.

  • New spambot in town

    A spambot that sourges the forum and rehases some of the comments is nothing new. But one that does so without adding a link to some external site just seems pointless... does anybody have a clue about what purpose it accomplishes?

  • WP7 phones

    @spivonious: There are a few decent deals on Amazon. In any case, I would wait at least until the Nokia conference, in eight days.

  • .NET CMS for Beginners

    @XelaMon: after seeing the demo from the PDC, I tried Orchard, that can be used directly from WebMatrix. It's a really simple, open source CMS written in .NET (based on MVC3) and it's actively maintained (even too much so).

    The Good:

    • supports the Razor syntax, which makes it easy to customize.
    • supports SQL Server Compact; no need to go and get SQL support unless you expect a major flood of pages.
    • supports LiveWriter (once you enable the appropriate modules from the Dashboard). Not strictly necessary, as TinyMCE does a pretty good job already, but it can be convenient.

    The Bad:

    • the documentation is sketchy: as soon as you step out of the most common scenarios you will have to find out things on your own. My advice: look at all of the videos. Even if you don't think you need that specific feature right now, the video might mention some module or tool you wouldn't be aware of otherwise.
    • check that your server has the right prerequisites (or even better, try to publish the default site) before you invest time in it. Not all the hosting services support it.
    • It's not very popular (yet). Lots of modules, but very few themes. You can create your own (or modify the existing ones), but if you are looking for inspiration you will be disappointed.

    Worth a try.

  • Microsoft and Apple

    @christ_child: yep, good idea. I'm sure antitrust committees would be delighted too... think of the fun they could have arranging firing squads.

  • Is tax avoidance evil?

    , ScanIAm wrote


    Why should income be the only thing taxed?  If there were some way to tax the trillions of dollars sitting idle right now, I'd be all for it.  All wealth should be taxed back into circulation where it can contribute to the economy.  Libertarians were all about freedom as long as that freedom doesn't infringe upon someone else's freedoms.  If I can't improve my lot in life because you've shifted all the liquidity out of the economy, that seems pretty infringy.

    In my youth I tried a similar argument with girls. They didn't buy it, though, and kept infringing as they pleased.

  • RIP Dennis Ritchie

    @JoshRoss: we already know that, it's the premature demise of Crest toothpaste.

  • Music made with single lines of C code

    < insert random "the '80s called..." joke>

  • New Gadget

    @PerfectPhase: once you have played with that, would you mind sharing how it performs? I'm especially interested in graphics performance, but any info would be more than welcome.

  • New Gadget

    @Ian2: a word of warning...  I tried the FEZ Panda II with the FEZ Touch. All in all it's a decent playground, but there are a few issues you may want to consider.

    - Memory is scarce. As in really, really scarce. Tens of KB are enough to write a pretty complex program in C#, but if you plan on having an UI you won't be able to fit resources in there. Plan on having a micro SD on hand.

    - Transferring stuff to the screen is slow. If you try to use a font larger than just a few pixels, you will get flickering. It might be possible to write a better driver for the parallel interface, but that will require a professional ARM compiler as the free ones tend to bloat the firmware and further reduce the amount of memory you can play with.

    - The touch screen is nothing to write home about. Aside of the odd spike that it's relatively easy to filter, you also get quite some lag if you happen to be writing to the screen. Workable, but don't expect to emulate a modern touch UI, it doesn't even come close.

    - The GHI assemblies are less than great. Lots of underscores (it's silly, I know, but it really irks me), and poor integration with the .NET MF. Again, it's workable, just not very clean. And the documentation just sucks.

    On the plus side: the Arduino compatibility is good. Lots of hardware you can buy and use, with the only drawback that you may have to write a driver or, at least, a .NET layer to make the device usable.

    Bottom line: it's a decent deal to experiment with the technology. But if you plan to do anything more serious (and you need an UI), find a better device.