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  • Blog Comment Spam Caused by Google ​(Blogspot.​com)

    With all due respect to the terrible infants at digg.com who may have pinged this “a long time ago,” I notice that my WordPress.org spam comments in moderation are coming from Google, its blogspot.com site. For the last few days, I’ve been stimulated by the possibility of eliminating all comment spam from my moderation queue—but some witty person(s) out there is holding blogspot.com hostage.

    The implication is that someone has the ability to set up dummy accounts at blogspot.com and use them as spam robots probably from another zombie-controlling machine. I am surprised that the kids in the hall for dig.com are not up in arms about this one… Maybe Microsoft should unleash this one the wired world to rouse some anger.[6]

  • GoDaddy.com Does Not Support REST Calls for ASP.NET 2.0

    Are you hip to the jive? Well let’s go daddy—go! So dig this:

    string uri = "http://songhaysystem.com/xml/amazon_rest_calls.xml";

    WebPermission perm = new WebPermission();

    perm.AddPermission(NetworkAccess.Connect, uri);


    I do not like to be right about things like this—so do not hesitate to tell me that I am wrong. It appears that the last line of code above will always throw an error for shared hosting accounts running on .NET Framework 2.0 (ASP.NET 2.0). This means that ASP.NET 2.0 REST calls are impossible for GoDaddy.com shared hosting customers.

    Since I have already contacted GoDaddy.com and have an understanding about their attitude regarding this problem, this is an opportunity for competitors out there to let me—and other GoDaddy.com customers—know how you deal with this problem. Is this a Microsoft “locked trust” problem? Is this just a configuration issue under the control of GoDaddy.com?

  • Middle-​Market products

    I am supremely confident that you will not get a direct answer to this question from a qualified Microsoft employee, who is able to define, say “too expensive.”

    When I am permitted to speculate, I would say that Microsoft defines a small business as one that makes just over a million U.S. dollars a year. You and I might define a small business as one that makes over $50,000 and under $100,000.

    Our small businesses would definitely welcome SQL Server Express over MSDE and Access!

  • Video suggestion

    This thread begs the question, 'Which product teams are least likely to interview?'

  • A new browser....

    This browser kicks *! I was running Fire Fox as my default browser but there was a subtle negative impact for doing this (starting with initial app' load speed), which flared up into a strange problem with MSIE truncating it's title bar text and replacing the glyphs in the status bar with empty rectangles (this problem is hard to explain with words and I have no time right now to show a picture of this).

    I am very close to donating to the Avant team! Avant + FireFox = a complete replacement for MSIE. I am sure the next OS will make such app' patching obsolete.

  • Reverse Engineering the MSDNTV Episodes Page

    This probably has been obvious for many web architects but I am now guessing that the MSDNTV archive links to one page (espisode.aspx) that then loads thousands (or millions) of little XML files (manifests?) with the same schema.

    This means that InfoPath users can create and edit these XML manifest files and save them to a location where the web site code finds them. This is a quick and dirty static publishing model that works perfectly for small business people who already have Microsoft office with InfoPath—dropping SharePoint into the mix can’t hurt (too much) as well.


    I'm studying for certification and don't expect the tests to updated this year.

  • Flippant Remarks about AbiWord 2.014

    I have answered my questions about what Word 2003 can do with XHTML. I really, really would have preferred someone sending me a clue about a year ago. Unfortunately, I had to answer my questions that drove me to AbiWord by myself:

    XHTML Schemas in Word 2003 Documents

  • Flippant Remarks about AbiWord 2.014

    I am a Microsoft guy for historical and practical reasons---not for ideological reasons. When some Oracle guy has a smart remark, I say, Hey, smarty slacks, back in the early 1990s when I was learning SQL I could not walk into an Office Depot and pick up a $99 Oracle database (with that special, software-laundering, anti-trusting "competitive upgrade" price). But I could get my hands on Microsoft products and this got me hooked---the MS Borg assimilated another victim.

    Now that my Office Depot days are over, here comes MSDN Universal Subscriptions via my W2 labors---so now I'm on the harder stuff and from my W2 point of view I am getting Microsoft software "for free." So why would I care to write about AbiWord, this Open Source fledgling?

    Well, Microsoft employees can console themselves by considering my flippant remarks a minority opinion (in every sense of the term) but I don't think I am suffering from a terminal case of brown-eyed myopia when I say that MS Office is a bloated nebula of COM objects---composed of balls of strange orange gas and truly stellar objects. The gassy part of MS Office is really starting to stink when I think of my data as cross-platform XML data sets---and I am writing this sentence being fully aware of InfoPath and the XML features in Word 2003. So when I hear that AbiWord can read and write XHTML, I sit up and take notice. Unfortunately, these are the first few AbiWord bullets flying past my head:

    * AbiWord 2.014 provides no way to edit http: or mailto: hyperlinks that I can see, coming from a Microsoft Word perspective (which means I right-click on the hyperlink and I see a command like Edit Hyperlink). This non-feature alone drives me away from AbiWord 2.014.

    * The toolbars in AbiWord 2.014 are out of the early 1990s. Don't take me back.

    * Features that resemble replacing-text-as-we-type (Auto-Correct or Intelli-Sense) does not appear to be in AbiWord 2.014. And I say this while seeing the Insert > AutoText command in AbiWord 2.014.

    * The kerning and hinting information of the default font in the Windows version of AbiWord 2.014 does not appear to be recognized. Inconveniences like these may be beyond AbiSource control. I am aware of how hostile Microsoft can be to its competitors big and small.

    * I see nothing in AbiWord 2.014 that handles XML Schema information. I do not think that AbiWord 2.014 is designed from the ground up to be part of an XML workflow. Microsoft is trying to begin to start thinking about tinkering with XML-based products but the design goals at Microsoft are preoccupied with domination instead of integration (and of course another patch Tuesday is coming up).

    The main point of this rant is that I am completely unaware of a tool that is as convenient as a Word processor but it also is a built for rich data interchange. With MS InfoPath the price of entry is having a definite schema in mind. With MS Word 2003 you don't need to have a definite schema to get started (you can add that later), but the formatting of your document effectively---by default---belongs to Microsoft. Out of the box, Microsoft Word 2003 will allow you to interchange your raw text data with a custom schema but it will not let you interchange your formatting information with a custom schema---and I say this with the letters WORDML dancing in my head. I suppose you can "schema-tize" your formatting but the temptation to write your own code is not far away (and I am well beyond tempted). This limitation is unacceptable and as long as Microsoft pays little or no attention to this "minority problem" I will keep my brown eyes on tools like AbiWord.

  • Every VOTE

    "All the Bush league batters
    Are left to die on the diamond

    In the stands
    the home crowd scatters
    for the turnstiles..."