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DOTNETKICKS and the best article on VB6 to VB2005 conversion
Gavin Joyce has created a great new website called The site is geared towards Microsoft development and is very much community driven were the community decides what stories are on the site with a novel twist! Members of the community can 'Kick' an article, after recieving enough kicks the article is then promoted to the front page. Simple and clever as the most popular content will appear first. The site also has a simple search engine for finding articles and a side bar that also ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 18, 2006 10:30 AM

What is Ajax?
I had promised you another post on my predictions for 2006. Well, after listening to feedback (thanks all that have emailed me) it seems that most of you would like to see a deeper dive into technologies that interest me (with diagrams) but in an easy to digest way. So, this is the first in the range of these posts. What is Ajax? Introduction Ajax or Asynchronous JavaScript And XML is a term that describes the use of a combination of existing web technologies to build rich and interactive web pages. ......

Posted On Monday, January 16, 2006 12:47 PM

New London Girl Geek Dinners website
London Girl Geek Dinners now has a website which can be found here. For all you fans of RSS (me included), the site will soon have a RSS feed. Nice one Minxy ......

Posted On Monday, January 16, 2006 11:07 AM

Oh Sexy iMacs!
God they are good looking machines! Be still me Geeking heart. I'm a bit of a late comer to the world of Macs but look at the new MacBook Pro ... you've gotta want one! I'm just a sucker for brush aluminum. (Pictures Courtesy of Engadget ) Steve Job's today at MacWorld Expo in his keynote also presented the new Intel based iMac's. They are basically the same as the existing models but with Intel duel cores so they are a darn sight faster, welcome the joys of Intel Apple! Also the iPod has finally ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 10, 2006 6:27 PM

Secret Bloggers
It's funny really, my organisation hasn't got an official blog or gotten around to adding RSS feeds to the site (I'm sure they will do sooner or later) but plenty of people in my organisation are beavering away with their own blogs. Here is a list of the ones I've discovered so far (I'm darn sure there are more) and as it's all personal content I'm sure our corporate communications department wouldn't get upset about any of it. But as for certain political parties, World of Warcraft players and certain ......

Posted On Tuesday, January 10, 2006 2:17 PM

Ultimate Portabale GPS units from Garmin. The Forerunner 205 & 305 ?
Dave Caddick's excellent original post here ... ... not forgetting then GPS you can wear on your wrist! The Forerunner 205 and the 305 unveiled at this years CES in Vas Legas. Both the products provide information in real-time to the users and help keep track of their fitness regime and goals. Garmin Forerunner 205 and 305 are waterproof and come in a new design where the GPS antenna wraps around part of the wrist helping it to have a better view of the sky. GPS receiver sensitivity has been enhanced ......

Posted On Sunday, January 8, 2006 5:49 PM

What I would change about Google's Front Page
I'm a regular user of Google like billions of other net users. Most of my interactions with take place via the toolbar at the top of my browser but sometimes when I want to use another service I venture on to the front page of the UK version which is simple and clean. I have liked the fact that Google has resisted the temptation to sell parts of this space to advertisers. More and more these days I'm getting a bit bored of the extra click on the more » link, it would be cool if ......

Posted On Sunday, January 8, 2006 3:30 PM

Need to update 7.5 million users up to 29 times a minute for less than £100,000 p.a?
Radio Tele-switching had it's 29th birthday last week. The service has been live since April 1985 and I can't help but be amazed by it. Simply put 7.5 million electricity meter's in the UK are remotely controlled by radio. The radio message is sent out by the BBC on a low frequency of Radio 4. This week I attended the RTS (Radio Tele-Switching) User Group meeting which was set up to bring this technology into the modern age as essentially it hasn't change for such a long time. For instance the kit ......

Posted On Sunday, January 8, 2006 2:46 PM

Mobile Management made easy with Sybase iAnywhere's Afaria
No rest for the wicked! My first week back has meant clocking up the miles and visiting vendors and attending meetings. One of the software vendors I went to visit was Sybase at their Maidenhead office and particularly their mobility division. I would like to thank Ian Matthews and Tim Roberts for there hospitality. The day visit was a deep dive into the Afaria mobility management product. Afaria, if you have done your homework, is the pretty much the market leader in the mobility management space ......

Posted On Sunday, January 8, 2006 2:05 PM

Windows experienced less vulnerability in 2005 than Linux/Unix.
Now there is lies, down right lies and statistics specially in I.T. (Oh you cynic Dave) Statistics are the major weapon of spin, so it’s interesting when a US Government agency, CERT (Computer Emergency Readiness Team) publishes it’s stats for 2005 which can be found here. And CERT says “This bulletin provides a year-end summary of software vulnerabilities that were identified between January 2005 and December 2005. The information is presented only as a index with links to the ......

Posted On Thursday, January 5, 2006 1:26 PM

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