You guys using Nokia phones with non-Nokia batteries watchout. A woman
from Netherlands was injured less than three months ago in an explosion and recently
there has been news about one in Holland and
another one in Vietnam.
We in Sri Lanka better watch out. Let alone the battery, do you know if your phone
is an original Nokia in the first place!
I for one have already started taking precautionary action and as a result will be
keeping my distance from Madura.
Have you ever spent time explaining the steps to perform an action and wished you
could just show it to them instead.
Microsoft gives you a free tool to do this. Download the Windows Media Encoder
from the Windows
Media site and simply start a recording session and then perform the steps.
The resulting file is really small that you could easily mail it out.
Now I know how I’ll be creating support How To content for our products, enough with
The Academic Resource Kit
Version 3.0 available off the MSDN AA website
is a fantastic resource for anyone working with .NET technologies in an Academic Environment.
It’s basically a single port of call for all the freely downloadable software associated
with the Academic use of .NET, lectures, book chapters (and some whole books), sample
applications and hands-on labs.
Charles Carrol of LearnASP has released a free
book on ASP.NET. This is a really good starting place for anyone learning the
I can remember when I frequently visited LearnASP.com for the quick tutorials when
I first started working on ASP at Lanka Online in
All you developers who have created sites that use ActiveX controls need to know this.
Due to a recent lawsuit against Microsoft, changes are going to be made to IE6 so
that it displays a message to the user before showing ActiveX controls on the page.
This includes most pages with Flash content and other ActiveX controls.
Microsoft is giving a pre-release version of IE6 that you can download and test your
pages to see how the site will look in the new IE. There are workarounds that you
To download the pre-release and for the workarounds visit http://msdn.microsoft.com/ieupdate/.
Note that you can have your current IE version as well as the new version running
on your machine at the same time.
There are some really great stuff in this resource kit that can be downloaded from MSDN.
While the .NET Resource Kit is targeted at VB programmers, it comes with tons of real
3rd party controls for free that work just as well for C# programmers as well as VB.NET
Here are two extracts from the introductory letter on the resource kit by Chris Dias
(Group Program Manager, Visual Basic Product Team).
The information on the Visual Basic .NET Resource Kit CD is organized by common
development task: Windows programming, Web and XML Web services programming, mobile
device programming, and data access. Each of these major categories is further organized
by several common subcategories, including Conceptual Overviews, Code Samples, Step-by-Step
Walkthroughs and Quick Start Guides, Training and Certification, Best Practices Sample
Applications, Recommended Reading, and Sample Book Chapters.
The CD also contains an impressive collection of free .NET controls from leading
control vendors such as ComponentOne, Dundas, Infragistics, SAX software, and others.
Building and distributing your applications using these controls will dramatically
reduce your development time.
I’ve got a really cool tip for you guys with Dialog connections. Dialog let’s
you divert calls to a special number (777012012). Whenever anyone calls you,
when the divert is on, they get the ‘mobile phone is switched off’ message, even if
your phone is switched on. But you immediately get an SMS that someone
tried calling you along with their number.
I can already think of a number of uses
When you want to avoid calls (or at a meeting) just divert all calls to this number
and then you can see who is calling you even though the caller thinks your phone is
You can set the divert to activate when ‘not reachable’ on your phone (like when I’m
traveling to Kandy and the connection goes off), then whenever you get connected to
the network you get a list of SMS of the people who tried calling you.
One thing to note is that I’m not sure if there are any charges involved. I got the
tip from my good friend Siva and he mentioned that he didn’t get any additional charges
on the bill. I checked the Dialog site (it looks
much better now) but couldn’t find any info on this service, so try this at your own
This doesn’t seem to work with KIT connections though.
I have a feeling that ASP .NET 2.0 is going to be truly revolutionary. Just take a
look at the table of contents for this book.
Microsoft will be releasing an Alpha version this month at their PDC
DataGrids without any code for sorting, paging.
Project-less development in VS.NET
Visual Inheritance in ASP.NET
Pre-compilation of applications
Code-Free Data Binding
Pages and Site Navigation
list goes on… I can’t wait to get my hands on this stuff!
Development System for .NET is a page from Microsoft Research. Aimed at academic institutions, this page has detailed instructions for building and administering a server that can host shared copies of VS .NET for up to 20 users.