Un-MVP’ed

It had to happen. Two years ago I made a conscious decision to make my family the center of my universe and my #1 priority. Joshua is now 16 months and Rafael is 2 months old, these are the best years of my life and I want to make every minute count with them!

This of course means sacrifices and the MVP is one of them. However it does not take away the immense joy and satisfaction I get from seeing the Sri Lanka .NET user group grow to be one of the largest in the country. And Wela has a few more tricks up his sleeve so keep watch.

Un-MVP’ed

Creating HTML Signatures on Outlook 2007

Outlook 2003 had a nice feature that allowed you to create a signature from an HTML file. This went missing in Outlook 2007 and a google search for Outlook 2007 signatures brings up a number of posts with people asking for help on how to do this.

ScottH posted a tip that showed you how to do it but it involved editing an obscure html file, the location of which varied from XP to Vista.

The solution is quite simple really and left me scratching my head as to why I didn't think of it before. All you need to do this is the humble copy and paste.

Using a browser open up the html file that you want to embed as your signature, highlight everything and copy/paste it to the signature window in Outlook 2007.

Here is a step-by-step on how to do this.

1. Create your signature using Google Pages. Browse to http://pages.google.com (create an account and log-in if you don't have one)

2. Click on the Image button and upload the image that you want to include in your signature. Format the rest of your signature and Publish it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. In the resulting page, highlight any part of the page that you want to include in your signature and Copy it.

 

4. Switch to Outlook 2007. In a new message, on the Message tab, in the Include group, click Signature, and then click Signatures.



6. On the E-mail Signature tab, click New. Type a name for the signature, and then click OK.

7. In the Edit signature box, paste in the signature that you copied from Google Pages.  

Creating HTML Signatures on Outlook 2007

GMail is SCREAMING fast on FireFox 3 Beta 4

I've been using FireFox 3 beta 3 for quite some time and was pretty happy with it. Fired up FF today and was prompted with a nice upgrade button. They've been doing some tweaking on the JavaScript engine and its made applications that I use quite often like GMail to work lightning fast.

From the FireFox Release Notes:

[Improved in Beta 4!]
Speed: improvements to our JavaScript engine as well as profile guided
optimizations have resulted in significant improvements in performance.
Compared to Firefox 2, web applications like Google Mail and Zoho Office
run twice as fast in Firefox 3 Beta 4
.

GMail is SCREAMING fast on FireFox 3 Beta 4

SQL Server Data Services

With SQL Server Data Services, it looks like Microsoft is finally entering the foray that Amazon's S3 service provided. As a Microsoft developer the best part is the integration with the tools and technologies that we use, especially LINQ. If you don't know what S3 is, it's basically a storage in the cloud thats hosted by Amazon.

One of the projects that I worked in my earlier job needed scalability and Amazon's S3 and EC2 services were something that I studied extensively. I'm looking forward to Microsoft releasing an EC2 type of service where .NET code can be hosted in the cloud. This will make it extremely cost effective to build applicatios where you need access to a lot of processing power and storage space but for a limited period at a time.

SQL Server Data Services