BlogJet 2.0 and Live Writer

BlogJet 2.0 has been released. I’ve tried it out but I think I’m going to give it a pass and stick to the old version.

IMO BlogJet 2.0 suffers from the same problem as Windows Live Writer, the key word here being ‘clunky’.

Hmm.. Just checked out the Live Writer Gallery, looks like the Live Writer team has been busy updating it with six new releases and there’s a thriving gallery of Writer Extensions. Will report back soon.

In the meantime you can download Live Writer from here.

Free Download Manager

I’ve been a long-time user of LeechGet for managing my downloads but had problems running it under Vista.

Internet Download Manager was a good choice until I ran out of the trial period.

Today I found out about Free Download Manager which is free, no ads or spyware and is not hobbled by any maximum limit on the number of downloads. It also doubles up as a Site Downloader. Best of all, something my network admins would love is that I can control the amount of bandwidth it uses by selecting a light, medium or heavy load.

One innovative feature that I’ve encountered just now is the social aspect of commenting on the file that I just downloaded and also to see others opinion on it. I’ve seen these in torrent and other p2p software but for the first time in a download manager.

Free Download Manager Utility

Office 2007 Keyboard Shortcuts

I’ve been using Office 2007 for the past six months but its just today that I ran into the awesome keyboard shortcut.

Man, the Office guys have really pulled a rabbit out of the hat with this one and I can shoot myself for not figuring this out earlier.

What it boils down to is that every icon in the ribbon/toolbar has a keyboard shortcut and you can get it to with a few keystrokes WITHOUT HAVING TO REMEMBER ANYTHING! Whoooooooooooooo.

Just press Alt and start typing in the characters that start showing up on the toolbars to get to your icon.

For example to do a ‘Paste Special’ (which I keep doing a lot) you just need to type in ALT, H, V, S. Perfect!

Jensen Harris has more at the Office UI Blog.

WiMAX in Sri Lanka

This is wicked cool. Dialog has started pilot testing WiMAX with data speeds of 10MBPS. They areas being tested right now are Hambantota, Matara, Galle, Kurunagala, Anuradhapura and Polonnaruwa.

If the rates are reasonable this is going to be a landmark event for Sri Lanka when launched. [Source: LBO]

2007 Sri Lankan Holidays for Outlook

There are few housekeeping stuff that you need to do at the start of the year and adding the Sri Lankan holidays to your Outlook calendar is one.

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[Sri Lanka] 26
Duruthu Full Moon Poya Day (BPM),2007/1/3
Tamil Thai Pongal Day (BPM),2007/1/15
Navam Full Moon Poya Day (BPM),2007/2/1
National Day (BPM),2007/2/4
Mahasivarathri Day (BP),2007/2/16
Medin Full Moon Poya Day (BPM),2007/3/3
Milad-Un-Nabi (Holy Prophet’s Birthday) (BPM),2007/4/1
Bak Full Moon Poya Day (BPM),2007/4/2
Good Friday (BP),2007/4/6
Day Prior to Sinhala & Tamil New Year Day (BPM),2007/4/13
Sinhala & Tamil New Year Day (BPM),2007/4/14
May Day (BPM),2007/5/1
Vesak Full Moon Poya Day (BPM),2007/5/1
Day following Vesak Full Moon Poya Day (BPM),2007/5/2
Adhi Poson Full Moon Poya Day (BPM),2007/5/31
Poson Full Moon Poya Day (BPM),2007/6/30
Esala Full Moon Poya Day (BPM),2007/7/29
Nikini Full Moon Poya Day (BPM),2007/8/28
Binara Full Moon Poya Day (BPM),2007/9/26
Id-Ul-Fitr (Ramazan Festival Day) (BP),2007/10/13
Vap Full Moon Poya Day (BPM),2007/10/25
Deepavali Festival Day (BP),2007/11/8
Il Full Moon Poya Day (BPM),2007/11/24
Id-Ul-Alha (Hadji Festival Day) (BP),2007/12/21
Unduvap Full Moon Poya Day (BPM),2007/12/23
Christmas Day (BPM),2007/12/25

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Follow the steps that I’ve outlined in my last years post ‘Add Sri Lankan holidays to your Outlook calendar’. The same steps work on Outlook 2007 as well.

I’ve updated this year’s list to include whether each holiday is a B. P. or M.

Note that if you have last year’s list under Sri Lanka you will need to replace it with this year’s ones. I can’t quite imagine why this thing is not easier.

[UPDATE: The box parenthises were causing problems. I've changed them now. Thanks Sandarenu.]

Counting my blessings

Happy New Year everybody!

Looking back, 2006 for me has been a very special year and one that I'm thanking God for blessing me so wonderfully.

I got married to the love of my life, nearly ten years after we fell madly in love with each other. I switched jobs to go back to my old company where I absolutely love coming to work in the mornings and I finally bought my very own house.

To top off everything, the Lord blessed us with our wonderful son Joshua!

TypeForwardedToAttributes

While preparing for the 70–551 exam I came across the new TypeForwardedToAttributes class. Searching for this on MSDN brought up “no search results”. Hmm.. that sounded funny.

Searching on Live did bring up some results. The problem stems from the fact that the actual class name is TypeForwardedToAttribute not TypeForwardedToAttributes as incorecctly stated in the exam preparation guide page.

A handy feature too which allows you to move classes from one assembly to another without breaking existing applications that have the earlier reference. Bill Bozeman’s blog has a good overview on the TypeForwardedToAttributes class with examples.

Free Microsot Exam Voucher [Limited Number]

Microsoft Sri Lanka is offering a generous gift (limited number) this Christmas season to all dotnetforum community members on a first come first serve basis.

The only catch being that the exam voucher expires on 31-Dec-2006, so you'll need to be ready to do the exam in super quick time.

The voucher entitles you to take one of the following exams:

- 70-431: TS: Microsoft SQL Server 2005 - Implementation and Maintenance
- 70-536: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 – Application Development Foundation
- 70-551: UPGRADE: MCAD Skills to MCPD Web Develop by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework
- 70-552: UPGRADE: MCAD Skills to MCPD Windows Developer by Using the Microsoft .NET Framework
- 70-553: UPGRADE: MCSD Microsoft .NET Skills to MCPD Enterprise Application Developer by Using the Microsoft  .NET Framework: Part 1
- 70-235: TS: Developing Business Process and Integration Solutions Using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2006

If you are interested please get in touch with Wela (BTW I just found out that he’s our new Developer Evangelist) on 777.281.021.

Another humble request is to not waste this precious resource as you might be depriving someone else a chance if you do get the voucher and not take the exam.