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Finally made the change

In Personal on 24 July, 2008 at 7:00 am

After using iblog for about 1 and a half year, I’ve finally decided to join in the flow and choose the popular WordPress type of blogging service.  One problem with iblog is that it is not up to date with the trend in blogging and thus not even tag is supported, however, it allows user to customize the theme (note CSS, not just changing the template) without any other added cost.  But the cons finally outweigh the pros and I’ve finally made the change.

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Amazing Street Directory

In Software on 11 September, 2006 at 4:00 pm

Singapore is going to host the 2006 IMF/World Bank meeting and because of that security has been up a few notches (or should I say to the highest) at and around the venue.  Roads close to the vicinity have also be closed.  Since I might be going to a place that needs to bypass the area, I have decided to check the Singapore Traffic Police website and see whether any route that I have in mind is affected by this closure.

Since a map depicting the area of closure is available in a PDF form, I have decided to check out the online street directory to have a better sense of area not shown on the PDF map.  To my surprise, the map display by the street directory has information on the temporary road closure as well.  Roads affected are mark with shades of gray and with a no-entry sign at the beginning and end of the closure.  This is what I call, Service!

Orcas CTP and Expression suite are now available

In Programming on 9 September, 2006 at 1:00 pm

Finally, tools that are compatible with Windows Vista RC1, .NET Framework 3.0 RC1 and Windows SDK RC1 are now available.  Orcas is now a real gem to use, especially the included Cider (the Visual Designer tools for Windows Presentation Foundation) which won’t slow down your Visual Studio anymore.  I am now quite satisfy with Cider performance and it can finally display my application’s GUI in its designer window.

Other tools of interest to any .NET Framework 3.0 programmer are Expression Interactive Designer, Expression Graphic Designer, and Extensions for Windows Workflow Foundation.  Enjoy!

Release Candidate for Windows SDK and .NET Framework 3.0

In Programming on 2 September, 2006 at 6:00 pm

Hot on the heels of Windows Vista RC1 (or is it the other way around?), Microsoft has released the set of tools that developers can use on Windows Vista RC1 (or use to develop applications that can work on Windows Vista RC1).

The Windows SDK has been updated to be compatible with RC1 of Windows Vista.  Hopefully, all the header files that had been breaking since Windows Vista interim build 5483, has been fixed and applications build using Windows SDK July CTP will not crash on Windows Vista RC1 (they have been crashing on interim build 5536).

The .NET Framework 3.0 has been bump up to Release Candidate status.  Thus any developer that feels more comfortable in Windows XP (hmmm….. that’s a thought) can install this build of .NET Framework 3.0 (together with Windows SDK RC1) and still be able to program applications that can work on Windows Vista RC1.

Strangely, the Visual Studio 2005 extension for .NET Framework 3.0 (codename Orcas) has not been updated to support RC of .NET Framework 3.0.  It has been missing ever since Windows Vista July CTP and .NET Framework 3.0 July CTP.  I hope this will be release soon.

Lastly, designers who wish to get onto the RC1 bandwagon, have to wait patiently.  This is because Microsoft Expression suite of applications has not been release for RC1 just yet.  Soon.  I hope.

Software designers urged to list on exchange

In Programming on 15 July, 2006 at 3:00 pm

So what am I waiting for?  Calling all Software Developers, let’s unleash WPF applications onto the world!

In the United States, we’ve many software developers who make a lot of money listing their software on AppExchange, and I would like to invite Singapore-based software developers to do so too

Mr Marc Benioff, 41, CEO & President of salesforce.com

Research firm IDC had also said that worldwide spending on this kind of on-demand software service will grow at a compounded annual rate of 21 per cent to top US$10.7 billion (S$15.8 billion) in 2009.  This seems to be a very big market!  And since this AppExchange thingy take away the need for developers to do marketing and sales, this is really a good way for freelance developers to sell their goods.

Its time to put on my thinking cap, come out with something that can be of a hit, and head on down to the AppExchange!

Office 2007 Beta 2 is out for the public

In Software on 24 May, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Yes it is finally out.  Click on the link below and try it out.  Go ahead, its a good software, worth the time you spend on it to try (or should I say test?).

I am definitely going to check this new release of Office 2007 out.  New usability idea, can I use that “Ribbon” in my application development?

http://www.microsoft.com/office/preview/

Windows Live

In Software on 17 May, 2006 at 3:00 pm

Anyone trying out Windows Live?  I was giving it another try (the previous time my setting was not saved and things were quite messy, but its beta software, what do you expect?) and surprisingly this time round it is quite a satisfying experience.

According to Microsoft, Windows Live or Live.com is about 3 things:

  1. The best place to search on the web
  2. A personalized portal
  3. Get the benefits of Windows and Windows Live services

It is a place where you can host all these cool gadgets like weather forecast, hotmail notification, image search, safety center, word of the day, story of the day and so on.  You can even host your favourite RSS feed on this page.  The best thing is though the RSS feed appear in headline form, if you hover your mouse over the “more” text beside each headline, you will be able to read the full post.  That to me is so cool.

Office 2007 will be bundled

In Software on 15 May, 2006 at 7:48 am

It seems like Microsoft is giving away Office 2007 to those who buy Windows Vista Home edition.

According to C|Net News, Steve Ballmer, CEO of Microsoft, said that Windows Vista Home edition (he did not say whether it is the Home Basic or the Home Premium, but I believe both will get it) will come bundle with Office 2007 Student/Home edition.

This will be so coolz if the price stay at the same.

For details, take a look at this article.  The title is of a different topic but the 2nd last paragraph (in point form) talks about this bundle thingy.

Boot Camp Anyone?

In OS on 12 April, 2006 at 7:32 am

No, not that type of boot camp, is the all new catch phrase in Mac world.

Boot camp is a software that is going to be in the next release of Mac OS X, Leopard, which will let Mac user boot into their *favourite* oops, sorry, should be *disgusted* OS, Microsoft Windows XP.  So Mac user can now enjoy another different world.

So if Mac OS X is so good why do Mac users need Windows XP anyway?  All needs should be taken care of by Mac OS X, isn’t it?

Gaming might be one aspect that make Mac users cling on to Windows XP.  I believe most games still run faster on Windows than Mac, this is because most game developer still base their game on Windows and just port it over to Mac.  Also a lot of games are still Windows only, developers just don’t see why they need to take care of the smaller market, time might be better spent at making the next big version of the game.

As a side note, don’t you think Apple should not charge its user for all these minor refresh of Mac OS X?  Tiger and Leopard sound to me like just mere service packs.

Finally, Microsoft Expression March CTP

In Software on 16 March, 2006 at 6:44 am

After the release of Windows Vista Feb CTP, it seems that there is still something missing to complete the puzzle.  Yes that is Microsoft Expression Suite that work with the WinFX Feb CTP.  Now it is finally here.

Expression Interactive Designer March CTP and Expression Graphic Designer March CTP.  2 great tools that help you to harness the new capabilities of Windows Presentation Foundation.