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Microsoft, Open source, Web and other random stuff from one of Microsoft's Professonal Geeks

My Geek Origin Story (for Microsoft Australia TechEd 2011)

As Microsoft TechEd 2011 is fast approaching & Delic8genius has made a call-out to the...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 08/16/2011

IIS7.5, FTP Sites, 530-error, bindings

I have multiple sites on the same IIS 7.5 server. Using the handy Bindings... feature, I am able to...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 08/16/2011

One of the mechanisms of improving SEO on Wordpress driven sites is to switch to a more semantic URL...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 08/08/2011

Microsoft School of PHP: Now open for classes!

PHP remains one of the most popular web development languages. Combining dynamic, edit/save/refresh...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 03/28/2011

Preview: Microsoft School of PHP

If you like PHP, and do not have time to setup the PHPOnWindowsTrainingKit - this forthcoming series...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 03/10/2011

Updating to Core i7 2600. Well, that was easy.

GENERALMELCHETT, my main PC ‘ride’ was built in late 2007. The General is named in homage to the...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 01/18/2011

nRake and IronRuby

A great little case study on the use of IronRuby to create nRake. Thanks to Senior .NET Consultant,...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 01/05/2011

Kiwi Pycon 2010 Presentation Notes

In the time given at Kiwi Pycon 2010, I managed to traverse a wide range of topics related to...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 11/20/2010

Updating Tomáš Matoušek’s repl.rb & adding repl.py

In April 2009, Tomáš Matoušek created a nifty IronRuby script that demonstrated the sharing of...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 11/16/2010

OpenConferenceProtocol

Winning pitch at Sydney Amped. http://openconferenceprotocol.org/ won the Amped Sydney 2010 one day...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 10/17/2010

Notes on OData–TechEd Australia feed

One of the consistent pieces of feedback from our Australian TechEd attendees is “the schedule...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 09/08/2010

The Iron Languages Podcast: Go Listen!

New podcast off the rank is the Iron Languages podcast. Thanks to Will Green and Mike Hall. Go...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 07/10/2010

Adding (DLR) Scripting to a Desktop Application

Want to Learn More? I highly recommend Michael Foord's book, IronPython in Action. I have blogged...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 07/08/2010

Having fun with HTML5, Script/Python & SVG

As a fan of SVG since 2000, it is great to seeing SVG make it big again in HTML5 and Internet...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 06/28/2010

Sydney PHP Users Group, June 2010

Another great night at the Sydney PHP User’s group. It was an interesting update of the trajectory...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 06/22/2010

Random Email Poster Child for US TechEd 2010

Not only has New Orleans won the Super Bowl, it is hosting North America TechEd 2010. It seems the...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 02/09/2010

JDBC to SQL Azure

Using the open source jTDS JDBC Driver, you can connect to SQL Azure.   Driver class name:...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 01/25/2010

MahTweets goes 2.7

The MahTweets team have released version 2.7 of the open source social media client. Based on WPF,...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 01/14/2010

Windows 7 Multiple-monitor keyboard shortcut

Just randomly found this feature. I am sure its documented in some list somewhere. To move a...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 01/05/2010

Hyper-immersion and Character Weaknesses

Long, long time now posts. Twitter captures my immediate thoughts; and time is captured by other...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 11/22/2009

The long search for the perfect WPF Twitter Client. Over.

Twitter; Facebook and friends is the place where I spend most of my day. For work and play....

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 09/05/2009

Open Source Goodness Comes in Threes

Hyper-V Instrumentation via Linux driver, source code contribution (GPLv2) Microsoft Live@EDU...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 07/22/2009

Get a Backstage Pass

As TechEd 2009 approaches, there are many people scurrying around behind the scenes ensuring the...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 07/12/2009

Unintended Consequences

Two unintended consequences of Microsoft open sourcing: 1. Google Chrome (on Windows) uses the...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 07/09/2009

PHP: Of Eyes, Ears and Clouds

SOme quick notes on Microsoft and PHP things that are in motion. Things is such a great Anglo-Saxon...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 07/07/2009

Sanity Prevails

The FOSS community has been concerned about the difficulties, pros and cons of including Mono-built...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 07/06/2009

Tweets: Netbooks

ntpro: Where was something kick-ass like this for the first 2500 #TechEd US registrations? Screw the...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 06/30/2009

Community Project No. 1

Andrew Dugdell has started a blog following us HP mini-note/netbook guys on our 10 week journey to...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 06/30/2009

HP Mini-notebooks/Netbooks at TechEd: The coverage so far

Documenting the initial coverage for posterity. Will update as stuff flows Long Zheng “got the...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 06/30/2009

Big Things in Mini Packages

(the image above is not displayed at actual size) Mini Packages Yes!, paid delegates to Australia's...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 06/29/2009

IronPython at SyPy, 3rd April 2009

Photo thanks to James Dumay Thanks to all for questions, and attending on Thursday night. Big ups to...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 04/03/2009

Need to Test Against Varied Versions of Internet Explorer?

Need to test your website against new and old versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer? Microsoft...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 03/04/2009

IIS7.x, Server Farms and Ruby

(Caution: Ruby application names are as prolific, esoteric and funny as Microsoft code names) The...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 02/24/2009

Windows 7, IIS 7.5 and Ruby on Rails

Having spent the weekend working on Ruby on Rails with IIS/SQLServer 2008 Express backend via...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 02/22/2009

John Resig: “The DOM is a Mess”

John Resig, a developer at the Mozilla Foundation, presented at Yahoo! on jQuery. More specifically,...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 02/02/2009

Editing CSS in Internet Explorer 8

A question from a recent workshop given by my colleague in evangelism, Delicategenius (please note:...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 01/27/2009

Pragmatic Internet Explorer 8 (RC1) Testing

Yay! Internet Explorer 8 gets closer to final release. A Release Candidate is what happens after a...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 01/26/2009

Internet Explorer 8, Enterprise and Intranets

A common question from Web developers is: “when in IE6 going to die?” Yesterday, visiting the...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 01/21/2009

Inaugration: Photosynth on the Mac: via Silverlight

No matter your political standing, the election and inauguration of Barak Obama is a moment for all...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 01/21/2009

Microsoft Tag: Mac, PDF to Bitmap

Microsoft Tag renders vector version of the colourful tag. This is not conducive to easy use on the...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 01/19/2009

Microsoft Tags with No Colour

Long Zheng, over at istartedsomething.com has conducted more experiments with the new Microsoft Tag....

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 01/09/2009

Printing Microsoft Tags

Yesterday, Microsoft released a new piece of technology in beta: Microsoft Tag. When you start...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 01/08/2009

Therapeutic HTML and CSS

Holidays over. Time to return to work! Crisis! How to get back into the tempo of work? Ease in via...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 01/05/2009

Dynamic Language Runtime 0.9 and IronPython 2.0

Over on codeplex, the smart team behind the DLR (Dynamic Language Runtime) and IronPython have...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 12/15/2008

PHP on Windows

Do you use PHP on Windows? Love to hear your stories. Comment here or email me at...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 12/14/2008

Open Source Developer Conference, Sydney, 2008

During the 30 minutes of presentation, I demonstrated the following bits and pieces of open source...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 12/14/2008

IronPython + F# + Parallel + Async = A Kittehz Brekfst

more animals As per the image above, cats and threads do no mix. Python and threads may not mix,...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 11/12/2008

F#: Perth .NET User’s Group

Thanks to Mitch Wheat for inviting me to talk, and letting me choose the topic: F#. Also a major...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 11/11/2008

During the 50 minutes of presentation (including at least 9 ICHC images), I demonstrated the...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 11/10/2008

Microformats Toolkit: Oomph

John Allsopp, Mr Microformats, has posted a new article on visitmix.com: The Quiet Revolution. The...

Author: NickHodgeMicrosoft Date: 10/22/2008

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