September 2004 - Posts

Is it a Blog? Is it a Wiki?

No it's a Bliki and David Ornstein (creator of FlexWiki) has found it before it's officially launched! I'm a big fan of Wikis, especially FlexWiki and I'm also a big fan of blogs (obviously). Recently I found Hallgrim Ludvigsen's bliki and decided that Read More

Shiny New Toy!

Having only been at my new job for a week, I've finally got my shiny new toy: a Sony VAIO VGN-A197XP laptop. This is quite a beast as laptops go and is far too heavy to be portable; thankfully I won't need to be doing much of that. However, it's a 17" Read More

FlexWiki Moves to SourceForge

FlexWiki has finally made the move to SourceForge. David Ornstein makes the announcement on his blog: "This evening Flex Wiki took the next step in its life and has been made available at Source under the Common Public License. With Read More

Virtual PC and Windows XP SP2

Aarron Skonnard points out that installing SP2 on a Virtual PC image causes the performance to grind to a halt. Fortunately he also provides a solution (via Geary Eppley): install the latest add-ins that ship with Virtual Server. Thanks Aaron. Read More

Your Distinct Personality: The Benevolent Ruler

Having seen this via on Chris Sells' blog (a Black Knight) I thought I'd take a look myself. It seems I'm a Benevolent Ruler. I don't agree with much of what it says, but the title sounds good ;) "Your distinct personality, The Benevolent Ruler might Read More

.NET Remoting

First week on the job and I've already hit my first serious problem. Admittedly this isn't a problem for the overall project, but it's a problem on my laptop. Part of the project uses .NET Remoting between a service and a client running in some web pages. Read More

The Dawning of a New Era

For about the last six months I have tried in vain to run my own software development company; not on a grand scale, I was what Eric Sink called a Micro-ISV, i.e. just me. I say in vain because when I made the shift to full-time self-employment I was Read More

Closing a Page From the CodeBehind

As a relative newcomer to ASP .NET this is probably blindingly obvious to most people, but it wasn't to me and took some digging around to find. Basically, I have a page that opens another page as a pop-up. This pop-up then needs to be able to perform Read More

ASP .NET Hosting Service Goes Live

Salamander Software Ltd (i.e. Me), in association with, are proud to announce the launch of their ASP .NET Developer Shared Hosting service for registered members of (registration is free). The service offers four packages, including Read More

GMail Notification

A while ago I signed up to GMail, my initial thoughts were that I wouldn't use it much and besides, it's web-based so I'll have to go and check on-line all the time to see if I've got any emails. purely by coincidence I picked up a magazine the other Read More

New MSDN Documentation for Visual Studio 2005

Craig Andera has just announced that he and others have been working on the next version of the MSDN publishing system and that the first publicly available version is now available at "This is a complete rewrite Read More

GMail Reloaded

I'm not entirely sure what's going on with GMail, perhaps they are having a recruitment drive to ramp up the testing, but my original 6 invites has remained at 6 even after inviting 2 people :confused: Same rules as before; if you haven't got a GMail Read More

Free ASP .NET Hosting

That got your attention! But it's actually true. Further to my earlier post, I have developed my hosting idea further and have put together a page to show the options (including a free one) and the basic features they provide along with their provisional Read More

Service Disruption

Sometime in the next few days you may notice some disruption in the service at this blog and all other domains. This is while the domain is transferred to a new registrar. Apologies for any inconvenience, but rest assured I'll Read More

Join the GMail Revolution

Not wanting to jump on the bandwagon or anything, but I have been lucky enough to get a GMail invite from a friend and now it seems that I have 65 invitations to hand out too. So, to liven things up a little if you're interested post a comment with a Read More

ASP .NET Hosting

It occured to me the other day that I have a reasonably specced dedicated server with surplus bandwidth and surplus hard disk space. The reason I have the server and the surplus is a long and complicated story, which I may post about another time. So, Read More

.NET vs Native Performance

Wesner Moise has an interesting discussion about NET vs Native Performance "Here's what I believe: I don't think that .NET applications necessarily perform worse than native applications. On the other hand, even in idle, WinForms applications are Read More

Ten CSS Tricks Corrected and Improved

An earlier post of mine pointed out an article on detailing Ten CSS Tricks You May Not Know. Understandably this has received a lot of discussion and now Tantek Çelik gives his critique and corrections of this article. Read More in Beta

A while back a new developer community, was started by Anders Molin and Marc Clifton. Shortly after the site started Tom Archer also came on board. Now I don't pretend to know the ins and outs of what happened, but Anders felt he couldn't Read More

RSS for the Add-in Zone

Just thought I'd mention this in case any of you didn't know. The Add-in Zone has an RSS feed for the home page news items. This is actually the last 25 news items, but you can subscribe to each category separately if you wish, just go to the Syndication Read More

New OneNote PowerToys

I just added news of this to the Add-in Zone; it's two new power toys for Microsoft Office OneNote 2003: "OneNote Image WriterThis PowerToy is a virtual printer that enables the import of document images into Microsoft Office OneNote® 2003 sections. Read More

Web Deploy -> Unleash It

Web Deploy, an application I've raved about in the past, has been renamed Unleash It and upgraded to version 2 with "lots of enhancements over WebDeploy". "Unleash It, formerly known as WebDeploy, is a utility built with web developers in mind. It Read More

Web Accessibility Toolbar

Via Scott Watermasysk I've just come across the AIS Web Accessibility Toolbar. "The Web Accessibility Toolbar is provided by the Accessible Information Solutions (AIS) team at the National Information and Library Service (NILS), Australia. Please Read More

Ten CSS tricks you may not know

Ten CSS tricks you may not know from Read More

Friendster fires developer for blog

Friendster fires developer for blogFriendster, known for breaking new ground in online social networking and promoting self-expression among peers, fired one of its employees Monday for her personal Web log, or online diary. Joyce Park, a Web developer Read More

Pocket-Sized Design: Taking Your Website to the Small Screen

Pocket-Sized Design: Taking Your Website to the Small Screen Among the many websites that are out there, few are standards-compliant. Among those few, only a handful sport style sheets adjusted to the needs of handheld devices. Of those which do offer Read More