Digital Thoughts : Blog relating to this actual blog or blogging in general.en-GBCommunityServer 1.1 (Build: LakinDerek Lakin ( Flare for FeedBurner Subscribers, 13 Dec 2005 14:40:00 GMT31eb02f0-ccfc-4712-8b04-2b5c7351f0c8:603Derek LakinDerek Lakin (<P>FeedBurner recently announced FeedFlare, a new service for FeedBurner users:</P> <BLOCKQUOTE dir=ltr> <P>FeedFlare is initially launching today with seven simple options, including: </P> <UL> <LI>most popular tags for this item via <A href="#topofpage"></A> <LI>tag this item at <LI><A href="#topofpage">Technorati</A> cosmos: number of links to this post <LI><A href="#topofpage">Creative Commons</A> license for this specific item. This works even if you are splicing, say, a Flickr photo feed into a blog feed and the two parent feeds have different licenses associated with them. <LI>number of comments on this post (currently only for feeds created by Wordpress) <LI>email this item <LI>email the author of this item (particularly helpful if the item ends up spliced into another feed or repurposed on a site). </LI></UL> <P>Shortly after this launch, we'll also integrate a "more like this" option from <A href="#topofpage">Sphere</A> which will link to a list of related posts at Sphere.</P></BLOCKQUOTE> <P dir=ltr>So, for those of you who are using the FeedBurner feed you'll now found a few extra links at the bottom of each post. I haven't worked out what I need to do to get the "email the author" bit to work yet, but the rest seems to be OK. If you're not using the FeedBurner feed then shame on you! Now you have an even more compelling reason to switch.</P><img src="/aggbug_PostID_603.html" width="1" height="1">Derek LakinDerek Lakin ( A-Go-Go, 01 Dec 2005 14:44:00 GMT31eb02f0-ccfc-4712-8b04-2b5c7351f0c8:594Derek LakinDerek Lakin ( analysis of the visitor stats for my blog (using Google's <A href="#topofpage">Analytics</A> service has indicated that I have significantly higher traffic from search engine hits than I have from persistent readers, which is quite disappointing in some respects as it means that the majority of readers find me by accident and relatively few visit because they like what I post. On the other hand it means that this site has potential to earn my some money as new visitors from search engines make google advert clickers. As a result I've added Adwords to the site layout. They're quite discreet so hopefully my repeat visitors won't be too upset.<img src="/aggbug_PostID_594.html" width="1" height="1">Derek LakinDerek Lakin ('s Baby and Web 2.0, 18 Nov 2005 11:45:00 GMT31eb02f0-ccfc-4712-8b04-2b5c7351f0c8:580Derek LakinDerek Lakin (<P>In addition to the kind of posts I've been churning out here I'm now writing (generally) lengthier posts on <A href="#topofpage">Bill's Baby</A> and <A href="#topofpage">Web 2.0 Blog</A>, both part of the <A href="#topofpage">FineFools community</A>. </P> <P>The Bill's Baby blog is all about Microsoft,&nbsp;to which my contributions are developer focused. Recent posts include my <A href="">review of the UK Launch Tour</A> for Visual Studio/SQL Server 2005 and <A href="">Which Visual Studio Edition is Right For Me?</A></P> <P>The Web 2.0 Blog, as it's name suggests, is all about Web 2.0 with recent posts covering <A href="#topofpage">Microsoft's Live service announcement</A> and a <A href="#topofpage">description of what Ajax is</A>.</P> <P>I'm just wondering if I should add them in to my <A href="#topofpage">combined Feedburner feed</A> or not. Any preferences?</P><img src="/aggbug_PostID_580.html" width="1" height="1">Derek LakinDerek Lakin ( Free Stuff!, 14 Nov 2005 11:26:00 GMT31eb02f0-ccfc-4712-8b04-2b5c7351f0c8:578Derek LakinDerek Lakin (<P>Continuing the tradition of signingup for free developer goodies here's a post about more free stuff. Over at the Component Factory the <A href="#topofpage">Krypton Toolkit</A>&nbsp;has been released. Just go to the <A href="#topofpage">Downloads</A> link and enter your email address to receive instructions. The Krypton Toolkit is a .NET 2.0 user&nbsp;interface control library for Windows Forms with full support for Visual Studio 2005 that is free for commercialuse.</P> <P>In addition to this they are also <A href="#topofpage">offering a free license</A> and 12 months subscription to Crownwood Software's <A href="#topofpage">DotNetMagic</A>&nbsp;simply by blogging about the Krypton Toolkit release.</P><img src="/aggbug_PostID_578.html" width="1" height="1">Derek LakinDerek Lakin ( Posts, 05 Oct 2005 15:46:00 GMT31eb02f0-ccfc-4712-8b04-2b5c7351f0c8:561Derek LakinDerek Lakin ( for the recent flurry of post-dated posts, but I had been blogging them on one of my <A href="#topofpage">imeem</A> <A href="#topofpage">blogs</A> and decided that I should cross-post them here too (as this site gets much more traffic). There won't be any more post-dated posts, but you can rest assured that there will be plenty more .NET 2.0 posts!<img src="/aggbug_PostID_561.html" width="1" height="1">Derek LakinDerek Lakin ( 8.6, 04 Oct 2005 18:17:00 GMT31eb02f0-ccfc-4712-8b04-2b5c7351f0c8:553Derek LakinDerek Lakin (<P>Saw this over on <A href="#topofpage"></A> and thought I'd take a look, too as I'd never heard of it either. It seems that he and I have the same score! It seems that although his is better marketed, mine is better designed and more satisfying to visit!</P> <TABLE cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=10> <TR> <TD><SPAN class=tabletitle>Marketing</SPAN></TD> <TD>How well marketed, and popular the website is.</TD> <TD align=right><SPAN class=tabletitle>8.7</SPAN></TD></TR> <TR> <TD><SPAN class=tabletitle>Design</SPAN></TD> <TD>How well designed and built the website is.</TD> <TD align=right><SPAN class=tabletitle>9.9</SPAN></TD></TR> <TR> <TD><SPAN class=tabletitle>Accessibility</SPAN></TD> <TD>How accessible the website is, particularly to those with disabilities.</TD> <TD align=right><SPAN class=tabletitle>10.0</SPAN></TD></TR> <TR> <TD><SPAN class=tabletitle>Experience</SPAN></TD> <TD>How satisfying the website is likely to be.</TD> <TD align=right><SPAN class=tabletitle>9.6</SPAN></TD></TR> <TR> <TD><SPAN class=tabletitle>Visitor rating</SPAN></TD> <TD>Average user rating for this site's design (website needs more votes)</TD> <TD align=right><SPAN class=tabletitle>No votes</SPAN><BR>(<A href="#topofpage" target=_blank>Vote for this site</A>)</TD></TR> <TR> <TD><SPAN class=tabletitle>Overall</SPAN></TD> <TD>Summary score for this website.</TD> <TD align=right><SPAN class=tabletitle>8.6</SPAN></TD></TR></TABLE> <P><A href="#topofpage"><IMG alt="Silktide SiteScore for this website" src="" border=0> </A></P><img src="/aggbug_PostID_553.html" width="1" height="1">Derek LakinDerek Lakin ( SauceReader Release(ish), 30 Sep 2005 09:15:00 GMT31eb02f0-ccfc-4712-8b04-2b5c7351f0c8:550Derek LakinDerek Lakin (<P>According to the Sauce Reader blog there is a new version of Sauce Reader available v2.0.2, which is just a minimal update to make it non-expiring (apparently v2.0.1 expires today). Unfortunately the link to the download is not responding! What will I use if I can't continue with Sauce Reader? Aaaaaarrrggghhh the world will end!</P> <BLOCKQUOTE dir=ltr> <P>"This is a minimal update to Sauce Reader that is a non-expiring version. Sauce Reader v2.0.1 expires today, so please <A href="">download and install</A> the new version immediately."</P></BLOCKQUOTE> <P dir=ltr>Update: The download is working now.</P><img src="/aggbug_PostID_550.html" width="1" height="1">Derek LakinDerek Lakin ( Studio 2005 for Dummies, 28 Sep 2005 16:15:00 GMT31eb02f0-ccfc-4712-8b04-2b5c7351f0c8:547Derek LakinDerek Lakin (<P>I've started to explore Visual Studio 2005 (at last) by working on a project that's been on hold for too long. I'm not talking about the project itself publicly just yet, but I am working with&nbsp;a closed group of people on a private meem on <A href="#topofpage">imeem</A>. I'm blogging about my experiences with VS 2K5 (and SQL 2K5) on an imeem blog because then all my experiences with this project are in the same place.</P> <P>The <A href="#topofpage">first post</A> reads as follows:</P> <BLOCKQUOTE dir=ltr> <P>"If you want to create an ASP .NET Web application the first thing to remember is that you choose File &gt; New &gt; Web Site.&nbsp;File &gt; New &gt; Project and Start Page &gt; Create &gt; Project don't give you access to ASP .NET apps.</P> <P>The next thing to think about is: Do you want to have other projects as part of the solution? If you do just create an Empty Solution first and then you can add Projects and Web Sites to that Solution from the Solution Explorer."</P></BLOCKQUOTE><img src="/aggbug_PostID_547.html" width="1" height="1">Derek LakinDerek Lakin ( Digital Thoughts, 21 Sep 2005 09:57:00 GMT31eb02f0-ccfc-4712-8b04-2b5c7351f0c8:541Derek LakinDerek Lakin (<P><A href=",guid,4c350068-224c-400b-902c-a24d81dc0aea.aspx">Scott Hansleman</A> has done it and now <A href="#topofpage">Sam Gentile</A> has done it too; if it's good enough for them, it's good enough for me. What am I talking about? <A href="#topofpage">Feedburner</A>. I've setup a <A href="#topofpage">Feedburner feed</A> that new readers should use to subscribe to (and I've changed the subscription options in the header).</P> <P>The advantages for me is primarily the ability to see some information about reader statistics. For you my faithful readers: you get to have a single feed which won't change even if I change domain name (now that Salamander Software is gone that's quite likely), you also get to see my <A href="#topofpage"></A> links and my latest <A href="#topofpage">Flickr</A> photos all combined in to a single feed thanks to Link Splicer and Photo Splicer. Thanks to SmartFeed I also don't need to provide both Atom and RSS feeds (of various versions) as Feedburner will serve up whatever your aggregator needs.</P> <P>Here's an array of chicklets that you can use to subscribe to the feed in various different aggregators:</P> <P><A title="Digital Thoughts" href="#topofpage"><IMG alt="" src="" border=0></A> <A title="Digital Thoughts" href="#topofpage"><IMG alt="Subscribe in NewsGator Online" src="" border=0></A> <A title="Digital Thoughts" href=""><IMG alt="Subscribe in Rojo" src="" border=0></A>&nbsp;<A title="Digital Thoughts"><IMG alt="Subscribe to Digital Thoughts in Pluck RSS Reader" src="" border=0></A>&nbsp;<BR><A title="Digital Thoughts" href=""><IMG alt="Subscribe in Bloglines" src="" border=0></A>&nbsp;<A title="Digital Thoughts" href="#topofpage"><IMG alt="Add To MyMSN" src="" border=0></A><BR><A title="Subscribe to my feed" href="#topofpage"><IMG alt="" src="" border=0></A> <A title="Subscribe to my feed" href="#topofpage"><IMG alt="" src="" border=0></A> <A title="Subscribe to my feed" href="#topofpage"><IMG alt="" src="" border=0></A> <A title="Subscribe to my feed" href="#topofpage"><IMG alt="" src="" border=0></A></P><img src="/aggbug_PostID_541.html" width="1" height="1">Derek LakinDerek Lakin ( now on eBay, 21 Sep 2005 08:54:00 GMT31eb02f0-ccfc-4712-8b04-2b5c7351f0c8:538Derek LakinDerek Lakin (<P>Just over a month ago I <a href="/archive/2005/08/12/524.html">posted</A> that Synop had closed for business and that their excellent aggregator Sauce Reader was up for sale. Well, it seems that they haven't had any offers as it's now up for sale on <A href="#topofpage">eBay</A>.</P> <P>The starting bid is just $9,999 and there are no bids yet. I don't think my pocket money will stretch that far!</P><img src="/aggbug_PostID_538.html" width="1" height="1">Derek LakinDerek Lakin ( '05, 14 Sep 2005 08:33:00 GMT31eb02f0-ccfc-4712-8b04-2b5c7351f0c8:533Derek LakinDerek Lakin (<P>There's a huge amount of new stuff coming out of PDC '05 at the moment. So much, in fact, that I feel like I can hardly keep up!</P> <P>Here's a quick round up of some of the cool things that I've heard about (not necessarily all from PDC):</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#topofpage">Windows Sideshow</A> - an extra mini display <LI><A href="#topofpage">Windows Sidebar</A> - yep the sidebar will definately be in Windows Vista as revealed in the <A href="#topofpage">PDC Keynote</A> <LI><A href="#topofpage">Microsoft Gadgets</A> - Konfabulator-style widgets for Windows Sidebar, but they can also be applied to Windows Sideshow <LI><A href="#topofpage">Microsoft Codename Max</A> - photo presentation and sharing built using WinFX <LI><A href="#topofpage">Umbraco </A>- open source .NET CMS <LI><A href="#topofpage">Google Blog Search</A> - given Technorati's recent addition of the same feature it was inevitable that Google would do the same soon <LI><A href="#topofpage">Microsoft Office 12 Preview</A></LI></UL> <P>Cool stuff for developers:</P> <UL> <LI><A href="#topofpage">Atlas</A> - Microsoft's .NET AJAX library <LI><A href="#topofpage">Virtual Server 2005</A> - according to Ben "<A href="#topofpage">Virtual PC Guy</A>" Armstrong, Virtual Server 2005 will be included in MSDN Enterprise and Universal&nbsp;subscriptions <LI><A href="#topofpage">LINQ </A>- or Lanquage Integrated Query for .NET</LI></UL> <P>Update: <A href="#topofpage">Microsoft Expression Suite</A> has also been announced now, too. This suite consists of Graphic Designer (codenamed Acrylic), Interactive Designer (codenamed Sparkle) and Web Designer (codenamed Quartz). Acrylic seems to be a Fireworks/Photoshop type application and Quartz seems to be a FrontPage-type application. I think the purpose of Sparkle is to help Developers create good looking applications for WinFX. </P> <P>According to <A href="#topofpage">Scott Guthrie</A> "the VS Whidbey WYSIWYG web designer [will use] the Quartz design surface so that [it] can take advantage of its richer CSS and layout editing support".</P> <P>Also just announced at PDC is the <A href="#topofpage">Windows Workflow Foundation</A>.</P><img src="/aggbug_PostID_533.html" width="1" height="1">Derek LakinDerek Lakin ( Cloud, 12 Sep 2005 10:56:00 GMT31eb02f0-ccfc-4712-8b04-2b5c7351f0c8:532Derek LakinDerek Lakin (<P>Another cool web application that I came across last week (hat tip: <A href="#topofpage">Foo</A>) was <A href="#topofpage">Tag Cloud</A>. TagCloud basically takes in an RSS feed and creates a list of the keywords from that feed and presents them so you can see the most popular ones. Here's the <A href="#topofpage">tag cloud for my RSS feed for this blog</A>:</P> <P> <SCRIPT language=JavaScript src="" type=text/javascript></SCRIPT> </P><img src="/aggbug_PostID_532.html" width="1" height="1">Derek LakinDerek Lakin ( Reader Up For Sale, 12 Aug 2005 09:09:00 GMT31eb02f0-ccfc-4712-8b04-2b5c7351f0c8:524Derek LakinDerek Lakin ( fired up Sauce Reader as usual this morning and to my horror in the Sauce Reader Weblog I found that Synop has <a href="#topofpage">closed for business</a> and that the Sauce Reader product and source code (both versions 1.x and 2.x) are <a href="#topofpage">up for sale</a>!<br> <br> <blockquote>"<b>The Sauce Reader product and source code are <a href="#topofpage">for sale</a>!</b> <div id="itemItemDescription"> <p>Synop has <a href="#topofpage">closed for business</a>. We're very proud of all we've accomplished both internally and by working closely with our customers and users. We appreciate all your interest and support."<br> </p></div> </blockquote> <div id="itemItemDescription"> <p>If I had any kind of money I'd buy it in a flash. Sauce Reader is an excellent RSS reader that I haev always used even when trying out something new. The re-write to version 2 was a great step forward in performance and stability (even if it did switch from C# .NET to Delphi) and it is a great shame that they have not been able to sustain the business.<br> </p> <p>I truly hope that someone can buy the product and continue to take it forward.<br> </p> </div><img src="/aggbug_PostID_524.html" width="1" height="1">Derek LakinDerek Lakin ( to BlueFlame, 29 Jun 2005 14:36:00 GMT31eb02f0-ccfc-4712-8b04-2b5c7351f0c8:500Derek LakinDerek Lakin ( of you visiting the site with a browser (instead of reading posts with an aggregator) will have noticed that the site has a snazzy new look-and-feel to it. As I mentioned before I was bored with BlueCurve and it was time for something different, well this is it and I've called it BlueFlame.<br> <br> The layout was based on the LuxInterior by <a href="#topofpage">Jaxon Rice</a>, but has been modified quite considerably to give what you see here.<br> <br> The lightbulb image is courtesy of <a href="#topofpage">Paul Watson</a>, which is released under a CC license that allows non-commercial, attributed work without modification, so Paul, thanks very much. If you're ever looking for a photographer, Paul's your man. He's an incredibly talented guy who I respect enormously for following his heart not his wallet in his career path.<br> <br> The image used to create the flame comes from a wallpaper that I had lieing around on my PC, but I can't find it online any more. If it's yours and I need permission to use it then I apologise profusely. Please get in touch so I can ask.<br> <br> The latest posts control used in the header was created by <a href="#topofpage">Christian Nordbakk</a>. Thanks for letting me use it Christian.<br> <br> I have one outsanding bug which renders the first row in the recent posts list in black text instead of white under IE. I'm still scratching my head over this one.<br> <br> The next stage is to extend the design over on to the galleries section of the site.<br> <br> I hope you enjoy the new design, I certainly enjoyed creating it.<br> <br><img src="/aggbug_PostID_500.html" width="1" height="1">Derek LakinDerek Lakin ( Configuration Tool, 27 Jun 2005 09:26:00 GMT31eb02f0-ccfc-4712-8b04-2b5c7351f0c8:498Derek LakinDerek Lakin ( Community Server 1.0 was released people like me had a hard time getting it to work for a single blog installation just like I used to have when using .Text. There were a few tutorials/articles around that explained what to do, but I never got galleries working and there seemed to be glitches all over the place.<br> <br> Now that CS 1.1 has been released a lot of the bugs have been fixed, but unfortunately there is no 'out-of-the-box' support for single blog installations. However, <a href="#topofpage">Ken Robertson</a> (who actually works for Telligent) has put this right with his "<a href="#topofpage">Single Blog/Gallery SiteUrls Generator for CS v1.1</a>" tool. To coin phrase "it does exactly what it says on the tin" and is exactly what I needed to get my blog back up and running as a single blog installatio and now the galleries work too. Thanks Ken!<br> <br> As I mentioned before I'm working on a new skin for the blog and this theme will aslo be carried over to the galleries section when I get chance. The majority of the work on the new theme is actually already done; there's just a few more tweaks to make and I'm also waiting for a friend to come back off holiday so I can get his permission to use one of his photo's in the theme.<br> <br><img src="/aggbug_PostID_498.html" width="1" height="1">