ASP.NET, Visual Studio .NET
As the ASP.NET scene is getting more involved in all the talk about HTML5, I’ve discovered that I have become a second class citizen in the world of .NET.
As a developer in a small firm, I don’t have access to the latest and greatest tools or the room to implement new technologies. We still build our webapps with ASP.NET Web Forms, VB.NET 3.5 and Visual Studio 2008. In the meantime, Microsoft have come along with many new innovations and tools I’ve had to miss out on: .NET 4.0, Visual Studio 2010, ASP.NET MVC, NuGet, ASP.NET Websites with Razor. These tools are all great and “nice to have” but a little more difficult to integrate into our current environment. One thing I really do miss though is support for HTML 5.
Gadgets & Tools apple, drm, ebook, ipad
A little while ago I got involved in a discussion on Digital Rights Management (DRM) and the iPad on Twitter. @MacMK had recently bought a digital book at Bol.com, and complained that she was given no warning that this would not work on her shiny new iPad.
Most eBooks are sold in PDF or ePub format and are commonly protected with Adobe’s Digital Experience Protection Technology (ADEPT) DRM scheme. Although there are quite a few ebook readers that support this format, Apple products are one of the few that don’t. This is because Apple sells ebooks through its own iBook Store, protecting the files with their own proprietary FairPlay DRM scheme. As a result, the standard iBooks app on Apple’s iOS (iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch) only read unprotected and FairPlay-protected ebooks. This is also the case of the very popular Stanza app.
Humour Humour, singapore
Having lunch at a food court normally doesn’t cause you to giggle. But if you’re a Dutchman at the ION Food Court in Singapore there are plenty giggles to be had at the expense of Chinese business owners.
I just couldn’t help myself when I read the name of one restaurants name and just cracked up: Balestier Bak Kut Teh. Now if you’re not a Dutch speaker you won’t catch the Bak Kut reference which translates as “box of cunt”: not something to associate a restaurant with, but oh so sophomorishly funny.
Recently my uncle Theo requested a song on the radio for grandma Tromp.
Although the song uncle Theo requested was not to exactly to my taste (bleh when it comes to most Dutch music) the song had great sentimental value anyway. Below is the recording of his message and the song he requested (Danny de Munk – “Een bloemetje voor jou”), all in Dutch of course.
It was very sweet of him and a great way to say thanks for the great support she is for so many of us. Uncle Theo went on to say how through all the tough times in her life his mother has always been cheerful and optimistic. All of her 10 remainging children (of 12), 22 grandchildren and 8 greatgrandchildren wish her all the best.
After having left my personal website to rot for the last 9 years (!) I’ve decided to breathe fresh air into this site.
First order of business is to get a spanking new WordPress MU 2.8 instance up and running and it seems to be working very well.
Stay tuned as I will soon find my voice and start writing again!
Amazing shot! One in a million
Misc, Siteseeing, Travel art, photography
I came across this amazing cartoon drawn in the dust on the truck in front of me. What a great way to start the day!
The incredible blues artist Seasick Steve has recently released a ne album entitled “I Started Out With Nothin’ and I Still Got Most of It Left“.
This album is fantastic, just as great as his debut. This one however has a few more slow and romantic songs on it.
My absolute favourite is Walkin’ Man.
Gadgets & Tools, Note to Self
Back in December, I bought myself a little present in the form of a GPS receiver.
I wanted to get it as it could work well with my then spanking new Nokia E65 phone.
After scouring the GPS websites, of which there hundreds, I eventfully decided on getting the Holux M-1000. This little gem was an absolute killer: more accurate, longer battery life and a smaller form factor than anything else available in regular Dutch high street shops.
So I got me one those little monsters from my local MediaMarkt and tried to get it to work. Sadly, the results were abysmal and most of the time I couldn’t even get a signal. Or so my phone said.
Well today I took the time do a thorough scanning of the internet. It turns out that both apps I used (Nokia Maps, Google Maps for Mobile) rely on the underlying Symbian 6 3rd Edition to connect with GPS devices. For some reason, Nokia’s version of Symbian seems to screw around with the Bluetooth connection and fails to maintain it.
To my relief there seems to be a reliable work-around for this. The work-around involves removing the Holux M-1000 registration in the paired devices list within the phone. You need to do this every time before you start a GPS-enabled application. It’s irritating to have to do, but so rewarding when you see the thing connect with 12(!) satellites within 2 seconds flat.
Now my GPS receiver works like a charm and I’m going to have a great time playing around with it. Yahoo!
Thanks to the great comments from dayoka on the Nokia forum.
Just recently in the news, Linden Labs (the creators of Second Life) and IBM have announced that they will allow corporations to run isolated portions of the Second Life universe on their own administrated servers to cater their business needs.
I used to work at a company that was exploring the business uses of Second Life. Sad to say the subject has been so dead over here in Europe that this all seems a lot like something that should have been ready during the hype 2 years ago.
Not to mention, this whole setup sounds all to familiar to the way in which ActiveWorlds works; and a lot of good it did that.
For years, Linden Labs has argued that its sole hosting of the Second Life universe was a unique selling point, something that made it more secure, more reliable than its competitors.
Sorry Linden Labs, you really have lost me.
I’m ready to jump aboard the OpenSim, Croquet and Multiverse projects!
See: NY Times Article “Second Life: Tamed for Corporate Consumption”.