Weblogs In Journalism Conference

The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill is hosting a Weblogs
In Journalism Conference
Jan 26 & 27. Topics range from how to actually setup
a weblog, the process of writing in a weblog, and some of the issues associated with
bloging. I’m not a journalist and I’ve missed the registration deadline but it sound
intersting enough to possibly still try and check out. If I miss it, hopefully there
will be a blog entry or two about it somewhere.

UPDATE: Due to the winter weather the conference has been
moved to March 15 & 16.

It’s an amazing shrinking world we live in.

January 25, 1925
Inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, and his assistant, Thomas
A. Watson, talk by telephone to each other over a 3,400-mile wire between New York
and San Francisco. This marks the first transcontinental telephone service. The two
held the first wire conversation in 1876 when they spoke over a two-mile wire stretched
between Cambridge and Boston.

And to think, it’s been just a little over a decade since we all started to get to
know this new thing called “Internet”. This 1993
clip is a great look at how impressive that technology was then. [Link
thanks to Tech-Knowledge]

Today I use my broadband internet connection, voice over IP, and a VPN to daily
digitally commute to work 3000 miles away. My Messenger window shows me near real
time status of friends, family, and associates world wide. For each one, communication
is only a click away. On an even broader scale, as I sit hear on a cold winter day
in the southeast, I look in awe at the 22mb color image send earlier in the day back
to earth from the planet Mars. It’s an amazing shrinking world we live in.

What would Bell and Watson say if they could see how far things have come? Could they
have imagined what those telegraph wires along railroad routes would become? Yet there
is so much more technology peeking at us from around the next corner. I truly hope
that on January 25, 2014 I can sit back and say “Wow, look how far communications
have com in the last decade”. Will the internet become that utility that becomes a
part of every home and business? What will the weblog of 2014 consist of? And how
far away will VOIP allow me to talk?


ASP.NET Webcast Week


If you’re not signed ip yet, get on it before it’s too late! January 19-23, 2004 is
MSDN’s ASP.net
Webcast week
. I just enjoyed an excellent presentation by Jim
on ASP.Net State Management. it was great that he even referenced Rory’s
in the presentation for more information on an example. The code samples
from Jim’s presentation are going to be posted on his site. The other presentations
coming this week are:

Wednesday, January 21

Practices: Migrating from ASP to ASP.NET Part II

1/21/2004, 1:00 PM
– 2:30 PM PST (GMT-8)
Asli Bilgin

Thursday, January 22

Your Own ASP.NET Server Controls

1/22/2004, 9:00 AM
– 10:30 AM PST (GMT-8)
Chris Mazzanti 

ASP.NET Practices for Shielding Your Site from Hackers

1/22/2004, 1:00 PM
– 2:30 PM PST (GMT-8)
Edgar Sánchez 

Friday, January 23

for PHP Developers: Introduction

1/23/2004, 9:00 AM
– 10:30 AM PST (GMT-8)
Paul Murphy

the DataList and Repeater ASP.NET Controls

1/23/2004, 11:00
AM – 12:30 PM PST (GMT-8)
Ken Getz

for PHP Developers: Migration Best Practices

1/23/2004, 1:00 PM
– 2:30 PM PST (GMT-8)
Paul Murphy

This is a great resource that Microsoft is offering the development community. I highly
recommend checking these out if you have not already. It’s great to have the MSDN
events come through town (Please don’t stop that) but having the webcasts is a great
way to keep learning. If you can’t make a session or they are full, all of the presentations
will also be available aftwards for on-demand viewing. There are many more upcoming
as well.

At our last user group meeting, a number of us were talking about how cool it would
be to find a way to webcast some of our speaker presentations. We had some people
drive 2.5 hours each way to our last meeting. It would be great to expand our reach
as well as interact with other groups. Maybe we need INETA webcasts?

Dev Days 2004

UPDATE: It sounds like a number of us from the TRINUG user
group are going to be attending. If you’re planning on going let me know and we can
all try to get together.

Durham, NC – Tuesday, March 9, 2004
Marriott Durham at the Civic Center
201 Foster Street
Durham, NC 27701


Outlook .VCal generator

Every so often I notice people
talking about
having web sites and email messages provide a simple way of adding
items to an outlook schedule. Some MSDN event reminders from Microsoft provide something
like this, while others seem not to. The following code can be used to have a website
send a .vcal file that when opened will create a scheduled event in outlook. A sample
with a user selectable interface is available here.
In most cases, you would simply push predefined values to the user.

Public Sub PushDate(ByVal eventStart As Date, ByVal eventEnd As Date, ByVal eventSummary As String, ByVal eventDescription As String, ByVal eventLocation As String)>

‘Set mime types and other file related details
Response.ContentType = “text/x-vCalendar”
Response.AddHeader(“content-disposition”, “inline; filename=appointment2.vcs”)
‘ Remove the charset from the Content-Type header.

Response.Charset = “”
‘ Turn off the view state

EnableViewState = False
‘ Write the vcalendar info back to the browser

Response.Write(“BEGIN:VCALENDAR” & ControlChars.NewLine)
Response.Write(“PRODID:-//Microsoft Corporation//Outlook 10.0 MIMEDIR//EN” & ControlChars.NewLine)
Response.Write(“VERSION:1.0” & ControlChars.NewLine)
Response.Write(“BEGIN:VEVENT” & ControlChars.NewLine)
Response.Write(“DTSTART:” & eventStart.ToUniversalTime.ToString(“yyyyMMdd\THHmmss\Z”)
& ControlChars.NewLine)
Response.Write(“DTEND:” & eventEnd.ToUniversalTime.ToString(“yyyyMMdd\THHmmss\Z”)
& ControlChars.NewLine)
Response.Write(“LOCATION;ENCODING=QUOTED-PRINTABLE:” & eventLocation & ControlChars.NewLine)
Response.Write(“UID:15” & ControlChars.NewLine)
Response.Write(“DESCRIPTION;ENCODING=QUOTED-PRINTABLE:” & eventDescription &
Response.Write(“SUMMARY;ENCODING=QUOTED-PRINTABLE:” & eventSummary & ControlChars.NewLine)
Response.Write(“PRIORITY:3” & ControlChars.NewLine) 
Response.Write(“End:VEVENT()” & ControlChars.NewLine)
Response.Write(“End:VCALENDAR()” & ControlChars.NewLine)
‘ End the response

End Sub



January 14 Triangle .Net User Group Meeting

New in Delphi 8 for .Net

presentation will feature a discussion of the new features

found in Delphi for .net.

presentation will feature a discussion of the new features found in Delphi for .net.
There will be demos of the product running in the .net environment, including ASP.net,
database connectivity, component creation, interoperating with other .net languages
and the new, integrated uml/eco/mda modeling tools.

The presentation will be given by Randy Miller of Borland

Software, Inc. and John Scalco of Ideal Software, Inc.

Randy Miller bio

Randy Miller, aka Granville Miller, is the Editor-in-Chief of The Coad Letter. As
a software developer and architect, Randy has spent more than sixteen years in the
industry, working at large companies such as IBM and Nortel as well as start-ups such
as BroadBand Technologies, Make Systems, Access Network Management, and TogetherSoft.
He is the co-author of Advanced Use Case Modeling and A Practical Guide to Extreme
Programming. His interests include software development technology and agile software
development processes.

John Scalco bio

John Scalco is the President of Ideal Software, Inc, a local consulting company. He
has been developing Windows applications for the last 11 years using a variety of
technologies including C++, Delphi, Visual Basic and .Net. He has a Delphi certification
from Borland and is the President of the RTP-DIG Delphi User Group. He is also an
active participant in the Triangle .Net User group.

For more information…

Next month… Developing
Websites with DotNetNuke
with Jim Duffy

Say NO to VoIP Regulation

Regulators in the US and other nations are considering regulations and charging fees
to providers similar to those imposed on the traditional telephone companies. This
reminds by of the early internet days when telcos screamed for regulations as up and
comers became industry leaders overnight. For many telcos, these threats appeared
to be nothing more than scare tactics to allow them time to catch up. Look at the
recent Verizon/Nortel announcement
as a good indication of what their plans are. Would they not just love to have the
government limit the growth of Vonage until they are ready to compete? Regulation
will kill innovation on the internet. Even the
FCC thinks
this could be harmful. In the very least, individual countries attempts
to regulate will hold back companies from competing. Imagine what would happen if
the post office convinced the government that there should be a per email charge to
subsidize the postal service? Yes we need to have laws apply to things like piracy,
but we shouldn’t punish industries offerin new consumer choices.

Blogging with Ink.

Loren over at Incremental Blogger has posted a screen shot of WebCamNotes,
an ink blogging application and a few others like Julia
are working on them as well. I think the concept of ink blogging is extremely
cool. As somebody that believes very strongly about the potential of that tablet pc,
I think ink is a great format of input, but I have mixed feelings about the posting
ink as an image. While there are certainly some fine examples of expression
through the pen
, there are issues with two of the best things about blogs are
the power of search engines and RSS. I strongly buy into the Scoble view
of news aggregators as the only way to read blogs effectively.

Now if we could effectively use ALT image tags to hold the converted text of the ink
and hopefully help with the search engines. Another option would be do have blog engines
return text to searches. I don’t know if this would work well enough or not,
at least until somebody creates a search engine that could somehow index and search
“digital ink” like is capable within OneNote, but I think we’re far from
this. The second thing would be for a news aggregator to read this as well and optionally
display the text.

For now I think that we’re left with Ink Blogging being cool, but a few issues need
to be worked out.

Microsoft Dev Days 2004

Microsoft Dev
Days 2004
will be making a local stop in Durham, NC on March 9th.  The official
word on the event is:

DevDays 2004 promises to be one of the most
rewarding events of the year for professional developers. With a focus on building
secure Smart client and Web applications using the Visual Studio .NET infrastructure,
this event will help you add power and security to your applications. Each attendee
will also receive:
OpenHack source code

  • Visual Studio .NET “Whidbey” technology

  • “Whidbey” pre-release software

  • Microsoft Visual Basic®.NET Resource

  • ASP.NET Resource Kit

  • Visual Basic .NET Resource Kit CD

  • SupportVision Source Code

I will be in attendance promoting our local .Net user
if you’re going to be there, stop by and say hi!