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Friday, January 26, 2007 11:58 AM

Enso Launcher (pretty, flashy, and nice)

by Ted Jardine

After reading Scott Hanselman's blog post today called "Another Way to Replace Start Run - Enso Launcher" I downloaded it. Very nice!

Until now, I haven't found a challenger to SlickRun. If you don't have SlickRun yet, download it and enter Win-Q bliss. For working on development projects I've got projectname set up as a link to my Visual Studio solution file, _projectname set to open the project source files in explorer, and >projectname set to open up any related documents etc. for the project in explorer. I probably hit the Windows key - Q combination a 100 times a day. And you have to love "morning", my shortcut set to automatically open up Outlook, RSS reader, and QuickBooks in one fell swoop.

However, having said that, it takes much too long to set up shortcut links when you're focused on getting something done (leading to sometimes days of countless drilling down in explorer to find a regularly accessed item). And, though possibly a bit too hedonistic, it just isn't very pretty and flashy and nice. I've tried Launchy, but while pretty, flashy, and nice, it just doesn't seem to do it for me.

Enter Enso...it might be what I'm looking for. My favourite commands in the few minutes I've been using it:

  • minimize: egads! A shortcut to minimize a window in Windows! What a concept.
  • google search term: in SlickRun I do "google", whch then opens up google.com and then I enter search terms.That much quicker (and prettier).
  • calculate: highlight a calculation in any application (i.e. 768*98+20908), highlight it and run calculate. Presto, the calculation is replaced with 96172.

And it's so pretty, flashy, and nice! Now if they would just change the shortcut from the awkward CAPS LOCK shortcut key; I think I'll be using the CAPS -> Alt to turn on and then Alt -> CAPS to turn off combination, but then my minimize command becomes that much more convoluted. Having played squash for the first time ever last night with Jon, I realize my squash playing abilities are about as dexterous as holding down the CAPS key while typing something with the letter "a" in it (why does a squash ball just not bounce like every other ball on this planet?).

Wednesday, January 24, 2007 10:15 AM

Life with AJAX

by Peter Tyrrell

ASP.NET AJAX (code-name "Atlas") v1.0 was released in full yesterday. It's exciting stuff, even if it's yet another package to swallow and digest on top of all the other innovations that have come flying thick and fast this past year. It can get disorienting, to be honest. Probably my age catching up with me - I'm no spring chicken. More of a late summer chicken. It's a good thing I learn fast. (Kids! If you come out of school having learned nothing else but how to learn, you're all good! Xcpt yor eng skiLz suk!)

The fun part is looking at the candy in the AJAX Control Toolkit. Like touring Willy Wonka's Chocolate Factory, and I'm Augustus Gloop.

Friday, January 19, 2007 4:55 PM

Blogger bad. Bad Blogger.

by Peter Tyrrell

Oh, Blogger. Where did we go wrong? What a pain in the southern hemisphere you have been lately.

We had a little trouble migrating the Andornot News blog to the new version of Blogger. As in, it simply didn't. Migrate. What did you want me to do, Blogger? Get out and push? I had to completely reconstruct it from scratch, so thank goodness I had the archives as we publish it to our server instead of letting Blogger host it.

The news blog has more than one contributor, which makes it a team blog, which apparently makes it easier to quantum teleport to the dark side of the universe than to migrate from old to new Blogger. I took all the precautions Blogger told me to take, but was still left standing at the altar. Of course, afterwards I got the explanatory skinny from The Real Blogger Status, which is  is a good place to go and see what you should have done, after you have irrevocably fragged your blog into null-space forever.

All I can say is, I'm thinking hard about WordPress.

Thursday, January 18, 2007 7:45 PM

Vancouver Inmagic Users Group meeting - February 6th, 2007

by Administrator
Date: Tuesday, February 6th, 2007
Time: 4pm to 5:30pm
Place: Alexander Holburn Beaudin & Lang LLP
Address: 2700 - 700 W. Georgia St. Vancouver.

Topic: The Andornot team will discuss some of the new features in version 10 of DB/TextWorks and WebPublisher PRO including setting up RSS feeds from your Inmagic databases.

There will be time for a question and answer session, or you can contact us by email if there are any specific topics you would like covered.

Please RSVP to Emma Wood at ewood@AHBL.CA

Anyone interested in learning more about Inmagic software is welcome to attend.
Thursday, January 18, 2007 7:28 PM

Inmagic DB/TextWorks and WebPublisher PRO v10 now available

by Administrator
All Inmagic DB/TextWorks and DB/Text WebPublisher PRO clients should by now have received download information for version 10.

If you have not received a notification yet, contact Inmagic at advantage@inmagic.com. Please include your serial numbers and copy us if your contact email has also changed. No date for version 10 of Content Server has been announced yet.

Version 10 has some excellent new features including the ability to create RSS feeds using Inmagic.net and a more "Google-like" alternate search syntax. For more details please see the Inmagic website.

Please contact us if you would like assistance in implementing any of these new features.

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