I spent a good amount of time last night trying to figure out why my IIS7 (Windows Vista) would not serve a few new images that I had just added to my images folder. As soon as an image was requested it would throw up a login box (Windows authentication was enabled), which led me to believe it was an issue with the ACL. So i go and reset the ACL – but no luck! Finally figure out that the images had the property “encrypt contents to secure data” turned on – thats what was killing me. Here is a another post that I ran into that might be of help.

IIS 403 Error Cause

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IE 7 LogoThe IE teamat MS is reporting that IE 7 for Win XP is now available for download! I have been using it since beta 1 and I have seen the improvements over other preview releases that followed and I definitely think its a *must* download for current IE users and worth a look for current FireFox users. I really hope that the development support has gotten better and people will build extensions like FireBug and many more. All I can say is it is currently “impossible” to develop Ajax application without firefox and I hope IE7 changes that a little bit.

Gotta give it to Google…

October 18, 2006

No – this isn’t a post about gooTube (Google + youTube) , it’s about the new solar panel installation that Google is about to put up on their Mountain View campus. According to the San Jose Mercury News they are going to cover their rooftops with 9200solar panels which should generate 1.6 megawatts! That is enough to SELF power 30% of the Mountain View campus or 1,000 average California homes!

Google’s installation will be the largest in the valley toppling over current front runner Microsoft. Check out the PressPass release here.

Big up to all these companies that are moving forward with self-power initiatives.

I encountered a few issues when starting to develop on Windows Vista. I had my whole enviornment setup and I decided to write a quick little asp.net app and test it out….Once I hit F5 in studio – I got a msgbox:

Unable to cast object of type ‘System.Web.HttpDebugHandler’ to type ‘System.Web.HttpApplication’.

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Unable to start debugging on the web server.  

[InvalidCastException]: Unable to cast object of type ‘System.Web.HttpDebugHandler’ to type ‘System.Web.HttpApplication’.   at System.Web.Hosting.PipelineRuntime.ExecuteStateHandler(IntPtr& managedRequestContext, IntPtr nativeRequestContext, IntPtr moduleData, Int32 flags)

So I figured it was probably something to do with the new Integrated mode in IIS and VS2005 has no clue about it. So I moved the app to a new Application Pool in IIS7 that runs in ISAPI mode and now everything works!

My UMPCI went down to frys electronics on Friday [since they told me they had a unit on display]…and i made the terrible mistake of asking if they had any in stock! They had only one in stock…i had to buy it!! Watching all those videos on jkOnTheRun and getting up to speed with all da buzz on umpcbuzz helped convince me that i needed one! I have been using it over the weekend to browse the web, check the latest scores for World Cup Matches, check email etc. and its working out great till now.

The dialkeys onscreen keyboard is simply awesome! If you learnt to type using a typing tutor software then you should have no problems adjusting. The only awkward thing is the enter key is for the left hand….I wish that was customizable. I would however like the guys from jkOnTheRun maybe do a piece on setting up the Q1, talk about things like what programs are safe to uninstall (since the system tray seems to be overflowing) and also maybe list out a few 3rd party software programs that are a must have. I know they have something like that for the tablet pc but tailor it more for the UMPC. Also I’d like to know about accessories, specifically more on GPS connectivity.

Tomorrow I’m going into work and I need to setup my umpc so its totally optimized for taking notes and generating tasks. Do any of you out there use some 3rd party utilities? I have put OneNote 2007 on it. Let’s see what happens tomorrow at work when the rubber meets the road. I know scoble said he would buy one, did you drop 1G on this toy yet scoble?

Hmmmm……UMPC?

June 7, 2006

I took a look at the project oragami when it came out first and thought that it’s just another failed attempt from Microsoft at launching a tablet pc, i think this was also microsoft’s first attempt at viral marketing. Well since then its been renamed to a new hardware category called the “UMPC” and has a dedicated site now here. I was surfing through the site and looked at the hardware and software features and to my surprise they are actually pretty impresive! This might actually work!

It is small, lightweight, portable and ink enabled. Its running the full blown Windows XP Tablet PC edition and the inking capabilities of the OS are pretty impressive. I saw a video on jkOnTheRun which walked through a couple of usage scenarios including handwriting recognition and I have read tons of reviews on it and I have to say I am pretty impressed.

I think the most important features to me are:

  • 7” Touchscreen
  • WiFi (roam freely at work and home) and Bluetooth (pair with my cell phone)
  • External VGA port (to hook to a projector)
  • Good multimedia support

So now I am thinking is this something I can really use? I dont plan on using this as a desktop/laptop replacement, but rather an extension to my desktop when I am mobile – be it in the office or at home. Granted I wont be able to blog such lengthy posts while inking but thats why I have all my desktops for.

With that said the UMPC does have multiple input capabilities including a real funky on-screen keyboard [pic on right]. It also has pen input using ink and the regular keyboard that ships with tablet pc edition. My needs are to be able to:

 

  • Read my email and write short replys, Create Task lists, Digitize my notes and make them completely searchable
  • Do all my web reading while watching TV (laptops overheat on my lap!)
  • Stay connected all the time!

So….. i do think the UMPC might be a great addition to my toolset! I am really tempted to get one now. It is a little pricey (~ $1100) but considering I paid 400 bucks for an iPod (which is a flimsy, fragile, flakey piece of junk) I guess this wouldnt be that bad, and if thats not enought Microsofthas a great video that will talk you into it.

So as promised here are some pictures we took at the Poster Session, this is where the judges and attendees were allowed to come take a deeper look at the solution we built and the product itself. I personally had a great time at the conference and enjoyed meeting all the people that came to the summit.



From Left to Right: Pamela Szabo, Anjaneyullu Tamma and Me standing by the poster we had setup



From Left to Right: Me, Gretchen Weis and Anjaneyullu Tamma

I have a few more pictures up on my Flikr page, click here.