Thursday, April 22, 2010

Facebook "Like" Button

Recently, Facebook opened its doors to give people the ability to add what they call "Social Plugins" to their sites. For what it's worth, Google had their version, friend connect, almost 2 years ago. I had built a website with Google friendconnect over a year ago. Though it was interesting, it lacked usage. I was able to add social gadgets to my site, allow commenting and rating of just about any unique object. However, one has to admit, Facebook, having over 400 million members, seems to be the preferred social environment.

Last night, within a couple of hours, I was able to integrate another website with the new "Like" button. It works relatively similar to the Google solution. The difference is that when I, or anyone with a Facebook account, clicks on the "Like" button, a message is posted onto the profile wall. Facebook-like links to that object and that site are listed. I have to say it's quite slick! I will post this same blog on that site. Perhaps you will find this blog there before here.

Happy hunting!

When Development and Production Collide

Following my previous post, I recently ran into some other problems. My current job puts me in the development side of the fence. Having worn the hat of a consultant and implementation delivery person, I know how new projects can be tough. However, while I was still in my development process, Production decided to run some tests. As a result, some of my data got corrupted. This week, as the release date draws near, everyone, including Production, is looking to me for delivery. What I don't understand is why is it that when Production breaks my work, I have to be the one fixing it? I guess because I am the author, they can easily push the responsibility back to me. I'm the one that didn't do it right in the first place.

If that's the case, why is it that everyone tells me that I am not doing anything wrong?

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Pilot Versus Production

Recently, I was put on a "Pilot" project at work. Over the years, I've always been one that can adapt to new technology. This time around, I guess the pain has outgrown the gain. Working in pilot mode with production data at a production schedule is not the thing to do. If I was the one administering this pilot with a customer, I believe the sale would not have gone through. Maybe I have been too good of a customer.

Tell me it's not my aging that's making my pilot program so difficult.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Microsoft Word 2007 Crashing On Exit

For a little while now, my Word has been acting up. Today, I got fed up, and did a bit of searching. Came across this article describing a similar situation. The fix listed totally fixed my problem.

Word 2007 mystery crash resolved

Monday, March 8, 2010

High Quality Image Resizing in

I've been searching everywhere for a good way to resize images in So far, I have used every tip I could find.

- Set the System.Drawing.Graphics object property SmoothingMode to HighQuality

- Set the System.Drawing.Graphics object property CompositingQuality to HighQuality

- Set the System.Drawing.Graphics object property InterpolationMode to High

Unfortunately, I still see a good deal of artifacts created from the shrinking. I am seeking ideas and help. I am going from roughly 20Megapixel down to about 640X480. I am willing to try just about anything.

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help!

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Kaspersky Internet Security

Recently, I had the opportunity to try out Kaspersky Internet Security suite. Actually, I should say, try to install. Mental note to self - Do not attempt unless ample time is available. When installing, it was nice enough to check for and suggest a newer release than the one from the CD. When I agreed to download, it took about 1 hour to download 70+MB. Either everyone else on the Internet was downloading, or they really have to think about upgrading their bandwidth. Obviously, after installation, it had to go through the virus definition file update. It took so long that I had to walk away. Maybe at some point in time, I can actually try and see how the software works.

Monday, March 1, 2010

First Entry on Blogger

What's this deal with blogging anyway? In the old days, we kept to ourselves. Today, we live in a society that craves to share our minds. Without this desire to be published, the Internet would be a pretty boring place.

I too have benefited from others' posts. I have started this blog, not because others blog. I have decided to try to take snapshots of things I've learn in hopes that others also benefit.

I am not here to teach, but to share.