AJAX, XAML patented?

I watched the flash work of Balthaser years ago (if it’s the same bunch). Apparently there is a new reason to look at these guys now.

A patent has been granted to a relatively unknown California Web-design firm for an invention its creator says covers the design and creation of most rich-media applications used over the Internet. The patent holder, Balthaser Online Inc., says it could license nearly any rich-media Internet application across a broad range of devices and networks.

The patent–issued on Valentine’s Day–covers all rich-media technology implementations, including Flash, Flex, Java, Ajax, and XAML, when the rich-media application is accessed on any device over the Internet, including desktops, mobile devices, set-top boxes, and video game consoles, says inventor Neil Balthaser, CEO of Balthaser Online, which he owns with his father Ken.

Is this for real?

Amanda Murphy appointed Vice President of INETA Community Activities

Congrats to Amanda

I have known about this for quite awhile but was unsure on if I was allowed to post it yet but obviously I can now.

Amanda Murphy was appointed Vice President of INETA Community Activities. Amanda puts an enourmous effort into the community and user-groups, alot of which is behind the scenes and you do not even see right away.

Press release below:

INETA Announces New Board Members


Redmond, WA – February 1, 2006 – INETA, an organization that provides resources, services, and support for .NET user groups around the globe, today announced the appointment of Amanda Murphy as Vice President of Commuinity Activities and Scott Spradlin as Vice Presidnet of Marketing for INETA North America. “Amanda has been a valuable member of our Community Activities team and is well positioned to lead the team. Scott has been a member of the Marketing team and we are pleased to have him in a leadership role.” says Chris Pels, President of the North American Board of Directors.” Both individuals will be leading several new community efforts with their teams.

INETA’s mission is to provide the developer user group community with information, resources, and services to facilitate the growth and development of user groups and their membership. Supported by Microsoft Corporation and other sponsors, INETA is an independent volunteer organization run by user group leaders and developers. Currently, INETA supports 773 user groups that represent more than 365,000 developers worldwide. http://www.ineta.org.

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Microsoft Antispyware -vrs- The Rest

One thing is certain, we live in a world filled with spam and people with entirely to much time on their hands that wish to create malicious code simply for the sake of doing so.

In such a world we need to protect our computers and of course the data on them. Next question; What software/technology gets the job done best?

Why don’t you be the judge after reading Microsoft’s
Comparing Microsoft Antispyware and other Antispyware Technologies

24 years since the Ocean Ranger

It has been 24 years since the disaster of the Ocean Ranger. This probably means little to anyone not from Newfoundland but if you are in the market for a 5 minute history lesson follow the link.

If you would like to take an in-depth history lesson about Newfoundland and Labrador you can always visit quite possibly The Largest Knowledge Base/List of Links about Newfoundland and Labrador on the Internet.

Keeping yourself safe

Something that we all do on a daily basis is use ctrl-c to copy information, it could be a joke but it could also be a credit card number, or an excerpt from a confidential document. In the even that it is something important you may want to clear the clipboard prior to roaming the net, browsing sites.

I dont know how much validity this has but apparently you can capture this information fairly easy.

Something to think about the next time you copy and paste your credit card number and then decide to roam frivolously around the internet.

Don’t take my word for it though, select some text from this email and hit ctrl-c (or use copy). Then visit:


Want an easy way to avoid it ever happening? Use this as your start page: (it clears your clipboard)


Microsoft aquires Folder Share (Web 2.0?)

With all the hype about “Web 2.0″ some visions are getting clearer on how things will come togehter.

Read the “Microsoft aquires Folder Share” press release here:

Microsoft today announced it has acquired FolderShare(TM), a leading service in the emerging space of file synchronization and remote access technology that helps customers access information across multiple devices.

FolderShare customers will continue to be able to enjoy the service at http://www.foldershare.com . Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.

“Our mission for Windows Live(TM) is to enable customers to easily find the information, pursue the interests and deepen the relationships that enrich their lives,” said Blake Irving, corporate vice president of the MSN Communication Services and Member Platform group at Microsoft.

“I’m thrilled with the acquisition of FolderShare and the opportunity to offer this technology with Windows Live software and services. FolderShare technology will help customers access their information anytime, anywhere and on multiple devices, unifying their overall experience.”

You can learn more about Folder Share on their website. You can even try it free here.

Dear Internet

Dear Internet,

Please stop using the word AJAX, you are driving me crazy! If you just can’t contain yourself from spurting buzzwords at least acknowledge the fact that it’s not the new concept that it’s being played off as.

AJAX is basically nothing in and of itself, it’s merely a combination of several technologies that have been around and used for several years.

Maybe it’s just me but I’m a little confused as to why this buzzword has become so popular and it’s being talked about as though it’s a sparkly new technology.

Oh well at least it’s getting people to develop slick little effect libraries

/end rant :)

What makes a successful name?

Anyone that has anything to do with marketing, product management or is just a little curious about what makes a good name for a product, blog, company, insert_random_item_here should read this.

A little tidbit from Seth Godin

A long time ago, the goal of a name was to capture the essence of your positioning. To deliver a USP, so you could establish supremacy in your space just with your name. International Business Machines and Shredded Wheat were good efforts at this approach.

It quickly became clear, though, that descriptive names were too generic, so the goal was to coin a defensible word that could acquire secondary meaning and that you could own for the ages. That’s why “Jet Blue” is a much better name than “Southwest” and why “Starbucks” is so much better than “Dunkin Donuts”.

“Naming companies” flourished, charging clients hundreds of thousands of dollars to coin made up words like Altria.

Then domains came along. Suddenly, people were charging (I’m not making this up), $300,000 for goggles.com. The idea was that if you could grab a domain name (there’s only one goggles.com in the entire world), then people could easily find you.

I think many of these rules have changed, largely because of the way people use Google.

If you want …
It’s really is a great article. read it here.

Compiled Help and Shared Folders

One small part in the ongoing development of our SharePoint Web Parts is documentation to go along with them to ease the pains of installation and usage.

One format we’re shipping our help files in is compiled help (.CHM).

When working with these files today I realised that it would appear that you cannot ‘view’ these files via a shared folder. I have no idea why but it just seems to be how it is.

Just figured I’d throw this out there in case anyone smacks their head off a desk wondering why their .CHM files are not working after you compile them.

I am not 100% sure on this but it’s just something that I came across today when creating these files. If you ever have trouble viewing one it may be because you are opening it from a share on a different computer. If so copy it to your local machine and give it another go.