RSS Aggregators

Wow thanks guys for all of you who took a moment to let me know what you think regarding the best aggregators on the market right now. Some suggestions I have received so far include:

FeedDemon
Bloglines
RSSBandit
Omea Pro
Attensa
Pluck

So I guess I have a bit of testing to do. Both FeedDemon and Bloglines come highly recommended as they were the most popular suggestions by far that I received from those who emailed in past 24 hours. But I want to work my way down the list and try them all.

Once I get through the list I will report back on how my experience went. It might take some mind shifting for me to get used to a web based aggregator although part of me feels that might be exactly what I need.

Also I have to give credit to Newsgator for following up with me within 24 hours on the trouble I reported that I was having with their product on my blog. Nice to see they are keeping that close a watch on the pulse of the community. I respect that. I also didn’t realize they had purchased FeedDemon until some others told me about it. Perhaps I need to pay closer attention to what is going on. :)

Thanks again everyone! With my comments disabled I was after forgetting about how great a conversation can be through a weblog.

Reminder: Birds of a Feather at PDC’05

I already blogged about this a couple of weeks ago but I wanted to give a quick reminder to everyone that topic submission and voting for the Birds of a Feather sessions for PDC is about to close.

You have until August 28th to get your topic in or vote on the sessions you would like to see. Please don’t procrastinate and miss the deadline.

I really encourage those of you in the development and SharePoint communities that are registered to attend PDC to get involved. It’s a great way for you to be a part of an amazing conference and lead a discussion on a topic you are passionate about.

Submit a Proposal or Vote Now!

Site Definitions – A Powerpoint Presentation

This year at Tech Ed in Orlando Florida one of the better presentations I had the chance to take in was from Fitz, and Ted Pattison.

I remember as I was leaving mentioning to Fitz that I’d like to get a copy of the slide-deck, Ted Pattison actually sent it to me a couple of months ago and I forgot to post it.

Oddly, my Tech Ed Events CD arrived yesterday and that sparked my memory and I decided I would post it now.

Unfortunately the file is too large to upload to the blog (2.5MB). If you would like a copy feel free to drop me a line and I will email it to you.

Alternatively I will add it to one of my personal domains once I remember the FTP Log-in information, I’ve been using SharePoint so long now that I honestly can’t remember the last time I actually opened an FTP client.

SharePoint Discovery Kit

Amanda just posted on the SharePoint Discovery Kit.

This is a handy release for those looking for more info on deploying SPS. An area somewhat difficult to tackle for the newly appointed SharePoint admin. Looks fabulous! Notice the reference to how to use the SQL Service Report Pack that was released some time last month.

SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Discovery Kit

The SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Discovery Kit includes a series of discovery labs that go beyond learning about a particular component of SharePoint Portal Server 2003 to understanding how to build a divisional portal site solution, how to deploy Web applications that integrate tightly with the portal site environment, how to use SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services to track and analyze portal site usage, and lastly, how to customize the portal site user interface.

There are 6 labs in the SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Discovery Kit. The lab manuals includes a description of the business scenario that is addressed by the lab, the teaching objectives of the lab, step-by-step instructions, dependencies for each lab and the expected amount of time needed for the lab assuming a basic familiarity with Windows SharePoint Services and limited SharePoint Portal Server 2003 experience.

Download the SharePoint Discovery Kit

SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Discovery Kit

This is a handy release for those looking for more info on deploying SPS. An area somewhat difficult to tackle for the newly appointed SharePoint admin. Looks fabulous! Notice the reference to how to use the SQL Service Report Pack that was released some time last month.

SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Discovery Kit

The SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Discovery Kit includes a series of discovery labs that go beyond learning about a particular component of SharePoint Portal Server 2003 to understanding how to build a divisional portal site solution, how to deploy Web applications that integrate tightly with the portal site environment, how to use SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services to track and analyze portal site usage, and lastly, how to customize the portal site user interface.

There are 6 labs in the SharePoint Portal Server 2003 Discovery Kit. The lab manuals includes a description of the business scenario that is addressed by the lab, the teaching objectives of the lab, step-by-step instructions, dependencies for each lab and the expected amount of time needed for the lab assuming a basic familiarity with Windows SharePoint Services and limited SharePoint Portal Server 2003 experience.

Halo Triple Pack

This looks pretty interesting. Apparently Microsoft are planning to release all 2 Halo games plus the map pack in a compilation package according to a listing on EBGames. Personally it wouldn’t interest me much but might be nice for those who don’t have either Halo and are looking to get playing.

Speaking of Halo I haven’t played in ages. Maybe its time to start up since they are working on a movie now. That was pretty much expected after the books and massive success of the game. Should be entertaining.

I have been playing a bit of Forza the past couple of nights however. Fun game – unforgiving at times – but fun. If you are up for a race, my gamertag is PunchingBoot.

Funny how racing games never get old for me. Especially considering I drive like a 90 year old in real life.

RSS Aggregators

So what is everyone using as their RSS Aggregator of choice these days? I have am officially fed up with Newsgator due to some performance issues that seem to be bugging me more and more everyday. I was a major fan of the application for the past couple of years but it is just too much of a hog for me lately. I loved the Outlook integration due to the fact I was able to forward posts easily and utilize the Search Folder functionality in Outlook to track my favorite topics. But it’s time for a change so I am looking for some suggestions from the experts. Let me know! My comments are disabled due to spam so just drop me a line please.