Internet Explorer 10: Platform Preview 2 now available

  • June 29, 2011
  • James Skemp
Released earlier today, Internet Explorer 10: Platform Preview 2 is now available for download. Just the other day at work I had fired up IE10PP1 to see if a new version was available, so I'll just go ahead and assume Microsoft was zeroing in on my brainwaves with this. I definitely like the direction they've gone with these platform previews, so I hope to see that continue. And that's about all I have to say about that.

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On Web sites that feature Facebook Comments

  • June 24, 2011
  • James Skemp
Over the past few months a number of sites have switched over to Facebook-powered comments. For the most part those sites are ones that I've never commented one, nor will comment on. However, I recently discovered that a former co-worker, Rob Lumley, switched his site over to Facebook, and recently wrote an article about it titled Add Facebook Comments to WordPress. Since I don't use Facebook comments, I figured I'd post the response I had written and tried to post anonymously, here instead.

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Well done, Amazon (re: Amazon Cloud)

  • March 29, 2011
  • James Skemp
Well done, Amazon. They've been saying for quite a while that music was heading towards the 'cloud,' and while it seemed for a while that everyone was betting on Apple doing it first, you've trumped them, with what seems like a very consumer-friendly service. 5 GB for everyone? Check. Free upgrade to 20 GB if you buy an Amazon MP3 album? Check. Amazon MP3s purchased and stored to the cloud (seemingly at purchase) don't count against your limit?

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Interesting feature with parsing XML with jQuery on Safari

  • March 27, 2011
  • James Skemp
I've been playing around with HTML5 quite a bit recently, in particular with offline Web applications. My second experiment (my first is on pause) was with making my video games available, so that I can access the listing when I'm out shopping at used game stores. It's still in progress, but you can see my offline listing of video games now. My main intention is to make this available on my iPod Touch, so I was a bit dismayed when I found that the listing didn't display the title of the game.

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On the case of weird image results for 'Dan Conderman'

  • February 28, 2011
  • James Skemp
If you've done an image search for Dan Conderman lately you may have found an interesting search result for your Dan Conderman image search (on Google). I'm not exactly sure why Dan Conderman is showing this image, but since Dan Conderman likes Lady Gaga, and Dan Conderman has been known to ski in the snow ... Are the script kiddies playing a trick on Dan Conderman? Will we see sites 'hacked' with footer links to Dan Conderman's newest image search result?

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Convert online image to base64 with C#

  • December 12, 2010
  • James Skemp
The following code will convert an online image to a base64 string. The code was specifically written for use in LINQPad, hence the use of Dump(). String url = "http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51MVXV3QQ6L._SL500_SS150_.jpg"; Uri uri = new Uri(url); WebClient client = new WebClient(); byte[] imageBytes = client.DownloadData(uri); string base64String = Convert.ToBase64String(imageBytes); base64String.Dump(); base64String.Length.Dump(); ("<img src=‘data:image/jpg;base64," + “’ />").Length.Dump(); client.Dispose(); The length dumps are given to get an idea of what size would be added to a file if added inline.

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Review: Beginning ASP.NET 4 In C# and VB

  • March 28, 2010
  • James Skemp
The following book review is for Imar Spaanjaars' Beginning ASP.NET 4 in C# and VB. While I've already read Beginning ASP.NET 3.5 by Imar Spaanjaars and moved rather far beyond it, when I had the opportunity to recieve his new book on ASP.NET 4 for review, I took it. Would I still feel strongly about recommending his work as *the* #1 choice for those new (or relatively new) to ASP.

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What I'd like to see in 201X in regard to browsers

  • December 9, 2009
  • James Skemp
Situation 1: WebKit Microsoft drops all active development on Internet Explorer 9. Instead, they throw their full support (development team) behind WebKit. Apple, with Safari, and Google, with Chrome, are already behind WebKit. Apple's implementation on Windows, via Safari for Windows, is shoddy at best, and Google's Chrome is a completely slimmed down version. By getting Microsoft's support behind the engine you have an experienced team that has already developed for Windows.

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Twitter hashtag - #walkingmusic

  • April 24, 2009
  • James Skemp
In the spirit of Rob Lumley (rmlumley), who created #cubemusic, and after a great walk today, I've created an original hashtag: #walkingmusic. For all those days I go for a walk (which I hope to be every Friday afternoon, at least), I'll be noting afterwards what music I listened to on my walk. It's very similar to #cubemusic, but not as likely to get you in trouble (even though I would assume there would be more than that to it).

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Passing the time online, reading the news

  • April 22, 2009
  • James Skemp
Often times, like this morning, I've got anywhere between 5 to 60 minutes of time to kill. It doesn't make sense to do anything truly productive, so I end up visiting a number of sites. techmeme.com, dailyrotation.com, news.google.com, etcetera. Then I get desperate and visit weather.gov. However, once I've visited these, I run low on ideas of other sites, like these, that I can visit. Any recommendations on sites that combine news, from a number of different sources, that is also interesting?

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