What is this? I just hit F12 in Internet Explorer 8

imageAs I’m sitting in meetings I just caught a tweet pointing me to a website by Pete LePage from the Internet Explorer team at corp.  Pete has a great write up on the Developer Tools within Internet Explorer 8 (and IE 9).  I won’t re-iterate everything Pete has written, but this is something that everyone should take a look at regardless of whether you are a developer, a manager, or just someone who is interested in seeing how a site is structured. 

The good news is you can try this out right now if you are using IE8 without downloading any additional software.

So go ahead, hit the F12 button and see what happens…

barnabyjeans.ca goes IPv6

UPDATE: As I have changed hosting providers, the following information no longer applies, however, is left as a reference for others who may be trying to get IPv6 up and running.

A couple of months ago I got IPv6 up and running at home,  now that I have that working, the next logical step was to setup a server that I could connect to using IPv6.  Over the last few weeks I have been working on getting http://barnabyjeans.ca to not only speak IPv4 but also be accessible over IPv6.  The good news is that this is now working and you can access this site over IPv6.  If you are experimenting with IPv6, you should automatically connect over IPv6 as there are both A and AAAA records setup for that server.  However, if you have IPv6 setup but name resolution isn’t working you may want to try accessing the site via the following http://[2001:470:1f04:39a::2] (depending on your operating system, this may or may not work).  You should notice down at the bottom of the page (under the community server logo) is the IP address you are connecting from.  If you are hitting the server over IPv6, you should see your IPv6 address down there, if not, you will see your traditional IPv4 address. Continue reading “barnabyjeans.ca goes IPv6”

Life, Death, and Technology

The past few weeks have been a roller coaster of emotion as my Mother-in-law (Bernice) was flown home from her winter RV’ing in the US southwest and in Mexico only to find out that the health problem she was having was lung cancer and she only had months to live.  Unfortunately the timing wasn’t nearly correct and she passed away early last week.  The full write up and timeline is posted on my in-laws’ blog at http://www.whitesrvjournal.com/archives/2009/02/one_final_journ.html.  Once you have read that, continue on with this post as I want to share the role technology has played over the past few months. Continue reading “Life, Death, and Technology”

Sharing information visually

Barnaby Jeans Contact Info Tag (vCard)
I have just found a very cool new application on the Microsoft site called Microsoft Tags (http://www.microsoft.com/tags).  Basically what this does is allow you to encode either a vCard, a URL, or a phone number into a 2D image that can then be read and decoded with a camera phone.

If you visit http://gettag.mobi from your mobile phone (including Blackberry and Android) you’ll be able to download the reader that will decode this file and provide you with my vCard.  For iPhone users you can visit the App Store and download Tag Reader.

If you want my work contact info, all you need to do is scan.  I may just have to include one of these on my next business cards.

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What’s eating up my disk?

I’ve just finished catching up on my RSS reader and came across the following post from Sarah on the Channel 10 site.

WPF Disk Space Finder | Sarah In Tampa | Channel 10

In summary this application gives you a quick and easy way to see what is using the disk space on your machine.  What makes this even better is the fact that it is a WPF app and is deployed using ClickOnce deployment.

Direct link to Disk Space Finder: http://www.diskspacefinder.com

[Video] CP24 Popfly interviews posted

Over the last few months I have had the chance to visit the good folks at CP24 and appear on their Homepage show to talk about Microsoft Popfly.

For the first show I talked with host Ann Rohmer about Popfly and what you could do with it.

Barnaby Jeans on CP24 Homepage talking about Popfly
Barnaby Jeans on CP24 Homepage talking about Popfly

For the second interview I showed host Jee-Yun Lee how you can embed your Popfly creations into your Facebook profile.

Barnaby Jeans on CP24 Homepage (again) talking about Popfly and Facebook
Barnaby Jeans on CP24 Homepage (again) talking about Popfly and Facebook

Feel free to ping me if you have any questions, and don't forget to try this stuff out.  It really is easy to use.

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Gizmodo: Slingplayer Gets Windows Mobile 6 Support

I just came across the following post over on Gizmodo about the new version of Slingplayer with better Vista support and Windows Mobile 6 support.  Although I don't have a Windows Mobile 6 device yet, the updated Vista support will be nice.  With all the traveling I have been doing, I love being able to access my TV regardless of where I am.  Now all we need are better Unlimited Data Plans in Canada.

Software: Slingplayer Gets Windows Mobile 6 Support – Gizmodo

[How to] Create a Windows Home Server photo album in minutes

I can't believe that I hadn't found this website earlier.  This is a very cool way to use Windows Home Server to share your photos with your family.

How to create a Windows Home Server photo album in minutes » Andrew Grant – Live!

Writer Zone: Windows Live Writer Beta 2 Now Available

I've spent the last couple of days at MESH and listened to some great sessions and conversations on a variety of topics.  One of the recurring themes that came up from some of the audience who were new to blogging was the question of a WYSIWYG editor to post to your blog.  Well yesterday the Windows Live Writer team release Beta 2 of their product.  If you have a blog and are looking for a tool to simply posting check out: http://writer.live.com.

The actual blog post announcing this is at: Writer Zone: Windows Live Writer Beta 2 Now Available