Archive for September, 2005

OPINION: Gorillaz CD copy protection sucks

Posted on September 29, 2005. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

My wife got the the new Gorillaz CD for her birthday. You know, the one that has a song featured in the iPod ad.

Well here’s the thing, it has copy protection technology on the CD that means you can’t rip it onto your iPod.

Michele thinks it is ironic. I think it sucks.

But here’s the really dumb thing, the CD copy protection technology only works on CD players. Yep, swapped out her CD burner and put the DVD reader in (this is an older notebook, before the combo drives were cheap enough for us) and ripped the CD no worries.

 

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LINK: VFP9 SP1 Beta

Posted on September 29, 2005. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Call me reckless but I loaded this straight onto my notebook.

Everything’s working great so far…

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=1C06E35D-10A2-4A05-84FC-495B3A73ECF7&displaylang=en

 

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VFP: Sydney VFP User Group postponed a week

Posted on September 29, 2005. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Just confirming that the Sydney VFP User Group is on next Wednesday 5 October (after being postponed for a week).

Details on the UG site

www.svfpug.com.au

 

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TEAM SYSTEM: Team Plain

Posted on September 29, 2005. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

The next few months are going to be very interesting in the Team System extensibility space…

http://www.devbiz.com/teamplain/default.aspx

(noted from Rob Caron’s blog)

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VFP: Drew Speedie

Posted on September 29, 2005. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Tragic news. The VFP community has lost a great. 

http://drewspeediememorial.visionpace.com/

http://fox.wikis.com/wc.dll?Wiki~DrewSpeedieMemories

 

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PERSONAL: Firefly

Posted on September 29, 2005. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Tristan writes about Serentity and his Firefly experience. I totally agree. We are long time fans of Josh Whedon (yes, we own all the Buffys, and Michele has a poster of Angel hanging behind the office door…) and we are now totally hooked on Firefly. I’ve been totally hooked on Tristan’s blog for ages – one of my faves is here.

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PERSONAL: Back from holidays

Posted on September 29, 2005. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Back from holidays and feeling great. Spent close to two weeks with my sister-in-law’s family (my wife’s sister and her husband and their 17 month year daughter who is soooo cute). I get on really well with my brother-in-law so it was a great time. They are visiting from Zurich (you may remeber we stayed with them for 6 weeks at the start of the year).

And, by some divine intervention, my computer hard drive crashed on the second day of my holidays. So I had no access to email, the office, blogs (gasp!) for 10 days. Everyone (especially Michele) thought this was the best thing ever, and I have to say I did have a realy relaxing break for a change. My notebook is all fixed now, so I am catching up on blogs and news finally.

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OPINION: Gorillaz CD copy protection sucks

Posted on September 29, 2005. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

My wife got the the new Gorillaz CD for her birthday. You know, the one that has a song featured in the iPod ad.

Well here’s the thing, it has copy protection technology on the CD that means you can’t rip it onto your iPod.

Michele thinks it is ironic. I think it sucks.

But here’s the really dumb thing, the CD copy protection technology only works on CD players. Yep, swapped out her CD burner and put the DVD reader in (this is an older notebook, before the combo drives were cheap enough for us) and ripped the CD no worries.

 

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LINK: VFP9 SP1 Beta

Posted on September 29, 2005. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Call me reckless but I loaded this straight onto my notebook.

Everything’s working great so far…

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyId=1C06E35D-10A2-4A05-84FC-495B3A73ECF7&displaylang=en

 

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VFP: Sydney VFP User Group postponed a week

Posted on September 29, 2005. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Just confirming that the Sydney VFP User Group is on next Wednesday 5 October (after being postponed for a week).

Details on the UG site

www.svfpug.com.au

 

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TEAM SYSTEM: Team Plain

Posted on September 29, 2005. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

The next few months are going to be very interesting in the Team System extensibility space…

http://www.devbiz.com/teamplain/default.aspx

(noted from Rob Caron’s blog)

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VFP: Drew Speedie

Posted on September 29, 2005. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Tragic news. The VFP community has lost a great. 

http://drewspeediememorial.visionpace.com/

http://fox.wikis.com/wc.dll?Wiki~DrewSpeedieMemories

 

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PERSONAL: Firefly

Posted on September 29, 2005. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Tristan writes about Serentity and his Firefly experience. I totally agree. We are long time fans of Josh Whedon (yes, we own all the Buffys, and Michele has a poster of Angel hanging behind the office door…) and we are now totally hooked on Firefly. I’ve been totally hooked on Tristan’s blog for ages – one of my faves is here.

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PERSONAL: Back from holidays

Posted on September 29, 2005. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Back from holidays and feeling great. Spent close to two weeks with my sister-in-law’s family (my wife’s sister and her husband and their 17 month year daughter who is soooo cute). I get on really well with my brother-in-law so it was a great time. They are visiting from Zurich (you may remeber we stayed with them for 6 weeks at the start of the year).

And, by some divine intervention, my computer hard drive crashed on the second day of my holidays. So I had no access to email, the office, blogs (gasp!) for 10 days. Everyone (especially Michele) thought this was the best thing ever, and I have to say I did have a realy relaxing break for a change. My notebook is all fixed now, so I am catching up on blogs and news finally.

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LINKS: Channel 9 videos – Eric Rudder

Posted on September 10, 2005. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

I know the Scoble interview with Bill G has been getting heaps of links (and is very interesting), but I reckon the pick of late has to be the Eric Rudder video (the direct download link is here). He even mentions FoxPro in passing (around the 4:25 mark). (The comments have June 2004 datestamps, so I must have missed this when it was first loaded – but it seems to have been reposted this August).

(You may remember how gracious Eric was to OzFox last year when he gave us this plug)

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LINKS: Channel 9 videos – Eric Rudder

Posted on September 10, 2005. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

I know the Scoble interview with Bill G has been getting heaps of links (and is very interesting), but I reckon the pick of late has to be the Eric Rudder video (the direct download link is here). He even mentions FoxPro in passing (around the 4:25 mark). (The comments have June 2004 datestamps, so I must have missed this when it was first loaded – but it seems to have been reposted this August).

(You may remember how gracious Eric was to OzFox last year when he gave us this plug)

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OPINION: Skype – this is it

Posted on September 4, 2005. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Skype’s new beta adds call forwarding. This is the kicker I’ve been waiting for. It finally positions Skype as a ‘serious’ phone system for any company.

http://share.skype.com/

Sure you had all the easy conferencing options and the ability to take your number with you anyware your notebook went. But there were two things I wanted: Call forwarding and Skype groups. And it seems that their forwarding function will handle the Skype group concept anyway.

Basically I wanted a way for our support team to receive calls and easily hand them on, or if the person was already talking to have the call go to the next available support person (ie set up via a ‘Skype group’). But the forwarding will do all this for us.

So now you set up a Skype name such as MyCompanySupport on a PC and if it doesn’t get answered it just forwards it on until it is answered.

(Disclaimer: Skype ofcourse says it is not a phone system replacement eg it can’t be used to call emergency numbers)

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VFP: SVFPUG Presentations online

Posted on September 4, 2005. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

The presenter’s notes from last week’s Sydney VFP UG meeting are online

John Burrow’s excellent presentation on calling VFP COM objects from Crystal Reports is here

Ekasenna’s amazing discussion of callling VFP COM objects from SQL Server is here

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OPINION: Skype – this is it

Posted on September 4, 2005. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

Skype’s new beta adds call forwarding. This is the kicker I’ve been waiting for. It finally positions Skype as a ‘serious’ phone system for any company.

http://share.skype.com/

Sure you had all the easy conferencing options and the ability to take your number with you anyware your notebook went. But there were two things I wanted: Call forwarding and Skype groups. And it seems that their forwarding function will handle the Skype group concept anyway.

Basically I wanted a way for our support team to receive calls and easily hand them on, or if the person was already talking to have the call go to the next available support person (ie set up via a ‘Skype group’). But the forwarding will do all this for us.

So now you set up a Skype name such as MyCompanySupport on a PC and if it doesn’t get answered it just forwards it on until it is answered.

(Disclaimer: Skype ofcourse says it is not a phone system replacement eg it can’t be used to call emergency numbers)

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VFP: SVFPUG Presentations online

Posted on September 4, 2005. Filed under: Visual FoxPro |

The presenter’s notes from last week’s Sydney VFP UG meeting are online

John Burrow’s excellent presentation on calling VFP COM objects from Crystal Reports is here

Ekasenna’s amazing discussion of callling VFP COM objects from SQL Server is here

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