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    Blog: Finally... my blog is back alive!

    What in the hell has been going on with my blog recently? As I alluded on May 5th , I started having issues with my blog around April 20. For some odd reason my blog would suddenly take off and consume excessive memory. My host notified me on numerous occasions that it was taking consuming over 300MB or even 500MB. Long story short, I was shut off for the good over the other customers on the same server.
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    Blog: Recent Major Site Issues

    You may or may not have noticed my site has been experiencing some major issues. For some reason the last few days my site has become a runaway process constantly consuming more and more memory in the AppPool it lives in. This has caused my host to shut my site off to protect other sites on the same server (shared hosting environment). Unfortunately it’s hitting at a bad time as I’m fully committed to a project.
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    Blog: Office Developer Conference, Orlando Code Camp, and ASP.NET Podcast

    Microsoft Office Developer Conference 2006Last week was quite a whirlwind. I spent the week in Redmond at the Office Developer Conference. It was nice to have some blocked time (three days worth!) dedicated to Office SharePoint Server 2007. Overall, it was a great conference. The content/session highlight for me was probably Dave Quick ’s where he went into great detail (is there such a thing as a 500 level session?) about the caching improvements they’ve implemented in MOSS specifically to make SharePoint Internet scallable… hence the CMS -> MOSS ala Web Content Managment (WCM) shift.
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    Blog: I *love* Microsoft Outlook 2007 (but RSS support leaves more to be desired)

    I can’t say it enough or any more effectively… I absolutely love the enhancements in Outlook 2007. My five favorite features (in order): Todo Bar: All my reminders/tasks in one, always on, panel! If I’ve flagged an email as something I should follow up on tomorrow, or added a task to do by the end of the week, or have an appointment this afternoon, I love the fact that ALL of that shows in one integrated pane!
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    Blog: ***NOW AVAILABLE*** Omea Reader v2.1

    JetBrains has released an update to my favorite NNTP/RSS/ATOM posts/feeds. The biggest changes: much more performant (see: lower memory consumption) and ability to edit the fonts in the various list and contne views. » JetBrains Omea Reader v2.1
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    Blog: Blog & Comment Policy v1.0

    I’m sure I’m not the first one you’ve seen post their personal blog & comment policy, and I’m not claiming to be starting a little trend, but after a bit of a flare up between a comment/email poster to my site this weekend, I decided I’d go on record too: **AndrewConnell.com Blog Policy:**It seems everyone has their own definition of what classifies as a post on their blog. My engine (a modified version of the .
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    Blog: Blogs are bad... no... journalists just present a one sided argument

    The November issue of Forbes has a cover story titled “Attack of the Blogs!” with subtitles of “They destroy brands and wreck lives” & “Is there any way to fight back?” The whole article deals with how some bloggers have turned, unjustly, on certain companies and individuals. In one case (the lead example in the article), some guy claimed to be a British reporter and started slamming one company. The guy ended up being convicted of some illegal securities (stocks, etc) actions.
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    Blog: I think I've finally found a NNTP/RSS/ATOM reader I can be satisfied with: Omea Reader by JetBrains

    For the purposes of this post, when I say feed, I mean blogs or anything that syndicates their site via RSS, ATOM, RDF, or carrier pigeon. Readers of this blog will no doubt know that I have specific demands for a full-featured feed aggregator and newsgroup (NNTP) reader/poster. I’m also quite fickle in jumping between different applications . Before I go any further… I don’t want an online reader. My reader must be a thick client running on my PC… just my requirement.
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    Blog: Comment spammers, referrers, and trackbacks hurting your blog? Get pissed with AngryPets' ReverseDOS

    Do you have a blog? Do you get slammed by comment spam or referrer spam or even trackback spam? If you’re like the rest of the world, you probably do. Some of us combat comment spam by adding CAPTCHA images where our readers have to type in some convoluted text in a crappy image to prove we are human and not a bot. The problem is that some geeky college student decided to write an algorithm to beat CAPTCHA as a class project and show it to the web.
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    Blog: MVP Global Summit Day 2-3

    I’ve been quite impressed with the MVP Global Summit & the Seattle/Bellevue/Redmond area. It’s been a blast meeting and hanging out with everyone (not to mention the content!… seriously… I’m not mentioning the content of the Summit). Some nights have turned into be quite rough (like last night), but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. I’ve added thumbnails to all my pictures at the end of this post. On Wednesday night I headed over to Quest Field where we had the Americas Regional Dinner.
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    Blog: GotDotNet vNext

    Joel openly ponders… I know it’s coming, but the question is when. And what, for that matter. When I talked to the GDN team at Tech Ed, they alluded to new features, but no real details. But, it sounds like MVPs at the MVP summit got a sneak peak. Now, what does a normal guy have to do to get a look at this? Hmm… I dunno what you’re talking about, MVPs seeing the next version/revision (*wink*)… but I do know that CodeSlam was very slick *wink* *wink*.
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    Blog: I'd like to be your president (of your user group if you're in NE Florida)

    Next week on Tuesday, October 4 from 6–8p , the Jacksonville Developer User Group ( JAXDUG ) will hold elections for a new group of leaders of the user group. We are holding elections for the roles of President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary. The current President of the JAXDUG , David Strommer , recently announced his intention to step down from his responsibility to spend more time with his family (not to mention the recent birth of his 2nd child), career, and other interested including returning to school.
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    Blog: The virtual world is shrinking quickly

    Yesterday afternoon/last night was the first little MVP Global Summit event. There was a little portals dinner with a handful of CMS/WSS/SPS MVPs who were in town before the Summit starts (Wednesday) and some Microsoft movers and shakers within the portals group. As I posted yesterday, one of the coolest things about this week will be to acually meet some of the people who I’ve (as wel as many of you) come to know in the portals circles.
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    Blog: The start of a very fun week... my virtual world is shrinking as my physical one is growing...

    Yesterday might have been one of my longer days. After partying all Saturday afternoon & into the night at my wife’s friends’s wedding in Augusta, Maine, we were up at 6am EST (-0500) for the 2.5/3hr drive to Boston where our flights were departing from (along with another couple). My flight left at 3p (had to get there earlier for the other’s flights)… my first of three flights (jumping from Boston->Baltimore->Cincinnati->Seattle).
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    Blog: MSN has it's version of Google AdSense

    » NYTimes: Microsoft Plans to Sell Search Ads of Its Own
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    Blog: On my way to Redmond & the Microsoft campus for the first time...

    I’m on my way to Redmond & the Microsoft campus today for the first time for the 2005 MVP Global Summit. After missing PDC, I’m hoping (and probably a good guess) to see a lot of the O12 stuff first hand… especially the server products (SharePoint, MCMS 2002 [or as it seems to be known now as ECM], and Project Server) but I also have a keen interest in the client apps as well.
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    Blog: Heather's weathering out Rita!

    Fellow blogger, and co-worker, Heather Solomon is going to ride out Hurricane Rita in Houston, TX. She lives a good bit northwest of downtown Houston proper, but should still get a good sized slap from Rita. I talked to her earlier and she plans to blog & post pictures as the days go by… watch her site this weekend! And if you see a horse walking down the street… take a good look at it’s rear for H.
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    Blog: My site is having issues... please bear with me

    Starting last Friday and continuing throughout the weekend as well as today, my site has had issues staying up and responding. I’m actively working on the issue (which has been isolated), but it will take a few days. Now is a good time to make sure you’ve subscribed to my feed using my FeedBurner subscription: http://feeds.feedburner.com/AndrewConnell. Even if my site is down, FeedBurner will have the latest feed of my posts.
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    Blog: MSFT PDC 2005 - It all starts today

    Today is the first real day of the Microsoft Professional Developer’s Conference in Los Angeles, CA. Now I know what it was like for those who weren’t at TechEd… living virtually through the bloggers and the news that trickes out of the event. With over 1,000 bloggers at this year’s PDC, I’m sure we’ll hear all the news as it breaks! I’m bummed (I’m not there), I’m stoked, and I’m totally distracted!
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    Blog: Thoughts on FeedDemon...

    The other day I posted about my initial experiences with FeedDemon. It’s only been about 48hrs since I started using it and I’ve already decided it’s my new aggregator… flat out blows everything else I’ve tried out of the water. In the initial post, I mentioned a few things that I really liked such as: Nice 2–machine sync using NewsGator online as the hub Watch lists News bins Customizable reading pane rendering (via XSLT’s) Subscription manager (why does every one else seem to forget this!
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    Blog: Kicking the tires of FeedDemon... and I REALLY like it!

    The other day Spence pointed me to the latest FeedDemon beta from NewsGator (v1.6 beta 2) after reading one of my . So far, I’m VERY impressed. I’m quite happy with the performance… NewsGator Outlook Edition & RSSBandit were consuming 100MB+ and spiking my CPU close to 100% for extended times. I haven’t seen FeedDemon consume more than 45MB or spike the CPU at all… when it downloaded my feeds, i didn’t even notice it.
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    Blog: Kicking the tires on RSSBandit

    I’ve been quite vocal of my experiences with NewsGator Outlook Edition v2.5 recently so I’ve decided to kick the tires of two other news aggregator clients: RSSBandit and FeedDemon. I’d prefer to stick with RSSBandit because it’s open source, but I’m noticing quite a few bugs and errors unfortunately (I’d love to post them to the RSSBandit forums , but aparently I’ve already registered and they aren’t very responsive in changing or emailing me my password).
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    Blog: Blog UI update

    I uploaded a new UI skin to my blog tonight. Thanks to a good friend, things are a bit more unique from the OOTB .Text look & feel. Now it feels a bit more like home!
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    Blog: Comment/Pingback/Trackback Spam in .Text... HELP!!!

    Has anyone implemented a foolproof, or at least near-foolproof, way to deal with comment/pingback/trackback spam in .Text 0.95? I’m getting crushed by this on both my site and my son’s site. We’ve only posted 29 entries to my son’s blog since late January and there are thousands of comments/pingbacks/trackbacks. I can’t express how bad it is under my site (last night I deleted over 2000 entries that had the words “poker”, “texas”, “holdem”, “casino”, “keno”, or “viagra” in them).
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    Blog: JAXDUG July 12 Blogging/.Text talk

    First, sorry for the delay. This has been quite a busy week, with a JAXDUG speaking engagement where I talked about .Text and blogging in general, working hard on the home stretch of the book, and preparing for my Tampa Code Camp MCMS session … not to mention a lot going on at work. While mowing down my lunch, I wanted to take a second to recap my part of the JAXDUG talk this past Tuesday night.
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    Blog: del.icio.us direc.tor - GUI Delicious browser... built with AJAX

    Cool stuff: del.icio.us direc.tor: Delivering A High-Performance AJAX Web Service Broker
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    Blog: Joined the SubText development team...

    I’ve posted about this project twice in the last week. I’ve only taken a few minutes here and there to read the feature list and blogs posts between my full-time job, working on the book, and spending time with my family… but what I saw both on the site and in Phil’s posts on his blog , coupled with some time thinking it over in my 1.5hr round-trip commute each day, has convinced me that Subtext is the way I should go.
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    Blog: Followup on SubText & a decision to make in the future of my site...

    The other night I posted about Subtext . If you’re the least bit interested, I’d suggest subscribing to the project news RSS feeds , joining the developer mailing list , but at the very least, check out the feature request list. I’ve watched the developers talk about it in the developer mailing list, as well as the posts on you’ve been HAACKED (BTW: in the previous post I referred to “the guy behind” the project & blog… his name is Phil) and I’m very interested.
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    Blog: Like .Text? Don't want to be forced into Community Server? Hello SubText!

    Are you one of those poor souls, like me, who likes .Text and just can’t make the move to Community Server for one reason or another? I did, and I just started making my own mods to the .Text source. Well, the dude over at you’ve been HAACKED decided to do something about it on his own. His project, SubText , is a fork of the v0.95 source of .
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    Blog: Site update - adding CAPTCHA, subscription buttons, and more

    For a fresh start to the new year, I made a few additions and changes to my blog: CAPTCHA, post ratings, subscription buttons, and more.
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