Andrew Connell

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All the latest Personal Projects pages on this site.

Here you'll find posts related to the personal projects I've worked on.

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    Blog: Now using Subversion for personal projects

    I’ve been using VSS ever since my foray into development. However it’s limitations are well known… specifically the biggest one for me is not being able to use it over HTTP. I keep utility apps, reference documents, SDK’s, and some code (ok, lots) in my personal source control. Last year I jumped off VSS and started using SourceGear’s Vault , which is free for a single user license. I still like it… much more than VSS.
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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: I'll be speaking about .Text at JAXDUG in July

    The subject says it all. I’ll be speaking about .Text at the July meeting of the Jacksonville Developer User Group . .Text is the engine I use to run my blog. I’ll start by giving an overview of what .Text is, how to deploy your own blog, how to set it up on a workstation to see how it’s designed, outline some of the more important coding techniques/features, and then venture into the world of modifications.
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    Blog: Recent site additions

    If you’re just a syndicator, you won’t have noticed the changes to my site. Over the weekend, I updated my site to include some modificatinos I’ve made to the .Text v0.95 source as well as incorporate a new skin. Here are the changes I’ve made: Fixed bugs in the admin preferences page so I can not see 200+ items in each list in the admin screen. Added Google AdSense to the footer of all pages.
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    Blog: My recent lack of blogging

    In general, you may notice that the last few weeks I haven’t been blogging much. There has been a ton of news related to MCMS 2002 and SharePoint, but I haven’t published it on my blog (like other bloggers are) in recent weeks. I’ve been quite consumed by events inside and outside of work over the last month: worked two 80hr+ weeks leading up to a massive MCMS-SharePoint site implementation, launched said MCMS-SPS site, had our first baby , and my dad went in for emergency quad bypass surgery (2 day’s after my son was born… he’s doing great BTW).
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    Blog: .Text Modifications (and my photo album mod)

    Via Joel Ross I use .Text for my blog.. and I’m starting to do a few modifications to it. I just stumbled across a series by Dave Burke who’s got a ton of .Text modifications on his blog. This is VERY cool stuff. I’m working on adding a photo album to the blog (I don’t like the image gallery… one-image upload at a time is too tedious, and I don’t want my database to get bloated.
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    Blog: Podcasting & Photo blogging

    Two things out in the blogosphere are being talked about… one I know of, the other I’m still digging around on: Podcasting & Photoblogs. Podcasting: I think the name comes from the iPod… basically it’s a blog audio attachment (like an email attachment). It’s picking up steam and some people really like it. Some of Angus’ comments on the problems with podcasting are shared by this blogger. I haven’t been impressed, don’t plan to jump on board, and of the feeds I’ve listened to, I still like webcasts more.
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    Blog: SourceGear's Vault source control provider flat out ROCKS

    SourceGear’s Vault source control provider rocks and addresses my biggest issues with Microsoft’s VSS. You know what VSS provides… here’s where Vault goes above and beyond: All data is stored in MS SQL2000 or MSDE2000 databases. All interaction is done via web services. Full integration with VS.NET (you can switch back and forth between Vault & VSS). Enterprise-level app, free for 1-user implementations (same binaries… just hardcoded to allow one user without a licence).
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    Blog: When I win the lotto...

    We all have that dream right? Well, when I win and I have more time to do my own pet projects, I’m going to do my personal media center, which will have hooks to Windows Media Center & Tivo’s Home Media Option … but more importantly it will make it easy to rename your digital photos, catalog your movies, backup personal media, even have a slick ID3 tagger for MP3/WMA files.
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    Blog: Build your own Media Center PC

    FINALLY… Microsoft is working with ATI to product a pack that you can integrate into your PC to build your own MediaCenter PC. FINALLY!!!!! » Read more at Engadget
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    Blog: Picture Utility

    When .NET first came out, I start a project to: learn the .NET Framework learn C# fill my need of a digital photo mass-renamer This app is free and anyone can use it. It will resize pictures for you, rotate, and help you do a mass renaming of a bunch of pictures. Feel free to nab if it you want… keep it in mind it was done right when the Framework came out (RTM v1.
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    Blog: Family Portal: game (back) on...

    After a three month hiatus, I’m back on the Family Portal. Had a delay where I got a little bored with it, a little overloaded with real work, and… well just busy. I’m not able to spend 100% of my allocated *geek* spare time to it because I’m also working on my cousin’s website for their business, but that should be wrapped up fairly soon. I’m getting close to the point where I can schedule the beta release versions and what will be included in each.
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    Blog: NNTP/RSS/ATOM reader research

    Followup to my research post … Got a lot of mileage out of my newsgroup post . Here’s what most people were using as a newsreader (NOT blog… feel like I have a solid handle on that): Outlook Express Opera NewsGator NNTP for Outlook by MAPILab NewsLook Agent newsreader Mozilla Thunderbird Some were happy with their product, but nothing really stands out to me as a solid end solution. I still want a RSS & NNTP combo, with the thought of expanding it further (maybe ‘Developer’s Assistant’ isn’t a good name… need a cool catchy codename).
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    Blog: Developer's Assistant research

    The other day I posted an idea about a unified tool that be a great research/resource for developers (as well as others, but I’m targeting developers). The more I thought about it, the core problem I’m trying to solve is a better NNTP reader (the app would eventually do everything I mentioned in the original post).Today I dumped a post on a newsgroup I frequent asking others what their newsreader of choice is.
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    Blog: App Idea: Developer's Assistant

    Just the other day I posted about how I come up with (what I think) are great pet projects to work on, but never spend the time to finish them. One that I’d really like to do and finish up is my Family Portal … maybe I can shoot for Christmas as delivery to my family… then again, I did that was last year’s plan. I also started, but abandoned a Digital Photo Studio WinForm app a year ago… too many products out there that do that already.
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    Blog: FamilyPortal update

    While I made quite a bit of progress a few weeks ago, I got marred down in a bit of a slump with a handful of things… including a business trip, taxes, and stuff around the house. However, I’m back on the wagon. I have the admin piece for creating & editing users and people in the directory complete (functionality wise… it’s not polished). Users can also create their own accounts and edit them.
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    Blog: Family Portal Update

    “Dude, you haven’t done sqat on the portal lately… what’s up?” I know… I KNOW! So I’m missing my Christmas deadline. I really want this thing to be up and running, so once the Christmas holidays are over, which nicely coincides with a bunch of deadlines I am under for a massive MCMS2002 implementation, I plan to jump back into it. I’d really like to get unit testing into the Family Portal DLL’s and ASP.
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    Blog: FamilyPortal update

    I’ve been a little slowed down in my progress of the FamilyPortal due to work travel of late. I now feel like I’ve completed enough of the business and data logic components to start with the website codebase. My plan will be to work on the website workflow primarily and then go back for some design elements (colors, icons, images, etc). As I work through the site, I fully expect to revisit the logic components as that’s how I plan to test the site as well as add more functionality.
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    Blog: Q: What happened to the Photo Album on my site?

    I had a photo album on my site but unfortunately it’s not there anymore. why? well it was mistake part. host recently provided web interface for managing front page subwebs. i created one album, then decided wasn’t necessary so deleted the subweb. Surprise! I didn’t know that this also removed the underlying directory and all files within that directory (and subdirs). So… what now? Instead of taking the time to resize all the pictures that were up there, I’m just going to add new pictures.
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    Blog: FamilyPortal GDN workspace created

    I created a GotDotNet workspace to post all source code and news about the site. There’s a message board for people to post discussions, but I’m going to use my blog for more of the conversations and brainstorming related to the project. But new feature submissions and the like will be in the message board. I’m working on a big post in the message board (which I’ll duplicate here with an article) which will cover the inspiration, technical architecture (web server, data store, etc), client requirements (like browser version), what will be included in the first release, looking forward, and some other misc.
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    Blog: CodenameTBD has a name!

    Here after, the project I’ve spoken of will be called the FamilyPortal Why? Because that’s what the thing is going to be. I’ve updated the listed categories for the posts and articles.
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    Blog: First requirements and features posted for CodenameTBD

    I started an article for the requirements and features that will be in the user directory and family tree piece of the application. Feel free to post feedback on feature additions! The article will be constantly updated: [ link ].
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    Blog: CodenameTBD information...

    I have abandoned all pet projects for this new venture. Essentially I’m building a family portal of sorts. Primarily it’s going to be for my family, but it will be available for anyone as an open souce project. I’ve written an article describing the background and goals that you can review . My blog will serve as my main update site (watch the CodenameTBD for information). Technically speaking, I might use gotdotnet.