RSS Bandit!

Previously I had been waiting until major releases of RSS Bandit were announced before upgrading. My installation went awry recently however, so I ended up uninstalling, downloading a nightly build version, and reinstalling. Boy was I glad I did!

Some of the coolest features about this feed aggregator are the ability to skin feed items, change the view to the Outlook 2003 reading style, and flag items for review, forward, etc. A feature not yet implemented in a build but one that I am eagerly awaiting is the Search Folders functionality found in Outlook 2003.

So if you are looking for an excellent aggregator with a bright future ahead of it, check out RSS Bandit!

New Server!

Well it’s been a while since my last post! First of all, happy holidays and happy new year to everyone! Inuvik was cold and same old Inuvik (for the most part) but it was nice to see my family again.

My website is now running off a new server, which is much faster and more reliable than the old one. I will probably be adding even more RAM to it in the next few days. Lots of programming work to do in the next week or so, too bad school starts again Monday!

Back Home Up North!

I think you always have two homes in life – the place where you sleep most of the time, and the place where your parents live (usually where you grew up). So thats why I am back home in Inuvik, NT, because my parents live here. The weather is quite a bit colder than Edmonton, almost 30 degrees colder yesterday, and only about 20 colder today. I will be here for ten days, but it should be good, a nice break from the city!

Imagine Cup 2004 Team Site

Tonight I setup the site for our Imagine Cup 2004 team from the University of Alberta. Our team members are myself and Dickson Wong again, plus two new additions – Ashish Patel and Greg Hartley! We are in the “ideas phase” still working out just what it is exactly we want to do. So if you have any, send them my way!

Dickson and I won last year’s Canadian competition and went to Barcelona, Spain for the Imagine Cup. It was awesome! You can read about it at our new 2004 team site (there are links) at http://blogs.dotnetwizards.org/wizards.

Social Aspects of the Blog

I am extremely interested in blogs and how they are changing the way we interact. For one thing, they have changed the technology behind the web, I would be interested to see how many people get their news via an RSS feed of some sort nowadays. Blogs are also changing social interactions however, as explained in this excellent post by Jonathon Delacour.

“Since 95 percent of people are imitators and only five percent initiators, people are persuaded more by the actions of others than by any proof we can offer.”

If you have any links to blogs and their social ramifications, let me know!

Master & Commander

Well first of all, my parents are back home, so that means I have to study for exams! I am so looking forward to the 16th…

Master and Commander on Saturday was fun! The movie itself was good, slow in places, but it definitely had its moments! And the visuals are quite nice, although I guess if you get seasick you might not enjoy it so much. The only thing it left me wondering was just exactly how accurate everything was. The ending was really good, makes you smile 🙂

NO MORE CLASS!

It seems my aggregator needs a little more work! I will work on it, again if anyone has a suggestion, let me know.

Two things to note today, my parents arrived from the blizzardy north (seriously, the plane almost didn’t leave Inuvik) and today was the last day of classes (not that it matters, we all know I never attend class). All that is left now are two labs and final exams!

The Microsoft .NET hands on labs went quite well the last three days, I like teaching better than participating methinks!

Finally, I am going to see Master and Commander on Saturday, supposed to be good, but I bet you cant guess who I am going with!