Philip Lippard

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DotNetNuke Acquires Snowcovered

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Snowcovered.com : Market for DotNetNuke skins and DotNetNuke modules!The DotNetNuke Corp. is acquiring Snowcovered.  Since 1995, I have used Snowcoveredas a Reseller for many of the ASP.NET components on my web site at Sanibel Logic.  Snowcovered has long filled a niche marketplace need for the re-sell of DotNetNuke specific skins and components.  In my case, the Sanibel Logic components work with native ASP.NET web deployments as well as with DotNetNuke deployments.  Click HERE to read the full Press Release.

The House that Nexus Built ?

I bought my Sanibel house in Dec-1999 from a French lady.  At the front door entrance she had the following sign exhibited.  I am currently having my Sanibel home remodeled, due for completion around 1-Sep.   I think I will replace the following sign with one which reads..."...The House that Nexus Built..."...

Villa-Therese

IE6 Rebellion ?...You Be The Judge

As a Web Designer/ Software Developer, IE6 is a browser that is difficult to avoid if you have a web site where the world is your audience.   There are so many non-compliance issues with IE6 that it is difficult to maintain a comprehensive list of known problems.  The most annoying problem with IE6 is the non-support of PNG24 images.

In any event, I saw an article in CNN this morning where web designers are starting a movement to get rid of IE6.  I would not expect the demise of IE6 anytime soon, however this can only be good news.

The problems with IE6 can become so overwhelming that I wrote a special ASP.NET custom control for one project that conditionally injects special HTML code where appropriate for IE6.  It works sort of like this...

   1:  <slcms:InjectBrowserHtml runat="server">
   2:      <DefaultTemplate>
   3:          <img src="/Themes/Images/ShipMyLuggage/Your-ticket-to-ease.png" 
   4:              alt="Your ticket to ease of convenience" />
   5:      </DefaultTemplate>
   6:      <IE6Template>
   7:          <div style="filter:progid:DXImageTransform.Microsoft.AlphaImageLoader(sizingMethod='scale',
   8:                      src='/Themes/Images/ShipMyLuggage/Your-ticket-to-ease.png'); 
   9:                  width: 478px; 
  10:                  height: 149px;">
  11:              &nbsp;
  12:          </div>
  13:      </IE6Template>
  14:  </slcms:InjectBrowserHtml>    

And of course, all over the web are articles about how to fix the most noticeable IE6 problems....such as 10 Fixes That Solve IE6 Problems...

IE6 ?....Good riddance...

No Monthly Fee Outbound Internet Fax Service


I acquired an eFax telephone number several years ago for inbound faxing.  I think the area code for my eFax telephone number is in Utah somewhere, however for inbound faxing, the service has always worked well.  For outbound faxing, eFax has always required a monthly fee.  I have recently discovered www.pamfax.biz for outbound faxing.  One can conduct on-demand outbound faxing without needing to pay a monthly fee.   Pamfax can also use your Skype credits for payment. 

Cost per page is only about 15 cents per page, and Pamfax works well with sending PDF documents.  One simply uploads the documents to be faxed and selects and fills in a fax cover page.

So Who Appointed You King-Maker ?

Interesting how we have all read about the evils of Microsoft over the past decade, starting with the Justice Department's efforts in 1999.  However, when one takes a close look at the behavior of many companies, doing what is necessary to be competitive is common practice.  Take Apple for example.  After the market crash, during the Fall of 2008 Apple shares dropped to $90 per share, and Apple is now at $165 per share and riding high.  On the other hand, Apple is clearly not what one would call an "open company".  The Macintosh product line and the OS X operating system is built on top of Intel based processors, yet don't dare try to run OS X on a Dell Intel based processor, or for that matter an Intel based processor from anyone other than Apple.

When I started iPhone software development I searched the Internet long and hard for a means to run the iPhone SDK and Objective X (XCode, etc) and OS X within a Microsoft Virtual PC (VPC).  I found one hacker who spent hours trying such and was moderately successfully, however no doubt he violated numerous license agreements along the way.

And then there is the Apple iPhone App Store.  My previous blog posts support my view that the iPhone product line is a revolutionary product line, however it is clearly not what one would call an "open product line".   The Apple iPhone App Store places Apple into the role of King-Maker.

Here is an interesting article from this morning's Wall Street Journal that may suggest a reversal may be forthcoming in Apple's behavior.

Text Messages at 30,000 Feet

On a recent flight between Raleigh and Sanibel I could not help but notice the "WI-FI Enabled" logo as I was entering the aircraft.  I figured this would be a good test for my new 13" MacBookPro laptop.  The WI-FI service is powered by www.gogoinflight.com.  After researching GoGoInflight, I learned that it is available on multiple airlines, so evidently some entrepreneur has been quite creative in developing a WI-FI capability that can be airline-neutral and provide a great service.

So...I tried it out and it worked great, and I was flying coach class.  I was able to text message using Google Voice and Skpe.   I was also able to conduct voice calls using Skype.

Technology has come a long way since Charles Lindbergh.