Archive for May, 2008

Fixing widowed words

May 12, 2008 Leave a comment

I was just forwarded on a great entry on the Developer Blog.

Like a lot of News/Sport sites we rely heavily on feeds. Whilst this provides us a lot of great up to the minute content, atheistically it never looks as good as when we produce the headlines, abstracts etc ourselves as we ensure length, widowed words issues are minimised.

Well the clever developers have put in a regex solution in place to help fix the widowed word issue.

Here’s an example with a headline:

And now with the body text:

Read the whole entry.

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Live Search Maps – Launched

Live Search Maps includes business listings, provided by our exclusive partner Yellow™, Ratings and Driving Directions.

The launch has also been timed with the roll out of Bird’s Eye View (for Sydney CBD, Gold Coast, Wollongong and Hobart – other locations to come)


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xobni: great Outlook add-in

Just fallen in love with this…

I sent an internal link around today to our dev community and the feedback from everyone has been glowing.

Press release: If you use Outlook e-mail, meet Xobni

Microsoft tried to buy the company recently but couldn’t agree on price (hmm heard that before somewhere!) but it’s probably a good thing in this case.

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M700: New laptop arrives

May 6, 2008 1 comment

Out of the blue our IT department gave me a new laptop as part of the beta testing for the company. Being an avid tablet user I found lots of bugs with our last build but this time it’s all been plain sailing.

Replacing my old M400 is a new and almost identical M700.


For in-depth review check out Tablet PC Review and of course CNET.

So what do I think after a day of using it? Well the screen is wider but overall smaller than the M400 and almost looks like a pre-2000 laptop screen. It is very bright though and love the touch capability…even if I do use it only once! The keyboard is bouncy but not enough to really put your off (it’s no Apple keyboard)

The best thing about the machine is the performance, this thing fly’s! Opens Visual Studio in about a second and docks and undocks really quickly making jumping into meetings a lot less frustrating.

Below are the specs of the laptop and also what what our Devs get for their desktop at ninemsn.

Toshiba M700 (Laptop) – 4GB RAM, Dual Core CPU, 120GB hard drive, 128MB graphics card.

HP 7800 (PC) = 4GB RAM, Quad Core CPU, 160GB hard drive, 256MB graphics card

Monitor (Samsung) – 20 inch wide screen

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Clay Shirky on Cognitive Surplus

May 2, 2008 3 comments

A really impressive speech on cognitive surplus (or spare time in the non-academic world). Well worth watching even just to answer the statement “I’m too busy to facebook”.

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