Friday, March 30, 2007

Windows PowerShell

uhm... I didn't try Windows PowerShell until yesterday, but now I'm becoming addicted!!!

Some links...

Windows PowerShell on Wikipedia - a general intro, and some "fundamental" links.

On Microsoft's site, the main page for PowerShell (from here the link to the download pages - if you use XP sp2, here's the direct download link).

some Sample Windows PowerShell Scripts on Microsoft's site

and the CodePlex repository for Windows PowerShell scripts

Then a little article (on on PowerShell customization, that introduces some interesting arguments through maybe "basic" yet well written. Read it.

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

ZenZui - a mobile widget browser

ZenZui is a brand new entry in the "mobile widget browser" ecosystem, in which you can also find other players like BluePulse and Widset (from Nokia), and some others.

ZenZui was intially developed from Microsoft, now is an independent spin-off.

Actually ZenZui is not yet a real downloadable solution, but I think it will soon. Reading here and there I find interesting the business model they are going to implement - nothing so revolutionary, but it can work. Quoting from the site: " using well-established advertising principles like CPA and CPM (we call it CPZ – Cost Per Zoom)".

I will not try to explain how the interface will be, I prefer to redirect you this YouTube Video showing the ZenZui app working.


Monday, March 26, 2007

from Roberdan's blog: Web Content Management with Sharepoint 2007

I found today this new blog entry in the Roberdan's blog (read more from here if you are interested in microsoft technologies and in communities): it's a collection of links on Sharepoint technologies, on Web Content Management in particular.

Actually in Roberdan's blog you can find much more than this, but in this precise moment this post is really useful to me... :-)

Thanks Roberto!!!

Friday, March 16, 2007

maybe you do not know that I wrote about this

These are the very first lines of a thing I wrote some times ago...

Pervasive, Decentralized Information for the Lookaside Buffer

Andrea Ilari


Many system administrators would agree that, had it not been for write-ahead logging, the understanding of model checking might never have occurred. In fact, few mathematicians would disagree with the study of robots [13]. In this position paper we disconfirm that the acclaimed constant-time algorithm for the theoretical unification of the memory bus and redundancy by Suzuki is in Co-NP.



Ok, ok... it's a fake!!! It was produced from this site: SCIgen - An Automatic CS Paper Generator

Go and try it... it's incredible!!!

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

i'm making a difference

from the Windows Live Messenger's "i'm" initiative":

i’m is a new initiative from Windows Live™ Messenger. Every time you start a conversation using i’m, Microsoft shares a portion of the program's advertising revenue with some of the world's most effective organizations dedicated to social causes. We've set no cap on the amount we'll donate to each organization. The sky's the limit.

I knew about this from kfra, who pointed me at this blog entry

the GORB

The Gorb presents as an "online community of professionals where real life reputations are earned and viewed by others".

The idea is to "rate" and comment on other people, but anonimously. In other network of this kind (say in LinkedIn for example) the comments and ratings are public and "signed"; so maybe they are not fair, in the sense that tend to be "too good".

Thru anonimity GORB wants to produce a more objective judgment on people.

I'll try to "rate" someone here around :-) let's see what happens...

Monday, March 12, 2007


 In my long and exhausting ;-) journey towards the best RSS reader for Windows Mobile (Pocket PC) I found this great app, pRSSReader (a question for me: why did I find it only now???).

SImple to use, at the same time it offers a lot of functionalities; I uninstalled all the similar tools I tried in the past, now I use only this.

Some screenshot follow; there is only a single thing missing, in my opinion, a thing that I found really useful in other similar apps: the ability to send the content of a particular post thru email, without having to go all the way long thru copy&switch-to-email-app&paste&send&back.

Apart from this pRSSReader is really worth a try; it's freeware but you'll find that a PayPal "donation" to the author, David Andrš, could be a good idea.

a "low ranking nerd"...

I am nerdier than 61% of all people. Are you nerdier? Click here to find out!, I'm a "Low Ranking Nerd. Definitely a nerd but low on the totem pole of nerds."

don't know if this a good or bad news :-)

Sunday, March 11, 2007


In a recent comment in this blog I was "pointed" to Qode's web site.

Qode is similar to ShotCode, but both work in a different way than MoBeam (I talked about MoBeam here some days ago).

What I mean is that with Qode (as with ShotCode) you use the mobile device's camera to grab the barcode (or similar object) in order to be transferred to a web site. With MoBeam - as far as I have understood - the mobile device is used to show the barcode to the "real" world; for example to the laser scanner at the discount cashier...

Anyway Qode is interesting, like Shotcode is.

Friday, March 09, 2007

Texter - a little but useful utility from Lifehacker

Texter is a text substitution application; it stays resident in memory and "hears" what you're typing. When a certain key combination is hit, it performs the related action.

For example you can have Texter substitute the string "ema" with you email address, or you can type "hre" and have a complete href tag written, with the URL you copied in the clipboard at the right place, and the cursor ready just before the </a> closing tag...

Here is the link!!!

Sunday, March 04, 2007

Mobeam: "Mobile" Barcode Scanning With the Screen Backlight

MoBeam is a technology that can be used to have your phone's screen laser-scanned in order to show (for example) a discount coupon.

See a flash demo here.

Saturday, March 03, 2007 !

I'm in the beta. Really amazing, I have to say...

Joost is the new name of the "Venice Project", and it's a web-based interactive TV project. Even if in beta, and with a (well, not so) limited choice of channels to watch, it works very well.

Go and see some screenshots!

a couple of dictionaries

two great ideas: - "the social dictionary" combines new web 2.0 concepts to the good old dictionary. - a "slang dictionary", edited by the site's visitors

use them, you'll be surprised! - search engine is an interesting search engine.

when you input your query and start the search, quintura returns results both in a traditional (list-syle) way and in a new "cloud" way; it filters the main terms in the search results and shows them in a cloud, thus showing also the "proxymity" of a particular term relating to your query terms (centerd in the interface).

Then, when you click a term in the cloud, quintura concatenates it to your original query terms, and searches again...

Try it: when you are searching around to gather new info, and not to find a specific web site, it can be useful.

WM6 for developers?

Check this post, contains some interesting links to windows mobile developers resources.