Make your PC More Earth Friendly

Saturday, December 19 2009 - 0 comments

Good Habits for a Greener PC You can reduce power consumption and achieve significant energy savings when using your PC simply by acquiring a few good habits. Read the handy tips below. The monitor In a PC, the display is greatly responsible for overall energy consumption. Some estimates for laptops show that the monitor accounts for 40% of total energy consumption. The figure is not much different for desktop PCs. L CD monitors typically require between 15 and 60 watts, while a CRT (cathode ray tube) screen requires between 50 and 125 watts. In order to reduce energy consumption and in particular...

Telerik’s SiteFinity and Collaborative Volunteer Web Site Development

Tuesday, December 01 2009 - , - 3 comments

Thanks to our Friends at Telerik , we have a new contender for the CMS (Content Management System) marketplace - SiteFinity . Through a generous donation from Telerik and the efforts of The Friends of the Cedarburg Bog , we will be undertaking the redesign of their Web Site. Throughout the process we will be documenting the experience through from the perspective of the folks planning, designing, implementing and eventually maintaining the site. It should provide a realistic view of building and maintaining a SiteFinity site for a 100% volunteer non-profit group. If all goes according to plan,...

Windows 7.0 Ultimate and Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2

Sunday, November 22 2009 - , , - 0 comments

I confess. I was a little anxious when I received my new quad-core 64 bit Dell XPS Studio 9000 with Windows 7.0 Ultimate installed. I thought I might be nuts when I decided to load Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 on it. Here’s my first impressions … The one ‘gotcha’ that I experienced was the lesson nearly all of us learn repeatedly because we don’t rebuild our starships frequently … I forgot to add IIS and many of the other services that are not installed by default on Windows. But, OK, that’s an easy fix. What particularly ‘wowed’ me was the incredible...

WI-INETA - August 12th: ASP.NET MVC with Jeffrey Palermo

Sunday, July 20 2008 - 0 comments

With my vacation approaching next week, I've been distracted from my efforts with DevForce EF. Unfortunately, my RC1 licence timed out which required an uninstall and reinstall of the product. Apparently, they are working on improvements to the licensing in the future, and the need to uninstall and reinstall will not be required. For now though, it was just enough of a hurdle to keep me from making progress. I'll pick up the pieces again in Mid August when I return from vacation. On a more interesting note, On August 12th, 2008 the Wisconsin DotNet Users Group, WI-INETA.org will be sponsoring a...

DevForce EF RC1 and other notes

Monday, June 23 2008 - , , , - 0 comments

First a short note, but not really an apology. I've been a bit busy lately. Have you ever had one of those days where you stumble across a technology and you know you have a good handle on it, but when you try to bring it into focus, you just can't wrap your head around it. I had a few of those recently. The result, for me, was a commitment to spend some "back-to-the-basics' time. I frequently comment on how hard it can be to keep up in application development tools and technologies today. When you go back and fast forward, you can get a good understanding of why that pace seems so relentless...

DevForce EF (Beta 1)

Wednesday, June 11 2008 - , , , - 0 comments

DevForce EF (Beta 1)

I had a call from John Douglas at IdeaBlade yesterday. He was actually following up on a previous call. These folks are very enthusiastic about their product and are very helpful. Unlike the last time he called, this time I followed his recommendation and visited the resource site for their Beta : http://www.ideablade.com/DevForceEF_summary.html . The result of the visit is that I am even more impressed by the company and the product. With the release of the Entity Framework approaching, it creates some real questions for those of us who are using ORM mapping tools. To their credit, IdeaBlade has...