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Lorin Thwaits A geek says what? February 2007 Entries
Idiosyncrisy with the built-in XMLHttpRequest object in IE7
I'm writing a web page that uses AJAX to poll the server every few seconds to see if there are any updates to data. Works great in IE6 and older using the XMLHttpRequest ActiveX object that you can instantiate from the progid "Msxml2.XMLHTTP.6.0". In order to keep polling I've got an event handler listening to the onreadystatechange event that calls a setTimeout at the end, so it pauses for 5 seconds, then calls into another function that sends out another request. Once you get the ball rolling, ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 28, 2007 9:59 AM

How to run a successful medium- to large-scale Code Camp
Code Camps are *great* because you get to take a Saturday and go "all out" diving into the fun side of software development. It brings lots of people out that wouldn't normally come to a user group meeting. If you haven't had one in your neck of the woods yet, I recommend getting a few friends together and get the momentum going!You may be surprised at how many people will volunteer to speak, that is if you approach folks with the right kind of excitement and ask them to get involved. Largely the ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 20, 2007 8:09 PM

A handy feature in Vista's activation tool
Yesterday I found an undocumented feature tucked away in Vista's activation reminder. I don't expect that it exposes anything that directly contributes to circumventing activation, plus this can offer useful info for those who administer Vista systems, so I decided to post about it. If you haven't activated after 30 days, this pleasant reminder appears: If you restart the system then that's all you can get to. OK, time to activate. At this point you can change the product key, phone in to activate, ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 14, 2007 1:11 AM

GoDaddy has fairly good service, but don't trust their dedicated IPs!
Over the past couple of years I've had a few websites set up on GoDaddy. Overall it's been a pretty good experience. But there is one word of warning that I should give about their dedicated services. About a month ago they changed what I thought was my static IP address to something completely different! So a bunch of names I had pointed to that IP completely broke. And all this time, for 23 months, I was paying $3 a month for this IP. If I did an nslookup on their name that was tied with this so-called ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 7, 2007 10:07 AM

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