9. January 2004 21:49
I have an old PC that isn't really doing anything so I decided to make it into a multimedia PC for my home entertainment center. I looked around a little bit to see if there are any freeware applications that will handle this application. I found Freevo and MythTV. Both of these applications are Linux based which is ok for some people but I am a .Net developer so I wanted a Windows .Net solution. I haven't found anything that is written in C# so I decided to start my own for now to see how far I could take it.
Here are some things I want to do
- Play MP3
- Play My Home Videos
- Slideshow pictures
- X10 Home control
- Speech and Voice recognition
- Record TV Shows
- Monitor Home Security
- Get News feed with speech
- Weather reports
- RSS Aggregator
- Internet Radio
- Home Wiki
- Audio/Text Message center
- Allarm clock
- Play Games
I started a Home Automation Wiki Wiki to keep notes on my progress.
7. January 2004 22:06
I just finished a bug in the FlexWiki project that had to do with the System.Web.Caching.CacheDependency object. What a cool object! You can tie a cached item to a collection of files. When one of the files is changed the cached item is cleared. I did not relize the System.Web.Caching namespace had such an object.
7. January 2004 06:35
I finished an Xml Transform enhancement for the FlexWiki open source project late last night. I plan on using this feature to extract XML configuration information from the integration and test servers that run multiple instances of a web application. It is always painful to keep the documents up to date on what versions of the software are installed on the machines. Now I will be able to navigate to a wiki page and display the information.
This is the second enhancement I coded for the FlexWiki project. The first enhancement allowed a user to restore a previos versioned page as the current one.
I plan on contributing more to this project as time allows.
6. January 2004 07:45
My commute to work has extended to almost 60 minutes at times here in Phoenix Arizona. Nothing good seems to be on the radio anymore either. So today I grabbed one of the .Net Rocks internet audio talk shows and burned it to CD. The ride into work was a lot more informative:) You can also get the shows from MSDN Hosted .Net Rocks. I think I will be doing this more often.
5. January 2004 20:48
I have been using MegaWiki
on my Sony Clie for about 2 weeks now and I love it. It allows you to do WikiWikWeb
like mark up in any text field on a Palm OS device. I currently only use it for organizing my memo pad notes. It makes navigation between notes a snap. Now I can use my PDA as a note taking device when I am in a remote location without my computer.
5. January 2004 13:48
I have tried several blogging services and software packages and I finally decided to use .Text on my own web site. I felt I had more control over what I wanted to do with my blog if I used my own site and a package that came with the source. So far I really like .Text and I can't think of anything I would change currently.
4. January 2004 20:59
I took to the park today and flew the Slow Stick. I had a 2 cell Lipo powering it. It flew about 15 minutes before I had to call it a flight. It sure is nice using Lipo power packs over nicads. The weight differance allowed me to use half throttle and still climb.
4. January 2004 13:30
Well I am in the process of moving over to a new webhosting service. I used to use Flarehosting but I changed to WebHost4Life. The new service is cheaper and provides more capabilities. So far I am very impressed with the service. The control panel used to configure your web site gives you a lot of capabilities. I now have subdomain capability without additional cost.
4. January 2004 11:43
I now have .Text (version .94) configured for multiple blogs on WebHost4Life. It wasn't too hard to do but took a little digging around. I wanted it to be set up as a subdomain so I could have other applications on my main domain. Once I get around to it I will add the steps it took to configure .Text to the new DotTextWiki.