Free ASP.NET extensions

DMXzone's ASP.NET premium author, Kevin Marshall, announces free ASP.NET property inspector extensions to work with MX 2004 and MX. The default inspectors have been enhanced to allow easy insertion of validators and event procedures directly from the property inspectors. New inspectors have been added to support .NET controls that don't have property inspectors by default.

They're available for download from his company website, WebXel.

Microsoft needs your help!
Rob Scoble and the leader of the Internet Explorer team are asking for input into what changes Microsoft should make to Internet Explorer. Last year, they said they wouldn't develop it anymore, but with the as-yet-unpatched Phishing bug and potential changes due to the Eolas patent, I guess they've decided to tart it up after two and half years; after all, it's 3 or 4 years until Longhorn.
No more Kodak film cameras in the U.S.
 Eastman Kodak Co. on Tuesday said it will stop selling traditional film cameras in the United States, Canada and Western Europe, another move by the photography company to cut lines with declining appeal in favor of fast-growing digital products, reports Reuters.
Lasermonks for cheap laser printer cartridges

A DMXzone member spotted this: a report about a group of monks who are supporting their abbey - Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Spring Bank - by selling cheap, high quality, laser printer cartridges with the kind of customer care that you'd hope for from a group of monks.  

Their byline: "Support prayer for the world.  Support charitable service to others. And be treated with genuine care."

 

Bruce

MS Blaster clean-up tool

Microsoft have released a new tool to mop-up any residue of the Blaster virus from XP/ Win2K systems that may have been infected before they were patched are clean.

Bruce

Announcing the DMXzone RSS feed

At DMXzone, we've launched our RSS feed. RSS stands for Rich Site Summary, and is a way of putting out content in a pre-defined way so that anyone else who wants to can take the text file and automatically import it into their own site. If you want lots of detail, here's the full specification, but in order to use someone else’s RSS feed in your own web site, all you really need to know is that an RSS feed is text, but the data in it is a small subset of XML. DON'T PANIC! (I always say that when someone sees the 'X' word). RSS isn't nicknamed Really Simple Syndication for nothing).

Most web developers write a script in their preferred scripting language that grabs the feed at a pre-defined interval (depending on how frequently it’s updated by its author) and then put it in their website using ASP/ PHP (or whatever). Because it’s just text, the typeface, colours etc are determined by the HTML or CSS of the site that is consuming the feed. (If you are running a PHP-driven site, Matt Machell has a very simple  tutorial with all the code needed use someone’s RSS feed in your site.)

2003 best year for on-line shopping
Reuters reports that on-line sales in 2003 amounted to $18.5 billion, excluding travel, compared with $13.7 billion in 2002, a rise of 35 percent. We hope that DMXzone members' sites saw the lion's share of that $18.5 billion!

 

Advanced Conditional Region 2.0 has been updated!

Advanced Conditional Region will allow you to show a selection of your page only when a specific condition is true. This way you can easily hide portions of your page that are not to be displayed.

Now compatible with Dreamweaver MX and Dreamweaver MX 2004!

Click here to download>>

Win XP Service Pack 2 beta starts testing today

Microsoft have released a beta of Service Pack 2 for Windows XP to selected testers. It includes significant security enhancements including

  • An improved version of Windows Firewall (formerly known as the Internet Connection Firewall). Windows Firewall will be turned on by default. Why wasn't it before?
  • Blocking of accidental downloads and installations. Internet Explorer will help protect users from accidentally downloading and installing programs from potentially malicious Web sites by automatically blocking download requests. Users who decide to install a program can click on the download link that will automatically appear below the browser toolbar.
  • Pop-up Manager. Internet Explorer will detect that a pop-up or pop-under window is unwanted if it doesn’t directly result from the user’s clicking on a link on a Web page.
  • Better file attachment handling in Outlook Express and Windows Messenger. This means that attachments can open and execute with the fewest permissions possible.
  • Increased customer control over downloads of external content in Outlook Express. Outlook Express will no longer download external content (such as graphics) in HTML mail by default.
Want a Free PC?
A company called Metronomy is offering a free IBM PC to 200,000 UK households if they accept a contract whereby they will watch 3 minutes of advertising for an hour of computer use, and use a minimum of 30 hours a month. The spec is pretty basic - but so's the cost.
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