Random thoughts of wisdom - the personal blog of Michael Holm Andersen

V3 in the making...

Today I've started the development of "version 3.0" of the website.

The site will (at last) be complety re-written, using a 3-tier approach. All access to data will be done using LINQ (currently only the front-end is using LINQ), the site will be multilingual, support international creditcards, improved (faster) AJAX, build using SEO Best Practices, and lot's of other cool stuff .. most important (at least to me!), the site will include all the functionality in the back-end which have been on my TODO list for quite a while.

If all goes well the new version will be completed before Xmas :-)

In the mean time, why don't you check out Kims new and MUCH improved ColorExplorer website .. really nice work, dude!

A small one: Acer Aspire One

I've bought an Acer Aspire One - got it with a 5% discount, which amounts to 2655,25 DKK (including VAT), at ComputerCity in Aalborg.

Let it be stated: It's really, really small!!  It may come to no surprise, that I bought the Windows edition which contains everything a "real" notebook does: 8.9" (1024x600) display, 120GB Harddrive, 1GB RAM, 1.6GHz Atom CPU (dual core), WiFi, VGA connector, 10/100Mbit LAN, 3 x USB 2.0 ports and a card reader.

If you're attending the AANUG startup meeting, you'll get a chance to see it, as I'm planning to use it for our PowerPoint show :)

Send to OneNote from FireFox

I'm slowly becoming more and more a OneNote fanboy! :-) .. as I use Firefox as my default browser I, of course, would like to be able to use "Send to OneNote" from Firefox, just as it's possible with IE. Luckily I found this "Send/Clip to OneNote" add-on the other day, which does just that!


AANUG.DK member count is booming

Although the AANUG website was released to public domain less that a week ago, we are close to 40 members within the first week - That's awesome!! Check out the current member list.


Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008

Microsoft is about to release Hyper-V Server 2008, which is a free download. Hyper-V Server 2008 is for "customers who want a basic and simplified virtualization solution for consolidating servers as well as for development and test environments." - read more about it at the Hyper-V Server 2008 website.


Virtual PC 2007 SP1

Microsoft have released a Service Pack Update for Virtual PC 2007 qualifying Windows Server 2008, Vista SP1 and XP SP3 - great news if you ask me :) - Download away...


Cool ViewStateDecoder

ViewState is a great feature of ASP.NET, however too much ViewState might degrade performance. But what's actually "hidden" inside that weird looking form field you might be wondering? Well, use Fritz Onion's viewstate decoder to find out, I say ... you can download it right here: (8.25 kb)


Aalborg .NET User Group is online

I'm happy to announce that the Aalborg .NET User Group (AANUG) website is now online at :)

In collaboration with my friend and former colleague, Martin Bakkegaard Olesen, we have decided to start a local .NET user group.

We have our first meeting the 1. october 2008 at Sonofon where I work. You can read more about it at the website where you can also sign up to be a member.

Hope to see ya' there! :-)

Calculate you age

I needed to calculate a persons age the other day, and came up with this simple code:

DateTime myBirthDay = new DateTime(1970, 9, 5);
TimeSpan diffAge = DateTime.Now.Date - myBirthDay.Date;
int myAge = new DateTime(diffAge.Ticks).Year - 1;

GEAR and MSDN Magazine

MSDN Magazines Issues from 2008 and GEAR 2008-2007 Issues (a danish 'gadgets' magazine) can be downloaded completely free of charge!

Happy reading!