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Add Nuke to your DotNet Applications

If you are creating DotNet Applications using Microsoft Dotnet framework, here is a fully compatible alternate to the same. DotNetNuke is an open-source Web Application Framework ideal for creating and deploying projects such as commercial websites, corporate intranets and extranets, online publishing portals, and custom vertical applications.

DotNetNuke

DotNetNuke is provided as open-source software, licensed under a BSD agreement. In general, this license grants the general public permission to obtain the software free-of-charge. It also allows individuals to do whatever they wish with the application framework, both commercially and non-commercially, with the simple requirement of giving credit back to the DotNetNuke project community.

DotNetNuke is built on a Microsoft ASP.NET (VB.NET) platform, and is easily installed and hosted. With a growing community of over 440,000 users, and a dedicated base of programming professionals, support for DotNetNuke is always close at hand.

DotNetNuke is designed for use on the Microsoft ASP.NET 2.0, 3.0, and 3.5 platforms using Visual Studio 2005, Visual Studio 2008, or Visual Web Developer.

Key Features:
Easy to install and to host.
Fully extensible and scalable.
Clearly licensed under a BSD-style license.
Constantly evolving through real world trial.
Simply efficient and manageable.
Priority on security.
Fully customizable.
Fully localized.
User-friendly interface.
Easy to access community support.

View the Video Introduction to DotNetNuke (this will open in Windows Media Player)
Download the Video for Offline viewing

You can also check DotNetNuke’s Online Demo

Website: http://www.dotnetnuke.com

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January 8, 2009 Posted by | Microsoft, OpenSource, Programming, Technology | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Make your Windows look like Mac OSX

Did you ever wish you had a Mac, just because the way it looked? Forget about skinning Vista to look like Windows 7, instead get the Big Daddy of Looks – Mac OSX! No I’m not suggesting junking your Windows box, keep it, but make it look like Mac OSX.

DExposE2

This freeware Windows-only app is a clone of Mac OS X’s Expose for XP and Vista. So what’s so special about this when other Expose clones have done the same? Other than Expose, you get interactive previews, hot corners, multi-monitor support and more. The best part is DExposE2 comes in both portable and installable flavors, so you can check it out with a quick download and installation is not necessary.

Download Page (Both Installable & Portable)
DExposE2 User Reviews
Forum Page

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December 23, 2008 Posted by | Apple, Microsoft, Portable, Software, Technology | , , , | 5 Comments

First Look: Windows 7 (Pre Beta)

Microsoft has officially revealed the name of the successor to Windows Vista, and it’s not Vista II, ReVista or AltaVista. Its Windows 7. No definite release date for Windows 7 has been announced by Microsoft.

The shocking revelation on Microsoft’s Vista blog is that the final name of what we now call Windows 7 will be… Windows 7. Mike Nash, corporate vice-president, Windows Product Management, says: “Simply put, this is the seventh release of Windows, so therefore Windows 7 just makes sense.”

More screenshots of Windows 7 here:-
ZDNet Gallery
Windows7 News

So what’s in Windows 7?

The most visible new features are enhancements that streamline core Windows tasks like connecting to a wireless network or organizing a digital music collection. But the new OS features are more than just skin-deep; there are also improvements to core components, such as an innovative way to stream music and other media directly to network-connected media players.

Some of the tweaks to the Windows interface are blindingly obvious, at least in retrospect. Explorer windows now include a button that toggles the preview pane on and off; in Vista, you have to drill three levels deep into a menu to enable or disable the preview pane. Much cooler is the new technique for maximizing, restoring, and resizing a window. Drag the window’s title bar to the top of the screen and it maximizes. Drag the title bar of a maximized window away from the top of the screen and it restores to its former position. Drag a window to either side of the screen and it resizes to fill half the screen. Drag another window to the opposite side and, voila, you now have two windows arranged side by. side

Some other key enhancements-
For starters, the Quick Launch bar is gone; its capabilities are now integrated directly into the taskbar. If you recognize some similarities to the Dock in OS X, you’re half right.

You can permanently place program icons on the taskbar, where they allow one-click access to programs. Running programs appear on the taskbar as well.

You’ll find that other common tasks have been greatly simplified. For example, it;s now much easier to connect to a wireless network: when a wireless network is available, a tray icon glows. Click to pop up a list of available networks, and click again to choose a network and enter a passphrase or connect to a browser-based logon screen a a hotspot or airport.

Networking is tricky, especially for home users. With Vista, Microsoft tried to consolidate networking features in a single location, the Network and Sharing Center, with decidedly mixed results. In Windows 7, the Network and Sharing Center gets a radical overhaul designed to make it simpler to set up and manage small networks. In Windows 7, the Network and Sharing Center includes four links to common tasks instead of a long list of detailed options.

Homegroups also offer an interesting capability that digital media fanatics should love: From within Windows, you can stream media to any DLNA server or to a Media Center extender, without jumping through a bunch of configuration hoops.

Enterprise customers will have plenty of new stuff to chew on, as well. The PowerShell scripting language is part of Windows 7, as are a host of new troubleshooting and administration tools.  Special mention for the new Program Compatibility Troubleshooter, which lets you fix programs that fail to run correctly because of permission problems or hard-coded version checks.

BitLocker also gets a new features: the capability to encrypt the contents of a USB flash drive or other removable storage device. This is a logical extension of the BitLocker feature, which first appeared in Vista and was enhanced in Vista Service Pack 1 to allow encryption of hard disks other than the system volume.

Take a look at the Windows 7 Features, Screenshots & Demo in a YouTube video
[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B5D43p4_qcY]

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October 29, 2008 Posted by | Microsoft, Technology | , , , | 1 Comment

OpenOffice – A free alternative to Microsoft Office

OpenOffice.org (See what Wikipedia says)is an Open Source, community-developed, multiplatform office-productivity suite. It includes the key desktop applications, such as a word processor, spreadsheet, presentation manager and drawing program, with a user interface and feature set similar to other office suites.

Sophisticated and flexible, OpenOffice.org also works transparently with a variety of file formats, including Microsoft’s. Localizations of OpenOffice.org are available in 27 languages with more being constantly added by the community.

OpenOffice.org runs stably and natively on Solaris, Linux (including PPC Linux), and Windows. Additional ports, such as for FreeBSD, IRIX, and Mac OS X, are in various stages of completion.

Written in C++ and with documented APIs licensed under the LGPL and SISSL Open Source licenses, OpenOffice.org allows any knowledgeable developer to benefit from the source.

And, because the file format for OpenOffice.org is in XML, interoperability is easy, making future development and adoption more certain.

OpenOffice Components
Writer – Equivalent to Microsoft Word
Calc – Equivalent to Microsoft Excel
Impress – Equivalent to Microsoft Powerpoint
Base – Equivalent to Microsoft Access
Draw – Equivalent to CoralDraw
Math – Equivalent to Microsoft Equation Editor

System Requirements for OpenOffice.org for Microsoft Windows
* Windows 98, Windows ME, Windows 2000 (Service Pack 2 or higher), Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows Vista (enhanced Vista integration from version 2.2)
* 128 Mbytes RAM (I would recommend 512 MB)
* At least 800 Mbytes available disk space for a default install (including a JRE) via download. After installation and deletion of temporary installation files, OpenOffice.org will use approximately 440 Mbytes disk space.
* 800 x 600 or higher resolution with at least 256 colours
* Java runtime environment 1.4.0_02 / 1.4.1_01 or newer

Download versions

Stable version available is OpenOffice.org 2.4 –
Download links: Full InstallPortable version
The release candidate 2 of OpenOffice.org 3.0 is now ready for testing –
Download Links: Full InstallPortable version

But, will Microsoft Office users be able to open OpenOffice Documents? Answer is YES!
There are OpenOffice plugins available which, after installed will enable Microsoft Office users to open documents created in OpenOffice.
ODF-Convertor : These free add-ins for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint enable those apps to open and save their ODF counterparts (which typically have .ODT, .ODS, and .ODP extensions, respectively). They’re compatible with Office XP, 2003, and 2007.
ODF Plugin from Sun : Read and write ODF files in Microsoft Office.

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September 24, 2008 Posted by | Microsoft, OpenSource, Technology | , , , , , | Leave a comment

What are Webslices?

A webslice is a part of a webpage that updates and can be subscribed to for example, a weather forecast.
Internet Explorer (IE) 8, a beta from Microsoft includes WebSlices as one of its features.

WebSlice just works as RSS Feeds works, where user can subscribe and get updates without visiting individual WebPages.

But a Webslice is different that a syndication feed (RSS) because:
1. It’s part of a webpage, rather than an independent feed (though it can have an independent feed also)
2. It’s a single thing that updates, as opposed to a pipe that new things (such as blog posts) are coming down one after the other

This is how Microsoft describes WebSlices, a feature allowing Web sites to connect to their users by subscribing to content directly within a Web page
“Developers can mark parts of webpages as ‘WebSlices’ and enable users to monitor information they rely on as they move about the web. With a click in the Favorites bar, users see rich ‘WebSlice’ visuals and developers establish a valuable, persistent end-user connection.”

Article on KillerSites
“In a nutshell, webslices are an IE8 specific feature that allows the web designer to tag part of a webpage as a ‘webslice’. By tagging sections of a web page, users of IE8 can then subscribe to it, much in the same way that they can subscribe to an RSS feed.” Read full article here.

More reading available on: TechRepublic
If you are interested in creating WebSlices, read WebSlices – By Microsoft.pdf on how to do so and begin developing them today. Download the document from Box.Net widget available in the right side of this page.

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September 17, 2008 Posted by | Browser, Internet, Microsoft, Technology, Web 2.0 | , , , , , | Leave a comment