My new Netbook

I was searching for a Netbook but before I make my decision I won an Acer Aspire One D150! So may be isn’t the model or brand that I was looking for but for free I can live with that!

You have to get used to the keyboard because it has the smaller keys on the market but it took me just some minutes and mistakes to have good speed and control. It’s a fine machine far better than the first Acer Aspire One model.

Visual Studio Solutions Tips

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Another (I think useful) tips for you Visual Studio

Create Visual Studio Solutions from Windows Explorer. This has the advantage that you can create the project folder structure that you want and then create an empty solution. I use this quite a lot because I use Solutions as diferent views of my projects (specially when they are big with a lot of visual studio projects). And it’s handy when you are using a folder structure for all your project and the visual studio solution is just the “code” part maybe in src directory.

To get to that create this registry key (you can copy this on a .reg file an execute that):

Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

[HKEY_CLASSES_ROOT\.sln\ShellNew]

“Data”=hex:EF,BB,BF,D,A,4D,69,63,72,6F,73,6F,66,74,20,56,
69,73,75,61,6C,20,53,74,75,64,69,6F,20,53,6F,6C,75,74,69,
6F,6E,20,46,69,6C,65,2C,20,46,6F,72,6D,61,74,20,56,65,72,
73,69,6F,6E,20,31,30,2E,30,30,D,A,23,20,56,69,73,75,61,6C,
20,53,74,75,64,69,6F,20,32,30,30,38,D,A,47,6C,6F,62,61,6C,
D,A,9,47,6C,6F,62,61,6C,53,65,63,74,69,6F,6E,28,53,6F,6C,
75,74,69,6F,6E,50,72,6F,70,65,72,74,69,65,73,29,20,3D,20,
70,72,65,53,6F,6C,75,74,69,6F,6E,D,A,9,9,48,69,64,65,53,6F,
6C,75,74,69,6F,6E,4E,6F,64,65,20,3D,20,46,41,4C,53,45,D,A,
9,45,6E,64,47,6C,6F,62,61,6C,53,65,63,74,69,6F,6E,D,A,45,6E,
64,47,6C,6F,62,61,6C,D,A

Or just take the file in the article of this guy that I google/find last time I had to edit this (you know when my freaking can’t wait this slow computer make me reformat again my lap hehe)

The second tips has to do with solutions again, if you already notice Visual Studio 2005 and further creates a top level Solution.root folder when you have projects in your solution and IIS Web Sites that are on another location (i.e. C:\Inetpub\wwwroot\…) I think that it’s not a very good practice this folder layout and when you upload this with Visual Source Safe and .root is created is more confusing for your development team. So if you take care of the solution and each project folder destination, even the destination of the web sites (I take the mapping of those manually, this way I have the web site project in as a subfolder, as any other project on the solution) you have to tell to Visual Studio not to create the .root folder:

Click Start, click Run, type Regedit, and then click OK.
Open HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\VisualStudio\7.1\SourceControl
Select key DoNotCreateSolutionRootFolderInSourceControl, click Edit, and then click Modify.
In the Value data box, change 0 to 1, and then click OK.

(you have to change the version if have a newer Visual Studio, 7.1 correspond to Visual Studio 2005, the first Visual Studio with this behaviour.

References:

http://flux88.com/blog/right-click-new-visual-studio-solution/

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/aa290096(VS.71).aspx

Installing Ultimus Adaptive BPM Suite 8.2

Prerequisites:

The computer that will host Ultimus BPM Server must meet the following requirements:

CPU: Intel Pentium III or IV, 1.4 GHz or faster
RAM: 4 GB or more (3GB)
HD: 100 GB (20 GB)
Display (Suite): SVGA 1024×768 min)
SQL Server 2005 SP2

I’ve tested the installation on a Virtual Machine (VMWare) with these specifications:

CPU: AMD Opteron 880 2.4 Ghz (1 CPU)
RAM: 3 GB
HD: C: 10 GB, D: 20 GB (C: Operating System, D: Applications and Database)
Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition Service Pack 2

Windows Services and Components Configuration:

  • Internet Information Services (IIS) and Component Services (COM+)
  • Create a Windows Account for Ultimus Services. If you are on a Domain this account must be part of the Domain.

Important Notes:
If Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 or Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 and Ultimus Suite will be installed on the same computer it is recommended that Ultimus is installed first, then install SharePoint. Otherwise SharePoint will not function properly and to repair it you must go to Start -> Administrative Tools -> SharePoint Product and Technologies Configuration Wizard.

Installation Order:
1. Operating System
2. IIS and COM+ Enabled (Add Application Role)
3. Go for Service Pack 2
4. Internet Explorer 8
5. Net Framework 3.5 with SP1
6. SQL Server 2005 Standard and SP2

References:

ecoder a web based code editor

I’m searching ways to build all of my development and collaboration tools on the Internet (I know now everybody calls it “the cloud”). It will be great if you don’t need anything not event the code editor neither the compiler. Searching for the current approach I found ecoder. It’s really a very good concept. It’s difficult just to throw out all your heavy and sophisticated development IDE and tools but it’s nice to have your code in your source control and have an editor to change or to work remotely without the dependency of your computer. I don’t know if is just a nice try one or two days idea but I will give it a try.

References:
http://www.gmeditor.com/wiki/code-downloads/ecoder-web-based-code-editor/

Robot Controlled By Human Brain Cells

Today in a moment of spare time when you pass around yours rss to see what’s coming I found this article. The interesting thing wasn’t for me the control per se but the curious coincidence of the natural connections of the neurons and the silicon chip. Maybe it will come the time when the biological and sociological evolution will be in direct interaction with our technology innovation and… evolution?

References:

http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/10/20/1236208