AJAX

Its nice to see that MS has finally concluded that AJAX is a technology that is worthy of getting frameworktized into the .NET Framework :-)

If you don’t want to wait for “Atlas” and you need to use this technology in .NET Framework 1.1 I would like to suggest Ajax.NET written by Michael Schwartz.

It’s well designed and written piece of software which is now even open sourced (Thanks Michael!).

I’m sure MS will borrow a few things from it for “Atlas”.

My so called Google Desktop Search Plugin

If you remember, I talked in one of the previous posts about the Google Search API .NET Wrapper I wrote that includes a single coherent API for both Google Desktop Search (GDS) and Google Web Search (GWS)?

I submitted it to the Google Deskop Search Plugin program almost a month ago and I just got an Email saying that it got in. You can check it out here.

How lovely :-)

The Email said I get a Google Desktop Search T-Shirt for free, but when I entered the site and entered the coupon code it said that there are no more T-Shirts like that available. Bummer.

I Emailed them and hopefully I’ll get a response soon. I’ll keep you posted if I’ll actually get a T-Shirt out of this.

Another thing I got was $20 for AdWords. Haven’t used it before but it looks interesting. Perhaps I’ll publish my other blog, Advanced .NET Debugging, through it.

PDC 2005 – What shall I do?

I just read in my Roy’s blog about the contest Channel9 is holding in which you can get free lodging, enterance and $1000 travel fair for the PDC 2005.

You can do that by either blogging your way in or code your way in using Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 and the Shareware Starter Kit.

Now I’m in a bit of a dilema.
a) I doubt that my current employer will pay for this.
b) If I’ll go privately it will cost a lot of money and I will have to use my vacation days (which essentially can also be translated into money) which I want to utilize to better things like go to Thailand ;-).
c) I can try and blog myself in, but I doubt I will be able to compete with anyone.
d) I can write something up with the Shareware starter kit.

I guess option “D” is the most viable one for me but now I need a good idea, plus I need this to be a shareware (even though I don’t actually want to do this to get money).

I can understand that the reason behind this competition is to get some more software written in Visual Studio 2005 and to promote the Shareware Starter Kit idea (plus its supporting 3rd party hosts).
Maybe they should change it into a DonateWare (of the good kind) competition.
All entries MUST have their payments donated to some organization that can receive donations using PayPal or something like that.

Of well… If you have any interesting ideas, be sure to Email them to me :-)

Google’s Search APIs

I’ve been messing around lately with Google’s Search APIs including the Google Desktop Search (GDS) and Google Web Search (GWS).

This is part of some experimentations I’m performing in regards to productivity and search engine/applications.

I’ve wrapped both GDS and GWS APIs in a nice .NET assembly (source code in C#). Both of them have the same interface and can generate the result as a .NET DataSet, as an XMLDocument and return the raw format that is being returns from both GDS (string) and GWS (their result structure).

I think its useful for people that wants to access both searches in the same API and integrate this into their applications.

So… here it is.

Click Here Download GoogleSearch assembly (both source and binary)

Enjoy and don’t forget to send feedback!

Transmeta – the end of an era?!

I just read here about the slow decline of Transmeta and its risk of closing its doors for good.

I first heard on Transmeta when the hype around Linus Torvalds’ decision to work there started. I checked their web site and continuously monitored their progress because I really thought they had something good going.

They actually innovated the industry and left their mark. You can see it in all the various power consumption technologies that all the big players (Intel, AMD and IBM) have produced since.

I personally was able to get a hold of a reference board with a Crusoe TM5800 1Ghz and its simply a marvelous piece of electronics capable of doing the same stuff as a 1.8Ghz Mobile P4 with half the heat emission and even less than that power consumption.

This translates into may thing in the real world that should not be taken lightly such as:

  • Less power consumption = Less electricity used = Less polution.
  • Less heat emission = Less noisy fans (and again less power consumption) = Less noise polution.

This is actually a piece of technology that can help the environment. Just think about it!

I read in the article that companies like Sony, Fujitsu and NEC licenses the LongRun2 technology but non of them rolled out anything with it.

I do hope that the industry won’t let the technology and innovation in this field die. Hopefully, one of the big players in the market (IBM, Intel or AMD) will be smart enough to buy the Transmeta IP so that everyone of us could benefit.

Don’t you just hate first posts?

Hello.

My name is Eran Sandler and I’m a serial blog killer. (you should say “Hello Eran, we love you” at this point).

I create and kill blogs all the time but I do hope this blog will be different.

First of all, the blogger interface is much better than the last few places I’ve bloged before, so that will probably get me to write a little more.

I did notice, however, that this nice editor that I’m writing in is *NOT* working with FireFox and that’s a shame (at least I think so).

So, blogger people, please fix this…

Besides that I’m a geek and I do geeky things like write code and mess around with computers.

I do plan, however, to make this a professional / geeks / useful place for info blog instead of all the “My boyfriend left me” blogs. So it might be interesting to a few people (very few people).

That’s it for a first post.