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SharePoint list field names - finder
With regard to my post on SharePoint field names you might find the following code snippet useful. // Initialize the list service Lists listService = new Lists(); listService.Credentials = System.Net.CredentialCache.... // Get the list schema XmlNode ndList = listService.GetList("ListNa... // Iterate through each field foreach (XmlNode ndField in ndList.FirstChild.ChildNodes) { string name = string.Empty; string displayName = string.Empty; // Obtain the nodes name name = (string) ......

Posted On Friday, July 30, 2004 5:46 AM

Another one of those SharePoint mysteries - stssoap
Another one of those SharePoint Portal Server mysteries. Recently a colleague of mine was facing this dilemma. After a restore of a certain teamsite on SPS, the Search results weren't showing the contents. When she tried checking the gather log for the NonPortal Contents index it contained the following error. “The address could not be found, (0x80042616 - Error in the Site Data Web Service. ) Value cannot be null. Parameter name: uriString” Unfortunately there is a very non-relevant MS KB article ......

Posted On Thursday, July 29, 2004 8:33 AM

With regard to SharePoint field names
This is a problem I keep running into quite often and today again I spent an hour wondering why my code wouldn’t work. What I was trying to do was to use the Lists WebService (i.e. lists.asmx) to add contents on to a WSS list via the UpdateListItems() method. The reason for the hiccup in the code was that when trying to add a value to a field whose name consists of multiple words (for instance "Last Name") the field should be referred to with a "_x0020_" separating the words (i.e. "Last Name" becomes ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 28, 2004 3:10 PM

CodeProject - Gmail Agent
Here is a cool article on Code Project about programmatic access to GMail.

Posted On Wednesday, July 28, 2004 6:06 AM

ATI fan site
I found this cool ATI Site fan site.Got the link of neowin. Here are a couple of other game related links with regard to FarCry from the site - FarCry v. 1.3 and ATI - FarCry v. 1,2 and ATI ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 28, 2004 5:20 AM

SourceForge to recieve contribution from Microsoft

This is an interesting read from

Although it would be cool if OSDN becomes MOSDN :)

Posted On Wednesday, July 28, 2004 4:52 AM

CNET: Losono demoed
CNETArticle on the 3D sound project by the Fraunhofer Institute.

Posted On Friday, July 23, 2004 9:37 AM

Lookouts new download URL

Thanks to Scotts post I now know the new download url for Lookout.

Posted On Friday, July 23, 2004 1:47 AM

Win2k3 SP1 available for beta testers

Got this scoop of Neowin

Apparently there is a build of Windows 2003 SP1 available for Beta Testers. I am just wondering what changes have been made to IIS6, and if they would affect SharePoint in anyway (good or bad)

Ping-back if you guys know about SP1 for Win2k3

Posted On Friday, July 23, 2004 1:18 AM

Geforce 6800 all sold out
The inquirer is reporting that Geforce 6800 cards are all sold out, and this posting at planethalflife taunts you that if you need to upgrade then the only thing left is ATI. This subject even though is much debated about, at the moment I feel that the Geforce 6800 is the better card. For one its got Shared Model 3, and for another even though the Source engine is destined to sport more mods than any other, there are more games targeted at Nvidia today ......

Posted On Thursday, July 22, 2004 3:00 PM

HL2 Videos

Lockergnome had this link to a bunch of HalfLife2 Videos.

I see a lot of downloading to do in the near future!

Posted On Thursday, July 22, 2004 9:41 AM

All you wanted to know about the common cold

Found this on google.

What caught my attention was that it has its own domain ->

Posted On Wednesday, July 21, 2004 10:46 AM

Viruses and work
<rant> Usually being at office is mostly work, and I guess that’s what an office is all about, and but working for ISV with very demanding clients, usually means that work nothing but work and usually the work environment reflects this. It’s an ‘all serious’, ‘very busy’ (a.k.a. ‘high stress’) place. However yesterday brought a little change to the usual hectic day at work, there was a virus attack and this brought little entertainment, an opportunity ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 21, 2004 10:36 AM

Lookoutsoft acquired
CNET RSS Feed Item "Microsoft buys Lookout to boost search. The acquisition comes two weeks after the launch of a revamped MSN search. Source: buys Lookout to boost search/2100-1032_3-5271825.... Just imagine how Powerfull Outlook would be if they provided it as a freebie companion ......

Posted On Friday, July 16, 2004 2:38 AM

Lost my google rank

Looks like I've lost by google rank. I've gone down by 3 spots.

I need to stage a comeback, atleast I need to think about staging a comeback, or more closer to think about 'think about staging a comeback'. :)

Posted On Tuesday, July 13, 2004 4:33 AM

NVidia announces new 'lower priced ' chip
Recently there was this good article atHalf-life 2 fallout on the required machine specs needed to play Half-life 2. Apprentlyit looks asif even though the Source engine might work better on an ATI card, thatmight not be the best option, since there apparently are more new games optimizedfor Nvidia than ATI. It also points out the drawbacks of the Nvidia 5XXX series. Sowith the 6800 being the best, and costly option it might possibly be the way to go,unless ofcourse this guy can entice that economy ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 13, 2004 1:37 AM

SharePoint toolkit and
Tim pointed out to this SharePoint toolkit. I played around with the url a little, and found that is a SharePoint Site, and whats better still is there's a good SharePoint blog there too. I believe it is Maurice Prather's. The blog looks really cool. Nice theme, Sig might actually have some competition after all ......

Posted On Monday, July 12, 2004 3:11 AM

Anil Dash wins Seo Challenge

Anil Dash used his blog and trackbacks to win the Seo Challenge. I take it he must be enjoying that cool monitor by now.

<rant>hmm he seems to have quite a good deal of trackbacks, but I am sure Scoble can take him on easy with his fanbase/critical viewer mass</rant>

Posted On Thursday, July 8, 2004 11:26 AM

Deadlink on Office 2003 WebParts
Was checking compatibility of the Office 2003 WebPart today. On a machine that doesnt have Office 2003 installed the WebPart gives the following error. "To use either the Spreadsheet Web Part or the PivotView Web Part, you must have Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.01 Service Pack 2 (SP2) or later and the Microsoft Office 2003 Web Components installed on your computer. See the Microsoft Office Web site for more information. Install the Office 2003 Web Components." Interestingly enough the link pointed ......

Posted On Thursday, July 8, 2004 4:24 AM

Shaders in your graphics card - what are they?

If any of you are wondering what pixel shaders and vertex shaders are the guru of 3d gives a good explanation along with a review of the new Farcry patch.

Ok, so that might not be a good an explanation as this.

Posted On Wednesday, July 7, 2004 9:02 AM

MYIE2 Name Change
Well Phoenix became Firebird and then became Firefox, I guess the MyIE2 folkswant to copy the trend and have branded MyIE2 as Maxthon.

Posted On Wednesday, July 7, 2004 7:05 AM

Nvidia roadmap

An un-official roadmap for the NVidia chipset has emmerged.

there is a screenshort of it here.


Posted On Wednesday, July 7, 2004 4:11 AM

Farcry is amazing - first take
I installed Farcry yesterday, and man this game is amazing! The graphics are awesome and the gameplay is fantastic. I was able to squeeze in a couple of levels last night, and I was tootally in awe whilst playing it. I love the manuerverbility, gives you the option of peeping, crawling, sprinting etc. I like the fact that you have to use a lot stealth in the game. And I love the realism The AI is pretty fantastic too. You cant just waltz into a battle, you have to take cover, and provide cover fire, ......

Posted On Wednesday, July 7, 2004 3:06 AM

GWB new skin

Wow, the main page has a cool new skin - nice work Jeff

Posted On Tuesday, July 6, 2004 10:26 AM

SharePoint, the Extranet and Security
I did link to this the other day, but I just wanted to repeat it. Of course there is no harm in linking to this a second time now is there? I learnt a lot from it so just wanted to point it to you guys (SharePoint admins/wannabes) again. This resource kit is fantastic, it is very detailed, and by that I mean very very very detailed; detailed as in it would teach you your ABCs too if you didn’t know to read. The resource kit goes into explicit detail on how you can expose SharePoint to the extranet, ......

Posted On Tuesday, July 6, 2004 10:22 AM

Musing about graphics cards
I was just thinking today that my good old GeForce 4 that I have at home is comming close to retirement, and its about time I replaced it. But the question that is dancing around my mind is "with what?" The question of whether to go with an ATI or NVidia could be something as close to being as sacred as the question of 'would you buy an Evolution or Impreza WRX' - well may be not, the "Evolution or Impreza" is totally a matter of opinion with minute similarities, but the dillema is that it increasingly ......

Posted On Monday, July 5, 2004 11:20 AM

ISA Server 2000 and SharePoint Portal Server

Just in case this one skipped you, there a resource on a ISA Server 2000 SPS Deployment Kit on

Posted On Monday, July 5, 2004 9:51 AM

Page rank = 1

Oooh looky here, I've got a google page rank of 1

This could be trouble, I could be in for a great deal more comment spam in the future.

Posted On Monday, July 5, 2004 9:47 AM

NFS Underground 2 - Oh boy! Oh boy! cant wait to get my hands on it. and theres a trailer too, and check out the features. Just to re-iterate "Free-Roaming City: Explore a massive city divided into five distinct, interconnected neighborhoods, ranging from serpentine suburban hills to an intense downtown grid. A complex series of drivable freeways connect the neighborhoods together. Emergent Gameplay: Want to make a name for yourself in the underground? You’ll need to find it first. Races can happen ......

Posted On Monday, July 5, 2004 5:23 AM

ASP.NET 2.0, SharePoint, and IIS
I am in the process of installing VC# Express edition. For some particularly wierd reason its taking an awful long time to install for me. The .Net Framework 2.0 Beta has already been installed, and now its continuing with the setup after restart. What was interesting to note was that after the Framework 2.0 was installed my Sharepoint configuration didn't work. It complained quoting the famous error "Server Error in '/' Application." followed by a runtime error, and something to with the custom ......

Posted On Thursday, July 1, 2004 6:00 AM

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