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Gas Prices (Flickr)

Gas price today in Apex, NC, up around 50 cents/gal since yesterday.

Posted On Wednesday, August 31, 2005 3:49 PM

Adwords Campaign service demo (uses IPWorks SSL)
Yesterday I mentioned that I revisited an old Google Adwords demo that I worked on a while back. Here's the tutorial explaining that demo. I've updated the demo, which previously was a VB6 app that was basically just a list of functions, to a more functional app. If you're interested, you can download the demo app here (source and compiled executable). This could be easily translated into .Net, ASP, Delphi, BCB, C++, Java, PHP, etc. Just let me know if you're interested ......

Posted On Wednesday, August 24, 2005 7:49 AM

Google will set IM free

Thank you, thank you, thank you. Microsoft, AIM, Yahoo, etc - please take note. OPEN UP and say "Ahh", or get uninstalled. Finally, one IM client is in sight.

My google talk name is “lmrobins”

Posted On Wednesday, August 24, 2005 6:34 AM

AdWords API - 404 Not Found
Today I revisited an Adwords demo that I worked on a while back. It didn't work! The last time I checked it was working fine! The response from every soap request was: <HTML> <HEAD> <TITLE>Not FoundTITLE> <HEAD> <BODY BGCOLOR="#FFFFFF" TEXT="#000000"> <H1>Not Found<H1> <H2>Error 404<H2> <BODY> <HTML>I looked at the code and saw nothing wrong. I looked at the account information I was using and saw nothing wrong. After about 20 minutes ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 23, 2005 1:44 PM

FTP SSL through a NAT Firewall
FTPS over a NAT Firewall is a problem, but there are solutions. First, an explanation of the problem: The reason why FTPS (and even FTP without SSL) is a problem with firewalls is that unlike most internet protocols, FTP requires two socket connections, not just one. The first connection, called the control connection, is the one where all of the commands and responses are exchanged between client and server. The second connection, called the data connection, is where all of the data is transferred ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 23, 2005 9:45 AM

LDAP Browser
Here is a sample LDAP Browser with csharp source code. This was built using the IP*Works! LDAP component.  This zip includes the .net exe, but not that if you actually want to compile you will need to download and install IPWorks.

Posted On Friday, August 19, 2005 3:30 PM

LDAP Authentication and Password Management
Using LDAP to authenticate users is common, fast, and easy way to do. A while back I wrote a tutorial about how this can be done in a web app using the IP*Works! LDAP component. This particular article was written using VB.Net code samples. Some people ask me for classic ASP code samples, here you go. Lots of people ask about how to change an Active Directory (orADAM) user password over LDAP. With Novell, SunOne, and OpenLdap, its not so difficult as long as you have the administrator permissions ......

Posted On Friday, August 19, 2005 3:27 PM

New version of NukeSyndicate released (DNN Podcasting Module)
Scott Schecter has released a new version of NukeSyndicate, the DNN 3 podcast feed module. Its open source, supports RSS 2.0, and looks great.

Posted On Monday, August 15, 2005 11:13 AM

My MSN listens to user feedback and makes changes
I tried out My MSN a few months back, and it looks like a great service. I would never have considered using it, however, because it had a ridiculously HUGE banner ad right at the top of the page. I was so disappointed that I sent some feedback to the team. Imagine how surprised I was to receive a response to that feedback today, from "Justin", a program manager on the Portals Team. Here it is: Hi, My name is Justin and I?m a Program Manager who works directly on the My MSN site. You?re receiving ......

Posted On Monday, August 8, 2005 6:11 PM

EDI and BizTalk
Jeff Lynch is using /n software's AS2 Adapter for BizTalk 2004: I approached this new project with considerable skepticism and trepidation since I had never used the "AS2" protocol and never dealt with a third-party "exchange" before. The good news is I was very pleasantly surprised at just how easy this can be to setup and use! It sounds like Jeff had a favorable experience, but I wonder how this experience compares with those B2B integrations he's been a part of in the past. Based on Jeff's feedback, ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 2, 2005 10:03 AM

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