Sunday, March 30, 2008

The Raconteurs Home Page - Sweet, Sweet DOS 1.1 User Interface

I usually limit myself to things purely technical on this blog, but this was a little cool to pass up and is somewhat technical in nature. The Raconteurs have created their web site using a user interface reminiscent of something circa the early 80's. Looking at the page source, it is done mostly using Macromedia Flash. Disregarding the evil splash page, JavaScript errors, and possible copyright infringements (oh my!), there is truly something wonderful about this minimalist approach. What's the point of being so pretentious when you are only providing basic information? Far too many web sites are bloated with ubiquitous links and ads, and provide for a truly miserable user experience. Needless to say, it would have been way cooler (and no doubt, achievable) if they could have done this using only HTML, JavaScript, and CSS. By the way, if you haven't already, check out the their new album. This is true and unadulterated rock n' roll.

Splash Page


Home Page


DOS 1.10 - Notice the dates 1981, 1982.


Thursday, March 6, 2008

Get any color on the screen quickly with PkColorPicker

This is a nice light utility that allows you to find colors by hovering over them using cross hairs. You can then copy the RGB hexadecimal values and paste them. This is much better than having to open something like Photoshop which takes forever an eats up all your processing power.


Monday, March 3, 2008

Enable Linq for SharePoint 2007

1.) Update the web.config with the Linq assemblies by inserting the following tags under <system.web><compilation>:

<add assembly="System.Core, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=B77A5C561934E089" />

<add assembly="System.Web.Extensions, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31BF3856AD364E35" />

<add assembly="System.Xml.Linq, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=B77A5C561934E089" />

<add assembly="System.Data.DataSetExtensions, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=B77A5C561934E089" />

2.) Update the web.config with the Linq tag prefixes by inserting  following tags under <system.web><pages><controls>:

<add tagPrefix="asp" namespace="System.Web.UI" assembly="System.Web.Extensions, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31BF3856AD364E35" />

<add tagPrefix="asp" namespace="System.Web.UI.WebControls" assembly="System.Web.Extensions, Version=, Culture=neutral, PublicKeyToken=31BF3856AD364E35" />

3.) Reset IIS on the SharePoint server.