Broadly defined "technology" e.g. software, water pumps
At work I have to use ASP.NET. As if that weren't bad enough, I have decided to use Visual Web Developer to help me because I don't want to pollute my limited PHP parts of my brain with .NET. VWD sucks. Here are my favorite reasons why it sucks. (I've only been using it for a few weeks - more may come)
- If you want to show the data from a table on a screen you can just drag/drop the table to the page, edit some things in some wizards and it works. Great! Now, the formatting of the columns is all stupid, but I'm sure the developers said "Well, how should we know how to format the columns". How about using the data type from the datasource? VWD is aware of that because it throws in things like Type="Int32" to some of the items that it magically inserts for me. So when it sees a "money" datatype, why not format that puppy as a freaking currency string.
- If you want to format a BoundField you use a DataFormatString to set it. That's fine and well documented. Only problem is, that it doesn't work. Seems that within the first few months of public release, many other people have stumbled upon this problem. So, not only do I have to set the format string I want to use, but I have to set HTMLEncoding to false. It's like walking into a Chipotle, ordering a veggie burrito with black beans, and being asked if you want a hot dog. Dumb.
But satelite and cable companies don't want to do that (don't believe me? call yours and ask for some random channel a la carte...good luck).
The funny thing to me about this is that we've been here before. Remember 1998? CDs were so expensive that there was an anti-trust investigation and class-action lawsuits claiming that the price was being fixed. People wanted individual songs and they wanted them cheaper. So...we had Napster piracy and the RIAA suing customers (suing customers, there's a great strategy) and everybody mad and then we had iTunes and the 10 other copycats who offered music online in cheap, digestible chunks. And the people rejoiced!
Maybe you've been following this, maybe you haven't. Basically, music CDs from Sony have contained a piece of "DRM" software which, when run on a windows computer, installs itself in a hidden manner.
Many people have written about this. As a result of public outcry, Sony has agreed not to do this any more and has provided software which removes the orginal offending DRM software.
RSS is a relatively new technology that also goes by the name "Web Feeds" and "Live Bookmarks". It allows you to "subscribe" to an RSS feed in your RSS reader. Then you use your RSS reader to check many sites at the same time and you are presented headlines from the sites that are new since you last checked. It's a great way to keep tabs on frequently updates sites like news sources, blogs, or BakerNeighborhood.org.
The best news is that if you are reading this, you probalby already have an "RSS reader" accessible. You can use a variety of applications including the Mozilla Firefox or the Apple Safari browsers or even online services. This is all explained in greater detail in the Wikipedia.
Drupal is the best php, mysql or postgresql, CMS system.
Version to use: 4.6.5 (4.7 is due "soon").
I've used a couple of CMS systems over the years, including a home brewed one and I've tested even more of them. After trying out all of these, my feeling is that Drupal.org.
You may have noticed that our family website is based upon it.
This past may I was elected secretary of our neighborhood association. Part of that work is related to publishing the minutes and people really really want them online and the secretary has historically picked up the job of "website person" on occasion, so I did as well.
You may notice a lot of similarities between our personal site and the neighborhood site - when you've got a good thing, why change?