Rad & Dot Net - Digital Warrior

Assorted ramblings (and vents!!) from a techie on the sunny shores of Kenya, East Africa

Thursday, March 23, 2006


I'm a HUGE Monad fan. In fact in many ways its better than bash, cash, dash and all those other ash shells.

Why? Because I can access full objects from the command line and not just strings.

This means I can tie together the file system, .NET, and the internet beautifully.

I mean, I can even get my PC BIOS info from command line!

get-WMIObject win32_BIOS

SMBIOSBIOSVersion : R01-C1
Manufacturer : Phoenix Technologies, LTD
Name : )Phoenix - Award WorkstationBIOS v6.00PG
SerialNumber : PSPSTD643434602408W
Version : AWARD - 42302e31

I can even start Internet explorer

$ie = new-object -com "InternetExplorer.Application"

Is that cool or what?

Though a question begs to be asked -- instead of coming up with a whole new language why not use an idle one like JScript.NET?

Wednesday, March 01, 2006


If you have the money get yourself an MSDN subscription!

Got a large parcel from Microsoft -- all the technical resources you can think of are included -- MSDN, development tools, operating systems, sdks, servers (some of which I have never even heard of), webcasts ....


Tuesday, February 07, 2006


Good news, good news. Those of us who want to test software, esp betas without touching the sanctity of our rock solid OS and do not wish to pay for Virtual PC can take a look at VMWare's new VMWare server.

Which is free.

Get the beta here

Monday, January 30, 2006


Now, why on earth doesn't this dialog have a No To All, since it alreay has a Yes To All?

Monday, January 23, 2006

Personalized Menus

I'm sure I'm not the only one who found personalized menus a ludicrous concept, that made an application even harder to learn by novices who at every machine they sat down at found different menus in different orders!

Happily, this ridiculous feature will be turned off by default in the next version of office.

Sanity prevails!

Monday, January 16, 2006

Internet Exploder

The problems i have with IE are not few. After each time I am forced to use IE I close it with my dislike for it having grown that little bit much more.

The reasons I dislike it for general browsing is the stuff for another day. My gripe today is its use for debugging. The following images tell the story themselves:

ie error

Problem loading the page. No problem. Let me see what the problem is

ie error info

OK, line two. Let's view source

ie view source

Whoa! No code on or anywhere near line 2!


Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Yahoo Mail 2

I've been playing about with the yahoo mail beta for the better part of a month now. So far it looks pretty good -- solid interface, excellent design. Though personally I think too much screen real estate is wasted in the right bar for advertisements, which is about the same width as the inbox pane. (Cropped from the screenshot)


Also, if you don't have a very fast stable connection do not bother.

In my opinion - gmail had better look out!