Wunderlist: The Ultimate Solution for Managing Tasks

So finally, after many years of searching (this is a problem I’ve been trying to solve long before WP7), I finally discovered Wunderlist. Rarely does one find a solution so complete, so closely matched to their needs that when it happens, you just have to sit back and enjoy it.

Disqus Comments on Sitefinity

Things continue to be busy, but I’m doing my best to make time for this site and my various projects. At long last I FINALLY installed Disqus to manage comments for the blog and software posts

Best of all, after a few frustratingly productive hours of hacking the Disqus API, I managed to import all my Sitefinity comments into Disqus! This was actually a fun project, but man was it a pain in the ass trying to hack that poorly-documented, unfriendly API.

I have every intention of publishing my work, most likely as a module in the Sitefinity Marketplace. However, because of the time, effort, and (mostly) frustration, I might depart from tradition on this one and attach a small price on it. The project is too specific to be of use to everyone, and took way too much time that my wife would kill me if I just gave it away.

For once, I agree. No one is a bigger proponent to free and shared software than I, but every now and then, it is nice to be tangibly rewarded for one’s work, and this one is one I am really proud of.

What do you think? It’s not set in stone, and I guess I’d just like to get a feel for just how much of a demand there is for such a tool. Share your thoughts in the new Disqus comment box below!

Life.Update()

Greetings all, I have to apologize for the delay in completing my Sitefinity Toolkit Series. Things have once again picked up at work and I’m even busier than the last time! I just completed an update to the City of McAllen home page and now I’m moving on to an even bigger project, followed by a never ending, and ever increasing sequence of projects (and I couldn’t be happier)!

But I did want to let anyone who may be waiting patiently for the remaining series that I’m still here and will be updating as soon as I get a few minutes free.

In fact, I’ve already completed version 1.1 of the Toolkit, which includes several bug fixes and a few minor new features. I’ve already sent it to the visitors who were kind enough to donate to my project. Anyone who donates to my studio will always get first crack at any developments and changes, as well as get first say on suggestions features and fixes.

If you’d like early access to any of my projects (or upcoming projects, lots of stuff planned!) please feel free to make a donation at the sidebar on the right. If you can use the “Personal” tab (or send money directly using the “Personal” tab to josh@selarom.com) to help me save on fees, I’d be much obliged, but this is certainly not required.

Thanks to those of you who have donated, as well as those of you who have provided feedback, comments, and suggestions. Please keep them coming.

IIS 7 Adobe PDF Bug Fix

This is just a quick note to document a fix for a horrendous bug in Adobe Reader that causes downloads to fail if they are being served from a Windows Server 2008 machine. It has been plaguing me for weeks, before I even knew it was a bug! The last time I needed help with something I ended up finding the solution on my own blog, so hopefully if I encounter it again, I’ll end up here. Hello future self!

Anyway, the details of the bug are discussed in depth on the iis.net forum, but the basic summary is that a bug in Adobe Reader is causes the file download from IIS to halt, and the user is shown a blank screen. This doesn’t seem to happen if the user SAVES the file then opens it; only opening the file directly seems to cause the error (at least that was my experience).

Anyway, long story short, the fix that worked for me was provided by merk on page 5 of the discussion, which came in the form of an HttpHandler. Basically you map pdf files to run through this handler instead of the standard pipeline, and it does its magic voodoo to properly serve the file to the user.

Merk uploaded his solution to mediafire, you can download it here: http://www.mediafire.com/file/twrd2mnzm3y/PDFHandler2.zip.

I simply dropped it in the bin folder, mapped the handler to intercept *.pdf requests and now all is right with the world.

That’s all for today, with many thanks to Merk wherever you are!

Developments in Developing

Boy, has it been a while since I’ve been in here… Those of you that know me know I’ve been busy. Between my real work, my other work (i’m officially a freelancer!), and my personal work (including my dj and personal life) it’s amazing I find time to breathe.

But enough excuses, I still have way too many things I want to do to quit now. First and foremost, this site has been ignored long enough, especially the broken links on my software page. My jQuery Banner Swapper has been updated to version 0.3, and the link has been fixed (finally!) so please take a look and let me know what you think.

I also removed the link on my almost defunct Rebate Reminder program. I still have the project sitting in my Visual Studio folder, waiting for me to pick it up. I am going to make time. I swear. I don’t think anyone even has a use for it any more, what with new web 2.0 tools and such and such. But I still loved developing it, and I’d really like to see what I can do with all the years (yes YEARS) of experience I’ve gained since I last touched it (can you believe it still on .NET 1.1? I don’t think you can even install that anymore!)

So yeah, I have a ton of stuff on the horizon eclipsing the few projects I finally have behind me. Stay tuned for more, especially on the Sitefinity front. I’ll get this stuff done if it kills me. Just bury me with my laptop.

OneNote 2007 Checklist Workaround

I’ve been wanting a checklist system for a long time to keep track of projects and To-Do lists for my programs and web projects. Unfortunately, Outlook 2007 doesn’t support subtasks!I scoured the web looking for an alternative, but found nothing that I liked… Then I remembered OneNote, it’s a great utility for keeping notes and ideas about projects, and I will definitely be using it to log my progress. However, it doesn’t have a checklist feature either! But I found a neat little way to simulate the idea, though not perfect it does the job. All I do is add a table to keep track of the tasks, where each row is a task, and tab over to create a new column on the right for storing the “completed date”. I can indent to add subtasks, and when a task is complete, I highlight it and simply click the “Strikethrough” button so that it is “crossed off” the list. then I tab over click the handy “Date and Time” button. Now I have a log of all my tasks and when they were completed! neat huh? I would like to develop an add-in that will automate this process, but I don’t know how. I’ll be researching it tho, and if I ever figure it out, I’ll post it here! -SelArom