Microsoft to offer server level spam filter service.

At Walsh Construction, we have a service that filters out our spam.  This company is called mxlogic

They really do a good job in my opinion.  Since we switched over to using them, I am no longer worried about giving out my email address b/c I know that spam will most likely not reach my inbox.

Now, it looks like Microsoft is going to offer a similar service:  http://www.microsoft.com/exchange/services/buy.mspx

I might want to look into this for some of my long lost email addresses.

Verizon vs. Cingular Wireless Data Coverage

I have been wanting to switch off of TMobile for a long time due to the lack of high speed data they offer.

I was looking at Verizon, who I currently have my PC card with, and Cingular, who I am currently demoing the 8525 with.

I just looked up their data coverage, and found out that Cingular has a much smaller footprint on chicagoland when compared with Verizon.

See here for Cingular and here for Verizon.

Not the biggest issue, but I do have some clients out West where Cingular would drop me to their slow network.

Update: As far as I can tell, the Cingular 3G network is terrible.  Browsing on it is no better than my 56k max connection on TMobile.  Bandwidth tests show good results, but acutally trying to get websites to show up is terrible.

Outlook 2007 Problems

I don’t know anyone having the same problems I am with Outlook 2007, so it could be just my machine, but Outlook 2007 is really ticking me off.

I can deal with a program crashing every now and then, but Oulook does 2 things.

1) Simply stops getting my email from the Exchange server.  I usually notice this when I say… Jeez, I haven’t had an email in the last 3 hours?  That can’t be right.  So I check my status and it either thinks I’m Disconnected (and reconnecting doesn’t have any effect) or it is locked in a “Trying to establish a connection….”.  

But wait there’s more….

So I close down Outlook and relaunch it, only it never appears.  Sometimes I notice that it didn’t show up, but most times I am already on to the next thing and don’t realize it until minutes later when I am looking for my email and wondering… “Didn’t I already launch it (again)?”.

2) Outlook doesn’t close down properly, and these processes seem to keep new ones from working correctly.  So I go to task manager and there will be like 3-6 outlook.exe processes running.  One of them will have like 50-60MB of RAM, and the others will only have 3MB.  I have to kill them all before I can start a new process and launch outlook successfully.

Really really annoying, esp when you miss important emails… or emails you really need to have sent are found sitting in your outbox for hours.

Dynamically Resizing an IFrame to Fill The Browser

If you ever work with an IFrame, you will notice that you can’t set height=100%.

But, many times you might want to have an IFrame act as if that property had the desired effect.  i.e. If you make your browser window taller, you want the heigh of your IFrame to grow as well.

You can acheive this using the following script:

       function resize_iframe() {
            var myWidth = 0, myHeight = 0;
            if( typeof( window.innerWidth ) == 'number' ) {
                //Non-IE
                myWidth = window.innerWidth;
                myHeight = window.innerHeight;
            } else if( document.documentElement && ( document.documentElement.clientWidth || document.documentElement.clientHeight ) ) {
                //IE 6+ in 'standards compliant mode'
                myWidth = document.documentElement.clientWidth;
                myHeight = document.documentElement.clientHeight;
            } else if( document.body && ( document.body.clientWidth || document.body.clientHeight ) ) {
                //IE 4 compatible
                myWidth = document.body.clientWidth;
                myHeight = document.body.clientHeight;
            }

            var iNewHeight;
            iNewHeight = parseInt(myHeight)-40;
            document.getElementById("WgipIFrame").style.height = iNewHeight;
        }

        //-- see if there is already something on the onresize
        var tempOnresize = window.onresize;
        //-- create our event handler
        window.onresize = function(){
            //-- if tempFunc is a function, try to call it
            if (typeof (tempOnresize) == "function"){
                try{
                    tempOnresize();
                } catch(e){} //--- if it errors, don't let it crash our script
            }
            resize_iframe();
        }

Then you can set the IFrame’s onload=”resize_iframe();” like this:

<iframe src="x.htm" style="width:100%;"
  id="WgipIFrame" name="WgipIFrame"
  onload="resize_iframe();"></iframe>

 

Donnie Darko

I just went to download the song “Mad World”, which is featured in a really cool commerical for Gears of War.

When I went to download it, I found that the song, along with a remix, were part of the Donnie Darko sound track.

Donnie Darko was one of those movies that almost no one saw, and somehow I ended up renting it, and it was fantastic.

I guess I am really attracted to movies like Darko.  The Butterfly Effect was another movie that the critics, and most people I guess, didn’t like, but I also throught it was really cool.

Both feature people who are experiencing things that shouldn’t be happening…  I guess you could throw the Matrix movies in with this group too, but they were really popular.

Another one like these is The Forgotten, where a Mother wakes up and finds that no one can remember that she had a child at one point.  She questions her own sanity, as does Darko and so does the Aston Kutcher character in Butterfly.

The Mothman Prophecies is also a pretty similar film, although, not quite as good. 

But all of these movies kept me very interested, and really left a creepy feeling after they were over.