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About Open Source .NET Projects

About Open Source .NET Projects

About Open Source .NET Projects. And why they don’t take over the world. If you ever wonder about it, you probably already came up with perfectly good explanation. I’ve heard and read quite a few and agree with most of them, but still want to add my two cents. IMO, in open source there are generally two kinds of approaches.

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Commentor – new version

Commentor – new version

After using Commentor for almost three month now, I’m refreshing it with new version based on users feedback and my own experience. It saved me a lot of time so far catching almost 200 spam comments that I would have to remove manually otherwise.

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Firefox 3 and Silverlight

Firefox 3 and Silverlight

Yesterday newly installed Firefox 3 crashed on me at least 10 times, which, I believe, is a new world record (ha-ha). It could be because I am visiting a lot of Microsoft-centric sites that often run Silverlight. It looks like Silverlight 1.0 does not work in FF3 at all and Silverlight 2.0 kills it.

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What's up

What's up

What's up? Small little tiny but mostly good things.

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USB flash drive stopped working

USB flash drive stopped working

I use thumb flash drives quite a lot moving between computers. It is still much faster to load a gig or two from the flash drive than to use Skydrive or other "cloud" alternative. For the most part it is painless - stick it in and OS will find and mount it, no setup requires. But one day perfectly good USB drive stopped working all of the sudden on one specific computer.

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To host or not to host

To host or not to host

Running public web site from your basement is unprofessional. I know that. For a couple years I'm running my own internet facing toy server at home as a sandbox project. Let me tell you - I'm still working on that 99.99999% uptime. 5-6 times a year my house loosing power, sometimes it comes back right away but it doesn't matter - server is going down and patiently awaiting me coming back from work.

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Documentation for Extension Manager

Documentation for Extension Manager

Developers don't like to write documentation. There is nothing one can do about it. Yet, no matter how many great features you add to the project, no one will use them if they not well documented and easily discoverable.

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You've got Paint

You've got Paint

When I first tried Paint.net a year or so back, I wasn’t that much impressed. It looked a bit heavy for small feature set and fallen lightning years behind Photoshop. I tried to use it, but soon it ended up in the dusty corner of my toolbox.

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Quick update on 1.3 release

Quick update on 1.3 release

BlogEngine 1.3 has been released this weekend, so now I can take a deep breath and relax a little. Last couple of weeks I've been torn between two deadlines, one on Extension Manager rushing into 1.3 and another on my day job.

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