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so, i’ve officially not checked my newsgator subscription for 30+ days.  i’ve exclusively been using Squeet.  why?  well first, when presented with a challenge, i like to take it.  hamid told me to use it for a while and see if it works better for my needs over newsgator.  for me, it has.  (hopefully he’s equally taken my challenge to use search.msn.com over google for 30 days.)  second, i like it.  rss in my email, and no software — i can use my OWA to read it as well.  i define the schedule on a feed-by-feed basis.  i’m up to 270 feeds now and i like the organization i get with squeet.

anyhow, one thing i didn’t like was finding a feed, was copying, going to squeet, entering the url, etc.

so i remembered how bloglines did it, and i’m copying their idea.

here, right click on THIS LINK and choose to add to favorites (IE — FireFox users can drag the link to the bookmarks toolbar).  Now you’ll have a favorite where you can (i suggest naming it ‘Squeet This’) Squeet your current link you are on.  and because their service looks for discovery info as well, you may not even have to hunt for the feed!

hope this helps!

NOTE: this little feature doesn’t work with pure xml docs

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do you have a virtual earth app/mashup/word-of-the-day-describing-web-2.0-map-applications?

read chandu's entry on the v2 map control!

if you are using atlas and the <virtualEarthMap> control, you may experience some broken map tiles.

heads up.

what does beta/ctp stand for again? ;-)

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i recently compiled a quick site together demonstrating some atlas features and basically the easie of implementation in already existing asp.net functionality.

visit: http://asyncpostback.com to view some Atlas samples, experiences.

you can even download the asp.net site as a project and play yourself.

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want a free copy of visual studio?

check out at least three of the webcasts from series directly made for you.



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well, after doing a round of demos on atlas and having to work with the virtual earth map stuff (argh), i decided that geocoding sucked and i’m surprised it isn’t a base offering in more apis.  i guess i don’t understand why, when maps, etc. are being handed out like candy, but a simple method/api/whatever to provide the address and get the lat/long back isn’t — after all, the maps are doing it anyway.

at any rate, i found a few providers, the free one of which seems to be running off of a sixth graders pda…and can only handle about 1/2 simultaneous request.  i started using it though with my demos for being short on time (easy interface to use).  i then rethought that idea and decided a pluggable model would be better.

alas, GeoCodeProvider is born.  in crude form right now, it seemed to work on my known tests ;-).  i’ve created a space for it on gotdotnet to give my man korby some props.

i’ve also included a YahooGeoCodeProvider as an initial provider.  the zip is an asp.net 2.0 application using atlas to demonstrate mapping the northwind (US) customers to a virtual earth map.

check it out: download GeoCodeProvider sample.  i’ll soon be adding a mappoint/msn provider when i get around to it.

basically, all you need to do is add the the binaries as references:


then in your web.config, add the config section:

    1 <sectionGroup name="system.web">

    2       <section name="geoCodeService" type="SmilingGoat.Providers.GeoCodeProviderConfigSection, GeoCodeProvider"

allowDefinition="MachineToApplication" restartOnExternalChanges="true"/>

    3     </sectionGroup>

then in web.config, set the provider:

    1   <system.web>

    2     <geoCodeService defaultProvider="YahooGeoCodeProvider">

    3       <providers>

    4         <add name="YahooGeoCodeProvider" type="SmilingGoat.Providers.YahooGeoCodeProvider"



    5       </providers>

    6     </geoCodeService>

once you do that, you are good to go, simply pass the provider service api a street address, city, state, zip (sorry us only) and get back coordinates.  the sample site maps them on an atlas ve map: