Known Issues with Service Pack 1 in ASP.NET 3.5

Scott Galloway from the Microsoft DevDiv team has posted a couple of known issues with Service Pack 1 in ASP.NET 3.5 on the ASP.NET forums at The issues he currently has on the post are: Issue:  The HtmlForm action attribute is now honored when defined in declarative markup. Reason: 3.5 SP1 added a settable Action property to the HtmlForm type.  This new feature makes it much easier for developers to explicitly set the form’s action attribute for scenarios where a developer wants to use a different Url than the normal postback-generated Url.  However this change also means that if … Continue reading Known Issues with Service Pack 1 in ASP.NET 3.5

ASP.NET 3.5 SP1 (Formerly "ASP.NET 3.5 Extensions") Released

ASP.NET 3.5 Service Pack 1, which was formerly called the ASP.NET 3.5 extensions, has been released. The NetFX update was available as part of the SQL Server 2008 download available on Friday. Now it is available as a separate download. There are quite a few enhancements in 3.5 including Dynamic Data, the Entity Framework, the AJAX History control, better Silverlight support and more! Be sure to download it today at

Clearspring Widgets Don’t Work on 64-Bit Platform

Unless you are using IE 32-bit, don’t expect the Clearspring widgets to work. Clearspring is one of the leaders in building widgets for social networks and Vista. The reason their widgets do not work is because Flash is not yet supported on 64-bit platforms. By default, the Vista Sidebar on a 64-bit system displays widgets by using IE 64-bit. An example of a Clearspring widget in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics widget from

Getting Started with the AjaxDataControls in Visual Studio 2005

Sonu Kapoor just posted about getting started with the AjaxDataControls in Visual Studio 2005. The AjaxDataControls can be found on CodePlex at Included in the controls are a JavaScript version of the Repeater, DataList, and DataGrid. If you’d like to have AJAX functionality over your data with minimal coding, I’d definitely check this out.

DirecTV: The Saga Continues…

I received an email from DirecTV about my blog post. They gave a 1-800 number and a 4-digit code so I can reach their team directly. I tried using that number and sat in a queue for nearly 20 minutes. Finally, someone answered and had no clue what my situation was. She placed me on hold for 5 minutes to review my account. Once she came back, she told me that I should have never ordered service with only 1 line. After my head spun completely around, I proceeded to ask her how DirecTV was going to fix this issue. … Continue reading DirecTV: The Saga Continues…

DirecTV: The Story of Bad Customer Service

I’ve had DirecTV service for 3 years now. During all 3 years I’ve subscribed to the premium package, the NFL Sunday Ticket, and NHL Center Ice. I have high-definition service with DVR capabilities. So, I pay a decent amount each month to DirecTV. Over the past 3 years I’ve also had my share of customer service "experiences." When I wanted to upgrade to the HD-DVR receiver, I had to talk to the customer retention department to try to get some money off the receiver. Comcast, at the time, was new to our area and had a great HD/DVR offer for … Continue reading DirecTV: The Story of Bad Customer Service

Attention Twitter: Wise up!

I read through the Twitter blog from time to time just to see how things are going. Apparently, things aren’t going good. Pagination and IM updates have been temporarily disabled and something has caused my twitter utilities (twhirl and OutTwit) to cease function. I keep getting an error that shows "Rate limit exceeded. Clients may not make more than 30 requests per hour." Can you imagine if Twitter was an eCommerce shop and stopped a viewer after 30 page views? They’d slowly lose business. Does the Twitter team get that? What about the limit of 140 characters? I know plenty … Continue reading Attention Twitter: Wise up!

Dell is 24 Years Old

Have you visited yet today? Dell is 24 years old. Sometimes when you deal with a company for so long, you forget about some of the good (and bad) things that they have done in the past. It’s nice to use these lists when you reconsider that company or look for another one. Dell has provided a "24 reasons to use us" list at They’ve also provided a link to the top PC shippers in the world and the US. Those statistics can be found at

Xobni Goes Public, But Still In Beta

Xobni went public recently offering it’s beta tool for download at Xobni, inbox spelled backwards, is an add-on for Microsoft Outlook. I’ve been using it with Outlook 2007 for quite some time and appreciate it’s usability. I like being able to click on an email to review all emails to and from that particular user and to also see their contact info. I’d like the ability to edit their contact info if it was incorrect, but I’m sure that will be added in the future. If you haven’t used it yet, be sure to check it out.