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Archive for February 2008

Meet the Spartans trailer
The heroic Leonidas, armed with nothing by leather underwear and a cape, leads a ragtag group of 13 Spartans to defend their homeland against the invading Persians.
One of the major problems I faced with sharepoint 2007 is content deployment. If you ever used the sharepoint designer dataview control in your site, you will face a problem when deploying or copying sites. The dataview control doesn’t seem to be updating the list GUID used in the control. So if you created a dataview in one site and tried to copy the site over to another site, either by using site templates or site backups, that dataview will display an error since the list GUID has changed.

There is a workaround to this problem. Place the list GUIDs used in the dataview between squigly brackets, like this {000000}. But this only works if you create sites using site templates, which leads to another problem. Site templates doesn’t save custom list permissions or security groups. The only way to save these configurations is by creating a backup of the site. But using the backup method wont update the GUIDs on any dataviews created within the site, so what’s the solution?

Ditch the sharepoint dataviews and replace them with standard Asp.Net 2.0 gridviews or detailviews. You will be cutting down the page size by half in doing so and it will give you more flexibility and control over the data displayed. And to copy or deploy a site use the STSADM export and import command line. Simple and straightforward.

Now that I got my 50" HDTV ready plasma sitting safely on a beautful TV stand, I am starting to think of what is needed to play HD movies. And since the DVD war between HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disk is over, it’s time to invest in a Blu-ray Disk player and put aside that old DVD player I had for ages. But is it a good time to buy one? The prices now are a bit high so waiting for them to drop would be the wise thing to do.
Can’t wait to truly experience HD quality content on my big screen and so far Blu-ray is my only afforable solution.
We bought a new plasma TV a couple of days ago and I decided to wall mount it. It turned out to be a bad decision. Althought the idea behind it is quite solid, yet I just ended up drilling five holes into the thick brick wall in my living room.

So here is what happened. After we picked the TV, we also picked a wall mounting kit that can hold more than 110 pounds with the help of one of the audio & video employee. After we went home and opened both boxes we realized it was one of those wall mounts that has an extending arm which swivels left and right as well as rotate 90 degrees side ways. All that sounded pretty darn awesome until I noticed that it came with only one mounting bracket. Personally, I can barely lift the TV with both hands yet it is suppose to sit safely on an extending arm that is attached to a single bracket. This certainly wont bring me peace of mind when I try to sleep at night.

So I packed the mounting kit and decided to return it tomorrow and exchange it with either a nice TV stand or a double bracket wall mounting kit.

'Rambo' Clip: "Savior"In this "Rambo" series entry — releasing 20 years after 1988’s "Rambo III" — John Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) must leave his job as a Salween River boatman in northern Thailand to help find missing missionary aid workers in Myanmar. Stallone writes and directs.

'Hancock' TrailerIn this action/drama/science-fiction film, Will smith is a hard-drinking superhuman crime-fighter who enters into an unlikely affair with a housewife. Smith has grown as disillusioned with his once-admiring public as they have of him. Charlize Theron and Jason Bateman co-star.

A flight attendant decides to spice up his pre-flight safety instructions. Hilarious stuff!
(The views expressed in this video are not those of Sympatico/MSN. Any stunts performed are not recommended. Do not attempt.)


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