SharpReader 0.9.3 published

Software Comments

Luke Hutteman has released a new version of SharpReader:

SharpReader 0.9.3 is now available for download at sharpreader.net.

Changes since the last version are:

  • .NET 1.1 only. Go to windowsupdate.microsoft.com to upgrade if you currently only have .NET 1.0 installed
  • Added support for HTTP Authentication (either through a username:pwd@url, or through a popup authentication dialog)
  • FeedValidator.org url change
  • Multi-select enabled in headline-view
  • Handle feed:// protocol. Links to a feed:rss-url will automatically open in SharpReader. For example feed:www.hutteman.com/weblog/rss.xml would open my rss-feed in SharpReader.
  • Updated to use log4j 1.2.0 beta 8 - this build no longer has the Win98/WinME bug
  • Improved performance of opening new browser windows for users with IE as their default browser.
  • Support for the <wfw:commentrss> element.
    • Comments are retrieved on demand and are cached across sessions.
    • If both <wfw:commentrss> and <slash:comments> tags are present, SharpReader changes the comment-count displayed when you delete comments, and also displays the number of unread items.
    • For items no longer in the rss-feed, a "+" is displayed after the comment-count to indicate more comments could have been added since the item disappeared from the feed.
  • Fixed bug that sometimes caused an InvalidOperationException (Collection was modified) to occur.
  • Save subscriptions right away when new feed is added.
  • Load subscriptions.xml even if there was a problem loading settings.xml (previously you would lose all your subscriptions if this happened).
  • Added feed-property to specify whether to automatically open the links belonging to an item. Property can be set to "always", "never", or "only if no description is present".
  • "Copy IE Proxy Settings on SharpReader startup" option on the proxy-tab.
  • Bypass proxy for local URLs
  • Systray popup when new items arrive (can be disabled on a per-feed or per-category basis through the properties pane)
  • Memory consumption has been reduced by approximately 25%. Startup performance has also been improved.

Yes, the memory consumption is better now, but still high. However, what I really like is the that the option to open links always, never, and only if no description is present is per feed. Some feeds do contain only a few lines of the entire posting, so for these I set the option to always. I really like that.

And finally it provides toasts...

Though I like the UI of FeedDemon much more, I think I'm going back to SharpReader. Maybe Luke will publish the source code some time Blushing

Process Explorer 8.02 released

Development, Software Comments

SysInternals have released Process Explorer 8.02 a few days ago.

Another major Process Explorer update on the heels of v7.0 brings a slew of enhancements in addition to a more menu options: only non-zero CPU usage is displayed (you'll wonder why Task Manager doesn't do this), replace Task Manager with a new option, see interrupt and DPC time, view context switch counts, look inside .NET processes, configure highlight colors, view CPU usage in a color-coded tray icon, and much more.

[Thanks to Roy Osherove for the SysInternals feed via his SiteFeeder]

Busy days and Longhorn connectivity

Windows Vista Comments

I haven't blogged since a few days. That's because stayed another two days after the PDC in Los Angeles, but I didn't have any web access. By the way, these two days in L.A. were a mess, since the public transportation is on strike since three weeks. Thus I haven't seen that much of the City of Angels Sad

Anyway, in the meantime it's Tuesday, and I have installed Longhorn on two boxes, one at work and one at home. Unfortunately, Longhorn doesn't include the proper network drivers. Though I could use the Windows XP drivers for my machine at  work (which board is a ASUS P4C800 Deluxe with an Intel 875P chipset), I wasn't able to get my home machine online (ASUS A7N8X with nVidia nForce2), not even with the Windows XP drivers... does anyone else have such a set-up? I'd like to use my home PC as my primary "Longhorn experience center."

The Return of the Console

PDC '03, MSBuild Comments

I've never stopped using the console since the good old DOS. In fact, each developer at our company is using the console, i.e. 4NT. Our development environment depends heavily on the console, the complete build and deployment process is realized with batch files.

What really suprised me at the PDC is Microsoft's homage to the console.

  1. In more of half of the sessions I attended you were able to see the speaker using the console. Probably that's mainly a plug for the new MSBuild tool. But anyway, they're using it.
  2. With the next version of the CLR you're able to colorize the output to the console.

However, it's sad to see people who don't know anything about the console...