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Microsoft finally out of sync?

September 29th, 2008

For ages, Microsoft developers have been proud to have a very easy way to develop AJAX interfaces in .NET. Misguided as usual, they don't know the difference between asynchronous and synchronous requests.

But all that may be about to change. jQuery announced that Microsoft is adopting jQuery into their Visual Studio IDE. Already jQuery is being brainwashed and talking about "existing ASP.NET AJAX capabilities". Well, they're not entirely wrong since the technology is actually named "ASP.NET AJAX".

The probably bad news is that Microsoft "will be developing additional controls, or widgets, to run on top of jQuery that will be easily deployable within your .NET applications." Let's hope they're not going to turn jQuery into the abomination that J++ became.

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September 4th, 2008

Some weeks ago, I launched, a website that can assist you in remembering important information wherever you are.

Just over a year ago, I was burglared. They took the usual: portable game computers, mobile phones, wallets and digital cameras. Oh, and my leather pants that were sitting in a bag they also took - probably to carry the stuff they just took.

I of course neglected to write down important information such as serial numbers, IMEI numbers and distinctive properties of the items.

That's why I decided to launch It's a simple website where you can enter freeform information on serial numbers, IMEI numbers, software serials. You can also abuse it by entering telephone numbers, contact information or license plates.

It's very freeform but it's available wherever you are. If your telephone gets stolen why you're away from home, you can look up the IMEI number and have it blocked. If your car is stolen but you can't remember the license plate, you can look it up and have it reported stolen.

Even better: when an item is stolen, you can report it. Reporting an item as stolen will flag that item. When someone buys a second hand product, they can enter the serial number into the database and they will be informed if the item is stolen. No, the owner of the allegedly stolen item will not be informed.

Please register and check it out. I've been using it for a while now and all the bugs seem to have been cleared. Registration is free.

Your data is secure and private - I only want an e-mail address so we can reset your password should you lose it. There is no connection between you as a physical person and the items you register.

On a technical note: this is my first site in PHP/MySQL. It's also the first site in which I used Ajax techniques and fooled around with MooTools. Comments are welcome.

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