Saturday, 17 April 2010

Having seen how good Winzip 14 can look from Scott Hanselman's blog I decided to try it out but the first thing that annoyed me with the installer is that fact that it attempts to install the Google toolbar, Winzip 14 looking to install Google toolbarI don't really like any of these toolbars as I have installed other plug-ins that allow me to work how I like with my web browser. Anyway I'm perfectly capable of downloading and installing software from Google if I want it, I don't like software being forced upon me.

Despite this annoyance Winzip 14 does look good and has a useful jump menu when pinned to the Windows 7 taskbar.   Winzip 14 Jump Menu

During the installation I also have been presented with the option to select zip or zipx as the default file format for Winzip. The advantage of zipx being that it provides better compression but with the disadvantage that it is not compatible with older editions of Winzip. To test this out I zipped a folder containing a set of my photos using both formats. The uncompressed folder was 127 MB, the zipx file was 96 MB and the zip file was 126 MB.

This screenshot shows the summary screen that is displayed when the compression is zipx Summarycomplete. One thing that I did notice was the zipx compression is significantly slower than the zip compression.  However there was a reasonable difference in size approximately 20 MB. Although the zipx provides space saving and should therefore allow users to download a smaller file from your web site I don't think I start immediately providing downloads in the format simply because at the time of writing Winzip seems to be the only option for anyone looking to extract the data. However 7-Zip an open source alternative to Winzip indicates in a forum that support for zipx will come in future releases, when this happens I'll then contemplate using zipx as my default format until then I'll stick with zip.

posted on Saturday, 17 April 2010 11:50:36 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Add Comment | Comments [0]
 Wednesday, 14 April 2010

northwestI'm organizing a session at NW-MTUG that will be made up entirely of local speakers. Here's the format.

  • 6 speakers
  • 5 mins each speaker
  • No questions
  • Topic of your choice

    For now if you could let me know of sessions you would like to present just give me a  title and a short description feel free to send more than one, send these to me before July 31st after that I'll create a poll on the groups Facebook fan page and let the group vote on the sessions they'd like to see. This will be based on session title and description so no one company should dominate the evening. Ideally I'd like to see this happen in October or November as this will give me time to sort sponsorship, the voting and will give those people selected to deliver a session time to prepare. Please feel free to forward this invite to anyone you think would be interested in delivering a session.

    posted on Wednesday, 14 April 2010 14:58:03 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Add Comment | Comments [0]
     Tuesday, 06 April 2010
    IRE1000003_09_01.xwS9v6U8INlD.jpg IRE1000003_09_02.7bHISJub7DM6.jpg
    More details on Office 2010 & SharePoint 2010 Roadshow can be found here and you can register for the Belfast roadshow here. 

    More details for Visual Studio 2010 are available here and you can register for the Belfast launch here.
    posted on Tuesday, 06 April 2010 21:16:06 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Add Comment | Comments [0]
     Tuesday, 23 March 2010
    northwest_thumb.jpg NW-MTUG’s next session is on Monday 29th March on ASP.Net Dynamic User Controls presented by Niall Merrigan check out NW-MTUG’s site for all details.
    posted on Tuesday, 23 March 2010 23:01:57 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Add Comment | Comments [0]
     Saturday, 13 March 2010

    One of the things I like in OS X is the ability to highlight a piece of text in any application and search for it using Google. Using Automator it's very easy to create a new Services and add similar functionality of our own. I have created a service that will allow you to search using Bing. Simply download my service and extract the contents of the zip file to your ~/Library/Services folder.

    The screenshot shows an example of using my "Search with Bin" service. All you have to do is highlight macServicesthe text you wish to search for and then select "Search with Bing". The search results will then open in your default web browser.  

    posted on Saturday, 13 March 2010 13:34:47 (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Add Comment | Comments [0]