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Tim Hibbard CEO for EnGraph software September 2005 Entries
Geekswithblogs approaching 10,000 posts

Hey Jeff and John, it looks like you guys are getting close to 10,000 posts. That's a great milestone for a great community!! We sure appreciate all the work you guys do!

Posted On Friday, September 30, 2005 8:05 AM

Submit your company information to local search
John Jantsch of Duct Tape Marketing out of Kansas City talks about submitting your company information to local search engines. I submitted EnGraph's information this morning. They are all free and Yahoo actually has a free website that goes along with it (it's still in beta though and the wizard is very buggy). The only one I didn't do is Superpages because they asked for a credit card to validate identity, which I think is pretty shady. Plus they didn't ask for the credit card until the very last ......

Posted On Friday, September 30, 2005 7:53 AM

Plug for Tobin

My latest favorite blog is Tobin Titus. It's entertaining to see a geek that's not afraid to be "colorful". Subscribed

Posted On Thursday, September 29, 2005 1:24 PM

Uses for real-time GPS
Where's Tim has been getting a lot of attention lately. And as I watched Matt drive around the other day, I realized there is something very interesting about seeing him move across the map. When it comes to business applications, knowledge is money. Our ParaPlan Pro application supports geocoding, which means we can transform a street address to a latitude and longitude. So for each of our client's trips, the software knows when that person was supposed to be picked up, and the exact lat/lon coordinates ......

Posted On Thursday, September 29, 2005 8:13 AM

KC .NET UG - September
Brian Noyes gave a great talk on ClickOnce. Some things I learned: -ClickOnce applications can be deployed from a non-Windows server. The mime types just have to be set correctly -VS 2005 now provides "Debug in Zone" where you debug your application in the same sandbox that your application requests -Adding your deployment server as a trusted domain will not allow your ClickOnce application full trust We have been very happy with our ClickOnce apps from beta1. I can't wait until Nov 7!! Brian also ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 28, 2005 7:03 PM

Lawrence blogs
Ontario Empoblog alludes that there isn't many bloggers in Lawrence. Maybe they just have not found feedmap yet, but here is a list of Lawrence bloggers that I read:looking out the fishbowl (rss)Gimpysoft (rss) Matt Strausz (rss)Here in Katie's Head (rss)Adrian Holovaty (rss)I'm not the best at titles (rss)My Life as I tell it (rss)My Space and Junk (rss) - Lenexa, but close enough Nathaniel Haas (rss)Quinton Cheney (rss)The Snoop Zone (rss)Thoughts From Kansas (rss)Rob Reynolds (rss) - TopekaLet ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 27, 2005 1:45 PM

Where's Tim is Where's Matt for the day

Matt Strausz took my Nextel for the day to do some work for Smart Start. Follow him here.

Posted On Tuesday, September 27, 2005 7:31 AM

MapStats from BlogFlux
I really like the MapStats provided by BlogFlux. They provide a Google Map with the location of people that have hit my blog as well as referrals and pages visited. I'd like to see them open the data up a bit, they have been messing with RSS a bit, but it's not quite right yet. I'd rather have a web service where I could query the hits by a certain date range. That would be cool. Then I could overlay the data and see if the same people that hit my blog also hit Where's Tim and/or EnGraph. That's ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 21, 2005 8:57 PM

Goldstar development begins
It's official! EnGraph has begun development on the migration of our flagship product, ParaPlan to .NET. We have several little helper applications that are written in .NET, but our main core is still an Access front end hitting a SQL database. We are completely redesigning the user interface, business rules and database structure in the new ParaPlan, code named "Goldstar". We have been talking about and planning this for almost two years, it's very exciting to see it move to the next level. Kyle ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 21, 2005 1:45 PM

Green buttons for Jeff

Here you go Jeff, since you like green so much, I made a couple buttons on BlogFlux.

Geekswithblogs blogger:

Kansas Geek:

Posted On Wednesday, September 21, 2005 12:36 AM

Mashable talks about Where's Tim

Pete Cashmore wants me to go to Lake Alvamar this afternoon. I'll talk to Kyle and see if he will let me out of the office.

Posted On Tuesday, September 20, 2005 8:08 AM

Where's Tim gets plugged
Mike Pegg was nice enough to mention Where's Tim in his Google Maps Mania blog. Check his site for the latest cool Google Map mashups, or better yet, subscribe here. Technorati Tags: GPS, Google Maps ......

Posted On Monday, September 19, 2005 8:59 PM

Garmin Mobile
Garmin Mobile is a turn-by-turn navigation system for Sprint PCS phones. I've been using it with my Sprint phone for a week or so, and although I am not a big Garmin fan, I am excited about this product. It does everything you would expect from a GPS application. Closest restaurant, grocery store, golf course to your location, distance to your next turn, reanalyzing your route when you deviate from the suggested path. When you get out of Sprint coverage it handles it *ok*. It doesn't download the ......

Posted On Monday, September 19, 2005 3:29 PM

More Google - Microsoft pokes

Google "responds" to Scoble's "criticism"

Posted On Friday, September 16, 2005 3:01 PM

Indigo, .NET Remoting

Rich Turner answers the question, "Is .NET Remoting dead?"
The bottom line answer is:

There are currently no plans whatsoever to remove .NET Remoting from the .NET Frameworks and so will remain available and supported for several decades to come.

Good, we like .NET remoting.

Posted On Friday, September 16, 2005 9:06 AM

Sprint PPC-6700
Sprint finally gives us a phone with Bluetooth, SD and Wi-Fi plus the bonus EV-DO and Mobile 5.0, but only a 3.7 hours battery life?? Are people really going to pay over $600 for a phone that will not make it through a work day on light usage, and not even make it to lunch on heavy usage. I wouldn't.Sprint PPC-6700 Product Page Technorati Tags: Sprint ......

Posted On Friday, September 16, 2005 8:39 AM

Overlaying Google Map image with Flickr pictures
Trevor Manternach talks about uploading a Google Map image of his town to Flickr and overlaying it with links to pictures and videos. He says: I know that people have hacked the Google Maps to have those little red pinmarks that will link to pictures and videos, but from what I have read, it is really really hard to setup. It's really easier than you may think to set it up. If you wanted to do it yourself, with a little web development experience and all the documentation here and here, it wouldn't ......

Posted On Thursday, September 15, 2005 4:10 PM

Where's Tim - now with Auto Refresh
So Kyle says to me, "I guess its pretty cool to see your location on a Google Map, and that's neat that it uses AJAX to populate the map so I don't have to see a nasty page refresh to see if your location has changed, but what I really want is to have it just automatically give me a new map when your location changes..."So using a simple setInterval javascript function and a variable that is populated on the onkeyup event of a textbox, we made it happen. Just enter the number of seconds you wish ......

Posted On Thursday, September 15, 2005 2:07 PM

Google Maps code - smart centering on map
Here is some javascript code that we use on Where's Tim. It will only recenter the map if the new point is out of the map view. We use this code on the AJAX refresh button. map.clearOverlays(); var pointA = new GPoint(-95, 38); var bounds = map.getBoundsLatLng(); if ((pointA.x > bounds.maxX) || (pointA.x bounds.maxY) || (pointA.y //only executes if pointA is out of the bounds of the map { map.centerAtLatLng(pointA); } var markerA = new GMarker(pointA); GEvent.addListener(markerA, "click", function() ......

Posted On Thursday, September 15, 2005 12:16 PM

Using code-populated DataTables for DataGrid.DataSource
This seems like common sense now, but I struggled for a couple hours with it today. When you are binding the DataSource of a System.Windows.Forms.DataGrid to a DataTable that you populate in code, make sure you populate the DataTable.TableName property otherwise it will not bind to the DataGrid. The TableName can be populated in the DataTable initializer, or by calling the property. Dim DT As New Data.DataTable("Mail")or Dim DT As New Data.DataTable DT.TableName = "Mail" Technorati Tags: DataGrid,.NET ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 14, 2005 3:03 PM

For the Zoolander fans

Check out all the sound clips from Zoolander on this site:

Posted On Sunday, September 11, 2005 10:50 PM

Another cool Google Maps application
http://www.smartstartkansas... It shows all the available places to get Ignition Interlock devices installed or serviced. Couple tricks for working with multiple icons on a Google map: 1) Make sure your “point” and “marker” variable have distinct names. If you are building the icons based on an array, use the iterater to name your variables (point0, point1, etc...)2) Make sure to "centerAndZoom" on a point that will display all the icons. For this app, I ......

Posted On Friday, September 9, 2005 6:08 PM

Matt is blogging
Matt Strausz of Smart Start is finally blogging. We set up his company's website at (thanks to Jeff) and installed Community Server 1.1. Very easy installation. Matt's blog...rss ......

Posted On Thursday, September 8, 2005 11:21 PM

Fly To Google Earth KML creator web service
I took the function that creates the .kml file for Where's Tim and wrapped it in a web service. Contact me for access. If you just want to test it, use “test“/“t... for username/password. Syntax: Dim WS As New KMLCreatorWebService.Mappin... InputStructure As New KMLCreator.KMLInfoInputStru... = “This is a test“InputStructure.D... = “Automatically generated“InputStruct... = 38.945InputStructure.Lon = -94.568InputStructure.UserName ......

Posted On Tuesday, September 6, 2005 2:31 PM

Iowa Rest Stops
Going to see my family in Iowa, posting this from a free wi-fi hotspot at a rest stop off I-35...very cool.

Posted On Saturday, September 3, 2005 12:29 PM

Tired of defining structure properties
Can somebody please make a Visual Studio add-in that will define the properties of a structure, so that when I type: Public Structure Coordinates Private _lat As Double Private _lon As Double It will automatically create this: Public Property Lat() As Double Get Return _lat End Get Set(ByVal Value As Double) _lat = Value End SetEnd Property Public Property Lon() As Double Get Return _lon End Get Set(ByVal Value As Double) _lon = Value End SetEnd Property That would save me a truckload of time ......

Posted On Friday, September 2, 2005 4:10 PM

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