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Lance's TextBox May 2007 Entries
Managing IMAP access control permissions from Windows PowerShell
Setting access control lists on IMAP servers is a pain. But here's how you can do it very easily with the get/set-imap cmdlets included in NetCmdlets. Retrieve the access control list of my Inbox from the IMAP server, by specifying the -acl flag parameter: PS C:\> get-imap -server -user lance -password mypass -acl Mailbox Rights User ------- ------ ---- Inbox lrswipcda lance PS C:\> Now the access control list for a specific folder: PS C:\> get-imap -server -user lance -password ......

Posted On Thursday, May 31, 2007 5:06 PM

Google Mashup Editor and RSSBus
If you can't get an account for Google Mashup Editor, take the tour. Neat, huh? Then download RSSBus! If you do have GME, use RSSBus to generate feeds that you can use inside GME. Have some data that you'd like to quickly expose in an RSS or atom feed? RSSBus. Tags: google mashup editor, mashup, mashup blog, rssbus, rss ......

Posted On Thursday, May 31, 2007 4:17 PM

My kinda tunes
The 9513 has a story on Wendy Newcomer (her myspace music page), who I was lucky enough to hear in Greensboro at the Blind Tiger last weekend. Speaking of great music: O.A.R. is coming to Raleigh July 22nd. John Prine will be in Cary with Patty Griffin August 17th. I already have tickets to this one. Honestly I'm more excited about Patty, but John is great too! Austin City Limits Music Festival happens in September! Anybody want to join me there ......

Posted On Friday, May 25, 2007 10:33 PM

RSSBus as a mashup tool
Raymond Yee wants to know how well RSSBus works as a mashup tool. While its true that RSSBus offers a lot of connectors that make it easy to mashup data coming from sources like Flickr, Amazon, and pre-existing RSS feeds - its also important to know that RSSBus is not only valuable as a mashup creation tool. One of its biggest uses is on the flip side of the coin - helping sources expose data in the first place. Without companies like Flickr and Amazon exposing their data in structured formats like ......

Posted On Friday, May 25, 2007 10:00 AM

Links 5/16/2007
Mashed up data - comments on some available tools for working with data. Working with data - How the Encylcopedia of Life and other data-rich organizations can benefit from a data tool like RSSBus. Enterprise RSS - Read/Write web highlights three players in the Enterprise RSS space. Note: Newsgator has partnered with RSSBus in order to help its customers "RSSify" corporate data ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 16, 2007 3:28 PM

Adding support for credit card/paypal to your website/application
In the latest installment of MSDN Magazine "Toolbox", Scott Mitchell wrote a few paragraphs about how a developer can add to his applications/websites the ability to accept online credit card payments. The process does seem complex and a bit intimidating at first, but with the right tools it can be pretty easy. Scott points his readers to Authorize.Net (Internet payment gateway through which one can process the charges), and also mentions the availability of some third-party shopping cart products ......

Posted On Friday, May 11, 2007 12:55 PM

Flickr Contacts' Favorites - Simplified
Here's an example of creating a feed of your Flickr contacts' favorite photos using RSSBus, which makes complex feed parsing/manipulation tasks easy. In my next post after this one I'll talk about how you can use RSSBus caching so that you can control which items are returned in the actual feed (for those with large numbers of contacts or favorited photos). For example, if this feed results in 400 photos for you, successive requests for the feed will not continue to return 400 photos - but only the ......

Posted On Friday, May 11, 2007 12:08 PM

Rss feeds for tags at
Ian McAllister announced new support for RSS feeds for tags at These feeds will be fun to play with in RSSBus. It would be interesting to take the AmzWishlist widget that I created with RSSBus and create an RSS feed that will show me items on that are tagged with the same terms as items I already have in my wishlist. Hmm.... I noticed that a commenter to Ian's post mentioned that he couldn't wait for RSS feeds for generic Amazon searches. Of course such feeds already exist ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 9, 2007 4:40 PM

Links 5/8/2007

Ross Mayfield discussing the Enterprise Mashup Summit.

Pablo Castro discussing Astoria on Channel9.

Posted On Tuesday, May 8, 2007 3:18 PM

Dear God, I'd like to file a bug report...
Today's XKCD is the best one I've seen in a while. I love this comic series by Randall Munroe. This particular one could be like the " might be a redneck." for geeks: "If you've ever taken a screenshot with your digital camera... you might need to file a bug report with God." ......

Posted On Monday, May 7, 2007 2:46 PM

Excel's external data capabilities (web query files)
Here is an example of a dynamic Excel spreadsheet that populates itself with data from an RSS feed of stock quote details. Each time you open the document, it will automatically reload the data from the feed. Also the feed, while open, will even auto-refresh periodically (whether or not this happens and the interval at which it happens are all configurable inside Excel). The stock quote feed itself is generated using the RSSBus yahooStockQuotes operation (pictured below) which consumes a Yahoo service. ......

Posted On Monday, May 7, 2007 2:05 PM

IT Conversations: Really Simple Services
In the latest installation of Jon Udell's "Interviews With Innovators" series at IT Conversations, Jon speaks with Gent Hito, the CEO of /n software about RSSBus. A couple of highlights I picked out: The RSS in RSSBus: Many people have asked us, "why RSS"? Our reply is that the format doesn't matter. Whether it be RSS, Atom, JSON, or an Excel spreadsheet - its about the data - just name value pairs. The RSS in RSSBus is "Really Simple Services". By default these really simple services happen to be ......

Posted On Monday, May 7, 2007 1:10 PM

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