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Tim Hibbard CEO for EnGraph software February 2006 Entries
Code to manually update ClickOnce applications
I wrote an article that has the code we use to update our ClickOnce applications. The class encapsulates the main functionality of the Application.ApplicationDepl... class and works asynchronously. It can be called with one line of code: Dim updateCO As New UpdateClickOnce("EnGraph Manager", True, True) ......

Posted On Monday, February 27, 2006 1:42 PM

One million hits in Feburary
Where's Tim surpassed one million hits for this month!! Thanks to, Emily Chang, WeatherBug, BBC, Scoble and all the other nice people that have talked about us ......

Posted On Monday, February 27, 2006 9:09 AM

KU vs UT
The Kansas game Saturday was a mess. We played almost as bad as against Arizona. Except against Arizona, we only shot and never passed. Against Texas, it seemed we had 2 extra passes every possession. We were playing scared and hopefully we realize they are nothing special when we play them for the Big 12 championship game. The PhogBlog had good post game report, basically asking for the retirement of Dickie V. Kyle also had a post game post. We've been playing so well before this game...I'm sure ......

Posted On Monday, February 27, 2006 8:58 AM

Why I love EnGraph!
We are working on a licensing system for one of our new software suites. One of the requirements is that the software must be reactivated after 3 days of not being used. Kyle sent me this email: From: Kyle J. Archer Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2006 9:29 AMTo: 'Tim Hibbard'Subject: RE: software licensing could you write a ClickOnce app that kicks them in the nutz if they haven't used our software for 3 days? we could call it KickOnce Ha ......

Posted On Thursday, February 23, 2006 6:40 AM

Installing a ClickOnce application from a cd
Sometimes you will want your clients to install your applications from a cd. Or they will not always have access to the internet. You can still use a ClickOnce application for this, and take advantage of the ClickOnce application updating features when they are connected to the internet. 1) Create your application in Visual Studio 2005 and enable ClickOnce security settings (My Project -> Security). 2) On the Publish tab of My Project, enter a folder on your computer as the Publishing location. 3) ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 22, 2006 10:47 AM

Webhost4life is driving me crazy
We host and with WebHost4Life. They have always been good, but the last couple of days, I have been trying to move some our web services from the server in my living room to When I try to create a new web service in Visual Studio 2005, I get an authentication error. So I go to the webhost4life help desk, tell them the problem, they tell me to try again, so I try again and tell them it still doesn't work and wait 6 hours for them to tell me to try again. Repeated ......

Posted On Saturday, February 18, 2006 9:13 AM

OPML instead of aggregation
I read two aggregated sites. .NET developers and Geekswithblogs. Every morning, I open up my RSSBandit and in each feed is usually 30 - 50 new posts. That's too much for my attention span and often I just skim through the titles until something catches my eye. So I have deleted the aggregated feeds and imported the OPML file and that way, I'll be able to trim out the duplicates, the non-English, and the boring ones. And I won't have to look at that daunting 50 unread posts number. Except the OPML ......

Posted On Thursday, February 16, 2006 7:18 AM

Solution to SignFile task error when publishing with ClickOnce
Darren posted a comment to my SignFile error post: I just got the same error, but found a fix pretty quickly. Like you, it was on a rebuilt / different PC from where the original app was published, and I found it's due to the certificate signing the ClickOnce manifest. Go to properties on the project, and to the Signing tab. You've probably got 'Sign the ClickOnce manifests' selected. Click 'Select from Store...', and select a certificate from the current PC. If there are no certificates available, ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 15, 2006 7:13 AM

Matt Strausz wants to be tracked
Well, not really, but Matt did take my nextel today so you could watch him on Where's Tim, as he is going to talk to people about the bill his company (Smart Start of Kansas) is working on getting passed. He blogged about the bill here. And gave reasons why Kansas needs better laws here ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 14, 2006 8:23 AM

Google likes EnGraph
Google came out with new PageRank ratings recently, and gave Where's Tim an 8!! I'm excited, unfortunately the site is acting funky right now. Sometimes a mashup becomes a mixup when one of the pieces stops working quite right :) We'll get it right again shortly. UPDATE3: Ok...we are not an 8 *anymore*. Back to a 5. Strange, for a couple hours we were an 8. I wonder what happened. UPDATE2: Back up UPDATE: Talked with Marc Bernard over at Cloudberry, they are having a service outage out there...should ......

Posted On Saturday, February 11, 2006 6:37 PM

More RSS for Where's Tim
We added two new rss feeds for Where's Tim -The text messages people send me - More info -The "Get directions to Tim" requests - More info Eventually, we will also put this data on the site, but for now we have temp pages for the text messaging and directions. We still have the news feed, my location feed and cool people that linked here feed. We will always keep our Where's Tim rss page up to date with new rss information ......

Posted On Saturday, February 11, 2006 6:30 PM

Full text rss = death for blog??
John Jantsch over at Duct Tape Marketing (Kansas City local) recently went full text RSS. And it's about time. He posts good stuff, but I rarely read it because it was a pain to click though to the web site. Personally, I usually don't read blogs that aren't full text, but I did still subscribe to John because he was local and he had said that he was going to look into full text. Mike posted a comment over on John's post about going full text that said (among other things) "being concerned about ......

Posted On Saturday, February 11, 2006 5:39 PM


Much thanks to the BBC for throwing Where's Tim a plug!!

Apparently, Where's Tim is a marvellous, entertaining and pointless application :)

Posted On Friday, February 10, 2006 9:25 AM

Cellular enhanced 911 called into duty in Lawrence
It's good to see positive press about GPS. This is from the Lawrence, KS news release a couple days ago: (LAWRENCE, Ks) Last month, a ten year old granddaughter used a cell phone to call for help. Using the enhanced 911 system, the ability for dispatch to locate cell phone callers, emergency crews were able to respond and treat an unconscious grandmother. Kennedy Fasching, from Lenexa, was visiting her grandmothers new house for the third time. Kennedys grandma, a diabetic, lost consciousness leaving ......

Posted On Friday, February 10, 2006 6:18 AM

Garmin blogs
Garmin has started blogging. They even welcome feedback in the first post. Here is my first feedback for Garmin. Check your routing routine on Garmin Mobile, you ran me on almost a mile of gravel road on a trip from Lawrence, KS to Pella, IA. Don't get me's a pretty good app, as I talked about earlier. It just needs a bit of work yet. Also, set up an ASMX or REST api so that developers with the correct authentication could access a person's GPS data ......

Posted On Friday, February 10, 2006 6:13 AM

Google Map of Fortune 100 companies

This google mashup shows the location of the best 100 companies to work for. Pella Windows is #42, go Pella!! (hometown)

via ProgrammableWeb

Posted On Thursday, February 9, 2006 5:50 AM

EnGraph is growing up
Yesterday, EnGraph signed a lease for a real office!! Which means, I no longer will work from home. I like working from home, but I'm ready for a change and getting an office is the right move for the company. Kyle is going to have to drive a bit further than me as the office is in downtown Lawrence. Matt Strausz is going to join us in the office, as he also works from home. Very exciting. I would also like to welcome our new member to the team, David Collins. I can't put a fun little blue line under ......

Posted On Thursday, February 9, 2006 5:15 AM

Still getting SignFile task error
I am still getting a "SignFile" task error when trying publish a ClickOnce application like I talked about before. Several people have googled "SignFile task error" and "CertificateThumbprint" and have found my previous post. Has anybody solved this yet? I have looked through the manifests and haven't seen anything that resembles this. Note that the application builds, it just will not publish ......

Posted On Wednesday, February 8, 2006 10:54 AM

More GPS + Google Maps
The University of Michigan bus system is now online using GPS and Google Maps. Very coolFinally a GPS Google Mashup that is not "most stupid", maybe Christer will get a hold of this and update his list :) via ProgrammableWeb ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 7, 2006 5:55 AM

Server issues with Where's Tim

Where's Tim is acting weird today as webhost4life is moving us to a new server.

Posted On Monday, February 6, 2006 11:04 AM

EnGraph gets some Emily Chang love

Emily Chang lists Where's Tim on her eHub list of cool web 2.0 applications. She sent me a text message on Where's Tim to tell me we had been listed :)

Of course, if you subscribed to the Who linked to Where's Tim RSS feed you would have already known that!!

Posted On Sunday, February 5, 2006 7:51 AM

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