Archive for November 2008

Fantasy players market

We all know about the fantasy teams etc.  People have a lot of fun with it, how did your team do vs your friends.  Who is the last man standing at the end of the season.  If your into that, here is another new twist.  Virtual shares in sports players and there might be teams later.  For now it’s players in NBA, NHL, NFL etc.    OneSeason takes %1 commission of the trades, yes it’s real money, real stock market.  If your into it, head over to OneSeason and get $10 for signing up, enough to get you some shares of Micheal Jordan or any other player that already had an IPO.  IPO’s are issued once in a while, depending on market conditions.

Send email – C#

I had the need to email from C#, most of is obvious and straight forward. Still there are a couple of quirks. In case you need it here is a snippet.  Some ISP’s like comcast do not like it when you send email from your server over their network.  Therefor they block the default smtp port 25.  Most hosting places open up other smtp ports for you to use in that case, see the sample.

using System.Net.Mail;

        // Create a message and set up the recipient
        MailMessage message = new MailMessage(
        ”The subject”,
        ”The body of the email…..”);

        //  Add bcc
        message.Bcc.Add( new MailAddress( ” );
        // Setup the message.
        SmtpClient client = new SmtpClient(”;
        // Default is port 25, set the one your isp doesn’t block
        client.Port = 1111;
        // set the email user / password for authentication
        client.Credentials = new System.Net.NetworkCredential(””, ”dontTell”);

        // Send it off
    catch (Exception ex)
        Console.WriteLine(”Error sending email=” + ex.ToString() );

Update – if you need to connect to the Google smtp server ( ) then you need the following settings.

// the google send port
                client.Port = 587;
                client.DeliveryMethod = SmtpDeliveryMethod.Network;
                // set the email user / password for authentication
                client.Credentials = new System.Net.NetworkCredential(FROM_EMAIL, FROM_EMAIL_PASS);
                // Google uses secure socket layer for the connection
                client.EnableSsl = true;

Boulder tech meetup, Nov 4th

Went to the Boulder tech meetup, this time in Denver as Defrag was helt in Denver.

Paul Downey from BT showed off some interesting web 2.0 art and Kevin Marks from Google talked about open social.

Then the presentations

Reframe It Presented by Brian McKinney
Demoing commenting in context, without the permission of the site.

Peaksware Presented by Donavon Guyot
Demoing a nutrition and training program.

Sxipper Presented by Dick Hardt
Demoing Address Book 2.0

MobilizeUs Presented by Debra Brown and John Hand
Demoing a group communications tool

Socialeyes presented by Kevin Cawley
Demoing several new viral Facebook applications

Churchill Navigation Presented by Tom Churchill
Demoing the latest “Earthscape” application for the iPhone


On the way to Denver I heard on the radio that Metallica was playing at the Avalanche arena (  The Pepsi center ) and they still had tix.  After the tech meet I scalped some nice lower level box seats a few minutes before go time.

Not my own pic, came from a Flickr user, I need to buy a phone that actually takes pictures.

And the same night Obama went all the way, a good ending to a great day !

Leet speak

Somehow I had L33t gone unnoticed, popular amongst gamers.  Although as most people in tech are aware using numbers to mask p@55w0rd5 can be helpful.  As usual Google is on top of things.