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More on PDF IFilters with WSS 3.0

Posted by workerthread on February 26, 2008

I came across another useful post on this subject from ServerGrrl, which you can read here.

In my earlier post on the subject, I referenced the downloadable version 6.0 IFilter. ServerGrrl’s post makes the point that PDFs created with later versions of Acrobat, or other PDF generators, may not be picked up with the version 6 IFilter, and she gives instructions for using the version 8.0 Acrobat Reader instead. The instructions given are pretty similar to my earlier post, except for the CLSID you need to use.

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WIndows Vista – Operating System or Satirical Cartoon?

Posted by workerthread on February 11, 2008

Charlie Brooker’s article in today’s Guardian is about his proposal for an “UnValentine’s Day”, but at the bottom of the article, this little piece caught my eye:

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This week Charlie bought a new computer and spent what seemed like 5,000 hours clicking dialog boxes in Windows Vista: “Which feels more like a satirical cartoon about infuriating bureaucracy than an operating system.”

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Reading the various comments posted it caught a lot of other eyes as well…

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Creating RSS Feed Web Parts for WSS 3.0

Posted by workerthread on February 11, 2008

Although MOSS 2007 includes an RSS feed web part as standard, you won’t find this functionality on a Windows SharePoint Services 3.0 installation.  This is a shame, because it’s a good way to surface news onto a site’s home page.  Over the past months I’ve set up client sites with feeds to Yahoo News and Windows Live searches, BBC travel news, and London Tube delays.

I’ve found a couple of ways to do this using WSS 3.0.  First, there is an excellent post from Gunnar Peipman using the XML Web part.  Alternatively, you can try SharePointRSS.com, where you can enter the feed url and some other options, and it will generate a web part for you (after which you need to upload to the site’s web part gallery).  I’ve found SharePointRSS to be a little bit too fussy sometimes about how the feed URL is constructed sometimes, but worth a look.

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