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A 59-post collection

New website, new year, new beginnings!

So it’s been a few months since I last managed to post to this blog, a lot has been going on but now it’s a new year and I’m looking forward to new beginnings! Last year I managed to securethe domain wissa.net and I thought that it would be fitting that I re-launch my blog with a new design once everything has been migrated to the new domain. After a few months of inactivity due to being caught up with other things in life the redesign of the website is now complete thanks to the guys at www.redjungle.com and I am now back online and feeling much better than before! It’s amazing...

The world after Steve Jobs

First of all, glad to be back, it’s been a while since my last blog post but I’ve since decided to refresh my blog look & feel and more updates will be coming soon too. This should include regular posting again! I thought it would be fitting to start blogging again today given the announcement of Steve Jobs passing. I can’t say I knew a lot about Steve Jobs other than knowing that he was a co-founder of Apple Inc and that he was CEO …etc. However, most people will agree that he is a visionary individual who has helped transform the digital & computer world into what it is today. If you haven’t read or...

Email Management Strategies: What's yours?

There is no doubt that most, if not all people in business these days use email most of the time. Whilst the amount of email people receive varies between one person to another, I doubt that everyone handles there email in the same way. Some might read emails at certain times of the day, some might read them as they arrive, some use folders with rule sets to sort emails, some manually filter through their inbox …etc I’m interested in knowing what strategies you use for managing emails at work or otherwise but mainly at work. Hopefully this post can be a collection of different strategies/best practices of managing emails! Here’s what has worked very well for...

Now on twitter!

I’ve put this off for so long now but I’ve finally decided to start tweeting, follow me @danwissa. Not so bad so far!...

New blog address

So I’ve recently decided to register a .au domain name so that I don’t frequently communicate with people here in Australia using my NZ based email address, as a result I’ve also decided to have my blog accessible via both URLs you can now get to my blog by visiting or the old URL https://www.dan.net.nz and of course if you already subscribe to my RSS feed via FeedBurner then you don’t need to worry about the URL you use and just subscribe to https://feeds.feedburner.com/dandotnet. You can also email me on either my NZ email address or my .net.au email address, I’m sure it’s not too...

Windows 7 Shutdown Options

A couple of years back when Windows Vista came out I blogged about the several Windows Vista Shutdown options that were available back then after reading an article on Joel Spolsky’s blog. It’s really great to see that a suggestion I had back then on a possible solution to this problem has actually been incorporated in Windows 7! I may not have been the only person who though of this but hey I did think about it and now it exists as a feature! Here’s a snippet from what I wrote back in January 2007 *“So Microsoft here is my suggestion, I would like to be able to do something like this, right click the sleep button,...

Terrible Broadband Service & Customer Support from Telstra: Part 1

I’ve thought about not posting this a few times but my patience is now fully exhausted thanks to the quality – or lack of it – of service from Telstra here. Just over 3 weeks ago I shifted to another house that’s about 2 or 3 blocks down from my previous address. Before moving we made arrangements for the Phone number and internet connection (which was ADSL 2+) to be transferred to the new address. Now this is where it all started (and continues to) go wrong. After moving to the new address and having the phone number connected I had to ring up to notify Telstra that the phone is up and running so that the internet can get...

Goodbye Ferrit!

Wow. It’s been over 6 months since my last blog post! I’m sure this will change in 2009 and here goes the first post this year, and I’m sure many more will come. I received the email below on Tuesday and for some reason it does not surprise me! What’s seems a bit strange is that the news did not seem to be picked up by anyone. I havent seen any blog posts on the topic or even articles on Stuff or NZ Herald or anything and I probably wouldn’t have known if I hadn’t received this email. I’m in many ways not surprised and I’m sure others probably share my view....

To Get Certified Or Not To Get Certified?

Thoughts on my mind as I get ready for upgrading my MCAD .NET to MCPD Web… Getting certified was something that I got interested in doing not long after finishing my degree at university back in 2005. Given that I was involved with Microsoft stuff and .NET at the time my choice of certification was to be Microsoft Certified and more specifically Certified in .NET so in 2006 I started working towards the Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) .NET certification and had that completed, this of course was in .NET 1.1. I personally find a lot of value in getting certified, I think other than the prestige and self satisfaction you get from certification they provide good awareness of...

Changes at the Christchurch .NET User Group

Next month I’m going to be re locating to Melbourne and as a result I have handed over the .NET User Group leadership today as announced by Darryl. It has been a great couple of years since taking over the user group from Peter Jones. I really enjoyed running the group during that time and regret to be handing it over but I kind of had to 🙂 The new user group leader is Christopher Fairbairn whom you might have seen presenting at the 2008 Summer Road Trip that was held earlier this year. So from now on Chris will be the primary contact for the .NET user group and Bryn will be helping as was the case in the...