Welcome to the January 2010 DaniWeb Digest


Wow! It is hard to imagine that we have worked our way through the first decade of the 21st Century already. But there you have it, it is 2010 now and DaniWeb is bigger and more popular than ever. Which is great, because it means the more of us there are in our community the more of you we can help by way of problem solving and information sharing.

2009 has been an interesting year, I think you will agree. We have seen Dani working hard to add even more features to DaniWeb, making the user interface even more intuitive while retaining the same 'feel' that we all know and love. The Moderator team has grown, and with the addition of a new bunch of volunteers means that DaniWeb is in a good position to ensure that we can cope with the demands that a growth in membership places upon a community such as ours 'behind the scenes' as it were.

But most of all, what we will take forward into 2010 and beyond is the knowledge that our not so little IT Discussion Community continues to help you with your problems and provides a place where old hands can socialize with newbies.

Here's to 2010, thank you all for being a part of community!


Well, the holiday season is behind us and that means lots of nice new tech toys to play with. Which leads us to wonder just what Santa brought you in the way of new technology? DaniWeb Forum Administrator and Newsletter Editor happygeek took delivery of a Pure Vl-61060 Sirocco 150 sound system and iPod dock, which he got all excited about as it means he can play his iPhone tunes without that annoying mobile network beep-de-beep-da-booping noise, and have DAB radio and a CD player all in one unit. A full review will follow in our new DaniWeb Product Reviews section shortly.

But now it is your turn, tell us what you got for Christmas in the way of new and exciting technology in the 'My best tech Xmas present' thread in the Geeks' Lounge. We want to know what you got and why it was the best tech present ever!


If you are on Twitter then you will love our new tweet feature. If you find yourself reading a thread on DaniWeb that you would like to share with your followers on Twitter there's now a simple one-click solution. Just hit the green 'tweet' button to the top right of your screen and it will be done. As an added bonus, the button shows you how many times other DaniWeb members have tweeted that forum thread, product review, code snippet or news story as well.


Please welcome our newest member of the DaniWeb hall of fame, sknake. A member of DaniWeb for nearly a year now, the time has surely come to find out a little more about Scott.

We already know that he loves being an active member of the DaniWeb community, his 3400 posts at an average of 11 per day are proof of that. We know that Scott likes hanging out in the C# forum as well as lending a hand in the MS SQL and ASP.NET forums for good measure.

We also know that he's just been awarded a Featured Poster badge for his efforts, but there's an awful lot we don't know about our Member of the Month so let's find out a bit more...

Where are you from originally, and where do you live now?

I was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and still living here today.

How old are you?

I'm 24 years old.

What is your current occupation?

I am a software engineer at Apex Software where I primarily develop desktop & web applications. Most of my time is spent working on a software suite for environmental sensing that my company was contracted to develop. I work directly with a handful of sensor manufacturers from around the world and a domestic electrical engineering firm in developing the embedded software side of the hardware for our systems.

I find the industry, and software, very interesting because of its widespread use and variety of real-world applications. We have systems running in malls, casinos, refrigeration & freezer units (think medical facilities or large food storage), parking garages, factory production lines, roads, sonar for grain elevators, banks, etc. If you live in the states or Europe you have probably been counted by one of these devices.

It's not too often when I get to work on a project that I can actually discuss with people when they ask what I have been doing. I'm sure most IT professionals out there know the feeling. Usually saying anything more than "I'm working on this thing for a project" gets you a blank stare.

What is your favorite computer/OS?

It depends what I'm doing. For day to day stuff like surfing the intertubes, work and posting on DaniWeb I love my XP desktop. Nothing compares to it (yet!) with ease of use and variety of software. If I'm working on network diagnostics/heuristics you'll catch me hanging out with tux on Ubuntu or Debian. I have an iPhone and its handy but you just can't do enough on PDAs.

What first brought you to DaniWeb?

Link building. I was promoting a website so I signed up with a dozen C# forums and started answering questions. After a few weeks of hitting all the forum sites I decided to stick with my favorite one.

What makes you stay here?

The people and challenging threads. Danny (ddanbe) introduced me to my now most-favoritest beer. What other website can change your drink preference?!

What is your favorite forum and why?

C#. The solvers in that forum are all great. I also get exposed to new .NET technologies in the process of answering questions. A few times I have thought something didn't exist in the framework and written it myself --- then a question pops up and I figure out I just reinvented the wheel. Its' been a real time saver.

What are your interests outside of IT and outside of DaniWeb?

To be honest I forgot I had any... I have a little girl, attend school full time and work full time. Every once in a while I get a free day and head up to the gun range. I enjoy shooting sports.

Name the best thing about DaniWeb.

I like that DaniWeb gets updated from time to time. I don't know that I would go so far as to call the new updates fun but its' nice having new stuff when poking around the site.

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