A trip down memory lane: FidoNet and Usenet

Creatures of Thought is a project I discovered just recently. It is about the history of science and technology, and it revolves around two primary tracks: The Switch and The Backbone. The former covers the digital switch; the latter is the story of how the world got online. Both sections are well written, researched, and curated. The latest installment of The Backbone covers Usenet’s invention, then FidoNet, and well, it sent me on a mesmerizing trip down memory lane. »

Nicola Iarocci

How to Present Over Video Conference

As a non-native English speaker, presenting at conferences has always been super challenging and intimidating. It’s even worse now that we’re forced into online presenting because of the COVID19 situation. James Whittaker has a good post on the topic, with great advice: Remember, the inability to see and hear your audience is disconcerting but it doesnโ€™t mean you should give up. There are much bigger audiences in the wide world that you will not have local access to. »

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FatturaElettronica for .NET v3.0 released

FatturaElettronica for .NET 3.0 is now available on NuGet. It brings full support for the latest technical specifications (v1.6.1) issued by the Italian Public Administration. These come with a number of relevant changes, which were originally supposed to be effective starting May 4, 2020. We were ready well in advance (v3.beta-1 package was available on March 20) but then, because of the COVID19 situation (and, I suspect, pressure from relevant “not-ready-to-deliver” software companies) the deadline was pushed forward to October 1, 2020. »

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Rumors of Windows Forms death have been greatly exaggerated

This morning on my twitter feed, this surprising tweet showed up: We made the history! ๐Ÿพ๐ŸŽ† The new addition to the Windows Forms UI control family in 15 years! Coming to you in .NET 5.https://t.co/MvPctRHI9y Massive shout outs to Konstantin (the author) for his work, patience and commitment! ๐Ÿ™‡ — Igor Velikorossov (@IgorRussKie) April 18, 2020 Apparently, .NET 5 brings support for Windows TaskDialog to Windows Forms, and that is relevant for several reasons. »

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Eve 1.0 has been released

Seven years since the first commit, I am glad to announce that Eve v1.0 has been released. Check it out on PyPI. If you are using Eve, Cerberus, FatturaElettronica for .NET or any other one of my open source projects in a revenue-generating product, it would make business sense to sponsor my open source development. Learn how to do that at my GitHub Sponsors page. Happy holidays to all of you and have a wonderful start in the new year. »

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