How to add box.net as a local drive

1. Press the Windows key + E or go to the Start menu, right-click on Computer and select Open.

2. Right-click on Computer again and select Add A Network Location, which will prompt the respective wizard.

3. Click Next on the welcoming screen.

4. Then select the second option, Choose a custom network location.  And type the following: https://www.box.net/dav

5. If everything goes well, you’ll get a popup window asking you for your credentials. Type your username, which is the email you use to log in to Box.net, as well as your password.

6. Now you can type a name for you to easily identify this location, before clicking Next.

7. You can choose whether to or not to check the box to launch the network location on Windows Explorer after exiting the wizard.

8. Click on Finish.

Import mail and contacts into Gmail

I just recently switched to using Gmail as my universal e-mail for manageability purposes, which means (1) I can now send e-mail using my Yahoo! or Hotmail account within Gmail and (2) All my e-mails in Yahoo! and Hotmail is now archived in my Gmail account. 

I was able to accomplish #1 easily by adding POP accounts, but only stumbled on the importing of mail and contacts today.  When I did, I was happy and relieved, so sharing this info, as others may benefit from it.

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Web Service Reference in Visual Studio 2010

If you’ve used Visual Studio 2008 or 2010, you’ll notice that Web Reference is no longer there (like in VS 2005 and previous), instead, you see Service Reference – actually, it’s STILL there, just hidden!

So, what’s the difference?  Well, according to this post:

Add Web Reference is the old-style, deprecated ASP.NET webservices (ASMX) technology (using only the XmlSerializer for your stuff) – if you do this, you get an ASMX client for an ASMX web service. You can do this in just about any project (Web App, Web Site, Console App, Winforms – you name it).

Add Service Reference is the new way of doing it, adding a WCF service reference, which gives you a much more advanced, much more flexible service model than just plain old ASMX stuff.

So, how do you access it?  Simple — right-click on Service References in the Solution Explorer window and…

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Click on “Advanced…”

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Then click on “Add Web Reference…”

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Voila!  You can now consume the web service like you did pre-Visual Studio 2008 era.  Happy coding!