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  1. Create a vCal in

    March 2, 2010 by The Man

    I am in the process of updating a project we started 6 years ago. One of the functions was to add a diary event to Outlook. At the time there was a simple method of automation to add events directly to Outlook but in this day and age there are two problems with this approach

    1. Automation of other applications is becoming more and more complex, having to jump through security hoops and then explain that to end users is just to much hard work.

    2. Outlook may be king now but providing solutions that work with multiple suppliers software is the way forward.

    This snippet now allows us to create a calendar event and open so the user can check and confirm, not the neatest solution but it works.

    Dim myICal As New StreamWriter("event.vcs")
    Dim sDate As Date = Convert.ToDateTime(edtOn.Text + " " + edtAT.Text)
    Dim eDate As Date = DateAdd(DateInterval.Hour, 1, Convert.ToDateTime(edtOn.Text + " " + edtAT.Text))
    Dim myLocation As String = lblView.Text
    Dim mySubject As String = lblFor.Text
    Dim myDescription As String = "Event details: Check server is started"
    'Create the vCal
    myICal.WriteLine("PRODID:-//Digital Wired Limited.//Agency Manager Professional//EN")
    myICal.WriteLine("DTSTART:" & sDate.ToUniversalTime.ToString("yyyyMMddTHHmmssZ"))
    myICal.WriteLine("DTEND:" & eDate.ToUniversalTime.ToString("yyyyMMddTHHmmssZ"))
    myICal.WriteLine("LOCATION:" & myLocation)
    myICal.WriteLine("DESCRIPTION;ENCODING=QUOTED-PRINTABLE:" & myDescription)
    myICal.WriteLine("SUMMARY:" & mySubject)

    That’s it, not pretty but functional.

  2. Is Wake On Lan dead ?

    by The Man

    The short answer is no, and a little bit yes.

    I haven’t done any work on depicus for a while, ok 4 years, and the site has been bumbling along quite well. Indeed it get between 1000 and 1500 hits a day and mainly geek traffic (Firefox users account for 43% of all traffic). Now I think it’s time I updated it and open sourced the code. This isn’t going to happen overnight but hopefully over the next few months i can give it a facelift and refresh as well. 4.5 million page views and you must be getting a bit tired of the site by now 🙂

    One thing that will not be updated however is the Windows Mobile app. I’m with Skype on this one, it’s just too much work and the experience isn’t what I want it to be.

    The original idea of depicus was to give back for all the great stuff I have had for free from the interweb. I think I am getting close to that goal.