Register for Tech-Ed 2005

2/16/2005 10:27:09 AM
Registration for Microsoft Tech-Ed 2005 has been open for a while now. There is, however, a chance to win a VIP Tech-ED trip for those that sign up. It sounds very cool and for those of you wanting a heavy does of VS 2005 info, this is a great chance to get it.

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Funny Blogging Humor

2/14/2005 1:46:05 PM
This was funny.

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XBOX.Next (or maybe XBOX 360) Coming in 2005

2/14/2005 1:20:39 PM
That is the rumor via Slashdot. I almost fell out of my chair over the comments from Nintendo exec David Gosen. With business sense like that, its no wonder Nintendo remains a distant third in the console market. Slashdot also referenced earlier the possibility of XBOX 2 being called XBOX 360. Sounds like SteveB is almost as excited as I am.

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LugRadio Interviews Miguel de Icaza of Mono Fame

2/14/2005 11:02:38 AM
LugRadio has an interesting interview with Miguel de Icaza. They talk a lot about Mono and its role in the Linux/Open Source world. While not technical, it is an interesting listen none the less.

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Scoble Weighs in on Microsoft Rot

2/13/2005 4:56:24 PM
Scoble weighs in on this article by Michael S. Malone about the notion that Microsoft is rotting. An interesting argument from both sides. I can agree with both sides, and that is a bit of a scary thing to say as a nine year Microsoft veteran. The feeling inside the company, (or at least here in the field) is not what it was during the last big challenge to Microsoft - the rise of the Internet and browser technology. Ahhhhh, the good old days. ;-)

The margin for error is razor thin in many regards. Would I rather be working anywhere else? No. Are things on the edge of imploding? Certainly not. Is it a bed of roses? Far from it.

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Thought on Microsoft "Putting on the Brakes"

2/13/2005 2:05:56 PM
This eWeek article raises an interesting problem that has actually been talked about for quite some time both inside and outside Microsoft.

The most interesting part of this whole debate is that one of the supposed strong points of the open source model is the fact that their "release early release often" type of model is so attractive. However, in the case of Microsoft products, software is coming too fast, which is a very odd thought since from a historical perspective I would say that Microsoft software seems to be coming out at the slowest pace ever in its history. Two or three years ago, I can remember having conversations with customers about the pace of Microsoft releases and it was generally a negative talk. However, this was also during the post Windows 2000 tidal wave of product releases and that seemed to be more the issue; the sheer number of new products as opposed to a particular products release in relationship to its previous version.

I think the real issue today is not how fast versions are coming, but the difficulty in migrating from one version to another. If software could be delivered in an incremental fashion is a near perfect upgrade story (hard to do I know), especially across the smaller revs, I think the "new version" issues would be greatly mitigated. If I could get from version 1.0 to 1.1 easily and better yet from 1.0 to 1.2 or 1.3 that is even better. Sure, you still need to have major milestones (version 2) that serve as lines in the sand as far as upgrading goes (you can't go from 1.9 to 2.1 without passing through 2.0). Do I really care if you release five new versions of a product in year as long as I know that I can get from 1.1 to 1.6 in one easy upgrade?

If I am a customer the thing that would be making me nervous is the fact that another dam of Microsoft products seem to be building up. This is even more true for customers that have investments in multiple Microsoft products. The integrated nature of the stack makes these product tidal waves even harder to take since getting the benefits of Product A often requires upgrading at a minimum Product B and possibly Product C. It also lets customers gain benefit sooner instead of being held hostage to the ever slipping timelines of another "Microsoft big bet" investment. Don't get me wrong, cool stuff and great strategy is part of these big bets, but they are so huge and take so long that they almost take on a negative aura. Add to that the ample time it gives to competitors come up with counter offerings, it is almost painful to watch.

Of course, my views may be slanted since a) I'm the vendor and b) even when I wasn't I believed in the aggressive deployment of new tech.

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Indigo Info Now Available

2/10/2005 10:46:32 AM
Lots of good Indigo info becoming available. Start with David Chappell's Indigo Overview and then move on to some of these other useful links:

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ASP.NET Security in a Sandbox

2/9/2005 2:40:08 PM
A two part (so far) article on sandboxing ASP.NET apps and dealing with issues like impersonation. See Part 1 and Part 2.

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Breakdown of Google Maps

2/9/2005 2:17:06 PM
See how the magic happens to make all the buzz possible. Of course, I would be remiss in my job here at Microsoft if I did not point out how easy all of this would be with a No Touch deployed WinForm app! <grin>

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ID10T Error Strikes WIthout Warning

2/9/2005 10:17:07 AM
Apparently, I am far too sexy and my otherwise enormous brain has started to shrivel and become less reliable as a result.

So here is the situation. I have a new Toshiba Tecra M2 laptop (my rating: 7.9 out 10). Things have been working really well until last night when suddenly no sound would come out of the speakers. So let the troubleshooting begin:

  • Check Volume Setting in Windows Volume Control - check
  • Make sure Keyboard Mute is not enable - check
  • Now I am a bit perplexed, and even though I have not loaded anything new in a while, I check to make sure the sound drivers are installed and functining properly - check
  • Damn - everything seems ok. Well, I will fall back to years of Windows troubleshooting experience and pull out the big gun - reboot the system. Still no sound.
  • Double damn. Let me try playing different types of sounds. No system sounds. Media player - no joy. Real - nope.
  • Ok. Search the Internet using various terms and sites. Nothing.
  • Hmmmm... there seem to be a lot of strange symbols on the keyboard representing special functions. Not sure what all of them do. Perhaps I pushed one that disabled the speakers or something. Begin pushing random function keys. Nothing helps though I did learn a few new features on my latptop.
  • Maybe I am still missing something with these function keys. Download the electronic Spanish novel called "El Manual" for the Tecra. Use the index and even read some parts - still no clue
  • I decide to give up. I am crushed. I will actually have to call the MS Help Desk and see if they can help me. There is no greater humility for a techie at Microsoft than calling the internal Help Desk.
So as I am picking up the phone, wondering what I have missed, something in the back of my brain jiggles loose. Wasn't there an actual, antiquated, analog volume wheel somewhere on the Tecra?

Low and behold, hidden from view by the external keyboard I was using, I see the wheel. A guick spin and the next thing I know, I had volume. Imagine that - I only wasted a couple hours.

Argghgghghghhhhhhhhhhhhhh....

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