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It's true, I'm a Gmail junkie. I've been using Gmail pretty much since the first week it was available. I don't know what I'd do without it. In addition to email, I use it as a massive filing cabinet for all kinds of stuff I just never know if I might need or not... it's always accessible and whatever I stuck in it, I can find with just a quick search term or two. Lately, they added a couple of new features worth mentioning. 1) SMS chat in gTalk is pretty cool, though I don't text nearly as much ...
Pardon my lack of posts of late…I am now the author of Redmond Developer News’ Redmond Review column, and I’ve been grappling with how to write the column and keep posting here. I’ll ask you to continue bearing with me. While the column will focus on strategy and analysis for working with Microsoft and its stack, there are still plenty of topics that don’t fit there and do fit here. Here’s on such topic: Windows Home Server (WHS), and the quiet release, back in June, of Power Pack 1. Before the release ...
Come and share the holidays with ISESat our annual “Jingle Mingle” celebration event.Skyway Classic Events and Aarcee Classic Events will be hosting the event at their Bloomington location and are looking forward to having an opportunity to share their excitement about the merger of Aarcee, Skyway and Classic Events. You will find out about the merger, have a chance to peruse their newly expanded Bloomington showroom and then it’s on to a party tent with incredible food and beverages as well as dancing ...
In this issue: Andrew Myhre, Silverlight Girl, webgui, Tim Greenfield, Shawn Wildermuth, Manish Dalal, Arturo Toledo, Ruurd Boeke, Joel Neubeck, Ning Zhang, and Chris Hay. Yikes... another 12 today! From SilverlightCream.com: Digital Wall - redux Andrew Myhre sent me an email about this app this morning, and I have to admit I didn't 'get it' at first ... but after some reading on his site, this is pretty darn cool.. you log in, and draw on top of whatever is there already, and you're seeing a display ...
Those of you who know me know that I am a big proponent of code style and standards. One of the best resources I have found for documenting a clear and thorough set of code standards is the Framework Design Guidelines book by Brad and Krzysztof. The book was recently updated for the new language features in the .NET Framework 3.0 and 3.5 releases. Some of the existing guidelines have been expanded with new annotations and more detail, and new guidance covering such features as extension methods and ...
I was talking with Phil Haack via facebook status comments regarding Phil’s picture for the upcoming ASP.NET MVC book being published by Wrox (which you can buy at amazon here, at amazon.ca here, or at your local bookstore…no link provided for that). Phil was commenting about some aspects of his picture, and I began to type “Well at least you don’t look like that guy on the en…” and then…I stopped…that couldn’t be…BUT IT WAS: Rob Conery. But what was it that caused me such grief and pain at the sight ...
** WARNING: You can not mount this via VESA out of the box like the announcements describe, a special part must be ordered ** Now that I have my warning out of the way, Michelle purchased a HP TouchSmart IQ816 for the house so we could hang it on the wall so we could easily interact with the machine to leave notes, add calendar events, review pictures, and watch Blue-ray movies. I have to coolest wife, I know… The machine arrived yesterday and man is it big. I would see why you would not want to ...
I'm at PDC, and glad I am as well. First, I need to thank the geeks with blogs people for the AWESOME t-shirt. Well done. The site looks great. Second, this whole cloud thing that you're reading about, if you're not here, is pretty cool. I agree with MS, this will be the big thing of the future. I just wish we knew what they were thinking for cost. Microsoft Azure will be a big deal. They've spent over two years of development on it, torn apart SQL server to make it happen, and are running some of ...
Ray Ozzie, chief architect at Microsoft, opened the keynote. Here are my random notes: Ray thanked everyone for coming to the event and stressed how important we all are in Microsoft's success. He then stressed his work as an ISV in the past and how he also sat in the audience like we are today. PDC is about Microsoft's take on the revolutions happening in the world. It is about combining the best aspects of combining software along with the best aspects of services. Tomorrow Ray will talk on stage ...

Note: The Wireless network at the keynote failed miserably, so this will be posted with a delay.

Ray Ozzie talks about the future of software and Microsoft's take on new software foundations. Mobile platforms increasling important. New software and activation codes for new services will be made available.

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Now that the book is finished writing, reality is catching up with me and I am finally able to work on the backlog of ideas and projects that has accumulated in the last months. Time to give an update of stuff I do or will do soon.

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The last half of this year is being completely focused on cloud computing. Microsoft is focusing a lot of attention in this space and are focusing on setting up development centers around the world to assist customers in hosting logic and data centrally in the cloud to make use of for your global applications. It really is the next step in expansion of the Internet and is something that will be greatly adopted by organizations all over the world. There are some tricky areas that still have to be ...
Phillydotnet.org 3rd code camp for 2008 will be held at the DeVry University campus in Fort Washington, PA on Saturday, October 11 from 8:30-5:00. Please register on our web site.-->Detailed directions are on the DeVry web site. sold out. There will be another Code Camp in May.--> Lots of code, just say no to slides! 8 hours 50 sessions (8:30, 10:00, 12:30, 2:00, 3:30) 10 tracks including new IT Infrastructure and Enterprise 500 seats with tables (laptops welcome) Free breakfast, lunch, and afternoon ...
The Architecture and Integration Summit hosted by the University of Minnesota and the Integration Consortium is coming soon. October 29th is a pre-conference tutorial day while October 30th is the main event with keynote presentations, track presentations, a panel debate on SOA versus REST, and a cocktail reception hosted by event sponsors – all at the McNamara Alumni Center. While Roy Fielding may not have invented the World Wide Web, he is in fact one of its chief architects and is the opening ...
I am currently attending a workshop for Siemens in Chicago's suburb, and also staying for the weekend. In fact it feels pretty weird because for the first time since a year, I don't feel the pressure of "must write" on my shoulders, and I can actually spend some time thinking of something else than Silverlight 2 Unleashed... Which is why I am now writing a book about Silverlight 2 Unleashed (available on pre-order at Amazon and to be published really soon :) Read the rest of this entry » ...
My editor at Sams (hey Neil :)) and I decided to convert the book I am almost done writing into an Unleashed. There are multiple reasons for that, the most important being that the book addresses multiple audiences, and has a broad range of coverage, which is typical of the Unleashed series. The content goes enough in depth (according to Neil) to be placed in the Unleashed series. Read the rest of this entry » ...
Hearing both of these guys (Paul Nielsen and Louis Davidson) together was awesome (another DevLink Nashville plug). They share common views, but also differ on a few things which was really nice to hear. Even the experts have their own ideas which leaves room for us common folk. No absolutes, lots of grey or gray depending on which side of the pond you find yourself (someone's commentary here). A few items that I knew were bad are cursors among others. I liked the bantering of normalization pros/cons ...
Ever since I read about the official release of Photosynth, I couldnt wait to get home and get my hands on photosynth. I have looked at the beta site 6 months ago and have been wanting to see it live, hence the urge. Got to my home, picked up the digital camera, powered it on, storage full message. Aargs... Pam(my wife) has filled the 1 GB memory card with pictures. She was getting out, so I had to clean up the memory card, backing up all the image to my computer and finally picked up the camera ...
i told my current boss to buy this book, because it looked to be the only SharePoint Search book on Amazon. It covers the basics, such as setting up content sources, crawling, adding scopes, etc... Honestly, I know a lot of that stuff from experimentation and working with SPS 2003. I didn't really care so much for anything, but Chapter 8. To be honest I am not a book reader. I am a book skimmer. I pretty much go into the index or the Table of Contents and get to the pieces that I need for the task ...
Time to cap off the week with another interview. I spent some time with Jim at TechEd (Developers) 2008 and was quite impressed with not only his VB knowledge, but also his enthusiasm for sharing it. If you've ever worked with LINQ, you've probably been to his website (www.thinqlinq.com) at some point. So without further introduction on my part, I give you NINE Questions with Jim Wooley... 1. Where are you from? I've been living around Atlanta, GA for the last 9 years. Most of my formative years ...
Mark Monster on Networking, Rich Griffen on Tweening and Baby Smash, Matt Perdick using WrapPanel, Bart Czernicki on SL and Multi-touch panels, Corinna Barber with 3 videos on Designer/Developer, Dan Wahlin on layouts, Laurence Moroney's SL2 book is out, and Bill Reiss on developing games for SL and XNA, and a SL Game contest. I didn't get this out on Wednesday because I was doing a presentation for a bigshot from my client's East Coast office, and oh... he didn't show, and he didn't call, and he ...
I’ve finished reading a fantastic book by Christine Comaford-Lynch called Rules for Renegades. I cannot recommend it highly enough, especially if you’re a) Currently self employed, whether recently or have been for a while b) Frustrated in your current employment and are struggling to find peace c) Consider yourself happily employed in your current environment So basically I’m recommending it to anyone, because the book is not your typical Donald Trump style “kill them all and plunder their town” ...
Corrina Barber updated Red & Black skins, Mike Snow on Isolated Storage, Tim Heuer on S3 and SL2B2 and making Video Encoder Templates, Azret Botash with IM/Chat client and server, Emil Stoychev with Pivot Table, Bart Czernicki Master Series, Part 1, and Alex Golesh: Isolated Storage, StringToPathGeometry Converter, Init Params, Communication between two objects, Treeview Control and reflecting ScriptObject content. I want to point out to all the bloggers that there's a new blog-scraper in town. ...
Michael Washington on SL Security, Jesse LIberty on Styles & Templates, Koen Zwikstra on Tweening, Pete Brown on sizing SL, Peter Bromberg Part III of Data, and Tim Heuer on SL and S3. Nothing obvious to do with Silverlight, but this looks to be a great FREE eBook by Karl Seguin. Exceptionally well-done considering it's being given away, thanks Karl! Jesse Liberty has adjusted his Live From Redmond schedule... take note and take part! Updated 7/7/2008 to correct the spelling on Koen Zwikstra's ...
I came across the "ADO .NET Entity Framework Vote of No Confidence" at http://efvote.wufoo.com/for... today and thought this was something worth commenting on. Background I happen to find out about this petition in my regular read of "Never In Doubt", Ward Bell from IdeaBlade's blog. Ward Bell is, in my opinion, one of the leading experts in Object Relational Mapping and the Entity Framework. I have summarized some key information from him and the other ...
The amazon.com web site has been unavailable since around 11:20 am PST with a "Http/1.1 Service Unavailable" message and nothing else. It is possible to access the site through https://www.amazon.com, but not through http. Were they hacked or attacked or sabotaged? In this day and age of redundant hardware it is hard to believe that an Amazon would suffer such a massive failure. Interestingly, the stock price took an immediate hit as well with a 3.85% decline since the outage started. It will be ...
There's a project and it needs your input. There doesn't seem to be a "Geekus Con Livus, Agile Evangelist Reading List" and there needs to be. Also, about a year ago I had a thought for a way for a group of people to quickly and easily generate a reading list. I call it "The Reading List Game"(tm) [Tell your friends you heard it from Malcolm] Hmmmm, maybe these 2 ideas could be put together and I wouldn't have to do any real work, while at the same time, letting a ton of people show everyone else ...
You've mastered web forms and controls. You've prototyped a Silverlight 2.0 application. AJAX? You're all over it. But have you really learned how to design a good web page or web site? Steve Krug's "Common Sense Approach to Web Usability" provides surprising and sometimes counterintuitive principles that every good website must follow. Krug preaches the importance of removing clutter in order to make the purpose and functionality of a site (or page) clear--and happily, he practices what he preaches ...
I blogged yesterday about the fantastic deals available on the Amazon.Com website. Chris posted recently about how you can get the same great price in Europe for the ASP.NET 3.5 book. Well I wanted to let all my Canadian peeps know that even though our dollar is on par or close to with the US, Amazon Canada is offering the same book to us for the steal price of $37.79! Thanks a lot Amazon.ca! D ...
Tonight I traveled for 3 hours (roughly 300 kms) to attend the DevEast meeting in Moncton, NB. And in my mind it was worth it. In the most unusual place I've ever sat and listened to a presentation, I joined 8 others at AJs Pizza Place to listen to Derek Hatchard run through two presentations that's he's planning to give at DevTeach Toronto next week. Leveraging the Amazon Platform Covered the various types of services that Amazon has made available. Derek talked about S3 (Simple Storage Service) ...
Bill and some others have posted about noticing their book on Amazon was selling for $16.00. Turns out that Amazon is having a huge sale on a bunch of tech books, some with pretty significant savings! You can check out the entire list here. D ...
I just started using Windows Live Writer to update my blogs*. I'm thoroughly impressed with what I see, both from the practical sense and just how much cool seems to surround this thing. 1) My Apartment Building, Washington, DC Software+Services is Microsoft's answer to the debate about where the future of computing is going in the near future. My take on what this means is a badass WinForms interface with a sexy back-end built around some Web 2.0-ish stuff. That's the technical explanation. Live ...
Introduction In this post I would like to share my experiences about creating and maintaining a web site for a Wroclaw .NET User Group and platforms that can use to create such web site. Hope that some of my thoughts will be useful for someone who is active member of any community group. I am a leader of Wroclaw .NET User Group since November last year. Since then Wroclaw .NET User Group grows quite quickly and we have more and more needs and expectations how our web site should look like. Currently ...
Microsoft Data Platform Rich data services from SQL Server Using of course SOAP REST and APP within SQL Server SSDS. Live contacts has ADO.NET Connections... SYNC Framework synchronize contacts between endpoints. pulling or GET from url into xml or web service. Metadata file with Vcard info. No invoke needed within browser just service on box? SQL Server Data Services: Application Agility Scales without limits Business Ready SLA Scalable or downgradable to 2005 or 2000? SQL Server Data Services Layers: ...
I copied a bunch of movies on to my blackberry using Media Studio for Blackberry. I have a 2 gb card in it, so I can fit 4 movies at high quality. I had this great idea. I found a female to USB Female A To USB Mini Male B 5 Pin Adapter on Amazon for $6, and I thought I would be able to store additional movies on my thumb drive and copy them to and from my blackberry without having to connect it to my laptop. Sound perfect, doesn't it. Unfornately the USB Drive isn't "plug and play" on my blackberry. ...
The new edition of the Wrox ASP.NET book is officially on the shelves today! Amazon received their shipment and it is now in stock for a CHEAP $34.64. My co-authors, Scott Hanselman and Devin Rader, revamped this book and added quite a number of new pages to deal with the new features from AJAX to IIS 7 to LINQ to this book. We really focused on helping the ASP.NET developer understand the tools, APIs, controls, and environments at their disposal for this release. ASP.NET is, in my humble opinion, ...
I am here asking for your help in making donations to the Frozen Pea Fund. I have a box of copies of Kathy Jacobs On PowerPoint sitting by my front door. Normally, I sell them when I speak about PowerPoint for $25. (The book sells on Amazon for $29.99.) I have a limited time offer for all of you that don’t have a copy yet: You can buy it directly from me for $20 plus $5 shipping. You will get a personally signed copy shipped to you. And you will get to help contribute to a worthy cause. (Offer good ...
Having just finished my masters exams for semester 1, I am planning to blog a little more! I am only doing the masters part time over two years so a fair way to go yet but none the less, it's one of my points for being a better developer in done. The semester 1 modules of OO Design and development (Java and UML) and Software engineering concepts threw up some interesting hurdles, like Netbeans and Java (I hope to get back to learn more about Java, but perhaps away from Netbeans!), SE concepts really ...
Amazon has Sony on board and with that the fourth and final major player has finally gone to MP3. Which leaves me with a decision to make. Now that I don't need to buy DRM music and I don't need to buy entire CDs just to get 1 song, should I drop my Zune Pass and just start spending the money to build my collection? I only have about 150 songs in my entire Zune library that I have marked as "I Like It". So, in a little over a year I would be caught up. And that doesn't include the music I have on ...
I got this book as a Christmas present and quickly read through it cover to cover. The primary focus of the book is to provide an introduction to LINQ (language integrated query) that is available in the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5. In this end the book does a good job. Just don't look for anything comprehensive. The book starts out talking about what LINQ is and follows that up with a few chapters that talk about the new language features in C# and VB that make LINQ possible. I found the information ...
I just noticed this on Amazon a few minutes ago... Learn Programming Now! with XNA Game Studio Express and C# Express Edition (Link to Amazon here.) No big deal, except the cover prominently mentions C# 2008. (Last time I checked, XNA didn't support 2008) Apparently the guy that wrote it is a devices MVP in the UK. Looks like it's published by MS Press. Here's the odd thing... Amazon says it has a CD containing Game Studio Express (which means it's 1.0 refresh at the latest) and another CD containing ...
well looks like Amazon were not the only ones to deliver a belated Christmas present, Don's elves have uploaded the runtime binaries for a version of the Service Factory that runs on Orcas/Visual Studio 2008.... you can go get it and read more about it here, hopefully I'll get a chance to put it through its paces over the next day or so.... yup you read that right I'm back at work already ...
Technorati Tags: Christmas As I noted previously, I have now retired from military active duty. I am taking the Christmas season off to relax before going back to work for my new career out there in the Real World©®. That means I have gotten the opportunity to spend much more time with the wife and kids. Thursday morning, while the girls were in school and the little one was napping, my wife and I took the time to open and assemble all the kids toys for Christmas. We did this early to avoid a late ...
I seem to be working more and more my lappy these days...still always on the my PC at the office but when at home the laptop has taken over from my machine of choice...strange really because I love having two monitors and find it a fantastic way to work but I guess the freedom a laptop has to offer wins the day. Anyway, I digress...seeing I was working on it more and more I decided to get myself a Christmas present in the guise of a specialist notebook mouse, I looked at several offerings from Microsoft ...
Last Tuesday night witnessed a relatively new kind event held in Microsoft Egypt building @ smart village. It was said to be "announcing dotNETwork user group" which I thought was some Microsoft Egypt initiative for a new offline user group model of developer community. I was so excited about so, and it was even better! The Idea The dotNETwork group is just am offline user group that's done right. It just happened to have Microsoft Egypt host the group gathering, as this is the hardest issue to maintain. ...
With the success Apple has had rolling out the iPod, Amazon is trying to follow suit. They just released a new eBook device called the Kindle, and most reviewers are not taking kindly to it. They cite the high cost ($400) for the gadget as well as its limited web access (only to certain blogs, nytimes.com and amazon.com) as significant drawbacks. The glare reduction engineered in the product, and the fact that it saves trees are pluses. Generally I do not want to bring a laptop when I go on vacation ...
OK so this is hot. We have wireless capability with the Zune, but that was limited to sharing songs with other Zunes. The new Zunes will allow for wireless sync (when plugged into a power source, dock, etc.). Even more importantly, unlike those option-backdating Apple whores, they aren't sticking it to the little guy. I.e. you don't have to buy a new one to take advantage of this feature. It comes as a firmware upgrade delivered through the Zune software. The new Zunes feature a $149 4Gig flash model. ...
That's how long since my last post. Main reason was that the company that I worked for "frowned" on blogging, speaking etc. I had to get permission to work on Pro C# books. That is all behind me now. I have been working for Juris by LexisNexis for about 2 months now. Man what a difference. I haven't been excited to go to work in a very long time. I got the word from my CIO today that not only does LexisNexis approve of blogging, speaking, writing etc, they actually encourage it. What a concept. So ...
Welcome to the 2nd installment of the monthly Caffeinated Codey awards. As I mentioned in the first installment, the lucky winners will receive a caffeinated or alcoholic beverage of their choice if we should ever meet. Of course, when when I first made the offer I assumed this was mostly an empty threat, however it looks like this opportunity could present itself next month for at least five of the winners since Ayende Rahien, Justice Gray, Scott Bellware, David Laribee, and Jeremy Miller are all ...
I'm a big fan of Windows Live Writer and use it almost exclusively to write my blog posts. As a result of this, I'm always on the lookout for new and useful plug-ins. Since I have accumulated quite a few of them, I thought I'd share my favorite plug-ins. These are listed in no particular order. SkyDrive Embed Plugin Allows you to easily embed a file or folder from your public Windows Live SkyDrive account. You can specify 3 different embed formats. Paste MSDN URL Allows you to paste a URL from any ...