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I found this to be a must-read article for everybody doing serious web authoring (design/development, etc...). Quote from the article: Sometimes you just want to get the information you’re after, save it and move along. And you can’t. Usability nightmares — which are rather the daily routine than an exception — appear every now and again; usually almost every time you type your search keywords in Google. In his article “Why award-winning websites are so awful” Gerry McGovern points out that “the ...
Noticed that I have not blogged for a while. Sorry. I have a few demanding projects at work and a full time course load at the University. All great things, except they do not leave me too much time to write my own web content. Before that I had/still having complications with my wisdom teeth removal. I would normally see things though out the day online, bookmark or email myself, and never end up posting them. I'll work on that in the future. I have been planning a few presentations, I will not ...
I've long felt there was a special place in hell for American Airlines employees. Now I realize that, at the very least, they won't be alone. Northwest Airlines has managed to earn a special place in my heart as well. The last few weeks, I've been "forced" to fly NWA instead of AA. I say "forced" with a smile because while nobody actually held a gun to my head, I still didn't really have a choice in the matter. When you're booking short notice, you take what's available. So... on one of my recent ...
The BizTalk server team has released the aforementioned tool to facilitate the development of "Adapters" (not just BTS, but general WCF) for creation of WCF extensions to consume existing service interfaces. Mostly, it facilities building well structured classes that meet the WCF extensions requirements. Clearly, you still need to code up the actual interfaces, connection code handling, etc. This SDK is usable without BizTalk and can be used to create interfaces to existing systems. Then, expose ...

Here are the pictures and video of surface at the WPC.  Very cool!  If they would just make the SDK available to the dev community...

That's right, at the WPC they had 3...3 Surface machines.  And yes...its as cool as it looks in the videos  Interesting bug, the expo center lights directly overhead casued the "touch interface" to get a littly whacky.  Apparently the cameras that detect the touch get too much reflection and get a little confused.

 I'll post the pics as soon as I get them off my phone.

 

Reminds me of the Microsoft Surface parody commercial. (Some bad language.)

To complement the previous tutorials I've posted about how to add credit cards to your website or desktop applications, I will be posting a howto for how to add support for PayPal payments, and I'll also begin a series of howto's on how to automate and manage shipping through USPS, FedEx, and UPS. Update: FedEx Tutorial here. I'll start with USPS because there are a lot of questions floating around lately about USPS rates since they have made wholesale changes there. Mail Yourself? As I was writing ...
Having worked on a real SOA project for over 3 year I think it's time to examine the reality SOA on .NET. Introduction SOA is standards based late bound distributed systems. In traditional programming, when function A call function B, the compiler and/or linker binds the functions together. In SOA you embed a logical address for the function to call and assume the binding will take place at run time. This isn't the formal definition of SOA but it is the key enabling technique. Distributed late binding ...
Yesterday was a pretty exciting day. I am a braidsmaid in a friend's wedding this fall and we girls got together last night to put together the wedding invitations etc. Oddly, my arms are sore from using her embosser on the invites but its cool to see things moving forward on the wedding. Now what may you ask does this have to do with being a geek? Well...some people may consider it geeky that they've decided to hold a 1700's period Scottish wedding instead of your typical seen in on "As the World ...
So my friend Charles has come up with an intriguing concept, and on the surface of it it looks very compelling, the main thought I have is making sure it can do what it says - that to me is the real Litmus Test of any IT appliance or Technology these days - can I deploy it and start getting value from day 1? I'll post more on this later as I get to grips with it... Think beyond VDI broker etc. why not think applications as content and an infrastructure broker managing this systems Think beyond VDI ...
Hmm.....I have a very under utilised Blog. Very sad indeed. Not sure if that's because I have nothing to say or I am just too lazy to put it up. Probably the latter. Anyways, I attended a Windows Server 2008 Technical Readiness event yesterday in Melbourne. As I was too busy in the past, I never had a chance to look into what new goodies Windows Server 2008 will bring, so I thought this would be a good opportunity to find out more. Surprisingly, the session was quite informative and did not turn ...
There is a huge misunderstanding about Microsoft Surface, "Microsoft Copy the idea of IPhone". It’s totally wrong because Microsoft has started this project in the 2001 when Stevie Bathiche and Andy Wilson began brainstorming concepts for an interactive table. After the hardworking of two years they present their idea to Bill Gates and with in the month or so the first Surface prototype was born. The good news Microsoft Surface first unit is available in the winter this year ...
Vivek opened up for discussion Jamie Cansdale's current plight. Well, I've got some opinions because indirectly it impacts me. I'm very involved with various user groups in the Phoenix area, having coordinated two code camps. In our camps we strive first and foremost to incorporate the widest variety of technology possible. Perl, PHP, Ruby, and Linux are are always hot topics, right along side Atlas, WPF, and Sharepoint. Everything is equal. So when Microsoft's legal arm pulls these kinds of tricks ...
The Software Factories Toolkit June CTP is finally out and the key improvements in this release are: - Recipe Designer with a redesigned user experiencie and round tripping support, so it could uses the .xml recipe files as is. - T4 Templates Editor, an useful editor with colorizing, intellisense and support to preview transformation in design time. - Multi package setup wizard, a recipe which generate a wix setup project with all the package contained in a solution. The most interesting thing here, ...
My daily Silverlight 'Pick of the Litter' from the web, I will add on as I come across others Updated Silverlight Surface Demo Michael Schwarz worked the kinks out of his video addition to the Surface demo in Silverlight. How to create Silverlight Applications with Notepad If you can work without Intellisense, Michael shows you how to batch-build your Alpha applications! Embedding Silverlight Annotation in my dasblog post Updated Link! Julie Lerman has been blogging about Ink. Two in a row on Monday. ...
My daily Silverlight 'Pick of the Litter' from the web, I will add on as I come across others Silverlight Examples Michael Schwarz has an Alpha-heavy list of samples and blogs that he's collected. Silverlight Surface Demonstration (Video Support) Michael Schwarz added video support to the Surface demo by Delay. Introduction to Microsoft Silverlight WebCast By Public Sector DPE Team... June 6th 2:00P-3:30P EST (11:00A-12:30P PST) Enjoy! Silverlight Web Articles I've tagged and My Silverlight Articles ...
With the upcoming release of Microsoft Surface the term surface computing is getting really hot. I just saw this demo from a NYU spinoff called Perceptive Pixel, they demonstrate their technology that pretty much resembles Microsoft Surface Good resources about Surface Computing, i.e awesome demos ;-): Go to the productsite for Microsoft Surface and take a look on the cool videos. Perceptivepixel.com Andy Wilsons webpage, the guy behind "Play Anywhere" Rory at Channel9 goes crazy with Play Anywhere ...
I'm keen to see how well the Server Core is adopted, as I was always a fan of the earlier Netware Servers before they started adding the JavaX GUI front end - very light and purposeful. So I thought I'd drop a note about two sites I've come across today: Introducing The Server Core blog Server Core is a minimal server installation option for Windows Server “Longhorn”. It runs a subset of the server roles included in Longhorn Server, specifically it supports the following: DHCP server File Server ...
Kudos to liorz for beating me to it (link to post in Hebrew). Veteran readers of Tidbits might recall my fascination with the "Multi-Touch Screen" technology developed by Jeff Han of NYU and how it might revolutionize the way we interact with our computers. Microsoft Surface promises to be a commercial implementation of a Multi-Touch Screen that will hit the market this winter (according to their PR site). See Bill introduce the product at the Wall Street Journal's D conference: It's very surprising ...
Remember when older people said: "You guys are gonna have the baddest toys growing up." ? Check this out - http://www.microsoft.com/su... Watch the videos of possible scenarios. Surface. Coming to a ... surface near you ;) If you are interested in such advancements - do watch the 2006 and 2007 CES Keynotes. What's different? MS Surface is actually live. CES is nice. The Future Home at MS Redmond HQ is awesome [is all I can say]. But the biggest news is that this stuff is coming to your living room ...
The big news of the day is that Microsoft's Steve Ballmer introduced Microsoft Surface. A table computer that allows the end user to interact with the computer through their fingertips! No keyboard - no mouse. First thing you should do is take a look at the movies Microsoft made about this: http://www.microsoft.com/su... The ability to drag and drop items around with your fingers. The ability to place a digital camera on the table surface and automatically pull the images / send them / edit them ...
The Zune and XBox 360 are amazing pieces of hardware and software working together to make an amazing media experience. Recently, I introduced Microsoft IPTV technology into my home and have loved every minute of that experience as well. But now, Microsoft announces the next level of media experience with Surface (every blogger will mention it today). It is definitely the most amazing machine and technology I have ever seen for the home and entertaining industries. I have already been passing my ...
Microsoft has just announced Surface. Just at first glance, this appears to be something that could change everything. I am curious about a couple of things. 1) Will it really be cost effective enough that we will be able to have a coffee table (See the Power video) that sorts our pictures and 2) How in the world is this going to run on top of Vistazilla? If they could really do that bar trick with the bubbles and stuff... dang. Pretty impressive. Link to Microsoft Surface Technorati Tags: Microsoft ...
The Windows Vista UAC exploit I recently published has garnered some attention as well as some criticism. I wanted to take a moment to reply to some of what I've seen in the press, in comments around the web, as well as the response from Microsoft. On some of the PC World/PC Magazine and their affiliates' web sites, there was a comment that "Pac-Man" should never require elevation (I use a Pac-Man clone as an example of what would otherwise be innocuous software in the whitepaper). This is true, ...
On Tuesday, most of the day was packed with sessions. I managed to see very interesting information. Microsoft is really pushing SIlverlight a lot, and while it's great news for web applications, I really hope that they will not release their effort on WPF. We're waiting for V2!! Building Silverlight Applications using .NET (Part 1 of 2) This session was most probably great for developers without experience with WPF. For me, however, after a certain point, I found myself thinking "I know all that ...
According to eWeek, Microsoft will release the third beta, which is also the first pubic beta, for Windows Server "Longhorn" today. So far, Longhorn remains on track for RTM in the second half of 2007. More than 10,000 people have already tested the product either directly through Microsoft's technical beta program or through Community Technology Previews through TechNet or MSDN subscriptions. Windows Server "Longhorn" will build on the improvements made in Windows Server 2003 R2, and add the ability ...
Not only that Dimitry [MSFT] told me earlier IronPython for ASP.NET support for Vista will be available by Mix07 (That's April 3o). Dody also pointed me at the news that it's not just that. Many CLR tweaks/additions enabling further dynamic languages support is coming by the same time too Sounds pretty much exciting I can't wait for it. Anyway, I'm not yet that good in Python after all. Just seeing the surface Update: If you are like me, maybe you want to view Tayseer's introduction to Python. Maybe ...
This post was prompted in part by the creationist views that D'arcy blogged earlier today. But it's also a collection of thoughts that have been on my mind for the past few years. As a species, it's interesting that we've "woken up" in the past several thousand years to find this wonderful world, full of diversity, looking the way it does. Before our current era of recorded history this earth certainly has been a very busy place, almost as if it were getting ready for us to arrive. Life forms have ...
Finally the new February CTP of the ClariuS Software Factory Toolkit is out and you can download now, from here. This version includes several new features and some of the key features are the follow: Different Guidance Package Templates, what this means? now when you go to create a new Guidance Package using SFT you will have the possibility to choose a basic template considering if you want to use just a single file or different files per recipe (using xinclude) to use in that guidance package. ...
Most of you might have come across situations where you have to map a huge number of elements from the source schema to the target schema using the BizTalk Mapper. There is an easy way to do this depending on your source and target schema structures. Actually there are two scenarios where you can make use of this:1. If your source and target schemas have an identical structure, or even if a part of your source schema and target schema have an identical structure. 2. If your source and target schemas ...
SQL Guru’s can skip over this posting but for the other developers who don’t have really great SQL-Fu skills, hopefully this can help out. I ran into an issue today where we were having trouble with logins to a SQL 2005 database through code and it was driving me nuts because on the surface everything looked set up correctly. Part of the frustration on my part was also me still getting used to the way things look/feel inside SQL Management Studio versus the old Enterprise Manager – but that’s a whole ...
After installing MOSS and launching the SharePoint Configuration Wizard (psconfig.exe) - you are ready to begin the last leg of your MOSS installation/setup. Here you provide the setup with the particualars for your server. Often you are installing MOSS with SQL Server being remote from MOSS, and you will be using a domain-level service account for the installation. The following is an example of the data you might enter during this step: (if the pic does not show - click here) Here you have a named ...
Mostafa, our cool super funny designer at SilverKey, wrote to Middleest Developers yahoo group a message titled "MDC 2007, is it worth going to?". This was my reply to the message... There's only one day left anyway! Look, the MDC is a little bit good for those who didn't attend MDC before, and for students as well (opens many topics that are pretty new to most students). For professional developers who are up to date (who are not so many anyway), or who attended MDCs before (those are many I guess), ...
When I do corporate training, I always get asked this question... "So what is new in BizTalk 2006 when compared to BizTalk 2004?" mostly from people who have been using BizTalk 2004. So here I have tried to summarize some of the things. Note this is by no means an exhaustive listing as there are other small but significant improvements. SETUP Automatic installation of redistributable components. In BizTalk Server 2006, the BizTalk team provide a single file that contains the latest version of all ...
All I want to do is: render HTML in a Windows form AND then draw on surface. All I am doing is composing a list of ideas that will render HTML and NOT allow drawing on the surface. This list includes: Use the Web browser control - renders great looking HTML, but you cannot draw on the surface of this control Use the Web browser control - copy screen the rendered HTML and place it in a picture box - has potential, but have to consider sizing the Web browser control so all of the rendered HTML is visible ...
Dear SQL Server team, I'm using the latest version of your product and in Visual Studio 2005 you can setup Intergration Services Projects and on the surface it looks rather cool. Trouble is, you didn't finish the toolset did you? My gripe here has to do with the "Advanced Editor for SQL Server Destination" dialog. If you have issues with data conversion from the source to the destination that's great and easy enough to deal with, at least that's what one would think but is NOT the case. If you have ...
This is a very interesting bit of kit. On the surface it simply allows the owner to connect two USB external harddrives to his or her network. In it's self this is fine but what has happened is that the ' Hacking world' have taken the little unit to their heart. At it's core the NSLU2 has a version of Linux running to handle the required functionality offered out of the box. What that means is that with a little bit of effort and a small amount of re-flashing the unit can be turned into a web server, ...
Another billionaire is trying to make space flight commercially viable. This is great. If they offered me a ticket today to be a passenger or just work on the thing, I'd take it. If you view the video you'll see their prototype go up about 280 ft, then come back to Earth in a smooth, very "Movie Spaceship" like landing. My big question is how they plan on breaking the pull of Earth's gravity with such a craft. When you see the Space Shuttle, there's enourmous amounts of power to break out of Earth's ...
If you want to you can skip the blah blah blah of this post and go get it here is the link - StarUML (pls note workaround to quirky object naming is at the bottom) Anyways, sometime last week I was looking for a UML modelling tool, and was looking for something that would be easy on the pocket. There is a few sites out there that have listings up of the various UML tools, if you google for them you will find them. Most of the ones that cost $0 weren't impressive at all, and then there was ArgoUml, ...
I'm not 100% sure but it seems Microsoft has silently (?) launched IIS version 7.0. This is said to be a part of Windows Vista. Oddly enough I've not seen any launch announcement from MS. Maybe I just missed it? The new version of IIS is said to implement a lesson from the Apache Web Server - modularity. Functionality previously embedded in older version of IIS has been relocated to modules that can optionally be installed alongside a core IIS server. This would allow for better security as administrators ...
I ran into a bit of a problem yesterday, when trying to implement a control designer (derived from ParentControlDesigner) for a Windows Forms control derived from GroupBox, which should only hold a certain kind of control as children (say CheckBoxes). So I thought I'd just override the designer's OnDragDrop method, check if the dropped control is a CheckBox and I'd be all set, something like: if (de.Data.GetDataPresent(Dat... ) { CheckBox checkbox = de.Data.GetData(DataFormats... ...
Auto generated classes may expose a simple object based interface, but below the surface the data is being held in ADO.NET DataTables. SubSonic exposes a few methods that allow you to get at the underlying structure. The TableName property returns the name of the actual table associated with the object. product.TableName; The static class method GetTableSchema returns the underlying table. SubSonic.TableSchema.Table tableSchema = Product.GetTableSchema(); Note: There is also a static property Schema ...
Cut fuel costs on big boats by re-introducing a big sail? I absolutely love it! But even better, put it high up where it can catch more air. And make the sail wider than a football field so it really makes a difference. That's exactly what SkySails will be doing as early as next year for large shipping barges. The assistance will probably be highly directional, but still end up being quite helpful. This is another good trick to help further downsize the "big oil" elephant that's been standing in ...
Microsoft has finally released the RC (release candidate - read still beta and not for production) of service pack two for Windows Server 2003. From the website: Windows Server 2003 Service Pack 2 (SP2) delivers on Microsoft's Trustworthy Computing initiative and illustrates Microsoft's commitment to continually create software products with enhanced security, increased reliability, and simplified administration. Windows Server 2003 SP2 builds upon the impressive track record of the award-winning ...
If anyone has been following this technology closely, there have been a lot of complaints by some of the security vendors regarding PatchGuard. I first heard about this technology at TechEd 2006 in a lot of the Vista sessions. The recent controversy caused me to do a little more research in to this technology and the issues surrounding it. The official name for this technology is called Kernel Patch Protection (KPP) and it's purpose is to increase the security and stability of the Windows kernel. ...
Chris posted wondering what the attraction to the Drow race was. Well, let me tell you...Elf: walks aroundDrow: levitation Elf: normal visionDrow: ability to switch eyes to see in different spectrums Elf: crappy armourDrow: one word - piwafwi Elf: hides behind a rockDrow: inherent ability to create globe of darkness Elf: images of trees, moon, woodland creaturesDrow: sweet-@ss spider imagry Also, we need to clear up some misconceptions about the Drow. Although most of the books have revolved around ...
Well I thought i would have a look at another new mobile offering tonight. And it looks like this time it's some software from the Irish company Nubiq which is a spin off company from Telecommunications Systems Software Group (TSSG). Last month they launched their first product Zindoo. ”Zinadoo is targeted at the average individual/organisation and doesn't require any programming skills. There are also many text based services around the site which users can customise to meet their needs and ...
Follow these steps to configure SQL Server 2005 to allow remote connections: 1. Click Start, point to Programs, point to Microsoft SQL Server 2005, point to Configuration Tools, and then click SQL Server Surface Area Configuration. 2. On the SQL Server 2005 Surface Area Configuration page, click Surface Area Configuration for Services and Connections. 3. On the Surface Area Configuration for Services and Connections page, expand Database Engine, click Remote Connections, click Local and remote connections, ...
Understanding and Working in Protected Mode Internet Explorer Understanding and Configuring User Account Control in Windows Vista With IE7, we now have a protected mode environment that will surely reduce the surface area and chance of compromise of user systems, including the Shatter Attack (Wikipedia article). However, it’s now a bit more work for those of us that need to develop applications that run inside of IE7, hosted. If you look at the System Vendors who have support programs that ...