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mix07: ruby for .net and an interview with john lam

scottgu just announced microsoft is providing a ruby implementation for .net...nice. before mix i had a chance to sit down with john lam, a program manager at microsoft working on the dynamic language runtime that was announced at mix07.  i went to seattle and carved off a moment to talk with him as they prepared for mix07.  i've put the recording up on my *cast site for you to view/listen to.  some interesting things he talks about and how happy he is to finally break his silence.  in the middle, the small edit you'll see is when his office-mate, tomas...

mix07: key announcements today

well, some pretty good news coming out of mix07 today...here's a quick recap... release of Silverlight 1.0 beta supporting ajax/javascript release of Silverlight 1.1 alpha supporting .net programming model announcing cross-platform (windows/mac) .net as a part of Silverlight 1.1 alpha announcing support for dynamic languages (ruby, python out of the gate) as a part of Silverlight 1.1 alpha rtm of expression studio preview of expression blend v2 (supporting richer Silverlight development) expression media encoder preview for Silverlight Silverlight streaming by Windows Live whew, that is a lot to swallow.  i'm most excited...

mix07: from the bloggerzone

the first night of mix yielded a few pre-parties.  i first went to the regional director dinner event, where we were able to chat with a few microsoft regional directors who happen to be at mix this year.  of particular note is scott stanfield from vertigo.  they are demonstrating (and you can see it/download the source) a really slick wpf application called Family.Show which is essentially a visualization tool for family history information...very cool, check it out. after that (and actually a little bit before) i went to the mashup day area (which will be going on as well monday night...

bootcamp makes sharing confused

i've loaded up bootcamp v1.2 on my mac and loaded vista on a second partition.  the process was painless really and i haven't seen any performance lag.  i decided against parallels and coherence mode, etc. as i was reading an article (in macworld) that showed the bootcamp option being the best performing option. anyhow, my mac is "mac-fu" and my vista partition machine name is "mac-fu-vista."  when i went into do some sharing on the mac side, i noticed that my machine name was correct: but when i enabled windows sharing, it said that items could be referenced using:...

virtual earth 5 released

the virtual earth team just announced that virtual earth 5 api has been released!  this looks like a pretty significant upgrade from what i can tell.  i already switched an app i'm working on to using it and a lot of existing code didn't work.  simple adding of pushpins has changed, etc.  but with change comes GREAT customization -- well done team! take a look and start using it!!! tags: virtual earth, mashup, live, windows live, virtual earth sdk

advertising panels need service packs

i was walking in our local mall the other day and noticed that they have completely done away with the standard poster advertising and hired a company called "eye" to install huge plasma displays and rotate advertising on them -- it is much more eye-catching (as the ads are dynamic) and much more appealing.  i walked around and saw one the other day: looking closer here you go: nice.  well, at least they are running windows :-)

decrapify your new pc

one of the things that i think we all hate with pc's purchased oem (original equipment manufacturer - dell, hp, etc.) is that they come pre-installed with about 8,038 programs that a) you didn't ask for and b) likely don't need.  in recent conversation sharing with some friends who also regularly play nick burns, i heard a story of a brand new vista machine (which has really good built-in firewall/spyware protection) that also came with mcafee protection suite.  essentially, every internet request was going through two layers of firewall...yikes.  every computer i've purchase has had step 1 being "fdisk" or...

some new feeds for timheuer

hey all, quick update here.  i've been starting to record some media (audio/video interviews) and have set up some feeds for your podcasting delight.  next week especially i'll be uploading a few from MIX07 with some great updates that microsoft will be announcing. so, here's an explanation of them (they are on the left and as well as alternate links in the site meta data): All *casts: this is all WMV and MP3 files so you'll get video and audio MP3 Casts: um yeah, mp3 files only WMV Casts: um yeah, wmv files only right now...

omg, 13yo 1 d cntst

well, texting has officially arrived (if it hadn't before)...when LG is hosting the 'national texting championship' i'm curious where we've gone! even last night i saw a commercial (albeit funny) where a mom and a young girl have a conversation about her texting phone bill...the girl doesn't speak, but rather speaks in text codes to her mom.  anyhow, i just caught this tidbit on msnbc. girl wins texting championship by typing supercalifragilisticexpialidocious' in 15 seconds.  um, congrats?  i wonder if that will improve SAT scores?

powershell and counting lines of code

i know some people are super excited about powershell...to be frank, i simply haven't looked at enough to make any judgement.  i've sat through a few very high level overview sessions but not enough to get dirty with it.  well, while waiting to present a session with kirk at CA World this past weekend in vegas, i sat in on david's session about powershell. immediately upon sitting down i couldn't startup notepad fast enough to start taking notes.  even some of the simple things were very cool to see...here's some of the things i learned in the first 5...

how many avoidance tools do you use?

this whole twitter craze got me thinking a lot lately.  besides the curious thoughts of the business model behind twitter (not for others, cell phone companies are making money with their plan upgrades, people building twitter apps are making money through ad-funded models, etc.) for themselves, it caused me to think about my use of technology and how other people use it as well. twitter has become a new instant messenger of sorts i think.  i see much more messages flying across with @username: what are you doing, etc. type comments.  i chuckle when i see messages like that and...

web dev helper vista fix for non UAC

if you are a web developer, you most likely want all possible tools available to you.  and there are some great ones out there like firebug, ie development toolbar, etc.  if you are an asp.net developer, you most likely know about the best helper tool by nikhil called the 'web development helper' which is implemented as a browser helper object for internet explorer. nikhilk has evolved his tool over time and in the latest version has awesome support for reading JSON encoded information and visual representing them in a helper way so that you can see what is going on. ...

greasemonkey and gmail

man, i'm really impressed with what people are doing to create their own unique experiences.  since i'm mostly in internet explorer (and to be quite honest, it serves me well, i've found no reason (yet) not to keep using it) i've not been privy to some of the utility plugins for firefox.  firefox has an amazing plugin ecosystem that i wish would exist for ie.  the other day i posted about the stylish plugin and a custom interface for google reader.  well today, i've found two other gems with firefox.  the first is a greasemonkey script that adds a new...

s3: my possible new storage location

so at tech lunch wednesday here in phoenix, after lunch i sat with hamid and scott for a bit and we were brainstorming about a few things.  one of which was storage, then we got on the topic of amazon's s3 solution.  i had started to look at it before, but then never got the time to go back.  essentially amazon provides storage via a web service (there are no tools provided by them, just an api).  i said that i mainly use flickr for the storage and that i'd only use it if i could get a direct url...

tech open houses

i just got back from hanging out with some guys from integrum technologies, a local consulting firm specializing in ruby on rails development. what?! a softie hanging out with rails people?  well for those that know me, even though i bleed blue (seriously i do, i had my molecular dna changed to ensure it...we almost named our son Zune, but we settled on Zane instead), i'm a technologist at heart.  you see, my problem is that i love technology (i'm imagining kip dynamite singing his song right about now) and i love to learn new things...staying all agile about technology...

mobility lab: missing app.config file

i just posted the missing app.config file for the final mobility touchdown lab "putting it all together" over at the mobility touchdown team blog.  go get it :-) tags: mobility, mobile touchdown

gotdotnet: phase out date changed

well, i've been procrastinating like others in moving my codegallery samples away from gotdotnet...i had it on my to-do list for today.  when i logged in i noticed this update: CodeGallery phase-out date has been changed.  It will be phased out by the end of June 2007.  As a part of the phase-out of the GotDotNet site, CodeGallery will no longer be available after June, 2007. whew, gives me more time.  there really isn't a good place to dump this type of stuff anymore.  sure there is codeplex, but that is more around the project-based experience in my opinion. ...

stylish for firefox

i was messing around and following some rather deep links on some blogs i was reading and came across john hicks' site where he has been creating new skins for some web applications.  how you say?  well, unknown to me (i use IE mostly) there is a really cool firefox add-on called stylish, that enables you to create/manage custom stylesheets for specific urls.  so basically when you visit a url, you can say 'whenever i visit this url, use this stylesheet instead' and it renders how you want. you may wonder why you would want to do that, and in...

phoenix: user group members get published

this post is more for the locals to my home (phoenix, arizona metro area) as i wanted to call attention to some of the great work being done by our community contributors.  in the recent months, we've had two individuals get published in techno geek mags, Code Magazine and ASP.NET Pro. Spike Xavier is one of the coolest guys i've met.  he's not only a super passionate geek (and trust me when i say passionate), but he's really a nice guy (not that other geeks aren't, but let's face it...we can be a little "sheltered" sometimes) and is passionate about...

humor: so i pull out my keyboard and i pull out my glock...

...and i dismount your girl and i mount /proc... (warning: some f-bombs here) tags: geek humor

Links from the Vegas Lab

Thanks to all who joined WoodyP and myself in Las Vegas for the mobility touchdown class.  I thought I'd braindump some of the links and cool stuff we talked about during the 3 days...so here you go: New Live Search: http://wls.live.com (from your mobile device) Chris De Herrera's PocketPC FAQ: http://www.pocketpcfaq.com Visual Studio Code Snippets sharing: http://www.gotcodesnippets.net Code snippet Creation: Snippy WoodyP's link w/PDFs of the lab, etc. Mobile Updater Application Block from Q4Tech Registry editor for Windows Mobile Using KIOSK mode for a Windows Mobile device check back on my...

email signatures...and headers?

a while back hanselman blogged about email signature etiquette..and i found it somewhat amusing what people put on the email signature.  scott posted mine, which i try to keep very limited.  today, i got an email inquiry about sharepoint...and i noticed it had a "header" -- which i found amusing :-) here it is: i just got a kick of the classification and caveat headers.  so if it was classified...would the entire email have been redacted?

expression blend training coming to a city near you

i have to say, i'm really excited about this...for a while now i've been talking to customers and communities about wpf and expression blend.  i have to admit though, i'm not a designer, not even a good novice designer :-).  but i "get" expression blend -- the framework is much simpler for me to understand as a novice...and when i see experts open the tool i'm amazed at how quick they understand it and begin to create some compelling visuals/applications. anywhoo, there is a roadtrip happening...expression blend near you!  so check out the city list and register.  you'll learn some...

migrating to sharepoint 2007 as a developer...

...and missing the CAML love?  you got so used to the template structure for sharepoint 2003 didn't you :-)  take a look at some information to help you understand if you don't know much about master pages (the ASP.NET template framework that sharepoint...err...um...sorry, MOSS uses now) this is a good primer especially if you are using sharepoint designer to manage your sharepoint site. when you visit the sharepoint designer tutorial link you'll see information about: introduction to asp.net master pages modify the default master page modify the default sharepoint content placeholders create a content page...

ea sports: it's in the user experience

okay, so the title doesn't do it justice...i was trying to mimic in writing the "ea sports...it's in the game" tagline that starts each EA sports game on the xbox (and presummably other consoles)...whenever my daughter hears that she interrupts with "it's in the game" -- pretty funny (and sad at the same time i suppose). but i digress... anyhow, i just picked up a copy of tiger woods 07 recently and finally loaded it up last night (argh: still no xbox live league game setup!).  when i loaded it up i disregarded the background talking until i realized that...

wpf/e: zune miniplayer

i've been trying to learn more and more about wpf/e and the current functionality in the february ctp, so i decided to jump on the create-a-video-player-skin bandwagon and mock something up. i thought it would be quite the incredible thing (read: couldn't think of a better idea) to show a zune player...so whoala: and when you click 'start player' (yes i know it would be cool to show the player as a playlist and use the normal zune buttons, but c'mon, v.0.0.3 here...work with me people) it rotates to show you the video (if you don't own a zune,...

way to go geraldo

i don't like geraldo, but i don't like bill o'reilly either -- and i don't claim any political party, i just think they are both media hounds... but way to go geraldo for calling bs on this one:

rant: how bad health multiplies...

...or another lesson in common sense. i've not been in a great mood lately, namely because of random health (not serious...at least not yet) 'situations' that have caused me to continue to ponder about how i've gotten to that point. probably one of the triggers was me watching a late night show on the learning channel called "i eat 33,000 calories a day" (note: i tried to find the description but the learning channel website has a broken link to it).  it's a profile of about 4 people in england who are obese, in the morbid sense.  we're talking 600lb+...

avis is realtime

when i travel and need a rental car, i use avis...not by choice really, but it's a company standard i guess.  to me, to be honest, a car is a car...service is where it is at.  i'm a member of the preferred program (which anyone can be, you don't have to 'earn' it) which entitles me to essentially skip the main counters when i rent (although the preferred counter is quickly becomming the 'main' one it seems).  i've also recently received 'select preferred' probably because i've rented enough.  i'm not sure what the difference is other than the fact that...

new subtext skins

after recently finding out about open source design sites, i wanted to cut my teeth a bit more and learn some css by just reading them...so i figure i would adapt a few designs for subtext (my blog engine).  i've created three subtext skins based on designs...you can see the screenshots of them at this flickr photostream. i adapted three designs: minty, greenway, and metic.  the only requirement to using them is that the footer credits stay in place.  these designs use the creative commons attribution licenses, so please give the original authors credit and honor that license.  i've zipped...

expression tools available to msdn subscribers

one thing that i really have been liking about microsoft over the past year is the teams that have been listening to feedback.  here's one case in point. previously it was discussed (i'm not sure if was even officially 'announced' or not announced, but there was some discussion at best) that the expression tools (expression web, blend, design, and media) would not be available to premium visual studio subscribers (also known as 'msdn subscriptions').  this caused quite a bit of uproar in the community (and candidly i'll share with you that the uproar internally was ten-fold).  microsoft embarking on...

the summit recap

last week i was a part of something that has become a bit of an annual event -- the 'microsoft technology summit' as we call it...it originated from the group that i am a part of 3 years ago, and has continued since then (with some bumps admittedly).  the goal of the summit is quite simple really (from the organizers' perspective) -- gather the not-so-typical-if-any-microsoft crowd (read: not the i hate microsoft crowd, but those that don't frequent our diner so to speak), bring them to redmond, and attempt to gather the brains of microsoft that they may want to...

major site downtime

i was reading some stuff today that pointed to a report on top 20 sites (as reported by alexa) and their downtime.  the report can be viewed here.  it reminded me of a post i made long ago defining what "five 9's" meant in downtime...to put it in perspective, here's my analysis of the report as defined by "9's": Site Downtime % Uptime yahoo.com  0m  100% google.com  7m  99.999% myspace.com  1h  99.989% msn.com  2h 45m  99.969% ebay.com  6m  99.999% youtube.com  4h 44m  99.946% facebook.com  25m  99.995% wikipedia.org  2h 23m...


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