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A Cooky Idea - Microsoft After Dark
Now this is just one of those ideas where you know that a company has too much money to spend on their marketing budget (Fantastic!). But just goes to show that I suspect that more than one person in Redmond does indeed have a sense of humour. Microsoft After Dark is an hour long video where prominent Microsoft guys have an informal question and answer session over a game of big bucks, winner takes all, competition black-jack. I suspect that the guys aren’t using their own money because there ......

Posted On Saturday, October 29, 2005 4:27 PM

Dell Ultrasharp 2405FPW 24" LCD and over Geek toys
The best part about being a Geek is getting to play with loads of cool toys and have some new ones to play with. My best new toy is a Dell Ultrasharp 2405FPW 24" widescreen LCD Flat Panel Monitor (review here). It’s just HUGE!!! I’m running it at 1920 x 1200 because it would be rude not to. Just goes to show that technology is moving at such a pace these gorgeous monitors don’t cost the earth to buy. So if your looking for a new monitor for Christmas I have no problem in recommending ......

Posted On Saturday, October 29, 2005 3:58 PM

Visual Studio 2005 Pro, SQL Server 2005 Dev & .Net 2.0 have shipped on MSDN
Haven’t you heard yet? Well the wait is over for MSDN subscribers. .NET Framework 2.0Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition SQL Server 2005 Developer Edition … have shipped! Apparently the download speeds aren’t great but what do you expect? … the Internet can’t handle it! Anyway, I’m not going to even start downloading them till Monday! EDIT: I couldn't resist! I’ve set my work machine to do the task of downloading for me over the weekend. It’s going ......

Posted On Friday, October 28, 2005 1:41 PM

Microsoft's New Development Qualifications
Microsoft today have announces a new set of development qualifications. There are three levels of qualifications starting from Specialist level, to Professional with the third and highest level being Architect. Now it’s nice and simple to understand and I much prefer this to some meaningless acronym which I couldn’t equate to a job title or more importantly pay scale. More information can be found here. Now the qualification to become an Architect is pretty darn tough but perhaps rightly ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 25, 2005 7:28 PM

IBM frees up patents on software.
Dave C is running today with a post on medical software on PDA’s here. Pretty darn impressive stuff … but is the software free? Well may be if it was written by IBM as they have decided as from today not to enforce most patents they own under health-care or education. Nice one IBM! Now I don’t often say that. Full story here ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 25, 2005 7:02 PM

Business Driven Development
After reading a recent post by Grady Booch’s blog post titled Best Practices I followed the link to the paper on Key Principles of Business Driven Development written by Per Kroll and Walker Royce of IBM Rational. Wearing my Architect hat it’s a very good paper and is a must read specially for all those people that use RUP (Rational Unified Process) and/or use IBM Rational software or even an interest it is clear that this is the new direction the people at he helm of IBM Rational are ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 25, 2005 6:30 AM

My Developer Day 2
What were you doing on Saturday? Traipsing around the shops looking for new socks? Spending hours in the Supermarket? Getting the car sorted out? That badly need haircut perhaps? It’s sometimes a bit of a rubbish day-off. But last Saturday it was another fantastic Developer Day 2 @ Microsoft in Reading followed by a Geek Dinner! Ahh my Geek Heart almost exploded with excitement. Now I didn’t go there for the freebies! Who does that? Please! I did however go to socialise which is one of ......

Posted On Monday, October 24, 2005 8:46 AM

Amazing list of Free Support Links at Microsoft.

I have just stubbled across this post on the 'Industry Insiders' blog... and it's the most amazing list of links to free support on the Microsoft web-site.

A very handy post to bookmark.

Posted On Thursday, October 20, 2005 6:23 PM

It's Slack time @ Microsoft (like we hadn't guessed!) and waiting for VS2005
According tp Jay Baz ( here ) the devs at Microsoft are currently enjoying a bit of slack time between product cycles. The news coming out of Microsoft this week has all been a bit slow as we all wait with baited breath for VS2005 to ship on MSDN, it's like the calm before the storm. I'm off to DDD2 on Saturday so it had better have shipped by then because I know a few developers that are going to explode if they don't get it soon (Ian) ......

Posted On Thursday, October 20, 2005 6:03 PM

Early Microsoft Easter Eggs
Larry Osterman's posted about Easter Eggs in old versions of Microsoft software, and can be found here. Brought back vivid memories of the recovery command, thanks Larry! Loads more Microsoft Easter Eggs can be found here but in recent years Microsoft will happily shoot any coders found making Easter Eggs in their products so sadly no more. I spent many an hour when I was coding adding Easter Eggs to my creations, one program I wrote an egg that made an Imperial Star-Destoyer appear and majesticaly ......

Posted On Thursday, October 20, 2005 5:28 PM

Service Pack 2 for Exchange Server 2003 Launched
Service Pack 2 for Exchange Server 2003 has been released and can be downloaded from here. Basically this service pack is a big deal as it will provide mobile devices easy access to Exchange Server for e-mail messages, schedules, contact information, and tasks lists. Also with Microsoft Outlook Mobile Access, virtually any mobile device or phone equipped with a Web or Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) browser can retrieve Exchange Server information. More information can be found here. So what’s ......

Posted On Thursday, October 20, 2005 12:45 PM

Bill Gibson and Whitehorse
Now here is a real treat! Bill Gibson one of the key Architects on the Whitehorse team has started blogging and his posts so far have been insightful as more background about Whitehorse has started to immerge. Bill’s blog can be found here. So what is Whitehorse? Whitehorse is the Distributed System Designers in Visual Studio 2005, available in the Visual Studio Team Edition for Software Architects. More info can be found here. Whitehorse, the Distributed System Designer are not new ideas but ......

Posted On Monday, October 17, 2005 1:33 PM

Installing XP and ideas for Vista
For sometime now my home PC hasn’t really been behaving itself. It’s been slow in parts and mysterious errors have surfaced in commonly used applications. A whole bunch of those repair and optimisation utilities have been thrown at my PC over the years but the simple fact was that the machine was suffering from to much clutter. I had released a while ago that I had never completely rebuild my machine from scratch I had always upgraded my PC with each new version of Windows from 98 to ......

Posted On Monday, October 17, 2005 7:40 AM

Girl Geek Dinner II round-up
Sarah being the cheeky lady that she is put my name down on the Girl Geek Dinner Wiki, like I needed persuading! It was indeed a good opportunity to meet some really interesting people, men and women, as there was a pretty good mix even though the night was really all about the Girls. It does have to be said that there is no stereotype that can fit a Girl Geek, it’s pretty clear that you couldn’t put a Girl Geek in a box and label it. A Girl Geek can not be categorized by looks, age, ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 12, 2005 10:39 AM

Microsoft goes soft on virtualization server licences.
Microsoft is seeking to simplify the software licencing for it's server products in the area of virtualization. The press release can be found here. According to this eweek article, Microsoft isn't going to be better off by the change. I'm sure they will continue to make a profit but just not as much, this will obviously make it more attractive to purchase servers with a view to virtualization. From a hardware sellers view this is a boost to them as they will obviously ship larger boxes. So a winner ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 11, 2005 1:57 PM

My 100th Post @ GWB
Well this is post number 100! I would like to thanks Jeff for having me over the last few months. I hope that I have brought a little insight into the goes on of my brain. I’m not going to change the formula of the blog all that much as some of my posts have been very popular (one with over 22,000 visits!) But what I will be doing is a bit more original content as I have plenty more in my brain to share and more opinions on today’s stories that catch my eye. For those of you who also ......

Posted On Monday, October 10, 2005 10:58 AM

Windows XP N is a flop!
“Windows XP N is a version of Windows that is unbundled from Windows Media Player. The European Commission decision prohibited Microsoft from charging more for the stripped-down operating system -- Microsoft listed the product for the same price as the full version of Windows XP.” Full story here. All I can say is that I’m not surprised! Firstly, I do agree that the EC is trying to make an even playing field and they should be applauded for that but in this instance the result was ......

Posted On Monday, October 10, 2005 10:53 AM

Excel Development Team and a mad old rant!
The Excel Development team I have started blogging here. I’m not a great fan of Excel, it overstepped its bounds of being a spreadsheet program many moons ago and now it’s an uncontrollable monster. Of course users love it and best analogy for the reason they do is that Excel could be compared to a top of the range Swiss-army knife, with so many blades and bits and bobs you couldn’t possible get around to using them all. It’s great! So you have this great tool you can take ......

Posted On Monday, October 3, 2005 5:14 PM

Office 12 will have native PDF support
Office 12 is going to have built in support for PDF’s! More info can be found here. Now this is a feature that Office really has needed for a few versions since PDF came to prominence. Many would argue that this is a little late as the world and his life have purchased a third-party solution to turn documents into PDF’s (and even back again) I can see a very lucrative market being wiped out. The ask for native PDF support has been going on for so long now that Office not having it was ......

Posted On Monday, October 3, 2005 12:18 PM

Robert Scoble has a new home ...

Anyway, whats all the fuss about OPML feeds, someone please explain?


Posted On Monday, October 3, 2005 9:53 AM

A shocking account of life with IBM.
I can not personally vouch for the authenticity or accuracy of this post but it is shocking reading and if true I believe IBM would do well to respond. The sad thing is with my own personal experience of working with IBM I do not find this all to hard to believe. ......

Posted On Saturday, October 1, 2005 7:59 PM

The Google factor, is Microsoft's crown safe?
I'm not a very good Microsoft Zealot. I always will be far more attracted by the best of breed. Google is certainly creating a lot of good publicity recently and seems to being pitched as the new great white hope to the Microsoft crown which only months ago this illustrious title went to Linux ... or was it Java .. or was it StarOffice, I forget, the irrelevance really does become a blur. I find all this talk actually very frustrating, because it doesn't really move us forward. Microsoft is where ......

Posted On Saturday, October 1, 2005 7:40 PM

TCS launches innovation Lab for R&D in emerging technologies
Tata Consultancy Services (or TCS) are setting up a new research in emerging technologies such Grid, SOA and Collaborative Software Development. Their press announcement can be found here. I have the good fortune to work with TCS on projects within my organisation. Have no doubt that the Indian consultancies are here and are fully aware and equipped to take on today’s and tomorrows challenges. They have passion and the correct attitude. Yes it is true that not all of their developers have made ......

Posted On Saturday, October 1, 2005 6:49 PM

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