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Figured what the heck, I'd share my two cents. I know someone is prolly interested in yet another view of the new device by Apple. I've read tons of views and being the lemming I am (as my boss calls me for owning an iPhone and using Ubuntu alongside my MS products), I figured a post was in order. After all, why not? For the record, I am a “fanboi” of no one's technology. I both love and hate their technology equally and often for the same reasons. The only thing I fanboi about is The Batman, as ...
A major event for the BizTalk-community in Germany is about to happen! On February, 24th it's "Microsoft Business Process & Integration Tag" in Cologne. It will take place at the Microsoft office building. As far as I know it will be one of the biggest events about BizTalk in Germany ever! There will be developers/consultants, administrators, customers and people who are just interested in BizTalk. Details can be found here: http://www.connected-with-c... It is fully booked by now but ...
Well this post addresses the connection pooling reference issue that is not handled in ODP.Net. TO give an intro, ODP.Net is one among the data provider when you use oracle as a back end to connect from your .Net applications. I worked for a project where we used ODP.Net to connect to ORacle from Asp.net. It went well for few months till we got a critical bug saying the application is showing some yellow screen when user logs in the morning. No exceptions were logged to DB as well. We were clue less ...
Microsoft Previews Tool to Ease Migration from MySQL to SQL Server Microsoft has released a new preview version of a tool that enables users of the MySQL database to migrate to Microsoft's SQL Server. On Jan. 11, Microsoft released a Community Technology Preview (CTP) of the Microsoft SQL Server Migration Assistant (SSMA) for MySQL toolkit. This tool dramatically cuts the effort, cost and risk of migrating to SQL Server. A new addition to the SSMA family is the CTP version 1.0 for MySQL that provides ...
Another great opportunity to ask Microsoft engineers your technical questions is coming up on Tuesday, January 26th. These chats are your opportunity to get advice and answers from the engineers at Microsoft. You may want to review Transcript Archive to get an idea about what kind of topics are discussed. Title: Windows CE Live Chat! When: Tuesday, January 26, 2010 9:00 - 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time Add to Calendar Description: Do you have tough technical questions regarding Windows CE or Windows Mobile ...
I am talking in the context of services such as Google Docs. I don’t have a huge amount of documents, but I simply don’t have the perfect solution for having these docs available anywhere and everywhere I am. I like many users I expect work on/want access to docs in different locations and on different machines. Google docs seems like a perfect solution, but when you don’t have an Internet connection, like when you are on a plane for example, its not a good solution at all. Then there are services ...
The new version of the Visual WebGui Ajax applications platform was released today and offers upgraded performance, scalability and complete developer and designer freedom to design and customize Web 2.0 UIs. Visual WebGui 6.4 beta 1 incorporates about 1,000 complete features either added or fixed from 6.3, including increased customizability with the new control level designer, theme designer and jQuery integration. The new version also includes 4 out-of-the-box skins for simple personalization ...
[Check out my other QandAs] You would reasonably expect to be charged for the use of the Windows Azure Platform for any application you have built which is live on Azure. But you will a) want to minimise that cost and b) you would probably like to avoid it all together while doing development or learning about Azure. These “tips” should help you minimise the cost: Make the most of January 2010 You can use the Windows Azure Platform at no charge throughout January and get an insight into the billing. ...
Using YouTube you can upload files to an email address as an attachment. It is quite simple to do this directly from my Nokia N95. I have GMail as my email option in messaging. I can do this in three different ways: 1.Take the video and then opt for send as a message. After that I choose the YouTube upload email address. 2.Go to the gallery and choose the send option. Choose YouTube upload address. 3.Go to message. Choose YouTube upload as recipient. Select Insert, Video clip. To avoid huge accidental ...
So as well as having my live Bambuser TV channel I am now playing around with the videos I've streamed and uploading them on YouTube. Everything has been shot with my Nokia N95 I'm downloading the .flv files from Bambuser converting with Emicsoft FLV conterter http://www.emicsoft.com/ to .avi and then just editing a bit with Windows Movie Maker before uploading to YouTube: My Live Output is here ...
So Brian Jackett tagged me in his blog post, suggesting that I post some goals for 2010. Like Brian, I have a formal goal document at work for professional goals. Unlike Brian, I’m not nearly as ambitious with my goals. Professional I used to have a huge list of technologies that I wanted to learn. After a few years of having that same list, I’ve finally gotten more realistic about what I can accomplish in a year. This year, I’m going to focus on: SharePoint 2007 Development -- I've scheduled my ...
Welcome to another instalment of my book review blog posts! It’s only the middle of January and I’ve already blazed through the second book of 2010! Before we get to the review, I wanted to mention that if anyone has recommendations for books I should flip through, please send them my way! Alright, on to the meat of this post… When All You Have is Hope Frank O’Dea (For more information about Frank, check out this ‘About’ page on his website which includes a great interview on CBC’s The Hour) Links ...
You can learn the Windows Azure Platform and develop against it locally on your own machine using only the SDK and a copy of Visual Studio (details here) – but at some point you will want to deploy your application to the cloud and understand how it is managed etc. At which point this offer may be just what you need. Windows Azure Platform Benefits for MSDN Subscribers If you are an MSDN Subscriber then you have free hours/storage etc for Azure – once you activate your benefit. MSDN Subscribers can ...
You can learn the Windows Azure Platform and develop against it locally on your own machine using only the SDK and a copy of Visual Studio (details here) – but at some point you will want to deploy your application to the cloud and understand how it is managed etc. At which point this offer may be just what you need. Windows Azure Platform introductory special offer: This allows anyone to try the Windows Azure Platform at “no charge”. The offer will end on July 31st 2010. Included each month at no ...
Interesting take on the possible move by Oracle to gain a real stake in the virtualization space. http://itknowledgeexchange.... Definitely worth a read. Thanks for checking out this post! Cheers, Murray Gordon ISV Architect Evangelist Microsoft Corporation My Blog @ MSDN My Blog @ GeeksWithBlogs US ISV Team Blog ...
Just read about this new “Fact or Fiction?” ad campaign for PHP developers that Wintellect completed for Microsoft. These pages are navigated to via banner ads from a media buy that will target PHP developers (see attached image examples). The idea is to draw PHP developers into the ASP.NET and VSTS platforms. A big media buy went along with this to post these banners around the web… So we should be seeing these ads around the internet soon. I love these ads. You get the Fiction, then the Fact, then ...
Normally I don’t spend a lot of time reading about the browser wars, but one of my colleagues, Bruce Kyle – prolific blogger on the Microsoft US ISV Team Blog, pointed me to this article called Microsoft IE's downfall 'far fetched,' says researcher Lock on enterprise ensures long life for IE; Firefox in danger of being replaced by Chrome http://www.computerworld.co... It’s definitely worth a read. Love this quote: That leaves Firefox ...
Here’s a great blog post from Sean Gerety on how to make a business case for attending conferences. I’m guessing there are a lot of us who have had to go through this exercise with our companies. With the conference season about to heat up, this is very timely. Check out Sean’s post at http://ideakitchn.com/blogs... He’s also thinking about adding a spreadsheet that you can download to help figure costs. Here’s some added goodness from Doug ...
Phizzpop 2010 contest site http://www.phizzpop.com/ launched today, and a MSFT Press Pass article also went out $50,000 PhizzPop Design Challenge: Agencies Called to Design New Web Site for Boys & Girls Clubs of America. The more official launch email will go out to agencies after Wednesday, but I wanted to make sure you are aware so you can please inform you all. Partners will need to submit their Design Challenge entry (up to 10 page PDF) by February 19, 2010 – so get your submissions in quickly. ...
I've been playing with streaming live video from my 3G mobile phone which is on the 3 Network in the UK. It's not a very up to date phone. It's a Nokia N95 but it is Wifi enabled. So far I've tried two services but and I like Bambuser best. This allows my streamed broadcast to be seen live and then automatically saves it for later viewing. Here are some of my sample broadcasts: ...
*Moved to: Solution - IIS SMTP Service 5.5.2 rejected: need fully qualified hostnameWe had a small problem today with a new site we were going live with. It was refusing to send emails in 90% of cases. Problems like these are always difficult to identify, but your first step is always to enable logging. Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
I have been dabbling with the Windows Azure Platform for most of 2009 (Check out my past posts) but at the end of December my boss Marc H gave me the go ahead to be “full time” on Azure in 2010. This was excellent news! I think Cloud Computing is an exciting, fascinating and often misunderstood area – which has the potential to significantly change how we develop and deploy systems in the next few years. And I am the lucky chap who gets to live and play in that space – at least until Marc realises ...
Every time around this year we have about 800 blog posts on how great or how horrible or what happened in the year or the decade. The decade is closing and I will say this that it was one of my favorites. I graduated from high school, college, and I started my first real job. I was active in LGBT rights clubs, Interfaith Clubs, .Net User Groups, SharePoint User Groups. I lead the planning of 2 successful SharePoint Saturday events. I attended these events: MOSS Camp St. Louis (2008 and 2009) Tulsa ...
I’m really not one to reflect. I prefer to live in the present and consider the future. As such, rather than saying goodbye to 2009 I’m saying Hello to 2010. I’m looking forward to my first full year at Imaginet Resources Corp. I’ve started to grow the ALM practice and think 2010 will see some of the seeds planted in 2009 blossom. I’m looking forward to embracing Lean Software Engineering practices. I’m starting 2010 by attending a Kanban Coaching Workshop in Feb. I’ve been spending some time reading ...
Wow, it only seems like just last week I was sitting at my PC trying to determine what I was going to concentrate on in software development for 2009. I had also just started the Frederick .NET User Group (FredNUG) in September 2008 and I was trying to figure out how to get speakers scheduled. Then, things started to quickly fall into place. My local INETA mentor, Frank La Vigne, provided me with a few names of well respected .NET MVPs who would most likely be interested in speaking at FredNUG. (Thanks ...
As usual in my walk trough Live Labs, i found “Pivot”, well what is it? in the own words from Live Labs, Pivot is a new way to interact with massive amount of data in the web using “Collections”. “Collections” are the heart the Pivot, they combine large groups of similar items on the Internet, so we can begin viewing the relationships between individual pieces of information in a new way. Conceptually, a collection is just like any other web content. There’s a set of files on a server, and a local ...
One more month until the Tampa Florida SQL Saturday event. This event will be help January 23rd, 2010 at the K-Force building. SQL Saturday is a FREE, one day event for SQL Server professionals. From what I hear, there is going to be a lot tracks and sessions, so this looks to be a great one! I will be presenting two sessions, an intermediate session on SQL Server 2008 and XML, as well as a session on SQL Azure development. If you live in the Tampa area, we would love to see you there! You can find ...
I had wanted to post something this month so I thought I would post a list of applications or add-ons that I have found to be useful. So to get right to it I’ll will start with the add-ons to Firefox I like. For reference I am currently running Firefox version 3.5.6. Adblock Plus – Does what it says and works pretty well. NoScript – It works well but it may block a site’s functionality until you allow that site. Not a big deal for me or you but it may not be the right extension for everyone (I’m ...
Ok, I am definately going to chalk this one up to lack of experience working on really large projects. I have been struggling trying to get a project to compile locally so that I could debug the portion of code that I created and add it to source control, but my local dev just keeps failing. Its a large project (30+ top level solutions, each with 1-3 levels of included projects with between 5-9 projects per level), with lots of intertwining dependencies, but everyone else can get it to compile. I ...
First off, lemme say that as a huge fan of the animated series Avatar, I was most confused when the trailers for James Cameron's Avatar starting showing up on TV. Took me a little while to get used to the idea that the animated Avatar from TV was going to be called "The Last Airbender" and would be live action, while the name Avatar would be applied to combination live action and animated movie. Ok, got that straight. Check. Avatar was breathtaking. I saw it in IMAX 3D and I was thrilled with it. ...
Earlier I had written 2 posts – Taking your Northwind Database to SQL Azure and binding it to an ASP.NET GridView Part I and Part II . I thought, I will complete the series with a post on moving your ASP.NET Application as well to Windows Azure making it a truly cloud based application. Before we start, there are a bunch of things that you would need to do. First and foremost, you would need a Token for Windows Azure. You can request for a free token for Windows Azure from here after providing your ...
Technorati Tags: Leadership My friend Ursula Eilers (Microsoft MVP, Office System) live in Germany in a little town near Bremen in the north of out country. She has degree in Electrical Engineering. She is an IT-trainer for 15 years and consultant for on-the-job-trainings. She wrote a book about Office 2007 and become 2007 Microsoft MVP, Office System. She has two forums, on line office-magazine and several websites. If you interested to hear more about Office 2010 http://www.office2010-hilfe... ...
Another great opportunity to ask Microsoft engineers your technical questions is coming up on Tuesday, November 24th. These chats are your opportunity to get advice and answers from the engineers at Microsoft. You may want to review the transcript from previous months to get an idea about what kinds of topics are discussed. Title: Windows CE Live Chat When: Tuesday, December 15, 2009 9:00 - 10:00 A.M. Pacific Time Add to Calendar Description: Do you have tough technical questions regarding Windows ...
A sure sign that you are in trouble with a customer, or your co-workers, is when you come to the realization that they truly do not understand what you are trying to tell them. By its very nature, IT work is very technical, filled with jargon and TLA’s (Three Letter Acronyms), and routinely deals with complex subject matter. Heck, I don’t even know what all the TLA’s of the day mean, and I am immersed in the cause nearly 24/7/365! So, if you are attempting to explain to a decision maker, why you ...
This week, TimeWarner, completed the spinoff of the online service that was at one point the initial part of its corporate name…AOL. TimeWarner believes that the online portal is not core to its business, and that its non market-leadership would be best cured by independent management. Should Microsoft do a similar spinoff of MSN? Is “the butterfly” doing well under Redmond’s PC software-oriented management? Despite an impending re-design, and a respectable market share in the US and global markets, ...
Technorati Tags: Silverlight,WPF Linked In Talk - “Beyond Silverlight with WPF” with Mike Taulty Mike Taulty spoke for the Linked In .NET User Group via Live Meeting. He showed a bunch of different items and a number of usefull links: “WPF Airlines” Logical Pixels Tiled image brushes Tiled geometry brushes Tiled visual brushes Path based animations 3D Cube with ambient light and spotlights 2D on 3D integration Documents HTML Frame Control Ink and Gestures Code - Ink and Gesture Code - Speech Unified ...
We are getting closer to being 100% live (and billable!). Spotted this today – a status dashboard. Related Links: UK Windows Azure Site Start working with Windows Azure ...
Microsoft makes an excellent digital music player (the Zune HD), a well-crafted networked storage and backup solution (Windows Home Server), a strong DVR/digital entertainment hub (Windows Media Center) and perhaps the industry leading gaming console (Xbox 360) which itself has a growing number of digital media capabilities. But can they all get along? That was my question almost a year ago, when I returned from the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show, which was riddled with a variety of incompatible, ...
I’ve been building my own machines for a while now and I’ve gotten into a routine of installing certain apps when I do I rebuild. I’ll not only grab the latest Microsoft updates, plus Office, but I’ll also install a whole list of utilities. This list keeps growing and was often something like the following: PDF reader (I go back and forth between FoxIt Reader and Adobe) FireFox and Chrome Instant messengers (MSN, GoogleTalk, Skype) Tweetdeck Live Mesh Some kind of free antivirus (Microsoft’s Security ...
In this Issue: Rob Eisenberg, Gill Cleeren(2), AfricanGeek, Brett Balmer, Tim Heuer, Alex Knight, Kirupa, Jeff Prosise(2), nmarun, Brad Abrams, Shayne Burgess, Michael Wolf, Micah Shoutouts: John Papa has a Silverlight MVP Twitter list up: Silverlight MVP List on Twitter, and a Silverlight Team Twitter List also ... if those don't give you enough Silverlight in Twitter, I'm not sure what to say :) Koen Zwikstra has a maintenance release of Silverlight Spy up: Silverlight Spy 3.0.0.6 Here's a link ...
Between work, life and umm... more work, I haven't really had much time for blogging *lately. (*for varying definitions of lately, the most accepted being "several months.") It hasn't helped that 99% of the random crap I usually spew onto this blog could apparently be summarized in 140 characters or less. Looking back, I guess Twitter damn near killed this blog. That and being **extremely sick over the last few weeks didn't help much either. (**Diabetes sucks, whether you ignore it or not. I've tried ...
We are working on a cloud based application for a long time existing customer. we came across a pretty interesting challenge. The problem was; the New cloud based application needed to be able to integrate with our existing legacy applications. in particular our call center application. We have no intentions of moving this application to the cloud, however we need to be able to have access to some of that data with our new Application. Couple of weeks ago At PDC, during the Keynote Andy Lapin of ...
Today it is exactly one year that I started work at IdentityMine, after 13 years at Siemens (well, Staefa Control System then Landis&Staefa then Siemens through a series of acquisitions, ah the joys of corporate world…). Here is a link to the article where I related my decision to leave Siemens and to join IdentityMine. Read the rest of this entry » ...
I recently wrote a post where I discussed code that gave site access to users. I have had several deployments already that make that code fail. I do not know why it works in some environments and not the other. The real issue is SharePoint recognizing users on a site. Usually there is a SpUserCollection in context of an SPWeb or SPSite. The problem stems from users actually existing in that collection. By default only users given access to the site are actually in the collection. When the group, ...
A week ago I got a new phone. This was planned, and yet not planned. Getting a new phone working is disruptive, and I didn’t want that disruption on Thanksgiving week. However, Verizon somehow de-provisioned my old phone from its data network and told me it would take 5 days to fix the problem. That meant being without mobile email access, liekly for a week, so I reasoned that getting a new phone would be actually less disruptive than fixing the old one. So I deactivated my Moto Q9m Windows Mobile ...
Reposting this from my personal blog as this may be useful to few readers here as well. Personal Development : Time, Planning , Repairs & Maintenance These are just my thoughts, but some you may find something interesting in it. Please think over it. We may know many things, but still we always keeps procrastinating it. I have written this as I have heard many people coming back and saying they don’t have time to do things they like. These are my thoughts buy may be useful to someone else too. ...
Javascript does not have classes in the traditional sense, but we can achieve something similar in a number of ways. C# and Ruby both have standard class syntax. This post is part of a series comparing the language features of the C#, Javascript and Ruby programming languages. Part 1: Installation and hello world Part 2: Variables Part 3: Classes C# public class Vehicle { protected string Make { get; private set; } protected string Model { get; private set; } public Vehicle(string make, string model) ...
This past weekend traveled 1,377 mi (2,216 km) from Seattle to LA on a Coast Starlight Amtrak train. What an experience! Doing what you ask? Writing Green/Eco-friendly Mobile Applications on Windows Phone platform for Windows Phone. The even is called Windows Mobile Train Race, sponsored by Microsoft and AT&T Developer program. Kevin Wolf and I teamed up right away to write a Share-A-Ride application, and we feature completed v1.0 on the train! Kevin did the lion’s share of the work providing ...
This post is part of a series comparing the language features of the C#, Javascript and Ruby programming languages. Part 1: Installation and hello world Part 2: Variables Part 3: Classes Variables C# requires that variables be declared with a specific type. Javascript and Ruby determine the type of variables at runtime. Here is the syntax: C# public string publicMessage = "Hello World"; private string privateMessage = "Hello World"; static string PRIVATE_MESSAGE = "Hello World"; Javascript var message ...