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Analyzing CES 2012
I just got back from the Consumer Electronics Show 2012 (CES) which was held in Las Vegas. This is a good show for me and the company that I work for as it shows us some of the possible future trends of digital media consumption. Things presented at CES may just come and go and be quickly forgotten, but at the same time, there are definite themes on the conference that companies need to pay attention to. 3D is so yesterday! This was actually the second CES that I have been to and both were focused ......

Posted On Sunday, January 15, 2012 3:50 PM

Azure and Hardware
One of the cooler displays at PDC 2009 was a sample container that is something that is part of the Microsoft super data center strategy. To make Azure real, Microsoft has invested a ton into setting up the most state of the art data centers around the world. The idea is that Microsoft will provide a seamless means for customers to upload their applications, data, and capabilities to the cloud and leave the hardware, IT, and bandwidth management to them. To meet these ends, Microsoft is building ......

Posted On Friday, November 20, 2009 12:38 AM

REVIEW: Zune 2.0 - the best player on the market!
I got one of the first Zune players when it came out. There were things that I liked/disliked about it. The worse thing about it was the software that it came with. It was clunky and not to practical so I really didn't end up using it that often. Though, with that said, Microsoft recently released the new 2.0 version of the Zune software which was basically a complete new software package. With the new software and the changes to the firmware that was made to the Zune player along with the client ......

Posted On Saturday, January 5, 2008 8:50 PM

Silverlight Book
While I am thinking about Silverlight, I am looking forward to Devin Rader and company's new Silverlight 1.0 book from Wrox that is coming out this Fall! Devin is one of the main characters from Infragistics and due to the nature of his job of building controls for this company - he is usually neck deep in all the latest and greatest stuff coming out of Redmond. Stay tuned. Buy today: http://www.wrox.com/WileyCD... http://www.amazon.com/Silve... ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 21, 2007 5:14 PM

Microsoft Tafiti as a beta
Microsoft just launched a beta version of an application called Tafiti. A nice test application from Microsoft that demonstrates - probably most importantly - the use of Silverlight. For those new to Silverlight - Microsoft's official one paragraph description of this technology is: "Microsoft® Silverlight™ is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of .NET based media experiences and rich interactive applications for the Web. Silverlight offers a flexible programming ......

Posted On Tuesday, August 21, 2007 5:03 PM

ReSharper on Visual Studio 2008
If I were to pick one tool to add to Visual Studio for my day-to-day coding, it would be ReSharper by JetBrains. I have been using the tool since version 2.0 and it is currently in version 3.0. It provides a ton of tips/corrections/advice as you type code. It provides better tooltips, better Intellisense, and extremely better refactoring than what you get out of the box with the default Visual Studio. For those of us out there that grab hold of the latest betas as soon as possible, you might be wondering ......

Posted On Monday, August 13, 2007 1:40 PM

New Version of ODP.NET for .NET 2.0 Released as Beta Today
Oracle has released a new version of ODP.NET as a Beta today. You can find it here. This release offers some outstanding features ODP.NET developers have been waiting for. The new feature list is as follows: Oracle Data Provider for .NET Features Instant Client Support: Smaller ODP.NET client installation User-Defined Types: Map Oracle objects and collections to .NET custom types and support REFs to object types Process Database Down Events: ODP.NET automatically frees connections of a downed Data ......

Posted On Friday, June 1, 2007 4:26 PM

First Review of Professional XML
At least this is the first review of the Professional XML book that I have seen - there may be others. But Tech-Unity did a review and got some of the purposes of the book right on the button - "This isn't a book about learning XML. This is a book about integrating XML into advanced programming and development. As the blurb on the back goes, "Wrox Professional Guides are planned and written by working programmers to meet the real-world needs of programmers, developers, and IT professionals". If that ......

Posted On Thursday, May 31, 2007 11:55 AM

Microsoft Surface and the Future of Home Computing?
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 ......

Posted On Wednesday, May 30, 2007 2:41 PM

Scott Guthrie Gives Short Review of Professional ASP.NET 2.0 SE

It was nice to see "Mr. ASP.NET" himself (Scott Guthrie) give a nice review of the latest version of my ASP.NET 2.0 book on Amazon just recently!

Posted On Sunday, January 28, 2007 3:05 PM

Office 2007 to the Rescue!
I installed Office 2007 on my laptop. This was for me an upgrade from Office 2003 and the upgrade went beautifully. It launches by asking you for the Office key right at the beginning and you can copy and paste the entire key in at once as it is a single textbox (which is a nice feature). You can also provide the key later and just install Office directly without this key. From there, you are provided two buttons - Upgrade and Custom. For kicks, I pressed the Custom tab to see what it was installing ......

Posted On Friday, November 17, 2006 10:12 AM

Server-Side Excel Generation
I have been looking at the best ways in which Lipper can work with Excel in our next-generation application and took a look at ExcelPackage - an Office Open XML file creation library. I was quite impressed with how easy it is to create Excel documents on the fly with our latest financial information and then to delivery that file to the end user via a web service or something. The nice thing is that you can create exciting looking Excel documents (using Office 2007) on the server with very little ......

Posted On Monday, April 9, 2007 2:24 PM

Why I Can't Use Vista Beta 2 Today
Dang, I really really wanted to run Windows Vista on my new Lenovo (formally IBM) Thinkpad T60. I installed it just fine and got all the drivers working, but I need three things in order for this to be my work laptop. One, I need Microsoft Outlook and that worked just fine. I need our work-based messaging program to work. It didn't at first, but you can run this program using the Program Compatibility Wizard and assign it to run in a Windows XP SP2 context. Then the last program I need is Nortel's ......

Posted On Sunday, June 18, 2006 9:03 AM

.NET Framework 3.0 - It's Not What People Think
On Somasegar's WebLog, there was a post about the name change from WinFx to the .NET Framework 3.0. There is also a clarifying post from Jason Zander's WebLog on the matter. This is an interesting move and something I am still trying to understand because as I start digging into what this really means, I don't think it is a great idea. So, what is the deal? WinFx has simply been renamed to the .NET Framework 3.0 ... nothing more and that is the problem. When I install the .NET Framework 3.0, I was ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 13, 2006 5:21 AM

Windows Forms Interoperability Talk
I attended this talk about how to build Windows Forms 2005 apps that can later deal with Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) components. Interesting, but the entire talk could have been covered in about 15 minutes. Recommended links from the talk include: Windows Forms Websitehttp://www.windowsfo... Windows Forms FAQhttp://www.windowsforms.... Windows Forms Interoperability Bloghttp://blogs.msdn.com/m... ......

Posted On Monday, June 12, 2006 7:43 AM

BOSTON! Why is TechEd 2006 here?
I thought that Boston would be a cool city to have TechEd in, but alas, it is disappointing. The Convention Center is quite a bit out of the city if you are walking. Taxis are expensive and the city around here seems quite dead. Hotels are expensive and the traffic in the morning is crazy. It took the bus 50 minutes to get 8 miles from the hotel to the convention center. I've been to around 5 different TechEds and by far the best one I have been to was in Dallas. Dallas is a great city ......

Posted On Monday, June 12, 2006 7:40 AM

.NET 2.0 WROX BOX!
This is cheap for right under $100. Wrox is releasing their “WROX BOX” on Amazon starting May 9th and it includes the following books and chapters: Professional ASP.NET 2.0 Professional C# 2005 Professional .NET Framework 2.0 Professional .NET 2.0 Generics CD-ROM with more than 700 pages of bonus chapters from 10 other .NET 2.0 and SQL Server™ 2005 Wrox books DVD with 180-day trial version of Microsoft® Visual Studio® 2005 Professional Edition This is a top of the line ......

Posted On Tuesday, April 18, 2006 12:43 PM

Yahoo! Mail Upgrades Their Offering - WAY COOL!
I have been using Yahoo! Mail since 1995 (same email address) and I have seen it change quite a bit over time. I like it and I even pay the 20 dollars a month to get the premium account. Today I logged in and got an option to try out the Yahoo! Mail Beta: It is heavily using Ajax capabilities to load emails and populate parts of the application. I have to say that it is rather incredible and feels like you are working with a thick(er) client application than you typical web application. This is a ......

Posted On Friday, December 16, 2005 10:05 AM

Windows Live Offers Bird-Eye Views
Windows Live is now offering some bird-eye views of some locations on the planet. Really, the only bird-eye views available are of some major destinations like Disneyland or the Empire State Building or something. Here is a shot of Niagara Falls: Because of this, you will find that it is impressive, but not that useful. I am not sure why this is presented except to get people to the site to check out the other maps. I think it would take a long time to get these bird eye views of the rest of America. ......

Posted On Friday, December 16, 2005 9:57 AM

The Cards were CHEATED! IMHO of course
Bad umps led to the defeat of the Cards in the game against the Astros yesterday. They were calling all sorts of silly calls: bad strike zones, calling people out on first when they were safe, etc. etc. You would think that bad calls would be OK if it was across both teams, but it was really all against the Cards ... What a joke! ... ok ... enough ranting. Back to work ......

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

Installation of Windows Vista Beta 1
I recently received Windows “Longhorn” Vista Beta 1 in the mail from my MSDN subscription and decided to install it on one of the extra computers that I have at my house. I have installed “Longhorn” in the past, but I was quite interested to see what has changed in the install process this time around. The install process has changed quite a bit from the last time I installed it. It is a very graphical install process instead of the blue screen DOS style install process that ......

Posted On Thursday, September 8, 2005 8:34 AM

Bookpool's 10 Best

I just noticed that Bookpool put out my list of 10 favorite tech books from the last 10 years.

http://www.bookpool.com/ct/99007

What's your favorites?

Posted On Monday, May 16, 2005 2:24 PM

Though just a start ... ASP.NET Learning Resource List
I started putting together a resource list - kind of a 'best of' - of all the resources out there on the Internet to help you learn ASP.NET. There is so much material out there, that I wanted to put together a list for those that don't really have the time to go through it all and just give them links to what I deem is some of the most valuable material people should be aware of. Here's the link: http://www.geekswithblogs.n... I plan on expanding this list ......

Posted On Wednesday, January 12, 2005 9:45 AM

Google Suggest (Beta)
It seems that Google has an interesting new feature that they are testing out. You type in what you are searching for in their search box and suggestions (like Intellisense) start appearing. Pretty cool. It is also interesting to see what the most popular searches are from this as it gives you the most popular matches to what you are typing. For instance, typing “Bill” and then a space will cause the textbox to offer you: Bill of rightsBill GatesBill ClintonBill OriellyBill MaherBill ......

Posted On Monday, December 13, 2004 10:06 AM

Microsoft Search
Many things are happening on the search front if you haven't been watching the tech news as of late. Just recently, Microsoft launched the beta to their online search engine at: http://beta.search.msn.com I was shocked and chuckled a bit when I saw the simplicity of the page here .... kinda looks like some other site I know. :) One nice feature was the local search. Not sure if they have to work on the local search. For an example of this working, I typed in “Garage Door”, pretending ......

Posted On Monday, November 15, 2004 4:22 PM

Famous people who blog
Tired of reading about tech tech tech all day long? How about words of wisdom from someone famous? Here are some famous people who blog (any others?): Wil Wheaton (Star Trek NG, Stand By Me) - http://www.wilwheaton.net/Dave Barry (Columnist) - http://weblog.herald.com/co... Bridges (Actor) - http://www.jeffbridges.com/ (Click on Latest Link) ** Artistic BlogAnna Kournikova - http://www.kournikova.com/j... Roker (TV Weatherman) - http://www.alroker.com/jour... (Musician) ......

Posted On Tuesday, October 26, 2004 2:40 PM

REVIEW: RalliSport Challenge I and II (XBOX)
So you want to rally, eh? For this review, I will look at the three rally games that I have on the XBOX. The first is the original RalliSport Challenge. When I first got this game, I thought it was the best game on the XBOX (yes, it was that good). RalliSport2 Challenge is EVEN BETTER. The graphics are superb, the handling is outstanding and the tracks are incredible. The best part is that in RalliSport2 is that you (as the driver) get to work through a true rally (you work through multiple stages), ......

Posted On Thursday, September 30, 2004 2:04 PM

Windows Media Player 10
I just built a new computer and put XP SP2 on it and then went out to upgrade the Media Player (hehe, always the first step). I then found that the Windows Media Player 10 has been released. http://www.microsoft.com/wi... I have to say that I really like the new media player. It took me a second to figure out how to find the File dialog (you have to right-click your mouse on the upper-most bar) as it doesn't appear by default. Is it possible that my .mp3s actually ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 15, 2004 8:03 AM

6 Months of Obsessions
HAPPY Friday the 13th! Well .... I know we are in our eighth month here of the year, but I decided to post my half-year favs of 2004 (please take the topics and post your own as well ... if you wish). Drum-roll please ..... Fav Movie WatchedThe House of Sand and Fog - This movie totally shocked me with that ending. For some reason, I found this movie very intense and the acting is SUPERB! Fav CDI know it is old, but I spent the first six months listening to Sugar: Copper Blue. Oh, what a great album ......

Posted On Friday, August 13, 2004 1:56 PM

Browser Wars are Back!
I hate to say this, but I think that the browser wars are back - and back in a big way. The reason - well, I think partly for these little thoughts and concerns that are going around my head today and yesterday. I am having more and more problems browsing around the Internet as time goes on it seems and I am getting slightly annoyed about it - so I am thinking - “I wonder what it will be like to use THIS browser here?”. I was a big Netscape user till Netscape 4. Once IE4 came out - I ......

Posted On Thursday, July 8, 2004 6:49 AM

Thoughts on the Technology Management Conference
As I posted earlier, I was at the Technology Management Conference in New York City last week. This is the largest conference for IT in the financial services industry. Reuters was one of the main sponsors of the event. It was a jam-packed event: another sign that the financial services industry is rebounding quite well in the United States, something that is mildly happening in Asia and hasn't yet seen the light of day in Europe at the moment. Reuters, while doing little last year (in my opinion), ......

Posted On Monday, June 14, 2004 1:58 AM

The Reuters Putt-Putt Car
I just got back from another trip to Europe for Reuters. I visited a number of customers in various countries. One country was Switzerland. Here our Reuters employees usually take the train into work and don't have a car when they are in downtown Zürich. Because of this, Reuters has purchased a number of cars for employees to use as they go visit customers. The car of choice? - the Smart car. This little car has two seats only and a space for a backpack in the back. It felt like I was riding ......

Posted On Thursday, May 20, 2004 6:51 AM

Hemingway is the best!
Just finished reading 'The Sun Also Rises' by Hemingway (again). He is my absolute favorite writer. I have no faith in the writers of today and consistently find myself turning to the classics. If you *need* or want to get away from reading computer book after computer book (I did) - go to Amazon and get this book. It is pretty exciting. Bull fights, troubled women, troubled men, fishing, drinking and more drinking. You will not be disappointed. The dialogs are outstanding and the interactions of ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 24, 2004 6:28 PM

REVIEW: Links 2004 (XBOX)
I recently got this game, Links 2004, and was quite excited to give it a round. Overall, it is fun game (though friends tell me to check out Outlaw Golf). The graphics are superb and it is fun to change the weather to something rather annoying for the player - or if you are the one sitting around on a rainy cold day, then giving yourself some sunshine. The people in the game move and hit the ball quite realistically. You can also play all sorts of famous courses around the world which is exciting ......

Posted On Sunday, February 22, 2004 8:34 PM

REVIEW: NFL Fever 2004 (XBOX)
I have really been getting into XBOX games as of late. It is a great way to relax and my 3 year old boy loves to play as well, so we have fun! I love the sports games the best - and football is the best of the sports games for me. I got NFL Fever 2002 and 2003. I really didn't notice much of a difference between those two except 2002 has a better film introduction which is cool to watch. The packaging said that the replays of NFL Fever 2003 were better than that of 2002, but again, I really didn't ......

Posted On Thursday, January 15, 2004 6:14 PM

Tour of Presidential Code
Besides looking at the candidate's issues and how they hold a pen or something of that matter, I usually head out to their websites and take a look at the code they are putting out there as well. It do find it interesting in how and what technologies people use when using technology as a tool. My review here of Presidential code is by no means saying who you should vote for - I stay away from those conversations - but use it as you wish - that's all! My first stop was in Texas country! 1) Republican ......

Posted On Tuesday, February 24, 2004 11:05 AM

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