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woohoo neat
i'm an official geek. ;) on think geek...
19:02:41 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: jon madison blizog
And now the tea
My first reaction to Avalon, on reading about it last night in the conference magazine was, "Is that it?" It looked like little more than an extensible, XML-based format for bad old resource files. Today's demos and talks, of course,...
19:00:59 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Flatlander
The Last Flight of Concorde
Later today the last scheduled Concorde flight is due to take off from London-Heathrow to New York-JFK, returning tomorrow. There's a good article about it in last week's Economist titled "the less beautiful future of international business travel" and I agree. Too expensive? Sure, completely out of my bugdet (and most of the planet's too :)). But so what? Concorde is a fascinating piece of engineering and its beautifully designed. Sometimes I find it good to know that certain things exist. They provide a yardstick: "Here's what we're doing now, you go further". We seem to be losing a lot of those these days. [d2r]
19:00:04 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: pieslinger.net
Sherlock, Look for the Bugs
A graphic new science exhibit uses a model crime scene to show visitors how insects help crack murder cases. CSI: Crime Scene Insects opens at the Science Museum of Minnesota, calling attention to the rapidly growing field of forensic entomology. [<a href="http://www.wired.com/">Wired News</a>]
18:56:04 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: pieslinger.net
Post Office Wants to ID the Mail
As a security measure, U.S. bulk mailers are being told to identify themselves on all outgoing mail. Civil libertarians fear the loss of anonymity could result in an invasion of privacy. By Ryan Singel. [<a href="http://www.wired.com/">Wired News</a>]
18:53:59 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: pieslinger.net
Pentax OptioS, Conexant Modems + Linux...
Χθες το βράδυ αποφάσισα να κάνω επιτέλους recompile τον kernel (2.4.2-8) ώστε να δουλεύει σωστά η Pentax OptioS, μία μικρή ψηφιακή κάμερα (υπέροχο gadget, 3.2 megapixels, 3x optical zoom, μέγεθος πακέτου τσιγάρων). Ακολούθησα τις οδηγίες που βρήκα στο http://www2.goldfisch.at/knowledge/233. Όλα πήγαν καλά, και πλέον κάνοντας mount /mnt/pentax βλέπω τα περιεχόμανά της. Τέλεια! Τέλεια; Όχι και τόσο...
18:48:56 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: vrypan|net - My stuff.
Lost in the PDC links and resources? I am too!
One (well, two!) day(s) passed and three to go, but I am already lost in the huge amount of information including presentations and demos, personal notes from attendees and presenters from breakout sessions, keynotes and hands on labs. What I have been up to this morning? Creating a database of all of the resources inlcuding their title, Url, author, source, technology (Oh my god, I hadn't heard of Aero and NGSCB!!!) and the related name & code for the session as well as the links to documents/downloads. My main sources are: weblogs.asp.net, my blogroll, www.pdcbloggers.net and www.asp.net. I am now creating a small web application to show this information in a datagrid (the RSS feed to follow). It will be soon available on my site... Stay tuned. And one suggestion to you guys when you are publishing your notes/writing about sessions: It will be nice if you include the session's code (e.g. WSV201) in the title of your blogs. Not only it helps me (as I don't have to look it up in a ...
18:28:00 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Mehran's Blog
BOF on Blogging...
Ok… are all BOF’s getting as hostile as this one? Do all sessions have people yelling? Um, I sure hope not, since I’m supposed to help out tomorrow night. Yikes – I’m not up for an argument.
18:24:00 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Joel From Canada
Who really runs PDC? The food police.
PDC. Realized today who really runs the show at the PDC. The food cops. When you enter the "cafeteria" - which seats >5,000 people - you are "directed" to the appropriate food line and immediately thereafter to the appropriate seat. It is a model of conciseness and precision that I could only hope to attain in my software architectures some day. I understood the level of total orchestration when I was almost tackled by a 5'1" tall woman after I took a left turn instead of a right in order to pick a Coke up out of the ice bucket. I need to hire one of these people to direct and inspire our software development teams. They're like the Borg.
18:02:00 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: The World of Squee
Song of the Day: Spoonful (Live) by Cream
This box set is essential, and this cover is the beginnings of jamming out rock and roll. (Rock)
17:58:12 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: DailyTunes.com
SqlXml - still kicking.
PDC. We use the SqlXml product quite extensively. Wait. That's an understatement. We use SqlXml exclusively. For those of you who don't understand or who are dismissing me, take another look - it's awesome technology. We were becoming quite concerned that there was maybe only one remaining person working on it at Microsoft since the service pack 2 took, like, months to arrive, but apparently things are still ticking. We were able to corner some guys at the Yukon booth and find out what's up. There are still good things to come with SqlXml and Yukon, namely XQuery. Of note however: we had the ObjectSpaces guys and the SqlXml guys right beside each other during this conversation. They just didn't seem to want to look each other in the eye. Too bad. Don't they realize just how similar their technologies are? There really is so much overlap. It would be great to see them converge, not move away from one another. Then the security guy kicked us out before we resolved anything.
17:56:00 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: The World of Squee
ASP.NET 2 Rocks My World!
PDC. Attended Scott Guthrie's talk on ASP.NET 2 today. Seemed to be about 1,000 people in attendance and a whole lot of applause. When Whidbey finally ships, I'm sure that our application will drop to about 1/10th the amount of code. Seriously. The ASP.NET group seems to be a group that takes its users very seriously. Every feature that they've included in the framework - master pages, authentication, roles, themes, database caching - EVERYTHING will immediately benefit our product. I look forward to rebuilding our app, and only wish they could have been there a year ago. It's going to drive me nuts to wait for final. Oh well, at least I have the bits. Nyah.
17:54:00 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: The World of Squee
My first post of the PDC...
This is my first post at the PDC – not my fault. The communication network provided at the LA Convention Center didn’t work until late this afternoon. Nothing – zippo. I was grumpy. Soo much to say, especially after today’s Key Note. The Key Note was great. After giggling to myself at how 7000 people jammed through the doors – running to the front just to get a seat in front of Bill Gates – I grabbed my seat and began to take notes with MindManager 2002. I decided not to use One Note, because I’ve never done anything really productive with Mind Manager and it seems really cool. Turns out, it’s REALLY cool and it did a great job organizing notes and my thoughts. Thinking I might post the file at the end of the session (by the way, Mind Manager is tablet aware). Bill kicked it all off, laying down the foundation for the rest of the conference. Nice job Bill. After Bill, Jim Allchin took over. Jim is a great presenter. Don Box and Chris Anderson (… Mr. Anderson) showed off their ...
17:42:00 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Joel From Canada
PDC Day 1
After being on vacation for a month, I figured that it was high time to blog again. And what better place to start than here at the PDC? I had a surprisingly easy time getting here. My flight was only about 20 minutes late; no cancelled flights, rerouting, or driving in from another state for me. I’ll presume that my good fortune cost me a large withdrawal from the travel karma bank, and I’ll be seated next to someone smelly and talkative on my flight home. Hillel’s WinFS demo was really thought provoking. Wouldn’t it be fun to have your own dev center – sorting, filtering, viewing content from MS and elsewhere, exactly how *you* want to see it? One of the things that we struggle with is trying to pick the sweet spot – the UI and view that’ll work for everyone. While it’ll still be important to pick a good default, the ability to customize with such flexibility will be a powerful thing. I want Longhorn NOW! When I worked on DHTML, I loved how quick and easy it was to get something ...
17:39:00 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Sara Williams' blog
PDC 2003 kickoff with Bill Gates
Bill Gates kicked off the PDC 2003 with a visionary look at the future and how computing will evolve in the next 2 to 3 years. In a surprise annoucement, for me at least, he also annouced WinFX which he described as a new application programming model for Windows that is the evolution of its .NET programming framework. In fact, with the PDC bits we received today we also received a WinFX framework chart detailing the new namespaces in the Avalon, Indigo, WinFS, Yukon and mobile arenas. I've uploaded some photos of the PDC session so please take a look in my PDC 2003 gallery. In there I've also included a photo of the next release of Windows codenamed “Longhorn”.
17:35:00 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Blog on the run...
PDC Day 1 Thoughts
Well, been through the first day so thought I should blog some observations ...
17:34:18 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Developer Experience - Experiencing Development
Black-hole sun
17:30:55 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: [ ON THE ROAD ]
Black-hole sun
17:30:55 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: [ ON THE ROAD ]
Sneeking in on the PDC
Well, then I made it to the PDC after all, as I am using their free connection now (LA prices for netusage are insane so it's actually a treat). Just met norwegian Morten Abrahamsen and Clemens Vasters in the lobby and I hope to meet more familiar people in my roaming. Have no ticket but it's still fun to have been here, plus free sodas;)
17:18:00 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: #region /* mads's thoughts */
Excitment Builds
Julia Lerman posts her own notes from the PDC Keynote today (watch out, they are a big download). Reading through them, you can just feel the excitment that customers are feeling!
17:16:00 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Longhorn Magic
Excitment Builds
Julia Lerman posts her own notes from the PDC Keynote today (watch out, they are a big download). Reading through them, you can just feel the excitment that customers are feeling!
17:16:00 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Longhorn Magic
What a Day
So I got up this morning, practiced the violin a bit, checked the mail, etc. A pretty usual morning for...
17:12:09 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Sweater Project
MLB Postseason wrap-up
My record for the postseason is 16 wins and 18 losses, for a total loss of $1.50. I also picked Yankees for the World Series. Combining that with the regular picks makes the total 16-19, -$2.50. This amounts to a loss of 7.2 cents per pick....
17:08:08 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Gamblitorial
Everything's Perfectly Clear. As Mud.
We are going to be dead for a very long time. So, the best we can do is to try to live as well as possible. Blah, blah, blah... And I wish it was as easy to do, as it...
16:57:43 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: proverb
Announcing Fray Cafe in the UK!
It's my pleasure to announce our first storytelling event in the UK! Fray Cafe will come to Cardiff in conjunction with the International Digital Storytelling Conference. Do you live nearby? If you'd like to participate in Fray Day Cardiff as a volunteer...
16:56:11 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Fray: Events
SVG and Avalon
DonXML has some good points about SVG and Avalon. These are the waves of the future. Good read.
16:49:00 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Longhorn Magic
SVG and Avalon
DonXML has some good points about SVG and Avalon. These are the waves of the future. Good read.
16:49:00 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: Longhorn Magic
eBay/Paypal
Just a little sidenote, since I don't know if I mentioned it anywhere yet - Paypal can finally transfer money from a Canadian bank account into my Paypal account. And it can apparently do instant payments, so I could use Paypal to pay for things directly from my bank account. I haven't tried it out yet, but that's pretty damn cool. No 7-8 day wait for the funds to get to Paypal! But, I'm also planning to start saving money. I've mostly just been spending what was leftover from my paycheque. But I don't really need much more in the way of computer parts, now that I have my new laptop. Other than maybe a new hard drive or three. But yeah, tydel (I still usually don't use real names when referring to people, for some reason) reminded me about ING Direct the other day, so I signed up for an account. 2.5% interest is a hell of a lot better than 0.05%, or whatever crap that Royal Bank gives you. And their GICs give a much higher interest rate too - starting at 2.85% for one year, as ...
16:43:56 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: chris.gushue.net
Schill ist weg - Bambule is Back!
Die Entlassung Schills brachte die Regierung in Hamburg kurz in Wanken - sie stürzte jedoch nicht und hat sich wieder festen Boden unter die Füsse geholt. Die Schadenfreude über den Rauswurf Schills wurde schnell von der Erkenntnis abgelöst, dass auch ohne ihn der Senat an seiner "Law & Order"-Politik festhält und keine sozialen Verbesserungen für die Stadt zu erwarten sind. Während für die innere Sicherheit mehr Geld da ist müssen alle sozialen Bereiche Einschnitte hinnehmen. Lehrer wehre sich gegen das neue Arbeitszeitmodell, der Fixstern soll geschlossen werden, Bambule hat noch immer keinen neuen Platz, die Polizei wird blau, Kindergartenplätze fehlen und die Kultur geht am Stock. Ob vorgezogene Neuwahlen die Senatspolitik ändern würden ist zu bezweifeln. Am 27. September hat sich die Bambule mit einer Platzbesetzung und der Forderung nach einem neuen Platz nach einer langen Sommerpause zurück gemeldet. Aktuelles: 04.11.: 500 bei kurzer Demo anläßlich des 1. Jahrestages der ...
16:39:00 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: de.indymedia.org Features
A Sense Of Community
I just want to say that there is a real sense of community among the bloggers at the PDC. It is somewhere between a community and a family. I've talked with so many bloggers and readers of blogs, and feel like these are people I graduated high school with, and haven't seen for 10 years. There are great conversations going on, and because we know where a lot of us are coming from, the ramp up time to a productive conversation is seconds instead of hours. A lot of us are suffering from info overload, not due to the sessions, but from the discussions between the sessions. If you are missing out on this, or are really digging it at the PDC, I'd highly recommend hitting the next Sells-a-thon (aka XMLDevCon). DonXML
16:38:00 October 27, 2003, Monday (PST) Source: DonXML Blog