November 2007 Entries

MSDN Kudos - "How Do I?" videos
I'm pretty excited about the "How Do I?" video series within MSDN. Some of this material has been available through other sources and sites. However, the aggregation of them into a single place across technologies is great. Also, it is much easier for busy people to consume the 10-15 minute video than grabbing a snippet out of a 60 minute Webcast. I often take MSDN for granted. But this was valuable enough that I thought I'd call out the good work. Technorati Tags: MSDN,kudos ......

Posted On Friday, November 16, 2007 6:46 PM | Comments (1)

Big Zune Anti-Climax
I had talked myself into buying one of the new Microsoft Zune 80 media players. It just so happens I'm in the Detroit area this week and figured I'd try to find one since they were launching during my trip. Well, nobody has them. I've seen the 4 and 8GB models, but not the 80. I tried a few stores like Best Buy and Circuit City. At Best Buy they told me you had to order it online, they didn't get them in the store. The online store says they are backordered. The folks at Circuit City were even less ......

Posted On Thursday, November 15, 2007 8:37 PM | Comments (3)

FUQ: Frequently Unanswered Questions

Our friends at NWCadence have started a blog for 'Frequently Unanswered Questions' for TFS, Sharepoint and other collaborative technologies.  If there has been something nagging at you and you can't find the answer easily please check it out here.

Posted On Thursday, November 15, 2007 12:51 PM | Comments (0)

Web Service Software Factory - Modeling Edition Live

The Service Factory Model Edition has gone live as of this morning.  I know what Gizmo will be doing today :)

Posted On Thursday, November 8, 2007 1:09 PM | Comments (0)

Overload
While attending the MS Patterns & Practices Summit this week I have come to realize that as much time as I've been investing in staying on top of new things coming out of Redmond it's nowhere near enough. I used to be of the opinion that you could make a breadth vs. depth decision on technology. I'm no longer sure that's appropriate. The fact is that the interconnectedness of the technologies coming out of MS (and elsewhere) require a certain amount of depth in order to understand anything. At ......

Posted On Thursday, November 8, 2007 11:57 AM | Comments (1)

How can prices be so different in a global economy?
I can somewhat understand that countries with drastically different economies might have dramatically different prices for goods. However, it boggles my mind that the price of things between Canada and the United States continues to be such a gap. Some of this can be justified by the usual arguments: higher tax in Canada, higher transport costs across Canada. However, some of these break down when the items are imported to both companies. And, they don't explain the dramatic differences in price. ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 7, 2007 12:31 PM | Comments (0)

Observations from MS Patterns & Practices Summit
Observation 1: IT is still a VERY male dominated field. There are probably 300 people here and definitely less than 10 women. I won't speculate as to the social, cultural or genetic reasons for this but I continue to be surprised by this. I know many women that are awesome developers and architects. Observation 2: Presenters like Macbooks. I'd say that 1/2 the presenters at this Microsoft event have been using Macbooks to do their presentations. It's not because of OSX's superiority since they are ......

Posted On Wednesday, November 7, 2007 11:35 AM | Comments (1)

Welcome Ken to GWB
My friend Ken has started blogging. Apparently he has first hand experience with alien abductions and the infamous 'Blue Probe'. I look forward to reading his blog as he has a dry sense of humor. And he's a half way decent .Net architect who I'm sure will share some insights and outsights :) I'm headed out to Redmond for the MS Patterns & Practices Summit. I will be missing my friend Gizmo as there are many SF topics being covered. I'm sure we will have lots to discuss. I haven't had time to ......

Posted On Saturday, November 3, 2007 10:44 PM | Comments (2)