Brian Johnson's Startup Developer Blog

June, 2004


    Windows XP SP2 RC2 Available

    Release Canadidate 2 of Windows XP Service Pack 2 is now available for download. Here's a link and a bit about it:
    Windows XP Service Pack 2 Release Candidate 2 Preview
    To aid IT professionals in planning and testing for the deployment of Windows XP Service Pack 2 (SP2), Microsoft is making available this preview, based on Release Candidate 2 (RC2) of SP2. Additionally, we have established 11 newsgroups for sharing information.

    Joe Wilcox on VB@the Movies

    Joe Wilcox mentions VB@the Movies today as evidence that Microsoft still has charm. :)


    State of the Site

    I took over as content strategist for the Visual C++ Developer Center just before the PDC last year and with the help of Visual C++ team members like Ami Vora and Product Manager Nick Hodapp, we've been able to steadily build the regular audience for the site so that we've now doubled the number of montly page views since the PDC. I heard from a few customers at TechEd that they were continuing to use C++ in their organizations because it had become obvious to them that Microsoft was indeed committed to supporting C++ as a key language in the future.

    With that, I think that the first part of our job (continuing to drive interest in C++) is coming along really well. Now what I want to do is take our efforts to the next level and I need some help from the regular visitors to the site. I'm planning content for the July through December timeframe and what I would like to know is what you want to see on the site. What topics do you want covered in articles about C++? What potential new features of the site would be useful to you? How can I help you make the most of Visual C++?

    You can leave comments on this post, or feel free to drop me a note anytime at As always, thanks for your feedback and support.

    Windows Media Player 10 Stuff

    So I've been playing with the Windows Media Player 10 Technical Beta and it's pretty impressive. I haven't owned a dedicated MP3 player since I sold all my Macs and iPod last year, and so I was interested to see how the new media player would work with one. I dropped by Radio Shack today and spent 89 dollars on an RCA Lyra. I chose that model because it was on the list of devices that supported Auto Sync and because it had a slot for an SD card. I got the player home, hooked it up to my PC, and installed the latest firmware. I was then pleasantly surprised to find that I didn't have to install any drivers on the PC to get the player recognized. I added a 256 meg SD card and I was able to Auto Sync my 4 and 5 star playlist easily.

    As far as the device goes, it's really tiny. I was interested in experimenting with the idea that we would all be using multiple devices, depending on what we were doing, in the near future. I can buy into that. This player is about 2 ounces. I carry a gig and a half worth of music and video on my Pocket PC, but that machine is something like 12 ounces, and so it's not really convenient for working out. The Lyra seems like a perfect size and weight for the gym.


    MSDN Labs: What's New in Visual C++ 2005

    Duncan links to the Visual Studio 2005 alpha documentation up on MSDN Labs. The Visual C++ 2005 documentation is up there also. Note that this is all very pre-release and we're still hammering out the bugs in the docs. Here's a good place to start if you want to know more about changes to the tools and language:
    What's New in Visual C++

    Rebecca Norlander Demos XPSP2

    There's a great XPSP2 multimedia demo done by Rebecca Norlander on Channel 9. If you haven't installed the preview yet, take a look at the demo and see what the experience is going to be like for users:
    Rebecca Norlander - Demo of XPSP2
    There are two other pieces that discuss various aspects of the upcoming service pack including a question about security improvements and one about the size of the service pack:
    Rebecca Norlander - What are the big security improvements in the upcoming Windows XP Service Pack 2?

    Rebecca Norlander - why is XPSP2 so big?

    Joe Wilcox on Sasser/Firewalls/XPSP2

    Not strictly developer related, but insightful enough for anybody to want to take a look. Joe Wilcox of the Microsoft Monitor Weblog has an interesting post today about his sister getting Sasser through a dial-up connection.
    Sasser's Sass
    According to JupiterResearch surveys, most consumers running Windows XP say they don't have firewall software installed. That, despite Microsoft bundling a firewall with the operating system. My sister's awareness, or lack thereof, is a common problem.
    Joe argues that Windows XP Service Pack 2 would have protected her against this sort of virus. This service pack really does change the way that people connect their computers to the Internet. If you haven't done so already, take a look at our Windows XP Service Pack 2 Resource Page and start testing your applications on the tech preview.
Page 2 of 2 (17 items) 12