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Well, it's not really like that, but Steve posted that he's tempted to get an Xbox simply to play Halo 2. I'm having similar pains over Half-Life 2. My beautiful wife picked up a copy of Halo 2 for me this morning at Target. On my home PC, I've got a ready to activate copy of Half-Life 2. The problem is, after playing the source beta for Counter-Strike 2, I find that my video card isn't quite up to snuff for the HL2 release. So my conundrum is, do I buy a new video card so that I can play HL2, or do I save myself 250 bucks and just get some of the other great new Xbox games that are coming out this fall? The mind reels...
Update: I'm going to get a new video card and at get the game.(Eventually) I didn't mean to start a Vi vs. Emacs war, my only point was that I don't have to screw with the console games at all. I can just pop a disk in and play it. The PC is a little tougher, as I want to play wide screen and I want it to run well. I love playing Counter-Strike, so there was never really a question that I would get the software. I'm also looking forward to playing with the source code and maybe building a level or two. :)
Visual C++ Getting Started Page
Update: I'm taking this off the security feed so the new one shows up on the Security Developer Center home page.
Update: Chat is over. Lots of good info from Mike and great questions. I'll post a link to the transcript when I get it.
Update: This chat is starting now. Go here to enter the chat room.
The next Mike Nash Security Chat is Thursday, November 18th at 9:00 AM (PST). These chats take place monthly and they provide an excellent chance to mix with the security experts at Microsoft. We really had a good time with the last chat, and I would encourage everyone interested in security to attend. Here's a link and a description:
Security in Microsoft ProductsJoin Mike Nash, Vice President for the Microsoft Security Business Unit, and his team of security experts each month. Microsoft is working hard to improve security and Mike and his team invite you to join them in a candid Q&A session. Ask us your tough questions; share with us what is going well and what needs improvement. This is your chance to talk up front with the leading security minds at Microsoft.
Here's a picture of my dad and me in our Marine photos. Our Marine careers were seperated by about 35 years, but we both went to bootcamp in San Diego. :)Here's a link to the Marines web page. They've got a lot of news written by guys doing the job I used to do.
Using Visual C++ Toolkit 2003 from the Command Prompt
In this article, Brian Johnson describes how to use the Microsoft Visual C++ compiler that ships with the Visual C++ Toolkit 2003 from the command line. This article is for beginners who've never used a command line compiler before.
Have you heard that Microsoft is launching a new search engine to compete with Google? They've come out with this commercial.
This piece cost us $40.
Six Free Microsoft Security Resources
Free? Just hearing that word on the radio or TV makes me cringe. Like you, I'm an IT professional. I'd be interested if one of the big hardware vendors decided to pass out free 20,000 RPM SCSI drives along with a fiber channel SAN, but that's about it.
So why in the world am I telling you about free stuff in this column? Well, because at Microsoft, we've got some amazing free security tools and whitepapers. If you fail to check them out, you're going to kick yourself just like you would if you missed out on a free SCSI drive. I do a lot of presentations and webcasts, and I've noticed that many IT pros have never heard of these tools. To be honest with you, that's a travesty.
Microsoft Offers Beta of Visual Studio 2005
nanodude writes "According to DimensionXC, Microsoft is offering a free beta version of Visual C++ Express 2005 among other programs in the Visual Studio 2005 Express Suite. Seems like a good deal to me!"
How to migrate a Visual C++ 6.0 custom AppWizard to a Visual C++ .NET custom wizard
This step-by-step article describes how to migrate a Microsoft Visual C++ 6.0 custom AppWizard to a Microsoft Visual C++ .NET custom wizard. The custom wizard technology in Visual C++ .NET is significantly different from the custom AppWizard technology in Visual C++ 6.0. You cannot port a custom AppWizard project that was created in Visual C++ 6.0 directly to the new technology. However, you can reuse the existing template files and modify the existing directives to the new syntax.