Brian Johnson's Startup Developer Blog

July, 2005


    Kim Komando on the Shared Computer Toolkit

    Kim Komando has nice little writeup of the Microsoft Shared Computer Toolkit for Windows XP in USA Today. Check it out:
    Microsoft tool secures shared computers
    ... With the Shared Computer Toolkit, you can customize restrictions for different Windows accounts, which is especially handy if you have both young children and teens in the house. The toolkit also has additional safeguards to protect your computer. For instance, it prevents kids from making changes to your system settings.

    The Kids at the B&N Harry Potter Party

    Friday night we did the bookstore circuit and the kids got all the freebees around the new Harry Potter book.

    The funny thing is, we didn't buy a book that night, rather we waited until this morning. The stores were smart enough to have tons of copies still available. While we were in line I actually saw a couple of people add the book to their checkout pile when it was offered by the clerk. That's the way to up-sell stuff, "Would you like the new Harry Potter book that that today?"

    Now get this, as we're coming into our apartment, the neighbor sees the book in my son's hands, and he says, "That's a really good book." I was thinking how strange that sounded as the book was released less than 12 hours ago. The neighbor explained that he bought the book at midnight and had spent the entire night reading it. :)

    Microsoft .NET Framework Benchmark Testing Terms Updated

    This month, we've updated the testing terms for .NET Framework benchmarks. Here's a link to the details:
    Microsoft .NET Framework Benchmark Testing Terms
    The right to disclose the results of any benchmark test of the Microsoft .NET Framework has been modified. The new provision included with this notice will replace the terms currently stated in the Supplemental EULA regarding this subject. Except for this modification, all other terms and conditions of this Supplemental EULA will continue to apply to your use of the .NET Framework.
    The details follow in the document.

    Tech-Ed 2005 Orlando Webcasts Online

    If you missed Tech-Ed in Orlando, many of the sessions are now available online. Check out the site here:
    Tech-Ed 2005 Webcast Series
    Did you miss a breakout session at Microsoft Tech·Ed 2005 in Orlando, Florida, or have co-workers who could not attend? Tune in to our "best of" Tech·Ed 2005 webcasts in August and September and continue to learn, solve, and grow as we present live some of the most popular sessions from Orlando. Hear top speakers dive into Exchange, Active Directory, Smart Clients, and more and get the chance to have your questions answered. Check back, as we continue to post more webcasts, and in the meantime see our library of more than 100 on-demand pre-Tech·Ed webcasts and Tech·Ed 2005 simulcasts.
    I watched Mark Russinovich's (Winternals, Sysinternals) Understanding and Fighting Malware: Viruses, Spyware and Rootkits talk the other day. Good stuff. You can hear the crowd respond in the background, which always seems to make these more interesting.
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