Brian Johnson's Startup Developer Blog

August, 2005


    Microsoft Response to Hurricane Katrina

    The Microsoft Disaster Relief Page was updated tonight with a statement about Hurricane Katrina.
    Microsoft Response to Hurricane Katrina
    Published: August 31, 2005
    Every one of us at Microsoft is deeply saddened by the destruction of property and personal lives in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and our hearts go out to the hundreds of thousands of people who have been affected by the storm and its aftermath.
    This page has links to many different relief agencies, so this is a good place to start if you're considering a contribution.

    Windows Server 2003 R2 RC 0

    Windows Server 2003 R2 RC 0 is available for download. You can get more information here:
    Windows Server 2003 R2 Release Candidate 0
    Try Windows Server 2003 R2 RC0 today and extend your connectivity and control to data and applications throughout and beyond your organization.
    This page contains links to information about new features, a reviewer's guide, a FAQ, and a product overview. There's additional infomation available on the TechNet Windows Server 2003 R2 Beta Roadmap page.

    This is the introduction from the Product Overview page:
    Windows Server 2003 R2 is an update release of the award-winning Windows Server 2003 operating system. Built on Windows Server 2003 with Service Pack 1 (SP1), Windows Server 2003 R2 takes advantage of the stability and security of a proven code base while extending connectivity and control into new areas. Windows Server 2003 R2 offers all the benefits of Windows Server 2003 SP1 while greatly improving branch office server solutions, identity and access management, storage setup and management, and application development inside and outside your organization's traditional boundaries. Windows Server 2003 R2 is easy to integrate into an existing Windows Server 2003 environment as it has the same application compatibility, manageability, and serviceability as the existing servers with SP1.

    Half-Life 2 Mod Spot

    And I was just showing my kids how to make a Half-Life 2 map the other day... Kent has posted a link to new information around Half-Life 2 modding on Coding4Fun. This is really cool.
    Update 1 for today
    The C4F item mentioned yesterday is now live. Not much now, but very cool stuff coming soon. The Half-life Mod Spot on Coding4Fun. It's what Visual C++ was made for ;)

    We'll have a headline up on the Visual C++ Developer Center soon.




    The more I use MSN Spaces the more I like it. At some point in the future, I'll probably move my blog over there. Caterory level RSS is all it will take ;)  For now, it's just a place to play.

    Yesterday, I added MSN Alerts  to my Spaces blog. You can read about it here. This is pretty cool, and I suppose that somebody who doesn't normally read blogs would find it useful. (Hi Mom!) Anyway, you should be able to figure out from the MSN Space Craft post that I link to how to add MSN Alerts to your blog, whether you're on Spaces or not. :)


    My PDC Schedule...

    in case anybody is looking for me...
    Staffing Commitments
    Item Location Day Start Finish
    (Product Pavilion) MSDN Online (Product Pavilion) MSDN Online September 13 11:00 AM 3:00 PM
    (Track Lounges) Tools and Languages (Track Lounges) Tools and Languages September 13 5:30 PM 9:00 PM
    (Product Pavilion) MSDN Online (Product Pavilion) MSDN Online September 14 10:00 AM 12:30 PM
    (Track Lounges) Tools and Languages (Track Lounges) Tools and Languages September 14 2:30 PM 6:15 PM
    (Product Pavilion) MSDN Online (Product Pavilion) MSDN Online September 15 12:00 PM 3:00 PM

    Understanding Security in IE 6

    The IE team has published a new whitepaper describing IE 6 security. Get it here:
    Understanding Security in Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 in Windows XP SP2
    Web browser security is a major concern for individuals and organizations. Each time a new vulnerability is found, news headlines proclaim dire warnings. As a result of their importance, security issues dominate competitive browser analysis and discussions, overshadow debate about their respective features and functionality. As the market share leader in Web browser software, Internet Explorer (IE) is often the subject of media scrutiny. Since IE is so prevalent, it is an attractive target for hackers to attack, and has come to be considered, in some circles, insecure. This paper examines the real state of Web browser security and the correlation between a browsers vulnerability and its advanced functionality.
    This paper isn't targeted at developers, but it gives a good overview of the security features in the browser.

    Visual Studio 2005 Launch Information

    DevDiv VP Somasegar has posted information about the Visual Studio 2005 launch. Check it out here:
    Visual Studio 2005 update
    We are now about 77 days from the November 7, 2005 launch of Visual Studio 2005, one of the most significant releases in the history of the Developer Division. We have been releasing Community Technology Previews regularly since Beta 2 and will have one coming out in August as well. I wanted to take a moment and update you on our progress towards shipping the final product....
    There's a lot more information in the post, so be sure to read it all.

    Halo 2 or Work?

    I guess this:
    answers this. :)

    Tennis Cover


    Buffy and I played tennis this morning. Lots of fun. I took a few pictures and decided to make a Flickr Magazine Cover. This turned out pretty well I think. :)

    Tennis Cover
    Originally uploaded by brianjo.


    Somasegar on the Visual C++ Libraries

    Earlier this week, DevDiv VP S.Somasegar answered a question about the Visual C++ libraries in his blog. I wanted to make sure Visual C++ Developer Center readers had a chance to see this:
    C++ Libraries
    I recently got a chance to meet with a number of developers and some MVPs in my trip to the Far East. One of the questions that people asked me was related to Visual C++ and support for libraries in the .NET world. One of the key goals of Visual C++ 2005 has been a commitment to enable you to protect your existing assets as you move forward....
    Read the whole thing for the list of libraries with Visual C++ versions.
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