Brian Johnson's Startup Developer Blog


    Blog tools

    One of the things I was most worried about in moving to this new site was having something simple to use to post to my blog. Live Journal has these really great, simple tools for posting. I'm using w.bloggar as my posting tool. I've been playing with it and this new site for much of the night and I think they're both really impressive. Much less pain than I thought this might be.

    Moving my Weblog to ASP.NET


    I've moved my Weblog from Live Journal to the ASP.NET server. I'm not really sure how to do this well, but here it goes....

    The new page is at
    The new RSS feed is

    You can also find the new site using and
    (The address doesn't seem to be working yet.)

    I seeded the new site with the last few posts that I have here at LiveJournal. This site will stay put, so all permalinks that used a LiveJournal URL should still work. Sorry for the inconvenience.

    I needed to do this for a couple of reasons that I'll explain more fully later. The biggest reason is that LJ doesn't support Categories, and so I needed to make the change. I considered TypePad, but then I tried .Text on and it works really well. I hope this will be successful going forward.




    MSDN Flash

    In case you're not a subscriber, I wanted to mention that we've updated the format of the MSDN Flash newsletter. We cut it down to 2 pages and we added a big security section. The feedback we've gotten from readers about the update has been really positive. To sign up for the newsletter you can follow the link from this page...

    MSDN Flash

    Every other week MSDN will send you an e-mail containing pointers to all of the new articles, samples, and headlines from MSDN Online, the MSDN Library, the Knowledge Base, the Web Workshop, Visual Studio, and other Microsoft Web sites. In addition, look for announcements of Microsoft and industry events, training opportunities, chats, and Webcasts.

    PDC Sessions

    Some (Most? All?) of the full PDC Sessions are now up online. Be sure to check out the C++ talks in the Tools and Language section.

    These are done with Microsoft Producer and you can download the PowerPoint slides separately if you wish.

    Redesigned Visual C# Developer Center

    Duncan is the trail blazer on MSDN. He's redesigned the Visual C# Developer Center home page to include blog entries and fewer persistent headlines. The idea is that we eventually move all of the tools sites to this design if we find that it's well liked. Let me know if you think that this is something that you would like to see in the Visual C++ Developer Center.

    BTW, I took this picture on my cell phone. :)

    Debian Hack

    Paul Thurrott has a must-read commentary about the recent Debian hack. Here's the quote that I like the best....

    And astonishingly, an IDC analyst actually called the break-in a "compliment," a platitude I'm pretty sure no one used during the Microsoft attack. "Someone felt that [breaking into Debian's servers] was hard enough to do to be worth doing," he said, apparently with no sense of irony or hypocrisy. "This is one more line of evidence that Linux is coming into the mainstream. The fact that it was caught and dealt with showed the strength of the [OSS] community." Does this double standard confuse and infuriate anyone else?

    Here are some other links:

    Debian: Attack Didn't Harm Source Code
    Hackers Attack Debian Linux
    Debian Project servers hacked

    New Security Newsletters

    Two new Security newsletters from Microsoft coming soon. You can sign up for the IT/Dev or Consumer versions at the Microsoft Subscription Center:

    Microsoft Security Newsletter
    This monthly newsletter is the authoritative information source for understanding the Microsoft security strategy and priorities. Written for IT professionals, developers, and business managers, it provides links to the latest security bulletins, FAQs, prescriptive guidance, community resources, events, and more.

    Microsoft Security Newsletter for Home Users
    This bimonthly newsletter offers easy-to-follow security tips, FAQs, expert advise, and other resources that help you enjoy a private and secure computing experience.

    If you subscribe to the TechNet or the MSDN newsletters currently, you'll probably recieve one copy of the technical newsletter as a special edition. This newsletter has some great content for anybody who's interested in security, so I would encourage anyone interested in that topic to sign up.

    First Post! I'm migrating my blog to this site in anticipation of using the data for some work related stuff. I haven't looked at .Text for a while and it's nice to see how far along this software has come.
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