Brian Keller

Director of ALM Evangelism for Microsoft

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  • Brian Keller

    Voicemail SPAM and other election woes...

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    Virtually every phone call I get at home nowadays is a 30-second political ad. I've lost track of how many I've received but I think it's approaching double digits. I for one can't wait until the election is over if for nothing else to stop the barrage of these SPAM-calls. Are there really people out there who are swayed to vote a particular way based on these calls? If so, it's a sad testament to our voting community... I'm even on the Do Not Call registry but I guess it doesn't apply if you have a political message. What's the number for the "Do Not Call Even If You Have a Political Message" registry?

    Oh, and in other news, I got a call from one of those polling organizations conducting a survey of voting preferences. Now since I'm in marketing and we rely on such information regularly, I feel it's good karma to participate so I gave up 10 minutes of my time. But after a few minutes I could tell how offensive it was to me - a registerted libertarian - since all of their choices relied on me responding either Republican or Democrat! A few of the answers gave Green Party as an option, but none of them listed any of the Libertarian candidates. Before this turns into a blog about how biased our two-party system is I should cut it short... but I think I'm going to stop answering my phone until November 3rd.</rant>

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    Come Experience the Visual Studio Hosted Experience

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    I've been so busy working on the Visual Studio Hosted Experience (VSHE) that I've been slack about blogging our new release. It's time!

    The Visual Studio Hosted Experience allows you to access your own hosted server, loaded with Visual Studio .NET 2003, SQL Server 2000, and lots of other dev goodies. We've recently added lots of new functionality, streamlined the UI, and beefed up the server capacity. Some of the features include:
    - Virtual Labs: We have dozens of Hands-on Labs which can each be completed in under an hour. Perfect for a lunch break. These map to almost every popular technology, including Windows Forms, ASP.NET Web forms and Web services, language topics, and more. We're always adding new labs; send me your suggestions for topics and I'll do what I can. WSE 2.0 labs are right around the corner...
    - 3-hour Hosted Trial. New to Visual Studio .NET? Just want to check it out? Use the Hosted Trial image for a free-form, 3-hour session. No lab manuals, just pure coding. Have fun and build whatever you want.
    - "Single-sign-on." Ok, so I'm borrowing this term from Passport. We don't use Passport here but we do allow you to sign in once to access as many Virtual Labs and Hosted Trial sessions as you want. Come back over and over, we'll leave the light on for you.
    - Increased capacity. In the past we've been too popular for our own good sometimes. Thanks to our friends in the BMO (one of the marketing groups here at Microsoft) we have more money to host even more concurrent users. Crank it up.
    - 100% Free. (Ok, the lawyers require that we remind you connection fees may apply for your Internet service provider... but you already know that.)

    Please check it out, let me know how it is and if you have any ideas for making it better.

    http://microsoft.demoservers.com/msdn

    Also, for those of you on the IT side of the house, TechNet has a similar "Virtual Labs" experience with Windows Server 2003: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/traincert/virtuallab/default.mspx

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    TheServerSide.net interview

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    **10/8 Update to fix links.
    I had the opportunity to be interviewed by Ted Neward of TheServerSide.net which was recently posted for streaming. Ted and I discuss Visual J# .NET, the Java Language Conversion Assistant, the Sun / Microsoft agreement, and more.

    Video Interview: 56k | DSL

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    XBox: So many titles, so little time...

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    I am itching to play Star Wars: Battlefront, and Fable has peaked my interest as well. Of course, Halo 2 is right around the corner as well. Unfortunately I've picked up a lot of interesting projects at work recently, so I have to resist buying these games right now... sometimes I wish I was 12 again with no responsibility! There's never been a better time to be a kid. :-)
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    C# 'that' keyword

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    My younger brother, Danny, is doing the same graduate program that I did at the University of Florida. Recently he was given a pop quiz from one of my favorite professors where he was asked to describe what the that keyword does in C#. I must admit - I was also initially stumped because I didn't expect it to be a trick question... I figured maybe, since I focus on J#, I just hadn't encountered the C# keyword (perhaps it was part of C# 2.0 and I hadn't noticed). Ok, ok, so really I have no good excuse...

    But my question for the readers of my blog: If there was a that keyword for C#, what would it be used for? Accepting all answers, real or absurd. I'll post the best ones here. BrianKel at Microsoft dot com. Who knows, maybe I'll ask Dan to champion the best responses with Anders to consider for C# 3.0? :-)

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    Back off, Jeanne!

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    That's right! Turn tail and go back to the ocean. We've had enough of your kind...

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    The Monetary Economics of Thurston Howell III

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    This is a really amusing - and educational - article about the use of the Millionaire's (and his wife) money on Gilligan's Island. Which begs the question... how did it become Gilligan's island? Gilligan seems the least likely candidate to be the namesake of the island... but I digress. Here's the article: http://mises.org/fullstory.aspx?control=1595

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    .NET Framework 1.1 SP1 and .NET Framework 1.0 SP3 now available

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    This is an exciting month for service packs. Note the separate download for Windows Server 2003

     

    Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1 [for Windows 2000/XP] <http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=A8F5654F-088E-40B2-BBDB-A83353618B38&displaylang=en>

     

    Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 Service Pack 1 for Windows Server 2003 <http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=AE7EDEF7-2CB7-4864-8623-A1038563DF23&displaylang=en>

     

    Microsoft .NET Framework 1.0 Service Pack 3 [for Windows 2000/XP] <http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=6978D761-4A92-4106-A9BC-83E78D4ABC5B&displaylang=en>

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    DevDays 2004 Content Available Online

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    Couldn't make it to DevDays 2004? Don't worry - now you can download streaming videos of all of the sessions straight to your desktop. You can even download the sample code, such as the IssueVision application developed for the Smart Client track or Microsoft's submission to eWEEK's OpenHack competition which was referenced in the Web track. Enjoy!

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/events/devdays/sessions/default.aspx

  • Brian Keller

    Hurricane coming after my hometown...

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    I am glued to MSNBC watching Hurricane Charley updates. Last night I figured it would be a relatively mild storm - category 2, or maybe category 3 they were saying. Well now it's a category 4 and it's coming straight for where my Mom and brother live. They don't seem to be too worried, but given that I live in Seattle and I can only see the scary pictures coming across the news I'm getting pretty worried.

    On a lighter note, my friend's Web design and development company changed their home page for today to reflect the hurricane.
    www.352inc.com.

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