Carter Maslan

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  • Blog Post: Yahoo! Messenger for Windows Vista

    Karsten had a great time working with the Yahoo team on their Windows Vista Messenger client. They've posted a video preview of the app with some fun features like the group skinning in the fantasy football league example. Karsten - at the risk of exacerbating the speculation that my office is at...
  • Blog Post: Chipping away at the "Tyranny of the OR"

    It's pretty natural to think through engineering problems in terms of choices between this OR that (e.g. web app OR windows app, online OR offline, centralized OR distributed, record-oriented OR document-oriented, synchronous OR asynchronous, http OR tcp, etc.). I've been calling this the "tyranny of...
  • Blog Post: Bay Area Traffic for your Smartphone (or Duct-Taping the Web)

    At Inktomi, we used to joke that cookies were the “duct tape” of the Internet. That was before XML Web Services; but even now, this Smartphone 2003 bay area traffic application uses .NET Compact Framework and XML Web Services as a kind of “super duct tape” to make it easy for me to get drive times from...
  • Blog Post: New Concept Video: Longhorn for Telecom

    The new Longhorn for Telecom demo video takes a look at a couple big opportunities for both telecom companies and software developers.
  • Blog Post: Cassini is Everywhere

    Under my hotel room door today was a front page photo of Saturn from the Cassini spacecraft. Given that the ongoing stream of spectacular pictures from Cassini has been greeted with such anticipation, and has generated such excitement, I wish I’d included Cassini in the Longhorn Higher Education...
  • Blog Post: The Man Behind the Curtain

    First I laughed, then I got scared, then I started thinking when I saw David's office as he's preparing for a keynote demo . Look at that picture. He's got to ship all those machines to the event just because we can't guarantee 100% that we'll have a great broadband internet connection at the venue...
  • Blog Post: New Concept Video: Longhorn for Higher Education

    This new Longhorn for Higher Education Demo Video includes scenarios in community interaction, shared annotations, interactive documents, and visualizations. I'm hoping my son's college experience is filled with materials like the ones we prototyped with McGraw-Hill for this demo. I had a fantastic...
  • Blog Post: Jonathan's Squarified Treemaps with XAML and C#

    I'm digging out from a 10-day-vacation-without-connectivity inbox, and just saw great work by Jonathan Hodgson that Chris Sells mentioned last week . Data visualization is going to be huge!
  • Blog Post: New Concept Video: Longhorn for Manufacturing

    The Longhorn in Manufacturing demo highlights Avalon, Indigo and Fundamentals in plant floor operations, business intelligence, and system integration. The scenarios in the demo are based on early work with our partner Invensys Wonderware . Their innovative work in real-time visualizations of plant operations...
  • Blog Post: New Concept Video: Longhorn for Financial Services

    This Longhorn demo focuses on ways that Indigo and WinFS help you build collaborative applications that blend peer-to-peer workflow with back-end system integration. It shows how deploying a simple client app can make a complex datacenter project easier. It used to be that every project that had...
  • Blog Post: Fly the earth in 3D - even before Longhorn! :)

    Everyone loves the satellite / aerial fly-over shown in the Commercial Real Estate Longhorn demo . You too can fly right now by downloading the app from Keyhole .
  • Blog Post: Deploying applications with email?!

    Regarding the Commercial Real Estate Longhorn demo , Joseph asked in email, How can the one-click install feature possibly be secure when a one click install application is e-mail? You are allowing someone else’s code to run on your machine. What is preventing malicious code from being executed...
  • Blog Post: New Longhorn Concept Video for Healthcare Posted

    The second in a series of vertical industry Longhorn demos has been posted here on MSDN . The Longhorn Healthcare demo precipitated our collaboration with Merck and Datalabs on the construction of the Longhorn clinical trial demo you saw in Jim Allchin's PDC 03 Keynote.
  • Blog Post: Indigo, Biztalk, and Longhorn - how they play together

    The data exchanges in the Longhorn demo for Commercial Real Estate prompted questions about the way Biztalk, Indigo, and Longhorn work together. Scott Woodgate 's PDC session DAT420: BizTalk Server 2004 with SQL Server “Yukon” DTS and “Indigo” helps clarify ( ppt here ). Biztalk...
  • Blog Post: On Being a "Longhorn Evangelist"

    I’m * still * amazed by the Internet. You’d think that after having used it for 20 years, and having been at the center of the Internet boom at Inktomi, I’d lose just a little of my fascination. But once again, I feel like the guys from “ Tin Men ” who marvel at the fact...
  • Blog Post: Indigo Intermediaries

    The Commercial Real Estate Longhorn demo raised questions in Scoble’s blog about the uptime/availability of a system dependent on end-users’ PCs. What good is a great end user experience if the system fails when an end user’s hard disk crashes? Sure, Indigo delivers messages reliably...
  • Blog Post: High Growth Again in Software?

    It’s nice to find sensible words of encouragement amidst the doom and gloom headlines in our industry. Check out The Chasm Group’s “ Under the Buzz ” section 3 starting half way down page 5 : Does Software Have a Future as a High-Growth Business? You Bet it Does! Their description...
  • Blog Post: A place to talk about demos

    Monday night, Chris Sells posted a Longhorn demo video on MSDN. After replying to lots of emails, I realize I need a place to talk about demos if I'm going to post new ones every few weeks. So I talk to Robert Scoble , who gives me a 10 minute overview of blogging and I start a blog. This morning...
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