A View from Elsewhere

John Montgomery's Weblog

March, 2006

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    .NET CF on Xbox

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    Read Mike Zintel's latest post . Mike's the PUM for .NET CF. What he's talking about is using that technology to program games on Xbox -- Xbox games written in managed code. Cool.
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    Patent (F)Law

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    When I started at Microsoft, my job was originally to work with other companies in standards groups to figure out what should and shouldn't be standardized. This was where I got up close and personal with two things that scared me: the standards process...
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    Web Services, Boredom, and Wrong Guesses

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    As I read the latest debate about WS-This and WS-That, I find myself entering a deep state of ennui. Perhaps I've become inured to the peregrinations of the Web services folk. With the exception of the occasionally clarifying posting from folks like Don...
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    I'm Radiant -- Radiant Floor Heating, That Is

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    The remodel is starting to take shape and we as homeowners have to continue to make choices about many finishes. If we don't make choices, our contractors will choose the default. So we're selecting tubs, showers, flooring, and so on. Just as fiberglass...
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    Insulated From the Real World

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    As part of a major renovation to our house in Seattle, my wife and I are going through the process of evaluating many major system components, from heating to plumbing to flooring. One part of this evaluation is to look closely at insulation and trying...
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    What is the .NET Compact Framework Team Up To?

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    Mike Zintel seems to have gone off his rocker. Or has he? Games? The Xbox Team? .NET? What's really going on here? This could be huge...
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    The Web Based IDE Again

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    James Governor sent me a link to this , an analysis of SketchUp , which was recently acquired by Google . In his writeup, Bill Scott, who is evidently a pretty smart AJAX person, looks at SketchUp as a UI design tool. That said, it's not an AJAX tool...
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    Mice or Raccoons II

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    Cote over at RedMonk took up the gauntlet I threw down in my blog and started to riff on the idea of an AJAX-based IDE. After arguing for AJAX, I'll now argue against it. You see, most developers already have an IDE and they're used to having all those...
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    Mice or Raccoons: IDEs and the Web

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    Google's acquisition of Writely last week got me thinking again. For those of you who've been living under a rock for the past year, Writely is an AJAX-based word processor built on ASP.NET. It's not as fully functional as Word and it has some quirks...
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    How (Not) to Interview a Developer

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    My team has an open headcount for a developer and, if things go as planned, my team will have more open headcount for developers, so I've been talking with lots of developers. Coming from a marketing team and previous to that being a writer/editor for...
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    Watching the Drivers

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    When I changed jobs, moving from marketing into program management, I also changed buildings, moving from building 42 across the street to building 41. I traded my view of Mt. Baker for a view of the building 41 parking garage . Of course, I have decided...
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    "Wizards for Dummies"

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    The other day I installed two new hard drives in my wife's two laptops and loaded them with XP and Office as well as Acrobat and a few other must-haves. As I was doing it, I realized how many times I was just hitting Enter as quickly as I could to get...
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