Out Of The Box

The blog of Jon Box, an Architect Evangelist in Developer & Platform Evangelism, based in Tennessee

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  • Blog Post: Microsoft submits code to Linux, and Linus talks OSS Hypocrisy

    Background On July 20th, Microsoft announced and submitted 20K lines of code to the Linux source machine. Here’s a quote in PressPass from Tom Hanrahan, Director, Open Source Technology Center (OSTC): Today we’re releasing Linux device driver code to the Linux kernel community. This is a significant...
  • Blog Post: Morro, free A/V for your home PC’s

    Microsoft Announces Plans for No-Cost Consumer Security Offering Consumer Security Strategy Update , from Windows Live OneCare Team Blog In an effort to broaden PC protection and help ensure a positive Windows experience, Microsoft Corp. announced plans to offer a new core anti-malware solution in the...
  • Blog Post: Watch the PDC Keynotes, LIVE

    Yes, even though I can not be there in person (and receive all the goodies, food, fun, direct conversation with product teams, etc.), the next best thing is a live viewing from my PC. I’ve already blocked off time on my calendar for MON and TUE (10:30 Central – 12:30 Central). Just go to www.microsoftpdc...
  • Blog Post: Today was an enjoyable work day

    Some days are better than others, in this rat race that we all run. Really, this has been a good week for several reasons. Jim Morgan, an account manager in our Memphis office, has been leading the charge in the Best Places to Work in Memphis contest sponsored by the Memphis Business Journal. He took...
  • Blog Post: Making a Big Splash with Windows Mobile

    This month, Windows Mobile is supporting Ellen DeGeneres and her Ellen for the Cure campaign for Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and we can help! In October, Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Windows Mobile is making a donation for every guest that Ellen dunks in the dunk tank on the Ellen DeGeneres Show....
  • Blog Post: I'm a PC!

    If you're anywhere near a TV lately, you've probably seen some new ad's from Microsoft. The first two were starring Jerry Seinfield and Bill Gates , and they were certainly curios, humorous, and show a different side of Microsoft than most people see. For some reason, a lot of folks don't understand...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Findings and Good BBQ

    New Windows Blog Just found a new blog that looks interesting since it's about Windows "7". It's called Engineering Windows 7 . Office Labs At It Again I've mentioned before that Office Labs has some cool projects in the Search Commands and Community Clips . Now there are new prototype projects...
  • Blog Post: Make Your Own Synth

    Photosynth is just cool! Now you can make your own photosynth and show it to your friends. It's certainly enjoyable to explore these synth's that they have online. You'll have to download a browser plug-in for the viewing experience (just takes a minute), and then it's time for the 3D viewing extravaganza...
  • Blog Post: Now this is a fan?

    From my buddy, Steve Frase, at Lenny's. This is a sure sign of someone who likes .NET. Honk if you see this car, and tell Steve hi.
  • Blog Post: .NET and Java Growth

    I was reading through the latest issue of Redmond Developer News . I most like this magazine as I can get a quick view of Microsoft development from a industry perspective, although sometimes I disagree with a few points here and there. In this issue, they have a variety of articles. I'll point out a...
  • Blog Post: My Next Few Weeks

    They are going to be some busy ones - but I'm looking forward to them. Metro Mobility Hands-On Lab in Memphis - May 13-15. A 3 day event where we cover the fundamentals of building applications on Windows Mobile. We have a couple of seats left. Contact me directly if you're interested, and please have...
  • Blog Post: Another device from HTC, Geotagging, and Windows XP SP3

    I was admiring the HTC Diamond on Mike Gannotti's blog (SharePoint guru in North Carolina). Doesn't that phone look cool? He has more details and links to the product reviews.   Geotagging Also saw on Mike's blog about geotagging and some photo related tools to assist in the process. These tools...
  • Blog Post: Why Develop for Windows Vista

    Just ran across this page after the latest MSDN Flash featuring Jennifer's return (welcome back, Mrs. Marsman!).   Titled "Why Develop for Windows Vista" , it's a nice summary of why developing applications for Windows Vista is a smart thing. I think this is a new page - or it's new to...
  • Blog Post: Scared of the Office Ribbon?

    I don't understand this phenomenon myself, but I hear people bring it up. "Office 2007 is so different looking", or "I can't find my old commands." I'll keep my inside voice quiet here, but let's just say that I don't connect with this perception. The new Ribbon (i.e. fluent UI) is...
  • Blog Post: Digital Lifestyle Video - with "Girl From Mars"

    Saw this today on Mel Sampat's blog (which is a good read). But this video is cool, and the song is good. It's an entertaining music video showing a bunch of Microsoft technologies along the way. Professionally done, pretty believable looking story, and funny. 4 minutes. For more details about the video...
  • Blog Post: Thought Leadership: Steelcase, Live Labs, Photosynth, Seadragon, and John Mullinax

    This title is an interesting combination of entities. Let me explain how I came to this conclusion. In the context of something that I preach to my sons and groups that I speak to, let me say that "learning should never end, or you'll be unemployed or not paid very much". So, here's some learning...
  • Blog Post: DreamSpark, for students

    Wow, what a great idea. I think it is cool that a student can choose from a expensive list of software. And it's not just any list, it's a set of products that could allow for some industrious student to get their feet really wet. It's hard to not get excited thinking that one can build software for...
  • Blog Post: Videos: Life At Microsoft, and Hanselman's Home Office

    Here's a video (4.5 min's) about some misperceptions about our world inside of Microsoft, thanks to Channel 10 . Sorta funny. I also found another interesting video, Show Us Your Home: Scott Hanselman Edition (20 min's). Well worth the watch as Scott shows how he's wired his home, wireless home security...
  • Blog Post: What To Make from the ODC Keynote

    Today is a culmination of some hard work done across a team of FedEx, Microsoft, and Interknowlogy folks. During the Bill Gates keynote at ODC this morning, David Zanka (SVP, E-commerce, FedEx) announced QuickShip and some other possible FedEx direction. I'll note a few below and also point out how FedEx...
  • Blog Post: More Info on Hyper-V, and Analyst Thoughts on MSFT BI

    Looking at our Analysts Relation reports site , I found a link to a Gartner FAQ on Hyper-V which has some interesting questions and comments on this feature set. Keep an eye on this Analysts Relations site because it should soon mention a Gartner report showing their thoughts on Business Intelligence...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 and Vista SP1 have RTM'd

    Good news on Server and Tools Business News Bytes blog , Redmond Developer News , Windows Server Division blog , Vista Team blog . And on PressPass : Approaching the company’s largest enterprise launch in its history, Microsoft reached another important milestone today with the release to manufacturing...
  • Blog Post: Do You Know the Different Ways to implement Virtualization?

    Yesterday, Bob Muglia (Senior Vice President, Server and Tools Business) published a letter being sent to customers about our position on virtualization. Mr. Muglia's letter is titled, Harnessing the Power of Virtualization for Dynamic IT . I definitely learned some things from this, because when I usually...
  • Blog Post: The Much Asked For DevLink 2007 Jersey

    Been meaning to mention this, but just haven't gotten back around to it. So, since my Cowboys are done and it's Sunday, thought that I would get this picture onto the Internet for future usage - and clean up my desktop. Anyway, DevLink is the premier event around here as a .NET developer conference....
  • Blog Post: Bill Gates' last day video

    If you haven't seen this , take a look. There's a list of MSFT celeb's as well as other well known names - Brian Williams, Steve Ballmer, Matthew McConaughey, Robbie Bach, Jay-Z, Bono, Steven Spielberg, George Clooney, Jon Stewart, Kevin Turner, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Al Gore, Ray Ozzie and Craig...
  • Blog Post: Updated .NET posters covering .NET 2.0 to 3.5

    Pretty cool. I'm looking for the real poster, but for now you can get the updated version here . It also includes a tiled version for those of you who will print and assemble 8.5x11 into the poster (a nice fallback, if you need it).
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