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: What are the Microsoft codenames “Oslo” and “Dublin”?

    What is "Oslo"? (from the “Oslo” developer site ,) "Oslo" is the code name for our platform for model-driven applications. The goal of "Oslo" is to provide a 10x productivity gain by making model-driven applications mainstream. At the core of this platform are domain-specific...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft’s Battle Against Conficker includes Bounty of $250K

    Many folks have asked me about Microsoft’s reward program to find the authors of the Conficker/Downadup worm. So, I did a little checking into this and here’s the scoop. Back in the fall (2008), Microsoft was made aware of the Conficker virus and provided a patch for servers in October. (I’ll never understand...
  • Blog Post: The Interoperability Principles

    Working in a competitive environment for a successful company, one often hears perceptions of different leaders. Some are intelligent issues, and some are of a different category – myths, lies, FUD, etc. Since I heard one today that was incomprehensible to me and my personal integrity, I had to look...
  • Blog Post: LAMP, WAMP, and WIMP

    I have had several of my Linux friends lately come to me about their unhappiness with their world, and if they could move their apps to Windows. I keep telling folks that this is possible, but I haven’t tried it myself. But now, here’s a resource. Keith Combs posts Running LAMP on Windows Server 2008...
  • Blog Post: Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V RTM

    The Hyper-V team has been working hard on the product, as well as working with customers to get an early BANG with Hyper-V. For example, on June 25, Rob Emanuel posted about his usage of Hyper-V on Microsoft.com . This is a good read due to the background of that large application as well as a video...
  • Blog Post: Case Study: Bargainland builds Bidtopia.Com

    Last year, John and I ran across a new company that had moved to town (thanks Diana for the intro). Several things caught my attention about them. First, they were hard at work with .NET 3.5 and VS 2008 Beta, and second, their business model of "reverse logistics". This has turned out to be...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Announcements and Sessions hitting the Internet

    Tech Ed 2008 site Tech·Ed NA Developers Keynote delivered by Bill Gates Also, check out Denny Boynton and other DPE folks doing Tech Interviews . There's quite a who's-who list of folks, interviewers and interviewees. Microsoft PressPass TechEd Virtual Pressroom - with videos and written transcripts...
  • Blog Post: .NET StockTrader 2.0 and Configuration Service 2.0 now live on MSDN!

    As you may have seen a year ago, Microsoft released .NET StockTrader 1.0 to show how .NET 3.0 could work in the context of the IBM WebSphere's Trade 6.1 reference application. We've now upgraded ours to reflect the enhancements in .NET 3.5 and Windows Server 2008. The new one is called .NET StockTrader...
  • Blog Post: Compare Windows vs Linux

    For years, Linux has been formidable competitor to Windows - for some good reasons, but sometimes from folks who speak out of un-education (typically religious positions). In years past, I've pointed out resources to clarify this (from my first blog pushing the Get the Facts campaign back in 2003, last...
  • 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: Huge web attack blamed on IIS?

    Don't know if you saw this, but it's certainly scary . There are several articles out about a massive web server attack, and these articles are blaming this on a vulnerability in IIS. Reportedly, this has impacted 100K+ servers. The Microsoft Security Response Center (MSRC) is aware of this, and has...
  • Blog Post: Windows Media Services 2008 is RTW'd

    RTW - "Released to Web", very similar to "Released to Manufacturing". RTW is for bits downloaded via the Internet. This week, Microsoft released the media services update for Windows Server 2008. And update is the wrong word here, since there is big improvements and enhancements in...
  • 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: DinnerNow 2.5 - supports .NET 3.5, Vista, Vista SP1, and Windows Server 2008 RTM

    James Conard blogged this recently. You can download the source code from CodePlex today. Also, read from the man behind DinnerNow, David Aiken . Also note the issues with x64 (with workarounds).
  • 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: Ron Cundiff, on IIS7, and other Web Development Best Practices

    Last night, Ron presented to the Memphis .NET Users Group .  The talk began with the improved administrative interface in IIS7, then he showed how to build a managed module for IIS7 with VS2008 (demo of a Web Traffic logging tool putting data into SQL Server), then he covered several ways to improve...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Downloads And Articles for the Holidays

    Power Toys for .NET Compact Framework 3.5 - remote performance monitor and GC Heap Viewer, NETCF CLR Profiler, App Configuration Tool, ServiceModel Metadata Tool, Remote Logging Configuration Tool, Network Log Viewer Anyone seen the new Innovate On Windows Mobile site? It's intended for ISV's and partners...
  • Blog Post: "It's Christmas day" for those waiting on Microsoft's first showing of virtualization

    A quote from ADT article, titled Microsoft Releases Beta of Key Virtualization Product , says that "Microsoft today made a surprise announcement that Hyper-V, code-named "Viridian," is available as a public beta with Windows Server 2008 RC1 Enterprise edition . Originally, Hyper-V was...
  • Blog Post: Windows Genuine Advantage

    WGA is an important capability built into Windows Vista. Today, we announced changes to this capability that will be brought to your system in Vista SP1 and in Windows Server 2008. For the full announcement, check out the WGA Blog entry as well as the interview with Mike Sievert . Personally, I like...
  • Blog Post: FREE - Search Server 2008

    You betcha! We have announced Microsoft Search Server 2008 Express. Here's a video overview as well as the overview page . This is the real product, so you can get started with just a download and be up and running quick. Did I mention that it's FREE?
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