Out Of The Box

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

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    Windows Vista Vulnerability Report - Compare to Apple and Linux

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    Ran across this on Slashdot . There is a Microsoft employee who researched the vulernabilities and posted on CSO . There are people out there that will say that this is FUD. Just like they said with our Get The Facts campaign.
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    VB6 Migration Resources

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    This conversation comes up from time to time, so I wanted a record of this info. Important facts: VB6 IDE support expires April 8, 2008, no matter what platform the IDE is run on. Microsoft has committed to supporting the VB6 IDE in Windows Vista, but...
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    So, You're Buying an iPhone?

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    It looks cool and they do a great job of advertising. But most people that I talk to who are enthusiastic about this have some common characteristics. Usually, they've never owned or investigated the phones that are out in the market today. I see several...
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    Looking for Hotspots?

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    Working from home presents challenges and opportunity. It sounds like it would be a great thing - and it is in a lot of ways. But, sometimes I just have to get out to work, and in those times it is usually helpful to have internet access. Also, when I...
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    How To Get a Job At Microsoft

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    A request that seems to come up all the time for me in social circles, "how can I find a job at Microsoft?". I don't blame people for asking. The benefits beat anything around. I'm working with some very talented people - and it drives me. We are encouraged...
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    Where do I go instead of PDC?

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    My friends in Memphis will ask, "where should I go now that PDC is postponed?". Good question. I was going too so I'm a little bummed - but there are several alternatives. Personally, I'm holding out for the events in Nashville and Memphis to save my...
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    With Application Center going away, what can I do?

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    Every once in a while, I'll get a question related to the future of Application Center capabilities, and then I have to do this search for the below mentioned resources. This post is to help me find them easier. Application Center is an interesting and...
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    Another reason to upgrade to Vista - taught by Dave Bost

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    This week, I'm in Chicago with other DPE brethren attending a week long training class. I'm sitting here with Dave Bost , a Developer Evangelist based in Chicago (and a Cubs fan). Where do we hire these people?!? Did you know that when the Cubs come to...
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    A Gadget For Jon Box

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    Not a technical post today. If you don't know, I like baseball. I like the St. Louis Cardinals. I also like Vista, and Gadgets. And during a non-exciting pontification on creating custom content types and events in WSS v3, I took a quick look to see this...
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    XCOPY is deprecated on Windows Vista

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    Another learning. Working at Microsoft in the field (like way out in the sticks, in other words - the life of RAS), I frequently get the occasion to download files from our corporate network. Yeah! I was doing some drag-n-drop in Windows Explorer, and...
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    Window Mobile 6 Touchdown Mobility Tour in TN, OH, MI

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    Window Mobile 6 Touchdown Mobility Tour - An Introduction to the New Developer Features of Windows Mobile 6 Join the Microsoft team of Gordon Bennett and William Steele as they discuss the new developer features of the Microsoft® Windows Mobile 6...
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    Acropolis and SCSF/CAB

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    I was reading John Mullinax's blog . He has an interesting post on Popfly where he built a HLD DPE NewsReader - what a cool idea on how to apply Popfly. Then, reading his blog got me to another post on Acropolis, which led me to Kathy Kam's blog entry...
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    ACS - A Potential Logging Solution?

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    OK, this is one of those posts for me - so you can stop reading this entry. In an internal thread the other day, someone asked for potential logging options for a custom .NET app. I'm thinking about the typical answers like: .NET options System.Diagnostics...
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    devLink adds more big name speakers

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    I loved attending and speaking at devLink last year. It's always fun to meet 400 people who have the same hobby as I do, using the same tools that I do, and wanting to learn more about it. The 2007 devLink, scheduled for October 12-13 (FRI, SAT) is setting...
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    MIX08 is on the calendar - March 5-7

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    MIX07 was great! Now, MIX08 has a date, March 5-7, and back in Las Vegas at the Venetian. I've been telling my contacts to check out the MIX07 content , since the keynotes and breakouts are available to everyone. And if you're trying to figure out what...
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    arcReady in Memphis on June 11 (and other cities)

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    Architecting the next generation of software. The why, the what and the how. Microsoft’s journey towards creating new technology strategies, platforms, tools and practices is to drive the next generation of software for consumers and the enterprise. It...
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    Announcing Microsoft Surface

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    Today, I was with our team's DE presenting at a customer on VS 2005 and ASP.NET 2.0. Before the presentation started, one of the attendees walked up to me and says "tell me about this new monitor that you guys are selling". Hmmmm. What monitor? And then...
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    Weather.Com's New Interactive Weather Map

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    In Memphis, we have plenty of storms in the spring - and we've had our share of tornados across the years. So, when we hear the wind blow unannounced or thunder rumble out in the distance (like right now), we start checking on what is coming at us. One...
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    Enhancing Consumer Mobility with 2D Barcodes

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    <Complaint> The US is always behind in mobility. Asia is always 1+ years ahead. For example, watching TV on a cell phone is normal over there, and it's a dream here. </Complaint> So, while the US networks are being enhanced to support video...
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    Silverlight - starting to appear on real websites

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    I don't want this to really be my first post on Silverlight . My first post should be some thoughts on MIX since I attended - but I've leave this to later posting since there is enough Silverlight buzz. For now, I just tell people to watch the first keynote...
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    Installing Windows XP after Vista?

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    Recently, some teammates and I received new hardware as part of a refresh program. It was like Christmas time! The first thing that I did was to install Vista on the built-in hard drive, and start living the high life with Vista and Office 2007! One of...
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    Is Jon Box Related To Don Box?

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    My teammate, John Mullinax, poses a question that I get regularly at conferences: am I related to Don Box? It's a fair question since the delta of our names is the first letter. When asked, I always say that we are cousins, although the official answer...
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    Who is Jon Box?

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    <Updated 3/8/2008 with Architect Journal article and Linked In tag> Whenever I start a new blog or see someone else start one, I like the first post to be an introduction - you know, the "why would someone care about thoughts from this person...
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