Randy Holloway at Microsoft

Blogging from the field.

June, 2003

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    WWDC2003 Community Blog Space

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    OpenLink Software hosts a WWDC2003 Community Blog Space at  http://wwdc2003.openlinksw.com/ . Check it out.
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    Essential XML Specifications

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    Don  outlines his  XML "kernel" , but doesn't include XSLT, XPath, or XQuery. I don't have Don's depth of knowledge of the XML particulars, but I can't imagine being highly productive with XML without the support of XSLT or XPath, and XQuery looks very...
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    Longhorn Server Coming

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    Thurrott writes that despite earlier claims from Microsoft, there will be a Longhorn Server product. I think Microsoft is making a mistake here in one respect- they should not be stating their plans for the Windows product line so early as they have over...
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    Thurrott: Anti-virus Subscription Feature in Longhorn

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    Thurrott speculates that Longhorn will include a subscription feature for automatic virus updates, and complains that the anti-virus feature should be free as are features like the Windows Media Player, etc.. It seems that Microsoft is trying to preserve...
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    Host Web Services Applications with Cassini

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    I recently wrote this article on hosting web service applications with Cassini for Hardcore Web Services  (edited by Mike Gunderloy ). If you're interested in learning more about the internals of of a web server or are looking for a lightweight server...
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    Google Weblog Filtering versus Algorithm Improvements

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    Joi Ito comments on the potential for Google to filter weblogs from search results, and makes a great point.  Isn't the filtering of weblogs just a work around for an inflexible and/or poorly conceived page ranking algorithm?  If the page ranking algorithm...
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    Ruling Out Linux on the Desktop

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    Giga Research says that you should rule out Linux on the desktop until 2005 .  From what I've seen I think you should rule it out for the forseeable future.  There is no evidence that Linux is gaining any serious "mind share" or market share in desktop...
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    DB2 and .NET Support

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    Thanks to Andres Aguiar and his second post  on DB2's upcoming support for .NET, specifically stored procedure mappings to CLR code.  It doesn't sound like there is a lot to it, but it should be a useful feature.  The language specification part of it...
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    Linux vs. Windows (Eschewing Religious Debate)

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    To clarify my comments on Linux, I'm not impugning the quality of the Linux operating system or the software running on Linux.  My comments were on the overall viability of the platform for desktop computing, based on the amount of resources supporting...
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    Technical Weblogs - How Do You Write Them?

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    Scoble writes about Chris Brumme's weblog , which is hands down the  most technical .NET weblog (or Microsoft weblog, period) that is out there right now. If there is one that is comparable, please enlighten me. I like Brumme's site a lot, I have learned...
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    "Stand Up" Computing

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    Scoble provides a list of possible scenarios for computing while standing up.  I'd love to be able to use a Tablet when I give a talk on a technical issue.  If it is for a small group, I'd love to be able to walk around and show people what's on screen...
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    Just Say No To Reviews

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    Brad Wilson has a great blog entry on employee reviews , and makes the case that they are not useful.  I tend to agree, but in larger organizations they are more important from a human resources perspective.  I suspect that there are better ways to document...
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    Search Gets Interesting

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    For years now Google has owned internet searches. Except for a few radicals, everyone has embraced Google. A  News.com article today talks about how  Microsoft is making a move in the search arena. I'm pleased to see this, because I see Google getting...
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    Supporting Echo

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    Dare has posted a thoughtful endorsement of Echo . I'm in agreement that new standards to support weblogging should be constantly under review, and should work to build upon the limitations and shortcomings of the previous technologies. That's the nature...
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    Microsoft Software Good Enough?

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    Fortune: Alas, Poor Microsoft ... You Used to Be So Interesting Here is a key quote from this article, "Microsoft's software is good enough... Longhorn might get geeks all sweaty with desire, but to the rest of us, it's still just an operating system...
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    Deconstructing the Yukon Delay

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    Microsoft is citing customer concerns about product stability and internal dependencies on Whidbey as the primary drivers for the project delays in the Yukon release.  The software is now projected to release in the second half of 2004.  I'm the last...
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    Opportunism at Sun

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    Instead of working on reviving a failing business model or improving its core technology offerings, Sun has to resort to these tactics . Scott "My Name is FUD" McNealy is reported to have said  "There's no question we're going to go after the AIX base...
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    Vacuum Technologies

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    No, I'm not referring to antiquated computing equipment. I'm referring to  really cool househould appliances . At my house we have a few cats and a dog, so keeping things very tidy is a challenge. I want one of these, so if anyone has any experience with...
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    Loosely Coupled: So how do we make money?

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    Here is a great article  on the dearth of systems support for SOA billing, tracking, and reporting.  For companies looking to leverage Web services (or similar architectures) as a delivery mechanism for software and services, this will be an important...
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    The Economics of Technology Spending

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    MIT economics professor Dan Ariely  answers questions about economics and the technology spending behaviors of information technology executives.
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    Yukon to Commoditize Data Mining

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    According to this ZDNet article , Microsoft's goal is to commoditize the market for data mining tools with the upcoming Yukon release (presumably for the Windows platform). I think this may be a bit overstated, but Microsoft is definitely looking to provide...
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    A Real Bit Bucket

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    This one is for all of you database geeks out there.  (Courtesy of Tim Bray )
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    Kingsley Idehen's Blog

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    Kingsley Idehen, CEO of OpenLink Software (and InfoWorld Innovator award winner ),  corrected me .  Apparently he does have a blog !  I'm subscribing and so should you, this guy has a great understanding of database technologies, unified data access,...
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    File Systems Redux

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    After no significant attention to this area for years, there is a much greater focus recently on filesystem technologies.  Over at Slashdot, Hans Reiser of the ReiserFS project is being interviewed on his open source filesystem project . There are...
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    Thurrott: Yukon Shipping in 2006

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    Thurrott makes a "guess" that Yukon will ship with Longhorn in 2006. I don't think he understands what Yukon is if he really believes that. Yukon is the next version of SQL Server, not the Starship Enterprise. It has been "demoware" for a long time now...
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