Randy Holloway at Microsoft

Blogging from the field.

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    Enter(ed) the Matrix

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    I'm not a huge gamer, but I play from time to time. So, like many others, I recently picked up the "Enter the Matrix" game for my X-Box. I give it an A- (grading on a curve). One review I read compared some of the gameplay features to "Max Payne", and...
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    When Will They Ever Learn?

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    Mary Jo posts the following: My ZD colleague Ross Rubin reflects on Microsoft's seeming lack of progress with its Smartphone. http://www.microsoft-watch.com/article2/0,0,1109121,00.asp?kc=MWRSS02129TX1K0000535 Can we get some feedback from someone...
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    A Tribute to the Human Spirit

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    Since it is Memorial Day, I thought I'd link to this article about a young patriot persevering despite the obstacles he faces in his daily life. His great spirit and love of his country should serve as an example to all of us.
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    The Software Economy (Or "Don't Blame the Users")

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    Dave writes for the second time on the topic of the software economy, and posits that users aren't willing to pay for software. The initial feedback from the community seems to indicate that we are willing to pay for software. I for one agree. Dave...
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    The World is a Dangerous Place

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    Yes, it really is.
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    Microsoft and Backwards Compatibility

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    ComputerWorld Singapore has an interesting article on Windows Server 2003, and its lack of backwards compatibility. This is by design, and is part of Microsoft's overall efforts to gently nudge users towards a more stable and secure platform. For example...
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    Internal Sun Memo- "The Java Problem"

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    Pud has posted a very interesting memo , purportedly originating from Sun Microsystems. I'll have some analysis on this later tonight. UPDATE: This memo looks like its been out for a while, but somehow I missed it. I'm going to look for commentary...
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    The Rhetoric is Heating Up

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    Check out this letter to the editor at CNET regarding the IP issues swirling in the Linux world. It looks like the rhetoric is really heating up between the Microsoft and Linux user communities. I had a conversation with an associate from Microsoft earlier...
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    Death of the Browser?

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    Scoble speculates on the death of the web browser and the rise of rich clients. I agree wholeheartedly. The internet is a great medium, and the browser has been great as a "least common denominator" for delivering information and application functions...
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    File Under "FUD"

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    Peoplesoft CEO Craig Conway says "Running enterprise software on a PC is a known bad thing... .Net is a home formula to make your own asbestos. PeopleSoft is absolutely convinced enterprise software should not be resident on PCs."
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    SCO Facing Hurdles in Linux Claims

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    The article is here . It raises an interesting point about the potential complexities in the case if it is removed to federal court and copyright infringement and patent claims are brought in. It may not be in SCO's interest to do this though, considering...
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    Whidbey/Yukon Connection

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    Mary Jo provides an overview of some the upcoming features in Whidbey, and emphasizes the link between that product and the Yukon release. If anything concerns me about the upcoming Yukon release, this dependency is it. Its going to be tough to coordinate...
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    Awarding Excellence

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    The next time one of your coworkers does a really good job on something, make sure to reward them, I'm sure they will appreciate it.
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    Thurrott's "Road to Longhorn" Updates

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    Paul Thurrott's "The Road to Windows 'Longhorn' Part Two" provides some interesting information the graphics capabilities of Longhorn, and outlines some more information on the new UI capabilities and the underlying code, called the Desktop Composite...
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    Entertainment at its Finest

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    Joel writes about a number of interesting things... in the same post. He manages to tie together an anecdote from his days working on Excel, a plug for a usability software book, his philosophy on software prototypes, and a reference to Microsoft Bob...
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    The Database Wars Continue

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    There is a huge push in the industry right now to build "value added" services into database platforms. CNet has an article on this topic, focusing on IBM's upcoming offerings. The article points out the similarities between upcoming DB2 versions and...
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    Framework Times Three

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    I'm running three versions of the .NET Framework concurrently. All I can say is "ouch". Its not that I expect to have no issues, and its not that the issues aren't documented (like ASP.NET configuration changes for IIS servers), or easily researched....
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    WinFS Coverage

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    The Register has an article on WinFS. It seems that there is some confusion about whether or not the WinFS technologies displace NTFS or are built on top of NTFS. I'm interested to learn how this thing actually works in the end. I'm not sure anyone (ComputerWorld...
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    Fun with Yukon

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    I installed a new Yukon build yesterday. Everything I need for my work with Yukon is implemented in the build right now, but there are still a few rough edges to smooth out. The install was a little tricky and I broke a few of my existing applications...
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    Virtuoso Universal Server

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    People interested in Mono and the CLR should take a look at OpenLink Software's Virtuoso product. It enables you to run .NET code on both Windows and non-Windows platforms through its Mono implementation and also supports Web services, including standards...
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    Longhorn UI and XAML

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    CRN has an interesting article on changes to the UI programming model in Longhorn. The article describes the displacement of GDI with a new framework that supports XAML, or XML Application Markup Language (sounds redundant). Apparently this will enable...
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    Get Ready For Yukon

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    .NET Magazine recently published an article on Yukon. There's not much new material here, its basically a recap of the recent conference talks that have been given on the upcoming Yukon release at conferences like VSLive! and DevConnections. If you haven...
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    Yukon Beta Approaching

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    CRN reports that the Yukon beta is close to being released, but may not be released by TechEd in early June as originally projected. I'm not surprised given the scope of the product and the issues caused by the Slammer virus earlier this year. While Microsoft...
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    Developers vs. Programmers

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    Eric has written a great piece on the difference between developers and programmers, and makes the case that a small ISV should not hire programmers per his definition. I think the distinction that Eric makes between programmers and developers (or engineers...
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    Microsoft's Weblog Strategy

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    I'm not sure if Microsoft has a strategy for weblogs or not. Mary Jo Foley writes about Microsoft's increased activity around weblogs, but from my perspective its been driven from the bottom up- many of the Microsoft employees have been participating...
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