Randy Holloway at Microsoft

Blogging from the field.

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    MyLifeBits

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    MSR has posted an article called Your Personal Lifetime Store , explaining some of the research projects for digital media capture in your everyday life events and the systems that can be used to store and organize the information. The projects are called...
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    Virtual PC tips

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    The Virtual PC Guy is posting a "how to" for migrating a physical computer to a VPC image . I'm hooked on VPC, and I'm currently doing all of my SQL Server 2005 development in a VPC image. I'm interested in doing this with my old computer soon I'm not...
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    Interesting webcast on service-oriented solutions

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    John Evdemon posts a link to a very interesting looking webcast, "Governance and Compliance in Service-Oriented Solutions". Here's an excerpt from the abstract: Because of the complexity of modifying existing business solutions, compliance can be costly...
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    John Montgomery's support adventures

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    Before I turn in tonight, I wanted to keep up with my resolutions (item #2) . John posted an account of him trying to help his father-in-law fix an issue with his PC . I've definitely been there, and find that when I try to help family I generally always...
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    Three hundred posts

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    So tonight, without even realizing it, I made my 300th post . In looking back over the past 18 months, 300 posts isn't that many, but it is a start. And when I look at my archives, I'm proud of some of what I blogged about (I think I'm still the only...
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    Which Outlook organizer plug-in is best?

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    I'm a pretty organized person by nature, but over the past few months the number of things on my plate ( work at MS , charity work , writing a book , new baby coming in early January) has really forced me to rethink my approach to organizing my information...
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    In-Proc Data Provider- SqlCommand

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    In this entry over at CLRSQL- Technology and Current Events, Reloaded , I explain how commands can be executed using the in-proc data provider's connection context. Note that I've also added a categoy for SQL Server 2005 posts and may be breaking out...
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    What isn't marketing?

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    Scoble talks about Channel 9, and describes it as disintermediated marketing . Interesting. I'll go one step further though. Not only is Channel 9 a marketing site, but so is http://blogs.msdn.com (in a way). The PDC is also a huge marketing event. Just...
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    Check out the Daily Grind

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    I can't agree more with Scott's comments. Mike G. has been a great colleague to work with in the past, and I hope to have the chance to work with him in the future. If you haven't already, you should definitely check out the Daily Grind. Mike is an excellent...
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    In-proc data provider

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    I've posted a short note on the in-proc data provider with SQL Server 2005 over on my CLRSQL weblog. I'll expand on this entry over the weekend, and talk about the execution of commands and support for transactions.
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    Retooling the CLRSQL site

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    I'm retooling the CLRSQL site- after a brief foray into politics, I've decided to get back to my senses and maintain CLRSQL as a sort of "general fare" weblog where I can post my SQL Server 2005 content and also have freedom to post about current events...
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    Rory had a headache today

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    Bummer .
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    IW Summit recap

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    I had the opportunity to attend a MS internal/partner focused event called the IW Summit in Orlando this week. The focus of the event is on demonstrating the value of our information worker technologies and solutions to customers. I had a good time, and...
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    Identity management for weblogs

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    So I saw that Michael Howard commented on a post I made last night ... only, it isn't really him. Who is it? I'm not sure. But it does remind me that we need good identity management for weblogs. Perhaps we need it for the web in general, although efforts...
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    New Tablet PC

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    Scoble gets a new Tablet PC . I'm definitely. My Tablet at Microsoft is one of the older models. I'm curious to know what Robert likes best about the new one. I'd like to get a new one early next year. With as much evangelism as he does for the Tablet...
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    Yes, we actually use .NET!

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    The VSData weblog has a post on the use of the .NET framework in various Microsoft applications , including internal and external applications. The authors points out that it isn't reasonable to expect a wholesale shift to a new technology. The migration...
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    SP2 Performance

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    Ed Bott has a post on SP2 performance . The verdict is no difference in performance. I hadn't studied this, but I'm glad to see that the concerns that have been expressed to me are unfounded. Most people suffering from performance problems tend to have...
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    Personal blogs and your feedback

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    I'm looking for feedback from those that view this weblog. Are you opposed to any sort of personal entries? Would you be interested in some personal commentary, or would you rather that this weblog only be focused on industry topics and/or MS technology...
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    Apples and Oranges

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    Great comments from Dare on the comparison of Google Desktop Search and WinFS . Among them, the following: "Tools like Lookout and Google Desktop Search are a crutch to get around the fact that the file navigation metaphor on most desktop systems is past...
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    Still looking for smart clients

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    So when I asked about smart client applications , I thought that I'd learn something new or find out about some great new tools. Sadly, I really didn't. Scoble points to a bunch of aggregator-style applications , and the comments didn't really point out...
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    Separated at birth?

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    I saw a picture posted on Scott's site recently, and Ward Cunningham looks an awful lot like Marc Canter .
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    Where are all the smart clients?

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    I read Scoble's post on IE , and I was struck by his comment that only 15% of his internet usage was centered around the browser. That's interesting, and certainly different than my usage. However, I have reduced my RSS feeds down to around 100 over the...
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    Office Server Products

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    I'm back from a LONG hiatus- I hope I still have a reader or two left. So I read an article from Mary Jo on Office Servers . While I won't comment on unreleased products in a specific way, I wonder what people think of these concepts. For example, how...
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    MGB- First Night

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    I arrived in Atlanta tonight for MGB. Contrary to my stated intentions prior to leaving, I've stayed up entirely too late tonight and tomorrow is an early day. I ran into a bunch of folks, but only one that has a weblog- Steve Maine . I hadn't seen Steve...
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    Does an object-oriented business layer buy you much?

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    Steve Maine posts an interesting follow up to Clemens' earlier post, Rows and Columns + Elements and Attributes is all you need . My favorite quote: "As collective industry experience has shown, handing polymorphic data with language techniques optimized...
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