Dear Spammers (or, "high volume email deployers") -
Thank you for your recent plethora of e-mails describing your fine Rolex wares. But I should tell you, before you waste another processing cycle on flooding my Junk Mail folder, that I don't wear watches. I have tried in the past, but I just can't adopt a watch into my lifestyle. Between my cell phone, PDA, laptop, and the in-brain computer tracking device they give us when we start at Microsoft <g>, I have plenty of ways to determine what time it is. And if all of those devices fail, I can just look at the sun. Scratch that... I live in Seattle... well, surely at least one of those devices will be working at any given time.
Nevertheless, thank you for your time and the multitude of offers. But I am too busy making "$25,000 per week working from home" and "earning my college d1pl0ma."
Yours truly -Brian Keller
TechEd 2005 may seem like a long time from now, but now is the time to start thinking about it. I'm on the planning team this year and it's already shaping up to be a really exciting event.
This year's U.S. TechEd will be in Orlando, FL from June 5-10.
Attention speakers: If you are interested in speaking at TechEd 2005 (and who wouldn't want a trip to Orlando?) then check out the Call for Papers site: http://www.msteched.com/cfp/CallForPapers.aspx
Don't worry, this ain't English class... you don't actually have to write a paper, just slides and demos. :-) I'm on the team that gets to review your session submissions and make the hard choices about who gets to speak, so please make my job easy by writing a thorough submission with all of the great reasons you will make a top-notch TechEd presenter.
This is nifty.http://www.cnn.com/2004/TECH/12/06/cellphonecover.sunflower.reut/index.html
Materials company Pvaxx Research & Development, at the request of U.S.-based mobile phone maker Motorola (MOT.N), has come up with a polymer that looks like any other plastic, but which degrades into soil when discarded. Researchers at the University of Warwick in Britain then helped to develop a phone cover that contains a sunflower seed, which will feed on the nitrates that are formed when the polyvinylalcohol polymer cover turns to waste.
Materials company Pvaxx Research & Development, at the request of U.S.-based mobile phone maker Motorola (MOT.N), has come up with a polymer that looks like any other plastic, but which degrades into soil when discarded.
Researchers at the University of Warwick in Britain then helped to develop a phone cover that contains a sunflower seed, which will feed on the nitrates that are formed when the polyvinylalcohol polymer cover turns to waste.
This is great timing, since I just got a new i-Mate SP3i SmartPhone today and I'm wondering what to do with my loyal, but outdated, Samsung "DumbPhone." If only I had one of the new phones discussed in the article... then I could throw it out the window on the way home and when the cop pulls me over for littering just explain that I was planting sunflowers.
We just put the finishing touches on a free, online, self-paced training course designed to help Java developers become better acquainted with Microsoft .NET development. This training is designed to help familiarize Java developers with Microsoft .NET development concepts using their Java development skill set as a frame of reference. Some types of questions this course answers include:
- "I know how to use Swing/AWT/SWT/JSP, but what are my options for developing my Web or smart client presentation layer with Microsoft .NET?"- "I know how to use RMI with Java – but how does .NET Remoting work?"- "I have a piece of Java source code – how can I migrate this to run on the .NET Framework?"- "How does application deployment and updating work with the Microsoft .NET applications?- Much, much more…
This training includes video presentations, downloadable student notes, video demonstrations, as well as hands-on labs you can complete from your desk.To access this training, please visit:http://msdn.microsoft.com/vstudio/java/migrate/workshop
If you have any problems accessing the materials, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. For other resources for Java developers, such as Interop guidance, visit http://msdn.microsoft.com/java.- Brian
Yes: The long-awaited Visual Studio 2005 Beta 2 is now available! It's alive, and available for download!
Before getting started:Please be sure to read all of the readme's and look for specific instructions near the download links for these products. Especially if you have installed any editions of Express or Visual Studio 2005 prior to beta 2, there are very explicit uninstallation steps which need to be followed in order or else you'll be unhappy with your experience (installation failures, other random stuff breaking, etc.). I don't mean to scare anybody by this disclaimer - as long as you follow the uninstallation order, you should be in great shape. The instructions aren't hard to follow as long as you take a few moments to read them. But it is important, since several of us in marketing encountered these issues this week on our own test machines. Lots of late nights and long days this week trying to figure out where we went wrong... so learn from our mistakes and look for those disclaimers! For Visual Studio uninstallation steps, click here. For Express uninstallation steps, click here.
Places to get started:http://msdn.microsoft.com/Express: Download Beta 2 of the Express products! If you haven't yet kicked the tires of Express, I think you're going to love them. The Express products are streamlined, easy to use, easy to learn editions of their Visual Studio big brothers, designed for students, hobbyists, and novice developers. But even professional developers should check out Express if they want to "kick the tires" of the 2005 line of Visual Studio product. Full descriptions of each Express product, along with download links, are available here.
http://msdn.microsoft.com/Coding4Fun: We just launched this new developer center which is all about coding for fun. So kick back and relax this weekend, and play with some of the really cool projects highlighted in the article series. We have a lot of really great new content coming online over the next few weeks as well - so keep checking back often! Email email@example.com with any feedback or ideas you have for new content!
"Go Live!" - Beta 2 is a high-quality release. Normally, you can't run pre-release betas in production. But with the Go Live license you are permitted to deploy and distribute applications based on Beta 2! Visit the Go Live page for full details.
MSDN Forums: These new forums are intended to eventually replace the newsgroups - I love the new forum format and I think you will, too! If you're having trouble with Beta 2, or if you want to respond to some posts to help your fellow coders, spend some time checking out the forums. I'll be there several times this week as will many of us from the Developer Division.
MSDN Subscriptions Server: Subscribers can log in and download Visual Studio Team System 2005 Beta 2 and more.
Ship. Shower. Shave. I'm literally headed off to do the latter two after hitting "Post"... It's been a long week. After that, I'm coming back to install Express and have some fun Coding4Fun. Happy Coding! Enjoy Beta 2.
These are classic! Thanks to Major Nelson for the post. I can still remember getting my first copy of Nintendo Power. Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, A, B, Select, Start!
Anyway - check out the ads here.
This is a great article detailing how Bungie built Bungie.net using the .NET Framework. Bungie.net is your one-stop shop to find out all the latest Halo 2 news, and of course to check your stats! Check it out: Bungie.net Technical Case Study
This is a cool application that shows off the great developer API's that MSN Search enables. Gus Pinto wrote an application which "hosts" the MSN Search within his task bar for quick access and maximum screen real estate savings. Thanks to Gus for emailing us to tell us about it so we could share it on Coding4Fun.
This week I'm at TechEd Australia delivering some presentations. But whenever I'm not working I've been back in my hotel room watching CNN and whatever coverage I can about the terrible state of New Orleans and the neighboring areas. I am originally from the Gulf Coast of Florida, so I grew up watching hurricanes come and go. It's a way of life, just like Californians deal with earthquakes and fires, or the Pacific rim deals with tsunamis and typhoons. But nothing could have prepared me, or any of the residents of the affected areas, for what has happened.
I've been feeling incredibly saddened and helpless for the people in this area. Every day the situation seems to worsen more and more. From the initial hurricane damage to the levees failing and flooding the city to civil unrest - what's next? As I've explained to some of my Australian counterparts this week, this is the part of the United States where the term 'southern hospitality' hails from. Prior to this week anybody in that region would be proud to give you the shirts off their backs, or welcome you into their home for some home cookin'. I've taken countless trips to this area. I have great memories of going to New Orleans and pigging out on crawfish. My friends and I used to take road trips through the area on the way to football games. But the best part wasn't the football games. The best part was the road trip itself: driving through the South and visiting out of the way diners, meeting the nice people along the way, and staying at old plantation-style hotels. Just this past fall we took such a trip - I can't imagine what the areas we ate and slept at must look like now.
It's impossible for me to watch the coverage and not want to reach out and try to help. I resolved that even though I'm on the other side of the world this week, I would find a way to do something. So yesterday during my TechEd session I used my captive audience to make a plea for help on behalf of the region. But rather than just asking, I wanted to put some skin in the game and also make it fun to donate. My talk was all about Coding4Fun, so I wanted to keep a fun element. I had about 6 demonstrations relying on all sorts of hardware devices - everything from X-10 to LEGO Mindstorms. I knew the talk was going to be fun, but I also knew there was a very high risk of something crashing. <g> So I resolved that for every demo which crashed, I would donate $50 to the Red Cross. Microsoft has a donation matching policy, so that would mean $100 for the Red Cross for every demo that crashed. I then encouraged the audience members to donate $5 for every demo they liked. There were about 300 people in the room, so if everybody gave just $5 for one demo that would be $1500 for the people of New Orleans and the neighboring regions.
So how did my talk go? Well eventually I got all of the demos to work, but there were some hiccups which I'll gladly count as crashes. As a result of my talk yesterday that means $100 + Microsoft match = $200. Hopefully the audience liked my demos and chooses to donate something as well. :-)
I share this story since I think it highlights just one creative way we can make giving a fun and painless part of our daily routines. Just like any disaster of this magnitude, the people of this area are going to need a LOT of help - not just today, but in the coming months and years. Their homes, their posessions, and their means of income - from casinos to oil to tourism - is completely lost for the time being. Many of these people have nothing. Just as the world came together to help the victims of last year's tsunami, we need to come together and help these people now. I'll continue to look for ways to make giving a fun and creative part of my daily routine. If you have ideas for how to make giving a daily part of people's everyday routines, please consider posting them to my blog. Thanks for reading.