Friday, March 19, 2004
Portable media Centers Coming Real Soon
Microsoft Corp. today announced at CeBIT 2004 that leading European entertainment companies EMI Music and Napster LLC will support Microsoft Windows Mobile (TM) -based Portable Media Centers, an exciting new category of handheld devices created for people who want to enjoy their digital movies, recorded television, photos and music on the go. Microsoft also announced at the show that hardware manufacturers Creative Technology Ltd. and iRiver International will make Portable Media Centers available in Europe by the end of this year.
What sort of cool applications are we going to see on these?
I hope some ship with Firewire so I can plug in my DV cam and do edits while travelling light.
Toy Box|Friday, March 19, 2004 12:14:16 AM UTC||
Wednesday, March 17, 2004
Casey calling out....
Casey Chesnut has posted about the MSMobiles MVP league table...
Specifically he says
i'm linking this because i doubt anybody else has the balls to
Well.... I posted my thumbs down a few days ago *grins*. I'm defn. keen to have a beer with Casey @ the MVP summit if he's there though?
Rambles|Wednesday, March 17, 2004 3:40:01 AM UTC||
Tuesday, March 16, 2004
Monday, March 15, 2004
Land of the Free? Read and weep!
Harvey Silvergate has a very well researched and very well written article outlining the real threat being posed to fundamental liberty in the US today. It is long- took me about 20 mins to read- but well worth it.
PoliTechLaw|Monday, March 15, 2004 9:23:21 PM UTC||
Doing the Subversion thing....
I've bitten the bullet and decided to start being better about source control in my business- we're a .NET only (pretty much) dev shop building Smart Client and Smart Device applications mainly for the electricity services industry. Up until now I've been using some rudimentary batch scripts for backup but haven't really been as diligent as I should be. With more people coming on board (more on this another post soon) I've decided to use Subversion for source management.
I had 3 basic contenders for my source management solution.
I have used VSS before and it is a DAWG! Sorry Korby, but it really is. They reckon that they are going to fix it but IMHO they would be better to throw the sullied name out and start afresh... CVS comes with a bit too much historical baggage for me. So, I decided to wait for Subversion- so far it looks good- good GUI support, merge based, easy branching... that's about all I'd really ask for in source control... oh! It's free too..... as in free beer not free software i.e. it is Apache licensed not GPL licensed... *refrains from ranting on the GPL*
I installed it this evening and here's a quick tour of what I did in case you are doing it and can learn from some of the stuff I did.
Subversion http://subversion.tigris.org/ (the windows installer version)
TortoiseSVN http://tortoisesvn.tigris.org/ (free as in 'free software')this is a nice Explorer integrated GUI
AnkhSVN http://ankhsvn.tigris.org/(free as in beer) this is a plugin for VS.NET
- Ran the Subversion installer
- Decided that I wanted to use the built in Subversion server rather than installing Apache on my box. But the built in SVN server is a simple daemon... so I decided to download FireDaemon (not free but a trial version available) to run the server.
- Created a repository.... svnadmin.exe create e:\sourcerepository
- Got the server running against the repository by creating a FireDaemon service to run
svnserve -d -r e:\sourcerepository
- Found out that I needed to run the service with certain rights- namely log on as a service (duh!) so I used Local System (reconfigured my FireDaemon service)
- Gave Local System read/write/modify permission on my repository
- Configured the repository configuration file for security in %repository%/conf
- Tested it using Tortoise just by going to Repo-Browser and creating a new folder in the repository.
I found that the most useful document for setting up on my Windows box was the TortiseSVN documentation- it was VERY helpful and easy to read and ran through pretty much the whole lot... I found the Subversion docs a bit too Unixie (I wouldn't know a Linux box from a bar of soap).
I'll post more as things go along....
.NET|Monday, March 15, 2004 8:48:40 AM UTC||
Sunday, March 14, 2004
Ahh.... the joys of Physics
Human Aggregation|Sunday, March 14, 2004 8:55:14 PM UTC||
“Check this shit out (Fig. 1). That's bonafide, 100%-real data, my friends. I took it myself over the course of two weeks. And this was not a leisurely two weeks, either; I busted my ass day and night in order to provide you with nothing but the best data possible. Now, let's look a bit more closely at this data, remembering that it is absolutely first-rate. Do you see the exponential dependence? I sure don't. I see a bunch of crap.
Christ, this was such a waste of my time.
Banking on my hopes that whoever grades this will just look at the pictures, I drew an exponential through my noise. I believe the apparent legitimacy is enhanced by the fact that I used a complicated computer program to make the fit. I understand this is the same process by which the top quark was discovered.”
Friday, March 12, 2004
A consortium of communications companies including Nokia, Vodafone, Microsoft and Orange, are asking that ICANN approve its application for a mobile-phone oriented top level domain.
News report here. Slashdot rumination here.
Calder.mobile from the Guggenheim depicted above.
Human Aggregation | PoliTechLaw|Friday, March 12, 2004 11:50:04 PM UTC||
Thursday, March 11, 2004
Whidbey and Yukon Release Dates.... the facts
Hans kicks off into the web logging world with a detailed post on the schedule slippage of Whidbey and Yukon.
.NET | Human Aggregation|Thursday, March 11, 2004 10:28:52 PM UTC||
The product name for SQL Server codename ‘Yukon’ is Microsoft SQL Server 2005
- The SQL Server team is working hard to release Beta 2 in the coming months
- There will be a Beta 3 release in the second half of 2004. Some early adopter customers will go live on this beta and will provide us with additional feedback before the product is shipped.
- SQL Server 2005 is planned for release during the first half of 2005
- The official product name for Visual Studio codename ‘Whidbey’ is Microsoft Visual Studio 2005. It is also planned for release in the first half of 2005.
Help me find adventure....
It's time to see how good this blog thing really is.
I'm in WA (Seattle to be exact) in early April for the MVP Summit. I'm arriving a bit early and I am really keen to get some whitewater kayaking in. I'm a pretty decent paddler (if my ego does say so itself)- past NZ whitewater team member etc...
There aren't any commercial kayaking outfits that I have been able to find- apart from in rubber duckies... But there just have to be some people who are keen to take a Kiwi like me out boating! Who's keen? I'm mad as a hatter... will run most anything.
Any Seattlites? Any Microsofties wanna go boating with me?
I'm keen to go head out on Fri 2nd April and Sat 3rd or maybe Sun 4th.
Naturally I can reciprocate to any visitors to lovely New Zealand- I know some great 'secret creeks'...email me (chris[at]kognition.co.nz)!
Rambles|Thursday, March 11, 2004 1:02:00 AM UTC||
Wednesday, March 10, 2004
Need portable crypto... Go Mono
One of the problems with the .NET crypto classes is that many of them simply interop into the unamanged CSPs installed on the machine. Shawn Farkas (a Microsoftie) has posted some stuff on using the fully managed bits from the Mono class libraries....
How cool is that. X11 licensed too....
.NET|Wednesday, March 10, 2004 5:06:46 AM UTC||