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Daily Permalink Tuesday, November 11, 2003

Adam Barr's subtitle on his personal webpage is funny: "not a blog, just pure hype."

Brent Simmons talks about how to make money developing OSX applications. His ideas are just as applicable to the Microsoft side of the fence. In fact, I think Microsoft's own teams would do well to follow these rules.

Andres Aguiar says that Avalon is a luxury item (his thesis is we don't need that).

I think that Andres is thinking too much inside the box, er winforms. There are a whole raft of applications that aren't being built because today's UI metaphors are too limiting and not thought out well enough.

Keith Pleas wants Microsoft to give everyone a "Go Live License" for Longhorn.

The project hurricane folks have started a blog. Project Hurricane is an online student community kit which enables student clubs and societies (or anyone in fact) to set up their own community site which has a wealth of useful and fun features: Blogging, Forums, Articles, Polls to mention but a few.

I didn't know Steve Ballmer used an iPod. Yeah, it's a joke, but it's a good one.

Tablet PC owners, enter the Alias Sketchbook contest. Fun name "expose yourself."

James A. Robertson "straightforward access, including contact information. That's huge."

Glad he's noticing what Microsoft webloggers are doing. I can't wait until every corporation gets over their fears and lets their employees blog.

If Rory Blyth is a "Microsoft dittohead blogger" then what am I?

Sjoerd Visscher did a really cool demo of what Longhorn's glass UI looks like. And it works in Internet Explorer.

Shawn Morrissey, who is a bigwig over at MSDN, asks "how do you discover new content?" (among other questions about how to improve MSDN).

The MS Download site just put up a doc that shows all the networking ports used by Microsoft products.

Sam Gentile has a Longhorn Blog. He's a hard-core C++ guy. Looks like he's going over to managed code for good now.

eWeek's Peter Coffee: Microsoft bats a thousand at PDC.

I gotta get to Texas to try a Longhorn burger.

Sam Ruby asks "no dynamic XAML?"

Dave Rosenberg runs the "Comdex Loop" which advertises itself as the online voice of the Comdex community. Comdex is the big show in Las Vegas where the technology industry comes to show off its wares. I wish I were going.

Ahh, want the PDC look on Windows XP? The Longhorn transformation pack will do it. Note: I haven't tried this yet and this is not tested or developed by Microsoft.

Mind Manager is quickly becoming one of a handful of "killer apps" for the Tablet PC. So says tablet expert Chris Coulter. Here's an article on Mind Manager from Small Business Computing magazine.

Tim Sneath asks "How far can you go with XAML?"

Sasha Corti covers how to get the software handed out at the PDC (Longhorn, Yukon, Whidbey).

SmartMobs points at some excellent info about how to get your own "Moblog." A moblog is a blog usually done from a mobile phone (often with a camera).

Steve Sloan (my former boss at SJSU) says "software theft has to stop."

Agreed. But, it should be pointed out that software companies want schools to use their software. In a lot of cases there are grants, or huge discounts for schools available. If a school wants to get legal, it often is easier than you might think and you don't need to switch to open source stuff.

Barb Bowman points to one of the first Longhorn sidebar apps.

Andy Oakley talks about MSDN's newest cool feature: annotations. Lets you add your comments to MSDN content. Another social software innovation from the MSDN folks.

Dana Epp is wacking me on the head (he's sitting behind me on my couch). He says that the best place to report Longhorn bugs is in the OCA (Online Crash Analysis service). He says that most people don't click "submit" when something crashes and that's a huge mistake. I totally agree. I've seen how Microsoft shares that data with third-party developers and driver writers. It might seem like you're helping out "the evil monopoly" but really you're just helping out yourself since bugs reported through that service do get paid attention to and fixed.

.NET Developer's Journal: Who's afraid of the big, bad penguin (part 1)?

Clemens Vasters asks "should we report Longhorn bugs?"

My answer: yes. But, architectural and design bugs are more important than implementation bugs at this point. Best place to report them? The newsgroups.

Weird. Jim Blizzard also wants to do dinner at the Crossroads at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday. Neither him nor I talked before writing that on our blogs.

SmartMobs points to the Comment Spam Manifesto. I will not remove any comment unless it's spam or blatantly illegal. I believe strongly in my reader's right to free speech.

Michael Gartenberg reminds me to study my history before I say that end users won't need 64-bit.

Eric Raymond: "Why are CSS designers so utterly clueless?" Yes, that's +the+ Eric Raymond.

David Weinberger points to "Grid Blogging" which is when a group of bloggers decide to talk about a single topic for an entire day.

Are you jealous of those Mac OSX users? Now you too can have a Mac-like Dock.

This Lego-based robot solves the Rubic's cube puzzle.

Diego Doval asks "has blogging caused you to give up TV?" Sorta. Dana, my wife, and I are all on the computer. But, we have TV playing in the background. Oprah. Shoot us.

I was over at Mitch Ratcliffe's blog and saw a link to the "Meatrix" which is a funny Flash video all about the food industry.

Maryam (my wife) needs a blog. Here's some poetry she wrote today:

Fall
You have been gone too long for me to remember
The shade of the summer dress you wore that day;
And the autumn wind that has arrived since then
Has blown every last word away.

The barren limbs canít recall
The numbing warmth of the sun
Cold, solitude, and despair
Await us in the days to come.

Blue, green, light and life
Leave the stage of our hearts
And we wash away our sorrow
In seas of blood red wine.

Nothing remains but your name
And the faint perfume of your hair;
And soon with the fall of the last dead leaves
These two shall fade away as well.

I've been getting a lot of pressure to do a book about Longhorn. Personally, I think the approach that Always On Network's Tony Perkins is taking is very appealing (Brian Dear tears Tony apart here). He wants his readers to write a book for him.

I'll go further. I'll buy my authors pizza and soda. So, how about it? Who wants to help write a Longhorn book and make me filthy stinking rich? One problem: book authors rarely get rich. In fact, last time I helped write a book I think I would have been happy to get free pizza and Coke.

Chris Maunder has a great review of what happened at the PDC.

Shel Israel talks about the offshoring of Silicon Valley and other jobs.

Anyone want to do a blogger dinner Thursday night with Dana Epp and me?

I got my first blogger postcard today. It was from Joy Larkin, who keeps the Confessions of a G33k weblog. More postcards needed. I want one from every country in the world. Send them to: Robert Scoble; c/o Microsoft Corporation; One Microsoft Way; Redmond, WA, USA 98052.

Dana Epp snuck me into the Driver Developer's Conference in building 33 today. I met an employee who works at Microsoft India. Lots of big brains. The audience is older than the PDC one. Lots of names I recognize. AMD. Logitech. Etc. These are the folks who write the stuff that is down in the core of Windows. Hint: this is not a .NET crowd.

Larry O'Brien has proof that there were "additives" in the Cokes at the PDC.


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