December 2004 - Posts
Took the fam to NYC today and brought the Tablet. I'm standing in front of the tree in Rockefeller Plaza at this moment. Tons of people. We took some pictures, which I will post as soon as they become available. The tablet has been a lifesaver down here! More later.
I've had one report so far of the DVD being received today. please post gratuitous praise here. My soul needs respite from holiday stress!
We just put up an extremely experimental BitTorrent feed which exists among the standard download links on our page.
I want to know what you (the MS developer community) think about Bittorrent. For those who don't know what it is check out the FAQ at www.bittorrent.com. It is currently being used to distribute large files like videos and mp3s all over the Internet. In fact, it's being used as a very efficient mechanism to distribute illegal video files. Still, we are a legit digital media shop and could benefit from using it.
The problem is that the torrent files are in some python-serialized binary format - in contrast to the XML protocols we're used to. I'm wondering if I should develop an RSS-based verison of bittorrent, or if there are already people doing it. What do you think?
A protocol like this has to work as effectively as BT. The more people use it, the faster files get downloaded. It picks little pieces of data from each client it connects to, and puts them together into a complete file.
There will be no Mondays show until January 10th. Hope you have a happy holiday season!
I know I'll be sleeping late!
Learn how to use Speech Server with Visual Studio 2003
I wish I could go but I'm teaching that week. I'm really interested in this product, and speech in general. Wicked cool stuff.
BenjaminWoo has been smoking crack again. I can take his weirdness most of the time, but this time he's gone too far. Yeah, ha ha ha. Very funny, man. Well, I did a little photoshoping of my own. Scroll down for MY daydreams incarnate, man. Now who'se laughing?
In this episode, Karen, ActiveNick, Richard, Mark Miller, and Geoff join Carl for episode four. News Bites explores an alternate universe. Mark Miller is classic. Karen and Geoff explore their feelings for each other. Richard strikes bad-toy gold! Rory is sick and recovering from road trips, and Kirk is attending his wife's company Christmas party.
This week on DNR, Brian Larson talks to Carl and Rory, who is recovering from being sick and on the road, about SQL Reporting Services: architecture, cool features, innovative uses, performance tips, new features in SQL 2005 Reporting Services, and Business Intelligence opportunities in SQL 2005.
Brian Larson, MCSD, MCDBA, has 19 years experience in the computer industry and 15 years’ experience as a consultant creating database applications. Brian is currently the Chief of Technology for Superior Consulting Services in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a Microsoft Consulting Partner for Reporting Services. Brian served on the Reporting Services development team as a consultant to Microsoft. In that role, he contributed to the original code base of Reporting Services. Brian has mentored Fortune 500 companies and early adopters in the use and best practices of Reporting Services. Brian is the author of Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services and the forthcoming Delivering Business Intelligence with Microsoft SQL Server 2005 both from Osborne/McGraw-Hill. Brian can be contacted at email@example.com.
Mondays: What Sunday Threw Up: http://mondays.pwop.com (Rated R - not for kids)
If you listened to either of the first two Mondays and thought they were just OK check out this week's episode. We've made some changes to the format of the show. They are:
a) No serious interview. We found this just didn't work. The goal of Mondays is to entertain; to be funny.
b) Announcements of what's coming up. We now periodically announce the bits that are coming up in the show so the listener stays more engaged.
c) More Mark Miller! Mark is a hit! He's doing two regular bits now names I've been called this week and people dumber than me, which looks at idiots making the news that make slobs like us feel like freakin geniuses.
d) Weird Wide Webb sites not so offensive to religious people. Even though we think these sites are funny, apparently lots of listeners are mad at US because we shine a light on their sites for a laugh. We think people should lighten up but we're going to tone it down anyway, lest people think we have a religious agenda or something, which is crazy. Of course, Kirk will be Kirk. <g>
e) Active Nick (Nick Landry) reports from New York City. Nick walks around the city talking to people about what's on their mind.
f) More geeky stuff. Of course, we're geeks and we share our geekness with the audience. Nuff said.
g) More input from Geoff. Geoff is a funny guy, and has a lot to say. He joins the peanut gallery.
h) No more live show. We're not broadcasting the recording of the show like we do with .NET Rocks! It's just too hard to coordinate everyone to contribute at the same time. The Toy Boy contest wraps around the week so everyone has a chance to win!
So, if you haven't checked us out lately, do so! It's funny! If you like it, blog about it. We're trying to bounce up on the popularity of .NET Rocks! so do your part and spread the word!
While Rory is living it up in Vegas Carl interviews seven Microsoft program managers and evanglists about the current state of Windows Server 2003 as well as what's on tap for future releases; 64-bit computing and why it's so cool; server security, and J2EE to .NET migration. Oh yeah, and don't forget to buy the .NET Rocks! Movie. :-)
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