June 2005 - Posts
post on how to leverage differencing disks in Virtual PC
is truly enlightening. I am the worst about creating ad hoc VPC images. I have one base image with WinXP SP2 and Office on it; anytime I need a new "machine" I copy that base image, run NewSid
, and start installing software. I know this is a waste of drive space (and effort), but I never really thought to much about it.
Well, I have now. Don does a great job of laying out how he uses his base images combined with differencing disks to support multiple envionments. This is kick ass stuff. I'm linking his VPC Model here, but go read the entire thing to get the details
I understand this whitepaper has been out for about a year now, but I'm just now catching up when it comes to new Yukon features. Kim Tripp has published an excellent paper that describes when/how/why to use Partitioned Tables in Yukon. Excellent article! I've been wondering how the mechanics of this worked since hearing about Kim's rocking demo of Partitioned Tables using a series of USB keys. Great stuff, you can check out that .NET rocks episode here.
[Watching: John Stewart Show]
Aside from finally getting to meet a few of my fellow MCA friends, the best part about TechEd had to be the Cabanas. I would much rather sit and talk to a bunch of people smarter than me that go attend one of those over packed sessions (though I go to quite a few of those). My favorite "session" was an ad hoc one on Thursday morning. I didn't realize it, but Kirk actually caught it on film. That morning Julie, Rich, Don, Clemens, Christian, and I kicked around topics ranging from System.Transactions to Borland development tools of yesteryear (we even talked about Visual Basic right Rich :P ).
This years TechEd kicked ass. I have three pages of notes, and about 20 follow up items that I need get started on before I forget. To everyone I talked to, thanks for giving me the time to knock ideas off you (or for the good ones you gave me).
I work for Turner Broadcasting (you know TNT, TBS, TCM, CTN, TSO et al) and we're looking to hire quite a few people for a large project that's ramping up here. It's been pretty tough to find people locally so if you are at TechEd and interested in moving to Atlanta to work for a great company, on a cool project (we're using VSTS, Yukon and Indigo) email me. I have my BlackBerry so I will get the email immediately. We can set up a time to get together...
You can e-mail me though this blog, or directly at Mojavecoders@turner.com
[Update: So it turns out my spam filter is being a bit overactive with people's email, so if I don't respond in a timely manner, try e-mailing me again.]