April 2009 - Posts
Steven Martin posted a blog entry today called Two flavors of cloud computing – Public and Private. Everybody looks excited, why? Maybe they are saying that finally, Microsoft will offer Azure as a product that they can install in their data centers!
Let’s start with the title:
>Two flavors of cloud computing – Public and Private
When Microsoft announced Azure at the 2009 PDC, it made clear that Azure is not a product that Microsoft will sell. It is an OS used internally to power Microsoft Cloud offering so the use of the word “private” might seam like Microsoft will offer Azure to it’s customers for their data centers at some point. Right? Hummm.
>…at some point in the future, the Azure Services Platform and an enterprise data center will be, technically speaking, largely indistinguishable
In this sentence, do you read “same product” or “same functionalities”? I think it’s the latter.
>…will use these learnings to drive additional benefits for customers not just in the cloud but also with our premises technologies
Here we see a clearer distinction “cloud” and “premises technologies”. What I get from this is Microsoft will add cloud related functionalities to Windows Server throughout the years.
>One of our primary objectives is to deliver the technology that empowers Enterprises to build private clouds within their existing datacenters.
Now, this is confusing and people will think that Azure will be available in the future to install in their data centers.
In his post, Steven refers to a previous post. In this one, there is no confusion.
That’s my take. What do you think?
The Office 2007 SP2 is now available. If you’ve been dissatisfied with Outlook performance and behaviour, this service pack should solve many of these problems.
Taken from KB article 953195 describing the changes:
Microsoft Office Outlook For more information about these improvements and details about other Outlook fixes, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
968774 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968774/ ) Outlook 2007 improvements in the 2007 Microsoft Office suite Service Pack 2
The recommended update process is thru Windows Update but you can download the SP directly:
List of all the SP2 downloads:
I’d like to congratulate Laurent Duveau who is now a Silverlight MVP. Looks like he’s number 7. Amazing work Laurent!
So here’s Lolo, the Silver Marvel!
Dominic Sevigny: jQuery
Dominic Sévigny est président de RunAtServer Consulting, une entreprise spécialisée dans la consultation ASP.NET et offrant une expertise de développement Web exemplaire par la qualité de ses développeurs séniors. Dominic est reconnu comme étant un conférencier très dynamique. En effet, il donne à l’occasion des conférences sur les technologies Web telles que ASP.NET et Ajax. Il a donné plusieurs conférences à la Communauté .Net de Montréal ainsi qu’au DevTeach où il a été nommé « Best Speaker » en 2007. Il est le formateur exclusif de toutes les formations ASP.NET et AJAX pour le plus grand centre de formation de Montréal, Technologia. Pour la troisième année consécutive, il a obtenu de Microsoft le titre de MVP ASP.NET.
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I had a strange problem a couple of days ago. I pointed IE8 to the Microsoft Connect site (connect.microsoft.com) but IE8 couldn’t display and it reported an error. I closed the browser and started over…same error. The site would display OK in FireFox or Chrome. I then deleted my cookies and my temp files and got the same error. I then pointed my browser to a site with a Live ID sign on so I could signed out (I was already signed in) and signed in back again. I then pointed my browser back to connect.microsoft.com and it worked.
Who’s the culprit? IE8? Live ID? Connect?
My good friend Frédéric Schäfer recently moved from Paris to Lausanne, Switzerland, and he is starting an ALT.NET community over there.
Here’s the announcement:
Info about the 1st meeting:
If you’re in the Lausanne/Geneva area and you’re interested in anything Agile, get involved in the group by attending or speaking.
Brandon LeBlanc posted this on the Windows blog :
“I’m pleased to share that the RC is on track for April 30th for download by MSDN and TechNet subscribers. Broader, public availability will begin on May 5th.”
Yep, that’s right! Microsoft Canada just launched a contest in witch you have to write a Web app running on Windows and IIS. Oh, the app must be written in PHP!
For more info:
A couple of weeks ago, I recorded a podcast with Eric Mignot and Raphaël Pierquin from Pyxis around the concepts found in a book called The Five Dysfunctions of a Team by Patrick Lencioni. Haven’t read the book prior to the recording, I ordered it the day after because I loved what I heard from Eric and Raphaël.
The Five Dysfunctions of a Team is not a technology book and strangely, the subtitle says A Leadership Tale. In fact, Lencioni wrote a short novel to get his message trough and it works. The story is about a newly appointed CEO who finds that the company management team is dysfunctional and her effort to change that.
So why read that book if we’re into technology? Well, although the story is about a team managing a company, the dysfunctions are likely to be the same and the principles to solve them can also be applied to development teams.
Here’s a graph listing the five dysfunctions. Rings a bell?
Highly recommended to anyone leading or working in a team.
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