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Frankie Fresh

Frankie Fresh Frankie Fresh .NET Developer and so much more.

Niner since 2004

I've been writing software since I got my Commodore 64 back in 84.
  • Scott Currie - Demo of Quake on .NET

    I remember looking at that and I was amazed that managed code could run that fast.

    One of these days, I'm going decompile it the Quake2 managed exe into C#, my preferred language.

    Seriously, was there any reason for using C++ over any other language?  Aside from the fact that the original Quake code was likely C++ and porting it to C++.NET was the shortest path.

    What is the deal with performance? Is C++.NET the best?
  • Anders Hejlsberg - What's so great about generics?

    Ahhh.  Now the purpose of generics is clear.  For some reason, I prefer sound byte explanations to complex questions.  Must be an election year Wink
  • Rebecca Norlander - why is XPSP2 so big?

    AndyC wrote:
    eagle wrote: Rebecca is very articulate with a nice UI.


    Hehehe! Well put.


    I'm sure she hears that all the time. Wink
  • Rebecca Norlander - why is XPSP2 so big?

    Torrents are neat becuase unlike other peer to peer tools, you dont need all of a file to start sharing.

    I think eMule works the same way.
  • Rebecca Norlander - What are the big security improvements in the upcoming Windows XP Service Pack 2

    Very well spoken. 

    I am glad to hear that MS has a strategy beyond the "oops and fix" of the last few years.
  • Neil Enns - Isn't Microsoft at a cultural disadvantage in the cell phone market?

    prog_dotnet wrote:

    In Norway there are 92 active mobiles per 100 inhabitants, and 10% has two phones....



    I wonder what the stats are for the US.
  • Neil Enns - What is Microsoft's SmartPhone pitch to developers?

    is that demo (presentation & code) available online?

    I wish I had a Windows-powered phone, but my carrier only offered a Palm-based system as their hybrid pda/phone. I ended up getting an i730, which is a cool phone, but it's strictly a J2ME (Java) platform.

    It seems to me that mobiles/pda's should be more like home PC's where you buy a product and pick from an array of network providers. 

    Right now, the type of phone you want is dictated largely (entirely) by your wireless carrier (at least in the US). 

    Sure, there's always a way around this. I know a guy who bought a slick high tech phone in London and got his American SIM card to work inside of it.  But he had to pay some guy to 'circumvent' the SIM card's block to make that happen. Apparently, SIM cards issued here in the US are modified to prevent people from swapping them around from phone to phone.
     
    The vast majority of people will not do this.  It seems to me that as long as the wireless carriers dictate the phones that you can use on their networks, growth in this area will be slow.

    How is it in the rest of the world?  I can't imagine European & Japanese consumers putting up with that kind of nonsense. 

    Microsoft has enough power to pressure the US wireless carriers to open up the market. Work on that! Wink

    Maybe I'm ranting, but I've got all the .NET tools now for mobile device development and can't use them.
  • Neil Enns - Isn't Microsoft at a cultural disadvantage in the cell phone market?

    Welcome to the wonderful, confusing world of the American Cell Phone Market. I used to live in Germany and was blown away by the quality of the network, designs and pricing plans.

    First of all, we call them Cell phones, which confused my European friends right away.  Overseas, they're "Mobile Phones." This is just the start of confusion.

    Sim Cards

    SIM cards and GSM cards are new to the US and were virtually unheard of when I went to Germany in 2000.  I was totally amazed that the chip contained the phone number, stored contacts, and even provided for security. You could switch phones. One time, in a club, a friend of mine's phone died. She put her chip in my phone (which had a full charge) and made a call.  I was amazed again.

    Paying for Incoming Calls

    WTF, indeed.  Well, there used to be a good reason for this.  Back in the 80's when cell phones were the size of small laptops or were installed inside cars, the "over the air" network was not fully developed.  So, the concept of "air time" originated when you paid for the call plus the use of the radio waves transmitting your call.  At the time, car/cell phones were a luxury for a chosen few.  Top of the line Doctors, high powered lawyers, and stock brokers had them to stay "connected" and "reachable" at all times.

    I got my first cell phone in 1994 just as it was becoming mainstream.  Air time seemed like a "fair" concept to me then.  THe only thing I didnt like is that I did not whom was calling.  So, my cell phone number became a closely guarded secret. Wink 

    As cellular networks became more advanced and could handle more traffic, air time became less and less of a scarce resource to metered out. I was surprised when I got my second phone in 1998 that it was still in use.  I thought it should be more like a traditional phone, where you pay only for outgoing calls.

    In 2000, I moved to Germany and much to my delight discovered that cell phone service there was light years of the US.  Keep in mind that I came from New York City, hardly a backwater city where you'd expect spotty coverage. I had a Motorola Tri-band GSM phone, which worked just about everywhere I went --the US included.  The phone also had WAP functionality. Something that my friends back home were fascinated with. I told them WAP was a cool concept but with a 1 inch square monochrome screen, it was not a big deal.

    When I came back to the US in 2001 and realized that I was staying "in country" for a while, i got a new cell phone.  The nice salesperson behind the Verizon counter failed to tell me that incoming calls still cost me.  A $500 phone bill and a month later I stormed back into their local store demanding to know WTF was going on.  I was shocked to see we, as the world's only superpower, still had this outdated concept.

    SMS

    ANother thing I learned what that I was charged $0.02 per SMS received and $0.10 per message sent.  At first you could only send messages to people on the same carrier, then it was expanded to all carriers in the USA.  After a $15 surcharge on more than one bill, I cancelled the service.  I got hooked on SMS while in Germany, but I could see now that clueless wireless carriers in the US charged way too much for the service.

    Push To Talk
    Push to talk is something very useful. I have Nextel now, largely becuase I get free incoming calls, and now my cell phone number is prominently on my business card. Wink  As a .NET consultant for hire, I'm highly mobile and need to be reachable from anywhere.  The Push to Talk feature is included in my plan and lets me keep in touch with other team members.  It's better than voice mail and faster than a traditional phone call. Think of it like Voice-SMS.

    Cell Phone Portability
    Carriers in the USA knew they had their customers by their *ahem* sensitive parts, becuase once you distribute your phone number, you are very reluctant to change your service and lose your number.  Recently the FCC demanded that phone companies allow customer to take their numbers with them.

    This has stimiluted massive amounts of competition. You now see each phone carrier actually innovating and coming up with all sorts of gimmicks to get people to switch over.

    Conclusion

    Wow, that was a long post. If you've read this far, stand up, stretch, and then pat yourself on the back. Wink

    Seriously, though, I hope I've cleared up some confusion for the folks in Europe about the odd state off affairs in the US's very unusual telecom market. I also hope that I've inspired my fellow Americans to demand more of their Wireless carrier.

    Can you hear me now? Wink

  • Burt Parker - When is battery life going to get better on Tablet PCs?

    That's great, but what about regular laptops? Wink
  • Sam Druker - Answers Channel9 questions about WinFS

    Everything is cyclical.

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