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  • Jim Allchin: It's time - Windows Vista RTM

    Rory wrote:
    JohnAskew wrote: 
    littleguru wrote: Great news! Downloading right now.
    We have been waiting so long for this to happen...

    From Connect or where?

    Just guessing, but I think he was referring to the video

    Thanks, I'm too excited to think straight.
  • Jim Allchin: It's time - Windows Vista RTM

    littleguru wrote:
    Great news! Downloading right now.
    We have been waiting so long for this to happen...

    From Connect or where?
  • Five on Nine - Pilot Episode

    Oracle picked the most widely used Enterprise Linux distro with Redhat. That makes sense.

    1) Aliens don't exist, regardless of their introversion, the 'Prime Objective' & unexplained cow mutilations.

    2) Users will always demand OS choices. It is part of personal identity.

    3) Cloning & enslaving one's self is unethical; pace-maker? Adam is scarey. Pair programming with one's self... LOL.

    4) How to make money with internet video? Team up with content providers like Time-Warner, Sony, Viacom, etc., which is exactly what Google is doing after buying you-tube. It is inevitable this will make tons of money, and there will be commercials to foot the bill just like today.

    5) Implicit, evolved topic, DRM. It is essential and necessary. I was dismayed in 1994 to personally watch OS2 Warp become available in Irkutsk, Siberia, before it was available as a retail product in the USA or anywhere else. Sickening. DRM may help stop pirating intellectual and artistic property worldwide and that is very long overdue. I'm glad Vista will support is so well.

    Whoa, where did the echo come from 52 minutes in?? Cleared up at 53:58... eeeccchh.

    Brad, Jason, Adam, & Brett, thanks! 

    Rory, I suggest a single-purpose topic and interviewees who are motivated and prepared to discuss.

    My pick? Agile development and how to adopt it. Peter & Brad...

    ::Brad Wilson is an inspiration to me since seeing him write code at the SC-BAT workshop last March.

    ::I met Adam then, too, and he is very personable, but I never got to see him write code...

    Very cool video.  Smiley

  • Rory Meets Da Team

    ...and we still don't know what Charles looks like...

    I imagine him as his avatar.

  • Tour: Patterns and Practices Lab

    Peter Provost is inspiring.

    I'd like to plug a cable in the back of my neck and get a core dump of Agile.

    Write a book about it, P&P.
  • Danny Thorpe: Hosting the Windows Live Contacts gadget

    Is there a way to extend the data associated with a Windows Live ID?

    Say I want my dental records now that I've moved to Seattle from California, and I hate more unnecessary x-rays and the insurance claims bloat associated with it. Can both ends share a dynamic schema for data we put on the repository ~ Windows Live? Like a massive import mechanism?

    Danny, you need to discover the right word for it. De-gadgetize. Is it a shim? I'm glad you are at Microsoft.

  • Windows Vista WAVE - Windows Audio Video Excellence

    This deserves a DRM tag, Charles.

    Why isn't DRM in the description post? It's 75% of this video.

    I would never have found it, looking for a philosphical discussion on DRM... very nice work of your former teammate, Robert Scoble.

    Great jazz track they'd queued up.

    Vista will be worth the money for the A/V enhancements alone. Yep.

    "Spoon full of sugar helps the medicine go down."

    This is more DRM than A/V. Nice work, needs description and tag, please.

    This is a special video imho. Wow.

  • Anders Hejlsberg - LINQ

    Scottt40 wrote:
    Great video and information about Linq. Does anyone know if we will be able to use this type of language in Web Service calls.  Would be great improvement.  Will there ever be a wizard for creating web service calls?

    This qualifies: Web Service Software Factory from p & p.

    It isn't LINQ, but it is released...
  • ARCast - Catching up with patterns & practices

    No mp3 download?

    Length = 00:00:00 ?

    Like hearing from P & P.

  • Alan Cooper - Questions after his keynote

    Zeo wrote:

    I've always wanted to know more about the patterns and practice group at Microsoft.
    I've read many of their white papers and prescriptive guidance papers but I've always wondered about who exactly makes up the group (are they all deep CS PHD research candidates?)  because they seem to publish scary smart stuff that has really great technical breath and depth. 

    The video didn't answer that question so much it highlighted one of the group's core principles of giving real world guidance about deep technical engineering issues.  

    I've got one more day with the P&P team here in Redmond before going back to my cave in Arkansas.

    They are all very bright, a few are outrageously talented. It has been fun recognizing their voices from Ron Jacobs ARCasts and podcasts and from Robert's videos.


    My favorite metaphor from Alan Cooper is that "users are 5-year old kindergarten kids who have absolutely no business telling the teachers how to do their jobs". So true. My best software was delivered without any prototypes or user inspections.

    Documenting the expectations is imperative. Iterative design, going over and over requirements with the clients, is essential. At least that is what I picked up from Alan's interview.

    Good professionals know how and when to tell their clients "No", just like the kindergarten teachers "feed the kids beets and brocolli when they ask for candy". (Kids don't die when they don't get candy.) It isn't like "the customer is always right" it is that the customer needs guidance, just like me here today.