jsrfc58 jsrfc58

Niner since 2004

Skills: C/C++/C#, 6502 Assembly, HTML, SQL, JavaScript, BASIC, Pascal


  • Rory Blyth: The Exit Interview

    You guys have to shoot another one of these videos. Have Scoble climb into a Tardis/blue police box one last time and then show Rory coming out of it. Sort of like a Dr. Who regeneration. Be sure to add cool sound effects. And please don't put a stalk of celery on your suit, Rory. Have a long scarf and a bag of jelly babies or something.
  • Microsoft Platform Vision in the Post Bill Era: Meet Craig Mundie

    Charles wrote:
    There's only one Craig Mundie at Microsoft... Never heard of Eric Raymond. Sounds like a bonehead...

    The Cathedral and the Bazaar: Musings on Linux and Open Source

    The Art of UNIX Programming

    The New Hacker's Dictionary
  • Sean Alexander (and others) - Windows Vista Sidebar and Gadgets

    AndyC wrote:
    jsrfc58 wrote:
    Don't you mean Konfabulator was a glint in Steve Jobs eye? That "widget" project was released in February 2003.  When did the Longhorn pre-beta come out?
    Well, Paul Thurrott had screenshots of the sidebar as far back as November 2002. Make of that what you will...

    And then, I suppose to add to that, on the Konfabulator site, it said it was an idea he was thinking about five years before February 2003 (and the project was underway in 2002, but it just wasn't released until February 2003). 

    So, it's the old "who came up with it first" innovation argument.  Which is then usually followed closely by the "yeah, but when did it arrive on MY platform?" argument.

    Not that any of this productive. Wink 
  • Sean Alexander (and others) - Windows Vista Sidebar and Gadgets

    AndyC wrote:
    You realise, of course, that the sidebar and gadgets were seen in the Longhorn pre-beta long before Apple's Dashboard was even a glint in Steve Jobs eye...


    Don't you mean Konfabulator was a glint in Steve Jobs eye? That "widget" project was released in February 2003.  When did the Longhorn pre-beta come out?
  • PDC Walkabout (Three clips)

    For a moment I thought Scoble was going to tumble backwards down the escalator. Good thing you filmed that part first before the stop at the watering hole.

    Warning: Dramamine recommended for certain portions of this video.

    As far as the size of the main convention hall, it reminds me of the Sportshows that come through town here.  Usually, they are that big, too. Of course there it isn't "information overload" its "resort brochure overload".  But it makes for good reading in the winter months.

    So did you actually have Coronas? You guys should have blown across the tops of the Corona bottles...wait maybe that was a tapper.

    ::: rewinds video :::

    Wait...maybe Jeff was having wine or something I couldn't tell. I heard bottles breaking.

  • Steve Ball - Learning about Audio in Windows Vista

    Fun video.  Nice work again, Robert, and congrats to the audio team. It was interesting to see different personalities walking into and through the interview.

    Funny edit at 45:30:

    Scoble: "Anything you want to tell developers about the new API?"

    Larry: "Hopefully nothing changes. That is really truly our intent. That if you are using the existing API that your experience won't be degraded significantly."


    Steve: "I'll take a crack at that..."

    LOL.  Gotta love impromptu videos.



  • Scott Woodgate and team - Announcing Windows Workflow Foundation

    Interesting.   Somewhat similar to what I have been envisioning for some time.  Have you been reading my posts? Wink Luckily, I still have the best ideas up my sleeve, as I would not post them here. I can't believe you are just arriving at this point.

    As far as there being a performance hit by using graphical workflows "in the past"...whatta bunch of bull. 

    What's with the editing...edit...ed...editing in parts of this video? It reminded me of Max...Max...Max Headroom for a minute around the 28:05 and 28:19 marks.

    I'm worried that this is going into Office 12, though.  Then every secretary will think of themselves "a programmer".  If you thought font/table h**l in Word was bad, wait til you see an admin assistant send an urgent Outlook message to the Exchange server as part of a workflow.


    "Reply to all" anybody?

    I don't think Access Control and gray boxes are going to save us. Please keep this away from my superiors, also.  Management LOVES workflows.

    How does this tool scale visually? Like if you have large switch statements or large programs? I thought I saw an IF/THEN statement earlier on.

  • Anders Hejlsberg - LINQ

    Thanks for the video...it was very interesting and I wish you guys would put up more videos from Anders.  I am somewhere in the middle on the LINQ phenomenon, however, and again I keep going back to my old comment:

    Why now?  Why not a few years ago?  Were there performance issues?  The underlying technology has certainly been there for a while.  Or was it an internal structuring/organizational issue? I can see reasons for both.  Conceptually, however, only some of this is "radical".

    Dan wrote:
    In my opinion, the biggest change is that we're abstracting out the data store, meaning you can program against objects, relational data, and XML using a single, unified programming model. For example, you could use the VSTO (Visual Studio Tools for Office) API's and write a LINQ sample to query your email, like find all emails where:
    1) the subject contains "LINQ"
    2) sent in the last month
    3) that were marked "urgent".

    Yes, this is big leap forward, and I'm all for it.  I started using a bit of C# last month, and I am toying with the idea of building a language parser with it. However, relational databases have their limits, too, although the model has generally carried the industry a long, long ways.

  • Sanjay ​Parthasarat​hy and Ben Riga - Healthcare demo of Windows Presentation Foundation (AKA Avalon)

    So, have you guys dealt with HIPAA yet? LOL

    What you really need to work on is convincing ALL doctors to stop handwriting prescriptions. Make them type them out.

    Blast it...those were some of the ideas I wanted to use for my new programming IDE...flip out panels (in 3-D).

    Must work faster on this...

    That's okay...I was building a music application back in the mid eighties that had sliding visual panels in it, so, I'll find a way to leap ahead again.  Hang tight.

  • Bill Gates - A short chat with Microsoft's Chief Software Architect

    Another nice video...congrats.

    It's good that he still has a sort of "hunger" about software, and wants to make it better. That shows that he hasn't lost his interest.  It's also refreshing to see that he is very aware of what is going on in the lower levels of his company.  Some CEOs, presidents, etc. really don't have a clue.

    Array microphones!

    Sorry, the electronics engineering part of me reawakened for a moment.

    "Taking on Oracle" ... Oracle's stock...quick check...is it dropping? LOL

    Reign of the Geek...I think the space folks still fall into this category. 

    Like Karim said..."stack overflow!" on the "What would you ask?" question. LOL

    Speaking of going into schools...why is it every school I ever go into has either a lab full of Macs or old Apple II machines?

    As much as I hate to be the bad guy in all this...I'll repeat what I've always said about security and software...until you deal with it at the hardware level and make it a complete pain for people to try to come up with workarounds...good luck.

  • Jennifer Ritzinger - Women of PDC

    scobleizer wrote:
    As to the coldness of the box. That's what I've been told when I discuss this with girls between 10 and 14. They see playing with the computer as an anti-social activity.

    I used to think this way, however, when I saw one of my kids completely absorbed in playing a farming game on her Nintendo system (Harvest Moon)...I was floored.  She would go on the internet and dig, dig, dig for information related to playing the game. It really connected with her, as did some of the later Mario Brothers titles.

    Regarding development of software, though, she almost got interested in building web pages.  She tried building a couple, but then gave up.
  • Jennifer Ritzinger - Women of PDC

    The few women in IT areas I have worked with (in the Healthcare Insurance industry) have been very competent...although I have seen some "control freak" tendencies in some of them which is a little funny sometimes.  Although there are very few who are really deeply into "development" on a low level.

    I agree with the "competitive" issues...I see this a lot.  I also see other things that come out of this including jealousy, people being shut out of discussions, left out of meetings...not fun.

    Hey, is that the first use of a swear word on Channel 9 video? LOL.

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