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  • Surface Phone - a year away

    @elmer: To date Microsoft partners have been producing hardware the fails to be updated after three years even though Microsoft are hiking their prices up e.g. the Surface and Windows Phone.

    Until Microsoft continue to support their hardware the way Apple does, this will be as popular as Windows Phone. iPhone sales are falling for the first time in 13 years so they are over a decade late trying to join the phone game, I don't see me buying anything other than Apple for the next 10 years

  • Xamarin "Hello World"

    @Ian2: Petzold has a free eBook https://developer.xamarin.com/guides/xamarin-forms/creating-mobile-apps-xamarin-forms/

    He is also working for Xamarin (or was as it is Microsoft now)

  • OneDrive problems

    , bondsbw wrote

    But if you insist on using OneDrive for this purpose, consider creating a ZIP or TAR of the changes and then using OneDrive's large file upload API:  https://dev.onedrive.com/items/upload_large_files.htm

    That would at least guarantee a transactional sync.

    I agree, at least you can date the files, as most experienced developers will tell you once you have written a huge bit of code, and you have an off week  and develop a buggy module, I would rather you than me, trying to extricate this.

    Also, don't think you can apply for a Programming job and get anywhere near a decent salary, I would never hire someone who did not know how to use source control (or al least show an awareness why it is necessary), your resume will be binned.

    @magicalclick this community also has some very bright folks that give you the best advice for nothing

  • Scoop

    The individuals that broke the Panama Papers are answering a live Q+A.

    Unlike Snowden there is no condemnation of this leak of confidential information. This leak had been planned for a year which is why it wrong footed so many Heads of State and Celebrities.

    The source of the problem was cloud hosted services. Like Ashley Madison and Snowden, it appears that individual whose job it was to protect their organisation decided to clear their conscience publicly, stealing information that did not belong to them and whistleblowing.

    Is it time SQL started locking data down by year, allowing you to control what years individuals can see, or maybe dividing huge databases into partial databases with enhanced security. Common tasks that an IT administrator does like creating a snapshot in VMWare is to also have enhanced security.

    I realise the public stand to gain the most in this situation as any taxes will end up in the public purse, how long till then next leak with terabytes of data, and what are you doing to eliminate the possibility of you being in the headlines next?

  • OneDrive problems

    @SteveRichter: I worked on a backup solution before iCloud, OneDrive and Google drive, and although we stipulated that this was to backup home user files, you got businesses trying to backup their Sage Accounting databases, and email in their AppData folder.

    As other have intimated, I will say it bluntly, don't use OneDrive to back source code because this is not what the tool has be designed to do. It is best for word documents, pdf's, images and music files. Use SVN (Visual SVN has very affordable tools that make working with SVN easier) or Git or TFS as mentioned before.

    The whole point of saving source code in a versioning system, is being able to revert back to earlier check-in's seamlessly, this is the only option worth considering.

    Do not use OneDrive for source control!

  • Your Oldest Windows 10 Device?

    Since the Pentuim 4, it became hard to improve speed without having a huge and noisy fan, so computing hasn't really improved speed that much. Writing parallel code is too hard for many so not really a surprise that old machines can run modern software.

    I have a 5 year old AMD Phenom X6 that I don't develop on. In general, programming is something I do at work only nowadays, so I don't need a top end i7 at home, Windows runs great on it.

  • Real Programmers write their own tools ... ?

    It usually depends on the project, at the moment I have had look at our reporting suite in SSRS and created a WPF application that allows one to manipulate tasks common to our infrastructure changing servers and security boundaries that typically can save one up to 30 minutes a day, depending on how busy things are.

  • VIDEO:Dave Cutler interview

    @felix9:This video should be on the front page of Channel 9. (jokingly) your title might possibly be better written along the lines of

    • You Need This!
    • The Mozart of Computer Engineering
    • If you look for the word genius in the dictionary, you will find the name Dave Cutler
    • The Smartest Man you will ever see
    • This man excites me, really, he does!
    • Batman, Superman, Judge Dredd, Luke Skywalker combined
    • The superhero's Superhero
    • Charles said this would never happen, but they managed to do it

    I could go on and on (bit of a fanboi).

    ...just saying!:P

  • Surface phone

    Ever since Windows 95 Microsoft have had a "planned obsolescence" period of about three years (like car manufacturers BMW and Mercedes). Basically every three years, you release a new version that makes the previous model/version obsolete, this is why longhorn was seen as such a disaster as the financial people could only see lost revenue.

    This is the reason why my HTC 8X has been confined to history, with Microsoft showing no interest to update it. Apple on the other hand, make their products as good as possible and continue to update them for as long as possible. I have an iPad two years older than the aforementioned HTC phone that is running the latest iOS perfectly

    For their new Surface products to succeed they are going to have to clearly continue to support the hardware for a long time, I would not be surprised if the new Macbook competing Surface that costs considerably more is made obsolete way before an equivalent Macbook is?

  • MS AI looks really cool

    @bondsbw: I was responding to two items really,

    1. the ai imaging where Microsoft are helping individuals that are blind visualise the area around them (here distinguishing objects is still a problem)
    2. Cars where I am still of the opinion that the smaller steps are likely to be made, than suddenly Google releasing an driverless vehicle

    I agree with figuerres that humans for the most part are inefficient with vehicles, and most of the traffic jams are usually due to individuals bad driving. I can drive 10 days and 9.5 of those days people cannot read road signs correctly i.e 70 on a dual carriageway and 60 on a single. Most people never change when a road changes from a 40 to a 60, a lot of people cannot see huge 40 signs and stick to doing 30, usually the ones that leave huge gaps ahead of them, then dash for the traffic light when they are about to go red.

    In the long run, cars are not the answer, even if they are autonomous, there are already too many humans contesting for road space, so one would prefer they try and solve the far much more pressing and harder problem of how to improve transportation in a world where the population is growing.