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March 2005 Entries

Let’s Go Jets

The headlines tonight make it look almost certain that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s board will vote to approve the New York Jets’ bid to build a stadium over the LIRR rail yards in Manhattan’s West 30s. I am extremely pleased with this probable outcome and I think the Bloomberg administration was right to push hard for it. Many people I know, and with whom I often agree on matters of city politics and policy, do not share my view on this issue and have been (and will be) very surprised ......

Can't We All Just Get Along?

It’s been a while since I’ve posted here. Part of the reason for this is I’ve been in hiding for the last 10 days learning the ins and outs of ASP.NET 2.0. Moreover, I’ve been trying to make it all work with Oracle, and when I say “make it work with” I mean get all those fancy new data bound controls to bind to Oracle data, and to do so by calling stored procedures in packages. The good news is I made it work. The bad news is it’s much harder than it should be. Microsoft’s Oracle provider doesn’t ......

News that’s Fit

If you travel (or live) outside North America much you’ll be familiar with the ubiquity of BBC World and CNN International. The latter, in James Earl Jones’ voice identifies itself simply as CNN, just as its North American counterpart, but is in fact a very different channel. Just to the right of the omnipresent CNN logo is a small, slowly spinning globe. And that globe means a lot: the anchor desk is based in London and the programming is much more news-heavy, infotainment-eschewing, and editorially ......

Microsoft ISV Community Days Slides and Code

Code and slides from my Thursday 3/17/05 Lunch and Learn session can be found here. The Projects and WebSites folders within the zip contain sub folders which should be copied into the My Documents\Visual Studio 2005\Projects and My Documents\Visual Studio 2005\WebSites folders respectively. The SSProjTestScripts folder should be copied into the My Documents\SQL Server Management Studio\Projects folder. Throw the PPT wherever you please. All code has been tested under the February CTP releases of ......

Techie Toilet Humor

Fellow RD Scott Hanselman and cohort Rory Blyth have created a rather off-beat Tech*Ed 2005 promo video.  I would rate it somewhere between PG and R.  More are on the way, apparently, but check out the first one here.


SQL/VS 2005 February CTP Code Changes

I've been playing with the February CTP of both Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 this weekend. One of my exercises for the day was trying to get a Visual Studio SQL Server CLR project that I wrote for SQL 2005 Beta 2/VS 2005 Beta 1 to compile. The project has a stored procedure, a UDT, and a stubbed out function, aggregate and trigger. I couldn't get this to compile in the VS December CTP, but I was determined to get it to compile in the new February CTP. I got it to work, though not easily. ......

Project Green: Build vs. Buy

Microsoft recently announced a “realignment” (for lack of a better euphemism) of its Project Green and its Microsoft Business Framework (MBF) technology plans. Project Green is an initiative to foster the gradual union of the disparate product lines of Microsoft’s Business Solutions (MBS) division. MBF is an initiative around making the technology that will theoretically be common among these products into a rich developer platform, and one that is, in effect, an extension of the .NET Framework. ......

Netscape 8.0: Reliant on Internet Explorer?

My RD colleague Venkatarangan mentioned to me that he downloaded the new Mozilla FireFox-based Netscape 8.0 Beta and discovered that it allows users to pick between the Netscape and IE “rendering engines.” Sure enough, if you click on the Site Controls (shield) icon on a specific tab in the browser, you’re offered your choice of Rendering Engines at the bottom of the dialog: This is quite convenient, especially because Netscape remembers your preference the next time you visit that particular site. ......

"Windows in the Living Room" Deconstructed

Today, over email, I found myself advising my wife’s friend on a potential Windows XP Media Center Edition (MCE) PC purchase. In the course of all this, he asked what seemed like a simple technical question, but I realized later than it has wider ramifications. His question was whether an MCE PC could replace his stereo receiver. People familiar with this product line understand that MCE machines can integrate digital music and photos into their living room/home theater setups, and that they have ......