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April 2008 Entries

Florent Closing: Neighborhood Betrays its Own Founding Father

Florent is closing. I could have predicted it. I still find it sad. The place that transformed the Meat Packing District from no-go zone to hip, fun precinct is now, apparently, seeing its monthly rent rise from $5K a month to $60K. No, that’s not a typo. The irony, of course, is that the landlords wouldn’t even be able to get their current rent were it not for this pioneer. I’ve been going there since it opened in the 80s. It was a place filled with beautiful people, and yet friendly and devoid ......

LogMeOut

Bye, bye LogMeIn. Live Mesh includes a version of Remote Desktop, that works a lot like LogMeIn: it’s peer-to-peer, runs over HTTP and can (but doesn’t have to) run in the browser. Management also feels simpler. Plus you get the ability to copy files between local and remote machines via the clipboard (which LogMeIn’s free edition won’t do) and you can throw up a “curtain” on the host machine so that your remote session is not visible to people in front of the machine’s monitor. And it’s all free. ......

Reported iFrame Attacks _Not_ Due to MS Web/Database Stack

Recent articles like this one have been speculating on the possibility that a potential flaw in IIS might be responsible for a rash of malicious iFrame attacks that have plagued the Web recently. It would appear that IIS, ASP[.NET, and SQL Server are not the culprits. A response to me and others, direct from Microsoft follows. *** We have been investigating these reports today and just posted two blog posts about them: http://blogs.technet.com/ms... ......

First Impressions of Live Mesh

Got my invite yesterday and got it all working today. From the user’s perspective (which is the only on available at this point in time), Mesh offers three things (1) FolderShare-style file synchronization between PCs, including the ability to share your folders with invited members/users (2) SkyDrive-style cloud storage, file access and sync participation and (3) Remote desktop access to connected devices that is VPN/NAT friendly (i.e. it works over port 80, in a peer-to-peer fashion). That’s it. ......

Office 2007 Not OOXML-Compliant? And Your Point Is...?

A few articles have cropped up in the last couple of days on Office 2007's "failing" OOXML compliance tests. If you're interested in reading up on that, perhaps you'd like to start with the slashdotting of it. Well, the whole point of moving a proprietary file format into open standardization is that the format is controlled by the standards body and gets changed along the way. This has already happened with OOXML, and this is the reason for the apparent non-compliance. So this "failure" is actually ......

VSLive SanFrancisco Workshop Materials: SQL Server 2008 For Developers

Materials for the workshop Lenni Lobel and I presented on April 3rd are available here.