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November 2009 Entries

My Week With #Droid

A week ago I got a new phone. This was planned, and yet not planned. Getting a new phone working is disruptive, and I didn’t want that disruption on Thanksgiving week. However, Verizon somehow de-provisioned my old phone from its data network and told me it would take 5 days to fix the problem. That meant being without mobile email access, liekly for a week, so I reasoned that getting a new phone would be actually less disruptive than fixing the old one. So I deactivated my Moto Q9m Windows Mobile ......

#PDC09 ’s Final Verdict: Eyes on The Prize, Not in the Sky

What a difference a day makes…at least to some. While the Day 1 keynote at PDC seemed mostly like a news update on last year’s announcements, and a somewhat dry one at that, Day 2 gave developers some real “red meat.” It began with a presentation by Steven Sinofsky on Windows 7’s progress since its launch last month, including demos of the diverse array of hardware on which it now runs. Sinofsky then offered the ultimate crowd pleaser: he described the specs for a multi-touch Microsoft-designed laptop ......

#PDC09 or PDC08 R2?

Today was the first day of Microsoft's 2009 Professional Developer Conference, and it kicked off with a 2-hour keynote address led by Ray Ozzie. Ozzie enumerated various new features and launch dates for the Windows Azure Platform, including project "Dallas," a platform for open data feeds based on OData, an opened flavor of ADO.NET Data Services/Astoria. Ozzie also brought on customers and partners, including Automatic/WordPress, Kelley Blue Book, Seesmic and even US Federal CIO Vivek Kundra (via ......

#PDC09: Here We Go Again

Until recently, Microsoft’s policy toward Its Professional Developers Conference (PDC), was that it should be held only once every two or three years, and should focus on Redmond’s technology “futures.” This meant that currently- or imminently-shipping products were not to merit much coverage; instead, emerging technologies that were at least 18 months away (or thereabouts) from shipping would get the spotlight. Last year, that was mostly true. We got a pre-beta release of Windows 7, saw glimpses ......

Visual Studio’s Cross-Platform Détente

I like it when Microsoft bridges its technologies out to other platforms. I like the PHP Driver for SQL Server and the samples in the PHP On Windows Training Kit so much that I did a whole session on them at VSLive! last month. The ADO.NET Data Services (Astoria) bridges for PHP and Java are very exciting to me. The Silverlight plug-in for Eclipse, the Azure SDK for Java, and the Windows 7 support for Eclipse are all good stuff. To add to these recent developments, Microsoft has announced its acquisition ......

Tell Andrew Cuomo the Semiconductor Market Works Just Fine

Have you heard about NY State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo’s lawsuit against Intel? Cuomo is alleging that Intel has engaged in anti-competitive practices which have prevented other companies (primarily AMD) from selling their products, and PC makers from using them in their machines. My own opinion, detailed in this post, is that Cuomo is doing a bit of grandstanding here in his zeal to continue the NYS AG office’s activist role, established when Elliot Spitzer still held that office. I am a registered ......

Windows Phone: “Hey, That Was My Idea”

The tech influencers’ Twitter streams have been all aflutter this weekend, with talk of the Motorola Droid. Verizon Wireless launched its version this phone on Friday, and the techies are swooning. They love the screen, the Google Maps-based turn-by-turn navigation and the thinness of the phone, which still manages to sport a physical, slide-out keyboard. Most of all they love the Verizon network, which offers resilient service and ubiquitous 3G coverage. There seems to be something else though. ......

Cuomo vs. Intel and Son vs. Father

I grew up in New York, and I’ve grown up with the Cuomo family. I liked Mario Cuomo and thought he was a good governor. He was one of those guys in the 1980s that I characterized as a Macho Liberal: someone with compassionate beliefs and a street-tough approach to pursuing them. A Macho Liberal wasn’t a wimp, nor was he a bully. He was someone ready to fight and hold his ground while trying to do good. Sound naive? Hey, give me a break: I was a teenager and an idealist. And I was living under a Republican ......

Update on West Village Push-in Robberies

Forgive this interruption of the normal tech content presented here. But there’s a dangerous man in my neighborhood, posing as a package delivery man, ringing doorbells, then pushing his way in, tying up whoever is there, and stealing their property as they watch. One incident involved a 3-year old being present. If you live in the West Village, please be vigilant. The following is from Marilyn Dorato, president of the local block association: ___________________________... From: Marilyn ......

Windows Virtual PC: I Can’t Stand the Way You Tease

There are a lot of things to like about the new version Virtual PC. Compared to its predecessor, it has added support for USB devices; allows individual applications to be run from a virtual machine yet project on the host desktop; has terrific shell integration; and much better awareness of the host’s power management, allowing users to hibernate their physical PC, even while a virtual image is activated. When you add to that the new ability of Windows 7 to mount VHD files as physical drives, and ......