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Everyone is streaming in trying to find the optimal seat. After four hours of waiting in line, I don’t care where I sit just as long as I am sitting. There are large plasmas all over the place which is good – from my vantage point, Jobs is going to be a dot. Huge applause – Al Gore is here in the audience. From my seat: More cheesy pre-show music … 10:01 AM PST Still waiting, people still streaming in. Whomever was in charge of the herd\logistics should be shot. Microsoft owns them in this regard ...
So instead of trying to do these Tech Ed posts on a day-to-day basis, I'm just going to be doing them topical instead. So let's talk about working the ARC area. As an MVP, we're given an opportunity to attend Tech Ed under a work program. We commit to working 16 hours in one of the TLC areas, and in exchange we get free admission to Tech Ed. I submitted and was selected for the program, being assigned to the Architecture area (or ARC). Now, I had gone to Tech Ed in 2005, and I knew there were people ...
Seeing this conference coming together has been very interesting, not only because the subject matter is of great personal interest to me, but also from the standpoint of watching people self organize in the absence of a heirarchy so effectively. Four key principles of Open Space Technology are : Whoever comes are the right people. Whatever happens is the only thing that could have. Whenever it starts is the right time. Whenever it is over it is over. To me there exists a great deal of similarity ...
The conference proper began with a faux improvised discussion about the conference. There were some attempts at humour, which I appreciate, but they struggled. Eric Meijer from Microsoft had the first keynote. His central theme was that imperative OO programming is fatally flawed and we should all embrace functional programming. His presentation was entertaining and thought provoking. The next talk I chose to attend was by Dave Thomas (not the Pragmattic Dave Thomas) on the topic of next generation ...
Lately I have noticed a trend in electronics retailing. Shops have started selling a large number of items with cashbacks. Here is an example of what I mean. Cashbacks are provided by the wholesaler to the consumer as a means of passing on discounts in a way that cannot be absorbed by the retailer. For example, if the wholesaler discounts the cost of an item by $250 what is to stop the retailer absorbing the $250 as additional profit? But if the wholesaler offers a $250 cashback then the consumer ...
Disclaimer: This post speaks from an outsiders perspective. My interactions with this initiative have been from a regional implementers standpoint and I am not privy to any of the decisions that led to the OneDOJ initiative. This perspective comes from actual project work and reviewing open source information regarding the broader initiative. One of my first web service projects involved implementing a service from a WSDL provided to us by the federal partner in charge of a regional data sharing ...
There's already rudimentary collision detection in the app, but only for the sides. What if I wanted the balls to detect when they collide? In the demo video you can already see the balls colliding (and, incidentally, the gravity changing from down, then left, up, right, and down again). But how did I get there? Wouldn't you know that XNA has a built-in structure called BoundingSphere that can handle that for you? I defined the bounding sphere as centered around the ball's center point (which was ...
What is Microsoft Windows SharePoint Services? How is it related to Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007? 2 What is Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server? 3 What is Microsoft Windows Services? 4 What is the relationship between Microsoft SharePoint Portal Server and Microsoft Windows Services? 5 Who is Office SharePoint Server 2007 designed for? 6 What are the main benefits of Office SharePoint Server 2007? 7 What is the difference between Microsoft Office SharePoint Server 2007 for Internet sites ...
It is difficult to introduce both novice and experienced procedural programmers to the anthropomorphic perspective necessary for object-oriented design. Wherever possible we wish to illustrate the use of functional programming in the web domain. In this domain, expressions that involve mirrors of HTML and XML elements are the key constituents. We make new members part of the team through close training and interaction. Expressions use VB.NET syntax and are technically very similar to Excel formulas, ...
Last weekend, I decided to take time off from what I was supposed to be doing (shh... don't tell, ok?) ... and take a whack an an idea I have for extending one of the great Silverlight 2 control skins that Corrina Barber provided for us. Not to take anything away from her work, but I'd like to use it as a jumping-off point to produce something of my own, and one of my ideas is a small rotation off one of hers. So my idea was to: 1) Get something running, and 2) Make some modifications in Blend 2.5 ...
I went through my session builder for Tech Ed 2008 and picked out all the sessions that looked appealing. Now normally I wouldn't bother, especially this early. But I'm heading down on a work-visa: MVP's can work at the "Ask the Experts" booth at Tech Ed in exchange for a free pass to the conference. You have to schedule when you're *working* though, which also means you need to know what you want to take in beforehand so you know when to work. Anyway, the point of all this is that I'm really looking ...
The first thing developers starting to implement Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) should know is the difference between the BasicHttpBinding and the WSHttpBinding. This is very important as the BasicHttpBinding has some major drawbacks compared to the WSHttpBinding. From the functional view it makes no difference, it's just a client invoking an operation on a service, but there is a world of difference concerning the low level exchange of SOAP packets to achieve this. BasicHttpBinding is there ...
You may have read my review of my Canon SD 870 IS camera and know that I was returning home with a busted machine. I was pretty bummed about it, but thankful that my Sony camcorder could be used as a camera (and it took really good pics for a 4 MP camera mode!). I returned to Winnipeg and went by the local Best Buy to submit my camera for service work. I always by the extended warranties on this stuff, so I figured it was going to be sent out, returned, and either be fixed or else it was time to ...
At the beginning of the MVP Summit, we had these talks called Open Spaces. The idea behind this was a free exchange of ideas with little or no agenda... just a topic. It's been done other places with varying degrees of success, but unfortunately the sessions I attended would have to be classified as a failure. Why? The first problem was the lack of moderation. We had a facilitator, but honestly he lacked a strong enough personality to reign the group in. It eventually got to the point where an MVP ...
The patterns & practices WCF Security Guidance project has released the the WCF 3.5 Security Guidelines. This is useful if you're trying to follow the best practices for securing your services. Here are the categories and topics for the initial release of the guidelines. For more in depth information, go to the site. Categories Auditing and Logging Authentication Authorization Binding Configuration Management Exception Management Hosting Impersonation and Delegation Input/Data Validation Proxy ...
Overview An adapter is a software component that enables you to send and receive messages to and from a line-of-business (LOB) system. The primary design goal of adapters is to facilitate the exchange of business documents between trading partners. The adapters provide the following advantages to clients: Consistent design-time experience. The adapters provide a common and user-friendly design time experience for browsing, searching, and retrieving metadata of LOB artifacts. Varied programming options. ...
After doing some stuff recently with the Pipeline Component Test Library by Tomas Restrepo I had a bit of an idea on a different way this library can help you during the development process. On the back of this idea I have created a small tool on codeplex which will help you create sample flat file messages. The rest of this article will describe how this tool can help. Get the tool here: http://www.codeplex.com/Biz... Get Pipeline Test Library Here: http://www.winterdom.com/we... ...
When was .NET announced? Bill Gates delivered a keynote at Forum 2000, held June 22, 2000, outlining the .NET 'vision'. The July 2000 PDC had a number of sessions on .NET technology, and delegates were given CDs containing a pre-release version of the .NET framework/SDK and Visual Studio.NET. When was the first version of .NET released? The final version of the 1.0 SDK and runtime was made publicly available around 6pm PST on 15-Jan-2002. At the same time, the final version of Visual Studio.NET was ...
Occasionally I get emails from people who have recently started user groups or are trying to revitalize an existing group. One of the top questions is about finding speakers. INETA gives groups a couple of speakers each year, but finding speakers can be tough on a monthly basis. The great thing is most of the time you actually don't need to look any further than your own members. Here are a few tips I have found to be pretty successful... Reduce the amount of time people have to speak. Instead of ...
So I didn't get the "golden email" saying that I was selected to work at Tech Ed this year (people who are chosen get a free pass to the conference in exchange for a few hours of work). [Edit] I just got the "golden email" tonight, so they were just out a day or so later than the advertised 26th cutoff!!! I couldn't be more stoked about the opportunity! :D [/Edit] I'm still considering going though, although I was trying to justify the cost of flying down and hotel. You figure 5 nights stay plus ...
So, if you’re a small independent software provider in need of an inexpensive way to license MSDN, several internal use licenses for Vista, XP, Office; in addition to, SQL Server® 2005, Exchange Server, SharePoint® or Windows Server; you may want to check out this program. The Microsoft Empower for ISV Program is an initiative for independent software vendors creating new software solutions using Microsoft® technology. Membership gives you access to essential development tools, resources, and support. ...
So my exchange server stopped working along with the web server and such, and system attendant started hanging in startup. I searched for the problem and really didn't find anything useful until I found a single forum response that solved the problem. Here's the error message I was seeing in the event viewer: Process MSEXCHANGEADTOPOLOGYSERVICE... (PID=3392). Topology discovery failed, error 0x80040a02 (DSC_E_NO_SUITABLE_CDC). Look up the Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) error code specified ...
In a move sure to make many an ITPro squeal with delight, Apple announced today that the iPhone will soon be enterprise-ready by licensing ActiveSync from Microsoft and adding remote lock, remote wipe and other requested features. Sign up for the Enterprise Beta program here. The iPhone will offer full Exchange support, thanks to licenses from Microsoft. The iPhone will also get enterprise-friendly security features, including remote wipe, support for Cisco IPsec VPN, certificates, identities, and ...
So I'm off to Redmond on Saturday to go to the Rosario TAP kickoff being held next week, packing for the trip is now down to a fine art, however my dilemma is what to buy when I'm out there... with the exchange rate working in my favor just exactly what should I get (by the way I'm going from GBP to USD) So on the list of possible's Zune or iPod Touch MacBook Air or maybe just a MacBook MS Wireless Ent. Keyboard 8000 .... mmm backlit keys :) Storage .... a trip to Fry's will see me with some new ...
For quiet some time, I wanted to understand JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) and its advantages. Always after hearing about it, I thought, it is some advance form of JavaScript, but after studying it today, I was surprised to know the advantages of JSON. In the present world, where companies are providing SAAS (Software Applications As Services) over the Web, and applications are mashing-up with other applications... in such scenarios everyone wants to make applications, to be able to exchange data ...
This week I wrote yet another console application that will write to an html file and create two tables. It basically reads from a list a specific entry, then breaks up the entry into multiple pieces based on a delimiter. Then it uses a web service to send the information through a stored procedure and writes to an html file. If you are remotely interested in the code I can post it just let me know. I am also working on setting up incoming e-mail. So far I have found a couple entries that all link ...
A post from a guest author :) This is a response to a response from my last post about Dell's customer service. Enjoy. -Joe Let me start by revealing that I am this blog author's boss; and when he refers to the company's run-ins with Dell, he is speaking of MY run-ins with Dell at our firm. Having said that, let me address Larry, the "Dell Customer Advocate" and inform him (and the audience at large) that our issues at Dell have most definitely NOT been resolved. Nor, quite frankly, do I think they ...
This morning Microsoft made a pretty big announcement, and another step in the right direction. We announced that we would implement 4 new interoperability principles across many of our products including Vista and the .NET Framework, that will impact product development, documentation , and community outreach. 1. Ensuring open connections 2. Promoting data portability 3. Enhancing support for industry standards 4. Fostering more open engagement with customers and the industry, including open source ...
I'm trying to wrap up the vision for an Automated QA Framework that initially focuses on automating the testing of data exchange applications. The bulk of the apps to be tested are written in Java. I'm planning to develop this QA Framework using C#.NET. If you have any experience with Automated QA of EDI or other types of data exchange, I'd love to hear from you and exchange ideas. Also if you have words of wisdom about Java and .NET interoperability, please drop me a line. Happy Wednesday ...
You won't find me on the next episode of 'Show us your Home' geek edition (Check out Scott Hanselman's); I am not that hardcore, but I have a similar setup which (IMO) is worthwhile for you @home developers. We won't get into my structured cabling or distributed audio design today; we will leave that for a 'architecture' track. Scott has some great posts to get you on your way. Why virtualize your home networking system? The answer is simple, because it is the smart thing to do; CPU horsepower and ...
Grrr... Just wasted lots of time on a stupid mistake due to misleading error message. I hate it when that happens. I usually do self-hosting for my WCF services, but on a project I am working on we wanted to host in IIS. I was focused on the security aspects - trying to get Integrated Windows security on a web site, using impersonation to call the service under the client's credentials, protecting the service with Integrated Windows Authentication and turning off anonymous access in IIS. I was trying ...
Web Storage is Back and boy its increasing.. just googling alone gives out atleast 50+ free web storage sites and even worse reviews about them then where does Windows Live SkyDrive stand ? believe it or not SkyDrive although currently gives just a Gigabyte of storage (hoping it increases) and still in beta, it Rocks! My Score Points: Reliability : Storing those important files on a site unknown to storing on Microsoft Site and for all the paranoid ones check out the url (https://...) its a TLS 1.0, ...
Today was .NETwork usergroup second gathering. The usergroup is the first and only large/effective "offline" usergroup in Egypt (although there're many others in INETA). They had a great success in their first gathering when they brought Steven Forte to talk about SQL Server 2008 new features for developers and ASP.NET MVC design pattern. I had a detailed post about it in my GWB blog at that time. Check it out for details. Background: First To Second Gathering (Warning: Boring Part!!) The .NETwork ...
About a month ago, I talked about a new add-on for Microsoft Outlook called Xobni Insight. Since that time, I was invited to participate in the beta and have been running it both at work and at home. So far, I have been very impressed. The installation is very simple. Once Xobni Insight is installed, the next time you open Outlook will cause it to create an index of your email. On my home system, I have over 14,000 messages from almost 3,000 different senders and it took less than 10 minutes to create ...
Countdown till the 2008 launch in Belgium and the start of the TechDays summit has started. Proud to see loads of great Belgian speakers here. Here a list speakers I like, collegeas, community (visug) friends, Microsoft.be guys and other certified trainers and people I met at other Microsoft events. Gill Cleeren : A collegea at Ordina, MVP, SilverLight geek presenting Next Generation Web Applications. Dandy Weyn : A Redmond based SQL Guru with Belgian roots has multiple sessions on SQL 2008. Peter ...
My latest project has been pretty much my first real distributed application - it involves securely storing and encrypting credit card data in a system that makes it nigh impossible to access the information. It's actually been really fun, delving into the depths of secure programming and trying to come up with security measures to thwart perceived avenues of attack against the system. Part of the way that this system works is by encrypting sensitive data as soon as it arrives to the application ...
I have recently been introduced to a company called PostPath. They are a new technology company that have created a Linux-based alternative to Microsoft's Exchange. Their proposition is that Microsoft Outlook is the killer application. As long as users can run Outlook and have all the features and functionality that they are used to, it shouldn't matter what is serving it up on the back end. And if that back end can run on cheaper hardware and storage with a highly-flexible open source OS, all the ...
Great new book: "Administrator's Guide to Microsoft Office 2007 Servers". Explore the features, the installation, and the configuration of these seven new servers and gain a conceptual understanding of how your users will be working with them. Forms Server 2007 Groove Server 2007 Communications Server 2007 PerformancePoint Server 2007 Project Portfolio Server 2007 Project Server 2007 SharePointA (R) Server 2007 for Search Along with the release of Windows Vista and the revamped suite of Office 2007 ...
As any good geek, I'm enthralled with video games, sci-fi movies, books, and Red Bull. But Comics hasn't been on my top list, other than seeing my childhood favorites finally come to the big screen. Of all the various titles, Spider Man and Batman were the two that I was most passionate about. Venom was, as per my famous "Why Venom Can't Be In Spider Man 4" post (which has 92 comments to date btw), one of the best villains ever and Batman's dark tone was always kewl. But Spiderman got dropped along ...
Over 7 continuous months I have consumed my beloved chicken fajita with medium corn salsa, two scoops of the hot stuff, and cheese (aka ‘the Justin’) at a minimum rate of 5 times a week. Do the math people. 155 burritos. I just so happen to know that my burrito costs $6.30 after tax. That is $976.50. Almost $1000 spent on burritos. This is not including the gas expenses incurred on my 40-minute round trip drive from Chipotle and back. In summary: I’m a fan. However, the giving hasn’t all been on ...
At CES in Las Vegas last week, UK incumbent telco, BT, and Microsoft announced a partnership that, starting in mid-2008, will allow BT broadband customers who also own Microsoft Xbox 360 gaming consoles to access BT's Microsoft Mediaroom-powered IPTV service, BT Vision, through the Xbox 360. Existing BT Vision customers, who currently access the service through a proprietary hybrid (DTT/IP) set-top box, will now have the option of also accessing it (minus Freeview DTT channels) through the Microsoft ...
· Workflow services, new for 3.5, are services that are authored using workflows. Durable services are services that use a persistence provider to persist state information after an operation has completed. · The implementation of the service contract is handled through one or more ReceiveActivity activities, which are sequence activities that support either one-way or request/response message exchanges with a client. The client invokes operations through SendActivity activities, which are basic ...
Although the new open format Microsoft have introduced for Office 2007 will soon be the defacto standard in the interim most businesses need to exchange documents in the good old Office 97/2003 format. Remembering to save things correctly can become a chore. So to save having to think change the default save to the old format. To do this do the following: Open a document Click the Office button In Options choose save then 'save files in the format' Select 97/2003 format Click OK ...
This article is a Part 3 of the Interview Questions series. Part 1: BizTalk: Questions for interview without answers Part 2: BizTalk: Interview questions and principles Part 3: WCF: Questions for studying and interviewPart 4: WCF: Questions for studying and interview: DiscoveryPart 5: WCF: Questions for studying and interview: Routing Service Part 6: BizTalk: Advanced Questions Additions (2008-06-18): Debugging: What tools are used for the debugging WCF? Is it possible to log the messages on the ...
One of the nicest things in Exchange 2007 is the way the installation and support interface has been improved. So much has been written about PowerShell but I am a big fan of the way they continue to improve the GUI experience as well. First of all, the subtle use of providing PowerShell syntax with every wizard execution is a great way to make beginners more comfortable with the command line. The second is the feedback you get upon installation of Exchange server. In days past you would get some ...
Ever wonder about the history of the Microsoft Exchange server? How did it progress and what were all of its various features and revisions? I remember first working with Microsoft Mail and then Exchange 5.0 that I implemented for a small college in northern Ohio. It was new and exciting to be working with this new messaging technology which at the time was going on to Windows NT Server 3.51 and 4.0. Those were the days. Barefoot in the snow, uphill, both ways! Read about the past at the always excellent ...
Microsoft has released four new whitepapers detailing how Exchange 2007 is used internally. I am a big fan of these papers. I like to see how the maker designs, uses and maintains its own software. You always find some good tips and previously unknown tricks. Some of the best sessions I have ever been to at TechEd have been the "how we do this at Microsoft" ones. Exchange Server 2007 Design and Architecture at Microsoft Managing the Calendaring and Collaboration Process By Using Exchange Server 2007 ...
RAID servers have an integral role in today’s businesses, businesses, companies, corporate firms et al. Microsoft Exchange Servers’ extensive communication and planning features have made them a necessity to the businesses. A server failure can be devastating and can cause user’s mail communications to go haywire and the planning features to fail making it intricate to organize meetings and email files become damaged. RAID Server is a Microsoft program that uses its network and has become very popular ...
I found this article today at CIO via an Article at Doug Browns site www.dabcc.com and thought it too good to just post the quote. This is exactly why Virtualization is shaking up the IT market so much - it has the capacity to drastically change the way you think about "Flexibility" and "Agility". Being able to provision on the fly in 30 minutes or so doesn't hurt either - and it's this very reason that makes concepts like VDI seem so very attractive. Virtualization at Warp Speed: How One Company ...

We've been using 1&1 for years, but over the last several months they have had a unbelievable amount of downtime as they continue to try and upgrade to Exchange 2007.

Does anyone else out there use a hosted Exchange provider that they like?  Keep in mind we only have 2 accounts, so places like Rackspace won't deal with us.  It would also be preferable if they do web hosting also so we can use one provider for all our domains.