Thursday, March 31, 2005

iTunes for Movies

Finally, someone has suggested one of the best ideas for the movie industry; Setting up download system for movies much like Apples iTunes.

Personally I think this is an excellent idea. If they get this going the movie industry will finally be embracing technology. I would honestly much rather buy a movie and download it for a couple of dollars then pay 20 dollars for dvd, that I am just going to store on my hard drive so I don’t have to worry about screwing up the disk.

All in all this is a good step forward for the movie industry if sony’s proposal goes through.

For more information:
http://www.neowin.net/comments.php?id=27717&category=main

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Microsoft Server 2003 SP1 released today

Windows server 2003 SP1 released today.
This service pack is going to offer more security options and more reliability for Server 2003 users.

You can download SP1 here

Buddy Lindsey

WebCasts Archive

I was reviewing some blogs that I subscribe to with my newsgator, and found a post on Cameron McBride’s blog, MS Inbox.com. I found the coolest thing he linked to the complete archive database of webcasts on Microsofts site. I can’t wait to start watching them head on over there and check them out.

Tuesday, March 29, 2005

ADO.NET's DataSet is cool

Since I am still learning how to do .NET development things that advance programmers know about I tend to find really cool.

Let’s take ADO.NET’s DataSet, to me this is awesome. What I understand is basically it pulls all the information out of a database, and in a sense creates a new one in memory. This allows faster access time of the data when inputting, deleting, or rolling back transactions. This helps the user out tremendously because all they care about is speed and now you are providing it for them.

With ADO and PHP, from what I used of PHP, database access you basically open the connection, run a query, close the connection, display the information. They do this over and over. With the DataSet you don’t need to open and close a connection all that is needed is going straight to memory, fetching the information, and displaying it.

The problem with how ADO and PHP get data is you have to take time to spin the hard drive, find the information, and get it. This takes time, granted not a whole heck of a lot, and when you are running an enterprise level application time is very critical.

So to me using ADO.NET allows for greater speed because the database information that you are using is cached into memory until you commit the changes to the database. This is just one more thing that is better over PHP on an enterprise level.

Monday, March 28, 2005

Shared Source Initiative?

I first heard about Microsoft’s Shared Source Initiative on a couple of blogs a while back. Sorry, I can’t remember for sure which ones. Anyway I did some reading on the Shared Source home page, and I was mainly confused by what I was reading. Well tonight I was at my local DNUG (Dot Net User Group) meeting, and I asked the Microsoft speaker what it was. Basically here is how he put it:

The Shared Source Initiative is Microsoft’s version of Open Source because with Open Source you have the community contribute back to the original product and make changes. Microsoft will give out the code and let you modify it, but will not let you contribute it back to the main product.

This makes sense because Microsoft is a business, and even if someone can make a good improvement to software that Microsoft has; it is still possible that someone will go in and mess things up. This is to protect Microsoft, and to allow people to expand off of Microsoft’s ideas.

Take iBuySpy for example. This project didn’t turn out to be such a hot item, but it led to DotNetNuke which is a huge project about to go into its third release. Basically iBuySpy is something Microsoft put out (I think) and the community made something better out of it; basically using Microsoft’s innovations.

There are several tiers to Microsoft’s Shared Source Initiative to understand and agree to. I plan to read through them and get an understanding of what they require. Then I plan on posting a general synopsis of it.

Voice Recorders

Voice recorders have got to be one of the coolest things in the world. Honestly I use to look at people that used them and think “Man that is weird I hope I never do that.” Now I don’t know what I would do without mine.

I tend to have a memory problem when it comes to remembering what I need to do. With my voice recorder I can record ideas and thoughts that I am having. It allows me to review them later for more contemplation or just to think “that was dumb.”

The biggest asset I see to my voice recorder is I can copy it all to my PC, or laptop. This is awesome because I can record lectures in class and put them on my pc for an audio archive of lectures for later review. This is going to help me take better notes and do better overall in class.

The best part about my voice recorder is it comes with 3 folders and can hold up to 300 files. So with each of the folders I can assign one thing to them. For example my first folder is for lectures, Second folder is for things to blog about, and the third folder is for misc. thoughts.

I am so excited about this thing. It is going to improve my productivity and let me have fun doing it. I would suggest that everyone get a voice recorder. They are handy, fun, and it looks cool.

My voice recorder (the only place I can seem to find it is on a UK site. I would suggest a upgraded version like the 240 instead of the 120 that I have.)

Buddy Lindsey

Saturday, March 26, 2005

Why does Microsoft suck?

This is a question that I have for a lot of people here lately. When I hear someone complain about Microsoft and they say that Microsoft sucks I ask why. Almost invariably the answer is, because they make crappy products. To me this answer is totally unfounded. Think about it if Microsoft made crappy products then they would not, at all, be the top software vendor in the world. Yes I will admit there are bugs and some compatibility issues that arise that should be worked out. I mean Windows is not perfect and neither is Linux or OSX. All OS’ have their own respective problems; this is a fact of life in the computer age.

I think the thing that annoys me the most is that when I dig deep enough to find the root of the problem I find out most people are annoyed because word or excel or windows does not have one specific feature. Honestly this is a dumb reason to get mad at Microsoft.

Once I find out all this information I ask two questions. These are the general questions and the general answers.

Q. If you don’t like windows so much why aren’t you using Linux or OSX.

A. I don’t understand Linux, it doesn’t make sense to me and Mac’s are so expensive that I can’t afford them.

- Response (that I wish I could say):
Let me guess you downloaded Linux tried to install it couldn’t get it installed so you stopped there and claimed defeat. Or you got it installed figured out it wasn’t as easy as windows and claimed defeat.

Q. What have you done about alerting Microsoft to the problem to get it fixed?

A. Nothing it is not like they read e-mails or anything like that, and that send report thing I read some were that it does nothing so I just click no.

- Response (that I wish I could say):
Ok um you have a problem that you want fixed, but you don’t do anything about it. That is completely illogical I mean if there is a problem do something about fixing it then you can honestly have earned the right to complain. Oh and you click no on the report error if it doesn’t do anything then what is the harm in clicking it anyway?

Bottom line is that most people that I hear complain about Microsoft do so with no conclusive evidence why. Microsoft yes they have done some bad business deals in the past most big companies do, but most people don’t complain about them as much as Microsoft. Microsoft has done many things for the computer industry that most people overlook. They create standards for people to follow in development that helps not only the developer, but the end-user too. They have revolutionized the UI for a desktop which in turn makes the other OS’ need to be similar so people can use them. Microsoft has also taken the pc, which is honestly a low grade computer from what it could be, and they have made it work. They have made installers that are easy to follow, and hardware compatibility a breeze with Plug & Play. Microsoft has set a standard of ease that other OS’, in order to compete, need to meet. This is not at all a bad thing because in the end the end-user is what is important. If the end-user has a flawless time, or as close as possible, using the computer then there is no need to create new things. We are far from an easy to use computer that works perfect, and does exactly what you need easily.

As for me one of my goals is to work for Microsoft to help fix problems that I see. I want to help innovate new ideas and set new standards. I want be at the forefront of technology, and right now that is Microsoft.

Who knows in 10 years it might be Linux or Apple might come back we don’t know so until then lets cut Microsoft some slack and help them out a little. Every a program crashes click the little send report button. Send an e-mail regarding a feature or a problem. Read a blog that someone at Microsoft posts in and comment on it leaving feedback. Little things here and there can really help what do you say?

To Contact Microsoft follow the links:
Microsoft Usability Research
Microsoft Wish
Get Assisted Support for a Product

http://shrinkster.com/4et

For people that Blog at Microsoft:
http://www.microsoft-watch.com/article2/0,1995,933657,00.asp

Buddy Lindsey

Friday, March 25, 2005

Excellent aggregator

For those of you that like to use aggregators to get your blogs. Then there is a tool out there called NewsGator, which I am sure most of you know about, it pulls feeds into Outlook for you to read. Anyway I heard about it on an episode of dotnetrocks when they were interviewing Robert Scoble. I downloaded the demo and I really enjoy using it and I suggest it to everyone. So go download it.

http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/marketplace/EM010774871033.aspx

Wednesday, March 23, 2005

SSID Advertising

Ok today I went over to a friends house an pulled out my trusty Dell Inspirion 9100, this thing is a beast of a laptop. Anyway I turned it on booted into windows and bam I pick up 6 wireless connections. Being that I was in an upscale neighborhood this didn't surprise me. What did surprise me was that one of the SSID was "Vote John Kerry" This gave me 2 thoughts

1) who in the world is this guy voting for Kerry? :)
2) hey that is a good idea SSID advertising.

Think about it you own a business or you support an organization why not advertise that in the SSID that you are broadcasting. I often times see something like Joes wireless or something equally bland. Rarely do I see company names. Granted by advertising the name it increases some of the possibility of getting "cracked,"I say cracked for a reason because of what a hacker truly is. I also see positives though to advertising the company name or organization. Mainly for people like me wow someone took the time make that the ssid they might be worth checking out. Or something like that.

These are just my thoughts on it.
Buddy Lindsey