Is .NET/E Near?

.NET, Programming February 24th, 2007

WPF/E is near completion. But is it going to end with that?
I’m sure that implementing WPF/E for multiple platform also involve some sort of a common codebase and we’re also seeing Microsoft taking .NET to new markets (The recent .NET Micro announcement). So maybe WPF/E is just a part of a larger project of taking a subset of .NET and making it work everywhere?

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My Google GuestMap

Uncategorized February 24th, 2007

Scott’s latest post reminded me that I have a Google GuestMap too.
So go sign in to my GuestMap and let me know who you are (and where you’re located :-))…
You can also read the map’s GuestBook without watching a map…

Reading List for Q1-Q2

Books February 17th, 2007

Too much interesting stuff to go over, too little time.
The following books are piled up on my desk. Some partially read, some not, but hopefully I’ll be able to finish them all by the end of June:

A Perfect Mess: The Hidden Benefits of Disorder--How Crammed Closets, Cluttered Offices, and On-the-Fly Planning Make the World a Better Place Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die Simplicity: The New Competitive Advantage in a World of More, Better, Faster The Business of Software: What Every Manager, Programmer, and Entrepreneur Must Know to Thrive and Survive in Good Times and Bad The Innovator's Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book that Will Change the Way You Do Business (Collins Business Essentials)

The Definitive Book of Body Language Freakonomics [Revised and Expanded]: A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything

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.NET Valentines

.NET, Programming February 16th, 2007

I came across these two posts:
.NET – A Love Story
.NET Love Story Continues…

I heard people in love do crazy things but…

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Russian Principal: Case Dismissed

Technology February 15th, 2007

From Microsoft-Watch:

Today, a Russian judge dismissed the Microsoft piracy case against school principal Alexander Ponosov.

A verdict had been expected today in the prosecution that started on Jan. 9. The piracy case drew national headlines following a personal plea from former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates for mercy in the case. Ponosov is principal of the secondary school in the village of Sepych.

Russia’s CNews reported that Judge Elvira Mosheva dismissed the case because “Microsoft’s financial damage is too insignificant for a criminal investigation.”

Can’t say its a surprise. And I also thought Microsoft’s PR guys would know better…
I can’t understand what was the reasoning behind Microsoft’s decision to pursue this case when obviously they have nothing to gain but bad press. Can you?

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Dont Click It!

Design February 14th, 2007 is a very interesting project that was introduces the concept of an interactive interface operated by a mouse without the need to perform any click operation.

I have to say I accidentally clicked the answer on one of the popup dialogs so I guess it isn’t perfect yet…

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Sweden opens diplomatic relations with Second Life

Technology February 14th, 2007

I read via vnunet that Sweden is opening an official embassy on SecondLife:

Sweden has established a virtual embassy in the Second Life online world.
The officially sanctioned embassy is designed to increase the country’s profile among younger users in the web community.
A digitally created building will be based on Sweden’s actual embassy in Washington and run by Swedish Institute staff.

“We are constantly trying to reach new groups of people with information about Sweden,” Olle Wästberg, director of the Swedish Institute, told Associated Press.
“This is a very simple and cheap way to reach a large group of younger, educated people who are flooded with information.”

Embassy staff will be on call to discuss tourist information, visa conditions, cultural issues and the country’s history.

Few days ago, NetVision (Israeli ISP) announced it will open virtual offices on SecondLife.
It seems like a lot of people are actually using this platform, but just yesterday I read on YNet (Hebrew) that there are only 533 Israeli users on SecondLife.

Now, I’ve always considered myself as an “early adopter” who likes this kind of new technologies but I’ve only heard of SecondLife for the first time about 2 months ago when I was at Palo Alto and I just don’t get the appeal of this kind of platforms (and games like The Sims).
In fact, 3D worlds are not new. I remember there were such projects on the internet when I was a child.
So what makes SecondLife different that it appeals to so many people (and now companies and even countries)?

I might just have to install this think and check it out :

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Great WPF Applications

.NET, Programming, WPF February 14th, 2007

Tim Sneath is doing a series about great WPF applications. Check out his blog


WPF/E Pad (Plus Some Other Apps)

.NET, Programming, WPF February 14th, 2007

Just came across Mike Harsh’s blog where he published some cool WPF/E applications.
One of which is the WPF/E Pad which is a WPF/E based XAML editor with split view where the XAML on the bottom view is rendered on the top view.

WPF/E Pad Screenshot

Fun Controls Bag – 9 new WPF Controls on CodePlex

.NET, Programming, WPF February 13th, 2007

Thomas Lebrun has posted 9 WPF controls up on codeplex:
CheckedComboBox, CheckedListBox, CollapsiblePanel, ComboBoxFontSelection, ConfirmButton, FilteredTextBox, BindableRunControl, RichTextBoxWithToolBar, PresenceControl.

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