Scott Hanselman

Hey Umif You Havent Heard You Know Michae

November 19, '02 Comments [0] Posted in Musings
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Hey, um...if you haven't heard, you know, Michael Jackson may be a smidge unstable.  You know, I just haven't enjoyed his music as much since he became a white lady.

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Its Not Easy To Read Its Certainly Not Written To Entertain But Still One Of The Most Important Pieces O

November 19, '02 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services | XML
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It's not easy to read, it's certainly not written to entertain, but still one of the most important pieces of information on COM+ out there: U.S. Patent 6,422,620. PDF browser at espacenet , image and full-text version (you want to look at the text version first) at USPTO.

The patent explains how COM+ works internally -- how stuff gets activated, how policies provide extensibility points, how contexts are built and how context propagation works. The filing of this patent was a long while ago (Aug 17,1998), but the document was only published by the USPTO three months ago and although in XML times it may seem like anything 1998 must be outdated, this stuff describes quite well what's happening inside any copy of Win2K and up. Reminder: It's not a "how to" guide for hooking your own stuff into COM+, but allows you to understand what they've done -- reading this it is also a pretty complicated way to explain to oneself why WS-Coordination  is such a relevant WS spec.
[Clemens Vasters: Enterprise Development & Alien Abductions]

Danke zu dieser Information, Herr Vasters.  Dieses hilft mir au├čer der Welt mit COM+!
- Herr Hanselman(n)

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Heisenberg Got Pulled Over For Speeding The Cop Says Do You Know How Fast You Were Going And Heisenberg Sayd

November 19, '02 Comments [0] Posted in Musings
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Heisenberg got pulled over for speeding. The cop says "Do you know how fast you were going?" And Heisenberg sayd "No, but I know exactly where I am."

Physics Midterm tonight...I'm one of the older folks in the class by quite a few years...sigh...

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Hierarchies Scale Theyre Just Not Fun So What About The File Systemnbsp Practically A

November 19, '02 Comments [0] Posted in Musings
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Hierarchies scale, they're just not fun So what about the file system?  Practically all of them are organized hierarchically. Chris is hardly the first to notice that a file system organized hierarchically can be inconvenient.  Microsoft has been experimenting with different file system ideas since the early days of Cairo, and are still talking about giving some version of SQL Server a whirl.   Search engines have come a long way since Yahoo, so maybe it's an idea whose time has come. Like Chris I'd love to have Google-like indexing capabilities, even it it were in an application that rode one layer above the file system (isn't this more or less what the Mac Finder used to do?). 
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Sigh...one of these days I'll just write something to do a Full-Text-Searchable index of my hard drive...Hierarchies are a neccessary evil, and the only way I can think to get me quick relief is to put an abstraction over it.  WHY DOES THE SEARCH CAPABILITY IN WINDOWS SUCK SO EGREGIOUSLY?   I swear I've searched for files that are literally sitting RIGHT THERE. I can SEE the file, and Windows didn't think that *.cs was enough information.  Don't get me wrong, all the IFilter stuff is cool, especially with PDFs and Tagged TIFFs, but come on, do we REALLY need to do a full directory search every time I want to find a file?  I feel like I've been watching a status bar with C:\, C:\WINDOWS, C:\WINDOWS\SYSTEM32, my whole life.  The Indexing Services is crap, all it does is chew up CPU time when I least expect it.  I tell myself that it's for a good cause...."sure, it's working...it's busy indexing my files...you know, I may need to search later, and this upfront work will get me into search heaven in the future."  WRONG.  So it's "net stop 'Indexing Service'" for you my friend.

Whew...I didn't realize I had that much bile today! :)  (I have been looking at some promising alternatives lately after the Enfish fiasco of 3 years ago...my best friend du jour is Document Locator which uses SQL Server 2000 or MSDE and actually STORES your files....hmm....it's not the magical SQL Server File system of yore, but it's close!)

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