Scott Hanselman

My Christmas (or Birthday List)

November 16, '03 Comments [5] Posted in Gaming
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So I was typing up a Christmas List (or birthday, as mine is in January) for the wife, and I figured certainly you, dear reader(s), would care to see it (I encourage you to do the same!):

In no particular order

Most wanted:

Wanted:

I hope you enjoy reading about them as much as I will enjoy getting them (well, I'll probably get just one)

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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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Microsoft SPOT or MSN Direct or Microsoft Wrist Net

November 16, '03 Comments [1] Posted in PDC
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One day this watch will finally come out and I will behappy.  Seems like so many different technologies get promoted by Microsoft and some really great ones get lost in the fray.  Remember Microsoft Ultimate TV?  It was a BETTER Tivo and it could record TWO SHOWS AT ONCE WITH TWO SEPARATE TUNERS.  I got the feeling it died because Microsoft let it die...rather that on any technical merit. 

I'm afraid now that SPOT will die due to lack of interest and a slipping schedule.  I4U is reporting that the Fossil SPOT (Microsoft Wrist.NET) watch won't ship until 2004, and the Suunto watch won't ship until 1/2004(They've got a nice gallery of all current SPOT watches up.)

It's a brilliant idea though...multicast data on empty FM radio bandwidth to watches identified basically by GUIDs.  No private data, just weather and traffic, but also calendars, email and IMs.  An information receiver on your wrist using an existing and proven information transmission medium.  FM Radio.  Brilliant.

But when I can buy it?

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Delete this Post if you don't care what I thought about the Matrix Revolutions

November 15, '03 Comments [3] Posted in Movies
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I won't belabor the point with any major prose on the Matrix Trilogy.  It's all been said, but I will say this, since the Matrix movies are the first real successful foray of cyberpunk into mainsream media.

This movie, Revolutions, was not exactly the "Temple of Doom" that Reloaded was, but it was certainly "The Last Crusade" - a competent film that will never stack up against the first. 

Quite possibly these last two movies have undone all the good that the first one did.  Therefore, I choose to deny the existance of these two.  Rather than make "Citizen Kane: Reloaded" or "Casablanca: Revolutions," I insist that they made only the Matrix.  Number 1.  Full stop.

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.NET Rocks! - PDC Edition

November 14, '03 Comments [0] Posted in PDC | ASP.NET | Speaking
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Looks like the pictures and audio from the .NET Rocks Show at PDC are up.  Here's the scoop from Carl Franklin:

If you want to hear me being witty, heh, look elsewhere.  Otherwise, check out the show.  I get a few good one-liners in. :)

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Getting Session State in HttpHandlers (ASHX files)

November 12, '03 Comments [2] Posted in ASP.NET | HttpHandler
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A reminder to myself and others, when you want to get access to your Session State from an ASHX or HttpHandler, you need to implement IReadOnlySessionState:

<% @ webhandler language="C#" class="DownloadHandler" %>

using System;
using System.Web;
using System.Web.SessionState;

public class DownloadHandler : IHttpHandler, IReadOnlySessionState
{
   public bool IsReusable { get { return true; } }
  
   public void ProcessRequest(HttpContext ctx)
   {
       ctx.Response.Write(ctx.Session["fred"]);
   }
}

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