Scott Hanselman

The Retirement Cycle begins again...

December 18, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Programming
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Time to start thinking seriously about Windows 2003 if you aren't already!

Today, Microsoft announced the retirement schedule for the Windows 2000 Server family of products. The schedule will give businesses, resellers and system builders a clear guide for the products’ phase out, which will occur in stages over more than two years. From April 1, 2006, the products will no longer be available.

But, the software will start disappearing from some sales channels as early as next April, which means some businesses in the process of Windows 2000 Server installations must complete software purchases within the next four-and-a-half months or start looking seriously at Windows Server 2003; Microsoft released the new version in April….

Read more: http://www.microsoftmonitor.com/archives/002008.html

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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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Pattern Master @ Microsoft

December 12, '03 Comments [2] Posted in Speaking | XML
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Holy Crap! 

I'm supposed to be on vacation, but it doesn't look like this news has hit the blogosphere. Ward Cunningham, inventor of the Wiki and general pattern wonk, has joined Microsoft. He's got a wiki page up for tips. I got to meet him on Tuesday and promised not to blog his arrival until he posted it on his site. Welcome Ward! I'll be doing some very cool things with him, but more on that later. In the meantime, check out Testing Software Patterns on the MSDN Architecture Center.

Speaking of wikis, the source code FlexWiki, another .NET based wiki, is available online. I need to dig thru FlexWiki to see if having DevHawk Wiki around anymore makes any sense. [DevHawk]

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Books that should be made into Movies before I die

December 12, '03 Comments [16] Posted in Movies | Gaming
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Richard Tallent talks about the possibility of a Hobbit movie.  As a techy/geek/.NET guy/computer person/IT fellow, I believe there are a certain number of MUST read (in order to be a good person) books.

I think it's time for movie versions of:

What 'technical geek' movies are you just iching for?

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The one where I rediscover a book I never finished from years ago.

December 11, '03 Comments [2] Posted in Musings
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Wow.  I keep everything.  Not in a packrat kind of way, my house is fairly sparse.  More in the 'digital packrat' kind of way.  I'm sure I could find my Quicken files from 1991, and my ANSI Art collection from earlier.  Anyway, I was digging through 75 gigs of crap I've collected over the years, cataloging (waiting for WinFS) and came upon a draft of a computer book I never finished.  The title?

Computer Zen:
Straight Answers for the Non-Geek Living in the Digital Age

Sigh.  This was the book that was going to get me on Oprah.  I gave up on it when I discovered that the book I wanted to write was already written.  It's called Code by Charles Petzold.  I recommended it to everyone as soon as I found it.

Anyway, I haven't edited it, just re-discovered it.  I've put it up for your perusal as ComputerZenUnfinishedBook.  It's a few chapters, a bunch of random notes, all brainstorming, and hardly cohesive.  If you feel it's useful, good for you.  I'm sure if has errors, both technical and spelling.  Also, since I saved it from Word, the images are probably screwed up.  If you want to help me finish it and think it could serve a purpose different than Code already does, email me. 

P.S. One thing I find HILARIOUS when looking back on this, is that you can see in the manuscript that I actually wrote the dedication!  Aren't you supposed to FINISH a book before you write a dedication?

P.P.S. Now, rush over and buy official ComputerZen.com merchandise! ;)

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WS-I Delivers Sample Applications for Basic Profile - (Corillian involved!)

December 10, '03 Comments [0] Posted in Web Services | XML
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The WS-I has published (officially, with press and everything) the Sample Applications.

The WS-I Sample Application 1.0 provides a configurable collection of Web services, which exercise the WS-I Basic Profile 1.0 using a supply chain scenario that models the interactions between multiple retail storefronts, warehouses and manufacturers.  Implementations of the Sample Application have been delivered by BEA Systems (Nasdaq: BEAS), Bowstreet, Corillian, IBM (NYSE: IBM), Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), Novell (Nasdaq: NOVL), Oracle (Nasdaq: ORCL), Quovadx (Nasdaq: QVDX), SAP (NYSE: SAP) and Sun Microsystems (Nasdaq: SUNW).  WS-I will be demonstrating these implementations at an interoperability showcase this week at the XML Conference & Exposition 2003.

I think it's so cool for my company, Corillian, to be mentioned along with Microsoft, Novell, Oracle, etc.  <BUTTKISSING justified="true">This really speaks to the leadership of my CTO Chris Brooks and his commitment to Web Services.</BUTTKISSING>

Please do check out the applications here!  Also, note the size of the .NET implementations versus the Java implementations.

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