Scott Hanselman

Books that are better the second time around...

October 2, '04 Comments [0] Posted in DasBlog | Tools
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I just finished the Audible version of Larry Niven's Ringworld.  It's fantastic, and I recommend it to anyone.  I headed over to Powell's books and picked up the rest of the Ringworld series after noticing that what I thought was a trilogy now included a fourth book - Ringworld's Children.  I've read the trilogy before, many years ago and now I'm looking forward to rediscovering and just before the science-fiction channel comes out with the Ringworld Miniseries. The success of the entire endeavor is going to pivot on the casting of Louis Wu. I hope they don't screw it up.

I also picked up the compilation of Aaron McGruder's Boondocks - only the best comic strip since Bloom County.  I'm usually not a big fan of comic strip compilations, but this one is fresh and fabulous.

P.S. Thanks to Travis for his fantastic Amazon.com DHTML rollover code that I modified to work with dasBlog click through links.  Go get his code, and my mods are here.

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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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.NET To Go Mobility Road Show in PDX on November 8th

September 28, '04 Comments [0] Posted in Musings | Tools
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Looks like a .NET Mobility Road Show is heading to Portland. Slick.

It's FREE, they're giving away a mobile device, and it's all CF-based content:

You will get a complete overview of the Compact Framework from the ground up and how it can be used within your application environment plus some great information on what's to come in the mobile applications arena. You'll also get a valuable Mobile Application Development Toolkit, a great .NET Compact Framework Pocket Guide, and the chance to win a mobile device! Come and join us for this FREE 3-hour mobile solution workshop.

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New Corillian and Microsoft Scalability Case Study

September 27, '04 Comments [3] Posted in ASP.NET | DevDays | eFinance
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There's a new Corillian/Microsoft Scalability Case Study. A few highlights (Emphasis mine):

  • Currently, more than 19 million end users—or about 25 percent of U.S. online banking customers—use Corillian technology when they use their institution's online services for transactions such as checking balances, paying bills, and transferring funds between accounts. (Not bad for a Microsoft-based platform, eh? .NET works.)
  • Voyager 3.1 was able to support 70,000 concurrent users across multiple lines of business.
  • Voyager 3.1 was able to support a sustained throughput rate of more than 1,268 transactions per second — about 4.5 million successful transactions per hour—and a sustained session creation rate of more than 208 new sessions per second.
  • Voyager 3.1 supported more than 129,000 concurrent sessions across the system at peak load. This includes both active sessions, in which a user is executing transactions, and inactive sessions.
  • Voyager 3.1 supported a ramp-up from 0 to 70,000 users in only 15 minutes—without any adverse impact on performance—demonstrating that Voyager can sustain a large burst of users accessing information in a short time period without overwhelming the system.
  • Voyager 3.1 surpassed its previous benchmark of 30,000 concurrent users by 133 percent, with only a 32-percent increase in overall hardware cost.

It's fun to work on big stuff at Corillian. The case study is at the Microsoft site here.

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GlucoMON - Long Range Wireless delivery of Blood Sugar information for Diabetic Kids

September 27, '04 Comments [1] Posted in Diabetes | Javascript
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Great stuff happening from my buddy Kevin McMahon at DiabeTech with their GlucoMON.

If your child (or spouse, or whoever) checks their blood sugar, you get a message like this SMS via their alert system:

From: GlucoMON @diabetech.net/ GlucoMON Alert for Pat/
Pat's blood
glucose=166@12:03 AM 09/27/2004

There's a review of it at David Mendosa's Diabetes Site.

VERY cool. Now, how can I integrate this with my SPOT watch?

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Rory is presenting at PADNUG on Thursday and I'll be Code Monkey

September 22, '04 Comments [1] Posted in ASP.NET
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Just a reminder about the PADNUG (http://www.padnug.org) meeting next week.

  • Where: Portland Community College Auditorium, Room 104,
  • 1626 SE Water Avenue, Portland, Oregon
  • When: 09/23/2004
  • 6:00 p.m. Pizza, Sponsored by: 3Leaf (http://www.3leaf.com)
  • 6:30 p.m. Presentation
  • Topic: An Introduction to Membership and the Provider Pattern in ASP.NET 2.0
  • Who: Rory Blyth, presenting; Scott Hanselman, code-monkeying

Rory Blyth will introduce you to some of the new membership features in the upcoming ASP.NET 2.0, with particularly emphasis on the Provider Patter and how it makes it extremely easy to abstract away a data store for consumption in your application. Bonus content to be included provided time.

I'll (Scott) be the code monkey, playing Paul Shaffer to Rory's Letterman, playing Ed McMahon to Rory's Johnny, playing Balmer to Rory's BillG.

I can guarantee it won't suck.

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