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Hanselminutes Podcast 219 - Demystifying Microsoft's Application Server: Windows Server AppFabric with Karandeep Anand

June 25, '10 Comments [1] Posted in AppFabric | Podcast
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Windows Server AppFabric Logo My two-hundred-and-nineteenth podcast is up. Microsoft's Application Server is out and it's called AppFabric. Scott chats with Karandeep Anand from the Distributed Application Server group at Microsoft about Windows Server AppFabric. It's released and it's part of Windows itself. How does it relate to Azure? What's included, and where's Velocity?

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Ultimate Developer PC 2.0 - Part 1 - Building a WEI 7.9 and RFC for building a GOM (God's Own Machine)

June 23, '10 Comments [66] Posted in Hardware | Musings
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Got enough acronyms in that title?

  • WEI - Windows Experience Index. How fast is your machine? If you say "I've got a WEI 6.0" you've got a good machine, for example.
  • RFC - Request for Comments. This is crowdsourcing. I want to know what YOU think we need to do to make a machine that is so fast that it'll max out at WEI 7.9 and be a GOM.
  • GOM - God's Own Machine. If the Good Lord had a computer, it'd be a 7.9. We want to build that machine.

Pete and I are finally ready to build it. Specifically, I got permission from my wife to build a WEI 7.9 machine - a GOM (God's Own Machine.) You can go to your start menu now and type in WEI and see what your Windows Experience Index is. This used to be capped at 5.9 (and arbitrary number) in Vista and now the max is 7.9 in Windows 7.

We'll post the result on http://weishare.net, and it looks like there's a 7.8 up there now.

You can see from my laptop, for example, that I have a crappy video card (actually I think I'm using the lesser of my two video cards), but everything else is awesome. Of course, your machine is only as capable as its slowest part, so your WEI is the lowest subscore. My disk is an SSD, so it's great.

My W500 is a 4.6.

It's been believed that a 7.9 is either not possible, or is really really expensive. Either way, it's not easy. We've got US$3000 and we're going to see if it can be done. We've enlisted some engineers directly from the Windows Experience Index team and Pete and I are going to interview them in the first week of July for my podcast.

Parts List

Here's what we're thinking of starting with, with an initial parts list courtesy of Chris Kirk and friends. At this point I'm cheating a little as I have a case already and I'm pretending DVD drives are free.

We need your comments, Dear Reader. Can the elusive 7.9 be built for less than $3000?

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    Do they deserve the gift of your keystrokes?

    June 22, '10 Comments [18] Posted in Blogging | Musings | Productivity
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    There are a finite number of keystrokes left in your hands before you die. - Me

    One of the most influential (to me personally) posts Jon Udell has written was his classic "count your keystrokes." I've mentioned this post in a number of my talks, including my talk on "Tips to make your blog suck less" at Blogging While Brown this last weekend. This point, in particular always seems to resonate with people, so here's my own take, before you read the original.

    Let break it down. I'm 36 and change. I'll live to be 80, let's say, and I can type 100 words a minute (but 50 of that is errors and the backspace key) so let's say 50WPM. If I type for 6 hours a day, 5 days a week, 50 weeks a year, for the next 44 years, that means there are 198M keystrokes left in my hands. Max. Period. And that's generous; it's likely 10% of that.

    5.1CPW * 50WPM * 60m/hr * 6hr/s a day * 5 days/wk * 50 wks/year * 44yrs = 1,009,800,000 keystrokes left in your hands.

    Let's assume the average length of an English word is 5, plus a space, so six. That's a ceiling of 168M more words I can type in my lifetime. Nothing I can do, short of dictation, or some new brain invention is going to create more keystrokes. I am I/O bound by my hands. The keystrokes they contain are finite. And this assuming my hands don't give out.

    Drink that in. OK. So now, next time someone emails you ask yourself "is emailing this person back the best use of my remaining keystrokes?" That includes both 1:1 and 1:many emails. You could even add a little hubris to it and say: "Does this person deserve the gift of my keystrokes?"

    Instead, consider writing a blog post or adding to a wiki with your keystrokes, then emailing the link to the original emailer. (Like this email, er, blog post, for this example.) Send them to http://www.letmegooglethatforyou.com or http://www.letmebingthatforyou.com and teach them to fish.

    UPDATE: This is about reach and effectiveness vs. efficiency. If you email someone one on one, you're reaching that one person. If you blog about it (or update a wiki, or whatever) you get the message out on the web itself and your keystrokes travel farther and reach more people. Assuming you want your message to reach as many people as possible, blog it. You only have so many hours in the day.

    The best way to get more email is to reply to it. The best way to get less email is to stop answering it.

    Conserve what remaining keystrokes you have left, Dear Reader. Or, use them in the comments area here and give me the special gift that is your keystrokes.. ;)

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    P.S. This blog post is 435 words or 2362 keystrokes. Hope it was helpful. I've only got 1,009,797,638 left!

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    Hanselminutes Podcast 218 - Baratunde Thurston on Punditry, Politics, Race, iPads, The Onion and the Web

    June 22, '10 Comments [1] Posted in Musings | Podcast
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    baratunde My two-hundred-and-eighteenth podcast is up. Scott's in DC this week speaking at Blogging While Brown and he sits down with multimedia personality Baratunde Thurston. He's a Web Editor for TheOnion.com, a founder at JackAndJillPolitics.com, a host on the Science Channel and the author of the upcoming book "How To Be Black." He tells Scott how.

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    Found Video: Social Networking for Developers and Making Your Blog Suck Less

    June 21, '10 Comments [21] Posted in Blogging | Speaking
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    I was putting together a list of resources for a friend on how to start in programming, and the importance of Social Networking and having an online presence for Developers. I did a talk a while back and there was really bad guerilla video taken. However, in my searching I discovered video of me (scandalous!) at a Microsoft website called Thrive. I had completely forgotten that this talk was recorded. Of course, as it's older, it may be dated in some ways.

    The video player on that site is too small, so I've embedded it here and made it big. Also, I've viewed-source and here's links to downloadable video files of both. This video was taken at Devscovery last year, as I recall and the audience was hardcore developers.

    Part 1: How to be a better developer through social media

    Download "How to be a better developer through social media" media directly here (right click | save as)

    Part 2: How to make your blog suck less

    Download "How to make your blog suck less" media directly here (right click | save as)

    There's newer slides at http://hnsl.mn/bwbslides and I'm considering updating the whole deck and writing an e-book, so watch for that.

    Hope these are useful!

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