I’m a PC

We all know the “Get a Mac” videos from Apple. And to be honest, they’re pretty funny sometimes. Most of the time… ;) After a horrible start with the Seinfeld commercials (no offence Jerry), Microsoft might be on to something with their new campain “I’m a PC” (Seinfeld commercials to be found there, too).
They got an actor that looks like the PC guy in the Get a Mac commercials and used him to introduce some new videos, telling us how many different kind of PC’s there are. And it wouldn’t be Microsoft if they didn’t put in some celebrities like Eva Longoria, Pharrell Williams, Deepak Chopra and of course bill’s there too. There’s (always) room for improvement, but they’ve made the first (big) steps.

”I’m a PC, and I’ve been made into a stereotype…”

Edit
Both the Microsoft PressPass and the Youtube video can’t be embedded over here. So have a look over here:
http://www.microsoft.com/PressPass/SilverlightApps/videoplayer_3/standalone.aspx?xml=mms://msstudios.wmod.llnwd.net/a2294/o21/presspass/PRIDE60_MBR.wmv&r=email&id=1&layout=top

Or paste this link in Windows Media Player or iTunes to open the movie:
mms://msstudios.wmod.llnwd.net/a2294/o21/presspass/PRIDE60_MBR.wmv

By |September 20th, 2008|Funny, Link|0 Comments

StyleCop v4.3 now available

StyleCop version 4.3 was released last tuesday. A short summary of what version 4.3 brings us: 

  • Various bugfixes, including fixes for VS integration issues
  • Rules documentation is included and integrated into VS “Show Error Help”
  • New rules, see blogpost for the rules
  • Branding change from Source Analysis to StyleCop

    Links
    StyleCop blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/sourceanalysis/
    Release announcement on the StyleCop blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/sourceanalysis/archive/2008/08/19/stylecop-4-3-is-released.aspx
    StyleCop 4.3 download: http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/Release/ProjectReleases.aspx?ProjectName=sourceanalysis&ReleaseId=1425

  • Cool tool: DebugView

    Taken from the SysInternals website:

    The SysInternals web site was created in 1996 by Mark Russinovich and Bryce Cogswell to host their advanced system utilities and technical information. Microsoft acquired Sysinternals in July, 2006. Whether you’re an IT Pro or a developer, you’ll find Sysinternals utilities to help you manage, troubleshoot and diagnose your Windows systems and applications.

    One of the must-have SysInternals tools for a developer is DebugView.

    DebugView is an application that lets you monitor debug output on your local system, or any computer on the network that you can reach via TCP/IP. It is capable of displaying both kernel-mode and Win32 debug output, so you don’t need a debugger to catch the debug output your applications or device drivers generate, nor do you need to modify your applications or drivers to use non-standard debug output APIs.

    So that means that an easy Debug.Write (or Debug.WriteLine) statement is picked up by the DebugView tool, and displayed in the tool. From there, you can filter the lines, search them and more…!
    The code that made this screenshot: Debug.WriteLine(“Written through a simple Debug.WriteLine statement”);

    DebugViewScreenshot

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    Microsoft Research: Sphere multi-touch computing

    Earlier this week the Microsoft Research Faculty Summit was held. On 10 was on the scene, and has a nice movie about the Sphere. For the entire article @ on 10, have a look over here: http://on10.net/blogs/laura/Sphere-multi-touch-computing/.

    This is just another sign that the best is yet to come… Good times :)

    A new view on Microsoft, Google, Apple and Linux

    Rob Enderle, columnist at TechNewsWorld, gives a new/changed view on Microsoft, Google, Apple and Linux in his article The Fall of Google, the Rebirth of Microsoft and the Changing Face of Apple and Linux. A nice read…

    One of the cool quotes from the article:

    …but it becomes risky for anyone to depend on the other guy screwing up as they typically don’t forever.

    By |July 23rd, 2008|Link|0 Comments

    New Avanade NL website online

    Avanade Netherlands released a new website [1]. Unlike the previous one, this one is here to stay ;)
    The website holds information about events, career possibilities, publications, videos, links to blogs of Avanade Netherlands employees and more… Have a look!

    It is in Dutch, by the way.

    [1] http://www.werkenbijavanade.nl (Dutch)

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    By |July 3rd, 2008|Link|1 Comment

    Online profiles – update

    I only had time for a quickie:

    The page containing all my online profiles has been updated…
    When interested, have a look at them.

    EntLib Extensions to WSSF – Part 2

    The EntLib Extensions to WSSF have gotten more and more attention lately. There now is a (very positive) announcement about the extensions on the WSSF site, and there is a complete article on MSDN explaining how to use the extensions. Check it out!

    Links:
    EntLib Extensions to WSSF: http://www.codeplex.com/EntLibExtensionsWSSF
    MSDN article: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/magazine/cc164250.aspx
    WSSF site: http://www.codeplex.com/servicefactory

    First release: Microsoft SharePoint Administration Toolkit

    It’s here: the Microsoft SharePoint Administration Toolkit. This first release contains two tools, both supported on WSS 3.0 and SharePoint Server 2007.

    Batch Site Manager
    From the “Move, Lock, and Delete Site Collections” page on Applications Management you can schedule bulk operations against site collections in the farm—including moving site collections between content databases (!!).

    stsadm extension: UpdateAlert
    This command will refresh all alert URLs in a specific site collection, which is extremely important should you change the URL of a web application or after an upgrade.

    For more information and links for downloads, have a look at the original article on MSDN: Announcing the First Release of the Microsoft SharePoint Administration Toolkit.

    Live Mesh, a first look

    This morning I found a mail in my inbox telling me I was invited to Live Mesh. That’s a nice start of the weekend, so thanks Jan! The Live Desktop user interface looks pretty cool, and it almost feels like a real desktop. But that part of Live Mesh is pretty much like Live SkyDrive: a big online disk for you to put stuff on. Lots of stuff. 5 Gigabytes worth of stuf… ;)

    I immediately went to the installer for my machine, because that would make Mesh stand out from an online storage service like SkyDrive. But I was kinda surprised to get this message: ‘Product does not support running under elevated administrator account or with UAC disabled’.

    mesh_uac

    Say what? So Windows Vista enables me to disable User Account Control, but the Live Mesh notifier* will not install on a machine that has UAC disabled? That’s just wrong in my book, especially because the intial help info doesn’t explan why it should be enabled. But OK, it’s a preview. This might be modified before it goes all the way live ;)
    After some searching and digging through the help, I think I found the explanation of why UAC should be enabled. In short: The remote desktop functionality (!) of Live Mesh won’t work (correctly) without UAC enabled. Although the help suggests you can still use the Live Mesh notifier without having UAC enabled, you can’t install it. I’ve tried livemesh -help which is supposed to display command line options, but that doesn’t seem to work. Maybe because AUC is disabled…?

    A cool thing over there is this nice little developers movie. It explains how Live Mesh works behind the scenes and how developers can make applications that benefit from the possibilities Live Mesh has to offer. Nice…

    Besides that, channel 10 has a post that asks ‘Do you really get Live Mesh‘? Because it has so many possibilities, you can’t explain it in an ‘elevator pitch’. They suggest watching this great movie, that sheds a light on what Live Mesh has to offer.

    Just wanted to add this screenshot: Live Mesh stops showing updates (and wasting bandwith) when you haven’t used the window for ten minutes. That’s kind smart, right ;)
    stop_updating

    Conclusion:
    I can’t really conclude, because I haven’t enabled UAC to test adding my device. At least, not yet… Watching all the movies, both provided by the Live Mesh team and by others, gives a pretty good idea though. I think Live Mesh might help change the way we use computers, the internet and data. The strong developer approach (there are already SDK’s available with Visual Studio code snippets and howto’s!) will drive the number of Mesh-enabled applications, which is probably one of the most important factors in the success of Live Mesh. Undoubtetly to be continued …

    * The Live Mesh notifier is the gateway to the folders, devices, and news in your mesh. You can open the notifier by clicking the Live Mesh icon Live Mesh icon that appears in the notification area of your Windows taskbar on your device or in the lower right-hand corner of your Live Desktop (The online location where your Live Mesh folders are stored, so you can access them from the web.)

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