Friday, July 30, 2004
Thursday, July 29, 2004
Wednesday, July 28, 2004
OneNote SP1 shipped yesterday and I've already downloaded and installed in on my personal machines. In a blog entry yesterday, Chris Pratley suggests that there will be "some awesome power toys out soon". And today (well today my time), the first two toys are now available for download.
As I write this the OneNote Power Toys page at microsoft.com is not yet up. But the two toys are directly downloadable. These two toys are:
Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Monday, July 26, 2004
One example of a working Wiki is the dotNetInfluencers Wiki. The idea is to have a place where some of the leaders in the .Net Community can document their activities and provide information and reference material for others.
A neat idea! I hope it takes off.
Saturday, July 24, 2004
Using Google to search for a term this morning, I came across the W3Schools Online Web Tutorials site. This site has a number of on-line tutorials on:
- Browser Scripting (Javascipt, DHTL,VBScript, HTML DOM and WMLScript)
- Server Scripting (SQL, ASP, PHP)
I've been meaning to do some more digging into XML and it looks like some study time is calling!
I'm really pleased to let you all know we've persuaded Bill English and Todd Bleeker to come on over to the UK and teach their SharePoint Summit. This will be an intense 5-day look at the Share Point technologies from both administrator and developer points of view.
Details of these two summits are at:
- http://www.qaacademy.co.uk/courseList/Sharepointadmin.aspx - for Bill's Administration Track
- http://www.qaacademy.co.uk/courseList/Sharepointdev.aspx - for Todd's Developer Track.
I am quite excited about the ideas we're having around QA Academy. It's got its own web site, http://www.qaacademy.co.uk/ which continues to evolve. The basic concept is short focused training for mid to upper management, run by the best in the business. The aim is to improving effectiveness both soft and technical skills areas.
Let me know what you think!
Friday, July 23, 2004
Tuesday, July 20, 2004
- VS 2005 Beta 1 (2 CDs)
- R debugger (CD)
- Visio tools (1 CD)
- MSDN library (3 CDs)
- 64-bit SDK (1 CD)
Saturday, July 17, 2004
My key takeaway from the partner conference, and this interview, is that the partner model has totally changed big time. And this means lots of change for the partners. The focus is now on points and competencies where Partners earn points based on doing things as described on the Partner Points Page. Competencies become a key way to earn the points needed for Gold status. As a supplier of training, we look to train both MS customers and MS partners in many of the competency areas.
To some degree, the interview clarified the issue over his call for all partners to sign up for IW competencies. Jeff makes the point that the new partner programme is just getting going. We'll have to see where we are in 6 months. We certainly live in interesting times.
Thursday, July 15, 2004
Tuesday, July 13, 2004
There are 2 critical patches, 4 important patches, and 1 moderate.
The BCC (04) programme is now over - but the material lives on. Microsoft have now released this material in e-learning format. If you navigate to the Security Clinics elearining page on http://www.microsoftelearning.com, you can get FREE access to this material.
But to make matters even better - Microsoft have now added security to the individual assessments to their set of assessments. These assessments are at http://www.msmeasureup.com/test/home.asp#1. Great stuff!!
Sunday, July 11, 2004
Saturday, July 10, 2004
The thing I most like about this page is that none of the tools are MS tools, but external tools. I'm familiar with a couple of these tools, but the rest are new to me - looks like more hours downloading and playing!
Thursday, July 08, 2004
Wednesday, July 07, 2004
Tuesday, July 06, 2004
As if they were reading my mind, Novell are offering a nice set FREE DVDs containing SUSE Linux plus goodies. Head over to Novell's Customer Communities - Linux Resource Kit Order Form page and order. The cool thing - it's free, even outside the USA. It's not going to make me a convert, but more skills are clearly a good thing.
Sunday, July 04, 2004
To use this service, you go to the transmission page, and enter the email address to receive notification of the file available for transfer. The recipient then gets an email, containing a URL on YouSendIt's servers. I just transferred a small PPT file and it's available at http://s11.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=BF2CA0E2E83AC30C57A9E9D731C378E8. It will get deleted within 7 days (i.e. by 10 July!).
The idea is cool, and I can certainly see a use for it. But there are a couple of interesting questions. First, what is the business model for these guys? I mean, what is going to be their return on letting me mail someone 1gb of data at a time for free? While I like free, there really is no such thing as free these days - someone's got to pay for the servers and the bandwidth needed. Does the adware on the site pay for this? The second question is over security of data. While I don't mind sharing a picture or two - and having it out on the internet - but what other use might be made of this information or data? How do I know that it will only go to the people I actually send it to? The site has a nice security policy, and offers transfers via SSL. This latter feature is one that makes me vaguely nervous as it could be a potential attack vector, bypassing perimeter and network defenses.
What ever the answer, this service does seem to work, and as long as it's free, it's a neat way of sending large files to people across the internet.
Saturday, July 03, 2004