Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Damn the world is going to End

Scott McNealy actually said something nice about Microsoft, I just heard it on his keynote. Damn this is like the twilight zone, next thing you know Aliens will land and Dogs will quit chasing cars.

JavaOne and WWDC

JavaOne is hot this year. I would have gone but didnt want to take the time off of works since I just started this job. Last year while exciting, it just didnt seem to have the pizazz that this one does. Luke Hutteman is their, in case you guys dont know Luke is the author of SharpReader. JavaStudio Creator is very nice. Tiger is finally bringing in some of the features that I liked about J2EE. Tiger J2SE is building in monitors and other tools for the JVM and it is going to tie in better with SQL. They Open Sourced looking glass which is very hot. And the Java 3D API. One of the really neat things is that Sun showed a lot of its demos with Longhorn, it seemed to work fine and a couple of my buddies who went to JavaOne and sat through the keynotes said that they were impressed with the speed of Longhorn. If Longhorn is a preview of what we will see coming from Microsoft, Im very impressed. What I have seen of Longhorn, the test builds we have at work and what I have seen on the web, I think Microsoft finally has a winner on their hands.

WWDC was very, very dissapointing to me this year. Apple took several shots at Microsoft this year and all they did was copy other peoples work. Dashboard = Konfabulator & Longhorn Sidebar, Spotlight = WinFS. Okay, Spotlight is nice, metadata indexing and instantaneous search. The problem I see is that it is not a filesystem. It is an Application that sits on top of the filesystem. It is limited to the information that it can search for, Apple in all of their wisdom limited the filetypes. For example, when my wife uses her Mac she uses Microsoft Office PowerPoint to do her presentations she doesnt use Keynote because there are several incompatibilities with Keynote and PowerPoint. Granted I have incompatibility issues with OpenOffice but I'm getting off topic. Spotlight does not show PowerPoint presentations, it limits itself to Keynote presentations. It searches for MP3 and ACC but not for Ogg or Windows Media. With WinFS you will not have to deal with designating file formats we will be able to search our hard drives for whatever content we wish regardless of filetypes. WinFS is not an application it is the filesystem, it sits at the core and that is what gives us our functionality. What Apple did with Spotlight, a talented developer using VB and C# could probably do in less than a week. I must say I have seen more innovation and really neat ideas from Microsoft at WinHEC than I saw from Apple at WWDC.

Thursday, June 24, 2004

MSH Part 2, Mono beta 3

I finally got a hold of MSH through the betaplace website. My first impression is like WOW. This is a real shell, UNIX like and high octane scripting. The creator of MSH says he see's many automation capabilities that the .NET framework brings, I wish he had a blog so he can explore indepth those capabilities. I will bringing much more to you about Microsoft technologies here and no, I havent abandoned Linux just nothing interesting is going on there now.

Mono has released Beta 3 and this brings in a lot of enhancements I havent tried it on Mac OS X yet but I look forward to doing so.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

MSH and Windows XP SP 2

I just recently saw a video on the .NET Show, I know, this stuff is getting fascinating. Anyway I saw the new command shell. This is the first time I have ever been really excited about a Microsoft technology. I signed up to be a beta tester for the project but I have a question. Is mapping the registry to a drive really a good idea for security sake? I would assume it will be easier to write a virus for execution in MSH, maybe I missed something or incomplete information. If anyone knows the answer to that question leave a comment.

Speaking of security, Yes I heard about the Linux vulnerabilty from Carl Franklin and Rory Blyth and I have patched my Linux kernels on my Dell laptop and my HP Desktop, thanks guys.

Now, I have downloaded and installed SP2 RC2 on my Gateway XP Laptop. It seems to be a pretty solid RC. It fixed many of the issues I had with RC1 and I am being a good boy and reporting bugs to Microsoft.

Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Im Baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack !!!!

Guess who's back, back again. Chris is back, tell a friend.

Well folks, I have been very busy. I completed my move to Santa Fe, I like it. Hot as hell, dry, no rain but hey the salary Im getting more than makes up for the climate. I dont know if you guys remember but I started a new job after my wedding. Well my wedding went along without a hitch. The new Mrs. Anthony has finally found employment out here, not in web design like she wanted but more of a graphic artist job for an ad agency. She loves it out here. She does miss her folks, I do too but the phone calls are starting to subside a little bit and I took a play out of Rory Blyths book. To save time, money and sanity I invested in the iSight solution for Mac OS. I went on eBay and bought her folks a powerbook and i went to Apple and bought the camera. I love it so much, I wish Apple would prot it to Windows, so any Apple guys that read this blog there is a hint. I have started dividing my time between three operating systems on the professional level. Solaris, Windows 2000/XP, HP-UX. The new job deals with these OS's we are more of a role of service provider. One thing I have found surprising is in the press we hear about all these Linux migrations and how many people are using Linux. We have no active Linux clients on the books. On the personal level I still use Linux, Windows XP and Mac OS X. C# has by far become my favorite programming Language and on Windows I love using the Windows forms. I have gained a lot of respect for Windows developers much more than I thought I ever would. I used to call em Betty Crocker developers, they had everything they needed and really didnt have to think through problems. That was my old method of thinking boy was I wrong. It is in fact a good thing they have these tools and they are actually well constructed. My only question is what happened to Visual J++. At work though, next week my team has a presentation for Eclipse, we are trying to push this solution because we are trying to go to a unified set of tools where right now we are ass backwards. We are using Visual J++ for Windows 2000 Client and AS, Netbeans for Solaris and Windows XP and some no name bullshit IDE for HP-UX. Since I am settled and got everything under control I will be posting more. It has been a very hectic few months.


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