April 2005 - Posts

30 April 2005
I Miss Napster...
I was thinking today about how much I hate the RIAA (tough to find tunage as of late, every day it seems like they fuck over a new .torrent site), and then I realized it’s been close to 5 years since the original Napster was shut down by court order. Five years ago, you could simply download a free application and get pretty much any music of any genre (or pretty much any type of file period, whatever floats your boat man) for free, just queue it up overnight and voila, fresh content whenever you wanted it. Those guys were friggin’ brilliant man. I don’t entirely disagree with why Napster was shut down, they did indeed break some copyright laws, but those days were great. The folder I use for any music I’ve dl’d from the net is still called ‘Napster Files’, I never really got around to changing the name…all of my downloaded tunes ultimately end up somewhere in that folder after I get around to sorting them out. I guess that's my hommage to those guys. Then “true” p2p hit the scene, ala... Read More...
28 April 2005
Longhorn Build 5048 -- I Know Where to Get the Bits
The internet is a wonderful place man. Ping me for more info, I have a feeling the torrent won’t last too long. Read More...
28 April 2005
Couple of Good Webcasts
Ever wonder who Jim Allchin really is? First off, he’s Vice President of Windows over at Microsoft…meaning he owns the entire product. Secondly, he's just a normal guy who loves his job. Get to know him a little better in this webcast over at Channel9. Also, Gates’ keynote from WinHEC is available on his webcasts page . Read More...
28 April 2005
Paul Thurrott is Blogging from WinHEC 2005
I just noticed this today, Paul Thurrott is blogging from WinHEC 2005. Instead of listing each link individually, head over to his author page on WindowsITPro for his latest posts. Here’s what I’ve gleaned so far: Longhorn Beta 1 is expected in late June, so maybe we’ll have by late July. RTM will be holiday 2006. Office 12 will now ship before Longhorn, t o meet this new deadline, all Longhorn-related features will be removed and shipped separately to Office 12 customers after Longhorn ships. [wow, that’s huge man]. Don’t worry about trying to get build 5048 of Longhorn, it won’t install on VPC. [Well, if you have a spare machine I guess that’d work]. Longhorn will run fine on a 1ghz machine with 256 megs/RAM, it just won’t be as pretty if you have newer hardware. Microsoft builds 32-bit and 64-bit builds of Longhorn every single day now. Neither takes precedence over the other. The two versions are co-developed and will be launched simultaneously... Read More...
28 April 2005
XBox Next -- Picture Leak
There are some good shots of XBox Next (now XBox 360) over at Kikizo… go check ‘em out . It looks much smaller than the original…good, the old one is a beast. I also like the silver; it’ll match the rest of my a/v equipment (not that I’m that fickle, but why not). It also looks like MS finally paid some design engineers to simply make it look good …the old one is pretty clunky and plain. Read More...
27 April 2005
Microsoft Interview Update -- Round 2 Coming
I posted earlier about interviewing with Microsoft Consulting Services ; I didn’t follow up with the results of the interview because, well…let’s just say things didn’t work out, which is ok because from what I hear MCS is very demanding when it comes to employee’s schedule’s…so no worries (not that I would mind that, but they travel a lot ). That being said, I was informed earlier today that I will start the interview process with another MS group, Product Support Services (PSS); if you’ve ever had to call Microsoft for a support issue (everything from “can’t connect to the internet” type issues all the way up to “my server has smoke coming out of it” issues…they handle it all), and more specifically Developer Support (so that would be PSS/DS for anyone craving to crowd their head with more acronyms), and even more specifically, the COM/COM+ group within DS. This group handles everything related to COM... Read More...
25 April 2005
Longhorn Build 5048 Screenshots
It looks like we have a new build of Longhorn (build 5048) to play around with; I personally will be passing on it, but the screenshots look great. Full article on WinBeta.org is here , or if you’re like me and only want to see screenshots, they are posted here (it’s an Italian forum, some good screenies nonetheless). Lookin’ good (despite the ever-slipping ship date)! Read More...
24 April 2005
Porsche Releasing a New Model -- Porsche Cayman
First they redesign the Boxster late last year, and now they’re coming out with a new model, the Porsche Cayman S . From the Porsche website: Its name was inspired by a species of crocodile known for its quickness and tenacity. And like its namesake, the Cayman S is both alluring and powerful. The object of desire. A fascinating performer. Perfectly positioned between the Boxster S and the sportscar legend 911. Don’t go the Porsche website expecting to see any pictures though, cuz you won’t find any (and the flash movie is pretty cheesey, so don’t waste the bandwidth on it, just some marketing blather…Porsche’s don’t need that drivel, they have one of the most loyal customer bases of pretty much any company on the planet, the only other company that has such fiercely loyal customers that I can think of would be Apple). They are plenty of pics elsewhere though, just Google Porsche Cayman . My favorite one is here (ok, and one more here ). At first glance, it looks a lot like a Boxster with... Read More...
24 April 2005
Photos of My New Brother
As promised, I’ve posted some photos of my brand new baby brother, Caleb… head over to my gallery to check them out. I’m also creating a new post category called “Photos” where I’ll write about new pictures I add to the gallery. It’s gonna be a slow process of getting everything added, so consider it a work in progress. Read More...
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22 April 2005
On Software Development and Gender
Alex’s post about “The Steve Rule” got me to thinking about software development groups I’ve worked with in the past. Software development (and engineering in general) is a male dominated field; from my own experience I’ve only worked on 2 projects with members of the opposite sex…other than that, I’ve always been in male-only groups. Another trend I’ve noticed is that most (more than 80%) of the QA folks I’ve worked with have indeed been females. Other groups as they relate to IT software development (business analysts/PM’s) are much more evenly distributed. Another thing I’ve noticed is that the DBA realm has a healthy representation of Asian folks (and most of the Asians being female), and again the gender mix seems to be more on par…closer to the 50/50 split. I don’t have enough data to comment on the other side of the IT fence (system admins), though I have seen quite a few females running around in server... Read More...
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