Archive for January, 2007

Breaking the 10,000 Barrier!

Yeah, I’ve broken the 10,000 unique visits to the domain for the first time this month, with a day to spare! Pretty much all that traffic is going to the Blog.

You’d think those Googlebots would have something better to do? I know what you’re thinking? Don’t I have something better to do?

Come on Developers, pull yer fingers out!

Slashdot Article on the performance limits of software despite the fact we’re getting multicore processors. Question is, are the application developers taking advantage of these new hardware architectures? It’s also to do with the compilers being able to support these architectures and take advantage of increased address spaces, heavy pipelining and multi-processing engines. My laptop is an AMD Turion64 x2, but I’ve no idea if Vista supports that in any way, shape or form! To get more performance, we’re sticking applications on clusters (mainly commodity Intel servers) but maybe what we should be doing is optimising these applications for these new architectures.

Maybe OOXML isn't so bad?

Seeing as I’m on the road to full conversion, I might as well go the whole nine yards! Miguel de Icaza’s post is an interesting one as he points out the technical issues that ODF faces and how you would struggle to build a spreadsheet program from the ODF standard. I’m no expert in these standards but this is the first time I’ve seen a balanced argument for OOXML. In reality, technical issues are not what really bothered me, and it’s something that Miguel misses. Microsoft were dragged kicking and screaming to the ISO table. If pressure wasn’t coming from Governments worldwide on adopting ODF as their default file format, would they have gone down the standardisation path? I don’t know the answer to that but it’s good that they have.

People are going to accuse Miguel of being in the pay of Microsoft, seeing as he works for Novell, who signed their soul away for some shiny coins to the devil himself aka Microsoft! Novell and the Microsoft deal has hardly been flavour of the month in the Opensource community! That’s why I like Miguel’s approach because it is based on pragmatism rather than on a dogmatic religious view of things!

Microsoft has a very powerful hold on our psyche because I’ve had people trial, like it and found it fine for their use but reject it because it’s not Microsoft Office! Now that’s crazy and scary at the same time!

British Library and Vista, Wow!

I’m getting the wow now! Here’s one of the first applications using .NET 3.0 functionality and Vista. It’s the Turning Pages Application, which allows you to manipulate (virtually of course!) books such as Leonardo Da Vinci’s Notebooks. Yes, we like it and we want more! It requires the .NET runtime but that’s part of Vista anyway. Below is a screenshot of it running on my laptop. Do you think they’d like to digitise my notebooks? Thought not!



Vista is out in the Wild!

Vista has hit the streets and after doing an upgrade from the RC1 Release, I’m pleased to report everything went smoothly. Funnily enough, I’ve not noticed any breaks in the space-time continuum yet, so Vista has not had the profound effect that I thought it would and I’m reliably informed that World Peace hasn’t broken out yet! Shame, but never mind, my campaigning for truth, peace and justice will have to continue for a little while longer!

So, this is it! We’ve got to ship a heap of this Vista and Office 2007 goodness to businesses of all shapes and sizes, it’s for their own good you know! But seriously, it’s going to be an interesting and challenging time but we didn’t come into this business to have an easy time? As Dave Overton has always pointed out to me, I didn’t come into this not to work on the good technology stuff!!

The Sun at its Best

This is The Sun Newspaper at its best, it used to be a powerful social campaigning force. Somewhere it lost its way, so welcome back!

I always feel proud of being part of this country but today I feel even prouder with The Sun highlighting this!


Postini Perimeter Manager Service

I’ve finally got the trial Postini service configured after some fun and games with my MX Record settings, all my fault I’m afraid! Anyway, mail flow is now through the Postini mailservers and one of their claims is that there is no significant delay for valid messages which seems to be the case. The service is managed by a company called Gradian and the support guys have been very good and helpful and ensured everything is up and running with me. The Postini Portal is well laid out and easy to navigate around, although I’m running with the default settings at the moment. So incoming mail is checked against a Blackhole Spam List and scanned for viruses. Outgoing mail can be sent through Postini, although currently it just goes to my ISP’s SMTP server. So far so good in the battle against Spam. If all goes well then I’ll be offering this as a service to clients.

The Sunday Times Interview with Gordon Frazer

Just read Steve Clayton’s post about Gordon Frazer’s interview with the Sunday Times. I previously blogged about Gordon Frazer who is the recently appointed MD of Microsoft UK. There are a couple of things that stood out for me in the interview, one them is that he’s from a Software/Analyst background. This is unusual as Techies rarely make it to such positions, so good news on that front. I was a bit surprised how little Vista/Office 2007 was talked about and the Zune was mentioned a whole lot more! His favourite book is ‘Long Walk to Freedom’, so I’m liking this guy even more!

Mentioned in the interveiw is that Bill Gates is flying into the UK this week and just saw on the ITV News that they’ll be interviewing him this week. I wonder why?

Microsoft Direct Push Technology

I’ve just enabled Microsoft Direct Push on my Orange SPV C600 and it’s just way cool! Blackberry, hah take that!

I’ve been waiting to sort out handling of Spam which I’ve done using IMF v2 (Intelligent Message Filter) and it’s performing a great job. It’s about 99.99% effective and has correctly classified all Spam with only a few valid emails being classified as Junk. I didn’t want Spam being pushed to my mobile and this has done the trick – bandwidth is precious!

I’ve set IMF to put Spam into the user’s mailbox Junk folder rather than keep it on the server, because on the server it would be saved as an .eml file and you’d need a method of reviewing these emails which isn’t provided out of the box. It’s easier just to have a quick review of the Junk folder on the client side.

I’m loving the Microsoft technology at the moment!

Spending time with Vista!

I have to say I like this advert from The Geek Squad.


Sound like anyone you know…!!

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