Puzzle: Xen voting algorithm

There is a huge amount of aliens living on the Xen planet who want to elect their new leader (since their previous leader died a while back). They want to switch to a very democratic voting process, through the help of a very special communication field called the “vortessence”. One interesting property of voting through…


Defrag in Vista – what’s new?

There is a new article in the hard-to-discover http://support.microsoft.com world, about various improvements of defrag in Vista. In summary: defragmentation is now performed automatically by default (at 1 AM on every Wednesday – that is, if your laptop is not powered off) and it works nicely in an incremental manner – no need to restart…


[Cool spam] Our internal discussion list is nominated in a Who’s Who award!

Here is an interesting piece of spam I received this morning on our internal discussion list: Dear VSS Lab Account,     You were recently appointed as a biographical candidate to represent your industry in the Madison Who’s Who Among Executives and Professionals, and for inclusion into the upcoming 2007-2008 “Honors Edition” of the registry.     …


.NET Framework source code – public

I sure hope that you will appreciate this – the .NET 3.5 source code will be publicly released. Initially, we will see .NET BCL, ASP.NET, Windows Forms, ADO.NET, XML and WPF. Later, more libraries will be added (WCF – yes!), LINQ and Workflow.