STARDUST to catch pocketful of comet dust

Offtopic, but high level of geekness…. Early on Saturday, Melbourne time, mankind will attempt to catch its first pocketful of comet dust. Almost 390 million kilometres away, a NASA space probe, Stardust, will dive deep inside a cloud of dust and gas spewing from a comet called Wild 2. Travelling at 21,000 km/h, it will…


Sun’s Schwartz blasts Microsoft JVM decision

More microsoft slamming: Sun’s software chief blasted microsoft and its decision to pull the plug on all products that use the microsoft Java Virtual Machine on 23 December. In an open letter distributed last week, Jonathan Schwartz, executive vice-president of Sun’s Software Group, accused microsoft of being disingenuous with customers about why it retired Windows…


RealNetworks Sues Microsoft

Not directly .NET related, but big big news. What a way to end the year. Associated Press : RealNetworks Sues Microsoft Over AntitrustMicrosoft Corp. was hit Thursday with yet another antitrust lawsuit, this one accusing the software giant of illegally monopolizing the growing field of digital music and video. RealNetworks Inc. said Microsoft illegally tied…

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Get a Free .NET Connected Logo or Windows Server 2003 Verification Test

Here’s a great set of offers to assist software developers and it is the first step to becoming a Microsoft Certified Partner. If your application is built on the Microsoft .NET Framework and exposes or consumes Web services, you may qualify for a complimentary test for the .NET Connected Logo at VeriTest worth $400. Free…


Open Source ERP?

This story really makes me shake my head and ask “WHY?“. The reason it caught my eye, was an ISV had spoken to me about this a few months ago. They wanted to port the product to C#, and make it connect to ANY database, not just oracle. I should check on them and see how…

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Publically available Web Services from Microsoft.

When I joined the developer team in 2001, I was charted with evangelising XML Web Services, and specifically helping create publically available Web Services. This was during the excitement of hailstorm. At the time, the only services we had available were passport and alerts, and ironically we didn’t implement any of the protocols (such as SOAP or…

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Microsoft sets time for cyberwatches.

So Excited!!! Wristwatches embedded with Microsoft’s smart technology are expected to appear in retail stores next month, a move that comes after a delay of several months, a company spokesman said Tuesday. Microsoft’s Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT) and its subscription-based MSN Direct service will power the wristwatches, along with other devices to be released…

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Frank’s Scrap Book

I thought it would be a good idea to put a link to all the news stories I have featured in. My mother would be proud… Developer Evangelism : 2001 to Present Microsoft claims J2EE too complex for ISVs, business The promise of technological heaven Cog in the Microsoft money machine? – Tech Update – ZDNet…

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Microsoft claims J2EE too complex for ISVs, business

I’ve been quoted in the press again! This came from an interview I had with Fleur Doidge at the ANZ Partner conference last month. I spoke about ISVs finding it easier to develop solutions with .NET, compared to J2EE, and do you think she spoke to any ISVs using .NET – ahh no. But we…

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