Whidbey slips – so what?

Good comment by Scott Hanselman on why Whidbey & Yukon RTM slipping to 2005 is not the end of the world … I like the quote: “Good, Fast, Cheap. You may choose two.”


Longhorn 4074 fries my CPU :-(

Well, I got that fantastic Dell Inspiron 8600c (Pentium M 2GHz, 2 GB RAM, ATI Mobility Radeon 9600 Pro Turbo w/ 128MB video memory) which runs XP in Virtual PC faster than most of my other machines do on hardware, so I thought this would be the perfect machine for the WinHEC Longhorn build, incl. DWM…


Mix languages in C++ projects in VS 2005

Some time ago I wrote about a new feature that’s coming in VS 2005: projects that contain source files in different languages (C++, C#, VB.NET, …), which are combined into a single assembly. (That is really new & exciting because today you can only combine different language projects in a common solution – which still…


Sales vs Evangelism

For all those who think/believe that evangelism just another way of doing sales, here is a cool quote from Guy Kawasaki, the “father of evangelism marketing” and former chief evangelist of Apple Computer, that I picked up from a “Creating Customer Evangelists” workshop last Sunday: “Sales is rooted in what’s good for me. Evangelism is…


Free as in “puppy”

Speaking of religions (see my last blog entry): there is another new religion today (at least in parts of the IT world), and it’s called “free software” (or “open source software”, which practically means the same thing, if we leave out any nitpicking about definitions). John Carroll wrote a nice commentary “A response to Richard…


Redmond again

Arrived on Friday in Seattle, for a MS-internal event. Staying at the Doubletree Hotel in Bellevue, quite acceptable. The jet lag finally got me on Sunday afternoon; since then I’m in (kind of a) zombie mode … 🙂 Anyway, there’s quite some interesting stuff to see here, so I try to stay awake. (Got to…


German Channel 9, maybe?

We (German community evangelists) are discussing whether we should create a German section of the recently launched and already popular Channel 9 on MSDN. Stay tuned for more.


Wind River, Red Hat parting ways over Embedded Linux

Says this article. Seems like they have to figure out yet how to earn money from embedded Linux. Now we have yet another distro that competes with all the others.


SQL Mobile rocks!

After having attended some pretty impressive presentations on CF 2.0 and SQL Mobile (SQL Server 2005 Mobile Edition, i.e. :-), the successor of SQLCE 2.0, at TechEd Europe, I am playing with the VS2005 Beta 1 and a pre-Beta 2 build of SQL2005. What can I say – I’m blown away by what these teams…