Tuesday Keynote @ Build Windows 8

Here are my notes from the Steven Sinofsky keynote at BUILD. Keynote started with a video of developers, designers etc. working on Windows 8 giving their favorite features in Win8. ~450 million copies of Win7 sold (1500 non-security product changes seamlessly delivered) Consumer usage higher than XP 542 million Windows Live sign-ins every month Lots…

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BUILD Windows 8

I’m down in LA (OK, Anaheim actually…) for the BUILD Windows 8 conference – what was previously known as the “Professional Developers’ Conference” (PDC) – not sure if the fact that it’s changed names means that they want a broader appeal beyond just professional developers, but we’ll see.  At $1600-$2400 to attend (plus travel) I doubt too…

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Getting BidNow to Work

For the auction at my kid’s school, I volunteered to set up a simple web site to be able to review items available; there is no online bidding at present.  I decided to use the BidNow Azure sample as a base for this, figuring it will also give me a chance to play around a…

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VMWare and Hyper-V

For a client engagement, I was provided VMWare images.  I don’t have VMWare, but have a server running Windows Server 2008 R2 with Hyper-V.  So I needed a conversion from the VMWare image to a Hyper-V image. As is often the case, I figured I must not be the first person to want to do…

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Excel Pivot Table Missing a Column from Source Data?

I have a large spreadsheet I’ve gotten from a colleague.  To help categorize it for a pivot table, I added a column which is “group”.  I then added a table in a different sheet that mapped people to groups – and used the VLOOKUP function in the “Group” column to lookup the group from the…

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Bruce Springsteen and Fred Brooks on Design

I’ve just been listening to Ed Norton interviewing Bruce Springsteen at the Toronto Film Festival earlier this fall at the premiere of the movie “The Promise: The Making of ‘Darkness on the Edge of Town’”.  One of the comments Springsteen made in the interview reminded me of a point that Fred Brooks made at the…

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Windows 7 Homegroup and Domain

For a consulting project, I recently had to join my laptop to an Active Directory domain at a client’s workplace.  Suddenly, my home computers can no longer see the computer.  I found that the laptop could see shared items on my home network, though. I went to the “Network and Sharing Center” to see if…

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Outlook 2010 Always Trying to Send Messages

I noticed a while ago that my Outlook 2010 connected over IMAP to my company email and Outlook Connector for MSN to my personal Hotmail account was always in the process of trying to send messages – even when I hadn’t written a message.  This started causing more problems as things would sit in my…

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Serializing to XML

I’m doing some performance testing on Azure tracing to figure out the overhead of trace statements in code, especially when the tracing level is such that the statement does nothing – but clearly it has to do something to figure out to do nothing.  So I have a simple Worker Role that calculates the 10,000th…

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Virtual Memory and Performance

There’s an interesting article about performance of server apps in the July 2010 Communications of the ACM somewhat provocatively titled “You’re Doing It Wrong”.  In it, Poul-Henning Kamp, the architect of an HTTP cache called Varnish, describes the “ah ha!” moment (on a night train to Amsterdam, no less) where he realized that traditional data…

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