January 29, 2005
@ 12:07 PM

I have been invited to speak at the Denver Visual Studio Usergroup on Monday, March 28th. Because I just happen to be in Denver I am delighted to volunteer and talk about the principles of Service Orientation and how to make it happen for real now (ES, ASMX) and tomorrow (Indigo). Mind that this is after VSLive! and I'll be able to tell things I've been told not to tell.

Categories: Talks

January 26, 2005
@ 04:40 AM

There you go:


Happy Stewardesses who like my Alienware notebook (seems to work just as well as driving a Lamborghini)



And ... chatting with Hanselman and having (economy class ... so much for Lamborghini) food


Categories: Other Stuff

January 26, 2005
@ 04:18 AM

I am aboard SK938 (SAS) right now. I am on the Internet. Connexion by Boeing. Chatting with Scott Hanselman using MSN Messenger. Blogging this. If there is something like "geek orgasm", this is it. Eight hrs to go to Copenhagen. This R-O-C-K-S.

Categories: Other Stuff


Within the next 48 hours, you will find auctions on eBay. You can buy an hour of consulting time of the wonderful individuals listed below for a minimum bid of US$100. All money will go to IDEP (see below) to aid the Tsunami victims in the Aceh area. I think this is a sensational effort and I am honored that I was asked to participate. Julie Lerman and Stephen Forte have been pulling this off. Once the auctions are up, I'll post links and i assume the other folks will do the same. Go and bid.


Michelle Leroux Bustamante, Jonathan Goodyear, Andrew Brust, Richard Campbell, Adam Cogan, Malek Kemmou, Jackie Goldstein, Ted Neward, Kathleen Dollard, Hector M Obregon, Patrick Hynds, Fernando Guerrero, Kate Gregory, Joel Semeniuk, Scott Hanselman, Barry Gervin, Clemens Vasters, Jorge Oblitas, Stephen Forte, Jeffery Richter, John Robbins, Jeff Prosise


Since my time will be auctioned, too, I can already promise that I will employ a rather liberal interpretation of "hour" if we get enough money in.



Who this auction is to benefit?


In the long run, the auction is to benefit the people of Aceh Province, Sumatra, who have had their island destroyed and lost nearly 100,000 of their people. The waves may be gone, but the devastation continues and the fear of many more dying from disease continues.


We are trying to help, by assisting Aceh Aid at IDEP, an organization that is local and doing amazing work.


There is an area on their website devoted to this work: http://www.idepfoundation.org/aceh_aid.html. (www.AcehAid.org will take you right to this page). I recommend that if you are interested in knowing who you are doing this for, you go peruse that website, read the updates, read about the volunteer search, etc.



IDEP is a small, Indonesian NGO, based in Ubud, Bali. Completed projects over the years have included community based development, sustainable living initiatives, permaculture training, waste management, organic gardens, recycling, etc. The focus is on helping people to help themselves. IDEP's founding director, Petra Schneider is a US-born, Indonesian citizen. The demonstrated and reproducible success of IDEP's small projects in local communities has earned the team an excellent reputation.



At the time of the Bali bomb, about two years ago, IDEP was an important element of the network of local NGOs and other supporters that quickly responded to the tragedy, in various ways, not only immediately after the bomb, but during the recovery process for the various communities involved. Following shortly thereafter, IDEP received funding from USAid to create a comprehensive set of disaster management materials for Indonesian communities, aimed at children, families, and local leaders (official and unofficial). The materials are in the Indonesian language and suitable for use in rural and urban settings. These materials, including a booklet for children about Tsunami preparedness, were finished just weeks ago, but had not yet been disseminated to communities. Then the tsunami struck.



Only hours after the news of the tsunami reached Bali, the same network of NGOs and individuals in Bali who had been involved in the relief efforts for the Bali bomb, reanimated and went into action. We started something called the "Aceh Aid Bucket Brigade" (see website), creating and deploying one-family-one-bucket multi-material aid packages from the hands of donors in Bali to the field in Sumatra. We began sending highly skilled volunteers, well-matched to the task within two days of the tsunami (Sam Schultz, Lee Downey, Oded Carmi and others). Our relief, and later, recovery programs in response to the Tsunami are now focused on two fronts. One is direct aid from Medan by road to areas around Banda Aceh. The other is this remarkable joint effort (nothing short of heroic), to the islands off the west coast of Sumatra, which as of yet, have not been receiving aid from any other channels that we know of.

Categories: Blog | Other Stuff

Omar is announcing (like Scott) the new newtelligence dasBlog "Community Edition" 1.7. It's so fresh that I am not even running it myself, yet.

What's important is that this is not an XCOPY upgrade and that you must follow the instructions in the dasBlog Upgrader download if you want to upgrade from 1.6 or earlier. Scott and Omar had to change the structure of the content store XML files to improve performance and add new features.

Here is the SourceForge home for the new version, make sure you get the download for the Upgrader if you want to upgrade and -- as always -- make a backup of your old version in case stuff doesn't work.

Categories: Blog | dasBlog

January 17, 2005
@ 08:15 AM

Happy New Year! It's a tiny bit late, but the last year ended and this year started with a flurry of activities that didn't leave me with much energy to blog. Before Christmas I went to New York to see my friend Stephen Forte and his wonderful girlfriend Kathleen, and right after Christmas I flew out to spend a few days with Steve Swartz and his fabulous wife Allison in Venice, Italy where they spent 3 weeks experiencing the wealth of Venetian culture and history (Allison is a scientific authority in Renaissance art history, which makes this even more fun).

And after these little tours I had to lots and lots of intense learning for the German "Whidbey Ascend" training series I am doing with Christian Weyer and Christian Nagel of thinktecture. In this series, which is hosted by Microsoft Germany and open to invited partners, we present a quite complete overview on the Visual Studio 2005 innovations. Of course, if you know me and Christian and Christian, you might be aware that we are all "server guys". So, of course it turned out in a way that I ended up with the complete Smart Client part of the schedule in my hands: Windows Forms, Visual Studio Tools for Office and Device Development. All these topics weren't exactly in my comfort zone for presenting in front of an audience when I committed to do them, but the time investment really paid off last week when we did the training for the first time. And I am actually quite glad that I had to force myself to learn all these things, because I was quite surprised bythe power of much of the new tooling, especially by Visual Studio Tools for Office. My first impression is that with these tools, Office really becomes a viable Smart Client platform.  

My other topic on that training I feel much more comfortable with: Visual Studio Team System. That stuff is good. You'll hear lots more about Team System and the architecture features of Visual Studio here in the upcoming weeks and months.

Next weekend and the beginning of next week I will be spending over in Seattle to play with some new distributed systems technologies at a friend's house and office.

Other developments:

  • Omar Shahine and Scott Hanselman put a heroic effort into completing "newtelligence dasBlog 1.7 Community Edition". I will have to set up the Wiki or a redirect to his Wiki some time this week. Omar and Scott practically own the dasBlog development effort now, since I just couldn't make time in recent months. There are still features I would like to add, but Omar and Scott run the shop now. Hence the "Community Edition" moniker. The new version (which I still need to install here) has dramatically improved performance, scores of fixes and a set of subtle, but good new features. A first shot at referral spam blocking is a regex based exclusion filter.
  • Werner Vogels has been named CTO of Amazon.com, which is amazing (and Amazon could hardly find anybody better).
  • My company has a new web site design. Much simpler and hopefully clearer. It's still a bit of a construction site, but which site isn't.

More later.

Categories: Other Stuff