Worldmaps has Moved!

This took a lot longer than I hoped, but I've finally migrated Worldmaps to a new server!  No longer is it integrated on my blog, and it's on a new host that has a lot higher headroom -- all courtesy of ORCS Web!  The site is now hosted at ... head over there and check it out!One of the focuses of the new site will be this more "community feel" to it -- the first and most obvious change is the leaderboard.  Other stats/implementations will come as time permits.  The other... [More]

Internet Security Slipping?

I've noticed a disturbing trend lately and not quite sure if it's just me, or happening more in the industry.  Or, maybe it's because my credit card, for the 2nd time in less than 2 years, was compromised by someone (Visa won't tell me who -- and with today's BI, it's pretty easy to figure out I would image).  So, I'm seeing a number of sites on the internet not using SSL when capturing PII.  Clearly, this is crucial for credit card transactions, but it's also important for PII.  Of cour... [More]

MSDN Event Decks

Thanks to everyone who attended the MSDN events this week in NC!  I've uploaded the Azure, Debugging, and Mobility decks for you to look at -- shortly, I'll get the test projects uploaded as well -- stay tuned for that!Download Powerpoint Decks

Follow-up: Azure .NET Services Interop

I just wanted to post a quick follow up to yesterday's MSDN Event on Windows Azure.I talked briefly about interop with other platforms, specifically in regards to REST/SOAP.  At the time, I wasn't aware that we have a few samples out there ... specifically: Services for Ruby is an open source software development kit (SDK) that helps Ruby programs communicate with Microsoft .NET Services using plain HTTP. Specifically the SDK includes set of REST libraries, tools, ... [More]

DTV Transition

There's a general, unwritten rule that it's a VERY good idea to avoid blogging about anything political on a blog such as mine.  It's much to divisive, but I'm going to violate that rule this one time.For the past few years, we've been seeing information about the DTV transition coming Feb. 17th, in the form of crawls across the TV screen, cheesy commercials, and marketing.  Unfortunately, it looks like this transition is going to be put on hold until June -- something I think is a big mistake.&nb... [More]

Gaming Console Round-up II

In my last post on the topic (some time ago!) I talked about what I like in the various gaming consoles on the market -- Sony PS3, Xbox 360, and Nintendo Wii.  In this post, I thought I'd share my impressions on the PS3.One of the riskier moves Sony made with the PS3 was including a blu-ray player built into the console.  If I remember correctly, this held up the launch of the console and also contributes to the console cost quite a bit, and it's a decision that I thought was a mistake.  Alth... [More]

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