# Sunday, 03 August 2003

Ready for Mount Everest....

A nice climb up Mt. Rainer (14,410'), this weekend via Paradise and Camp Muir. We are all systems go for Mt. Everest in a few weeks...The altitude was no problem.

Over 7,200' was all snow. And a lot of it. Some cool snowboarder chicks hiked all the way up to Muir at 10,000' to then went on down, I have to go back and do that.

Kevin and I ran up the hill. We covered the run from the snow line at 7,200' to Muir at 10,000' in about 3 hours. (Coming down was less than an hour, virtual skiing.)

I am now publically giving some credit to my running partner Kathleen. She meets me 3 days a week, rain or shine (and it seems to mostly rain), hung-over or not (even if I was the cause of her hangover the night before), and likes to run fast. She also motivates me or rather likes to yell at me when I am dogging it saying things like "How are you going to get up Everest if you can't make it around the loop!" Thanks, I owe you one..

Photos up soon...

(WiFi Internet Access in the Airport rocks!)

 

posted on Sunday, 03 August 2003 13:51:46 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [17] Trackback
# Friday, 01 August 2003

Preparing for Mount Everest

 

I am sitting at JFK airport waiting for my flight to Seattle. I have flown into Seattle at least 50 times since 1996 and each and every time I have went to Seattle in my life was to go do work or attend a meeting at Microsoft up in Redmond. Today is something new for me. I am going to Seattle not for Microsoft but for personal reasons. Ok, ok, I am going to drop by campus anyway and do lunch with the “RD Mom”, Eileen Crain, the PM for the Regional Director Program. (lunch doesn’t count) And after spending the week in New York at VSLive! with RDs Andrew Brust, Billy Hollis, Jackie Goldstein, Juval Lowy, and Ken Getz, this does feel like being summoned to the Mother Ship-but no, my visit to campus is completely voluntary. I am in Seattle for personal reasons.

 

In 29 days, I arrive in Kathmandu, Nepal to begin my trek to Mt. Everest with my pal Kevin Collins (who is the PM for SQL Server CE). Kevin and I are gong to do a high-altitude training run this weekend on Mt. Rainer (14,410'), outside of Seattle. Mt. Rainer is the second tallest mountain (by 54 feet!) in the lower 48. Ok, technically it is a Volcano (and an active one that is!). So it is the tallest Volcano in the continental United States! 

 

If you don’t hear from me soon, you know where to look for my body! No, don’t worry, while a few people die on Mt. Rainer each year, Joel Check (old Jet database engine Dev who is climbing with Kevin and I this weekend) and I have a tremendous amount of high altitude experience-and know our limits. Also, I can’t die, I have to be home for my teammate Tom Halligan’s birthday celebration on Tuesday. That is going to be a night of sin…

posted on Friday, 01 August 2003 04:57:01 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [3] Trackback
# Thursday, 31 July 2003
Visual Studio code name Whidbey
posted on Thursday, 31 July 2003 07:28:39 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [18] Trackback
VSLive Workshop
posted on Thursday, 31 July 2003 07:11:53 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [23] Trackback
# Wednesday, 30 July 2003

No More Radio...

das Blog is live! Thanks to Clemens for all his help...

I installed from source, took about 20 minutes of actual time to install locally, import my old entries from Radio, deploy to my ISP, etc. (Real time was a few hours since I was doing this in-between my VSLive sessions and had to get the ISP to set up the correct permissions, install 1.1, etc) I got it working first on 1.0  at the ISP and then moved it to a box running 1.1: much better..Gonna start the redirect from Radio today.

Now that I was the uber tester, I want to help Clemens somewhat in all of this. I have some ideas on improving the cache using the cache API w/ vary by param, gonna work with Clemens on that one.

Oh yea, comments work!!

posted on Wednesday, 30 July 2003 05:32:32 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [19] Trackback
# Tuesday, 29 July 2003

Some Damn Islands…

 

Today Microsoft unveiled to the world demos of the Alpha of Whidbey or the next version of Visual Studio .NET at VS Live in New York today. They say that “this release of Visual Studio and the .NET Framework will offer innovations and enhancements to the class libraries, Common Language Runtime (CLR), programming languages and the integrated development environment (IDE).  In addition, Whidbey will provide deep support for SQL Server Yukon by enabling developers to write stored procedures using Visual Basic and C#.”

 

Visual Studio Orcas (another Island in the Pacific Northwest) was also talked about. You can find the roadmap here.  

 

My drinking partner in Dallas and Barcelona, Ari Bixhorn (oh yea he is also the Lead PM on VS .NET) demoed some neat stuff in an alpha version of Visual Studio Whidbey along with “Edit and Continue” and cool productive VS UI enhancements like improved docking. The most compelling feature is the exception dialog, while also nice and pretty, has suggestions to fix the code and hot links to help, etc. VB .NET sported a smart-tag based right click syntax checker.

 

I just installed the alpha on my machine last week (as well as the latest Yukon bits), so if you don’t see any blogs for a while, you know why! J

posted on Tuesday, 29 July 2003 11:07:54 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [13] Trackback
# Monday, 28 July 2003

A Meeting with a Mentor..

 

Having a two hour lunch with your friend and mentor is one thing, having a two hour lunch with your mentor and two of your closest friends and business companions is just pure bliss. That was pretty much the state of affairs today at lunch with my friend and mentor, Peter Bloom and friends: Richard Campbell and Tom Howe. We talked about everything from the future of Linux (which we all agreed needs an economic incentive to progress, see below), visual pinball, the state of on-line poker and lots of other business.

 

Peter, who was always was a Microsoft skeptic, but not a Microsoft hater, said that his faith in Microsoft technology has grown very substantially over the last few years, especially since .NET has greatly improved. He has seen more and more portfolio companies in his fund make a mission critical business bet on Microsoft and have great success. He thinks the since .NET Microsoft has just gotten it right. That is good news and I have seen much better quality from Microsoft in the last 3 years with .NET, XP and other stuff.

 

Lastly we all agreed that without an economic incentive and a corporate leader, Linux can never succeed. The reason why is that since it is all volunteer based only the COOL features get built. Richard was talking about how in the open source database he is using, awesome features exist, but boring things like incremental backup don’t. (Which is a deal breaker for any RDBMS for me!) This is why you need  a corporate sponsorship of the whole open source universe. (sorry all my utopian society OSS friends, capitalism works, just ask our friends in the USSR…) Why doesn’t evil Larry say 10 million for the first person to come up with the needed boring feature? This will be fun to watch….

posted on Monday, 28 July 2003 18:45:16 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [83] Trackback
# Sunday, 27 July 2003

Five in a Row

 

So today Lance Armstrong won his 5th straight Tour de France. Only four other men have won 5 times. Lance (if you don’t know), returned from near-fatal cancer in 1999 to win his first Tour and today emulated France's Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault, Belgian Eddy Merckx and Spain's Miguel Indurain. Besides Lance, only Indurain has won 5 in a row. Only one other American, Greg LeMond has won the tour before. Up and coming American Tyler Hamilton took 4th, despite suffering a broken collarbone on the second day of the tour. So basically Tyler rode 3,000 km with a collarbone broken in two places. This year’s tour was one of the most exciting and Lance only won by 61 seconds over his arch rival Jan Ullrich.

 

posted on Sunday, 27 July 2003 21:45:20 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 26 July 2003

We could be heros...

We all know how I made fun of the RDs that are also Software Legend's. (Why, well, because it is just so damn easy.) So, Eric Sink made a spoof site of the legends here http://notalegend.com/. Eric you are my new hero. (Just for one day. )

posted on Saturday, 26 July 2003 09:36:58 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [24] Trackback
# Friday, 25 July 2003

Whidbey and Yukon and Orcas, Oh My…

 

From Information Week:

 

“Bill Gates and other executives kicked off Microsoft's meeting with financial analysts on Thursday with an overview of the company's development projects, which will be fueled in the current fiscal year by $6.8 billion in spending on research and development, an 8% increase over last year. "There's a strong product pipeline," said Gates, Microsoft's chairman and chief software architect….

Microsoft execs outlined key products to be delivered over the next 12 months. They include:

 

  • The Office 2003 suite, with the new OneNote and InfoPath for XML forms;
  • An upgrade to the Tablet PC operating system;
  • The first beta release of Longhorn;
  • Service pack 2 for Windows XP;
  • Versions of Windows Server 2003 and Office 2003 for small businesses;
  • An upgrade to Microsoft's customer-relationship management application;
  • Services For Unix, version 3.5; and
  • Upgrades to Project Server, BizTalk Server, Speech Server, and ISA Server.”

 

 

Well who the heck cares? We are developers! We care about the development tools. Good news is that I will speaking at VSLive in New York where Microsoft lays out plans for its upcoming 'Whidbey' and 'Orcas' versions of Visual Studio. Everyone can get  a sneak preview of the next release of Visual Studio at the free keynote given by Senior VP Eric Rudder. If you can’t make the keynote, there will be a new Development Tools Roadmap documents posted to MSDN on Tuesday.

posted on Friday, 25 July 2003 05:25:28 (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [13] Trackback