# Wednesday, October 22, 2003

What the Hell are they going to do with it?


From eWeek:


“Microsoft Corp. on Wednesday will announce that it is giving its Most Valued Professionals access to the more than 100 million aggregate lines of Windows source code, which includes all versions, service packs and betas of the Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Server 2003 products.”


Why? Unless I can add a feature or fix something and send it in, why bother? The “Shared Source” imitative at Microsoft is strange. Last time I checked, Microsoft is paying its developers to write the code for their products and not taking any code from you and me. We can look at it, and even suggest something, but not really participate in the development. Microsoft, don’t play on both sides of the fence. Set up a program where others can work on the code and submit it in to you. Universities would love this. Uber-geeks would love this. The hippy, long haired, tie-dye wearing developers will love it. Game set match.


Oh yea, they are thinking to open Office? I hope that my crappy code is no longer in there. J



posted on Wednesday, October 22, 2003 4:42:34 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [17] Trackback
# Tuesday, October 21, 2003

My problems with the PDC


The PDC is too early. What are we going to be talking about at the PDC are: Longhorn, Yukon and Whidbey. Longhorn is scheduled for 2006 and Yukon and Whidbey in my guess (no inside knowledge) are 2005.


So the PDC is a little too early, it should be next year. There are so many things going on in beta land, that how can Microsoft expect us all to keep up. But that being said, it is sold out this year, so what do I know. I’m still looking forward to learning about all of this new stuff, it will just be frustrating that I can’t implement into production for at least 18 months or longer.


See you all there!

posted on Tuesday, October 21, 2003 12:18:49 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, October 20, 2003

It's a PDC Thang

So I have been given the task to drive people to the panels on Thursday 10/30 at the PDC. So everyone go! Ok, I did my job, now Microsoft will like me again. :)

What if you are not going to the PDC you ask? You can still participate. First check out the web site www.pdcbloggers.net, it will cover the panels pretty deep. (Most of the RDs are working on being there and posting stuff in their blogs that will also feed the portal.) Everyone with a passport can participate.

Also, the panels, (show here http://pdcbloggers.net/Question_and_Answer.category) have a way for you to submit questions and of course see the responses later at the portal, as I said even if you are not going. You can submit your question here:


See you in LA or at www.pdcbloggers.net!

posted on Monday, October 20, 2003 6:09:44 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [15] Trackback
# Sunday, October 19, 2003

Bill Gates in the House

BillG will be here in New York City on Tuesday to launch Office 2003 to the world. I have beta tested and apha tested every version of Office since Office 95 and can say that this is a good one. Outlook 2003 is worth the upgrade alone (my complaints from the beta were fixed). Andrew Brust claims that Outlook 2003 makes him 20% more productive than before, I'd say that is pretty fair.

For developers, Office 97 was the one and only upgrade that you HAD to do, but this one is compelling with the XML support. XML is just about everywhere in Excel, Access and even Word.


posted on Sunday, October 19, 2003 6:26:06 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, October 17, 2003

The Curse Must End


I am not a New York Yankees fan, but I don’t root against them. But to be honest, when the NLCS and ALCS started, I was rooting for the Cubs and Red Sox to make it to the World Series. I wanted the curse to end.


Last night when the Red Sox took a 4 run lead I was cheering. I thought the Red Sox were going to the World Series so I shouted at the bar last night “The curse ends tonight.” As a Mets fan, I should have know better. The most spectacular comeback in all of sports history is the 1986 World Series. Bill Buckner aside, the curse was alive for the Red Sox on October 25th, 1986. That historic night in Flushing, Queens proved the Babe Ruth curse when the Red Sox were 1 out away from their first world championship since 1918. Last night the Red Sox were 6 outs away from the World Series and blew it. (I was there as a Mets fan in 1999, just 3 outs away, so I know how it feels.) So New York City is a bad place for Boston, first in Shea Stadium in 1986 and last night in Yankee Stadium.


Last night’s awesome come from behind victory for the Yankees was great for the team, their fans and my home, New York City. Unfortunately it was bad for the sport. The curse must end. Just not this year.

posted on Friday, October 17, 2003 12:36:31 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [3] Trackback
# Thursday, October 16, 2003

Email From Maegan This Morning

They are going for the summit next Tuesday (10/20) or Wednesday (10/22). Everyone asks me "I thought you can only summit Everest in May." It is still possible to do it after May in the fall. Here are the stats, odds are against my team, but I know that they can do it! Out of 1924 successful summits on Everest, only 279 (18%) has actually occurred in the fall. Out of those 279, only 17 happened after October 20. The majority of the fall summits happened 1953-1993. Those years had 608 summits out of which 232 (38%) were made in autumn! Strange. From 1994 to 2003 however, there has been an explosion of 1320 summits - but a mere 47 (3.6%) in the fall.

So if she is going to summit and ski down, she will just have to forget the odds and go for it. Good luck and remember to come back-please.


posted on Thursday, October 16, 2003 7:27:37 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [16] Trackback
# Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Thomas Jefferson v James Madison

This question of direct democracy versus representative government that Dad and I are talking about is not a new one. As I said the founding fathers of this country struggled with the very same question. The Federalist Papers contain James Madison's debate with Thomas Jefferson on this point.

Jefferson wished for a pure democracy whereby the citizens could assemble and administer the government in person. All people could then have a direct say in how they are governed and share in the power that is used to govern. He talked all about a new revolution every 10 years, yadda yadda yadda. No wonder he liked the French-they are still fighting the French Revolution and the Revolutionaries at the Bastille in July 1789 were quoting Thomas Jefferson (who was in Paris at the time as George Washington’s ambassador) as if he were their spiritual leader. So the French?  How many constitutions have they had since 1789? Last I counted it was 6, not to mention all that Napoleon crap. (Let’s also not forget the Reign of Terror.)  How many have the United States had? One quite successful one.

James Madison believed that we are all prone to faction--"citizens...united and activated by some common impulse of passion, or of interest, adverse to the rights of other citizens, or adverse to the permanent and aggregate interests of the community" (Federalist Papers #10). "No man is allowed to be a judge in his own cause," said Madison, "because his interest would certainly bias his judgment, and, not improbably, corrupt his integrity."

Duh. Madison argued that the remedy to the risk of faction (or"special interests") was a representative government where a small but carefully determined number of citizens are elected by the rest to act on their behalf and in the interest of the public good. He won, Jefferson lost. Basically Thomas Jefferson gained some ground in a 215 year old debate last week with the election of the Terminator.

Sorry Dad.

So everyone, just remember the United States is not a democracy, but a Representative Democracy. (And yes we are a republic too, but so are the commies in China.)



posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2003 7:27:54 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [16] Trackback

Total Recall


My Dad did not agree with my thoughts on the Recall Vote- see his email below.


I disagree 100% with Dad. For starters, there is a recall every 4 years. The founding fathers would not be proud, they deliberately created a representative democracy, not a true democracy. The Federalist Papers warn of mob-rule (I know Dad I still have your copy, I should give it back to you to re-read). Remember that the founding fathers did not trust the electorate (only white males at the time) the Senate was not even elected, but appointed! They did not trust the electorate, why should I. Plus I have 230 years of history to judge the electorate by.


I do not support referendum and initiative, just look at Switzerland trying to vote to enter in the UN, enough said.


Dad's message:


-----Original Message-----
From: Albert J Forte

Sent: Wednesday, October 15, 2003 9:14 AM
To: Stephen Forte


you have spent too much time at high altitude. Our founding fathers would be

proud of caliiiiiifornia.

Only 4 recalls and one succesful in  40 years. Comparing this to 9/11 is

rediculous. when did you lose faith in the electorate. Jefferson would love

this. The voters want recall on the books. I also support referendum and

initiative. Get some sleep ; you are nuts.


A little direct democracy once in a while might shake up the flow of special

  interest money.


I dare you to print this reply on your blog

posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2003 3:14:05 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [7] Trackback
# Tuesday, October 14, 2003

The Case for Case


Ok I have gotten a lot of press because I love the Rozenshtein Method for creating cross tab queries. I have even traveled the world and spoke about it all summer at TechEds around the world.


I have gotten flack, especially from annoying Australians, about how “complex” the Rozenshtein Method is. So today I found myself writing a crosstab and used the Case Method.


It was an ad-hoc query that I have to run a few times over the next few weeks. It never has to run in another database like Access or Oracle. It was needed to be quick and dirty. I decided NOT to use the Boolean aggregates and use a Case statement. The basic structure of a case statement is as follows:


CASE  FieldName WHEN ValueYouAreChecking THEN TrueExpression ELSE FalseExpression END


Pretty easy no? Here is a sample:


SELECT tlkpWeekEnding.WeekEnding_DT as Weekending, DiceCat.DiceCat_NM as 'Job Category', Sum(tblData.TotalListings) AS 'Total Listings', SUM(CASE  Service_ID WHEN 1 THEN TotalListings ELSE 0 END) AS HotJobsTotal,

SUM(CASE  Service_ID WHEN 2 THEN TotalListings ELSE 0 END) AS MonsterTotal,

SUM(CASE Service_ID WHEN 3 THEN TotalListings ELSE 0 END) AS CareerBuilderTotal

FROM DiceCat INNER JOIN ((tlkpWeekEnding INNER JOIN (trelServiceURL INNER JOIN tblData ON trelServiceURL.URL_ID = tblData.URL_ID) ON tlkpWeekEnding.WeekEnding_ID = tblData.WeekEnding_ID) INNER JOIN DiceCatDetail ON trelServiceURL.JobCategory_ID = DiceCatDetail.CorzenJobCatID) ON DiceCat.DiceCat_ID = DiceCatDetail.DiceCat_ID

WHERE tlkpWeekEnding.WeekEnding_ID=75

GROUP BY tlkpWeekEnding.WeekEnding_DT, DiceCat.DiceCat_NM

Order by  DiceCat.DiceCat_NM


Here are the results, we move rows to columns:



Job Category

Total Listings



































Information Technology































So if this is so easy why oh why do I insist on using the Rozenshtein Method? Well, I don’t insist on using it all the time. I like it because it is super fast and make sense to me (I was into Math as a kid, sorry). I think that you should know both and use the one that you think is most effective for the job at hand.


Happy Crosstabbing!

posted on Tuesday, October 14, 2003 8:40:23 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, October 13, 2003

Firehose Security and Privacy


Everyone is going a little too far with security and privacy. Some idiot hacker sends out an email virus and lots of ignorant people click on it and then lots of people blame Microsoft. The bigger problem is that then Microsoft responds with more firehose security methods. (Ever try to send an email attachment in Outlook now?)


Regardless, now the anti-virus people are trying to make our lives yet even more painful. Now if you install Norton Anti-virus, by default its Firewall software makes any web site that uses the HTTP_REFERER blow up. Like it is such an invasion of my privacy to tell a site where I clicked on the link to get there from.


So we had to change the code on our site to:


AbsoluteUri = Request.Url.AbsoluteUri


instead of




This clearly has to stop. The privacy police have gone too far. I am also worried about potential legislation in Congress (which I have personally lobbied against through ACT) on Privacy. Sharing my medical records and financial information is one thing, but quadruple opt-in is another. Give it a rest.

posted on Monday, October 13, 2003 2:04:24 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #    Comments [6] Trackback