# Monday, 02 February 2004

Mandatory Death Penalty Required

 

The author of the MyDoom.b virus has left an apology inside of his code saying that he is just doing his “job”, which implies that some other evil person is paying him to write the virus.

 

How about this: I am sorry that you are and your employer are still alive and breathing. I propose a mandatory death penalty for internet virus authors. That will sure deter people from funding and writing them. On top of that a $100 fine for every individual who opens an email virus and spreads it around. You can pay that $100 to some global organization to pay for a reward to lead to the virus creator’s capture.

posted on Monday, 02 February 2004 17:52:19 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [3] Trackback
# Sunday, 01 February 2004

DevDays Sessions

I will be doing two sessions at DevDays in New York and Newark:

Threats and Threat Modeling and the closing keynote: The Future of Microsoft Development Tools.

See you there!

posted on Sunday, 01 February 2004 16:36:21 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, 31 January 2004

Wow

 

I always get a lot of email correspondence from attendees after a conference, but since I have been home in New York I have gotten over 40 emails from attendees of this week’s MDC in Cairo. They are all very warm and thankful emails, I appreciate each and every one of them. I will get back to all of them too very soon. This was a great show.

posted on Saturday, 31 January 2004 22:30:34 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, 27 January 2004

Its Official, Raise Your Glasses, We’re Gonna Party to Damascus

 

The MDC is over as soon as it has started. We speakers received the most warm thank you and good bye from the attendees as I have ever had.

 

I spoke for about 7 hours straight. Four sessions with no breaks since the attendees had so many questions.

 

I had a blast talking to all of the Egyptians. We talked about Egypt’s bid for FIFA in 2010 (World Cup) and politics et al. Lastly we took a boat cruise and I danced with a Belly Dancer at a real Egyptian wedding.

 

All of the code from my sessions will be on gotdotnet.com soon.

 

See you all next year!

posted on Tuesday, 27 January 2004 23:27:24 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

The New Virus

 

There is a new email Virus going around. Don’t blame Microsoft or even the person who created the virus. It has been 5 years since the Melissa virus, if users are still propagating the email viruses, then let’s blame them (us).

 

More info, I already got about 10 emails from friends saying “test” and stuff like that:

 

http://abcnews.go.com/wire/Business/ap20040127_22.html

 

posted on Tuesday, 27 January 2004 06:59:00 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Sunday, 25 January 2004

Can I Have Some Hummus Please?

 

Day 1 of the MDC is under way here in Cairo and Bill Gates’ Keynote went over well, his first time in Egypt and first time speaking in the Middle East. While Bill was talking about reliable computing, there was a power outage, we all got a chuckle.

 

Visited the Grand Pyramids today as well as did some shopping on my spare time. I have been in the country for over 24 hours now and still have not had any hummus. Maybe some soon…

 

Alexanderia tomorrow and then 4 sessions back to back to back to back on Tuesday.

posted on Sunday, 25 January 2004 22:35:48 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, 23 January 2004

The Airtrain to Egypt

 

I leave tonight for the 2004 MDC in Cairo, Egypt. I am going to take the new Airtrain to JFK airport for the first time.

 

The Airtrain has been a long time coming. I am not a big fan of the Airtrain, since it does not provide a single-seat ride from JFK to Manhattan like the London’s Heathrow Express does. I have a three seat ride to JFK. So to travel from my house on E86th Street:

 

6 train to 51st street

Transfer to E Train to Jamaica

Transfer to Airtrain to American Airlines Terminal

 

While it will only be $7 total to get to JFK in about an hour, I am a little let down that I have to ride three trains to get there. That said it is better than a $40 taxi ride that is going to be stuck in traffic. And in the past I took the A train to Howard Beach, but that was more like 1.5 hours and a two sear ride for $2.

posted on Friday, 23 January 2004 20:54:52 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, 22 January 2004

Getting Ready for the Middle East Developers Conference

 

On Saturday the 2004 MDC starts in Cairo, Egypt. Bill Gates’ keynote is on Sunday and I deliver four sessions (back to back to back to back) on Tuesday. This will be a test of my stamina, I look at this as “power presenting”. My 4th or 5th time to North Africa in the last 2 years (and second visit to Egypt in the last 11 months) has be very excited, so I am sure I can keep up. Plus the attendees in Africa rock. My sessions are:

 

Except for the datagrid, these are all new sessions, the Cache session should be simple but super duper practical. I will cover custom caching and fragmented caching. We will look ever so briefly at the future, but this session is about how to increasing your site’s speed NOW, not when Whidbey ships.

 

Other RDs will be in the house besides Mr. Gates:

 

  • Patrick Hynds (Boston)
  • Abdelmalek Kemmou (Morocco)
  • Goksin Bakir (Turkey)
  • Selcuk Uzun (Turkey)
  • Hossam Khalifa (Egypt)

 

posted on Thursday, 22 January 2004 21:59:33 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, 18 January 2004

Tech*Ed 2004 Sessions

 

The Tech*Ed 2004 Web Site is up and running (register today!) and sessions are already on-line. I have two sessions up and ready to go:

 

Create Smart XML-Aware Applications with SQL Server “Yukon

Efficient and Secure Data Retrieval in Your Middle Tier Using Stored Procedures and ADO.NET

 

Tech*ED in the US and Europe are the technical events of the year (and social gatherings too). Hope to see you there. Can’t wait to do some surfing in La Jolla.

posted on Sunday, 18 January 2004 19:42:08 (Eastern Standard Time, UTC-05:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback