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.NET Naming Debacle - 2
Almost five months ago, I wrote that "Microsoft screwed up big for customer confusion" with the whole .NET 3.0 naming thing. I got a few defensive comments about how the whole effort was great. Well, let's see. Today I read a post from a member of the Microsoft Architecture Editorial Board (whatever that exactly is). You know it is not going well when the post starts out with, "There has been considerable confusion about the differences between various versions of the .NET framework." My point exactly. ......

Posted On Sunday, December 3, 2006 7:23 PM

Vista Hates Developers
I have been posting infrequently, but it seems that a new pronouncement by Somasegar always stirs me up. The last time, it was about the .NET 3.0 Framework naming debacle. This time, it is about how the new Microsoft flagship operating system breaks with .NET 1.0/1.1 production support. Specifically, Microsoft will not support Visual Studio 2002 and 2003 on Vista. This is another ludicrous slap in the face. It is impossible to spin this in a good manner. Buzzwords like “compatibility“, ......

Posted On Wednesday, September 27, 2006 5:30 PM

How Pheedo Sucks for GWB RSS
Am I the only one to find that the GWB Pheedo RSS link response time is horrible?  On any given day, I can click a GWB title in SharpReader and go on with other things while the program waits for to reply.  Frequently, I get errors and have to redo the request or just blow off reading GWB via RSS.  What gives?  Is this a downgrade?  Am I the object of an evil plot by Pheedo?

Posted On Friday, August 25, 2006 3:16 PM

.NET Naming Debacle
Microsoft screwed up big for customer confusion on this one. First it was the attempt to explain the "red and green" model for compatibility in .NET 3.0. Now, it is announcing that .NET 3.0 will not include C# or VB 3.0, but will be an "additive release". Do you understand that? Even with pictures, you have to wonder what they were thinking. Everyone Microsoft is just bubbling over with support and entheusiasm. Customers are much less so. The general belief is that .NET is now heading down the evil ......

Posted On Sunday, June 11, 2006 11:57 AM

Microsoft World Domination - Total Control Edition
Remember this? For those of you who do, you may recall how everyone figured that Microsoft would squash every other software company and there would be No Other Software But Microsoft. This was the type of attitude that helped create the Open Source Software (OSS) movement -- kind of like Flower Power for computers. OSS seemed great until the big boys saw money to be made, and have been elbowing in ever since. The Anybody But Microsoft (ABM) people run as a subset to the OSS group. They want nothing ......

Posted On Friday, October 7, 2005 11:56 AM

Elections and the Volunteer Military
After this election cycle, I think I am very much over it. We should resolve to no longer allow anyone born before January 1, 1955 from running for public office. Why 1955? The answer actually lies in 1973. There have been many fake draft rumors over the past several months. In fact, the Selective Service System draft has not been in effect since July 1, 1973. Since people become eligible for the draft at age 18 1/2, anyone born on or after January 1, 1955 was never subject to the draft. It was the ......

Posted On Saturday, November 6, 2004 10:33 PM

The Perfect Storm of Baseball
This evening, the Boston Red Sox finally attained the dreams of generations of Boston fans -- and I congratulate them. My friends know that I am not a baseball fan, but that I have an intense dislike of the New York Yankees. I believe it started with Mr. October Reggie Jackson, but it quickly segued and narrowed to George Steinbrenner himself. I cannot think of a better poke in the eye than this. I feel both happy and sad for Sox fans. I am happy that the 86 year drought is gone along with the Bambino’s ......

Posted On Wednesday, October 27, 2004 11:41 PM

9/11 Commission Report: A Suggested Guide
I have read about a hundred pages or so of the report so far. This is required reading for everyone. It is 585 pages with very few pictures and diagrams, but it is a very good read. There are a few do's and don'ts to pay attention to, however. DO Read the full report including the footnotes Learn Make your own decisions and interpretations DO NOT Rely on the opinions, interpretations or summarizations of the report by politicians, reporters or pundits Read only press reports and summaries Read only ......

Posted On Thursday, July 22, 2004 5:12 PM

Google's Eyes are on Gmail
My earlier entry on this topic got the most interest of anything that I've written on this as-yet young blog. Now that the Gmail vitriol has subsided somewhat, we are beginning to see some more rational evaluations of the future service. The best so far seems to be David Pogue's evaluation in today's New York Times. His article was expanded on by Robert MacMillan in his Filter column in the Washington Post. Both are recommended to be read carefully. For an opposite view, read Walt Mossberg's piece ......

Posted On Thursday, May 13, 2004 5:56 PM

I Dislike: Lawyers and Politicians

 I especially dislike lawyers and politicians who are

  • Shocked
  • Appalled
  • Disturbed
  • Offended
  • Troubled

and spout their nonsense in front of a television camera.  For both groups, continued employment in your current profession will not solve your problem.  I recommend a psychiatrist, medications and a new job.

Posted On Wednesday, May 12, 2004 6:31 PM

I Don't Care: Network Television
This is the first of what will probably be a series of I Don't Care posts unrelated to programming, but related to general topics on which I have an opinion. Please note the word opinion. As you can surmise from the title, I really do not care about network television. I passed out of their interest zone nearly a decade ago when I passed beyond the hallowed 18-34 male bracket. On my 35th birthday, I fell of the Earth as far as television and their advertisers were concerned. From my perspective, ......

Posted On Sunday, April 18, 2004 8:29 PM

Microsoft's Hype Machine
Microsoft is famous for vaporware. A decade ago, merely announcing the intent to develop a product that was two years from shipping was enough to crash the competition. Today, it's not that easy, but Microsoft's marketing is still making it hard for current customers. A case in point is the supersonic nature of the PDC 2003 hype for Longhorn and its attendant technologies. The press ate it up and made it seem like you would be deploying it Real Soon Now. While I feel the technology will be neat and ......

Posted On Sunday, April 4, 2004 11:57 AM

Google's Eyes
Update: ExtremeTech posted a great article on this subject by Jim Lynch that brings out even points than I do here. I like his point of assumed entitlement. Recommended. There has been a big flap over Google's announced Gmail product. The first big negative salvo I saw was Cynthia Webb's Filter column in the Washington Post. She gives the “privacy advocates” big ink on the purported “intrusion” into your email. The Gmail privacy policy is pretty clear on what Google will and ......

Posted On Sunday, April 4, 2004 9:44 AM

Disney's Wear and Tear
This is my inaugural entry to The Stump, so I thought about writing first about how I have seen the Walt Disney World's condition deteriorate over the years. When I picked up this morning's Orlando Sentinel from my driveway, there was a front page story (free registration required) on how maintenance and upkeep has suffered. How timely. I agree with the sentiment of the article and I feel for the employees who have to defend the company on this issue. They are trying to do a job with inadequate resources. ......

Posted On Saturday, March 27, 2004 11:53 AM

Tap Tap Tap ... Is this thing on?
Hi. This is the inevitable first blog post. My name is Mark Treadwell and I am what some other people elsewhere have referred to as a hobbyist programmer. To me, a hobbyist programmer is someone who writes computer programs for the enjoyment of the challenge rather than to put food on the table. I'll talk about the day job that permits this indolent luxury later. In 1982, I graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a bachelor's degree in Aerospace Engineering. This knowledge has basically ......

Posted On Sunday, March 21, 2004 7:22 AM

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