Blogged: Something’s missing
Just the small stuff, mostly taken from http://greghurlman.com.
We’ve all been given projects to build something that—while it makes all the difference in the world to whomever is paying us—we could not possibly care less about. And yet, we do it, because, well, we gotta get paid. At the end of the day though, we’re…
So, I was pointed towards a new (to me, anyway) way to host presentations that is much cleaner than SlideShare called SpeakerDeck, and so far I like it. They ask you to upload a PDF instead of a PPT, so you’ll need to save as PDF first, but as someone…
To say that people have some opinions about Windows 8 would be an understatement. To say that the majority of these opinions are educated would be generous. Today Gizmodo published an article, as they often do:
If you’re not intrigued by Windows 8 and Metro, if you can’t recognize that it’s a big leap forward, if you’re not excited about what it means for you, personally then you don’t really care about technology; you care about brands. You care about platforms. You care about politics. You’re a fanboy.
Look, we all lean certain ways. I have my own set of preferences. I tend to vote for Democrats and buy Apple products. But that’s because they tend to support my priorities, not vice-versa. If the Democrats suddenly turned their backs on science, or Apple began pushing out products with buggy cluttered interfaces, I’d look elsewhere. I don’t really get those who treat brands like sports teams, offering blind allegiance over self-interest. That’s just zealotry. God bless that file system; my platform, right or wrong.
— Mat Honan
As always on the internet, read the article, stay for the comments (oy).
From Windows Phone Secrets:
Microsoft today provided an informative post on the Windows Phone Blog describing how the next release of the OS, codenamed Mango, will support custom ringtones. Which is to say, it won’t: The support is in there, but there’s no built-in UI for custom ringtones. So you’ll have to get a third party app for that or make your own.
I have just one thing to say to that:
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Lots of .Net people, the kind that comment on Channel 9 posts at least, are upset about this HTML5/JS turn of events. Ex-Silverlight PM Scott Barnes (aka @MossyBlog) had this to say to them:
The sun..will come out tomorrow…you can bet your bottom dollar……*sob*…the sun will come out tommoz…you *sob* can bet your bottom dollar…. be as what may…
— Scott Barnes, no longer with Microsoft
This, after a blog post of his earlier tonight, that *nailed* the Windows 8 “situation” to a T:
It’s a game of perception at the moment and whilst Microsoft staff will try their best to hold backs the horde of "Is Silverlight dead? Is .NET dead? TELL ME MAN.. TELL ME" panic. The reality is this will bleed out beyond the Twitter / Facebook confines and into the cubicles. It’s got approx. a lifespan of around 6months to fully kill off assuming Microsoft doesn’t follow up with a “What Just Happened” explanation.
— Scott Barnes, again
Go read his entire blog post. You’ll be glad you did.
Now, I don’t know how many web developers are going to jump all over writing Windows apps all at once. Not many at first, I’m sure. What will the fleshed-out dev story be? Will the concept of server-side code have any say in the matter? And what of Windows Classic apps? Windows 7.5 will still be living under the surface - so all your old stuff will still work (not necessarily on an ARM processor though). Windows 7.5 — Windows Classic — will be known, over time, as icky yucky Windows, corporate Windows. Bet on it. It’ll be Windows 9 or 10 before that comes to pass, but it’s the direction it’s headed.
Two things to look at today, if you haven’t seem them already:
Thing the first: The Windows 8 unveil video.
Thing the second: PDC is now BUILD. No, BUILD doesn’t stand for anything, so don’t ask. Nice design on that site. Built on Orchard even. BUILD will be where Microsoft tells the developer story. I’m assuming that they’ll be streaming at least the keynote, if not also the sessions afterwards — I hope so, anyway.
I can’t imagine that they’ll throw out .Net entirely… no, I can imagine it. After all, I’ve been writing Windows applications, services, web sites, etc. for ten years - and never a line of MFC code written, never an HRESULT interpreted (outside of the occasional pinvoke).
Regardless, I’m excited about the new direction. I’ve been dying to see Windows throw off some of the backward-compatibility chains for years, and if it takes the ARM processor to give them an excuse, I’m all for it.
So far today:
Honestly, seriously? Are you a frakking collector disguised as a recruiter? Is this really how TD Ameritrade wants to be represented?
Get a grip, go away.
From today’s long-awaited Mono announcement:
Today we start Xamarin, our new company focused on Mono-based products.
These are some of the things that we will be doing at Xamarin:
- Build a new commercial .NET offering for iOS
- Build a new commercial .NET offering for Android
- Continue to contribute, maintain and develop the open source Mono and Moonlight components.
- Explore the Moonlight opportunities in the mobile space and the Mac appstore.
— Miguel de Icaza
I’m glad to see that the Mono team was able to get back on their feet so quickly, and that their new products will be source-compatible with MonoTouch and Mono for Android - too bad they couldn’t keep the rights to those products as well. Do yourself a favor and read the whole release.