so i was using firefox and just noticed that a popup had occurred in the background saying that it automatically upgraded. no option. and i don’t recall that i ever said i wanted auto update — in fact even on windows update i say only download and then i’ll decide if/when i want to update. this was a bit troubling.
even when i clicked the details link to see the update, it wasn’t updated with the version it just provided?!?!!?!
ai pointed me to this video today, which is quite hilarious…video:
i was writing a blog post on qumana — a blog tool i saw while looking on technorati.
well, when i tried to publish from it, this screen stayed up for about 10 minutes before i gave up
i canceled — and uninstalled qumana…no errors (likely it was my proxy config) or anything alerting me that there was a problem…among other things that frustrated me.
catching up on the mts experience. i noticed brian pontarelli is blogging pretty real-time as well on the event (from an attendee perspective).
this morning we started with a session about ie7. true to the request, chris wilson came with 3 slides (one of which was a title slide) and opened up for discussion. there was some good improvements demonstrated in tabbed browsing, rss integration, streamlined ui (msft’s opinion of course), zooming, scaled printing (yeah! no right cut-offs), etc.
chris also articulated about ie7 security being a big focus — information bar warning of weak settings, phishing filtering, etc. — as well as isolation of execution on some controls
the third tenat has been around standards — ie7 is a HUGE improvement. there really is nothing to write about here — download it and see the improvements.
next up: luca “mini anders” bolognese
anders hejlsberg was on holiday this week and although it was disappointing to not have him hear, it is understandable that you don’t get the distinguished engineers every time you ask them to be there :-). luca, however, was great. he jumped right in to demonstrating linq, dlinq and xlinq — all great stuff and got some interest from the crowd about the execution of various queries using almost a dynamic language look/feel.
more linq info: linq dev center
brian keller from the xna team hosted our lunch and talked about the xna development toolkit for gaming. this isn’t just for xbox/windows, but aids the process in developing games on multi platform areas. what i learned was the toolkit is very expensive but with that costs, comes a lot of msft love — apparently unparalleled in the gaming industry (read: you gets lots of support — even at the code level). what i also learned is that joe developer can’t likely get a dev kit — these are going to studios. the reason for this is due to the gamers demanding more from their consoles/games — and the hobbyist doesn’t necessarily guarantee that same level of quality and game play. these kits are, however, being seen in academia which may help the proliferation of game developers.
ai’s started a blog war — tag, you’re it — ha ha — i’m better than you.
and i’ll add some substance…
atlas released the atlas control toolkit today — WITH SOURCE CODE. what? microsoft releasing some source code with some binaries…are you kidding me? are pigs flying?