Egg says they see a Longhorn/Smart Client future

Warning. This is going to be the future guys! U.K.
bank sees browserless future

The smart client–in this case, an operating
system that incorporates browser functions–is likely to involve Longhorn, Microsoft’s
next version of the Windows operating system, said Llube, who provided a demonstration
for the audience at the conference.

Update: Ken Brubaker writes a blog post titled “Slippery
Smart Client Slope
” where he points to the PowerPoint from the session, among
other things.

[The Scobleizer —
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Egg says they see a Longhorn/Smart Client future

Reporting Services

Get the SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services download from the Microsoft Download Center.
If you own a SQL Server 2000 license then you are eligible to order a free copy of
Reporting Services.

Some cool stuff listed by Mike

Access reports.

execution of reports

to reports

output types: html, xml, pdf, text, rtf, xls

Studio IDE integration

report definition format (patent pending? 🙂 )

service/soap api

Try the SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services trial software to see why Reporting Services
is the simplest way for enterprise organizations to deliver real-time business information
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Reporting Services

.NET 101

It may have taken Microsoft years, but the company finally has put together a reasonably
clear primer on .Net. Remember that for several years after announcing .Net, people
were still scratching their heads trying to figure out exactly what the initiative
was. This new introduction, posted on Saturday (here),
is a pretty straightforward explanation of what is .Net.

[Microsoft Monitor]

.NET 101

Ctrl-Alt-Del inventor makes final reboot

David Bradley, one of the ‘dirty dozen’ engineers who created the original IBM PC
at Boca Raton, Florida, is to retire this week after 29 years with the company.

Bradley’s accomplishments are numerous – he wrote the BIOS code for the original PC
and rose to become architecture manager at the PC group. But David’s claim to fame
is that he devised the most famous – and probably most used – three key combination
in computer history: Ctrl-Alt-Del.

Bradley chose the Delete key because it was far away from the two modifiers that were
necessary to create the deadly interrupt, he explained last year. At first IBM wasn’t
going to tell customers about the handy sequence, but technical writers and developers
found it useful, and word got out.

“I may have invented control-alt-delete, but Bill Gates made it really famous,” he
told a gathering at the twentieth anniversary of the PC.

This comment brought boundless laughter from the PC loving crowd. Bill Gates did not
even crack a smile.

[The Register]

Ctrl-Alt-Del inventor makes final reboot

Anders talks about Generics has Part VII
of an interview
with Anders Hejlsberg about Generics in C#, Java, and C++ online

Thanks to C# team’s Eric
for linking to that.

For those who don’t know who Anders is, he’s the guy who, while at Borland, headed
the teams that came up with Turbo Pascal and Delphi. Now he’s the guy in charge of
the C# team.

See Roland, if you think I’m smart, my brainpower is but a small fraction of the smarts
that Anders ended up with.

[The Scobleizer —
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Anders talks about Generics

LongHorn Video rocks – this was worth all their R&D is shortcut to video.

This video really shows how clever the R&D for Longhorn was and why some of the
more unusual capabilities (like the DirectX Magnifying vector tool) actually enable
everyday apps to be amazing.

While Microsoft is making some mistakes in the community (and with licensing terms
and security and MVPs) the quality of this demo app really demonstrates that Longhorn
apps are truly way ahead of what I see on the bridge/vid screens of StarTrek.

I really get goosebumps when I watch this video and a careful study of the app and
watching the video more than once reveals many capabilities that are not obvious at
first glance which are quite profound about the native capabilities:

* secure email where you know the recipient

* peer-to-peer sandbox apps

* Digital Rights Management in a constructive way – i.e. this email destructs in 15

* multiple secure signatures of a contract where all parties can see the signatories’s
approval real time

[Charles M. Carroll of]

LongHorn Video rocks – this was worth all their R&D

The Sun Also Surprises

Sun calls its Java Desktop System “the first viable Microsoft Windows alternative,”
but it’s apparently much more than that. One crew member trying out Sun’s
bootable JDS evaluation disc made an intriguing discovery: You can insert the Linux-based
disc into any NTFS (NT file system), boot up, and bypass Windows security to gain
access to all the files on the hard drive (kids, please don’t try this at home).
It’s an open source OS and an anti-Microsoft hacking tool all in one — what
more could a geek want?

The Sun Also Surprises