Huge Tech.Ed discounts for top posters!

The posters at dotnetforum.lk do a
great selfless service to the development community in Sri Lanka, and whenever
possible we at Microsoft like to show them our gratitude.

This time around we are recognizing and rewarding our top posters. These guys
and gals will be be walking away with price cuts off the Tech.Ed tickets.

The top 3 posters get 50% off and 9 more following them get 25% off!

The top 3 who get 50% off:
– hibri_m
– DineshPriyankara

Samantha

The following 9 who get 25% off:
– madhawa
– Sirrius
– Aruna

Razor
– magneto
– Lolitha
– amal
– mahasen
– rnim

Please note that all Microsoft employees and MVPs have been excluded from
this list.

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Huge Tech.Ed discounts for top posters!

Don’t call it a comeback

Vic
Gundotra’s
 post would make anyone’s mouth water!

Don’t call it a comeback!
I
been here for years

-LL Cool
J

Within a few
weeks, beginning with the announcement scheduled for Monday, I suspect people
will be talking about the amazing “Microsoft comeback”.

Have
you personally seen Xbox 360? I’m running Vista and Office 12. I own an HTC and a Wizard and can’t
figure out which one I love more. And I can’t even talk about the most exciting
stuff on the plate.

The
world at large hasn’t seen any of this.

I
couldn’t help get
LL Cool J’s song out of my mind all
weekend. Please, don’t call it a comeback. We’ve been here for years.

And
people haven’t seen the best of us yet.

-vicg

Don’t call it a comeback

Free Opera!

IE and Firefox get a new ‘free’ competitor.

Described as the fastest Web browser available on any platform, Opera
pioneered several features that we now take for granted, including tabbed
browsing. The latest version–code-named Merlin–is full-featured with an inline
search box, a password manager, integrated security features, an integrated
email and newsgroup client, and facilities for navigating its entire interface
via voice or keyboard. 

Opera freed its browser to better compete with Mozilla Firefox, a free
browser alternative that has managed to secure more than 8 percent of the market
over the past year. By comparison, Opera, which has been around for 10 years,
has garnered only 1 percent to 2 percent of the overall browser market. Web
browser experts have often hailed Opera’s superiority to Firefox and
market-leader Microsoft Internet Explorer (IE), but the earlier policy of
charging for the privilege of using the product turned away many users. Now
Opera hopes to make up the lost income from paid users via a link to Google in
the search box.

My guess is that this would dampen Firefox’s momentum since switchers from IE
now have an option of either Opera or Firefox.

Go download Opera from Opera.com, it’s
just 3.6MB. I’ll let you know soon if Opera entices me to drop Maxthon.

Free Opera!

Can open source companies innovate?

Ever since I attended the FOSS conference a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been
trying to figure out how viable an option Open Source is for the software
industry as well as developing countries like ours.

Every trail of thought that I could think of led to the same place and
today’s Open
Enterprise
column on InfoWorld nails it. The answer is: “Without
licensing fees to fall back on, pure open source companies may be limited to
imitating proprietary vendors’ successes”.

Now that everyone has seen how Microsoft is innovating in the next versions
of Vista, Office, .NET (Linq) it definitely proves Neil’s theory:

Let’s say this is the shape of the software industry for the next 10
years. A proprietary company comes up with an innovative idea and it’s
successful. The open source community scrambles to duplicate this idea.
Eventually the open source version matures, it catches on, the product category
becomes commoditized, and customers gravitate toward the lowest-cost option.
Meanwhile, a new innovative idea has come along. Rinse, repeat.

Bill Gates told CNet, “The industry will always be a mix of free and
commercial software.” If he’s finally fine with that, is it good enough for us,
too?

[Read
full article
]

Can open source companies innovate?

Back Online

Ahh.. Feels so sweet to be back online. My hosting server got screwed up and
I had to wait till Madura got back to work to fix it up. Wierdly, all that was
needed was to just start up the IIS service. Grr… why didn’t I look into
that.

Lot’s of stuff has been happening since I was offline. The Tech.Ed site (www.teched.lk) went live, registrations have now
opened for Tech.Ed. Loads of very, very cool stuff planned. Even more loads of
giveaways. Boy, this is going to be a whole lot of geek goodness.

I just found out from Madura that Kavinda
left for Boston in the morning today and I was thinking that he was leaving
tonight. Hope he finds time to blog from there.

My cousin brother Tarin got married week before last (my brother and I were
the ‘best-men’), the count-down to my wedding has started (that’s right folks
Jan 28th ’06 is my D-Day).

Ed was down
here last week for a couple of days and spent a whole day with me taking me
through all the stuff that I should know about as a Developer Evangelist. I keep
pinching myself that I am now a Microsoftee and a Developer Evangelist at that
too. What can I say, I’m super excited!

Back Online