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 -- Geek Aggregator]

Russia Scoffs at U.S. Mars Plans

The head of Russia's space program describes the sudden shift in U.S. space exploration planning as unrealistic and dismisses it as election-year posturing by President Bush. [Read more]

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 Diehl includes:

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<![if !supportLists]> -         <![endif]> various output types: html, xml, pdf, text, rtf, xls

<![if !supportLists]> -         <![endif]> Visual Studio IDE integration

<![if !supportLists]> -         <![endif]> XML report definition format (patent pending? :) )

<![if !supportLists]> -         <![endif]> web 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 to employees. Download or order the SQL Server 2000 120-day trial software today.
[Microsoft Download Center]

.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]

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]

ASP.NET Applications without Web Projects

I’ve spent countless hours trying to get ASP.Net Web Projects setup on different machines. This article based on references prepared by Fritz Onion shows you how to develop ASP.NET applications without Web Projects. A must read for any ASP.NET web developer.

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

Thanks to C# team's Eric Gunnerson 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 -- Geek Aggregator]

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 days

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

[Charles M. Carroll of]