jordan.terrell
Just trying to make sense of things...

I'm on Twitter Now

Wednesday, 30 July 2008 10:58 by jordan.terrell

At first I resisted using Twitter, but I'm starting to like the concept.  The thing that probably turned my viewpoint was the ALT.NET Podcast on Continuous Improvement.  I've been telling people the same thing for a long time - good listen.

How does this podcast relate to me using Twitter?  Well, they talked about looking at alternative sources for information - including Twitter - not just following blogs.  So, I'm going to try this for a while.

I'm using Witty as my Twitter client of choice - I don't have a mobile approach figured out yet.

You can follow me, if you like...

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Where Can I Buy One of THESE Computers?

Tuesday, 22 July 2008 10:03 by jordan.terrell

Wow!  64 CPU cores and 2 Terabytes of memory!  I'll take two please...

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Upgrades, Upgrades,Upgrades...

Friday, 11 July 2008 08:41 by jordan.terrell

Yesterday I spent some time updating software that I use frequently:

I was a bit trepidatious about upgrading all of this software, however, all things considered it was all painless.  The first three products come with a XCOPY deployment model, and if you follow the directions it's no problem to upgrade everything this way.

I was very impressed...

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I'm Not Dead Yet

Tuesday, 3 June 2008 10:34 by jordan.terrell

It's been a while since I've posted, so I thought I'd give a brief update.  I got really sick for two weeks (bad cold, sinus and ear infection - the works), and then I had a week long vacation, so naturally all kinds of things started to pile up that I needed to work on - posting on my blog got pushed to the bottom of that list.

Hopefully in the next month I will get back to posting regularly - as for my iSynaptic.Commons framework, I'm still making some non-code changes (build scripts, licensing, packaging, ect) to get it ready for release and I'm behind on that too.  One of these days I'll actually get around to releasing it.

Thanks for your patience...

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"His" Take on Vista

Tuesday, 22 April 2008 22:26 by jordan.terrell

A friend of mine just installed Vista, and he published his initial experience, which his conclusions might surprise some.  I just love how direct he is with his posts.  Sometimes that provides me with a reality check.

Now I wonder if his is running SP1 of Vista.

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Update

Thursday, 10 April 2008 09:57 by jordan.terrell

I'm right in the middle of my next wave of busy activity, both personally and professionally.  I hope to have a nice blog post soon - in the meantime, take a look at my Resource List.  I've been keeping it as current as I can...

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Book Titles

Friday, 14 March 2008 12:32 by jordan.terrell

I was reading some blog posts and I came across this one.  I really appreciate the fact that David Hayden takes the time to do these reviews - I find them very helpful, and I hope someday to follow his good example and review some books myself.

However, I have a fundamental issue with the book that was reviewed.  Well, maybe not so much the book as it is the title of the book:

Beginning C# 2008 Databases?  I didn't know the C# language had databases in it!

I'm sorry but that is just a horrible title.  Something like "ADO.NET using C# 2008" or "ADO.NET 3.5, with Examples in C# 2008" would have have been so much better.

Yes, I know - I'm being a nitpicker - but for good reason.  For example, the book "Enterprise Patterns and MDA" - absolutely an awesome book - horrible title.  I don't really know what to expect to find in that book from the title - but having read an interview of its author, I knew it was worth looking at.

Take away point:  Please, if you are going to write a book, give it a good, meaningful name!

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Vista SP1 Soon

Monday, 11 February 2008 16:05 by jordan.terrell

**** Update (02/15/2008 09:03 AM CT) ****

Vista SP1 is on MSDN as well.

 

**** Update (02/14/2008 02:51 PM CT) ****

I'm now able to download Vista SP1 from TechNet.  I don't yet see it on MSDN, but still, this is great news.  Thanks for listening Microsoft!!!

 

**** Update (02/13/2008 02:21 PM CT) ****

Looks like we might get Vista SP1 this week!

 

**** Update (02/12/2008 01:43 PM CT) ****

While looking at the comments on the latest update from the Windows Vista blog, it appears that the MSDN/TechNet community is still not pleased with the change in Vista SP1 availability.  I can't say that I disagree with this response.  According to Slashdot, people are turning to pirate sources for a copy of SP1.  Now, I can only imagine that tons of problems could come from this - the obvious being viruses/trojans.  All of this has to be worse than a few drivers that are not ready for prime time.  Food for thought...

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Well, it looks like Microsoft got the message and today posted an update on the availability of Vista SP1.  Looks like those of us who have MSDN and TechNet subscriptions should be getting it sometime "later this month".  This is certainly better than having to wait until mid-March - however, it is a bit vague as to exactly when we will be able to download the service pack.  After all, "later this month" could be February 29 (leap year).

I'm hoping we will see it sometime this week.  Regardless, thanks for listening Microsoft!

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What Were They Thinking - Follow Up

Monday, 11 February 2008 09:44 by jordan.terrell

Well, I just checked and as far as I can tell we still can't download Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1).  This just baffles me to no end.  I'm also surprised that I don't see more community pressure to get this released now.  Most of the feedback I've seen has come in the form of comments on the main blog post that announced the RTM status of the service pack.

I want to quickly revisit the whole driver incompatibility issue with Vista SP1.  If indeed the service pack is now complete (Released to Manufacturing), it would make sense that Microsoft could not change anything within it without publishing a revision, for example "SP1a".  So what is the difference between releasing SP1 now, versus releasing it in a month and a half?  It should still be the same bits, correct?  Only the drivers that have issues need to be changed, and again, those only affect a small subset of the Vista community.

I'm eager to receive the service pack for two reasons - 1) I'm working on a project which deals with installing a kiosk-mode application of a XP or Vista system.  We are just now adding support for Vista, and are targeting a release in the next few months.  It makes no sense to go through intensive testing on pre-SP1 Vista, when ultimately we will have to move to Vista SP1. 2) I purchased two copies of Vista Ultimate - one for my desktop and one for my laptop.  I've had a few challenges with the Vista that I'm hoping will work itself out with the service pack.  I've only upgraded my laptop to Vista, and my desktop is in desperate need of a fresh install.  I want to start that fresh install WITH Vista SP1.

From the looks of it though, that won't be happening any time soon.  Maybe you can write a blog post on this - let us and Microsoft know why they should release this now!

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What Were They Thinking... Or Were They Thinking...

Thursday, 7 February 2008 10:52 by jordan.terrell

I'm referring to Microsoft and their decision to announce, but not release, Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1).

Honestly, I can't understand the reasoning behind this decision.  As many have noted on blog posts and comments, it is entirely reasonable and responsible to not release Vista SP1 automatically via Windows Update.  But from what I understand, the purpose of MSDN, TechNet, Connect, and various partner channels is to identify a subset of Microsoft's partners and customers and allow them to prepare for the broad release of key software packages, such as operating system service packs.  Even today we see Windows Server 2008 Datacenter, Enterprise, and Standard editions available on MSDN - even though these have not officially launched. Why not Vista SP1?

Now, I can appreciate that there is some trepidation around certain device drivers not being functional with the release of Vista SP1, but it appears that it affects only a small population of users. I don't see this as justification for preventing a much larger population of IT professionals and software vendors for gaining access to such a critical release.

If Microsoft offers a more compelling, reasonable explanation behind this decision, I'm all for supporting it.  But until that happens or I see Vista SP1 on one of the various official download channels in the next 10 days or so, all I can say is this:

Bad call Microsoft, bad call!

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