Friday, 04 March 2005

Many have linked to the videos, but I am going to link to Steve, who summarizes the goodness about what exciting and interesting things Microsoft is doing with IIS in v7.

Read Steve's comments and check out the two videos (nearly an hour of interviews with Scott Guthrie of Microsoft talking about the future - IIS7 and ASP.NET.

From Steve's comments:

  • The continued focus on making IIS a great platform upon which people can build additional infrastructure richness and of course great applications. This is achieved by modularising the platform and documenting the APIs of the standard modules and allowing new modules to be easily created.
  • The second is that with IIS a raft of the most common open source applications are going to be provided, and integrated,  from forums to blogs, another really great move.

Good stuff.

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Friday, 04 March 2005 06:45:13 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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Buried deep in a press release that mentions several announcements about various SQL Server releases and enhancements are details about an item many may find useful. Later this month Microsoft is releasing new reporting packs for SQL 2000 Reporting Services aimed at Great Plains and Internet Information Server (IIS).

The IIS one in particular catches my eye:

The Microsoft SQL Server Report Pack for IIS Logs is a set of 12 predefined report definition files that work with a sample database of information extracted from Microsoft IIS log files. The SQL Server Report Pack for IIS Logs allows users to monitor Web site statistics including visitors, page views and bandwidth for various time periods and geographic regions, to get more insight into their Web site usage. Users also can leverage the 12 sample reports as templates for designing new reports, and the database can be populated with individual data using the Log Parser included with the IIS 6.0 Resource Kit.

Cool. Not so sure about using the log parser (which, by the way, was recently updated), but I can think of a few things I would like to try to do with this one. Looking forward to the release. Links when they're available.

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Friday, 04 March 2005 06:34:04 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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From Microsoft, news announcing SQL Reporting Services SP2, which will include two web parts for SharePoint 2003 that can be used for displaying reports in the SharePoint portal or site:

Along with security and product enhancements, SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services SP2 will include two SharePoint® Web Parts, which enable users to explore and view reports located on a report server through Windows® SharePoint Services or SharePoint Portal Server. The Web Parts will make it easy for customers to build business intelligence (BI) portals with SharePoint that include Reporting Services reports. This, in turn, will give their end users access to their enterprise information from one seamless interface. SP2 also will support a rich client-side report printing experience directly from Microsoft Internet Explorer, so customers can quickly print their reports by clicking on a single button.

Good move. One of SharePoint's strongest points is that it can act as a "one-stop-shop" for finding, aggregating, viewing and using information across a company or organization, usable by both individuals and groups. The more web parts are made available to do this kind of thing out of the box, the better. It should be a requirement for any Microsoft business product, I think, and other companies should follow suit.a

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Friday, 04 March 2005 06:25:38 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Wednesday, 02 March 2005

Deskjet5850I bought a HP DeskJet 5850 from a week or so ago (if you're not familiar with, check it out, but I warn you now - it's an addition).

The printer arrived and was waiting on my doorstep last night. It's a decent photo printer, on par with the 7760 model I have used in the past, but it has one thing the 7760 lacks - built-in networking support.

And the DJ5850 not only has ethernet support, it has wireless networking hardware built right in.

All printers should work like this. I just pulled the printer out of the box, powered it up, stuck the cartridges in, set up the software and drivers on my laptop, and within a couple of minutes the printer was live on my wireless network, and I was printing borderless 8.5x11 photos that look just like they came from a photo lab.

Now I can stick this printer anywhere in the house I desire and print to it over the network from any computer I want.


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Wednesday, 02 March 2005 23:38:48 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Tuesday, 01 March 2005

Jeremy Wright has posed a weblog entry discussing ethics and blogging. It's an interesting start to what should be (and needs to be) an ongoing conversation.

Jeremy starts with a discussion of the premise that bloggers are not ethical.

My take? It's very simple in my little world and point of view: Honesty, authenticity, objectivity and credibility are qualities that all people should strive for, regardless of their profession or avocation. It's not so much about the blogger vs. the journalist - these qualities apply across the board. It's about doing the right thing, and doing it the right way. It's about responsibility.

I've been both a journalist (several years ago) and a blogger. Ethics has been central to every job I have ever worked in: Journalist, police officer, security professional.

I get Jeremy's points, and agree with what he says in large part. There are, however, certain minor points with which I disagree (surprise, surprise, heh). I don't believe ethics was born of capitalistic need (early ethics was a Greek endeavor, and only a couple of ethical views like Marxism and social ecology are actually tied to economic or financial systems), and I tend to disagree with the idea that applying journalistic standards to blogging doesn't work. Rather, I think it can work - but that there's more to both sides of the equation than just journalistic standards, and that trying to oversimplify the discussion or pigeon-hole any aspect of it is a mistake. It's always tempting to try to divvy up different behavior characteristics and assign each of them to their own neat little groups, but it's never that simple.

Jeremy offers his own opinions and positions, and they are certainly worth reading and will hopefully start readers thinking about what ethics means to them in terms of blogging and publishing information in general:

"At the end of the day, the only thing we as creators of the written word have is that which our audience gives us - their eyes, their ears and their minds. And to violate that trust is the cardinal sin of everyone who values the written word. Be they blogger, journalist, poet or playwright.

"So protect your words, protect your readers and honor the trust you have been given. By doing so you will be the best journalist or blogger you can be."

Jeremy's article can be found here. Read. Comment. Write. Converse.

EDIT: Blog Resource has more comments here, as does Fifteen Seconds. And more yet - A Blogger's Code of Ethics, over ay Cyber Journalist.

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Tuesday, 01 March 2005 23:06:05 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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 Monday, 28 February 2005

From Yahoo News, an article about the first National Education Summit, where leaders from across the country are gathered to discuss what can be done to improve education.

Bill Gates had something to say about the situation, and I think there's a good chance he's absolutely right:

The most blunt assessment came from Microsoft chief Bill Gates... He said high schools must be redesigned to prepare every student for college, with classes that are rigorous and relevant to kids and with supportive relationships for children.

"America's high schools are obsolete," Gates said. "By obsolete, I don't just mean that they're broken, flawed or underfunded, though a case could be made for every one of those points. By obsolete, I mean our high schools - even when they're working as designed - cannot teach all our students what they need to know today."

(via Slashdot)

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Monday, 28 February 2005 22:00:34 (Pacific Standard Time, UTC-08:00)
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