Shawn Wildermuth

Author, Teacher, and Filmmaker
.NET Foundation Board Member

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Getting My Hands on the 64 bit Framework

I got to play with an Itanium 2 Box at the PDC today. Instead of following their script, I did what I've wanted to do for months...creating a huge DataSet. They had an interesting setup. You used a Pentium 4 box to develop code and then Terminal Service'd into a sixteen-way Itanium 2 machine to run the code. The 64 bit JIT's the IL to 64 bit code from the same assembly that the 32 bit JIT did to create the 32 bit code.

I say some interesting results:

With some encouragement by the Microsoft staff, we tested 4, 8 and 16 gig DataSets. Wahoo..it worked fine. There was a small problem with some internal issues with multiple threads and the DataSet, but that's to be expected. The 64 bit CLR is still pretty early on.

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Been a busy couple of days....

Being at the PDC has been a blast, but a bit overwhelming. There is so much to see and so many people to meet. I have come away from the first few days with a couple of observations:

Till tomorrow...

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Longhorn is cool, but way out...

After attending most of the Keynote this morning at the PDC I am convinced that Microsoft is headed in the right direction, but it is still a long way off. 2005 or 2006 is too long to plan towards. On other note, Yukon and Whidbey will be here soon. Its about time to start planning for these technologies now.

I'll blog in more detail later tonight about what these technologies mean to you.

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First Day at the PDC...

Other than LAX being 'smoked' in, there is not much to report today. A number of MS employees seem to be stuck at SeaTac waiting for the smoke from the bush fires to clear out. On my way in last night, we flew over the fires. It was pretty impressive. We were in a holding pattern over the fires and could smell the wood smoke in the plane. After a few nervous passengers asked the staff, we were reassured that it was only from the fires below

Since I am not registered for the pre-Conference sessions, there isn't much to do today. After walking around the conference hall, it is clear that this conference is all about Yukon, Whidbey and Longhorn. No doubt about it.

Until tomorrow...

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PDC Bound...

Well, I am off to LA Saturday morning. In all the years I've been doing this stuff, I've *never* been to a PDC. Now I am feeling overwhelmed with what to dig into while I am there. I am lucky that I've had the opportunity to see Longhorn, Whidbey and Yukon before the PDC, but just haven't had the time to dig into Indigo and Avalon.

I'll be blogging intensely throughout the PDC. I will be scouting out SQL Server for O'Reilly as well as trying to find more authors for ONDotnet.com. If you're there and want to share what you know with the managed software world.

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C Batteries make Land Speed Record for Electric Vehicle

Url: http://www.dwra.net/dwrastreamliner.htm

Pretty wierd, but this White Lightning 2 car is powered by 6040 C Batteries. And with those batteries it broke the land-speed record going 245 MPH!

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I Knew Someone Was Teaching Them...

Url: http://msnbc.com/news/978871.asp?0cv=CB20

I wasn't too surprised to read that tech executives were getting tutoring on technology. What really surprised me is that they wanted to keep it so quiet.

Who do they think they are kidding. Their job isn't to understand the technology, but to get people excited about the possibilities of the technology. Anyway, are Palm Pilots that difficult to figure out?

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Ever Wonder Why Cookies Crumble?

Url: http://msnbc.com/news/974929.asp?0cv=CB20

Me either...but some british researchers thought it was important enough to do the research. Of course, the British take their biscuits (cookies to us yanks) a lot more serious than I do. So go figure...

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Hey! Who Told?

Url: http://www.stokely.com/lighter.side/version.num...

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