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ASP.NET Core 1.0 Released!

DiscussThis day has been a long time coming but I want to congratulate the team at Microsoft for delivering the first version of ASP.NET Core! I’m very excited to start working with the bits on real projects.

If you haven’t had a chance to look at play with ASP.NET Core, it’s time! For the ASP.NET MVC and Web API users, the transition is pretty quick, but if you’re coming from ASP.NET Web Forms or another technology, there is a learning curve.

My sense of it is that this is a new platform, not a new development model. You are closer to the metal without having to give up the productivity of the ASP.NET you’ve always loved (and maybe hated a little). This is a mature, open source, cross platform, and fast ASP.NET. It’s a new day in Microsoft’s web platform and it’s time to be a part of it.

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I Love Music...but not iTunes

ralph-ipodI buy a lot of music. I am not a hoarder like some, but I have 100GB’ish of MP3s. I don’t go around and ‘borrow’ friends collections just to up my count. What I do is buy music…just not at brick and mortar stores.

While I could go on about how iTunes on Windows is a bad piece of software, that’s not what I care about. It’s the DRM. I pave my machines constantly and I have my music on a lot of devices at once. Music Match sounds like a good idea, but Apple has burned that bridge with me a long time ago so I won’t harp on it. But as a consumer of music (and someone who wants to support the artists), what do I do?

Buying Music

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The Next Application Platform? All of them...

Compass

UPDATED: Added comments on backend story.

I've been knee deep in my book and a super secret project I can't talk about yet but that project and some conversations i've been having (on Twitter and with the Atlanta Pros User Group when we discussed HTML5). It started with the exaggerated death of Silverlight. I was asked at length to comment on what how HTML5 and Silvelright compete and other topics.  But after looking at a lot of different things, I came up with a different idea...

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At MIX09 - Eclipse and Silverlight

Url: https://content.visitmix.com/2009/Sessions/

MIX 09

If you are here at MIX09 today, don't forget to stop by my mini-session "Building Microsoft Silverlight Applications with Eclipse".  Wednesday, March 18th, 4:25pm in San Polo (3401) on the 3rd floor.

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MacBook Air Parody

I usually don't post many videos, but this one had me on the floor...

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Safari on Windows - Underwhelmed

After seeing Scott Hanselman's experience with Safari, I thought I'd share mine:

The good:

The bad:

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Apple is firing the "Smug Little Twit"

Url: http://www.theinquirer.net/default.aspx?article...

After my little rant about how much I hate the "Smug Little Twit" I am happy to report that Apple is dropping those annoying commercials.  Did you like them?

UPDATE: Its Smug...Smug...after thirty years of typing, you'd think I'd be better than I am...

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iTunes 7.x Installs Outlook Addin - No one seems to know why!

Its official, once I installed iTunes 7.x (which I am uninstalling) it installs an addin into Outlook! I can't find any reason for this. I haven't determine exactly why it installs it and what it does (I disabled it). This is to go through a nasty bundling of stuff with iTunes (anyone understand why Apple gets away with this but Microsoft gets critisized for it?).  When I install iTunes I get:

Looks like they've hired some good people from Real and AOL to help them annoy users.  I'll just have to live without their music store.

Anyone else have this experience?

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iTunes needs to update Outlook? WTF?

I am installing iTunes 7.0.1 because they still have the best selection of music (though admittedly, I burn them to CD and immediately rip everything in MP3 to strip them of DRM).  When I installed it today, I got this curious complaint from the installer:

Why the %&*$( is Apple updating Outlook?  Anyone have an ideas?

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A New Must-Have Apple Accessory

Url: http://flickr.com/photos/timtastic/224502119/

The new IStinguisher is a new accessory for the MacBooks with the Sony Batteries.  Take a gander here:

http://flickr.com/photos/timtastic/224502119/

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VH1's Parody of the new Mac Campaign is pretty sweet!

Url: http://www.bestweekever.tv/2006/07/07/bwe-mac-ads/

In case you're as annoyed as I am with the new misleading Mac ads, you wil probably enjoy this new send-up by VH-1's "Best Week Ever"!

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iPod Packaging Parody confirmed from inside MS

Url: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3609953...

Here is a video on Google Video of what MS would do to the iPod packaging.  Funny thing, it was confirmed today that the video was created *inside* MS!  Hopefully as a lesson on what *not* to do ;)

Shawn

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Apple is Learning Lessons from Real

I installed the new version of iTunes recently and its amazing how many running services and background tasks Apple is installing:

Please make it stop.  Guess I could just uninstall iTunes...I only use it to buy music, never to listen to it (I think its a crap player).  If only MSN would get a library their size. I haven't tried with Vista yet, but I do hope that I get asked if an installer is installing anything into Run, RunOnce or into the SCM!  This is ridiculous...I can only imagine how many tasks are running on my mother's system!

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Interesting Article on what Apple-heads Say is Wrong with Longhorn

Url: http://applematters.com/index.php/section/comme...

While I don't agree with much of what they say, especially that MS code is poorly written and buggy; I am convinced that MS has lost their way with what the story around Longhorn really is.  They announced so many interesting ideas in Longhorn that have been either dropped (WinFS, Monad) or moved it to pre-longhorn (Indigo, Avalon, Aero), that they have lost the momentum story. 

The funny thing is that I don't think Apple or Linux have an opportunity here (unlike what the article perports).  I think Windows real competition in the next round is with Windows XP/2003.  People just won't move because Microsoft wants them to.  XP is a solid OS (unlike 9x or even 2000).  I cannot imagine that unless there is a real story here around Longhorn (and they get it right *not*, not when the public beta arrives), many people will move.  Unfortunately, I think Ballmer is betting the company on Longhorn's success. 

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Apple Dropping PowerPC Chips...price war with WinTel PC's?

Url: http://news.com.com/Apple+to+ditch+IBM%2C+switc...

With Apple moving to Intel chips, is a price war with Dell, HP and Toshiba far away?  I'd love to get OS X in virtual machine to play around a bit. This might even make Mono more compelling.  This might change everything...or nothing...

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Newsweek article on Tiger v. Longhorn

Url: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7613523/site/newsweek/

This week is expected to be the OS X (Tiger) vs. Longhorn week.   With Steve Jobs taking the covers off the newest incarnation of OS X, he'll be trying to besmirch Longhorn at every turn.  This newsweek article is probably only the first of many on the subject.

I am still impressed that the Microsoft spin machine hasn't been able to get WinFS out of the press's minds.  They still beat up on them for dropping WinFS.  I am hoping that Microsoft sees fit to include WinFS in a future version.  My opinion is that they can't ship WinFS until SQL Server (the underlying DB engine that had powered WinFS) has row-level security.  Building something akin to NT File Permissions over SQL Server is just too much overhead. 

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Longhorn taking a backseat to Tiger?

Url: http://www.microsoftmonitor.com/archives/007717...

I am perhaps most disgruntled about Apple's new metadata/search functionality which mirrors some of the importance of WinFS.  As Joe Wilcox stated:

"Apple also is in a position to exploit Microsoft missteps. Tiger will feature metadata search capabilities as part of the file system. Microsoft touted such capabilities with WinFS, but that file system now won't ship with Longhorn, if ever." (emphasis added, ed.)

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Is Apple's "Spotlight" Technology just WinFS in Tiger's Clothing?

Url: http://developer.apple.com/macosx/tiger/spotlig...

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Can You Build a Productivity "Suite" with Two Applications?

Url: http://www.apple.com/iwork/

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Mini IPod?

Url: http://www.apple.com

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