February 2007 - Posts
Nathan Buggia has announced news that the Live Search SOAP API is now out of beta.
Interesting question Nathan asks at the end of his post -
Werner Vogel has the details on how you can join
in the herculean efforts being made to help find Jim Gray.
Netcraft's February 2007 Web Server Survey results have been released this morning. The latest data confirms a definite trend that kicked off about year ago: web servers running Microsoft IIS are on the increase and Apache is on the decline in terms of 'market share':
"Microsoft-IIS gain 935K sites, continuing an advance that has seen Microsoft steadily chip away at what once seemed an insurmountable lead for Apache. In our Feb. 2006 survey, Apache held 68% market share, giving it lead of 47.5% over Windows (20.5% share). In this month's survey, Microsoft's share has improved to 31.0%, narrowing Apache's advantage to 27.7%."
Channel 9 keeps pumping out good stuff.
Here is my pick of recent interviews:
Charles Torre discusses programming language design with Anders Hejlsberg, Technical Fellow and Chief Architect of C#, Herb Sutter, Architect in the C++ language design group, Erik Meijer, Architect in both VB.Net and C# language design and programming language guru, and Brian Beckman, physicist and programming language architect working on VB.Net....I've previously mentioned both Erik (the guy who likes to cage up penguins) and Brian (Astrophysicist-turned-programming-language-designer) - get your IQ shades on.
Jon Udell's first installment of his new Microsoft Conversations series. He met with Chris Wilson who's been involved with Internet Explorer and with web standards for over a decade. Topics include: history and evolution of IE, Ajax, extending the browser (ranging from bookmarklets to Firefox extensions to plug-ins), and Chris' additional recent role as chair of the new W3C HTML working group.
Rory Blythe gets a demo of Windows Home Server from the product team.
Charles again, this time interviewing Michael Surkan, Program Manager in the Networking group. Mike explains why IPV6 is cool (btw, IPV6 is natively supported in Windows Vista). The discussion thread is pretty interesting too (Mike is answering customer questions there).
Last, but not least, IE7 - the Browser, the Team, the Tour, Part 1. Here's Part 2, Part 3 and Part 4.
If you are left-handed (1 in 10 of you who read this post will be, statistically speaking) you will be happy to know that we are more 'bicelebral' than the right-handed version of us.
In my pro-cricketing days, I noticed more left-handed pro players than you would normally find in the general population. My theory at that time was that left-handers were 'awkward' to play against, hence had some advatange over the rest of the playing population. This research provides some evidence that left-handers also seem to have quicker reactions / better hand-eye coordination:
"Left-handed people can think quicker when carrying out tasks such as playing computer games or playing sport, say Australian researchers.
Connections between the left and right hand sides or hemispheres of the brain are faster in left-handed people, a study in Neuropsychology shows.
The fast transfer of information in the brain makes left-handers more efficient when dealing with multiple stimuli."
Via Cognitive Daily.
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