Steve Horne's Blog

  • I've moved!

    Apologies for the slight (well alright, massive) delay since my last post - a lot has happened in the last few months. Not least of which that I've swallowed the red pill and have moved over to developer land, as an Associate Consultant in the Delivery...
  • Mashups?

    It's been a while since my last video, but hopefully the wait has been worth it - for this time I have voice actors who aren't me! This time we investigate the highly important question everyone's dying to know; that is - what is a mashup? (Yes...
  • Lock-out

    So I managed to lock myself out of my flat this weekend. Whilst I was stood there shivering in my woefully inappropriate attire, hoping my flatmates would turn up before I ended up a frozen statue, it gave me time to consider how totally reliant we are...
  • Free .NET 3.0 online training

    For a limited time only you can take part in free eLearning clincs on .NET 3.0 , covering Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation and Windows Workflow Foundation. Requirements (lifted from the site): Experience (2 years...
  • Ms Dewey

    If you're bored and in need of some brief entertainment, head over to msdewey.com Here's a few queries to start you off with: Lord of the Rings Microsoft Axis of evil iPod There's probably loads of others I haven't found, happy searching...
  • Presenting...

    WPF, or Windows Presentation Foundation, is a fundamental component of the new .NET 3.0 framework. It offers a huge amount of potential for creating whizzy new user interfaces, but can be a little daunting to the first time developer. In this post I'm...
  • Off with his head

    There's an interesting video on Port 25 about Windows Server Core, an installation of Windows Server 2003 which does away with the GUI and allows the bare minimum to be installed to serve basic functions. Headless servers are something the Linux world...
  • Quest for the Halo Grail

    Okay, I admit the next video's taking a little while but in the interim here's a take on Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Halo style. Enjoy :-) (Incidentally, I'm trying out Windows Live Writer to publish my blog, so far so good.)
  • Making nice

    Last Tuesday Microsoft announced the Open Specification Promise , which boils down to a permanent agreement not to sue anyone implementing web services for patent violation. This has been done in consultation with the open source community - to quote...
  • Roll over Sony

    Pah, who needs a PSP when you can have an Xbox 360 on your lap! The creator of this beast is Ben Heckendorn (he must have strong knees...) NB: Cutting up your Xbox 360 and rearranging the innards may void your warranty
  • Second Life hacked

    This weekend the database of online game Second Life got hacked, exposing usernames, passwords and addresses of thousands of players. If you play and use the same password anywhere else, make sure you change it ASAP (Second Life will require you change...
  • Do we care?

    The Register ran a somewhat vitriolic piece by Guy Kewney on his various bad experiences with our software last week. His first was Windows Update restarting his computer after he'd left it with programs open - despite setting it to ask him when to restart...
  • Hunting Vista

    So I returned from our global sales conference in Orlando a few weeks ago, MGX (Microsoft Global eXchange, no convoluted acronyms for the sake of coolness here). There were lots of cool demos of upcoming technology, but I think the thing that grabbed...
  • Open the box!

    A colleague recently told me about Pandora Internet Radio , an extremely cool service that builds a personalized streaming radio station based on your listening habits. You tell it the artists you like and then based on this it plays music it thinks you...
  • Size doesn't matter

    Showing my age here, but I remember how enormous standard density 3.5" floppy disks seemed when I got my first Amiga, with their amazing capacity of 720 kilobytes. This sort of capacity meant you could fit huge (by those day's standards) graphics files...
  • World famous

    Well almost. My silly little video has been mentioned over on Channel 9 now; next stop the world. One comment mentioned the crappy sound quality, sadly that's the best that a £9.99 headset can manage...I'll admit I'm possibly not the world's best voice...
  • Machinimadness

    A long time since my last post, I know. All in a good cause though, I've been working hard on MCSE training in Portugal for the last month or so. And much as I'm sure you all would've liked to hear about the glorious sunshine there while it chucked it...
  • It's all greek to me

    It looks like the Monad GUI written by Kark Prosser, MSH Analyzer, is really coming along . Integration of a graphical environment with a command shell is something I wouldn't normally expect to work at all, but it has some innovative features such as...
  • What turns you on then?

    So I've just had a conversation with some people who claim there's nothing new or exciting happening in the world of Microsoft technology. I'd be inclined to disagree, and I'm not going to list everything I find interesting here, but I can respect their...
  • Fun? What's that?

    Here's something cool - the Coding4Fun site. It's created by hobbyists for like-minded people, and there's some interesting projects on there (motion-detecting baby monitoring application anyone?) There's also a whole section devoted to game development...
  • Bloggers blogging blogs

    A few people have mentioned this Traffic Information site on their blogs. This has been created using AJAX and Atlas, and is a web application hybrid or 'mash-up*'. The interesting thing to me though is that it works equally well in Firefox as it does...
  • JavaScript? Ick.

    I've decided to bite the bullet and write a gadget for the Vista sidebar. If I can figure out how I'm hoping it'll do some funky MOM monitoring stuff so you can see the status of all your servers with pretty lights etc. In reading up on this I've discovered...
  • Supporting what now?

    Linux (gasp) isn't the dirty word within Microsoft it might once have been. There seems to have been some surprise that we're providing support for running Linux under Virtual Server 2005 R2 . The only thing I've found a little surprising is the amount...
  • Hit the road, Jack

    Less than a month until the Microsoft Technical Roadshow 2006 now. This is a series of FREE events starting off in Birmingham and heading round the country throughout May and June. Visit such rocking venues as the National Motorcycle Museum and Dynamic...
  • Driving me round the bend

    So Will doesn't like filesystems much. I can kind of see his point, though being a developer at heart I'm much more at home with a nice simple hierarchical structure than a magical metadata based ether that I can throw files into. It took me a long time...