Archive for November, 2009

Hyper-V Windows Server 2008 VM halts with code 0x7B, 0xFFFFFFFFC0000034

It was finally time to install Windows Server 2008 SP2 on a bunch of test machines on my home server. Why two of them never came up, but instead hit me with a BSOD right on boot? As usual, everything is simple once you know what to look for. A 0x000007B halt code indicates an […]

November 30, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · 5 Comments
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Get your Azure ideas out (and vote for Mini-Azure)

The Azure team launched a new product feedback site, and I’m lobbying for one idea on it: Give me mini-sites at a mini-price. A few days ago the director of Windows Azure Planning, Mike Wickstrand, posted about the launch of a new feedback site with a slightly odd name but with quite a decent […]

November 27, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · 7 Comments
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Too early to talk about Office 2010 “missing the online boat”

In his VentureBeat column, the SlideRocket CEO Chuck Dietrich is ready to bury Office 2010 as a dinosaur incapable of extending to the online world. Given his perspective as the chief of perhaps the most credible PowerPoint competitor, it’s no surprise he attacks PowerPoint. But does he have a point? Dietrich's message is that the […]

November 20, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · 5 Comments
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Live Framework’s next steps are fuzzy, at best

The last session slot of PDC held an item of personal interest for me: CL26 “The Audience API: Live Framework Present and Future”. Unfortunately, after finishing my conference experience with that session, I’m not much wiser about the Live Framework’s future. Here’s a recap. First of all, a short backgrounder: In PDC 2008, Live Framework […]

November 20, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · One Comment
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Summary of PDC09 announcements

The two keynote days of PDC09 are behind, and the crowd has mixed reactions. At any rate, the most substantial launches seem to be over now, so it’s a safe time to write up some quick notes. Later on, it’ll be time to delve into each of these in more detail. The following list is […]

November 19, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · 2 Comments
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Bing beats Google in finding me first PDC09 breakfast

It’s a coincidence I’ve been so Bing-oriented lately, but there will be other topics soon enough. Even at the risk of sounding like a Bing fanboy, I’ll post this. Good morning, LA! It’s 6 am and I haven’t been sleeping for a while now (ten hour jetlag doesn’t really help). So breakfast time is approaching […]

November 15, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · 5 Comments
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Bing’s next wave of services rolling out

Looking at Bing’s new search features, I can’t help wondering if the attachment to Google is like using the console instead of windowed applications: I’ve always done it, and it gives me more raw data. Do I really want raw data? Google is great at searching, and Bing’s quest to catch it seems impossible, particularly […]

November 13, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · No Comments
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Bing Maps get more sensible licensing

There is a certain inclination to compare the map offerings of Google and Microsoft. Bing Maps still isn’t free, but is becoming more and more friendly to use, both from a technology perspective and a licensing one. It was recently announced on the Bing Maps blog that the terms of use would change. The key […]

November 10, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · One Comment
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Teamprise acquisition gives Visual Studio 2010 a stand in the Java world

While Visual Studio has traditionally been viewed as an IDE for .NET coding, the Team System label has indicated an expansion into the application lifecycle management (ALM) space since the Visual Studio 2005 release. Now Microsoft wants Visual Studio to fit the whole enterprise, with developers on all platforms. Team Foundation Server and the Visual […]

November 9, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · 3 Comments
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Windows Azure Content Delivery Network announced

Of the recent cloud news, I want to pick one item to highlight: The Windows Azure Content Delivery Network as announced by the Azure team on Thursday. I recently blogged about the Microsoft Ajax CDN being able to handle the distribution of your JavaScript. Microsoft certainly didn’t setup all that CDN infrastructure with no plan […]

November 9, 2009 · Jouni Heikniemi · 2 Comments
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