December 20, 2006
This is a rewrite of a post to microsoft.public.dotnet.framework.adonet. I'm having a discussion with my team leader concerning the use of SqlTransactions. We work on an ASP.Net 1.1 website. Up until now we've been using ADO.Net SqlTransactions in our business logic layer to combine several data access layer method calls into one coherent, atomic action. I am in favor of this approach as it supports isolating the business logic from the database and provides for greater code readability. My team leader diagrees - he thinks that we need to get rid of all ADO.Net SqlTransactions and...
December 19, 2006
I'm not 100% sure but it seems Microsoft has silently (?) launched IIS version 7.0. This is said to be a part of Windows Vista. Oddly enough I've not seen any launch announcement from MS. Maybe I just missed it? The new version of IIS is said to implement a lesson from the Apache Web Server - modularity. Functionality previously embedded in older version of IIS has been relocated to modules that can optionally be installed alongside a core IIS server. This would allow for better security as administrators can minimize the surface of the server by including only...
December 14, 2006
I've just finished installing MediaWiki 1.8.2 (the same wiki engine that powers Wikipedia) on my machine at work. MediaWiki requires three things to be present on the machine prior to installing: A web server, A database server and the PHP engine. In my case that meant that I had to install Apache Http Server 2.2.3, MySQL 5.0.27 Community Server and PHP 5.2.0 - all from scratch. The point of this post is that I was surprised at how easy it was to obtain and install these 4 (counting MediaWiki) pieces of server software. With the exception of...
Finally (!) Microsoft strikes back against Apple's hilariously funny "I'm a Mac. I'm a PC." commercials.
It's not really a public commercial - more of an internal lampoon - and it's certainly not as sharp as some of the original Apple ads, but it goes to show that at least some people in MS are indeed in touch with reality and care to respond to the hammering they're getting on the web.
Sony also jumped into the arena with a small flash banner that you can see on their Sony Australia website. Considering the amount of evil that company is doing...
December 5, 2006
… doesn't mean they're not out to get you.
Did you know that the FBI can spy on you by remotely activating your cellphone's microphone to listen in on conversations around you? What's more, this has been affirmed by a U.S. District Judge!
How scary is that? Is it constitutional? And how can this even be technically possible? Yikes!
Via Monkey Bites' Morning Reboot for Dec 4, 2006