Archive for August, 2003

Speaking Engagement…

Monday, August 18th, 2003

A friend of mine is teaching a class at the UCSC Extension in Silicon Valley and has invited me to give an overview of .NET and some of the cool things it can do.  I think I’ll demonstrate web services by writing a small WinForms client that displays DVD movie covers using Amazon’s web services.  Should be a hoot!

Quake II running in .NET CLR using Managed C++?

Sunday, August 3rd, 2003

Well, it was only a matter of time… I’ve yet to download and run this, but I can’t wait. They even extended it and added a heads-up radar (similar to Halo). Vertigo Software has released an open source port of id Software’s popular Quake II game using Microsoft Visual C++ .NET 2003.  Download here, read the whitepaper here.  Things will be really cool when the same managed executable can run unmodified using Mono on Linux.

Intel Motherboard Security…

Friday, August 1st, 2003

ZDNet reports that Intel has signed a deal with Oregon based Wave Systems to integrate security software into a motherboard coming out in the 4th quarter of this year.  Phoenix announced similar offerings (POST 2.0) over a year ago.  Has anyone seen any applications using this type of technology? In my opinion, unless a TRUE industry standard emerges, it is doubtful any application developers will utilize the technology.

802.11 wireless detector…

Friday, August 1st, 2003

This looks like a useful little device… press a button and it tells you if a 802.11 connection is nearby. Fits right on your keychain. (via Technodaddy)