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Jul 032013
 

The OData specification committee at Oasis released the new OData 4.0 draft spec at the end of May. It covers a lot of ground, and there was no “what’s new” high level summary available when the draft was first published. TL;DR mobs sprang up in discussion forums brandishing pitchforks and torches. In an email on [...]

May 082013
 

Forrester analyst Andras Cser has proclaimed XACML is Dead. Unfortunately, the data used to justify this proclamation is flawed at many levels. Disclosure: I am the architect of the XACML 3.0 PDP authorization engine at the heart of the Dell/Quest Authorization Policy Server product, and I am a member of the OASIS XACML technical committee. [...]

We Are DELL

 Posted by at 9:14 am  Work
Sep 282012
 

Dell has completed the acquisition of Quest Software. We are now Dell! It has been a busy year or so. I joined BiTKOO in October 2010 to help expand and scale BiTKOO’s push into the nascent XACML external authorization space. 14 months later, Quest Software acquired BiTKOO in part to fill a gap in Quest’s [...]

Sep 292010
 

Starting next Monday, October 4, I will be the latest shiny new employee at BiTKOO! BiTKOO is a small private company doing great things in the identity and authorization management space. After working at Microsoft on Visual Studio extensions for the past 2+ years  (Windows Live Mesh app tools, then Visual Studio Tools for Windows [...]

Jun 072010
 

I’m pleased to announce that the June 2010 release of Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio is now available for free download! New features in this release: Full support for Visual Studio 2010 RTM .NET 4 support – You can now build your Windows Azure web apps and services using either .NET 3.5 or the [...]

Nov 242009
 

Mike Wickstrand of the Windows Azure team has created a Windows Azure Feedback Forum to solicit feedback from you about what sorts of things/features/services you would like to see Windows Azure provide.  You can enter your own suggestions and vote for the features that you want the most.  This feedback will go directly to the [...]

Windows Azure at PDC09

 Posted by at 2:26 pm  Work
Nov 172009
 

Windows Azure, Microsoft’s platform for cloud-based applications, just rolled out a major update to sync with PDC09. We of course also rolled out a major update of the Windows Azure Tools for Visual Studio in the same push. Jim Nakashima and others will be showing our latest tools at PDC09 this week. Windows Azure Tools [...]

Oct 202009
 
Using SecureCard and other devices with VirtualPC Virtual Machines

One of the great things about using VirtualPC in software development and testing is that the VirtualPC “virtual machine” really only has one hardware configuration.  The virtual machine defines a virtual hard disk, virtual display, virtual network, and even its own virtual BIOS for booting up the virtual machine. The downside to that uniformity is [...]

Oct 192009
 

Microsoft announced today the release of Visual Studio 2010 beta 2 and .NET Framework 4 beta 2!  It will be available immediately for download by MSDN subscribers and for general release towards the end of this month. I can’t begin to describe all the stuff that is new and improved in this beta 2, so [...]

Mar 192009
 

Amidst the fanfare and excitement of Mix09 this week, we’ve received reports on the discussion forum from a few folks that were having trouble with the Live Framework SDK and Tools April CTP released last week.  Here’s an update on that issue. Issue: Visual Studio closes unexpectedly when launching Help: About or when creating or [...]

Mar 122009
 

I’m pleased to announce that we have released our April CTP release of the Live Framwork SDK and Tools in preparation for MIX09 next week.  For full details see the official announcement on the Live Framework blog, but here are the highlights: You can now run the local client for mesh.com side by side with [...]

Jan 122009
 

Microsoft’s Live Mesh was awarded top honors in the “Best Technology Innovation/Achievement” category at the Crunchies Awards on Jan 10, beating out other nominees in the category including Facebook Connect and Google Chrome.  Live Mesh is a file sharing application that enables users to access their data from a variety of devices, while online or [...]

Dec 302008
 

Microsoft’s Live Mesh platform has been nominated for the 2008 Crunchies “Best Technology Innovation/Achievement” award!  The winner will be determined by public vote, so get yourself over to http://crunchies2008.techcrunch.com/votes/ to cast your vote for your favorite technologies of 2008. The Crunchies competition and award ceremony recognizes and celebrates the most compelling startups, internet and technology innovations [...]

Dec 152008
 

I’ll be speaking at the next Bay.NET user group meeting this Wednesday Dec 17 on Live Mesh application development using Live Frameworks.  There will be a few slides, mostly for the infamous but necessary system stack diagrams, but the majority of the session will be spent showing and running code.  I’ll open by exploring the different types of applications [...]

Mesh Your Ride

 Posted by at 1:48 pm  Gadgets, Work
Dec 052008
 
Mesh Your Ride

This may be old news to some, but it just popped up on my radar:  Ori Amiga, frustrated with the lack of truely usable and connected smart devices in the automotive market, built his own custom touchscreen PC console for his Porsche.  It’s a full-on PC running Vista and loaded up with GPS, WiFI, BlueTooth, [...]

Dec 012008
 

The Live Services team will be hosting a live webcast to discuss and demo Live Frameworks development topics next Monday December 8, 2008 from 8am to 10am PST (12am – 2am GMT).  This will be a great opportunity to listen in on technical topics on developing applications with Live Frameworks, both standalone desktop apps as well [...]

Nov 242008
 

SondreB asks I’m working on a scenario where I need to process mesh data at intervals. My concern is how I can do delegated authorization in a secure way. How and where do I store the user credentials (or their auth token) in my Windows Azure service? Is there a way of doing interval based [...]

Nov 192008
 

Scott Guthrie gives us a status report on the Silverlight 2 deployment and key design wins worldwide.  100 million downloads of Silverlight 2 in the past 4 weeks.  Silverlight is now on 1 in 4 PCs on the web. BlockBuster and Netflix both use Silverlight for their online movie players. Scott also sketches out some details [...]