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When I was a kid, I remember someone saying, "If you like where you're sitting, you had better stay there!" They were referring to a prediction that the Earth's population was going to increase to the point that there wouldn't be enough room for everyone to sit, so we'd all have to stay standing forever, or some such nonsense. As I got older, of course, I came to realize that overpopulation was - or so I thought - strictly going to be the problem of other, less "developed" parts of the world. Since everyone couldn't come here, they'd simply have to rot in whatever god-forsaken holes in the ground they chose to call home. In the words of Ebenezer Scrooge, if they were going to die, they should do it speedily and decrease the surplus population. Lately though, it seems as though the rest of the world's problems are coming closer and closer to home. September 11, of co... (more)

Using the Enterprise Instrumentation Framework

The Microsoft .NET Framework 1.1 and Windows Server 2003 offer a number of new features to help developers instrument their code.  In this session, we'll learn about the challenges facing application management in today's distributed world. We will: examine the new unified instrumentation API in the Enterprise Instrumentation Framework (EIF) explore the new Windows Event Tracer available in Windows Server 2003, configurable at-source event filtering see how request-based event tracing using EIF allows you to put a request context around the trace messages that map to a business ... (more)

Welcome to a Truly Independent Voice in the World of .Net

Welcome to the first issue of SYS-CON Media's new .NET Developers Journal. We've started this magazine because we're excited about .NET. We're excited about Visual Studio .NET's ability to bring the power of drag-and-drop, GUI-based development to even the most complicated kinds of development. We're excited about the .NET Framework's potential for radically decreasing the amount of custom code developers must write. Finally, perhaps most of all, we're excited about .NET's potential to become the industry's platform of choice for XML Web services development ­ not just on Windows... (more)

SPOT from MS: Data Where and When You Need It

(January 14, 2003) - Microsoft has just announced a technology that is sure to represent the most successful step yet towards it vision of "information anywhere, anytime, on any device." Smart Personal Objects Technology (SPOT) will deliver up-to-the-minute stock reports, sports scores, and all sorts of other data directly to personal items as small as wrist watches and cell phones. Interestingly enough, the bandwidth being used to support this technology is the same kind of radio technology that currently supports piped-in music such as Muzak. It will be seen within the next ye... (more)

SQL Slammer: How It Works - and How to Stop It

(January 29, 2003) - A pesky worm targeted servers worldwide recently: could it have been prevented? Well, to begin with, this problem was discovered and a fix posted several months ago (on July 24, 2002) at this location: www.microsoft.com/technet/treeview/default.asp?url=/technet/secur ity/bulletin/MS02-039.asp> A complete (highly technical) description of the problem is here:http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;[LN];323875. In a nutshell, though (and for the less technically inclined amongst us), the attack involves sending a specially crafted packet to the SQL Ser... (more)