Entries from September 2008 ↓

Dell is Dead, Long Live the King

I’m one of the last hold-outs from the early days. You know, one of those crochety old developers who still buys Dell because they make the best computers at the lowest cost. Last night was the last straw in a series of events that have spelled the end of their reign for me.

I recently purchased a brand new Inspiron 1525 and ran into a number of problems after the order was placed that resulted in a 6-week delay in receiving it. I killed at least three or four hours with customer service, and several reps were actually quite rude on the phone. It was very interesting to have them give me attitidue and then to have no recourse (i.e., I asked to talk to their supervisor and they kept saying he was not available. I called back, waited on hold for another 20 minutes and talked to a supervisor who totally blew me off). That put me on the edge.

Then last night, I restarted my laptop and saw this:

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MSDN Webcast: REST and Windows Communication Foundation 3.5

A good friend of mine is being featured on this week’s MSDN webast geekSpeak. If you are interested in hearing more about REST and WCF 3.5 from someone with a lot of experience, check out the live webcast tomorrow (September 3) at Noon Pacific Time (you can even call-in since the show is recorded live!). More info available here: MSDN Webcast: REST and Windows Communication Foundation 3.5 with Adnan Masood.

From the geekSpeak site:

The geekSpeak webcast series brings you industry experts in a “talk-radio” format hosted by developer evangelists from Microsoft. This week, distributed systems guru Adnan Masood introduces the Representational State Transfer (REST) architectural style and its design principles, and discusses how they can be implemented using Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) 3.5. Adnan offers guidance and takes questions on when to choose a RESTful design over SOAP-based services and how WCF fits into the spectrum of Microsoft technologies that include ADO.NET Data Services (Astoria) and ASP.NET MVC.

I’m dying to call in and ask how the adoption of WCF 3.5 relates to John McCain’s decision to select Sarah Palin as his VP.