3-2-1 Otakon!

I'm packing and preparing for my trip to Otakon tomorrow.  I look forward to this convention every year (as my photo gallery may attest to).  This will be the first year I've actually got a hotel room at the convention and so it will also be the first year I'll attend Sunday events.  It will be nice not to have to drive back to the house each day this year, even though it's not that far.  I can't wait to eat some pocky, watch some good anime and take a ton of pictures!  I'm hoping the Vamps concert tomorrow will rock:)


Let Microsoft assist you in poor browser security

"Microsoft .NET Framework Assistant" is a nice pretty name for a nasty underhanded little trick by Microsoft. They recently snuck a firefox extension into one of their updates that installs without telling you and then makes itself impossible to uninstall. Impossible that is, unless you make a quick hack. I found nice simple instructions on the WyDay site explaining how to manually uninstall this little gem. "Assistant" is a nice name for a rather bad piece of software. This "Assistant" assists Microsoft in installing software into your computer via the firefox browser without telling you about it. It's to make the "click-once" technology work in Firefox, which would be fine if they actually explained what they were doing and asked the user if they wished to install it. It seems like every time I start to believe that Microsoft is getting their act together, they go and do something despicable like this.


Back at work

TechEd 2009 was great, but I was a little disappointed that the Thursday night event was sort of lame compared to past events.  Anders Hjelsberg, Scott Hanselman, Jason Olson and Mark Russinovich were all great presenters and I really regret missing Mark's big session on the last day.  I'm looking forward to using Visual Studio 2010 and it's new tools.  I'm curious to see how the MEF addon system will work when we have multiple addon developers that clash in some areas of functionality.  The big take away this year for me has been that I need to adopt more agile code principles and unit testing.  Just not sure how to implement unit testing in Navision's rather closed up and proprietary system.


TechEd 2009

Enjoying the TechEd conference in Los Angeles, Nice city, weather and scenery.  So far most of the sessions have been really good.  I'm looking forward to a session on MEF in Visual Studio 2010 in the morning.  The new advances in .NET look really cool.  Dynamic language support and eventually programmatic access to the compiler itself.

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