huge Xbox 360 party planned?

The following information is not confirmed:

For the upcoming launch of the Xbox 360 on MTV Xbox3000 and Xboxfront are going to present a huge event. With MTV on the big screen and over 300 guests and VIPs they’re going to celebrate Xbox-Lifestyle at it’s best.

Reportedly there are tickets available… When I know more or the information is confirmed I’ll write again.

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Good Morning Linux!

It’s so “funny” to read something like this:

“Seiner(Andrew Morton) Meinung nach komme bei der Kernel-Entwicklung dem Testen nicht genug Aufmerksamkeit zu. Da die Tester weder Dank noch Geld für ihre zeitraubende Arbeit erhielten, würden neue Funktionen nicht genug geprüft. So könnten sich immer mehr Fehler in den Kernel einschleichen.”

Oh. Finally the Linux Kernel Developers noticed that they do their work for free. And finally they must have noticed that some big companies are selling their work for real money.

I don’t want to bash linux or the idea behind. I just want to say that you have to give up some principles to grow. What priniciples. I don’t know for sure.

Performance in .NET and Scientific Computing

I want to inform you that my colleague Matej Ciesko will present two Webcasts in the next days.

Sorry. The Webcasts are in german language. So if you don’t speak it. Nevermind.

MSDN: Performance von .NET: Schnell oder langsam?
am 25.04.2005 von 16:00 bis 17:00 Uhr

In diesem Webcast wird die Microsoft .NET Architektur aus dem Blickwinkel der Performanzaspekte betrachtet. Für ein besseres Verständnis werden einführend “Hardware Counter” sowie betriebssystemspezifische Mittel zum Erfassen von Performanzereignissen erklärt. Die Performanzeigenschaften der .NET CLR sind der Schwerpunkt dieses Webcasts. Anhand von Beispielen lernen wir kennen wie man performanz-orientiert Applikationen für Microsoft .NET entwickelt und optimiert.

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MSDN: Scientific Computing mit dem .NET Framework
am 30.05.2005 von 16:00 bis 17:00 Uhr

In den letzten Jahren gewinnen die virtuellen Laufzeitumgebungen wie MS.NET auf dem Gebiet des wissenschaftlichen Rechnens immer mehr an Bedeutung. MS.NET in der Welt des wissenschaftlichen Rechnens und des HPC (High Performance Computing) ist der Schwerpunkt dieses Webcasts. Code Analyse, Optimierung, parallele Middlewares, wissenschaftliche numerische Bibliotheken, Win64 – das alles und mehr wird behandelt, um Ihnen ein Gefühl für das Potential dieser Plattform beim Einsatz im “Scientific Computing” Umfeld zu geben.

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Seamless Windows with Microsoft Terminal Services…and without ICA

I’ve searched quite a time for this solution. So take it with the same pleasure as I did. (it’s an order!). The best about this solution is that you don’t only get the compiled binary. You get some sort of short tutorial and the source. It’s far more than a crash course to Terminal Services. It extends the field of applications of the Terminal Services and on top you get knowledge for free.

Microsoft’s terminal services client (also called ‘Remote Desktop Connection’) has one main thing against it. Remote applications do not appear as if they are running on the local desktop, instead they appear in a separate window which represents the server’s desktop. This is fine if you just want to work exclusively on the server, but can be a pain if you want to switch between applications on the server and the local desktop or want to run applications on different servers. What is needed is a way to display the remoted applications as ‘Seamless Windows’ on the client.

Commercial products have been written to achieve this in a Windows environment, the most well known would be Citrix. Citrix uses its own protocol (ICA) to publish applications to the client. Others have used Microsoft’s protocol called RDP (Remote Desktop Protocol) with additional software to achieve the same effect (the most notable of these is Tarentalla’s Canaveral IQ – I suspect they use a similar, but more sophisticated, method to the one presented in this article).

While these products provide a lot more than just seamless windows, they are also quite expensive. It would be nice to have this feature in a regular RDP client without having to buy a whole application publishing product.

This article provides a possible solution to this problem by extending Microsoft’s RDP client using virtual channels to communicate between the server and the client. This option has been chosen over writing or extending an existing open source RDP client (such as rdesktop) because we will still be able to take advantage of all the features in Microsoft’s client (and presumably all new features they add in the future). Also, an advantage to using Microsoft’s client is that we can get some rudimentary application publishing over a web page since their terminal services client has an ActiveX component to do this.”

Source: Codeproject