Hello, I'm Jason
I live with my family in the rolling hills of Northeastern Pennsylvania. I'm a web developer by trade, but have broad experience in various business areas. Want to know more about me?
Now that Bill Gates has decided to step down, Mary Jo Foley from Microsoft Watch has put together a list of the “Top 10 Flops of the Bill Gates Era.” You can read about them here. I think the two that stand out the most in everyone’s mind (even Microsoft employees that worked on or around these teams) are numbers 1 and two.Read More
One of my colleagues, Steven Smith from ASPAlliance, pointed out an article to me involving an “unpreventable” security exploit. In short, a group of consultants were hired to assess security at a credit union. They planted some USB pen drives with a white trojan providing information to the network. Employees then found the drives, picked them up, and plugged them into their PCs [FULL ARTICLE]. Not good. This is one type of an “unpreventable” security exploit. I say its unpreventable because IT cannot prevent this. Rather, its the employees responsibility to learn what is acceptable and what is not. This is just one of the hardships that many IT professionals run into. It’s not always a hole in the operating system or a virus in an email.Read More
Sure, I’m gone for a week and I miss a ton! I’ll be sharing details about my vacation, my new toy, and my yard over the next few days, but I figured I’d provide a highlight reel from the past week in technology. Probably the most interesting announcement is that by July 2008, Bill Gates will no longer be a full time employee at Microsoft. I have a tough time believing that he will ever stop influencing that company. Another individual, Robert Scoble is leaving Microsoft as well but in a more “permanent” fashion ;) . I also missed all of the cool and interesting presentations, releases, and talks at TechEd 2006 in Boston. However, from the sounds of it, the event location was not a good one. Then, Microsoft decided to change the name of WinFX to .NET 3.0. Can you believe that 2.0 hasn’t been out for a year yet and we already know 3.0 is on its way? Blinq was released by the ASP.NET team at TechNet as well. Blinq is a prototype application that will create add/edit/delete/select statements in LINQ based on your database schema for your app. Stephen Walther, Dave Sussman, and Alex Homer released their ASP.NET 2.0 books. All three of these guys are probably the top authors for ASP.NET. Finally, I saw that someone created a GoogleMaps control.Read More
Google released Google Spreadsheets on June 5th. One of the features of Google spreadsheets is to export and import Excel (xls) files. Google has accomplished this rather easily by using the Java Open API for Excel. After messing with it in my test account, its a pretty cool utility for uploading and creating spreadsheets in a pinch, but its definitely not a replacement for Excel.Read More
Ironically, my DSL problem was solved before I received my modem. I guess that I’ll just have to use my nice new modem now since they still believe its a modem issue. Isn’t it funny how they’d trade $160 modem for a full month’s DSL credit (at a max $29/month)? They could have given me the next 3 months of DSL for free and would have saved them $70. Unbelievable. Oh wait, yes it is – it’s an “infamous” telco. Other than this issue, I’ve never had a single issue with my Verizon DSL. I just wish they’d start “upgrading” their support!Read More
If you don’t know me, I’m more than just your average fanatic. Over the years I’ve had to hear people talk about how they overspend and how they only pick up allstars and how the Red Sox are better. Well, if ESPN’s Page 2 can finally admit that’s not the case, then maybe you should too. There were at least 3 games this year that the Yankees played with less than 4 of their original starters. The all-star outfield of Matsui, Damon, and Sheffield now at times have had Melky Cabrara, Bernie Williams, and Terrance Long. We’ve had to deal with injuries to Posada, Jeter, Rodriguez, Giambi, Crosby, Rivera, Wright, Pavano, Chacon, Sturtze, Dotel, and Rasner on top of everything. Still, after last night, the Yankees are only 2 1/2 games behind Detroit for the best record in baseball and lead Boston in the AL East by half a game. So don’t count ‘em out. Not to throw a cliche out there for the rest of the baseball world but “if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em.”Read More