I’m looking at a pretty busy conference schedule this year. Here’s what I’m looking forward to:
February 8 — Powershell Saturday 007, Charlotte, North Carolina.
March 22 — SQL Saturday #277, Richmond, Virginia.
May 16 — May 18 — CarolinaCon-10, Raleigh, North Carolina.
June 14 — SQL Saturday #299, Columbus, Ohio.
September 6 (?) — SQL Saturday, Raleigh, North Carolina.
September 24 — September 28 (?) — Derbycon 4.0, Louisville, Kentucky.
November 4 — November 7 — PASS Summit 2014, Seattle, Washington.
I might be able to sneak one or two more conferences in there, but going to seven conferences across three major domains is pretty nice for me. I might also be able to attend the 2014 Raleigh Code Camp if the time is right.
The Newegg trial is a perfect example of why we should get rid of patents in the computer space. Newegg brought in Whit Diffie to show prior art in a ridiculous patent troll lawsuit. Despite that, the troll won. Newegg is going to appeal the result, so hopefully they get somewhere in the appeals court.
Bishop Fox has an article on just how bad LinkedIn’s Intro app is. Fortunately, you can still put the LinkedIn website to good use without installing this horrible application.
The Obama administration strategy on federal websites. The hosting and bandwidth costs are typically covered in year-long (or longer) contracts. And it’s cheaper to keep a site unchanged than to change the site.
Bonus question: given the Obama administration’s War on Open Spaces, could they also perhaps put a wall up between the US and Mexico? Declare Mexico a national park and perhaps we’ll see President Obama do something good.
Steve Ballmer is planning to retire as Microsoft’s CEO. ZDNet has the low-down on many of the top candidates.
In the “would never happen” category, I nominate Scott Guthrie. He’s done a great job teaching about the various technologies he’s been involved with, and has a good track record in the development sphere.
Office 2013 will be per-computer, meaning that if you switch out your computer, you’ll need to buy a new license. As the author notes, this doesn’t really affect many people and probably won’t bring much revenue to Microsoft (if any at all), but does come at a relatively high price in terms of negative press.
Google Reader is shutting down as of July 1st. I have a couple hundred sites I monitor for updates, and Google Reader was wonderful for that. I guess I’ll have to use another service. Feedly might be an option, but I want something that I can use on any browser anywhere; that was a huge advantage that Google Reader had. I might have to put together something for myself instead.