# Monday, 27 February 2006

Over the weekend I finished a very interesting book Poets on the Peaks by John Suiter.  It’s about a set of the famous “beat poets”, mostly Gary Snyder, Phillip Whalen, and Jack Kerouac, and time time each of them spent working as fire lookouts for the Forest Service in the North Cascades.  It’s a fascinating storey about not only the poets (whom I didn’t know very much about) but the history and geography of the North Cascades.  It’s inspired me to pick up copies of both The Gary Snyder Reader, and The Dharma Bums, which is largely about Kerouac’s time in the mountains, and hanging out with Gary and Phillip (and Allen Ginsburg).  Poets on the Peaks is accompanied by some fabulous B & W photos of the poets and the North Cascades, some of which come from archives and some taken by the author in the lat 90’s. 

The one I’m currently chewing through (it’s hard to put down) is Charlie Huston’s Six Bad Things : A Novel, which is the sequel to the hard core page-turner Caught Stealing : A Novel.  If you did action/crime writing, these are really worth checking out.  Kind of “North-Northwest” meets “Pulp Fiction”. 

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# Wednesday, 22 February 2006

We’ll be there.  Scott and I will be presenting Dirty SOAP: A Dynamic Endpoint Without ASMX - How and Why? as part of the architecture track.  We’ll be talking about some new work we’ve been doing around extending the reach of our banking application using WSDL, Xml Schema, and the wonders of .NET.

See you there.

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It was an arduous long weekend, but we are now moved into our new house.  10 years ago we bought our first house, a 1926 farmhouse with loads of character.  And bad plumbing.  And wiring.  And little insulation.  And no foundation.  All in all, an exciting place to live.  Somewhere along the line I discovered that I am totally not handy, and have absolutely no desire to become so.  And that I loathe yard work with a pure and simple hate. 

All that’s behind me now.  We’ve moved into a brand new townhome, with no yard work, lots of insulation, and all sorts of other stuff that works.  Sure, maybe it has a bit less “character”, but at this stage of the game, I’m willing to make sacrifices. 

We actually sold our old house back in December.  Full price, in cash, in less than 24 hours.  The real estate market may be slowing down someplace, but not here, apparently.  Ever since then, we’ve been renting our old house back, and waiting for construction to complete on the new one.  It was quite a thrill to pick up the keys last week. 

Oh, and if you ever need movers, All My Sons completely rocks.  The movers were incredible.  Not a scratch on anything, extremely polite and courteous, put everything exactly where we wanted it.  Totally worth it.   

Now the unpacking gets into full swing. 

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# Wednesday, 08 February 2006

Doing some WCF training this week, and the current presenter is talking about how to embrace interoperability in the world of ASMX 2.0, WSE 3, and WCF.  One of the principles he urges us to embrace is KISS.  Keep Interoperable Schemas Simple. 

I love it.  I want T-shirts. 

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I'm doing some WCF (Indigo) training this week, and one of the hands on labs went through an example of a federated trust scenario, with two STS's involved in the process.  I've got to say, I'm really impressed with how easy it was.  Granted, the configuration is pretty hairy, but it's just that, configuration.  You can set up a whole federated trust system using config files.  And it worked.  Not too shabby.  I would never have contemplated attempting something like that in WSE 2, although I think in WSE 3 it's supposed to be a bit easier. 

One thing to note, if you want to do federated trust, is that the WCF team is not shipping an STS.  Presumably for liability reasons, but that's anyone's guess.  They are, however, providing some very complete samples, which could be fairly quickly adapted for use inside one's organization.  There's also a good example STS for WSE 3 up on gotdotnet as of a few weeks ago. 

Overall, my impression is that security in WCF is very thought out, and WAY easier to bend to your will than ever before.  Check it out.

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# Sunday, 05 February 2006
I've been a fan- and user of Plaxo for some time, but hadn't been using it as much since switching to Thunderbird for all my email at home.  Then they came out with Thunderbird support, but not for 1.5, which is (of course) what I was using.  Now everyone has caught up, and Plaxo supports Thunderbird 1.5.  Oh, happy day!  I'm once again a regular user, and love it.  It's so nice to have my contacts synchronized across all the different machines I use on a daily basis. 

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