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November 2006

Seattle Half-Marathon

So, after months of training (I had to start from zero), I finally did the Seattle Half-Marathon this morning. Time: 2.01′ :-( Not even close to the 1.45′ I was aiming for but given the circumstances I am not dissapointed.

It was cold (it was actually snowing at 6.30am, when I

WWW2007 submissions to the WS track

I just logged in on the WWW 2007‘s EasyChair site in order to bid for papers I would ideally like to review, as part of my Program Committee duties for the Web Services track. I saw few papers there related to Web Service choreography and modeling of message-oriented interactions.

Open Specification Promise: What. How. Why.

This is great for those building protocol-based integration solutions.

?Recently, Microsoft announced a new type of licensing model aimed at making it much easier, therefore safer from a legal point of view, for developers to implement specs without having to spend a lot of time understanding complex license agreements and

No laptop for a week :-(

I got my first laptop in the late 90s and very soon it became my main work machine. Apart from some issues Jim and I had with Dell laptops back then, I don’t remember if there was ever a time I was left without one (during working days, of course… I

Another great example of a ‘Web 2.0’ application…

… This time not hosted in a browser though.

Here’s a screenshot of an Outlook 2007 appointment with the Outlook addon for Internet mapping installed.

Since I have the VirtualEarth for installed, I can also see my locations in 3D. This is just fantastic!

Ok, perhaps I

Photosynth Tech Preview is available

The Photosynth technology is amazing. I have already started looking at the SDK and I am planning to use it in some of the demos that will start coming out of Microsoft’s Technical Computing group.

About to buy a new phone

I am in the market for a new cell phone and I can’t make up my mind.

Some MUSTs (RFC 2119):

  • Windows Mobile 5.0
  • GSM, GPRS, EDGE, etc.
  • Thin (as possible)
  • No sliding keyboard
  • Large and high-esolution screen
  • No external antenna
  • Long battery life
  • WiFi

Some SHOULDs (again,

Supercomputing conference (SC06)

I am going to be at SC06 from Sunday (Nov 12) to Friday (Nov 17). If you are going to be around, drop me a line. I am really looking forward to seeing old friends/colleagues and everyone else in the community.


My 60G iPod is falling apart from the heavy usage. It’s time for a new portable player, which is definitely going to be a Zune. However, I will have to wait until they release ones with capacity larger than the 30 GBs of the first wave. My CDs already