Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Coders unite! It's Interoperability Month

Do you write code using C++, C#, Java, Visual Basic, COBOL, or CICS PL/I? And does that code need to interact with a disparate set of systems, from J2EE, Windows, mainframe, and more? Are you curious about Web Services and using it to write interoperable, versus portable, code? If so, then you're in for a treat because Interoperability Month begins January 18, just in time to start off right on the job for the new year.

You're probably wondering: What is it and why tune in? It's when Microsoft launches a month-long webcast series focusing on interoperability – why it matters to the business, common strategies and methods, and guidance on specific implementation scenarios between the major platform players. This series will feature over 40 webcasts, cool giveaways, and brand-new technical guidance from Microsoft.

Click the Interop Month button to register today!

Underwear goes inside your pants

It's January already (and with it a belated happy New Years) and I thought I should start the Commentary up slow with a nice, thoughtful video that creatively frames our American life and times, circa 2004/2005, putting it in some perspective:

Among the gazillion pop, rap, crap videos, you get to watch one or two good ones. Lazyboy’s ‘Underwear goes inside your pants’ would definitely have to be one of the good ones. The video is not visually appealing nor does it have hot women running around (that being said half of you might not watch it) but it’s still worth a watch. Lyrics to the song are worth pondering over.

You can watch the video here: Lazyboy - Underwear goes inside your pants (might require id).