.NET on Rails

Laughter. Of course, I make a smack about MS jumping on the Google/37signals AJAX bandwagon, and my humor is slower than the Internet. Back on June 28th, Microsoft announced that they’ll be adding AJAX support to ASP.NET.
Of course, it won’t ship with the Visual Studio 2005 product, and developers won’t even see a preview version until September, but the announcement should be enough to prevent the larger, slower moving shops from jumping to, say, Ruby on Rails.
I gotta step up the funny.

What’s in a name?

Scoble wants people to “…call Longhorn all the bad names you can. Let’s get it out of our systems.
Oh, yeah, and link back to his post so he can follow the link-tracking on Technorati, Bloglines, and the supah-seekrit blog-tracking thing he’s privvy too. Always nice to kill two birds with one stone.
Longtime was the name used in Wired’s fictitious article about Linus Torvalds being hired by Microsoft, and it’s still the name I use when speaking of it. And that includes when I’m speaking to my “featured in a MS Windows Server 2003 advertisement” CIO.
We could call it Copland. Or Rhapsody. Because I think that’s the more apt comparison. Microsoft is obviously struggling both to get Longhorn out the door (witness the long delays and last year’s Longhorn Reset) and to make it relevant (witness the Gnomedex ballyhoo about RSS in Longhorn and IE7) Even with the betas looming, there seems to be confusion about what Longhorn is going to be.
God help us when we find out what changes the server product will force upon us.
What’s hurting Longhorn is the same thing that has hurt every spoken-of-in-advance Microsoft strategic technology in the last decade – Microsoft. Too many back-door promises have already been made (“Just wait until Longhorn!”), too many products were delayed for Longhorn technologies (there wasn’t going to be an IE7, remember?), and too many projects (MS and non) are trying to get some Longhorn Importance rubbed off onto them.
It’s still a year away. Long enough for them to demonstrate support for security updates via podcasting, and announce “.Net on Rails”…

And thinwire doesn’t even NEED a crossover! That’s COOL!

Scobleizer notes:
>Networking at 30,000 feet: Eric Mack shows how he builds a network in an airplane using Tablet PCs and a crossover cable. That’s cool! Tablet PCs are the only way to fly.
Gosh. A crossover cable. Golly. That’s cool. Ahem.
No. You want cool? How about iChat AV – voice and video – at 35,000 feet? And not with someone else in the plane, but with a co-worker back in the office? Scoble’s a good guy, but sometimes I think he reaches a bit to try to make using Microsoft products look “cool”…
Edit: Windows side – how about Skype at 30,000 feet? See how hard I had to look to find the cool?