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  • Blog Post: LightSwitch Star Contest - Win an ASUS Laptop

    The folks over at The Code Project have launched a cool contest so you can show off your LightSwitch skills and win prizes in the process. From their release: Do you have what it takes to be a LightSwitch Star? Show us your coolest, most productive, LightSwitch business application and you could win...
  • Blog Post: LightSwitch Beta 2 Download and Training Kit

    I’ve been excited by LightSwitch since I first saw it more than 18 months ago and the recent release of the Beta 2 version and the updated Training Kit has just got me more excited. The Training Kit includes the following content: LightSwitch Overview Demo: Introducing Visual Studio LightSwitch Hands...
  • Blog Post: NXT2.0 Robot - The Journey Continues

    In my previous post , I talked about getting a new Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 robotics kit and about building TrophyBot to carry around a Lego trophy Catherine Eibner won for being an awesome evangelist . In this post, as promised, I'll talk about how I programmed the robot to move around, shouting "HORRAY...
  • Blog Post: Test Post from Word 2010

    I've not posted from Word 2010 before (I prefer Live Writer), but I had a question from a colleague as to how to set it up. If this appears, it looks like I managed.
  • Blog Post: Lego Mindstorms NXT2.0 - TrophyBot

    For some time now, I've coveted the Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0 Robotics kit . It's a great teaching toy tool and not only can you program it with the excellent and intuitive Lego IDE (from LabView), but you can also use Microsoft Robotics Studio and .NET. With that justification, just before Christmas I...
  • Blog Post: Turning off Proofing and Autocorrect in Word 2007

    This is the second time this question has come up in the last week or so, so I thought I’d answer it here. Sometimes, you want to turn off proofing (spelling and grammar checking) and autocorrect in Word, either globally or for some parts of your document (for me, that’s often in code blocks). The easiest...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Sessions Posted and some useless Stats

    Sessions Posted The first pass of the sessions at have been posted and if you're a delegate you can login and vote for your favourite sessions (to help us with timetabling and room allocation). Your votes will be automatically migrated to your agenda when we finalise the time and room stuff. If you're...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 on my Mac Mini

    Back in the day, Dave and I bought (intel) Mac Minis (there was a retail outlet which had apparently decided to stop selling them and they were going pretty cheap). It’s been my main Vista machine at home for 18 months or so now (running bootcamp), I never boot into OSX, the machine was a member of my...
  • Blog Post: New CTP for Live Writer – now with hooks for pre and post-publish

    Via Keith Combs I love Live Writer , I especially love the extensiblility hooks. However, up until now, the SDK hasn’t allowed you to take action before or after publishing a post. I wanted to write an auto- twitter plugin to notify people who follow my twitter feed that I’d posted something new on my...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Day 1 - Developers, Developers, D-d-d-d-d-developers

    This is as close as I got to BalmerBot at the TechEd keynote on Day 1. I enjoyed, but wasn't blown away by the content. I'm not sure whether this is indicative of the way we generally have access to most information before a conference or event or whether being inside the organisation, the stuff we talk...
  • Blog Post: More Office Developer Documentation

    She's indefatigable! Erika Ehrli keeps posting these gems. Hot on the heels of my post about Office Object Model References , I discovered two great posts from her. Announcing the Microsoft Office Interactive Developer Map Version 2! ; and Open XML Format SDK - Class Diagram Explorer in Silverlight 2...
  • Blog Post: Record your Demos Happen { Here } demo with Community Clips

    Jensen Harris (of " The Story Of The Ribbon " fame) announced it, Allan Da Costa Pinto has pointed to it already (as, of course, has Frank - does he never sleep?). There's a great new public site for the (previously internal only) Microsoft Office Labs . This is a collection of some of the...
  • Blog Post: Want to stay connected to the Aussie DPE Team?

    I was chatting with Darren the other day and he said that he's been feeling increasingly disconnected from the DPE team here in Australia since Frank left, and also now that Chuck 's gone. Putting aside the fact that they're impossible shoes to fill, I thought it was probably time to call out the other...
  • Blog Post: Holiday Toys from the Visual Studio Ecosystem Team

    Especially now that Ken 's on the team , I have a real interest in the cool stuff people do by extending the Visual Studio shell . I got this note just before the holidays and have had it tagged "Blog This" for the last few weeks. Check it! Today there are hundreds 3rd party development tools that...
  • Blog Post: Four more Fishbowl Videos

    The Virtual TechEd Fishbowl Editors have been at it again. Four more great videos. The Wide Ranging Applicability of Team Foundation Server Ron Jacobs, host of ARCast.TV , sits down to talk with customers Justin Butcher and Michael Daniel about using Team Foundation Server in a scenario with hundreds...
  • Blog Post: ViaWindowsLive.com - for Windows Live Developers

    Tatham and Dr Neil alluded to it in their fishbowl interview , and now Anna 's been plugging it too. From the developers of ViaVirtualEarth , there's a new site for Windows Live developers . Check out the plethora of topics on the nav bar:
  • Blog Post: Heaps Gooder Spelling in Live Writer

    Tired of squiggly lines under correctly spelt words like colour and flavour (not to mention anything ending in -ise)? Here's a tip for updating your dictionary in Live Writer. http://scottisafooldev.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!FE151030F50B5B37!331.entry
  • Blog Post: Resize Images - a Thumbnail Maker

    Nic was hanging out with Nick (a combination that's just asking for trouble if you ask me) a couple of weeks ago near my desk, and Nic was bemoaning the lack of a resizing utility. This triggered something in the back of my mind and lo! I found a post by Rick Strahl on (almost) this very thing. I tweaked...
  • Blog Post: Review - Wireless Presenter Mouse 8000

    Disclaimer: All of the products here are Microsoft hardware and I both work for and own shares in Microsoft. One of the things I do a lot of is presentations. Not just PowerPoints though, I also show the computer doing things, often with me making it do those things, so I need a mouse as well (right...
  • Blog Post: Cool bag for TechEd Australia

    UPDATE : Oops, this isn't the speakers' bag, it's the delegate's bag! One of the interesting discussions around TechEd each year is " What should the speaker delegate bag look like? ". Well, this year, it'll look something like this: Sign up now! The early-bird discount expires soon.
  • Blog Post: ReMix Australia Registrations Now Open

    I've had a couple of questions in response to my ReMix post about when registration will open. Frank's just announced it. Register here . [ update - tags just for Nick : auremix07 mix07]
  • Blog Post: MEDC Australia Site Live

    The Australia and New Zealand mobile and Embedded Developers Conference (MEDC) is on in Sydney on May 15th. The MEDC ANZ Site is now live and there is an early bird special on to save $49 if you register before April 27th. This year we have a new track – Mobile devices in the enterprise. This one-day...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Hard Disk Partners

    I've been at a couple of sessions this week where this has come up ( ISV Innovation Day and OzFox ). Microsoft have a program whereby partners can create virtual images of their applications for users to download and evaluate inside a virtual machine. You can do all of the tricky configuration etc and...
  • Blog Post: IE7 Shortcut - Add a custom domain to a website address

    For a long time now, I've used the Ctrl+Enter shortcut in Internet Explorer (and many other browsers I've used) to surround a website name with www. and .com, so typing microsoft into the address bar and pressing Ctrl+Enter will take you to www.microsoft.com . Very neat, very efficient, saved me heaps...
  • Blog Post: Live Writer Beta is Out

    There's a new off-line blogging tool in town. Frank's blogged about it, so have Jeff , Tristan and Rob . I've just switched from BlogJet. Not because I don't like BlogJet, but just because I was curious. I have to say that the coolest feature for me is the ability to insert Windows Live Local maps !...
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