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    Windows Live Writer (my first post)

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    This is my first post on my MSDN blog using the new Windows Live Writer released today by J.J. Allaire and his team (download the .msi here ). I took me around 2 minutes (including the download and setup) to get it talking to the MSDN blog (using the...
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    Tubular 404

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    Tubes not found . via Digg .
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    Drive-by blogging

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    Although Judge Edward Fadeley didn't use the term, his warning is clear : 'Drive-by blogging' is out of control. He described the blogosphere as: "a veritable Wild West of verbal ambushes and shootouts, with very little fear of legal recourse...
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    Pac-man on Xbox Live Arcade - today!

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    Oh goodie! Pac-man released on Xbox Live Arcade today. As much as I love all those mutli-million dollar production shoot-em-ups and RPGs, there's nothing quite like retro monster munching to soothe away the stresses of the day. Via Major Nelson...
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    Gates calls reporter's bluff

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    Bill's favorite pastime is to play Bridge. Via Todd Bishop , here's a pic of him playing last week . I think the cap is real - Photoshop anyone ? Talking of bluffs and the bizarre, I was amazed to read this story of a Norwegian journalist, Bjørn...
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    Remember: links are dead

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    Mathew Gifford points out that Steve Gillmor has a new blog. And like Mathew , I'm not pointing to it - remember: links are dead.
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    Zero 7, Gonzalez and Seattle

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    <off topic - Music this time...> Ok, so I've got my tickets to Bumbershoot , so it's safe to blog ;-) Jose Gonzalez is touring the US with Zero 7 and they are hitting Seattle as part of the Bumbershoot lineup in September . I saw them play...
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    Good luck Niall :-(

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    Well, I just read Niall's post explaining that he is leaving Microsoft . Niall was recruited in April to help the Windows Live team build an RSS / Atom based syndication platform for consumption across devices. Like Scoble , I'm sorry to see Niall...
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    Wonderful, Wonderful Web (www) - 15 years young

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    1991, August 6 : " Tim Berners-Lee releases files describing his idea for the " World Wide Web ." Here is the 'Executive Summary' mail he sent to alt.hypertext Thank you, Sir , for the Wonderful, Wonderful Web. (and to Justin for the reminder...
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    Parking @ Microsoft

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    From what I've seen over at Joshua's blog , it's no wonder we have parking problems .
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    LINQ to Amazon

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    Yes, you read that right. LINQ to Amazon . "This example introduces Linq to Amazon , which allows querying Amazon for books using Linq! It uses Linq's extensibility to allow for language-integrated queries against a book catalog. The Linq query...
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    Programming Language Trends and more

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    Tim O'Reilly's series of posts on book sales are giving up lots of interesting data and trends from the Nielsen Bookscan's top 3,000 Computer Books report (means: all publishers not just O'Reilly sales, but US sales only). Yesterday's post was no different...
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    10 Common ASP.NET Pitfalls

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    Classic Digg bait: Keep Sites Running Smoothly By Avoiding These 10 Common ASP.NET Pitfalls: "Here are 10 of the pitfalls that litter the path to releasing your production ASP.NET applications, and what you can do to avoid them. All of the examples...
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    What is Web 2.0?

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    Assaf @ Supr.c.ilio.us has the answers .
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    If you like microformats and RSS you will love this.

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    If you like microformats and / or RSS you'll love it. If you don't know about microformats and / or RSS you need to watch it. Channel9 interviews Matt Augustine and Paresh Suthar about Live Clipboard and Simple Sharing Extensions (SSE).
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    Syndicated search engines broken - Part II

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    A few days ago I grumbled at the poor state of the search engines specializing in syndicated (RSS'd or Atomized) content. Today, Michael Marshall Patrick is enthusiastically supporting a proposed standard by Bloglines that is trying to solve an apparent...
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    OOF

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    I've been OOF since the beginning of last week, back in tomorrow. Adam was also OOF last week and has pic to prove it: While on the topic of email @ Microsoft, check out Joe's 1 year @ Microsoft post .
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    Data Visualization, using Oreos.

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    Data Visualization tools are great. Especially when using Oreos .
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    Mouse party.

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    Not this kind of mouse party... but this kind of mouse party ... "Dude, tell me that hand isn't for real". or "What's your poison?" Via apophenia .
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    Starbucks Interactive Cup Brewer (iCup) @ Microsoft

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    The real Microsoft news today is not that Microsoft (and Google) want to dominate the web , nor is it *real* news that Microsoft today announced (along with the likes of BEA, Cisco, IBM and others) a draft of a new specification that describes the modeling...
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    Microsoft teaser campaign for Zune. not.

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    Cesar sayz : "folks on the web are saying that it's a Microsoft teaser campaign for Zune. It's not."
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    Syndicated content search - still broken

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    For a few months now, Randy Charles Morin has been tracking and grading the performance of search engines specializing in syndicated (RSS'd or Atomized) content. These search tools can be invaluable when you are trying to keep track of what customers...
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    Wormholes and photo collections

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    Remember the Seadragon Software acquisition in February ? Well, some of that technology and talent has turned up in very cool project called Photosynth , under development within Microsoft Live Labs . "What if your photo collection was an entry...
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    Quick thyroid update

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    Just a quick update to let you know that my surgery went very well on Tuesday and am recovering nicely. Already feeling much healthier :-) Thanks for all your best wishes.
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    Long Life

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    Raymond was kind enough to think of me when he received a carton of 'Long Life' cigarettes from Taiwan from some out of town visitors. Since Raymond wants a long life and is generally a sensible chap, he doesn't smoke. So he passed them on to me at...
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