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    Happy Facebook Friday - want more or less?

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    eek! Last day of vacation! Back to work and Facebook Fridays :) So what do you think of the new Facebook? Hot or Not? I'm still getting used to it but I do like this equalizer control - in form and function. See you on Facebook! P.S. If there is nothing...
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    IE8 Beta2 4U

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    eek! Guess who is beta 2 ?
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    Calling All Data Landlords

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    eek! Multi-Tenant Data Access Software+Services Blueprint (say that fast 3 times) is available. In poking around the Codeplex site for the blueprints, I discovered they revved the Silverlight Blueprint for SharePoint . Are you using these?
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    Mile High Silverlight

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    eek! Silverlight is making another splash at the Democratic National Convention . The experience is very good imho and I'm all caught up with the videos from day 2. My only gripe on these Silverlight infused videos is the ability to play them at double...
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    Yes, that's right, I'm 100% Synthy!

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    eek! I'm thoroughly enjoying vacation and discovered I have to take many pictures to get to "100% synthy". What? Synthy? Yes, I've got the Photosynth bug too . Check out my 100% synthy picture of the Chicago (near Navy Pier), Illinois skyline...
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    Birth of ADO.NET Data Services

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    eek! I digg this one :) The oral tradition of Project Astoria's history (now ADO.NET Data Services) is now in written form . Remember, there are 2 presentations and labs to jumpstart your knowledge of ADO.NET Data Services as part of the .NET 3.5 Enhancements...
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    Windows HPC Server 2008 - Just Add SOA

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    eek! Found this well written white paper entitled Overview of SOA Programming Model and Runtime System for Windows HPC Server 2008 on Microsoft downloads. Is 50 pages but is an easy read for those new to Windows HPC Server. The glossary at the end helps...
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    Innovation and the Right Passion - Cat Stories Part 3

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    eek! In the last of the "cat oriented" posts (I promise!), I'd like to end with a great podcast I listened to recently (it had several references to cats, so it is on topic!): In the session, Christine Benninger , described her "cesspool"...
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    SQL CAT - Cat Stories Part 2

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    eek! Continuing on my "cat oriented" stories , I present to you: the SQL Customer Advisory Team or SQLCAT. This team continues to provide important information that is a must read for developers, architects and DBAs alike. They've supplemented...
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    Silverlight DeepZoom - Cat Stories Part 1

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    eek! I realized after watching Ultimate Fighting vs Bloggers , that I had never done a blog post featuring my cat (bloggers are evil because of the seemingly useless but ubiquitous writings featuring their cats). So in honor of my cat's birthday and to...
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    SEE and Sustain

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    eek! Nice to see this show up in my blog reader from the "SEE": Where to Find Resources on Microsoft’s Environmental Business Practices: http://blogs.msdn.com/see/archive/2008/08/11/where-to-find-resources-on-microsoft-s-environmental...
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    Presentation Zen and the Empire Strikes Back

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    eek! I love Presentation Zen - the book, the web site, the movement. I've been trying to incorporate what I've learned into making my technical sessions much easier on the eyes, ears and spirits of my audiences. In doing research on better story telling...
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    Evil Laughter and MSDN Search

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    eek! Ok, I'll bite, what are these things mentioned around MSDN Search ? I didn't even know what MSDN Search was, did you? I can't wait to see the response to some things we have planned for next month that I can't even talk about yet... <insert evil...
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    Huh? E7? Windows 7?

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    eek! New blog on MSDN; something about Window 7. Check it out . Hmmm, seems like that fellow who is writing isn't too shabby [1]. He provides his email address too. Wow! [1] Seen him before? A long time ago, I used to follow his writings on a...
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    Future Health Vision Video - now available in download

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    eek! I never get tired of seeing this - and while I've seen Sicko and we've got a long way to go - it gives me pause that we as developers can really make things like this real. What am I talking about? The Future Health Vision Video (now over a year...
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    Saturday, Saturday, Saturday, Saturday - CodeCamp and Design Patterns

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    eek! This Saturday August 16, if you can make it here, stop by for the FIRST CodeCamp in Hartford ! Here's the list of topics and speakers as of this week - get in, its free, its about community! Additional details here . Becky Isserman - How to learn...
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    Demystifying WPF, Vista, Security and something about SP1

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    eek! Sound intriguing? MSDN Events will be presenting: Session 1 :  Demystifying WPF Today’s applications need to do more than simply work.  They need to draw in the user, and provide a differentiated experience. This means moving beyond...
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    Hey there Chatterbox

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    eek! I missed the one I wanted to see, but plan to attend this one: I'm talking about MSDN Chats . I've never actually attended one, any good? Oh, the one I wanted to attend - mobile development: I'll catch up in 2 weeks: "Chat Transcripts: Missed...
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    Go get it - Visual Studio 2008/.NET Framework 3.5 SP1 (and the Training Kit)

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    eek! SP1 is here ; complete with the revved 3.5 Enhancements Training Kit. Jonathan reveals all , including the links to the released versions of SP1. Here's a taste... P.S. The Training Kit is a great tool for self study and community building . For...
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    Searching on Live.com

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    eek! Nice; live.com is cool!
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    Enter the Spotlight

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    eek! My buddy John sent me a cool link with some videos from various events (TechEd, Launch, etc.). I must say, this is cool, access to various videos from a ton of shows. Poking around, I found 2 videos I intend to watch myself (from the SOA and Business...
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    Me? I'm watching the Olympics

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    eek! My buddy Dave noted all the cool ways Silverlight is making its big splash at the Olympics. Really neat stuff. I'm running Vista Home Premium at home and I now have NBC Olympics: On The Go as a great new addition to catch up on items I may have missed...
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    Kick start your SQL Server 2008 Learning

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    eek! Hooray, SQL Server 2008 is done ! It occurred to me that you may want to review some of the materials that I've used to understand what's in SQL Server 2008, so here goes... This is a cool one stop shop for resources - The SQL Server 2008 JumpStart...
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    Only wise folks rush in...

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    eek! Stuck in a rut? Manager - pain in the butt? Got what it takes? Moving past the fakes? Read this blog (nicely done and designed for aspiring tech leaders).
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    Have your voice heard - the Windows SDK edition

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    eek! This is your chance to have your voice heard (yes, crazy as it seems, someone is listening). The Windows SDK team is asking for feedback on NEW features, what do you think is missing? P.S. The comments are great, this one resonated with me... "I...
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