Allan's Best Week Ever

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    Day 1 and we ain't done

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    eek! It has been a whirlwind day here at the Microsoft PDC. What a rush from the numerous announcements and the availability of new things to dig into: Azure , Windows Live ID as an OpenID Provider , WCF REST Starter Kit , Geneva Server+Framework CTP...
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    Live from the PDC - Hello Cloud

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    eek! Windows Azure , I like it. "Operating System for the Cloud", "Overdraft protection for your web site".
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    Microsoft PDC - Prep for Play

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    eek! I'm here in LAX for the Microsoft PDC. The last minute scurrying, the boxes, the banners (Windows 7), it is all here.We had some training in preparation for WomenBuild . As my buddy Lindsay says: its full of awesomeness. A quick visual recap of our...
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    Call the US Presidential Election like the pros

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    eek! This is Al the Developer Evangelist telling you that we have a new game in town - predict the US Presidential Election like the pros. If you saw the Microsoft Surface device being used to showcase the electoral map , then you'll love this application...
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    Work Sucks; Play Serious!

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    eek! Work Sucks; Play Serious! I'll be in Cali next week for the Microsoft PDC (don't forget to bookmark this site for session videos). What fun! On my reading list (perhaps on the plane) is the book with a provocative title that is about "results only...
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    Patchwork

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    eek! If this was a twitter tweet, I'd be telling you that I'm patching all my systems and VPC images with MS08-067. It is the hygienic thing to do :) Details: http://www.microsoft.com/technet/security/bulletin/MS08-067.mspx Come back after you patch!
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    Secure Development - learn it, teach the boss, practice

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    eek! From the Misfit Geek - Joe Stagner, I learned about some new webcasts coming up in November sure to jumpstart your secure development practices. Registration info at Joe's blog . 11/3/2008; 11:00 AM (PST) - Convincing Management: The Business Case...
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    In the clearing stands a boxer, and a fighter by his trade

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    eek! Woohoo for Photosynth , it just won a breakthrough award . Well deserved. I love this thing and most recently have spent way too much time panning and zooming into the boxer synth . Wow, 474 photos, 98% synthy and it makes you feel part of the action...
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    Do you need a Second Shot?

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    eek! A good deal if you ask me in terms of certification. From the website (emphasis mine): With Second Shot, if you do not pass a Microsoft Certification exam on your first try, we’ll let you retake the exam for free . As an additional incentive...
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    Coming to your favorite city - the MSDN Developer Conference

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    eek! Unable to make it to the PDC next week? Your local Microsoft teams have come up with something that is in your backyard and perhaps easier on today's tightened budgets: the MSDN Developer Conference. Conference sites are listed on the home page and...
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    Want a Silverlight Nibble?

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    eek! Updated for Silverlight 2 (and Blend SP1), the NibblesTutorial.net site is a great way to learn (bite by bite) about Silverlight, WPF and the intersection between them and Expression Blend. Nicely done!
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    Get your Code Camp On!

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    eek! Looking for great geek content in a fairly local setting. The Fairfield/Westchester .NET Users Group is holding its second code camp on November 8, 2008. Details and registration here . I'll be presenting, so hope to see you there!
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    Have you Ramped Up? Share you story...

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    eek! Have you ramped up ? I would like to hear your story, email me allandcp AT microsoft dot com. I work with enterprise developers (large organizations) and would like to hear and share stories of success (and trials if you've faced them).
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    Back to Basics – the Microsoft Financial Services Newsletter for Developers

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    eek! Just received the latest edition of the newsletter and thought it was a good read to share in its entirety. The theme? Back to Basics. What do you think? Welcome to the Fall 2008 edition of the Microsoft Financial Services Developer Newsletter !...
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    Distributed Computing at the Architecture Journal

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    eek! Just in time for the PDC, the latest Architecture Journal is focused on Distributed Computing . Check it out! P.S. If you are a fan of the WPF based Reader like I am – great for offline and great digital reading experience, a reliable source mentioned...
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    Before you start with Silverlight 2 and Visual Studio 2008 SP1

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    eek! You should read ScottGu’s post (for good details and history of the product) and the key to having a great experience in Silverlight and Visual Studio 2008: “ If you have the Beta2 or RC versions of the VS Tools for Silverlight, or the Silverlight...
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    IE8 and the horse's mouth

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    eek! I know it is a horrible expression, but if you are looking to get some questions answered about IE8 (Beta 2 has been out since end of August), you will want to mark your calendars for this Thursday : The transcripts of older conversations are a great...
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    Silverlight 2 as Interoperability Glue

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    eek! Say it fast and it rhymes! I was reading the press announcement that Silverlight 2.0 is ready (the bits should propagate to the web soon), and I liked this nugget: This is great, following the link to the Soyatec's eclipse4SL page gives some screen...
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    Happy Searching on Facebook Friday

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    eek! Happiness is never having to leave Facebook...right? And now I can search on Facebook and the Web thanks to those kooky kids from Microsoft. See you on Facebook, I'm the slightly strange looking fellow :) Search for me! P.S. Become a fan of Live...
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    Starting in .NET and Building Smarter Kids

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    eek! This was news to me, MSDN unveiled a new Beginner Developer Learning Center . The center comes complete with a Kid’s Corner , interesting… From one of the eBooks available on the web site, yup, this is how we all do it! My only peeve? When you review...
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    Microsoft Web Platform - the one stop shop

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    eek! Wouldn't it be nice if you could just go to one place and get the whole stack, and stay up to date? That would be nice, and here it is: the Microsoft Web Platform Installer . Check out the new home for all things web @ Microsoft:
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    Hello Dublin - more on .NET Framework 4.0

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    eek! Dublin? Check out Steve Martin's blog for details. Follow the links for what is coming to Windows Server :
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    Some Healthy Posts

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    eek! Nice to see Microsoft HealthVault (is a platform not a product ) getting play on the MIX Online site. Worth downloading and reviewing the 15 minute interview . And for a timely, thoughtful and thought provoking video message, hop over to the HealthBlog...
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    Goodbye September

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    eek! First time here? Here's what September looked like... A peek at 2010 now See you at the PDC? Hello SQL Server 2008 Updated Training Kit Resource Page MSR New England is Open - watch the videos! Pimp your IDE...Easy Money? So much fun - MSDN and Social...
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