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    Girl Geeks Rule

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    eek! I didn’t sign the pledge but I did want to do my shout out to Ada Lovelace (by way of JM’s blog ). As far as tech heroines, I’m going to salute all the girls attending the amazing DigiGirlz events (our future tech heroes) that are happening throughout...
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    Downloading IE8

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    eek! As we speak! All the news that’s fit to print on IE8 from the team. Just a reminder, the FireStarter for IE8 is happening next week – so if you’ve ignored it during the beta cycle, might be a good time to see what the fuss is all about.
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    Get Silverlight 3 Beta with eyes wide open

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    eek! Ok, I guess they are making some noise in Vegas . Silverlight 3 Beta is available and so is… And for those of you who do this with eyes wide open, please heed the warning … See you out of the browser!
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    Say Hello to the Microsoft Web Platform

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    eek! Another one making a splash at MIX09, say hello . Mr. Staples looked good on stage at the day 1 keynote and his blog entry summed up all the exciting things in the platform. It is a great list but you and I both know that this is the one we really...
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    An Azure Moment of Zen – a cool minute

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    eek! It is all of a minute (around minute 48 to 49) as part of the MIX09 Day 1 Keynote . You’ve got to hear it if you’ve dismissed Windows Azure/Azure Services Platform before (or if you fell in love at first sight). Hint: Fast CGI = PHP, Full Trust ...
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    Predicting a very slow news week

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    eek! Unless they say something at MIX but I doubt it. :P Watch the keynote streamed starting at 9 am US Pacific time tomorrow.
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    Dancing with the Stars – the Oracle and SQL Server Pairing

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    eek! Given the right music, these guys could win it all. I was watching the Microsoft on ISVs blog and stumbled upon this great resource for folks running Oracle applications on SQL Server. It is called the Microsoft Oracle Center of Excellence (MOCE...
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    I’m a FireStarter, Twisted FireStarter - a post-MIX IE8 event

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    eek! I’d expect the IE8 team will have things to say at MIX , so the following post-MIX event may be extremely timely and popular :) Check it out, an IE8 FireStarter! Visit Mithun’s blog for the latest on agenda, registration and how to be there live...
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    What I intend to do tomorrow - REST

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    eek! Ooo, the WCF Rest Starter Kit just got a makeover. Check out Ron Jacobs’s announcement and a link to the hands on labs. New to this stuff? Start here . Happy REST!
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    Keeping my eyes/ears peeled for MIX announcements this week

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    eek! Not going to MIX this week but I’m really excited about all the announcements Microsoft intends to make. No, I don’t know any of them :) but I would expect they’ll all be exciting in their own right. For a taste, see this recent announcement from...
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    Windows Azure and not too shabby name drop

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    eek! I’m often presenting on Windows Azure and the Azure Services Platform to enterprise developers and IT pros. I’m usually asked to do an overview of the “message from Microsoft” and here’s my pitch (in case you have to do this). To see it in action...
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    PowerShell to the People – The Aftermath

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    eek! To my friends at CTDotNet.org thank you for your time yesterday. As promised, here are the resources we talked about. The Slides My slides from the session . They contain other resource pointers (like the free eBook), so check them out. If you are...
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    Get your motor running…

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    eek! Bigger, badder and you’ll get to decide if it is better. The MSDN Northeast Roadshow comes to Hartford CT on March 18 2009 for a whole day at a new, larger venue (click the link to register and get details). It is FREE! Why? Catch up on… "Top...
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    PowerShell to the People – Join Us!

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    eek! UPDATE: March 11, 2009 - Here are the resources from the session . Ever wondered what it would be like to be able to reuse your .NET skills to do just about anything? Well, seems a bit far fetched, but Windows PowerShell makes it possible to dream...
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    Silverlight? It must be Maine!

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    eek! UPDATE: March 11, 2009. We will be postponing this talk until April. If you'd like to learn what Microsoft has planned for Business Applications and Silverlight, wait for MIX :) or watch Brad Abrams drop major hints . If you are in the area, join...
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    I guess I’m a budding New Media Douchebag

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    eek! I didn’t think you could say douchebag on MSDN but I guess this is used appropriately :) I loved this post , especially on Facebook Friday. Have a great day and smile, things can only get better. P.S. Check out me out on Twitter…ok, I’ll stop being...
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    Stomach Flu and the MSDN Suburban Roadshow Resources

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    eek! To my buddy who is caring for an ill family, good luck. For my captive audience, here are the resources I talked about today around RESTful Programming with WCF 3.5 and Syntactic Sugar with .NET 3.5 . RESTful Programming with WCF 3.5   Get the...
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    My gift to my management

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    eek! On my birthday, I’m dedicating this post to all past managers and my new manager. I’m hoping all of them are reading the fairly new TechLeaders blog : “Provoking Thought, Discussion and Insight around Managing People in the Technical Space” Good...
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    What is running those businesses?

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    eek! I’d like to think WCF with the REST starter kit, IIS 7, Silverlight, etc., etc. But I’d be wrong. Microsoft Excel and Microsoft Access are the basis for many critical business applications and in this ARCast.TV segment (around 22 minutes long), you...
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    Windows 7 and VB6 – the Microsoft Commitment

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    eek! This is good news for all those organizations that have an investment in VB6. The VB6 IDE is out of support but Microsoft has formalized its support statement for Windows 7 (and “Windows 7 Server” which is Windows Server 2008 R2). The key phrase...
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    Recapping February

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    eek! That was a short month and here were my posts… Friday is for taking stock How much would you pay for serious SharePoint Smarts? Silverlight and LINQ for Life I got XAMLized and you can too… Does Green IT Matter? Discovering CBlox on the road to Azure...
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