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  • Blog Post: Sometimes there are no words – Silverlight Client for Facebook

    Love it! Get it! Update: I guess words were in order (doh!). The fine print: This application brings together the many compelling platform capabilities of Silverlight 4 into a rich out-of-browser application in the familiar context of Facebook.Enjoy the photos, feeds, events, friends’ walls, and...
  • Blog Post: I love the new MSDN – Happy Birthday to me!

    eek! I know it’s been a hectic few days if you develop on the Microsoft platform. The SharePoint team is enjoying a lot of oohs and aahs from IT pros and developers, as they unveil features of SharePoint 2010 . Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 and .NET Framework 4 are ready for MSDN subscribers and the rest...
  • Blog Post: The New Efficiency – Meet the Windows Server 2008 R2 Developer Training Kit

    eek! Welcome to the new efficiency and our launch party for Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 R2. If you are like me and want to get your head around what’s new from a software developer’s perspective, look no further than the recent Windows Server 2008 R2 Developer Training Kit . Like the rest of the...
  • Blog Post: Somewhere over the rainbow with Silverlight Smooth Streaming

    eek! David Sayed (good blog for Silverlight + Media) just announced a great new experience coming this week courtesy of Netflix and Silverlight Smooth Streaming . There’s no place like home and you’ll be able to enjoy the experience right from the comfort of your own home and favorite web browser. P...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Hohm and Mother Earth

    It’s Feel Good Friday and there is something truly irresistible about Microsoft Hohm ’s tagline: Bringing people together to save energy and money . From the Hohm Blog : What is Microsoft Hohm? Microsoft Hohm is a free online beta application that helps you save energy and money. With Microsoft Hohm...
  • Blog Post: Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman!

    Welcome to another episode of Feel Good Fridays . Have you seen Microsoft Research’s Project Tuva . This is really a great project (thank you Bill Gates!) with a truly innovative user experience (in my humble opinion). From the website: Microsoft Research’s Project Tuva explores core scientific concepts...
  • Blog Post: Bridges and Labs: Interoperability at Work

    eek! Discovered this today: Microsoft Interoperability and Labs Center . From the site… The Center is dedicated to technical collaborative work to improve interoperability between Microsoft and non-Microsoft technologies. In this site, you will find a live directory of freely downloadable technical interoperability...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to Feel Good Fridays! Read my blog and make some money!

    eek! It’s friday and for a while, it has been “ Facebook Fridays ” on my blog. I’m changing that and hope to bring you a new theme on fridays…Welcome to Feel Good Fridays (FGF) – a spotlight on happy, moderately tech related tips/tricks/anecdotes. FGF Episode 1 I finally caught up with my listening and...
  • Blog Post: Meet my boss’s boss’s boss’s boss (the Imagine Cup!)

    Got about 14 minutes? Meet the head honcho of my organization at Microsoft - Walid - as he sits down to chat about why the Imagine Cup matters to students and Microsoft. This was a short/smart interview that reminded me that some of the technology companies we rely on everyday were started by students...
  • Blog Post: Breaking the Glass Ceiling (Sisters are doing it for themselves Part 2)

    A few months ago, my team ran the Microsoft Enterprise Developer Conference in New York City. If you spelunk our website , you’ll find some great sessions that you can view on demand. Here are 3 that I’m picking at random from my favorite sessions… Windows Azure Case Study: How we ported ScrumWall and...
  • Blog Post: Gentle Robots? A peek into Microsoft Health Now and the Vision

    I’m a Microsoft HealthVault Fan on Facebook and I just found out that the session recordings from the Microsoft Connected Health Conference earlier this month are available. Check out the website for abstracts and presentation/video links. I’ve shown my bias :) by highlighting the items I’m currently...
  • Blog Post: Sisters are doing it for themselves (Part 1)

    As part of my last post , I mentioned DigiGirlz and completely forgot to tell you, dear reader, about a remarkable team effort that went into running our second DigiGirlz Day in Connecticut a few months back. We really had an awesome event last year and this year matched it. Details… We had over 50+...
  • Blog Post: Advancing careers from the classroom to the boardroom

    eek! I love my job and yet again , I was able to step out of ordinary and connect with folks who volunteer their time and resources to helping their community. Tonight I had the privilege of chatting with the Hartford chapter of the BDPA . It is truly amazing to me that there are so many unseen and unheard...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 RC Developer Training Kit

    eek! I submit that one of the best blog posts that I’ve read on Windows 7 for Developers is Mike Taulty’s Windows 7: What’s there for Developers? Cool stuff from Mike. If you are looking to get a handle on some of the cool new features that Windows 7 offers developers, the same team that brought you...
  • Blog Post: It’s all about the Tools!

    eek! Our dear friend Russ has a TV Show and its called – It’s All About the Tools -catch episode 2 and more! Watch Russ and guests showcase great demos and get geeky. As Russ says, make some popcorn and enjoy!
  • Blog Post: You down with PHP, yeah you know me

    eek! If you didn’t see it yet, the latest PHP Architect Magazine is dedicated to running PHP on Windows. Articles include: Installing PHP on Windows Configure and Optimize PHP on Windows Getting Started with the SQL Server Driver for PHP Oh and this month’s issue is free (registration required though...
  • Blog Post: bing is…

    eek! B (ing) I (s) the N (ext) G (oogle). The announce here and more bing next week! Search you later! Happy Friday.
  • Blog Post: Social Computing for Business and SharePoint – Its in the Game!

    eek! Nice case study on the use of SharePoint and its social computing features. I particularly like the benefits section… The company sees EA People as a great way for its 9,000 employees to connect, share ideas, start conversations, learn more about one another, and grow professionally...
  • Blog Post: Facebook Recent Activity - Windows Mobile Application

    eek! Yes, I installed the Windows Mobile Facebook application . It is pretty sweet in capturing and uploading videos and pictures to Facebook. Coupled with the Live Mesh mobile client, I never miss a moment (across my devices) and nor does my family across the world! P.S. Daddy drinks because they cry...
  • Blog Post: SQL 2008 joins the Training Kit Team!

    eek! The Training Kits which are so well done just got a new addition – The SQL Server 2008 Developer Training Kit . Visit Roger’s blog for details . In a nutshell… The material is organized into several feature areas: Spatial Support provides an overview of the new spatial data types that...
  • Blog Post: The Missing Identity

    eek! Dig into the latest member of the Training Kit family – The Identity Developer Training Kit . I’ve been a big fan of these training kits – they help me get a handle on the technology *and* work through hands on labs that solidify the concepts. You’ll want to review this one, it covers important...
  • Blog Post: Wicked Smart Kids at the Invention Convention

    eek! One of the great parts of my job is that I get to collect fun experiences and log them as work :) Two weekends ago, I was a Microsoft judge at the Connecticut Invention Convention . What a thrilling experience to witness the youngest minds (grade 8 and younger) think up some truly fantastic creations...
  • Blog Post: Don’t miss our smarts; mark your calendars!

    eek! Great two weeks ahead for virtual events that you don’t have to dress up for. The good folks at the LinkedIn .NET Users Group have a bunch of sessions coming up with personalities you will not want to miss. Oh, and we are running a conference that you may like to peek in on (we are streaming certain...
  • Blog Post: To Mother Earth

    eek! Thank you! Discovered the GFS website via Steve Clayton’s awesome blog and the bit about Microsoft’s Top 10 Business Practices for Environmentally Sustainable Data Centers . Supplements? “Going Green” – a special online-only Green IT issue of TechNet Magazine “Green Computing” – the Architect Journal...
  • Blog Post: Tales from the languages gene pool

    eek! If you want to catch up on the videos from the Lang.NET Symposium 2009, they are ready . Catch them and then poke around the website, you’ll be able to get videos from last year too. I just watched the Tales from the F# productization and will be tee’ing up PowerShell’s Universal Code Execution...
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