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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: Customers make it real! Notes from our Innovation Showcase

    eek! A personal thank you to Iconics for showing off their very cool Windows 7 application at our Innovation Showcase over the past few weeks. Iconics’s application was designed to exploit several features of Windows 7 – the Taskbar, Jump Lists, Windows Ribbon, Multi-touch – making it both functional...
  • 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: 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: Join us for the New Efficiency Kickoff on September 29, 2009

    eek! Join in the conversation to see top technology leaders and Microsoft’s CEO debate the role of IT during this economic reset. Can cost savings, productivity and innovation come together to drive business growth? I don’t know :) so I’ll be there tomorrow at noon US eastern time. Details @ the New...
  • Blog Post: WebsiteSpark - Calling all Web Developers

    eek! What web next thing could you do with: 3 licenses of Visual Studio 2008 Professional Edition 1 license of Expression Studio 3 (which includes Expression Blend, Sketchflow, and Web) 2 licenses of Expression Web 3 4 processor licenses of Windows Web Server 2008 R2 4 processor licenses of SQL Server...
  • 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: Feel Good Fridays – Microsoft, its Partners and the 2019 Video

    7/20/2009 Update: Looks like they've pulled the session videos that had "permalinks" :(. Website says check back in August, so I'll have an update when these become available again. Welcome to another Feel Good Friday; don’t forget to vote ! Did you catch the online streaming of the keynotes from...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: Does Green IT Matter?

    eek! Does it? Kathy Malone , an internet buddy, intends to discuss this with a few like minded folks. Jump in on Wednesday Feb 18 at 6:30 pm US Eastern Time . The abstract follows: With gas prices under $2/gallon, and in the current economic climate, does anyone care about Green IT any more? (Although...
  • Blog Post: Work Sucks; Play Serious!

    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 work environments": Why Work Sucks and How to Fix...
  • Blog Post: MSR New England is Open - watch the videos!

    eek! Exciting news, this is so cool. Watch the videos from the opening symposium . The focus of the lab? An interdisciplinary approach in an age of networks (www, social networks, biology, etc.). Peek inside the lab by viewing JT Chayes video: Here is a list of videos available at the site...
  • Blog Post: I like Gossips! Happy Social Computing Friday

    eek! I like Gossips - that's from a slide in a presentation entitled: Accelerating Innovation within the Enterprise - The Value of Rapid Prototyping and User Insights . It's the presentation with the screen shot of "TownSquare". Don't know what that is? Check out the presentation . Definitely Cool -...
  • Blog Post: Innovation and the Right Passion - Cat Stories Part 3

    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" and the innovative thinking she brought to...
  • Blog Post: Future Health Vision Video - now available in download

    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+ old). For details on the video, the HealthBlog has...
  • Blog Post: Only wise folks rush in...

    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).
  • Blog Post: Pumping up on Innovation at Play

    eek! Last week, I visited a health company and witnessed some very innovative programs at play (pun intended - I'll talk about this soon, when I'm allowed too). The company in question is truly looking beyond the horizon to the future of health; they have a bunch of folks working on several programs...
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