Brian Johnson's Startup Developer Blog

October, 2010


    Curse on the Windows Team Blog


    No, not that kind of curse. Brandon has a great post on the Windows Team Blog about BizSpark Startup Curse. Check it out.

    Managing Game User Interface Add-ons with the Curse Client from

    I consider myself a casual gamer. I play a few PC games, mostly Games for Windows – LIVE titles, and of course Xbox. But this week I’ve been exposed to an interesting area of online gaming. Some of the more advanced gamers out there might find it sad that prior to this week, I had no idea there is such a big community of user interface add-on authors who create free plug-ins for online games like World of Warcraft. I had, of course, heard of and played World of Warcraft before, but didn’t know there were user interface add-ons for the game. User interface add-ons are plug-ins that change the user interface that a player utilizes in a game. This is where the folks from come in. They have created a client for Windows – the Curse Client – that is designed specifically to deliver user interface add-ons that 3rd party authors publish through


    I mentioned on FB last week that a big patch came out for World of Warcraft last Tuesday and that one of the things that Curse was able to do was to mitigate traffic spike problems by moving to the Microsoft Web Platform. They seemed to have handled lasts weeks patch with no problem at all.

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    I’ve been working with a BizSpark startup called This site lets you monitor and manage your “Online Career Brand”.  The site is one of the largest Azure applications I’ve seen, but you wouldn’t know it just by looking at it. Very cool stuff. Check it out.


    From their About page:

    Based in Northern Virginia, MyWebCareer was founded in January 2010 by a group of executives with over 30 years of collective experience in developing mission critical solutions for US Federal Law Enforcement, Intelligence and Forensics clients.

    What do you know about your Online Footprint?

    Almost everything you do on the Internet can be traced back to you and nearly everyone has left some online footprint(s). These online footprints can include references to you on corporate websites, blog posts, press releases, and social or business network profiles. Collectively these footprints make up your online brand. Employers, colleagues, friends or just acquaintances are increasingly using ever more sophisticated Internet search engines to research your online brand to gain additional insight about you.

    At MyWebCareer we have created a service for Career Professionals that enables you to uncover and evaluate your online footprint. Our product integrates technologies and methodologies that have been successfully utilized by the law enforcement and intelligence communities since 2001. Our objective is to provide Career Professionals with insight into their online brand and to offer tools to make this data accessible, manageable, and actionable. We use sophisticated link analysis, visualization and semantics technologies to enable you to quickly evaluate and explore data that may relate to you.

    At MyWebCareer we know all about privacy and data protection. Our approach to privacy is simple. Your data is available to you only. We will never share or sell your data with any third party without your express permission.


    Windows Phone 7 Available November 8th!


    Really excited for this. Be sure to check out the Windows Phone 7 launch events linked below:

    Today we announced that Windows Phones will be available for consumer purchase thru At&T November 8th! Make sure your app is ready in time for consumers by following the below timeline:

    • Oct 11: Participating early certification developers will receive instructions on submitting their xaps, allowing those apps to be published in Marketplace in the lead up to, and after, launch.
    • Oct 12-November: Microsoft will continue processing submissions and prioritizing new requests in the order they are received until the self-serve submission process is broadly enabled.

    Need help getting started with how to build your app and the resources available? Check out the Windows Phone 7 Launch Events and MPR below.


    Windows Phone 7 Launch Events:

    Get ready to capitalize on this exciting new frontier with two days of fast-paced learning. Day One takes you under the hood of Windows Phone 7 with the tools and fundamentals of application development, plus design scenarios using Silverlight, XNA and the Windows Phone 7 SDK. Day Two is all about turning your napkin sketches into real, sellable apps. Go at your own pace to build your app and upload it to the full-service Marketplace. Register at

    Additional Resources:

    Microsoft Platform Ready is always available online to help you develop, test and deploy your WP7 app. Get access to trainings, offers and 24/7 support @


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