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CyKho

On technology, society, and thinking in general...

On Cy Khormaee:

Cy is an Academic Developer Evangelist for Microsoft - tasked with helping schools and Microsoft place nice with one another.  After graduating from the University of Washington with a CS degree (research specialty in education and HCI) he started working for Microsoft as a Program Manager in Business Intelligence.  A year (and a bit) later he's become an ADE living in DC and working in the Mid-Atlantic Region (DC, Virginias, Delaware, Maryland, Carolinas).

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    New Google Icon?

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    Late late at night, I noticed that Google has given rise to a new site icon. Big G -> little g.  Not sure what that's about.  I definitely liked the original better.  The new one is backwards, mal proportioned and monochromatic. ...
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    Guest Blogger: Paul Oliver of Legendary Studios (Part 5)

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    Just Two Weeks after the Community Technical Preview Release of XNA 3.0 : We have completed our conversion and have uploaded everything to http://codeplex.com/Name/ Run over and download the source so you can deploy it to your Zune! Hopefully everyone...
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    So you wanna make a Zune Game?

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    While many have had the chance to play the N.A.M.E game, some creative seeds have been sewn.  I'm getting several questions coming through about how to create a Zune game. To build your own Zune game, there are several points of optimization unique...
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    My Bad Apple

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    Today I bought a Mac. After spending the week with the good folks of Graphing Social Patterns East (aka Apple Fanboys) - I had to see what all the hype was about firsthand.  So, today I took the plunge with a friend (and fellow Microsoftie). Walking...
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    Graphing Social Patterns Redux: so how does social networking affect business?

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    I was planning to blog as I attended this conference (last week).  However, the presenters and other attendees were just so darn interesting I never found the time (shame on them)! Throughout the conference I had the opportunity to speak with all...
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    Making people smile

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    Recently, I've started using (follow cykho).  For those of you who don't use twitter - think of it as micro blogging.  You write 140 character posts about whatever you're thinking of doing at the time.  Then, you can follow (think RSS)...
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    Zune Game Trailer

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    Now that Legendary Studios has completed N.A.M.E - their first xna 3.0 game for the Zune - Paul's guest blogger series on How to Make a Zune Game have come to an end.  You can download the free zune game: http://codeplex.com/Name/ To modify it simply...
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    Technology Trailers FTW

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      Technology is exciting and entertaining.  Like movies.  So they should have Trailers.  Like movies:   http://home.live.com/ http://www.popfly.com/ http://silverlight.net/GetStarted/
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    Women + Tech

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    An issue I've struggled with over my time with the Evangelism team at Microsoft is how do we reach women?  A couple weeks ago we held a great event to this end: DigiGirlz Day 2008 - 65 girls at Microsoft Reston all day to learn about the "cool"...
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    The Mobile Threat to online Ads?

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    Recently I saw an article on MSN Money Central about the potential thread mobile phones present to Google (and other online advertisers).  The basic premise was that less space available on a mobile device screen represents lower inventory and therefore...
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    Enter the Surface

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    While making one of my periodic visits to the mothership back in Redmond I had the opportunity to see the latest version of Microsoft's surface - a new was to interact with computers with human gesture alone.  Essentially, this technology is designed...
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    Where to work...

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    The top computer science/engineering grads in the world choosing the warm embrace of the corporate world generally have three choices: get a job at - Google, Amazon, or Microsoft.  At least when I graduated, they all paid about the same and recruited...
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    (a MUCH delayed) Tour on Charlotte Report

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    Back in the end of April I took a trip down to lovely North Carolina to make school visits there and talk with the local Microsoft campus.  On the academic front - there was an academic dark horse - Central Piedmont Community college blew me away...
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    How to REST in a nutshell

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    If you hang out with the web 2.0 kids long enough you'll inevitably hear the word REST/RESTful. I've gotten this question enough from the CS students I work with to create a little knowledge nut right here: REST = Representational State Transfer In a...
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    A goodbye to FY08 and a bit on what corporate America thinks is important

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    First of all, let me apologize for my long absence.  During the period I have been away - my fingers have been busily typing the 13 page epic poem which is the full summer of my activities over the last 9 months.  I simply couldn't bring myself...
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    How the web works (msft style)...

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    I commonly get the question - sooo...wtf is a web service?  A web service is anything which requires two or more computers to communicate.  Most web services these days are designed with a single "Server" providing data to any "Clients"...
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    Your Digital Lifestyle

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    In our quest for hearts and minds, Microsoft has traditionally been VERY successful at minds (making the intellectual value proposition), but not so successful with the hearts part (emotion - making you feel for our products).  However, I just saw...
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    Texas

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    Last week I was hanging out in Texas doing some training on Silverlight/Evangelism training. I was staying in Irving - a huge tech center - more or less just like any other suburban tech city (Redmond/San Jose/Reston). But at some point, I had a sudden...
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    How Ruby Showed Me Why Microsoft Wins Developers

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    Recently, I spent a few precious hours of my late night dev time learning Ruby on Rails. The syntax is great and the libraries are well developed for such a young community. The fun ends there... Ruby on Rails is widely touted as the easy language to...
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    SQL Server Data Mining Addins for Excel

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    You can now use excel for advanced analysis and data mining! Now, in addition to being able to import data directly from SQL Server, Excel can access the mining and analysis tools in sql server. The Analyze Key Influencers is one of the coolest features...
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    XNA 2.0

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    XNA 2.0 has finally launched! Due to the secretive nature of the date this has been fervently awaited surprise. There's alot cool new features in both the development studio and framework, but I'm most excited about Networking support. This is going to...
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    On testing tests...

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    Recently, a close friend - who also happens to be a tester @ M$ - brought this post by Joel of Fog Creek Software fame to my attention: "It occurred to me that when you have a proof that goes on for pages and pages, it’s far more likely to contain...
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    3 MS Tech Toys to know

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    While, none of these are new to the scene, there are technologies which everyone I've talked to loves - so I figured I'd post em' all in the same place :) Microsoft Robotics Studio (Level = know what a robot is): Write some code to run a robot - except...
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    Photosynth

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    Completely novel way to navigate environment based photo sets. Also, you can use the 3D visualization to see how Photosynth applies the stitching algorithms... Check it out: http://labs.live.com/photo synth/view.html?collection =sanmarco/index1.sxs ...
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    The I'm Initiative

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    MSN Messenger has released a new project (which I worked on!) that helps you contribute to charity. Just include a code in your friendly name/personal message and Microsoft will contribute money to your charity of choice! Codes are as follows (on Messenger...
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