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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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    Brand new FREE Windows Phone 7 XNA Game Engine Released – here comes Helium!

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    Thanks to Paul Oliver (check out his game portfolio: http://pauliver.com/)– one of our top influential developers in the Mid-Atlantic (originally an MSP at the University of Baltimore County) has released the Helium Game Engine. http://helium...
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    Pat Yongpradit Selected to participate in the 2010 Microsoft Worldwide Innovative Education Forum in South Africa!

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    What great news – a superstar high school education from Silver Spring, MD has been selected to participate in the 2010 Microsoft Worldwide Innovative Educator Forum in South Africa at the end of October. Pat has done some amazing work over the...
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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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    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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    Guest Blogger: Paul Oliver of Legendary Studios (Post 1)

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    Paul Oliver is the founder of Legendary Studios and an experienced XNA developer.  His Guest blog posts will chronicle the development involved in converting a small existing Xbox 360 game to be Zune ready to coincide with the full release of XNA...
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    Paul Oliver's Top 7 Tips for Game Programming with Windows Phone 7

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    Thanks again to Paul Oliver for writing up some tips and tricks he picked up from coding Helium . Really great technical gotchas good to know for and and all aspiring Windows Phone 7 developers! 1. Beware your garbage generation - High end video games...
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    CyKho is back!

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    I've decided to jump back on the blog bandwagon! Stay tuned for updates coming along once or twice a week from the academic front at Microsoft.
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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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    Guest Blogger: Paul Oliver of Legendary Studios (Part 3)

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    One week after the Community Technical Preview Release of XNA 3.0 : After playing around with a Zune and getting our code base running on XNA 3.0 we start the "real" work. 1) We decide on a control scheme [although we have yet to work it out...
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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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    Paul Oliver's Tips for Save and Load with Windows Phone 7

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    After many trails and tribulations Paul has finally gotten Save and Load working for his Windows Phone 7 Game - Alien Military Strike (AMS). He has also been so kind as to write up some more great tips and tricks on how to get this working for your first...
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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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    Sooo....how do we get students interested in technology?

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        The age old question of "how do we get more students interested in STEM (science tech engineering math) has come up one too many times.  It's time for me to write what I know (so here you go!):     A couple programs Microsoft...
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    design first code later?

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    It's kind of funny. Regardless of how many project management and development life cycle project and courses I've participated in, I still create software (personally) in the same way: start with and idea start coding remove features as they...
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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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    Four Steps to a Four Hour Work Day

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    Ever wondered how you can spend less time at your desk or in the office? Follow these four tried and true steps to get out the door in four hours or less every day: http://www.techcareercoaches.com/2011/11/4-steps-to-4-hour-work-day.html
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    Ocean Bytes Blog is online!

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    One of the .NET community leaders in Delaware Doug White has just kicked off his new Ocean Bytes Blog ( http://www.oceanbytes.org/ ). Doug works with the Oceanic Information Center researching new technologies and systems to help us all understand...
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    Storm in DC

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    Yesterday was one of the worst storms in Washington DC downing trees (and power lines) across our nation’s capital. Driving into the office I noticed the opposite lane was blocked in two places. In one instant there were 20+ people out of their...
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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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    Equating College Experience to Corporate Capability

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    I hear all the time that hiring managers that much of the content students learn in college (even Computer Science Majors) does not transfer well to the work they are asked to do on the job. Reading my colleague Alfred Thompson’s blog brought this...
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    Oh STEM why won't you grow?

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    In recent times we've seen enrollment in STEM (Science technology engineering and math) majors plummet.  Even as the need for professional in these areas reaches an all time high (with no sign of stopping) students are still reluctant to enter into...
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    I <3 the PTO

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    Often times I look around me an wonder what most people are doing with their lives. Unfortunately, the answer is all too often nothing - too many of my peers let the minutia of living take over their life. Constantly keeping busy with parties, movies...
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