Darryl Burling @ Work

Thoughts and musings of the New Zealand Community DE

August, 2005

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    How to kill a community

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    I was looking at the inquirer (which is unusual for me) and saw this article that talks about an organization called "Linux Australia" that has been commissioned to get companies that are using the Linux name to pay AU$5000 to continue using it. Huh...
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    Change your MSN Passport email address

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    I just went to a session at Tech Ready on MSN Architecture. After the session I had a chat with the presenter and asked him one of the questions I often get asked: "Why can't I change my Passport/Spaces/MSN email address?". The news is all good...
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    Internet Explorer Beta 1

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    Last week I installed Internet Explorer beta 1, here are my thoughts. Its stable. I've had no crashes or odd sufferings at all since I installed it. Tabbed browsing - without MSN Search toolbar and with a much nicer implementation Search is...
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    More on the Change email address ability on Passport accounts...

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    I've had a few emails from people who would like to change their email addresses in Passport but dont have the option. I tried looking at the other two passport accounts I've got and found that I couldn't change the email addresses for them either...
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    Ajax in .Net

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    Tim has started a blogversation in our community about AJAX . While I'm no ASP.Net expert and certainly not a AJAX expert, I thought I'd point out this free library for .Net . It comes with documentation and looks quite simple to use. A big thanks...
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    How to stitch photos in Acrylic

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    You've probably found people talking about the nice panoramic images they can make from Acrylic . Well I decided to have a go at making my own. Being very ignorant of image editing in general and image editing software in particular, I found it tricky...
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    VS2005 Team System on Virtual PC - free order!

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    This has actually been around for a while but I never blogged about it - its been a quiet NZ release :-) If you wanted to try Visual Studio 2005 Team System but could never get it going on your own machine - or dont have the time to get it going, you...
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    On FireAnt, Atlas and AJAX

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    Omar Shahine has written a really interesting peice about the plumbing behind the new hotmail beta. Its a great window in to the architectural and development approaches inside Microsoft, and inside MSN as well. Key points I saw: The new Hotmail...
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    How to succeed at Microsoft

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    Frank forwarded this article that Josh Ledgard blogged which is a great bunch of tips from his five (now plus) years of service at Microsoft. Great tips!
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    On Windows Mobile, Media Player 10 and ActiveSync 4.0

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    This morning I synced my Windows Mobile 5.0 smartphone with ActiveSync 4.0 and noticed the Media Sync part of ActiveSync which I'd not noticed before on my WM2003 Pocket PC Phone (with AS 4.0). Essentially the Media Sync simply integrates with Windows...
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    I dont believe these stats...

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    According to our stats only 926 New Zealanders have registered a Visual Studio 2005 Express edition. I'm sure more than that have actually been downloaded! If you haven't tried out one of the Express editions and you're curious about getting into...
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    On Windows Vista and gaming

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    If you read Major Nelsons blog , you'll know that he often has great information about the XBox and gaming inside Microsoft. Today he points us to a great article about gaming in Vista . We saw this stuff today at TechReady, and it's pretty cool...
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    Want to work in DPE for Microsoft New Zealand?

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    We have three positions vacant. Probably all in Auckland. The roles are: Architect Evangelist (or Advisor) Developer Tools specialist Academic Developer Evangelist (or advisor) The Academic DE is actually an intern position. Sean...
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    Visual Studio 2005 nearing Release Candidate

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    Somasegar has written a great blog post that tells us where the Visual Studio family is at. The August CTP is coming soon September see the first Release Candidate released Team Foundation Server Beta 3 will be released at the same time as...
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    Tech Ed - want to see what's going on?

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    I'll be blogging on my personal blog during Tech Ed. Why? MSN Spaces supports easy upating via email. I can take a photo, and blog it using email which means I dont have to have my laptop on me all the time. I know there are blogging tools like Kevins...
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    Tech Ed - first half of day 1

    Tech Ed 2005 is underway. We've been busy this morning ensuring people know where to go for their sessions. The MSDN Connection lounge is looking great. We've got four XBoxes and a variety of games. The XBox consoles are networked and we have three...
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    Tech Ed Day three - nearly done

    Tech Ed has bee pretty good this year. I've enjoyed it so far. I'm currently preparing for another conference tomorrow (no time to rest). It's been very busy, but it's been great catching up with lots of people I've worked with over the last five to...
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    My Tech Ed presentation is now available for download

    I've just put my presentation from Tech Ed up on my website for downloading. The presentation was ".Net Compact Framework - a platform on the move" and covered the following topics: What is the .Net Compact Framework and why do we have it ...
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    Navman triples profit

    Navman is New Zealands biggest ISV. Their FY04 earnings were reported in the Dom this morning. And it was a very good year. Well done guys!
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    LS800 Reviewed

    Craig has put his review of the tiny new Motion LS800 Tablet up. It looks good !
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    Tech Ed - come to the lounge!

    We've been busy over the last few weeks getting ready for Tech Ed. Nigel has been particularly busy organizaing the venue, speakers and content and has just posted what may be his last update before Tech Ed... We are going to have a MSDN Connection...
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    MSN on Social Networking

    The MSN team have apparently been working on social networking features for MSN Messenger, Spaces, Hotmail, etc. I dont know the details, but I'm hoping for something like LinkedIn meets Messenger ... If thats the case I think we may need a new...
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    NZ Tech Ed Geek Run

    Chris and I have been scheming a run together on the Saturday before Tech Ed . If you are interested in tagging along, Chris has just posted the details to his blog including a calendar entry for easy integration into Outlook. If you are fast -...
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    Blogging and RSS Report - Really interesting reading!

    The spaces guys linked to this (apparently lots of people have already linked to it before me, but who cares) really interesting Neilsons report that gives some figures for blog sites, parent companies and RSS usage. The report is really interesting...
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    XBox 360 Pricing announced

    Last week Microsoft announced XBox 360 pricing . You may have already heard this, but I only just heard it so I thought I'd write it up while I'm thinking of it. The long and the short of it is that the base unit will sell for US$299 and the premium...
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