Darryl Burling @ Work

Thoughts and musings of the New Zealand Community DE

August, 2005

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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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    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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    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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    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 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 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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    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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    Screenshots of the Hotmail Beta

    If you want to know what the hotmail beta looks like - you should take a look at this page . Its nice and simple - and fast.
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    Tiny new tablet

    I had coffee with Craig Pringle this morning. Craig runs the Tablet PC user group in Wellington. He had this really nice little tablet on him - the new Motion LS800. He's got it over the weekend and will put a review of it up on his blog near the end...
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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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    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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    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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    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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    LS800 Reviewed

    Craig has put his review of the tiny new Motion LS800 Tablet up. It looks good !
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    SQL Server Hot Labs - Filling up fast

    If you are interested in getting some SQL 2005 training - you'd better get in quick. We've got some training in the infrastructure/scalability, development and business intelligence features of SQL 2005 coming up starting next week and continuing through...
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    Steve Ballmer on NZ TV

    In case you missed it (I did) Steve Ballmers interview with TVNZ was aired tonight. You can see the video here .
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    Want to learn VS2005? Here is a list of resources

    A week or so ago Nigel posted a long list of learning resources on his blog. Now we've put all these resources together and hosted them on the MSDN New Zealand website. The list can be found at http://www.microsoft.co.nz/LearnVS2005
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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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