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  • Blog Post: Happy 2009! (and a spot of retail therapy)

    Hi all, I am just back from two weeks holiday. My spirits are high. I am looking forward to getting stuck into lots of new projects and ideas for 2009. There is oodles of technology to play with. I have some great chrimbo presents that still need my attention such as Quake Wars on Xbox 360, a very tempting...
  • Blog Post: The perfect Christmas present for your kids - a new release of Small Basic

    I have previously blogged on Small Basic and only this week snuck it into a session I was doing on Parallel Programming (It is the time of year when you can get away with that sort of stuff!). This is a great way for anyone to learn how to program - my 80 year old dad is now a huge fan. A new version...
  • Blog Post: Merry Christmas

    Have a great Christmas It is nearly my last day before I start my Christmas holidays - which means I have just enough time to play around with Xbox Live avatars and come up with this. Have a great Christmas and an amazing New Year.
  • Blog Post: Something for your Christmas stocking - the "Daniel Moth 2009 Community Calendar"

    Daniel Moth was originally a Developer Evangelist in Microsoft UK before leaving to join the Parallel Programming team. Daniel was a top technologist, a great presenter, a bit of a character and ... fondly admired by the UK developer community. The UK developer community have done some great tributes...
  • Blog Post: Time to add some holly to twitter

    Over in the world of twitter.com people have a chance to attach a tiny image to their profile which ultimately gets displayed alongside their tweets. Two days back I spotted Ian had change his image and was now sporting a rather festive Father Christmas hat. I promptly did a swift edit to mine and noticed...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft releases yet another programming language - Introducing Small Basic

    Wow. I love this. This brings back all the great memories I had (even of the bugs) of how I first got into writing software using BASIC on the ZX80. My kids have already given it a massive thumbs up. First a big thanks to Vijaye for creating this in his spare time and secondly a thanks to whoever in...
  • Blog Post: A new version of Hard Rock Memorabilia – and my new favourite zoom

    Last Friday we did a re-run of the MSDN Roadshow in London and MikeT covered off Silverlight, including a demo of deep zoom using the Hardrock site. I hadn’t realised the site had recently been updated to include over 500 items – but what I liked was the particular zoom Mike used. Start with the Beatles...
  • Blog Post: Just back from holiday … and PDC session #1 = Babysmash

    I had a great week rebuilding the bank of a stream, watching the neighbour butcher a deer in his garden and learning what it feels like to be out walked by my 16 year old son up a mountain (which he called a hill!). A holiday was my way of handling missing out this year on attending the PDC. Now I am...
  • Blog Post: Offtopic – Fancyaferret.co.uk

    The very first domain I registered was fancyaferret.co.uk. This was many years back and TBH the reason now escapes me. The first thing I did with it was place an image of David Cassidy up on it – which is another story all together. Anyway – my lovely wife just sent me a link to this. Awesome! The Ferret...
  • Blog Post: Manic Miner in Silverlight

    Richard popped me an email about his latest “project” - a Silverlight implementation of Manic Miner which he has developer with Pete McGann. This is a very polished game but the cool bit is – they will be discussing how they developed it at NxtGenUG Coventry on August  11th 2008 Silverlight, XNA...
  • Blog Post: Oh no…. my poll is going entirely wrong!!!

    My poll is showing completely the wrong results. Surely there can not be more Amiga fans in the UK than Atari?! Did they all appear after I left my Atari for dead and replaced it with BSD Unix? Or … does it just prove my point. The Amiga guys always felt under siege as the minority and therefore feel...
  • Blog Post: 7 days of sun – I guess that is it until next year

    I had a great break over at my sisters new home in Spain. I got to know her 12 cats (!!!), her Spanish neighbours (who are the Spanish equivalent of The Waltons ) and the local vino pretty well. The weather was amazing, the mountains were great to walk on (after a drive to near the top!) and the pool...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista vs Apple Macintosh? Nah – Atari vs Amiga is the real question.

    I spotted Mike had posted on Windows Vista and that we find ourselves in a strange place. We have a product that is way better than the perception amongst “those in the know”. First up – I really was not a fan of Vista on day one of release. I had a lot of issues with drivers and application compatibility...
  • Blog Post: Is this really me?

    You may have spotted that the others in my team have caricatures – well, mine just landed in my Inbox. Cripes – is that really me? I look so … geeky :-)  
  • Blog Post: The more I learn, the more I don't know...

    Or to put it another way - my head is about to explode... Ok - In real terms I  am on day 9 of my new role and my return to being a developer. I have learnt the following: I am very much enjoying looking at code again I am currently terrible at writing code (C# or Visual Basic) We shipped a lot...
  • Blog Post: NxtGenUG Fest08 simply rocked!!!

    I really enjoyed last Thursday - what a fantastic event. There were plenty of great sessions throughout the day, huge amounts of fun and lots of top people to chat with during breaks etc. I only wish I could have freed up more of my day to stay in the room from start to finish. For me the highlight was...
  • Blog Post: Call of Duty 4 meets folder virtualization on Vista

    Call of Duty 4 is a great game - but just occasionally, it trashes all your progress which is held locally. The answer is to copy your progress somewhere safe. On Windows XP you need to backup the players folder which contains progress for all user logins. C:\Program Files (x86)\Activision\Call of Duty...
  • Blog Post: Made me smile :-) Ballmer at Mix

    At Microsoft's Mix08 event in Las Vegas, Steve Ballmer did a Q&A which was just great to watch. He went head to head with former Apple evangelist Guy Kawasaki (wih MacBook in the obligatory brown envelope). The most amusing bit starts 26minutes into the video when the MacBook makes an appearance...
  • Blog Post: Windows HPC Server meets video games

    I have previously posted on High Performance Computing and what it may mean to ISVs. Currently two of my ISVs are getting very active with the beta of Windows HPC Server 2008 in the area of Financial Services which is exciting - but not nearly as exciting (IMVHO) as using HPC to address the needs of...
  • Blog Post: Does Microsoft create amazing technology - you bet it does!

    I often get hit with "Microsoft only copies the stuff that other people have already invented". Well - I think there are clear examples of our being second (or third or fourth or...) to market - but I also think we do some great original stuff out of our research centers and within the product groups...
  • Blog Post: Are you UK based, old and slow - and fancy a little Monday night online gaming fun with us?

    A few years back we had a nice little online PC FPS (if you read that as frames per second then read no further...) gaming club on Monday nights made up of a few UK Microsoft staff, real life friends and folks in ISVs we were working with. Since then we went our different ways, joining various clans...
  • Blog Post: A great Christmas, a great New Year and now.... great WinFX games :)

    Hi all - apologies for the gap in posts - I set myself up for a lengthy couple of weeks holiday over Christmas (marvellous!!!) and have been busy so far in January finishing off some work on SQL and VS early adoption as well as starting to plan out our activities for Vista (including WinFX) and Office...
  • Blog Post: At last - time for a holiday!

    So I will be quiet for a week - and nope - I won't be taking a PC with me (although my excellent gprs enabled pocket pc means work is never quite as far away as it should be!) Thinking of you...
  • Blog Post: Just testing out Blogjet

    I traditionally in my gaming blogs used http://www.bloggar.com - very good, but the released version does not support .Text although support is scheduled for V4. I have received several recommendations to try out http://blogjet.com - and yep this is my first post with it...
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