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  • Blog Post: "Data Explorer"– Clean, Mashup, and Publish your Science Data

    Dealing with scientific data can be challenging – especially since it’s in many different formats, files etc.  The SQL Labs release of Microsoft Codename “Data Explorer” looks to be a tool that can help bring together many different data sets in a more straight forward way.  Not only is it...
  • Blog Post: Big Data and LINQ in CACM

    Just read the The World According to LINQ article in October’s Communications of the ACM – Erik Meijer does a really good job describing LINQ and how it can be used with Big Data from my different data sources – ie. DBs, REST services and other unstructured data sources…also describes the mathematical...
  • Blog Post: .NET Bio: the new name for Microsoft Biology Foundation and now open source

    Microsoft Research is putting .NET Bio , a bioinformatics toolkit into the Outercurve Foundation , allowing community involvement in the future of this open-source project. See the full post by Simon Mercer describing the transfer to Outercurve as a new Research Accelerator and the new functionality...
  • Blog Post: Folding@Home on Azure – Distributed Computing

    Here’s a good way to get up to speed on WindowsAzure and contribute to a worldwide distributed computing project ( Folding@Home ) – by participating in the webcast you’ll also receive a temporary, self-expiring full-access account to work with Azure for a period of 2-weeks at no cost – that’s worth the...
  • Blog Post: SciScope app and code available for download

    Earlier today the code behind the SciScope site was made available at SciScope.CodePlex.com.  This enables others to make their datasets/repositories available and allow others to discover, download and utilize their data in a simple to use website.     Also the semantic support...
  • Blog Post: SharePoint Designer Available for Free

    Since I utilize SharePoint Designer allot for editing internal SharePoint sites…this is a really good thing to see.  Customize SharePoint with SharePoint Designer We are implementing a number of changes to promote and facilitate even more customization efforts on top of the SharePoint platform including...
  • Blog Post: MSR Open Tools to Enhance Scientific Research Efforts Building on Science Commons Ontologies

    At ETech 2009 today, the announcement went out that Science Commons in conjunction with MSR External Research released the source code to two Word 2007 add-ins to allow scientists to markup terms and phrases in their documents/papers with ontologies, such as the ones at http://neurocommons.org . ...
  • Blog Post: WorldWide Telescope Academic Development Kit Release -Microsoft Research

    With this ADK , users can convert their own astronomical images/data to the format that can be read by WWT and share with other WWT users.  Can’t wait to see more images/datasets made available. WorldWide Telescope Academic Development Kit, January 2009 Release The WorldWide Telescope (WWT) Academic...
  • Blog Post: So you don’t think you can Sing?

    Now you can have your own musical accompaniment to match your voice without having to worry about artistic differences.  I’ll have to play with Songsmith and see if can help even my voice sound decent :-)  But you won’t see me posting the songs or videos online. Just think – you can add a musical...
  • Blog Post: GrayWulf (on SQL Server) wins SC’08 Storage Challenge

    Congratulations to Alex Szalay and his amazing team at JHU for winning the SC’08 Storage Challenge – with the entry GrayWulf:Scalable Clustered Architecture for Data Intensive Computing . GrayWulf – is implemented with SQL Server 2008 Abstract: Data intensive computing presents a significant challenge...
  • Blog Post: WALL•E's Universe in WorldWide Telescope

    Now this is fun science - Microsoft Research and Disney•Pixar team up to offer guided tours of the universe with WorldWide Telescope – how better to get our children interested in science and the universe – for most of us it was the Apollo Missions that interested in science and space, now WALL•E is...
  • Blog Post: HPC - MPI.NET 1.0 Is Now Released...!

    PhilPen has posted that the folks at Indiana University have released MPI.NET: High Performance C# library for Message Passing .  The runtime and source code are available for download as well as a Tutorial .  This should make it much easier for folks to use any .Net language to write MPI apps...
  • Blog Post: Touchless

    Touchless is a fun and very cool release available from Office Labs – all you need is a webcam and some objects to use as pointers/markers… check it out. Touchless Touchless enables touch without touching by using a webcam to track color based markers. Touchless includes two parts: Touchless Demo is...
  • Blog Post: Data Mining Services in the Cloud – Mine your Data, Any Place, Any Time

    This is great news - Software-plus-Services that any scientist/researcher could use.  The SQL Server Data Mining folks have a Data Mining Service in the cloud they are testing out…I posted previously [ OLAP and Scientific Data & Data Mining Addins for Office 2007 (Excel & Visio) ] about...
  • Blog Post: F# – Sept CTP available and units of measure checking/inference

    The September 2008 CTP of F# is now available for download.  F# is a functional programming language for the .NET Framework and really should be looked at by scientists/researchers.  Also check out the F# Developer Center on MSDN for more info and resources.  There are a lot of new features...
  • Blog Post: New drop of .NetMap available

    There’s a new release (1.0.1.52) of .NetMap available – which includes both the Excel Template and the class libraries.  The big feature in this drop is the ability to do Directed or Undirected graphs.  This determines whether arrows are drawn on the graph.  Also take a look at the discussion...
  • Blog Post: pptPlex from OfficeLabs – making PowerPoint fun again

    I’ve been using the internal drop of pptPlex from OfficeLabs for awhile and really enjoy using the zoomable canvas.  glad to see they’ve made it available to a wider audience.  I especially like being able to combine different presentations together and tailor your presentation to the audience...
  • Blog Post: Live Mesh Video

    I really like the functionality provided by Live Mesh…and the video below helps gets the vision across.  Beyond file syncing – I just tested out distributing a .NET 3rd party app using Live Mesh and the app runs flawlessly.  So I could install an app on one machine and have it available to...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP - Released

    PHP developers can now integrate data from SQL Server now that the driver is available for download .  Also glad to see that it works with SQL Server Express edition. It is my pleasure to announce that version 1.0 of the Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Driver for PHP has released!  This release marks...
  • Blog Post: Very Cool: make Xbox games, make money

    Wish I was creative enough to create a Xbox LIVE Community Games and not only get fame - but fortune :-)   I'd be interested in seeing some Science or environment related games up there - might be a way to educate as well as have fun. Once the game is reviewed and the price point set, you’re...
  • Blog Post: NGO - Nonprofit Connection

    Just ran across the NGO Connection site – this is the place for non-profit orgs in the scientific space to look into…. NGO Connection is an online resource for non-profit groups around the world that provides resources to help advance the causes of the NGOs. See http://www.microsoft.com/ngo for more...
  • Blog Post: PHP Support in Expression Web 2

    Passing this note about PHP support in Expression Web 2.... PHP Support in Expression Web 2 For those who might wonder about how open Microsoft is to third-party development tools and/or languages, here's one answer : In response to feedback from Expression Web 1 users, we’ve added a rich set of...
  • Blog Post: Popfly Introduces Game Creator Alpha

    Just played the " Kill the Peas " game on the new Popfly Game Creator and it was pretty fun...what type of science game could be created... Popfly Introduces Game Creator Alpha Today we’re adding something special to Popfly : an early version of our Popfly Game Creator . That’s...
  • Blog Post: Create Your Own E-Learning

    Ran across the release of the Learning Content Development System (LCDS) .  Would seem to be a good way to package up some scientific demos/simulations and get it out in short course forms... What is the LCDS? The Learning Content Development System (LCDS) is a tool that enables you to create high...
  • Blog Post: What makes Scoble cry: Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope?

    In case you didn't see the blog entry on ZDNet about WWT What makes Scoble cry: Microsoft’s WorldWide Telescope? , I can tell you the work that Curtis and Jonathan have done is amazing...stay tuned. Robert Scoble posted about a Microsoft product that he couldn’t disclose in the works that brought tears...
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