May, 2004

  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    XP SP2 Blog


    I have finally stumbled upon Tony Goodhew's XP SP2 Blog. Tony is a Product Manager in the Developer Division at Microsoft, responsible for the developer experience with  XP SP2.

    I've had a quick scan of the blog and there is a lot of good info there, including links to past webcasts.

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  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    MSDN Connection Welcome Packs being distributed

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    The cards have been printed, the boxes packed and we have finally sent all the MSDN Connection Welcome Kits

    I'm pretty sure the system works because I received mine today!

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  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Tech.Ed 2004 | National Convention & Exhibition Centre | Canberra - 3 - 6 August 2004


    Tech.Ed 2004 is underway in San Diego at the moment (visit the Tech·Ed Blogger Site to read feedback from those who are there) and we are in the final stages of planning for Australia's Tech.Ed, scheduled for August 3 to 6 in Canberra.

    Here's a sneak preview of the Developer track we are cooking up:

    • DEV300 - Visual Studio Team System Part 1
    • DEV301 - Visual Studio Team System Part 2
    • DEV411 - ASP.NET: Best Practices for Performance
    • DEV313 - ASP.NET 2.0: Overview (Part 1)
    • DEV314 - ASP.NET 2.0: Overview (Part 2)
    • CTS302 - Connected Systems: Using Web Services Enhancements v2.0 (WSE) to Secure Web Services
    • DEV350 - Visual Studio: Programming Middle-Tier Business Logic
    • DEV351 - Visual Studio: IDE Tips and Tricks
    • DEV 370 - Developing Applications Under Windows XP Service Pack 2
    • DEV290 - .NET Framework: Exploring What's new in the CLR 2.0
    • DEV490 - .NET Framework: CLR - Under the hood
    • DEV321 - Visual C# 2005: Language Enhancements
    • DEV342 - Visual Basic 2005: Rapid Development the VB Developer
    • DEV390 - .NET Framework: So You THINK You Know What an Object Is?

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  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    A hit for Microsoft TV software


    Back in 1995 I was part of the Microsoft iTV push. Some of the folks I worked with back then are still driving the vision and it is so fantastic to see a major cable operator go with the technology. If only we could get this here in Australia...

    A hit for Microsoft TV software
    5 million Comcast set-top boxes to use new program-guide system
    Comcast Corp., the largest cable operator in the nation, plans to put Microsoft Corp.'s digital television software in set-top boxes for as many as 5 million of its 21 million customers.

    The deal, announced yesterday, is the biggest to date for the Redmond company's television software, dubbed the Microsoft TV Foundation Edition. Microsoft has been seeking to take market share from industry leader TV Guide Interactive.

    "The rest of the industry looks up to Comcast as the leader and often follows in their footsteps," said Ed Graczyk, director of marketing and communications for Microsoft TV. He called the agreement "a big deal" not only on its own, but also for the company's efforts to court other cable operators.

    Comcast had been testing the Microsoft software among a limited number of households in the Seattle market. The companies yesterday declined to say in which markets the software will be deployed more broadly, but they acknowledged that one of them is likely to be Seattle.

    In addition to an on-screen interactive program guide, the Microsoft technology includes behind-the-scenes software that cable companies can use to deliver digital cable services, such as video-on-demand and digital video recording.


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  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Blogging Plug-in for Windows Media Player 9 & Visual Blogger = It Works!


    Magically the Blogging Plug-in for Windows Media Player 9 Series is now working with Visual Blogger.

    I stopped and started the app and voila, I have a little footer with the music I am listening to. Pretty cool.

    Keep up the great work, Robert

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  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    RSS Screensaver


    There is lots to like about this app, a screen saver that consumes RSS feeds - 

    Online News Screensaver is a unique and informative screensaver tool that delivers the latest news right to the screen of your computer. If you have a direct Internet access, the screensaver will keep bringing you the news reports continuously.

    • Hot news from a top internet sites in realtime;
    • Full customization, you decide what kind of information you want to receive;
    • Different visual effects, such as flowing and fadeout;
    • Picture slide show on the background;
    • HTML and RSS formats supported as a news sources.

    Pity it's not written using the .net framework, but cool never the less.

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  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Car for Sale


    I've been asked by Phil to plug the fact he has a car for sale.

    It's a nice car, I see it in the carpark each day. He loves it too.

    He is desperate to sell, as he heads overseas really really soon.

    So, get in touch with Phil if you are interested....

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