The New York Times Reader application has gone live over the weekend. (It was first announced back in April)
It is an Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) powered application built on top of the .NET 3.0 Framework.
So download the app and be impressed. Here's some things to try
Check out the web site and blog to read more..
If you don't want to download, Long Zheng made a cool little screencast, so you can watch the video.
Now, to show this little beauty to the local newspapers and get them excited about the possibilities.
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So, it's been a while since 'Rigo installed Windows Vista RC1, and I have been intrigued watching him adapt.
He used to have Google as his home page, Trillian as his IM client, Firefox as his browser.
He now has Windows Live as his home page (customised with his favorite feeds), Windows Live Messenger for IM, Windows Live Toolbar, Windows Live Favorites, IE7 and has tweaked the sidebar.
So, is he a convert???
Game, Set & Match
As a Melbourne boy, I am really happy to see these aerial views of Melbourne on Windows Local Live
[ Current Listening to : Ridiculous Thoughts - The Cranberries ]
Adam Cogan (Local Regional Director, Chief Architect at SSW, MVP, User Group Leader, Star of DNRTV, and man of many rules), dropped me a note about a project he has been incubating - by Tim Kremer (which was developed in his spare time, with no affiliation with Adam or SSW). The project is Spyk Property Search.
It is a property search application, using the goodness of Microsoft Virtual Earth, and "Atlas" (now known as Microsoft AJAX Library & ASP.NET 2.0 AJAX Extensions).
When you click on a pushpin, you get info about the property
Nice to see these local mashups which use the microsoft maps, appearing online.
So far, I have spotted 6,
Any I have missed?
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I purchased one of those TechEd Dells PCs for use at home.
Today I finally got around to setting it up and asked 'Rigo to upgrade it to Windows Vista RC1.
He found the download site and some info over at neowin
He got the ISO file down.
He burnt it to DVD
He got a Product Key
He stuck the DVD into the new PC and performanced a clean install.
An hour or so later, Windows RC1 is running very nicely.
Not a bad effort by my 15 year old.
At this point in time, I am juggling 3 different machines, which means I need some different tools to sync my different bits of information.
I have been a NewsGator Inbox user for a number of years and find it a great tool to manage my RSS feeds.
With IE7, we have the Common Feed List, so I was looking for ways to keep this in sync with my NewsGator Feeds, and moving OPML files around just isn't practical.
Well, those guys from NewsGator released a little tool to simplify this process.
The NewsGator Desktop Sync Beta keeps the Common Feed List and NewsGator Feed Store synchronized, and it's working nicely for me at the moment. More info on the NewGator Inbox Blog
Now, what I would like to see is some tools to manage the Common Feed List, as well as other elements of the Windows RSS Platform. Bulk deleting is really really painful. The RssTeam recenrly posted a minisdk and I found some code to delete all feeds in IE7, but I think there is a real opportunity for some Feed Management tools. Maybe I should do some dev on my holidays?
[ Current Listening to : Eleanor by Jet from Shine On ]
Last week I mentioned I was doing an interview on Windows Vista
Well, I spoke to Adam Turner (who also runs the Seeking Nerdvana blog) who is doing a piece for Next, which is the Business tech section of The Age and the SMH.
The interview went well, but I didn't get a chance to mention some specific things.
I didn't get to refer him to the Windows Vista Developer Center or the Windows Vista Developer FAQ.
I didn't tell him about the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 community site (aka NetFx3), with sections about Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Workflow Foundation and Windows Cardspace.
I didn't get to tell him that Paul Stovell will be doing a session on Windows Presentation Foundation for Application Developers at SDNUG on Thursday 5th October
I didn't tell him about Deepak Kapoor's blog or the Learn WPF community site.
I neglected to mention the New York Times Reader, as an example of an awesome app which demonstrates the future of dynamic publishing for large paper-based publishers, like the one Adam is working for.
It's a good thing I can blog about all this stuff which I forgot to mention
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