September, 2007

  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Flotzam : A Twitter, Facebook, Flickr & RSS Mash-up


    I recently installed Flotzam on my new laptop and it's really really cool. I've got it running as a screensaver

    From the Flotzam site:

    Watch the flotsam and jetsam of data that you care about in this mash-up of Facebook, Flickr, Twitter and blogs. Using this simple application, you can configure what you want to watch and the speed in which you see it. Want to view what your Twitter friends are doing? Want to see the photos your friends have posted on Facebook? Or maybe their photos on Flickr, too? Download now and have all of your photos, Tweets, Facebook invites & pokes and feeds come to you!

    What people are saying about Flotzam:
    "Flotzam is controlled information overload."
    "Flotzam takes the ADD Twitter generation to a new level of channel surfing."
    "Flotzam is the digital panopticon."

    Tip 'o the hat to the authors Karsten Januszewski and Tim Aidlin

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    Satelight kitteh is transmiting ur brordband


    Thanks to David Olive and Michael Kleef for sending me this Westnet LOLCat!


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    The New Computer - Dell Latitude D830


    I got my new laptop the other day.

    It's a Dell Latitude D830

    Dell Latitude D830

    The reviews are positive :

    It has the best Windows Experience Index of all the machines I have had so far, which isn't saying much really,


    I am pretty happy with this little fella, but I do miss my tablet.

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    The One About Our Internet Access


    We have been getting out broadband internet access from Comcast.

    As their ads say, "It's Comcastic"


    We are also getting our cable TV service from Comcast.

    Now, we have moved around a few times, so how have I been able to manage this?

    Well, the housing provider manages the actual accounts with Comcast.

    Each time we have moved house, I have had to complete a form and a cable modem magically appears at the house. I then go through the setup, plug in the account details and voila I am on the interweb.

    It's been a relatively painless experience.

    It's a cable connection, which is the same as I had back home in Sydney with Optus. However, the speed is much faster than I had back home.

    I took a broadband speed test and came up with :


    Not too fast, but not too slow either. Rigo is happy - and you know, that's all that matters.

    Right now I am thinking what to get once we move to our new home.

    I would really like something *FAST*, ideally "fibre to the home" (or as they call it here, FTTP or  Fibre to the Premises). Verizon has an offering called FiOS wich seems interesting.

    I need to do my research and find out what other options are out there. Any suggestions??

    Does it make sense to get Phone, Digital TV and High-Speed Internet from the same provider?

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    Callwave Visual Voicemail : Cool Service, Cool Gadget


    I have been using a service from Callwave for a few weeks now.

    It provides a replacement voicemail system for my mobile cell phone with a range of really useful services.


    It has a Windows Vista Sidebar gadget that hooks up to your voicemail and lets you listen right from your desktop.


    Plus, it has a voice to text feature which sends an email with the gist of the message, so that you can see any keywords and decide if you want to listen to it.

    I really like it - it's like having a personal assistant screening all your calls.

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    Halo 3 version of Tafiti


    I've been enjoying playing around with Tafiti - a funky silverlight search front-end

    Well, it's just been updated with a Halo 3 skin. More from Major Nelson and Soma


    We're all getting into the Halo 3 mode right now. Even the Windows Mobile guys have skins and ringtones on the Windows Mobile Owner's Circle.

  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    30 Days on the Job


    I've been in the US now just over a month, and have been in my new job for 30 days.

    30 days! Wow. Well, it has been 22 days if you take away weekends and public holidays - but however way you slice it, I have been here a month.

    Folks have been emailing me, asking me what I my jobs is, and what do I do (and that's just the Microsoft people).

    Anyways, I thought I would post the email that welcomed me to the team when I first started - let's see if that answers that question.

    From: Mark Glikson
    Sent: Monday, August 20, 2007 4:31 PM
    Subject: Please welcome Frank Arrigo as Director - WW Partner Lead & ISV DE Role Owner


    It is with great pleasure that I have the opportunity to formally welcome Frank Arrigo, to the Corp DPE Field Management team as the Director - WW Partner Lead and ISV DE Role Owner. In this role Frank will lead the Partner Segment of the Field Business within DPE Corp as well as being responsible for the ISV DE Role Ownership. 

    Over the last few years we have expanded our Partner activities within DPE significantly. We now target Depth & Breadth ISVs, VARs as well as Hosters and Design Agencies. As the Partner Segment Lead, Frank will work with all the Partner Segment’s stakeholders to land the Partner segment business in the field working closely with all the Partner Segment Leads in the field. Additionally, it will be great to have the same individual lead the ISV DE Community as the role owner. Now a few words from Frank !


    I started at Microsoft in May 1991, and have had a lot of fun in different roles, ranging from the CTO of the ninemMSN joint venture in Australia, windows media business development for Asia Pacific, working in the Executive Briefing Center preping our execs, and even being part of the advanced broadband network team working on iTV (with SanjayP). Since 2001 I have been with DPE, starting as an evangelist spreading the word on hailstorm, and then basically growing up with the organisation. The last few years I have been managing the evangelist team in Australia and helping deliver the highest developer NSAT in the world.

    I have come to Redmond to "Change The World" - it's kinda tricky to do that from Australia. IMHO, the best way to do this is by engaging with the ecosystem, specifically our partners. By having partners succeed with the Microsoft platform will help the Microsoft platform succeed. Partners are evolving and we need to evolve our approach to continue to be relevant. The Partner community (Partners Lead & Evangelists working with Partners) within DPE is critical to this success and I am really excited to be part of this.

    I also want to help evolve DPE so that it can continue winning the hearts and minds of all technical audiences - from developers, architects, it pros, students, designers, enthusiasts and anyone else who cares about technology.

    When I am not trying to change the world, I am amused by my 4 children who keep my wife and I pretty busy. Oh and I like to blog


    Please join me in welcoming Frank,  one of our most respected evangelists from the DPE field to DPE Corp !


    All clear?

    Aye! Aye!

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