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  • Blog Post: Not clicking, waving….

    I’ve been helping my kids with their homework, and one of them (I wont name who, so as to avoid any embarrassment) had to deliver a presentation in PowerPoint. I wanted to add a bit of pizzazz to the experience looked at hooking up a Kinect so that they could present with gestures, rather than clicking...
  • Blog Post: My Geek Origin Story

    Michael Kordahi , aka Delicate Genius , is asking for Geek Origin Stories . How can I not contribute to this worthy cause…… The year  was 1981, and my high school, CBC StKilda ,  got a fancy new Cromenco computer system. I was asked to man the computer lab by my math teacher, Mrs Fagin, and...
  • Blog Post: Mayorships up for grabs

    I love playing foursquare , and I have just started using a wonderful foursquare app on my Windows Phone called 4th and Mayor . So, I am the “mayor” of a bunch of places. At one point, I got to 30 venues. Anyways, since I’m leaving town , the mayorship of the spots will be up for grabs. Casa Arrigo Starbucks...
  • Blog Post: The word of the year is ”App”! ?

    I saw a news article recently that the word of the year for 2010 was “App ”, as voted by the American Dialect Society So true. I picked up a Windows Phone 7 when it launched back in November. I’m a loyal (some say foolish) T-Mobile customer, so I went with the T-Mobile HTC HD7...
  • Blog Post: From Treo to Leo – My New Gadget, the HTC HD2

    I’ve been a happy Palm Treo Pro user since Oct 2008 , and it’s been the best phone I’ve had for ages. I had paired it up with SPB Mobile Shell and found it quite a handy and enjoyable combination. But, the 320x320 screen was a bit weird. So, in my quest for the ultimate Windows Mobile Phone, I got myself...
  • Blog Post: Behold the Physical Manifestation of the Azure Cloud

    In my current job, I don’t get out much. What I mean is that I have an internal focused role, so I don’t get out to meet with customers & partners, attend events, speak to press etc. So when I was at the PDC last month, Lynn Langit asked me to be a guest commentator for TechZulu , I couldn’t resist...
  • Blog Post: 9/9/9 = C9 revolution time?

  • Blog Post: Footy + IE8 makes a tasty webslice

    I love my footy. Anyone that knows me, knows this to be true. One of the sites I go to all the time is FinalSiren , it’s lightweight and has the info I want to see. This week, I was emailing the webmaster of the site and I suggested he add a webslice. Hey, how about doing an ie8 webslice...
  • Blog Post: Celebrate Pi Day!

    I’ve been posting about Pi day for a while : Hey - It's Pi Day & Happy Pi Day Now, everyone is getting into the act – even the US Congress had something to say about it There is even the official Pi Day site . All I can say, is that I like Pi and I have the tshirt to prove it Technorati Tags: Pi...
  • Blog Post: NYT: The Extended Life of Monty Python

    Excerpt from New York Times Article: The Extended Life of Monty Python http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/07/fashion/07python.html \ IS there life left in the dead parrot sketch? It has been 25 years since Monty Python was a living comedy troupe — the film “The Meaning of Life,” released in 1983...
  • Blog Post: NYT: The Online Search Party: A Way to Share the Load

    Excerpt from New York Times Article: The Online Search Party: A Way to Share the Load http://www.nytimes.com/2008/11/23/business/23novelties.html OPPORTUNITIES for social networking abound on the Internet, but not when it comes to one standard job: using a browser and search engine to comb the Web for...
  • Blog Post: How do you do your status updates?

    I was asked the following question, ”How do you do your status updates?”,  this week by one of my work colleagues who is also one of my “online” friends. Seems my frequency of updates is overwhelming his quite digital existence. I do use a bunch of different tools to keep my status up to date, so...
  • Blog Post: 10552 songs and it’s still half full (or half empty)

    The following tweet came across my screen yesterday and it made me think… I also looked and found an article from a few years back - Most MP3 players 'barely half full' which said The average user fills only 58 per cent of their music player, leaving the average player with more than 4GB of free space...
  • Blog Post: Yes, I’m a PC and I have the t-shirt to prove it

    We've seen the ads and read the reviews , but don’t forget that I’ve had the t-shirt for a while now! Technorati Tags: I'm a PC , Frank Arrigo
  • Blog Post: NYT: In Online Musical, the Mad Doctor Is In

    Excerpt from New York Times Article: In Online Musical, the Mad Doctor Is In http://www.nytimes.com/2008/08/02/arts/television/02horr.html It should come as no surprise that “Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog,” Joss Whedon’s 42-minute online musical, has been greeted like the second coming of, well, “Buffy...
  • Blog Post: Sam Ramji - history.forward()

    We are hosting a confab in Seattle this week with fellow evangelists from around the world. We kicked the day off with a keynote from Sam Ramji , Senior Director of Platform Strategy. He was pumped from all the announcements from OSCON on Friday July 25th. In summary, he covered : PHP on IIS + SQL : ...
  • Blog Post: Happy Pi Approximation Day

    It’s that time of the year again - Pi Approximation Day ( π ). I’m wearing my special PI t-shirt to celebrate I love the spiffy design For my American friends wondering what I am on about, it’s to do with the way the date is written – 22/7 – LOL! Technorati Tags: PI Day , PI Approximation Day , 22/7
  • Blog Post: NYT: Whichever Screen, People Are Watching

    Excerpt from New York Times Article: Whichever Screen, People Are Watching http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/08/business/media/08adco.html SOMEHOW, despite more distractions than ever, we’re finding even more time to plant ourselves in front of screens. The first in a series of new “three-screen” reports...
  • Blog Post: NYT: Who Altered British TV? 'Who' Indeed

    Excerpt from New York Times Article: Who Altered British TV? ‘Who’ Indeed http://www.nytimes.com/2008/06/15/arts/television/15lyal.html CARDIFF, Wales RUSSELL T DAVIES, perhaps the most admired writer and producer working in British television drama, was once confronted at a wedding by a fellow guest...
  • Blog Post: 6/7/8

    Today reminds me of that really bad song by Steps – 5,6,7,8 Did you know that June 7 is the 159th day of the year Not long to go to the halfway point!!!
  • Blog Post: NYT: The Alpha Geeks

    Excerpt from New York Times Article: The Alpha Geeks http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/23/opinion/23brooks.html In 1950, Dr. Seuss published a book called "If I Ran the Zoo." It contained the sentence: "I’ll sail to Ka-Troo, and bring back an IT-KUTCH, a PREEP, and a PROO, a NERKLE, a NERD, and a...
  • Blog Post: Microspotting - like the paparazzi, but for geeks

    I cant believe I haven't written about Microspotting before. It's a blog which profiles folks at Microsoft, such as a Program Manager who was a gutarist in a rock bank , a Goth Girl , a transgender executive , and a project manager who’s the son of a former Nigerian president . It's a good read...
  • Blog Post: Happy Star Wars Day for 2008 !

      May the 4th be with you! Technorati Tags: Star Wars Day , May 4th
  • Blog Post: The Baudboys sing Tripod

    I got to sit and listen to the Baudboys yesterday, an all-male a cappella group composed entirely of Microsoft employees, which includes a guy who is in the team I work in, Dave McEwen.  And yes, they are on Myspace ! The show got some great coverage in the local newspaper, the Seattle Times Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Klaatu barada nikto : Robochamps Rulez!

    Marc Mercuri , my neighbour from across the hallway, has been working away on a very cool project, which involves Silverlight 2.0, ASP.NET 3.5, WCF 3.5, REST, S+S, LiveID, Linq, SQL, IIS, .NET Framework 3.5, and..... robots. How cool is that! Mark, aka RoboChamps League Commissioner, explains it all...
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