• frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Ready, Set, Download : Windows Vista Beta 1 on MSDN


    You've seen the news, now download the bits from MSDN Subscriber Downloads and TechNet Downloads ... http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsvista/default.mspx

    And while you are downloading, have a look at the Windows Vista Dev Center on MSDN or watch the interview with Chris Jones on Channel 9

    [ Currently Playing : Prove My Love - Violent Femmes - Viva Wisconsin (02:54) ]

  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    My Work Shirts


    I have a number of "Geek" work shirts which I tend to wear a lot.

    and my personal favorite

    They all are great conversation starters and I love it when people DONT get the joke - heheheh

    For those of you who DONT know what 31337 is all about, here's a link to help explain.

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    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 with a mouse.

    skeletonSeems like a good idea, right?

    I grabbed the Kinect for Windows SDK, and went looking on codeplex for kinect related samples, where I found the Kinect PowerPoint Control. It was nice, but It didn’t do exactly what I wanted.

    By coincidence, Dr Neil sent me an email about nsquared slyda, which just lets me change between slides using hand gestures.


    We had a practice session and kiddo can move forward and back, with a wave of the hands.

    Next stop, the classroom!!!

    BTW – I see that boffins at nsquared solutions are working on more Kinect apps. I got a ping last night from Dr Neil about nsquared spydar, which is like the Coding4Fun Kinect Turret minus the violence.  I got it set up – now let’s see who comes and uses my PC when I’m away….

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    The Microsoft Unlimted Potential (UP) Community Conference *again*


    I'll be speaking at the upcoming Microsoft Unlimted Potential (UP) Community Conference next week.

    I've been asked back following my session at the last conference

    The case study I featured back then is now turned into it's own session on podcasting - way to go Mike!

    Speaking of Mike, he has called out to me to collaborate online, via tags and to answer some questions he posed.

    OK, i'll give it a try.

    Mike asks about Microsoft information about podcasting - specifically subscribing to them

    Yes,  podcast subscribing support isn't embedded directly in Windows Media Player. However, there are some superb applications that make it simple. I have used Doppler for a while and my current favorite client is Feed Station from those clever guys at Newsgator.

    Would it be good to see this baked into Windows Media Player - sure, but here's a way to Roll your own podcasting support for WMP 11

    Mike also asks if Microsoft has a service for upload audio/video to a store in the cloud. Well, we have Soapbox for video. In terms of 3rd party services, I can see that there are heaps, but I don't know of any preferred services.

    Finally, Microsoft uses podcasting from a content delivery perspective. Just look at the Podcast directory over on Channel 9, and don't forget the local Sydney Institute Podcast series

    Mike - I hope this makes sense. Looking forward to seeing you next week

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    Codename RikReader : WPF RSS Reader

    Douglas Stockwell, former Aussie Imagine Cup Winner and all round uber geek, has released his WPF based RSS reader, which provides gold integration with the RSS Platform!

    So much potential!

    i cant wait for RSS Enclosures &  a "River of News" view.

    Great app Doug.

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