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    Zune Clock Has Arrived!

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    You know you've wanted it, you know you've been waiting for it. So...BEHOLD...I GIVE YOU...The ZUNE CLOCK!!! Thanks to the magic that is XNA Game Studio Express 3.0 CTP, we can now put a clock on the Zune. Personally, I've always just relied on my watch...
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    Zune 2.5 Available for Download

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    The Zune team has dropped the latest software and firmware, and you can download it from zune.net , or update from within the Zune client. Among the features of note: Gapless playback (yay for Pink Floyd fans everywhere!) Video Marketplace (get your Heroes...
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    Demo - Games for Zune

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    Since writing about games for Zune on Wednesday, I found a couple of demo games over on ZuneBoards.com , along with instructions on building and deploying them (you do need to install either Visual C# 2008 Express Edition or Visual Studio 2008 Standard...
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    PHP Support in Expression Web 2

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    For those who might wonder about how open Microsoft is to third-party development tools and/or languages, here's one answer : In response to feedback from Expression Web 1 users, we’ve added a rich set of features for PHP development in Expression Web...
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    XNA Team Blog : Announcing: XNA Game Studio 3.0 Community Technical Preview (CTP)

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    Very cool...time for games on Zune! Today, we are delivering the first Community Technical Preview (CTP) of XNA Game Studio 3.0, giving you the ability to build games for the entire family of Zune media devices. This feature gives you access to the majority...
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    Graffiti CMS

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    For several weeks now, I've been working with a new tool from the folks at Telligent (they wrote Community Server, the software that runs blogs.msdn.com) called Graffiti CMS . The CMS in this case stands for "content made simple" and Graffiti, in my experience...
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    Death, Taxes, and Deep Zoom

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    No, this isn't a political post. I just came across a cool use of Silverlight's new Deep Zoom feature (h/t Adam Kinney via twitter), Death and Taxes: 2009 : " Death and Taxes:2009 " is a representational poster of the federal discretionary budget; the...
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    Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta and Silverlight Tools Beta 1

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    Important note for folks who are planning to try the beta of Visual Studio 2008 SP1: Microsoft Silverlight Tools Beta 1 for Visual Studio 2008 is not compatible with Visual Studio 2008 SP1 Beta. The good news is that Silverlight Tools Beta 2 for Visual...
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    Proud to be a Geek?

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    Show it this Sunday : Geek Pride Day is celebrated May 25th. The date coincides with the premiere of the first Star Wars movie in 1977. Geek Pride Day has been celebrated since 2006, when it originated in Spain. It also coincides with Towel Day, which...
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    Web Wednesday: Graphic Design for Developers

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    Next Wednesday, June 4th, at 12pm eastern, I will be pleased to host local Tablet, WPF, and Silverlight guru (and newlywed) Frank La Vigne , presenting a Web Wednesday session entitled Graphic Design for Developers. Speaking for myself, as a developer...
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    ScottGu on Visual Studio 2008 SP1

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    Scott has a deep and informative post on what's coming in Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 beta 1 that is a must-read. Tons of feature info, screenshots, and more.
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    ASP.NET MVC Preview 3 Release Available

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    From Scott Guthrie : This morning we released the Preview 3 build of the ASP.NET MVC framework. I blogged details last month about an interim source release we did that included many of the changes with this Preview 3 release. Today's build includes some...
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    Video: Windows 7 and Multi-Touch

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    Windows 7 was (briefly) unveiled tonight at the All Things Digital conference . Not clear if this is video of what was shown at the conference, but it highlights some of the new multi-touch technology slated for Windows 7. Looks cool. Video: Multi-Touch...
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    Screencasts with Community Clips

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    My colleague Allan de Costa Pinto shares a cool (and free) tool : Start creating your own screen casts with Community Clips . Really easy to use, absolutely free, and works as advertised. Nice work! In the following screen cast (less than 3 minutes) created...
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    First Moonlight Release

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    From Miguel de Icaza : Today we are making the first public release of Moonlight, supporting the Silverlight 1.0 profile for Linux. The release comes in two forms: No-media codecs supported, but easy to install: head to http://www.go-mono.com/moonlight...
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    Microsoft ESP Developer Conference - May 22, 2008

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    This sounds really cool: About the Conference Join us for a day of developer-oriented technical sessions featuring Microsoft® ESP™. Microsoft® ESP™ is a visual simulation platform that brings immersive games-based technology to training and learning,...
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    BaltoMSDN and Capital DUG Tonight

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    Two great learning opportunities in Mid-Atlantic tonight. First is the May BaltoMSDN meeting, which will feature Vishwas Lele of AIS presenting on WCF and WF, and the concept of Workflow Services. The meeting will be held at DuClaw Brewing Company in...
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    Caparea.net SharePoint SIG Tonight

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    From my friend Scott Lock: Overwhelming interest in all things SharePoint has led the leaders of Northern Virginia's .NET User Group to launch a spin-off of the group to meet users' requests. The SharePoint Special Interest Group (SSIG) is focused on...
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    Encoding Resources for Silverlight Streaming

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    During a recent discussion on Silverlight Streaming , someone shared this link to some resources on encoding , which I thought folks might find useful, so I'm sharing it here.
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    RIAs and Silverlight 2

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    My colleague Bob Familiar has a nice series on the subject : This series of articles takes a look at the current state of RIA development leveraging Silverlight 2. The series will focus on the architecture of RIA's, the use of XAML for resolution independent...
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    ]inbetween[

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    If you're going to either week of Tech-Ed this year (or even better, both), here's an event you'll want to check out, courtesy of Joe Healy, aka DevFish : ]inbetween[ weekend, June 7/8, Orlando Convention Center Attending Teched and looking for something...
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    Kudos to Dean Kamen

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    For all that I've definitely been a skeptic of some of his other projects, particularly the hype-ridden (but nonetheless fun-to-ride) Segway, Dean Kamen's latest project is nothing short of inspirational: If Kamen and his team can pull this off, and bring...
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    Video: Silverlight and DeepZoom in Action

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    Adam Kinney just posted an amazing video showing a demo of Silverlight and DeepZoom, based on one of the sessions at REMIX08 Australia: I was just having a bit of a chat with Scott Barnes (welcome to the US!) today about Deep Zoom and its untapped potential...
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    Visual Studio 2008 and .NET FX 3.5 SP1 Beta available now

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    Read the whole thing here : Today we released a Beta of Visual Studio 2008 and .NET Framework 3.5 Service Pack 1. Traditionally our service packs address a range of issues found both through customer and partner feedback as well as our own internal testing...
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    Twitter

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    Well, after endless haranguing by one of my co-workers, I finally broke down and got on Twitter. I'm still in the evaluation phase, but I see some utility to it. Just need to balance the usefulness against the potential time-sucking productivity-killing...
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