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  • Blog Post: Are you a developer? Want to get your hands on a Windows Phone 7 device?

    Then you MUST read the following post from Brandon Watson, in which he discusses just how many people are asking for them, and more importantly, lays out some guidelines for how YOU can get noticed by the Windows Phone 7 team (hint: DO EPIC SH*T), and perhaps get yourself a phone in the process: Ways...
  • Blog Post: .NET Rocks! Visual Studio 2010 Road Trip In RIchmond – This Wednesday!

    If you are a geek, and you listen to the .NET Rocks podcast (and if you haven’t, you should), you owe it to yourself to see Carl and Richard do their thing live and in person. And you have just such an opportunity THIS WEEK in Richmond, VA ! Carl and Richard are on their Visual Studio 2010 Road Trip...
  • Blog Post: Thank You, Orlando!

    A big thank you to the developer community in the Orlando, Florida area for a great day. I had the pleasure of helping out with the Visual Studio 2010 Launch event yesterday, and folks were great. Really good turnout, great questions, and a fun time pair presenting with my colleague Joe Healy , followed...
  • Blog Post: The Channel 9 Live GeekLympics at MIX10

    One of the fun things about MIX10 this year was that the folks from Channel 9 were broadcasting live throughout the conference from The Commons: Channel 9 Live Day 1 Channel 9 Live Day 2 One highlight of my time at MIX this year was getting the opportunity to compete in the Geeklympics on Channel...
  • Blog Post: iMo 7” USB Sub-Monitor Unboxing

    I’m a big fan of multi-monitor as a way of getting a broader view of all the applications I’m working with at any given time. I have 4 monitors on my primary desktop machine, so when I’m on the road it can be difficult to deal with the limitation of a single laptop monitor. Enter...
  • Blog Post: Freescale Sensor Badge – Fun Gadget!

    If you attended the DC Windows 7 Launch yesterday in Tyson’s Corner, VA, you may have gotten a chance to see a very cool gadget in action, the Freescale Flexis JM Badge Board. It’s a sensor board that contains an ambient light sensor, 3-axis accelerometer, 8-button touch sensor, buzzer, etc. It’s programmable...
  • Blog Post: Use Bing Search Background Photos As Windows 7 Wallpaper

    A co-worker sent this to me via email…way cool use of the new slide show feature of the Windows 7 desktop wallpaper, which apparently supports downloading images via RSS: Daily Bing search engine images consist of awesome collection of photos from amazing nature photos to holiday sensitive events . If...
  • Blog Post: Tampa Bay Nerd Dinner Tomorrow

    As some folks may be aware, I’m in Tampa, Florida for some team meetings this week. I and my peers were looking for an opportunity to get together with folks from the local developer community, and thankfully, Nikita Polyakov stepped up to organize a Nerd Dinner for tomorrow night at the Green Iguana...
  • Blog Post: 5 Years!

    Hard to believe, but I’ve been at this job for 5 years as of today. I’ve definitely had my ups and downs as a Developer Evangelist, but it’s a measure of how great this job is that it hardly seems possible that 5 years have passed already. I am enormously grateful to have one of the best jobs at Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Herding Code: Drag n Drop Debating?

    This has to be my favorite podcast description in a long while, and not just because I’m in it. As backstory, Alan Stevens (he of # AlanStevensAvatarWeekend fame, among other things) and I have occasionally had some spirited tussles on twitter about myriad topics including the role of (or in Alan’s opinion...
  • Blog Post: LOL DE

    Fun with photo manipulation from Frank La Vigne at MIX09: (this one’s for you, Darcy !)
  • Blog Post: MIX09 Day 1

    Wow. Quite a day. I’m not going to try to summarize all the information that came out, as there have been many posts on it already this one from Alvin Ashcraft does a nice job of summarizing the announcements succinctly ). But I did want to share my impression, which is that I saw some amazingly cool...
  • Blog Post: Rebel DE Yell

    I may regret this at some point, but for those who missed my growl-fest at the MVP Summit last week, here’s the video, as recorded by W. Kevin Hazzard . There are at least two other videos floating around out there, but this is the first one I was able to lay hands on…enjoy!
  • Blog Post: Why I Love My Job (and wouldn’t want to do anything else)

    In this industry, we have a lot of acronyms. But I’d like to introduce one more, borrowing from some local folks: TBDCOTP . It stands for The Best Damn Community On The Planet. That’s who I work with, here in Mid-Atlantic, and it’s why I love my job. Taking nothing away from other communities in the...
  • Blog Post: What was *THAT* All About?

    Folks who follow me on Twitter (or those who follow a number of other folks) might have noticed something a little weird going on this weekend. Following a series of “retro” avatar pics that I posted, from my childhood and college (and early post-college) years, Alan Stevens, a fellow geek from Nashville...
  • Blog Post: SOLID Development in Pictures

    While I can’t claim to be a huge adherent of any particular set of development principles (I admire others’ passion in this area, but I’m very pragmatic when it comes to getting a given task done…there are lots of ways to do it, many of which can be “right” depending on your goals), and not remotely...
  • Blog Post: Pattern or Anti-Pattern? The Big Ball of Mud

    It’s lengthy, and I haven’t had the time to read through the whole thing, but this is a delightful look at the most common pattern in application architecture, the Big Ball of Mud : Abstract While much attention has been focused on high-level software architectural patterns, what is, in effect, the de...
  • Blog Post: When Presentations Attack!

    Scott Hanselman has shared a great story about the things that can happen before (and during) a technical presentation , particularly a complex one. My personal favorite demo-gone-bad moment from my 12+ years as a presenter was the Visual Studio Launch in Washington, DC, where I was demo monkey for Brian...
  • Blog Post: SideSight – DO WANT!

    This looks very cool: h/t NewScientist
  • Blog Post: Time Out for Fun

    I’ve been having a great time traveling for some cool events over the last few weeks. I’ve gotten to present a couple of MSDN Events in Reston and Richmond, VA. Along with my peers Zhiming Xue and Ashish Jaiman , I presented at MSDN Roadshows in Roanoke, VA, and Baltimore, MD. Just this Saturday I got...
  • Blog Post: Video: New Features Coming in Zune 3

    I am definitely looking forward to this. Hope to see blue in the the larger sizes, too. I think it’s fair to say that the WiFi features are definitely coming into their own. More information here . Oh, and all of the new features will be available for ALL Zunes, including the original Zune 30. No device...
  • Blog Post: My next digital SLR?

    This announcement from Nikon has me drooling: TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of its newest DX-format digital SLR, the D90. More than just a new camera, the D90 represents a new era of digital SLR fun and creativity. The first thing that will amaze photographers about...
  • Blog Post: A day in Baltimore

    Great day yesterday. Drove up to Baltimore to spend some quality time with the community up there. Beautiful day to be in Charm City. Had lunch with Randy Hayes (President of the CMAP user group ), Ed Mullin (President of BaltoMSDN ), and Christopher Steen (programming director of CMAP ) at Sliders across...
  • Blog Post: Charity Fragathon…cool idea!

    Great idea from Chris Williams and the Twin Cities XNA User Group : The Twin Cities XNA User Group is throwing their first ever charity event! Admission to this event is $10 (ten bucks!!) and that covers entry into what just might be the biggest Halo 3 tournament you've ever seen. We'll also have a room...
  • Blog Post: Clearing a Blog Backlog

    Bunch of stuff I’ve been meaning to blog about recently, in no particular order: The SideShow Team Blog announces the availability of a beta release of SideShow gadgets for Windows Media Center . View guide information, schedule recordings, control media playback, and more. Cool stuff! Some cool flat...
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