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    Euro 2004 and "Soccer"in the US

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    With the European Championships going on in Portugal it's not an easy time for a Soccer fan to be living in the United States. Fortunately I've been able to watch some matches on Pay Per View including England get mugged by France and England play Switzerland...
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    Should I go MP3?

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    After going through hoops to get my music from iTunes into my Media Center UI it got me thinking about music formats. When I started with my iPod, I chose M4A because it enabled me to save space on my iPod. iTunes now has a facility to transcode songs...
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    What do YOU want to know abou the future of mobile device hardware?

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    I'm hosting a panel this coming Friday (9/16) at PDC about "Future Directions in Mobile Device Hardware". I have a panel of experts from both Microsoft and OEM partners including HP, Motorola and Lenovo. We'll be covering both Tablet PC and Windows Mobile...
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    Windows Mobile Developer website

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    Right now we have a few web properties devoted to Windows Mobile developers : http://www.microsoft.com/windowsmobile/developer - Portal site focussing only on Windows Mobile development including Mobile2Market program, technical content, downloads...
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    The MDC Poster Fairy

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    As Jono mentioned there are MDC posters appearing all over campus. One appeared on my door over the weekend, Jono's too. They're going up on the walls in all the Mobility buildings. It seems like the MDC poster fairy is in town. Now, I'm not saying anything...
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    Spurs ... now I'm scared

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    Yuck, one point in eighteen and my soccer team are slipping toward the relegation zone. For anyone who doesn't understand the English soccer leagues, it's split into four divisions. The top division having the best teams and the most money. Spurs have...
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    Windows Mobile Developers and Longhorn

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    I started thinking about Windows Mobile developers in the context of Longhorn today. I'm assuming - and I don't know because it's a closely guarded secret even within Microsoft - that Longhorn will be released in the next couple of years. The first thing...
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    Ask Microsoft : What are your burning questions about Windows Mobile development?

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    If you subscribe to Pocket PC Magazine ( http://www.pocketpcmag.com ) you'll know that they have an Ask Microsoft column. Hal, from Thaddeus the publisher, has asked me to answer questions for this month's column on developing for Windows Mobile. I'm...
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    A Little Something Special Coming on Monday

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    This seems like it says what it can before Monday ... http://www.microsoft.com/winme/0509/25267/SFO_Teaser.asx
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    Recruiting Your MDC Speakers

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    One of my MDC responsibilities is to decide what sessions we have and then to find speakers to fill those sessions. This is a responsibility I share with Kevin and Jono. In the spirit of “divide and conquer“ Kevin, Jono and I have divided...
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    Spurs Draw Manchester United in the Fifth Round of the Cup

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    I guess the title says it all. Assuming we can get past Manchester City in our Fourth Round replay we get to face the big one - Manchester United - in the next round. That's not as doom and gloom as it sounds. Anyone can win on a cup day and that's the...
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    Spurs Crashed Out of the Cup

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    It's been a while but I couldn't talk about it for a while. Spurs were beaten 3-4 in the FA Cup in a remarkable match. We went into the second half 3 goals up and Manchester City had had a player sent off. We lost 4-3. They scored in the last minute...
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    After MEDC - Time To Dabble in Media Center PC

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    Over the last week, my thoughts have turned to what I'll be doing after MEDC 2005. First and foremost, my attention will switch to the international MEDC events, the first of which I'll attend is Berlin, Germany on June 6th. You can find out more about...
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    MEDC World Tour : Day 7, London (June 9th)

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    The Visa Saga Travelling round the world, you pick up all sorts of interesting stamps and marks in your passport. I just had to renew mine so I lost all the stamps I'd gathered over the last ten years BUT I now have a shiny new Chinese entry visa taking...
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    MEDC World Tour : Day 8, Reading (June 10th) - An Important Lesson Learned at MEDC UK

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    Now, I usually like to consider myself a professional when it comes to presentations keynotes and the like. On Friday, I committed one of the cardinal sins that so often I have stopped others committing. Yes. I said something while my microphone was on...
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    MEDC Update (4/14/2005) Including New Registration Offer!

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    OK. So first I realize that the color green is not that spectacular when paired with my orange skin. Fortunately for MEDC we have people with some sense of color co-ordination so everything will look good on site. I can hardly believe we're at less...
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    Mobile Phone Networks and Smart Clients

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    I was discussing developing Smart Client applications vs mobile web applications with a colleague earlier. A Smart Client application is one which can operate when it's not connected to the operator network/back end server infrastructure. Our discussion...
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    Speakers, Slides and DVDs

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    It's been a couple of weeks and no post. What the hell have I been up to? 1. I've finished signing up the speakers. We're working on getting all the session titles, abstracts and speaker bios in place. The speakers are starting to work on their decks...
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    Prep Day is Over

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    Our prep day in Australia is now over. I'm awake and it's 11:24pm so I must be over the jet lag already. All I have to do now is get to bed and get a good night's sleep. Oh .... and to people watching my demo tomorrow ... Hello!
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    Go Sydney! Developers turn out in numbers

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    Thanks to everyone who turned out in Sydney today! The various demos seemed to go down well and I hope we've excited Australian developers about the Windows Mobile platform. It's a pity I have to leave tomorrow for our next stop because I'd like to have...
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    Syncing Windows Media Player and iTunes

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    Syncing Windows Media Player and iTunes We've talked about me being an iPod owner and we talked about me building a Media Center PC - we did talk about that right? Maybe not! Well that's the topic for another post but for now let's take a step forward...
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    MEDC World Tour : Flight 4 (London to Singapore)

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    Flight Game Plan : No plan ... just see what happens! Flight Number : BA017 Date : June 13rd Class Travelled : Cattle In flight meal : Chicken with Noodles (no alternative available) Number of book pages read (this flight/cumulative) : 36 / 93 Movie...
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    MEDC World Tour : Day 16 and 17, Kuala Lumpur to Melbourne (June 18th and 19th)

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    Flying. Lots of flying. Well at least it seemed as much but only totalled 8 hours or so. We arrived in Melbourne a 5am on the 19th. I was disappointed that they didn't have the "fruit and vegetation" sniffer dogs in the customs hall this year. Last year...
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    Fun with 3rd Party iPod Sync Cables

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    I foolishly didn't bring the firewire adapter with me that allows me to connect the BIG firewire (6 pin?) to the LITTLE firewire (4 pin?) on my laptop. Since I'd bought a bunch of CDs in London, I decided at Heathrow that I wanted to transfer them to...
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    MEDC World Tour : Flight 11 (San Francisco to Seattle) - The Flight Home!

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    Of course Murphy's Law had to come into play here. I'm 678 miles from home. The closest I've been in 3 weeks and - yup you guessed it - the incoming flight was badly delayed so my outgoing flight was delayed. I was tired and looking forward to getting...
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