Out Of The Box

The blog of Jon Box, an Architect Evangelist in Developer & Platform Evangelism, based in Tennessee

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  • Blog Post: "Ask The Brain" about PDC 2008

    Now, here's an interesting site. I can go to AskTheBrain.com to ask questions about PDC 2008 . It's pretty smart too.
  • Blog Post: Interesting Findings and Good BBQ

    New Windows Blog Just found a new blog that looks interesting since it's about Windows "7". It's called Engineering Windows 7 . Office Labs At It Again I've mentioned before that Office Labs has some cool projects in the Search Commands and Community Clips . Now there are new prototype projects...
  • Blog Post: Make Your Own Synth

    Photosynth is just cool! Now you can make your own photosynth and show it to your friends. It's certainly enjoyable to explore these synth's that they have online. You'll have to download a browser plug-in for the viewing experience (just takes a minute), and then it's time for the 3D viewing extravaganza...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 2 going for Gold Medal at the Olympics

    I'm hearing lots of buzz about people watching the Olympics via Silverlight on the NBC Olympics site . I've run across some of the technical background of this effort. Chris Carper, on his Business of Silverlight blog talks about some of activity behind the scenes at NBC. eWeek did an article titled...
  • Blog Post: NBC Olympics, just cool

    Check out the opening ceremonies on the NBC Olympics web site. The ceremonies were impressive. Beijing did a fantastic job to make this visually entertaining. NBC topped it by letting me watch this when I want to, and with no TV required. No cable TV service, no DVR fee, etc. I could get used to this...
  • Blog Post: Now this is a fan?

    From my buddy, Steve Frase, at Lenny's. This is a sure sign of someone who likes .NET. Honk if you see this car, and tell Steve hi.
  • Blog Post: Summer News Items

    High school football practice has started, the wife is buying school supplies, Microsoft employees are on vacation all over - which means, summer is almost gone. However, just because we're in the summer doldrums, Microsoft is not slowing down. In this post, I want to point out a few things that have...
  • Blog Post: Another device from HTC, Geotagging, and Windows XP SP3

    I was admiring the HTC Diamond on Mike Gannotti's blog (SharePoint guru in North Carolina). Doesn't that phone look cool? He has more details and links to the product reviews.   Geotagging Also saw on Mike's blog about geotagging and some photo related tools to assist in the process. These tools...
  • Blog Post: Scared of the Office Ribbon?

    I don't understand this phenomenon myself, but I hear people bring it up. "Office 2007 is so different looking", or "I can't find my old commands." I'll keep my inside voice quiet here, but let's just say that I don't connect with this perception. The new Ribbon (i.e. fluent UI) is...
  • Blog Post: Guitar Hero 3 for $15, and it plays on your Windows Mobile device

    After seeing on Loke's blog that Guitar Hero 3 would run on Windows Mobile, I had to check it out - especially for $15 (15 songs). There's a subscription version for getting additional songs on a monthly basis. Anyway, it works pretty well on my BlackJack II . Let me know if you want to see a demo. Me...
  • Blog Post: Digital Lifestyle Video - with "Girl From Mars"

    Saw this today on Mel Sampat's blog (which is a good read). But this video is cool, and the song is good. It's an entertaining music video showing a bunch of Microsoft technologies along the way. Professionally done, pretty believable looking story, and funny. 4 minutes. For more details about the video...
  • Blog Post: The News Reader SDK is waiting for you!

    Tim Sneath reported this, and I think it is very cool. Way back when - when the New York Times reader came out, I loved it. What a great way to read the newspaper. Now, you can build your own application using this SDK as the foundation. Be sure to notice that it's now called the Syndicated Client Experiences...
  • Blog Post: Automated Service Agents, and SmarterChild

    John Mullinax has mentioned SmarterChild a couple of times so I had to do a little Internet exploration. A couple of years ago, Microsoft purchased a company that provided us with Automated Service Agents (ASA). It's very cool stuff, and the basis of bots (or chatterbots, agents, etc). Basically, you...
  • Blog Post: Video on Microsoft RoundTable

    After I posted about our new UC initiative and specifically the RoundTable device, I have since found a video showing how LiveMeeting looks with a RoundTable.  Here is a picture (taken from the product sheet on the RoundTable product page). Very cool!
  • Blog Post: Unified Communications starts officially today

    Check out the UC site , and do a quick read on the end user stories. This is good stuff and it's starting to hit our company offices in the field already. Presence, VoIP, read voicemail's, faxes in the inbox, listen to email, IM, videoconferencing, PBX integration, etc. Here's a nice overview description...
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