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: Just in time for Thanksgiving, Betty Crocker creates the Kitchen Assistant

    It’s Like a Cookbook, Only Better The Betty Crocker® Kitchen Assistant application has everything you need to make cooking and baking a breeze, and it’s all in one place – your computer. From your desktop access thousands of kitchen-tested recipes, discover expert tips, plus add notes and sort recipes...
  • Blog Post: Missed the PDC event. Want to see the sessions?

    Yes, there is a way to see all of the content, and that’s by visiting http://microsoftpdc.com/Videos . This page has instructions on how to download all of the videos, so that you can watch them whenever/wherever/offline or not. You can always watch them via Silverlight while online, but a traveler can...
  • Blog Post: Chicago: Empowering Women’s Brilliance

    Directions Training recognized the need for technology and training resources in the small business community and in response has launched Empowering Women’s Brilliance, a local initiative aimed to accelerate the growth of local women owned technology startups. The city of Chicago’s commitment for driving...
  • Blog Post: Inside FedEx QuickShip

    About 18 months ago, FedEx stood onstage with Bill Gates, as they launched FedEx QuickShip. John Mullinax (DPE), Chris Bryant (Microsft GPM, Office), and I teamed up on the evangelism effort, with help from a lot of folks – including some great people at FedEx. FedEx QuickShip is a Outlook 2003/2007...
  • Blog Post: Russ Fustino brings back Russ’ Toolshed

    Russ Fustino is one of my favorite evangelists of all time. Years ago, he used to do presentations with the theme of a construction worker (including the construction hat and tools). To me, he made this job cool. Now, he’s back in a big way. Here’s the pitch: Tool familiarity continues to be one of the...
  • Blog Post: Thrive for Developers

    Microsoft has put together Thrive - a website  all about helping developers survive the recession and manage their careers in this tough economy. Thrive pulls together a ton of great resources to help you learn new tasks faster, get access to discounted training, and certification and connect you...
  • Blog Post: CMA, Silverlight, Live Translation

    As some of you know, I and my teammates have been working on activities at the CMA Music Fest . We had a great time, as you can tell on my Facebook pages. Since it’s Microsoft’s end of year, we are now busily documenting the successes of the year including Music Fest. Today, I found that Santiago Leguiza...
  • Blog Post: A Simple Explanation of Software-plus-Services

    Christoph pointed out a video that explains our S+S story in a simple and informative way. It’s here on YouTube, and also here on Soapbox.   Software-plus-Services is the next logical step in the evolution of computing. It represents an industry shift that is neither exclusively software-centric...
  • Blog Post: Jeff Blankenburg gives 10 factors of Zune vs. iPod

    Jeff’s blog looks fantastic these days. He’s using Silverlight. The content is dynamic. The design is eye pleasing. Moreover, he’s got some great posts, on a variety of topics – spam filtering, his 2009 goals, cloud computing, etc. While he’s busy working at Codemash , I did run across one of Jeff’s...
  • Blog Post: Missed the PDC? See MSDN Developer Conference.

    There are a variety of cities holding these, like Detroit in January . Go see my DPE teammates in action.
  • 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: Jon Box Talks Mobility on "Thirsty Developer" Show, plus a little about Chicago

    Two weeks ago, I was in Chicago with the rest of the Central Region DPE team. It's always great to catch up with folks that you work with virtually and rarely see. We have a little fun but we work too. During the day, we're taking care of business - reviewing team plans (audience, customer, partner,...
  • Blog Post: ArcReady starts back up in September

    The ArcReady series is back with " Architecting Modern Distributed Applications ". Nearly every application we build today has dependencies to other systems. How do we design them to work together to meet our goals? How do we decide what to build and what to buy? Do we host it ourselves or...
  • Blog Post: Compare Windows vs Linux

    For years, Linux has been formidable competitor to Windows - for some good reasons, but sometimes from folks who speak out of un-education (typically religious positions). In years past, I've pointed out resources to clarify this (from my first blog pushing the Get the Facts campaign back in 2003, last...
  • Blog Post: Next Web Talk at our Cincinnati Office, June 12, RSVP

    Register Join Microsoft and Pluralsight in a timely discussion on Next Web In this seminar, you will take part in a technical exploration of the latest technologies Microsoft has to offer, and how you can take advantage of those technologies to provide a truly next-generation user experience in you Windows...
  • Blog Post: My Next Few Weeks

    They are going to be some busy ones - but I'm looking forward to them. Metro Mobility Hands-On Lab in Memphis - May 13-15. A 3 day event where we cover the fundamentals of building applications on Windows Mobile. We have a couple of seats left. Contact me directly if you're interested, and please have...
  • Blog Post: Why Develop for Windows Vista

    Just ran across this page after the latest MSDN Flash featuring Jennifer's return (welcome back, Mrs. Marsman!).   Titled "Why Develop for Windows Vista" , it's a nice summary of why developing applications for Windows Vista is a smart thing. I think this is a new page - or it's new to...
  • Blog Post: Thought Leadership: Steelcase, Live Labs, Photosynth, Seadragon, and John Mullinax

    This title is an interesting combination of entities. Let me explain how I came to this conclusion. In the context of something that I preach to my sons and groups that I speak to, let me say that "learning should never end, or you'll be unemployed or not paid very much". So, here's some learning...
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