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: Memphis PASS Chapter next meeting

    Chapter site : http://Mem-PASS.org Registration : to join our group, please register by visiting the UGSS website .   Use the "Access Code": MEM-PASS-Member .  If not joining, email  Dan.Evans@mem-pass.org or Alvin.Ramard@mem-pass.org to make sure there’s enough food. I’d recommend...
  • 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: What a week!

    Lots of stuff happening this week… Visual Studio 2010 Beta 2 was announced. There are multiple announcements inside this effort: New lineup of SKU’s Go Live license New logo / new look Beta 2 of .NET 4 Windows 7 Windows 7 launches this week. PowerPivot for Excel 2010 (formerly known as "Gemini"...
  • Blog Post: FIRESTARTER – on-demand and live events

    Free events to ignite your skills Heat up your skills with the all-new Firestarter event series. Each day tackles a single Microsoft technology, including free sessions presented live by Microsoft developer and IT pro evangelists and technology specialists - with special appearances from community luminaries...
  • Blog Post: Bryan Huddleston presenting “cloud” in Nashville

    My Microsoft teammate, Bryan Huddleston, is presenting Taking “IT” to the Clouds at the upcoming Nasvhille Barcamp on OCT 17th. The session list looks fairly interesting.
  • 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: My Visit to MIX

    I’ll break this down in more detail at a later time. You can see some keynote details at my Twitter page . Day 1 Keynote: Bill Buxton, Scott Guthrie ( video ) Windows Mobile 6.5 Overview : Loke Uei Tan ( video ) Building Amazing Business Centric Applications With Silverlight 3 : Brad Abrams ( video ...
  • Blog Post: Windows Phones: A New Name, and Raising The Game

    Yesterday, Microsoft presented at Mobile World Congress 2009, in Barcelona. Steve Ballmer and Andy Lees presented our strategy for our mobile strategy. One of the early points is that we are calling our devices Windows Phones. We also announced officially Windows Mobile 6.5, Microsoft Marketplace, and...
  • Blog Post: Anyone in Louisville looking for a Tools Roadmap Presentation?

    You are invited to a dinner presentation of the Microsoft Developer Tools and Platform Roadmap hosted by Microsoft and Cardinal Solutions and a chance to win an XBOX 360. Topics for this presentation include: · What is coming in Visual Studio Team System 2010 · .NET 4.0 and C# futures · Azure and Software...
  • Blog Post: Probably no more important MIX than this year’s

    Well, it’s that time again. MIX is an important event where we show our thinking and direction for the web. Again targeted at designers and web developers, this event continues to bring in voices from the online companies – like frog design, Yahoo!, MySpace, Baidu, ESPN.com, Adobe, Digg, Facebook, schematic...
  • Blog Post: PhotoSynth, CNN, and the Inauguration

    CNN and Microsoft are leveraging Photosynth to capture The Moment . The audience can submit pictures as iReporters, CNN’s term for a volunteer reporter, and Photosynth will create an amazing view of the history making event. From CNN’s press release : CNN Worldwide plans to create the most unique view...
  • Blog Post: Not too late to get to MDC Detroit

    Well, the time is here for MDC Detroit (Thursday, JAN 22, 2009). There’s an interesting list of speakers – see the gorgeous faces of .NET rock stars! The food has all been ordered. Plane tickets purchased. Buses are reserved. And there are tickets still left. Find your local Microsoft person to see if...
  • Blog Post: Giveaways for MDC Attendees

    I already posted today about MDC , but the latest update provoked me. Look at the current list of SWAG: JUST ANNOUNCED - Windows 7 Beta 1 DVD. You will also be in the running to win one of 3 Lego NXT Robotics Kits and the WROX Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio book. Other giveaways include a Gamer...
  • Blog Post: Where’s the nearest MDC?

    For the Heartland district (the Microsoft territory that I’m assigned to), we’re promoting Detroit (JAN 22). However, that might not make sense for my friends in Tennessee, Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, and Arkansas. So, be aware that there are quality speakers in Atlanta (DEC 16) and Dallas (JAN 26...
  • Blog Post: The PDC Coming To You

    We’re bringing the PDC to you! For just $99 you’ll get the best of the PDC in your own backyard and hear all of the exciting announcements around the Azure Services Platform and Windows 7 . Other sessions include the latest developments in .NET, Silverlight, Surface, Parallel Programming, Live Mesh,...
  • 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: Watch the PDC Keynotes, LIVE

    Yes, even though I can not be there in person (and receive all the goodies, food, fun, direct conversation with product teams, etc.), the next best thing is a live viewing from my PC. I’ve already blocked off time on my calendar for MON and TUE (10:30 Central – 12:30 Central). Just go to www.microsoftpdc...
  • Blog Post: Today was an enjoyable work day

    Some days are better than others, in this rat race that we all run. Really, this has been a good week for several reasons. Jim Morgan, an account manager in our Memphis office, has been leading the charge in the Best Places to Work in Memphis contest sponsored by the Memphis Business Journal. He took...
  • Blog Post: PDC Team announces some valuable swag

    Done in entertaining way, see this video to get the latest on PDC . They also mention unannounced software that will be given out…
  • Blog Post: I'm a PC!

    If you're anywhere near a TV lately, you've probably seen some new ad's from Microsoft. The first two were starring Jerry Seinfield and Bill Gates , and they were certainly curios, humorous, and show a different side of Microsoft than most people see. For some reason, a lot of folks don't understand...
  • 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: 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: MSDN Unleashed, in a city near you

    Session 1 : Demystifying WPF Today’s applications need to do more than simply work. They need to draw in the user, and provide a differentiated experience. This means moving beyond battleship gray forms, boxy UIs, and providing a positive user experience. Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) provides...
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