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: Vista Gadgets - Not Just For Consumers

    After talking with Christoph Schittko , he pointed out that I should tell this story. As you have probably heard, Windows Vista has this cool feature called Gadgets, which are hosted in the Vista Sidebar . Nothing new in that communication. However, most people that I talk to only view these as consumer...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Videos: Life At Microsoft, and Hanselman's Home Office

    Here's a video (4.5 min's) about some misperceptions about our world inside of Microsoft, thanks to Channel 10 . Sorta funny. I also found another interesting video, Show Us Your Home: Scott Hanselman Edition (20 min's). Well worth the watch as Scott shows how he's wired his home, wireless home security...
  • Blog Post: Product RTM vs. Product Launch

    After posting about the Launch Gadget, I got an email from someone confused over rumors of the RTM date as opposed to the launch date. The launch date is when we celebrate a new product. It is not necessarily when we release the product. In the case of VS 2008 being released, that was also clarified...
  • Blog Post: Announcement: Popfly Explorer for Visual Studio

    The Popfly team continues the momentum at TechEd EMEA. Announcing Popfly Explorer beta, the VS add-in that brings Popfly into the IDE. Can't wait to see what John Mullinax does next.
  • Blog Post: Our 2008 Launch Gadget

    At this point of the year, me and my Microsoft friends (in DPE) are focused on the launch .  So, I just added the Launch Gadget to my Vista machine so I can think about it everyday. Nice looking gadget! Beth Humphreys , our Infrastructure Architect Evangelist was promoting this on her email signature...
  • Blog Post: Trying out liFe on Vista 64

    Our team just got to do a hardware refresh. My other Microsoft friends are jealous because DPE gets an annual refresh. Yes, sorry about that (with sarcasm).  So, several of us got the new Lenovo T61P. So, got mine this past week, and it's sitting there in the box - and it's killing me. Then, my...
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