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Switching a Windows Live ID for Zune and XBox
I got a shiny new Windows Phone 7 yesterday, I was so excited. I chose the Samsung Focus from AT&T. I excitedly added my Windows Live ID to it during initialization, and the first thing I did was go to set up the XBox Live hub, anxious to see my XBox Live avatar show up. That’s...
5 Dec 2010
Outlook Social Connector for Facebook
The Microsoft Outlook Social Connector Provider for Facebook is now available! I’ll admit, I am a huge Facebook fan. I have come to use it more than any other social network. That’s why I was excited to see the Outlook Social Connector for Facebook announced. I installed it,...
13 Jul 2010
SharePoint as a Composite Application Platform
I had the pleasure of speaking at the SharePoint TechFest 2010 event today in Dallas, Texas. Over 650 people at this event, holy smokes it was a great time. I had the first time slot of the day, and when I first started the talk the room wasn’t even 1/4 full (maybe about 30 people). ...
2 Mar 2010
Cloud Services: How Do I videos for developers
I just noticed a free set of “How Do I” videos for Live, Azure, and Microsoft .NET Services . Oh, this is slick! I have been talking to a number of large customers recently about Microsoft’s cloud initiatives, and there is a growing swell of interest from executives looking to increase their capabilities...
12 Feb 2009
PhotoSynth on CNN.com
Sticking with my stance of not talking politics on a technical blog , I only offer the following as a cool use of technology: CNN.com has a PhotoSynth of Obama's swearing in ceremony .
20 Jan 2009
Using ASP.NET Dynamic Data with the Windows Workflow Foundation Rules Engine
In this post, I will show how to use the Windows Workflow Foundation rules engine to provide business logic for a Dynamic Data Entites Web Application. We will show how to change business rules without modifying code, drive the application based on a logical entity model, and map the entity model to...
7 Nov 2008
The Impact of Enterprise 2.0 on the Enterprise
When I think of the impact of Enterprise 2.0 in the next 5 years, I can't help but imagine there's a war brewing. Web 2.0 was the big love fest, can't we all just share data and get along with standards? Enterprise 2.0, by contrast, doesn't share that same vision. Today's view is, "Can't we all just...
29 Jun 2008
Channel9 Interviews Posted
I have procrastinated forever it seems on getting some of my videos published onto Channel9. Well, I finally found some free time and got a few of the videos posted. Trends in the Media Industry with Brian O'Neil Brian O'Neil is a Solutions Architect with Turner Broadcasting in Atlanta. In this interview...
13 Jun 2008
Microsoft and Web 2.0 Resources
Thanks to the folks at Lexis Nexis who attended my talk on "Microsoft and Web 2.0" today. I went through quite a bit of material around Windows Live, the Live Platform, Silverlight, and newer technologies like DeepZoom, PhotoSynth, Live Mesh, SQL Server Data Services, and BizTalk Services...
28 May 2008
Thanks to Lexis Nexis!
We are about to start a great day showing technologies like .NET 3.5, Visual Studio 2008, and SharePoint technologies. I thought I'd be proactive and post the materials beforehand. Make sure to check out Rob Cameron's blog for additional information. Just about everything shown today came from the VS2008...
30 Apr 2008
Calling Web Services via AJAX - Part 2
Looks like this is an interesting topic to a lot of people since part 1 of this series made it to the front page of Digg today. Good thing that I was already working on part 2 :) In Calling Web Services via AJAX - Part 1 , I highlighted how easy it is to use client-side script to call an ASP.NET web...
9 Apr 2008
Creating RESTful Services Using WCF
A question popped up on an internal email distribution list today about how to expose a WCF service using WebGet and how to post POX (plain old XML) to that service using the .NET 3.5 WebInvoke attribute. That part's easy, but the harder part is figuring out how to use Fiddler as a client to invoke the...
3 Apr 2008
AT&T to Offer Mobile Television - Are Commuters the Only Ones Who Will Care?
NEW YORK - AT&T Inc. said on Thursday it would launch mobile television services in May from MediaFlo USA, a unit of Qualcomm Inc., in an effort to bolster revenue from services other than phone calls. AT&T, the biggest U.S. mobile service, said it would offer MediaFlo to users of the Vu phone...
30 Mar 2008
Digital Asset Management and IMM
My wife says I have the humor of a 13-year old at times. Maybe she's right. I was able to interview Mark Kashman, Product Manager for Interactive Media Manager, on IMM as a Digital Asset Management (DAM) solution . I can't help but picture Beavis and Butthead, "Huh huh huh... he said DAM." Jokes aside...
30 Mar 2008
Doin' The Hulu Dance
I am in love with Hulu.com . It's slick. The video is crisp, the site is incredibly easy to navigate, their player is very well done. I'd gush some more, but a blog post at TMForum.org sums it up: But Hulu's strong suit isn't their access to content – you can get everything they have from several other...
27 Mar 2008
Silverlight to run on Nokia
CNet is reporting " Microsoft Silverlight coming to mobile devices this year ". Seems like a great time to be in Vegas for MIX'08 .
4 Mar 2008
Creating a Silverlight Carousel and Gel Buttons Through Live Search
One of my coworkers, Rob Wilson, did a fantastic interview with me that will be appearing on our new Channel9 show, "Communicating" , as soon as I can get it edited, encoded, and uploaded. In exchange, he asked for some Silverlight help. I learned a few hard lessons along the way and thought I would...
22 Feb 2008
Linking Live IDs
Tim Heuer has a post about a fantastic new feature of Live IDs . well when you go to a live id-enabled site you'll be able to switch identities immediately on that site without having to logout/login to a different windows live id...you'll be instantly changed on the same site...that is awesome.
27 Oct 2007
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