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    Live in London? Excited about Avalon? Have dinner with Kevin!

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    Kevin Moore is a fellow Program Manager on the Avalon team. He is going to be in London towards the end of February and is setting up a dinner for Avalon enthusiasts. Interested? His blog has all the details...
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    Don't call it a comeback!

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    Bill Gates announced Internet Explorer 7 today. The IE team's blog has more info. IE holds a special place in my heart for two reasons. First- IE is the reason I came to work at Microsoft. When I graduated college - I had a number of opportunities in...
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    Rio Carbon

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    Earlier this week I was given a Rio Carbon as a thank-you gift for doing a big presentation for another team at work. I was really impressed at the generosity, and also with the player itself. Then I got it home and tried to use it. And this is where...
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    Google Maps

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    I got email from somoene today about google maps . This is really an incredible service. This is some clever spin on the search near me concept that MSN Search has. Also just a great straight-up maps and directions service.
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    MSN Search launched today!

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    The new MSN Search launched today. The search guys have totally revamped MSN Search, taking it from a a front-end on results and advertising provided by other companies to an entirely MSFT created stack. Very cool, and very good. One of the best features...
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    Now this is cool...

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    Looks like folks are really starting to dig in on Avalon... http://www.mobiform.com/2005/XAML/xamlhome.htm#aurora
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    One button and a scroll wheel

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    Steve's funny. He won't put another button on that mouse , but a scrolling trackpad on the powerbook is no problem ... maybe he'll start bundling intellmouses (intellimice?) with the iMac's...
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    Creating 2-D and 3-D Dynamic Animations in "Avalon"

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    Karsten Januszewski posted a great sample on MSDN showing how to do some basic animiations in Avalon.
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    Avalon Resources

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    So now that Avalon is available to the public - here are some great resources to help you get started: What's in the CTP Build Visual Studio C# Express Rob Relyea's Blog Chris Anderson 's Blog Chris Sells ' Blog Nathan Dunlap's Blog Daniel Lehenbauer...
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    Car PC MCE

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    Sean Alexander found what has got to be just about the coolest car-pc mod I've seen to date . Hosting Windows XP Media Center Edition in the dashboard is very cool. He's even got a great video walkthrough . What a great use of MCE! I wonder if there's...
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    Avalon available to the public!

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    The November 2004 CTP release of Avalon is now publicly available on MSDN , for use with the Express versions of Visual Studio tools that you can also download from MSDN. Check it out!
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    Customer Service - Episode 3

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    Finally got my phone replaced last week by Audiovox. They put a $319.00 charge on my credit card while they wait for me to send in my broken one but it was pretty much my only option at this point. Cingular/ATT in Redmond weren't all that helpful either...
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    Upgrading MCE...

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    I had the pleasure of upgrading my media center pc over the holiday break... it took a lot of work - but the reward is great. First the ugly part - My big motivation for moving to MCE2005 was dual-tuner support. Wednesday is becoming ground-zero for me...
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    Customer Service - 1 for 1

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    So the nifty audiovox smartphone broke down on New Years Day. Was out for walk around Greenlake with my wife and took the phone out of my pocket to see the time and discovered it was off. So I turned it on - got the Audiovox splashscreen followed by the...
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    Customer Service

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    So I bought a new Audiovox Smartphones recently - and with it a plan from ATT Wireless (before the merger with Cingular) that included unlimited data for something like $25 a month. I've been really enjoying the unlimited data - especially because Windows...
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    2005 PDC

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    The 2005 Microsoft Professional Developers Conference is going to be held on Sept 13-16th, at the Los Angeles Convention Center. This is a great chance to meet with MSFT developers, other folkw developing on Windows, and learn about what's new coming...
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    MSN Spaces opens today!

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    MSN Spaces launched its beta today! MSN Spaces is a new blogging service from MSN. It's got some very cool features - especially a great photo-sharing feature where you can create nice animated albums as part of your blog. Congratulations to them for...
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    Exposé and The 30" Cinema Display

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    I saw the new 30" Cinema Display at the Apple Store this weekend for the first time. I gotta hand it to them - it's great. The price is still way to steep for me to give up my Dell 2001FP , but it was really interesting to use. What really amazed me was...
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    Use a lot of memory...

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    I have been using Konfabulator for a few weeks now and recently noticed how much memory it uses. with six widgets open it was consuming just over 75 megs! It's a great utility but the memory usage seems very high. Then after looking a bit closer at what...
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    Don't Panic!

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    I saw " National Treasure " this weekend, and before it started, there was a trailer for The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy . If you don't know what this is, it's definitely worth looking up on the New MSN Search . Very exciting. Also very exciting...
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    Election Day!

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    I voted today! First thing in the morning. My wife an I went to our local polling place at 7:00am when it opened and the line was already almost out the door. I've never seen so many people there. My wife's ballot was the first one of the day for our...
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    Boiler Up!

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    On Saturday - Purdue beat Penn State at Penn State for the first time in history! They're now ranked 5th in the ESPN/USA Today coaches poll! Go Boilers! This is turning out to be a heck of a season for Purdue Football!
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    what to buy?

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    I've had a few folks mention to me how great the Dell 20" display is. I totally love it. Getting to the choice wasn't easy though. I'm a little spoiled with the panel I use at work , and originally thought of getting one of those... of course sanity set...
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    The panel has arrived!

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    Last week I ordered a new Dell FP 2001 flat panel LCD monitor. I got an incredible deal using a coupon I that was listed on gotapex - if you're in the market for an LCD, these guys are your best friend. The thing is amazing! It arrived today and I just...
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    Keeping track...

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    Normally, my wife and I a little insane about keeping track of our income and spending. We started using Microsoft Money at the begining of the year (before that, we had an elaborate excel workbook). Money works well for us, but lately we got behind in...
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