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    It's Time for the Final Post

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    Friday, December 7th will be my last full day in the office at Microsoft. December 31st will be my last day as a Microsoft employee. What's up with that? No...I'm not leaving to join Google or Adobe or even Trumba; I'm "retiring." After 25 years in...
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    SYNC and the Optimistic Brain

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    Two articles caught my attention this week. The first was Walt Mossberg's review of SYNC , a joint project between Ford and Microsoft. "SYNC combines the often separate cellphone and music-player functions into one unified interface that can be...
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    An On-Line Color Thesaurus

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    Check out HP's on-line "Color Thesarus" here . I submited the ever popular "Burnt Sienna" and it displayed a color square, listed the RGB values for Burnt Sienna and displayed plus four similar (synonym) colors and four antonym colors.
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    More great scientific visualization

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    The Nikon Small World Photomicrography competition results are stunning. Check out the winners at: http://www.nikonsmallworld.com/gallery.php?grouping=year&year=2007&imagepos=1 .
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    2007 Visualization Challenge Winners

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    GMSV pointed me to this interesting site today. There are some folks doing incredible work with scientific visualization out there and 10 have been recognized in this artical. Check it out.
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    Why even computers get the math wrong from time to time

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    There was a nice little blog post on Good Morning Silicon Valley that led to another, really interesting blog post titled " Arithmetic is Hard--To Get Right ." Turns out there are "...exactly 12 instances out of the 9 quintillion possibilities it [Excel...
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    Why not go 64bit?

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    Considering that Microsoft has been shipping 64 bit OSs (client and server) for quite a few years now and given the fact that most desktop machines are now 64 bit and even many laptops, why are so few applications and customers running native 64bit? Why...
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    The pause that refreshes...

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    Check out this article on an interesting study done by Stanford researchers on what the brain is doing during pauses. When the music stops, the brain gets going IN STANFORD STUDY, SILENT PAUSES LEND CLUES ON MENTAL PROCESSES By Lisa M. Krieger...
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    Other sites to read instead of this one...

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    Why has there been no posting here in a very long time? Frankly, it’s because I find reading other people’s content more interesting than writing or reading my own. If my blog is not interesting to me, why would it be interesting to you? On the off chance...
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    It's about time...

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    Hack, cough, cough...man, it's getting really dusty around here... Yeah...I know...it's been a while...my bad. No excuses. Let me get straight to the new data. The Windows SDK Team recently posted the RC1 version of the Windows SDK for Windows Vista...
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    Welcome to the Windows SDK Team Tom!

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    I'd like to use this post to welcome Tom Archer to the Windows SDK Team. Today is Tom's official first day--though he's been working with us for many months in his prior role as Content Strategist for MSDN. Tom will be taking over the Tools Program...
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    The Windows SDK Team is Hiring

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    We have three Program Manager Openings: Program Manager for SDK Tools Program Manager for SDK Docs Program Manager for SDK/WinFX/Orcas The Windows SDK Team is a great team that touches on all the developer technologies in the Windows Operating...
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    Photos...

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    I have finally created a very small photo gallery of some of my favorite underwater shots. All but one (the pic of me) is a still frame taken from video footage shot in Palau last year. None have been cleaned up with a digital image editor yet (I just...
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    The Windows SDK Team Has A Blog Of Its Own.

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    Check out the new Windows SDK Team Blog . Today is the kickoff and hopefully it will be a busy place full of useful information about the Windows SDK, the Team and Windows Vista.
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    Why is the Windows SDK so big?

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    The flippant answer is: "Because old APIs never die, we just add new ones." The biggest single part of the SDK is the documentaion. The biggest part of the documentation is the WinFX API reference. Below is a breakdown of the January CTP: Win32...
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    Getting kinda moldy around here...

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    ...and I don't just mean because of all the rain we've had this winter either. The January CTP is out the door. We've noticed an increase in the number of issues with the install of the SDK and I wanted to let folks know why they are occuring. First...
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    Windows SDK for the WinFX Runtime Components November CTP

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    I want to pass along some information about the Windows SDK for WinFX Runtime Components November CTP. As you know, WinFX is an important part of Windows Vista™. As such, the WinFX SDK is now part of the Windows SDK. The SDK team started the work...
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    Day Four at the 2005 PDC

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    Today is my last full day here in Los Angeles at PDC 2005. I didn’t make it to the keynote this morning, but instead spent the day in the Product Pavilion and the track lounge. I was able to chat with quite a few customers as we finally gave away our...
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    PDC Official Day Two

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    As usual, the PDC started with keynotes today. The morning started with Eric Rudder and David Treadwell talking about Windows WorkFlow Foundation followed by Steven Sinofsky talking about the new developer features in Office 12. Both presentations went...
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    New Windows Vista Development Forums

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    The following Windows Vista Development forums are now live on http://forums.microsoft.com/msdn/ Data Access, Storage, Search and Organize in Windows Vista http://forums.microsoft.com/msdn/ShowForum.aspx?ForumID=113 Mobile PC and Tablet PC Development...
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    PDC Official Day One

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    It’s already Tuesday, the official first day of the PDC. I started the day with a nice 20 minute walk from my hotel to the LACC. I arrived at 7:30 am and there was already a line waiting to get into the keynote hall. The organizers ushered all the...
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    PDC Pre Conf Day Two

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    Yesterday we had tri-athletes and movie crews closing streets and snarling traffic in and around the convention center in LA. Today it was a power outage that apparently affected nearly the entire LA basin that managed to do the same. According to the...
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    PDC Pre Conf Day One

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    Getting up at 5am this morning made me realize that the long days of Summer are just about over; it was dark out and it was raining. Ick. It only took about 20 minutes to drive to the Seattle-Tacoma (SeaTac) International Airport at that early hour of...
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    Off to PDC!

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    On Sunday morning I leave for Los Angeles and the PDC. It's going to be a great conference and I look forward to meeting many of you there. The SDK team will be holding a "Meet the SDK Team" gathering at the Tools and Languages Track Lounge on Tuesday...
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    Microsoft Windows Vista Beta 1 is Here!

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    Last week was a very busy week around here and this week looks no different. Last week we had a bit of a problem with the WinFX SDK Web Install. While the problem was identified and quickly fixed, it still took a while to verify and therefore delayed...
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