Marc: My Words

Janitor of the Evil Room

November, 2008

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    Dot Net Solutions on Sky News

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    Great to see my buddy Dan from Dot Net Solutions on Sky News talking about the economy and how well they’re doing despite the gloom. Not entirely surprising as they’re a hungry bunch doing a lot of great work such as this Azure application. Even better...
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    To the Oxford gang…

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    If you are looking at my blog – thanks for today – hope you found something in the session that was thought provoking. Some links below to some of the key technologies discussed: Live Mesh Azure Photosynth HardRock Cafe and the Deep Zoom Composer Tool...
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    Mmm, charts…

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    A post from ScottGu demonstrating the lovely new ASP.NET Chart control. Relevant links: Download the free Microsoft Chart Controls Download the VS 2008 Tool Support for the Chart Controls Download the Microsoft Chart Controls Samples Download the Microsoft...
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    Reflections on Øredev 2008

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    I wanted to write-up a few thoughts on how Øredev 2008 was as an event. In fact I’ve found my sentiments to match those of Glenn’s and Tim’s . It was a great conference that had a real buzz, a great mix of people and a lot to talk about and sessions to...
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    Application Architecture Pocket Guides

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    From J.D. Meier’s blog , the Patterns & Practices team have released a bunch of pocket guides – smaller and more focussed – based on the Application Architecture Guide 2.0 Here’s the initial list: Agile Architecture Method Pocket Guide Web Application...
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    Microsoft Student Technology Day Videos

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    My buddy Mark (yes, another one) has put up details of the Microsoft Student Technology Day that was held on the 1st October on the south bank in London. It was an interesting event not least because Steve Ballmer was in town and keynoted the event ,...
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    All I Want For Christmas

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    Talking of @Stevecla , he’s pointed out some cool bits of tech that – for anyone who is listening and has reserved “Christmas Budget for Marc” – I would love to get my hands on. A Pico Pocket Projector from Optoma These handy cable tidys from Proporta...
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    Seadragon Subtlety

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    Wow – no, not the Seadragon Ajax stuff, but Stevecla’s coding skillz … ;) OK, so on first view I missed the incredibly cool part – this is a full AJAX implementation of DeepZoom that doesn’t rely on Silverlight.
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    OreDev Presentation: Software + Services

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    Today, myself and Blooders presented on Software + Services on the Architecture track at OreDev (as previously mentioned). Our intention was to provoke some thought on the pressures on architects, and the drivers for Software + Services, and help architects...
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    Windows Azure Explained

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    OK, so it’s hardly Monty Python but… This was a bit of work that myself, Mark Quirk, Michael McClary, George and Will worked on as a simple explanation of Azure (RedDog at the time…) Yes, that’s me on the treadmill with the bandage on my head. The things...
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    WPF Twitter Search Kiosk Thing

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    Talking of great examples, MikeT had a crack at the Twistori thing that MikeO looked at but took a slightly different tack and employed WPF. He’s written the whole thing up as a 7-part (count ‘em) series. You can start here. Much as I love Silverlight...
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    Creating a Silverlight Mesh-Enabled Application

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    I’m hoping that Katrien was inspired by the PDC BBC iPlayer demo that we worked on here, as she created this great step-by-step guide to building a Silverlight Mesh-Enabled Application . I’d like to tell you that it was a smooth for us when we were building...
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    Modeling through the Ages – and Oslo

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    Spotted on Jon Fanders ’ blog, a look at the very first model driven architectures through to the present day . More at Models Remixed .osl
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    Silverlight 3

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    Talk about a teaser… The Gu says: “Silverlight 3 will include major media enhancements (including H.264 video support), major graphics improvements (including 3D support and GPU hardware acceleration), as well as major application development improvements...
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    Ad-Supported Chicken

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    This particular post brought to you by the “Things You Think Up Whilst Bored At An Airport” department. Blooders was talking about the supermarket price war and, for instance, the very cheap price of chicken, which lead him to suggest that the notion...
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    Gears of War Zune

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    I’m loving GOW2 and am hoping to add this to the very small list of “games I actually finished” which (in recent years) amounts to er, GOW and Fable2 (there must be others… surely). Anyway, for the Zune and GOW afficionado, there’s this :
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    Silverlight Analysis

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    A couple of interesting articles on Silverlight and Flash that are worth a peek: Adobe's CEO Underestimating Microsoft's Ability To Compete With Flash Microsoft’s Silverlight heats up fight for online video
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    20 Minutes Effort

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    Note to self that some people will take your estimates quite literally sometimes. Anyway, a bit of Silverlight Twittter-searching fun from MikeO (in a pseudo- Twistori style, or at least it will be when I can find a designer for another “20 minutes of...
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    Live.com

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    TechCrunch are reporting on the changes to Live.com . There’s a nice Common Craft video to accompany the news.
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    Installing Windows Home Server

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    And so to the execution of part one of the project . I bought an HP Media Smart home server . Nice. Surprisingly small and quiet. My favourite part of the server is being able to control the brightness of the blue LEDs from the WHS control panel. It’s...
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    Ashley Highfield joins Microsoft in the UK

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    Talking of Blooders (who, like me is a ex-BBC) it was interesting to see that Ashley Highfield will be joining Microsoft . We like to think that it was our pathfinding that opened up this opportunity for another ex-BBCer. I’m sure it was…
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    We’ll always have Malmo

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    This year the organisers of Øredev in Malmo invited myself and Blooders to speak on the Architecture track at the event. We’ve opted for – surprise surprise – some discussion on Software + Services, particularly in context of the PDC announcements. You...
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    Happiness is a weekend messing about with a LAN at home

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    Well, I expect it is to many people. I’m one of those people who, so long as the ADSL is running, treats all of the cables, routers and stuff as one would an ancient monument: “Look, don’t touch. It’s very special” But, I’ve become more concerned recently...
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    holiday.End()

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    After the rigours of preparing for PDC and then attempting to ingest all of the announcements I was pleased to take a week off from work. It turned out to be fairly productive: Garage cleared and a load of junk taken to recycle centre. Check. (The old...
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