Marc: My Words

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March, 2009

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    Silverlight and Commodore 64

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    I’ve mentioned we have a Commodore 64 in the office (it’s about the only machine that we can’t get Windows 7 to run on). Well, no need to be jealous of this particular artifact as you can now run a C64 emulator in Silverlight 3 . Terrific work is by Pete...
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    Silverlight and MySpace

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    Big news from Michael Scherotter that you can now build Silverlight applications for the MySpace Developer Platform . Full details here. Great news all round for Silverlight developers and also for MySpace as the legions of .NET developers can get to...
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    Physics Helper for Silverlight, Blend and Farseer

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    Wow! Can’t believe I only just discovered this yesterday: a codeplex project for assisting with the creation of physics based objects . More info on Andy Beaulieu’s blog here and here . Top job!
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    Tesco, the Cloud and IE8

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    No sooner have I finished banging on about IE8 than Tesco go ahead and release an accelerator to allow searching for groceries from IE . Cunningly, this accelerator takes advantage of the APIs that Tesco have released (some related posts there) and is...
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    Sorting Out My IE8

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    I’m running Windows 7 right now on all of my machines so I don’t have the RTM version of IE8 but I figured that I should probably sort out what I’ve got. When I joined Microsoft I was fairly fastidious in my use of IE, but I confess that I had a bit of...
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    Quake 3 in Silverlight

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    French developer Julien Frelat has made a port of Quake from C/ASM to Silverlight 3. You can have a go of a demo (requires the SL3 beta) here. It’s not exactly playable – there’s more work to do – but it’s an interesting start and shows the rendering...
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    Charging For Stuff

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    On the other hand, whilst the advertising models of the internet may have enabled the long tail on the internet, can Free really be the future? How many other industries out there operate and innovate on the basis of giving away their stuff? 37 Signals...
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    Web Platform Installer 2.0

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    Apart from the variety of product and feature announcements made at Mix ( don’t forget you can download the sessions here ), the “one product to rule them all” is the Web PI 2.0 (I hope that the codename for this project was Magnum…) It’s about this time...
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    Surface Launch in the UK and Finguistics

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    Whilst Mix has been going on, Surface was also officially launched in the UK. Dr Dave was there to help things along. There’s a lot of commentary on the intertubes about the launch: Times Online , Mirror Online , Channel4.com , Silicon.com , CIO , TechDigest...
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    Techfluff.tv at MIX 09

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    As a big fan of Techfluff.tv I was really pleased that Hermione and Sam were making a stop at Vegas to take in some of the event. They’ve been at SXSW just before so you’d imagine they’re getting “all conferenced out”. You can watch the keynotes at http...
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    Silverlight development for PHP with JCX Software

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    If you’re a PHP developer, then JCX Software have updated their VS.PHP plug-in (2.7 Beta) for Visual Studio to provide support for Silverlight 3. Sweet. You can read about it here. And don’t forget, as mentioned in my Mix Day 1 recap that there is now...
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    The Arc

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    You may have already discovered Arc magazine (it’s a series of 4) which aims to describe Software + Services for Architects, but if not, you should know that apart from the physical copies, you can get the digital versions from our Architect Portal
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    Aiiieeee 8

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    Phew – long day yesterday as I was helping a bunch of fellow DPErs with the MWord in London – a little get-together to recap on the announcements from Mix. I guess the main announcement yesterday was IE8 and there’s only one thing to say really: go get...
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    Mix Day 1 Recap

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    I had a bunch of stuff to do at the same time today – a variety of watching, listening, tweeting, responding, and editing for a recap event tomorrow. Sometimes 3 monitors is just not enough… There seemed to be so much awesome stuff to talk about. Here...
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    WCF REST Starter Kit

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    Aaron at Pluralsight is all over this release of a starter kit for accessing REST APIs in an easier way. Essentially, it introduces a new class – HttpClient – that contains a bunch of methods suitable for talking to REST APIs. You can download the preview...
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    2019 Vision

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    Talking of all that cliched 20:20 vision stuff, nice to see that Microsoft dodged a bullet and went with 2019. I love this video as an “inspira-tron” and really want to get my hands on the smart newspaper thing. Meantime I guess I have to settle for Surface...
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    Visual Metaphors

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    Loved this Periodic Table of Typefaces from SwissMiss The Periodic Table works really well as a visual metaphor presumably because it sat on the wall of despised Chemistry lessons for most of our childhood. That kind of imagery is difficult to remove...
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    VS2010 and Teleporting Squid

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    Last Friday, I was involved in an event in London with Rich Erwin and Graeme Scott under the auspices of providing some information about VS2010 and SQL 2008, but also to watch “The Watchmen”. Rich has posted some follow-up on the tools blog , including...
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    GlaxoSmithKline and Microsoft Online Services

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    Filed under “stuff that happened while I was away” is this fairly important announcement that GSK is to deploy 100,000 seats of hosted services from Microsoft (they’d previously been on Notes). As ZDNet reports , it makes Google’s 15,000 seats at Genetech...
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    Mike Snow and Silverlight

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    I’ve probably mentioned Mike Snow’s Blog before, but I’m allowed to mention it again! If you’re developing Silverlight then you really should be reading his stuff – it’s “Tip of the Day” style and they’re all worth reading: Yesterday, I was excited about...
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    S+S and Mardi Gras

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    From my Aussie buddy Greg Willis’ blog , there’s news of a DeepZoom-y/Azure-y solution bringing to life the Sydney Mardi Gras that he and Michael were involved in. My erstwhile colleague, Brighty, is Down Under working with Greg & Co, and I can certainly...
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    Morph Flashmob

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    BBC News reports on a Morph flashmob as a tribute to Tony Hart . A brilliant idea and an uplifting tribute to a great man.
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    Canvas for OneNote

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    From @stevecla comes news of this excellent deep-zoom-y experience for OneNote called Canvas. It’s a bit like pptPlex for PowerPoint but in this case for exploring your various notebooks. If you’re a OneNote junkie like me, then it is definitely worth...
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