Marc: My Words

Janitor of the Evil Room

January, 2010

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    OCS Saving Microsoft UK Money

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    I remember being out in the street during the recent snow trying to figure out if the roads were passable. I didn’t fancy my chances (in the Prius) but another bloke who was there too said “he didn’t have much option” but to get to the office for meetings...
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    iPadding Out A Story

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    You’ve seen the device, you’ve heard the jokes. Fickle followers of fashion have spoken. I spent at least a little bit of time chortling over the reaction to the iPad. Much of it was fair to middling, but the interesting stuff was commentators desperately...
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    Microsoft Architect Insight Conference 2010

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    The fifth AIC is now lined up and ready to go. This year will be a two-day, three-track affair across Enterprise, Solution and Infrastructure architecture with a day 1 focus on Architecting Today: From Cost to Innovation and day 2 focus on Architecting...
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    Software + Services: Turns out…

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    Remember some time back when Ray Ozzie got up and talked about the “Software + Services” vision (or in this case – wrote about it). Do ya? So what did you think at the time? Maybe you thought: w00t! That’s the way it should be… I don’t get it Bah, the...
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    PowerPivot explained through the medium of, er, cookery

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    I often bang on to the team about telling our story in interesting ways. Deepfat has outdone himself with an explanation of PowerPivot via the heady combo of Risotto and Business Intelligence…
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    Thoughts on Technical Debates from @Scottgu

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    Great way to start the week – reading this post from Scott on his (and I guess a lot of folks’) observations on technical debate – and a segue into some discussion on ASP.NET and ASP.NET MVC . Quick excerpt: I always find it somewhat ironic when I hear...
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    Trading Accuracy for Immediacy

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    I liked this essay on Social News: Trading Accuracy for Immediacy . The phrase “Never Wrong For Long” has been used for quite some time in 24hr Newsroom circles – usually as criticisms of “the other guy” – and means the same thing. An excerpt: Now that...
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    Office Ribbon Hero

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    I have never understood why people don’t like the Office ribbon. I understand it might be a challenge to learn though. So, here’s a fun idea to turn Office into a game via Ribbon Hero . Danc covers some of the thinking behind these ideas . I’m with Bill...
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    Hopes and Dreams

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    I’m fairly convinced that one of the kids will be the first person on Mars. (The other one can then kick back with the Absinthe and become a poet. My money at this point is that Evan will do the space thing but I’m probably being slightly unfair to Orson...
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    My Little Pony Customisations

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    Talking of art… I definitely like these. My sister used to love My Little Pony when we were kids and I could never see the point. Why do they need hats? They’re just horses… But now I see it. It was all about this sort of genius customisation.
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    Drawing Business

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    “I’m not an artist but I know what I like”. I often wish I could draw to the awesome standards of folk like DeepFat alas the skills escape me. But I’m a big fan of Dan Roam's “Back of the Napkin” . If you need to communicate ideas then I heartily recommend...
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    Vote for Maiden-Voyage.com!

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    My friend Carolyn runs a website aimed at corporate female travellers providing connections, social engagements and services whilst on business travel.     When I travel I tend to hibernate in my room, but my wife used to travel a lot back in...
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    Ah, Seventy Seven Silverlight Slides

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    Mike has been trying to reduce his Silverlight deck a little and ended up with 77 slides . And he’s made a weird DeepZoom way of viewing them. If you’re still confused (about Silverlight or the viewer thing), then there is a smaller summary below (also...
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    Over-iP’d

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    As in, over-hyped (geddit?). Anyway, much as we don’t comment on rumours about our own stuff never mind those of competitors I did like this rumour visualisation on Mashable . If you removed the Tweets about technology rumours I wonder what would be left...
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    Movie Stars Revisiting Roles

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    Loved this collection of images of stars revisiting their old role from the 20th Birthday edition of Empire
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    Passive Aggressive Wi-Fi Hotspots

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    Loved this – via SwissMiss Reminds me of the really rubbish “bluejacking” meme of yesteryear (like 2008).
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    Windows. It will never catch on.

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    Interesting post from Tim Anderson who is coming out in favour of WPF . The basis for this appears to be largely because we’re developing Visual Studio and Expression with WPF ourselves. Good-o. WPF is a great technology. But then an odd choice of words...
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    Roger Rabbit and attention to detail.

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    Loved this find on 37Signals of a memo from Richard Williams - animation director on “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” – to his team.
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    Succeed Blog

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    I’m a big fan of Fail Blog for genius such as this . But I was heartened to learn that Succeed Blog has been launched to celebrate all of the nice things in life. Aaaah. In other heart-warming news, science has discovered what makes wrinkly dogs .
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    Customer Complaints on Nexus One

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    A few sources ( this one from the BBC ) reporting that there are some teething troubles with the ordering for Nexus One. Surprising, because my understanding was that the landmark news from the other day was that Google is a Consumer Electronics Retailer...
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    Play the piano on YouTube

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    Not that long ago, @Deepfat did his great series of YinYang videos which made use of the annotations features of YouTube (we were inspired by Boone Oakley for that). Then I saw this mentioned by Clementine yesterday . Brilliant!
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    All Tea should be held in this regard

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    Just hope the milk supplies hold up. Thanks to SwissMiss .
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    Set Phasers to Stun

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    I’ve always wondered what the default setting on a phaser is if it isn’t stun which seemed to be the most used, and probably most sensible setting to avoid unnecessary deaths (or embarrassment if the default is ‘off’). Anyway, as any MMORPG fan knows...
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    We’ve Run Out Of Stories

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    This article on the BBC lists a lot of the upcoming “blockbuster” movies for 2010, the upshot of which appears to be that we’ve run out of stories, although some are maybe intriguing… Alice in Wonderland – I’ll be far too scared to see a Tim Burton version...
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    Magpie: GorrillaPod for iPhone

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    While we’re on the subject of phones… Despite an excellent Christmas for Wellies and Dunk Mugs and the like, there’s always something that slips through the net. This little fella was due to be delivered to me today but looking at the snow that seems...
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