Marc: My Words

Janitor of the Evil Room

February, 2010

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    11 Characteristics of Highly Influential Blog(ger)s

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    An interesting post providing a series of distinguishing characteristics that provide “fame, fortune and loyal followings”. Apart from some interesting aspects of blogging, there are a load of great blogs referenced in there (as you might expect). For...
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    Badder Science

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    I was amused by the How Does Homeopathy Work site just yesterday, and then saw this BBC article “Three films that would make Einstein blush” pointing out some of the weird science that fuels Hollywood. I gave up when that bloke walked all the way to New...
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    Remember Drognas?

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    Chewing the fat with Paulfo and Jamie yesterday we were thinking about an After Hours sort of thing for TechDays. Paul did some AR stuff just before Christmas (video below) and then we somehow ended up on the subject of The Adventure Game . Amazing. Anyway...
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    MIT’s LED Helicopters

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    Great video from MIT on the possibilities of ‘smart pixels’. As one of the YouTube commenters says “Crichton’s Prey anyone?”. I seem to remember that that didn’t work out well for the researchers. Ah well, good luck with the pretty helicopters. I’m sure...
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    Want to work with @anguslogan ?

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    Well apparently you can. But you’ve got to want it.
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    Hygiene Color Bleach - Cunning Visual Effect

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    Weird. Looks like there’s a stain, but move closer to the image and it’s gone. Via Advertising/Design Goodness.
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    TED, Blaise and Bing Maps

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    It’d be crazy for me not to spread the love for this awesome video from TED in which Blaise Aguera y Arcas (of Seadragon fame) demonstrates augmented reality integration inside Bing Maps. I demo’d some of the Photosynth and Bing Maps integration at an...
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    TechDays 2010 UK – 12th – 16th April

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    Ta-dah! Go register now for developer and IT pro goodness! w00t! I can’t believe I’m not described as a featured speaker . Who is that Taulty bloke anyway?
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    Internet Explorer 9 at MIX

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    Interesting to see that Dean Hachamovitch will be talking IE9 at MIX. Apparently there’ll be a few surprises. Meantime (and I realise that dedicated followers will realise the age of this visual gag), in addition to using IE8 I’m also making use of this...
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    Old Spice 2010: “I’m on a horse”

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    This will probably be old hat by the time I embed the video, but nevertheless here is a piece of genius…
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    Windows Phone 7 Series

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    Phew – finally we’re unveiling the awesomeness of Windows Phone 7 Series . I won’t add to the constant barrage of immediate reflection but you can find the press release, and videos from MWC here . From the press release: With Windows Phone 7 Series,...
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    Visual Studio 2010 RC

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    After some consideration, we’ve simplified the IDE for VS2010 and I can exclusively reveal… etc. OK, so this is a screenshot of the awesome Small Basic which His Hanselmanness has just blogged about in the weekly source code . You can actually get the...
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    Installing Windows 7 from a Phone

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    Give a techy a new device – like James’ new mobile – and they’ll quickly find interesting things to do with it. I actually think he’s enjoying his new phone with a bunch of thoughts , some stuff on video , trying to find a Twitter client , and moaning...
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    Winner Winner, Chicken Dinner

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    I’m off to MIX in March – w00t! I’m sure you’ll be there too. As always, if you can find me, I’ll buy you a drink. (Not you Clayton – don’t you owe me one?) So whilst the likes of MikeO , Sara , and MikeT are busily planning which sessions to attend ...
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    Comment Spam as Art

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    There are many reasons to love Wired but this month’s Russell M Davies column on spam really stood out for me. I don’t get many comments on the blog (but then I don’t get many readers…) so when I get a nice comment, I certainly empathise with: The other...
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    iNLP

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    I’ll probably never master the art of saying very little – I like to talk. To paraphrase (and ruin) a line from a movie: “Lady, I speak two languages: Fast English and Bad English”. I actually like to listen too – I just iterate quickly… I often wonder...
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    Adobe CTO says Flash works 20% faster on IE8 than Firefox

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    Talking of Flash and Macs (don’t say that too fast!) I was reading this article from Tim Anderson on improvements to Flash on a Mac. It struck me that I didn’t realise it was that bad in the first place – but “I’m a PC” so there you go. No wonder His...
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    Experts’ views on PC vs Mac Security

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    This interesting article from Elinor Mills about PC and Mac security contains a wealth of interesting commentary (read: flame/fanboy fodder) from a variety of expert sources. Worth reading the whole thing but some points from the article: There are a...
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    Introducing @SaraAllison

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    Please say hello to Sara who has just joined our team . She’s been kicking around for a couple of weeks now, but, you know, Microsoft is a complex beast and it takes a little time to get used to it. As an evangelist, Sara will be digging around the underbelly...
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    Mass Effect 2 Ad in Silverlight

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    New Media Age picks up on a Silverlight Ad out in the wild from EA Games to promote Mass Effect 2. (What a great game by the way… unfortunately it turned up before I finished Borderlands so there’s two vying for attention). NMA describe it in terms ad...
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    I’m Not Scared of the Yoof

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    Great article in the Sunday Times this weekend profiling our MACHs (our graduate fast-track high-fliers). Microsoft is a great place to work in any case, but these programmes have got to be great for those on them, and the business in general. Gaby Ball...
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    .NET is… umm…

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    You know what .NET is don’t you? Sure you do. It’s the tool which… no, hang on… it’s the language that you… wait, wait, it’s the development platform for… hmm… If you’re not already a .NET developer, then actually that question might be harder to answer...
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    Jobs call BS on Google, says that Adobe is lazy.

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    I saw a tweet last week which said “Sometimes I wonder if Google’s ‘don’t be evil’ is missing ‘because we’re watching you’”. Funny (actually, no, it’s terrifying when you think hard about it). Maybe someone should ask Eric? Another friend of mine asked...
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