Marc: My Words

Janitor of the Evil Room

June, 2010

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    Want to be an Architect in the Microsoft Technology Centre?

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    The MTC team are hiring and it could be you . I spent my first year and a half at Microsoft working in the technology centre doing projects like this and this and this and would definitely recommend it if you like latest technology, thinking quickly about...
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    Microsoft by the Numbers ((tag: Microsoft Life)

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    The weekend was abuzz with numbers – not least a certain 4-1 drubbing ( “Out Of Africa” – another useful movie title). But mainly this post from Frank Shaw which lays down some cold numbers to consider. I’d recommend MG Siegler’s or Kara Swisher’s views...
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    A view of home for @stevecla

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    Steve-o recently made the big step of heading to Redmond where I’m sure he’s settling in nicely. This is a delightful time-lapse video of London (via clementine ) as a reminder of home – don’t forget us! Loved the London eye, and the tilt-shifted (I think...
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    IE9 Preview 3 (and some questions answered)

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    I know you already know about IE9 Preview 3 being available, I’ve just been a bit bogged down in those activities that shall be known as “planning” which is more of a time sink that you might think. If you’re thinking “he’s just been watching the footy...
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    Natural User Interfaces Not That Natural Yet

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    When media crossovers go wrong from Fail Blog
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    Introducing the @marcholmes Action Figure

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    I turned 35 the other week. I’d like to say “Hurrah!” but I get the feeling that really it’s just another way of saying “ Half Past Dead ” (a great movie title). So to celebrate\cheer me up, my family got together and ordered me a custom action figure...
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    Free Azure eBook from @ericnel (and a host of others)

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    Eric has been focussed on Azure for the past few months and his blog contains a huge amount of practical information for developers to get their heads around what the platform offers and how to get stuff done. Most recently he worked with David to deliver...
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    OK Go: The Sky Is Falling

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    About 20 seconds in to this I stupidly thought “ Meh, not as good as the last one ... I can see what’s happening here...”. More excellent stuff from OK Go. Drop me a line if you’d like to see @mtaulty , @mikeormond , @ericnel and @saraallison donning...
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    Office 2010 Launch Today

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    Hurrah! Today’s the day that the all-new version of Office launches for everyone. As usual, we’ve been dogfooding it for quite some time and have been working on the RTM version for a while now too. But now you too can marvel at the fancy transitions...
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    The #Bing Ice Cream Van

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    One of my eagle-eyed operatives mailed this in with a "budgets must me tight" comment. Au contraire: you think it doesn't take gigantic marketing effort to recapture the 70s in all of its resplendent/tacky/slightly rusty glory? Hmm, Hmm... well, maybe...
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    Natal == Kinect for XBox 360

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    Our man Clayton is on the ball and points out the actual name of the "Project Natal" device which was just unveiled as part of E3 activity - you can read the press release here . Talking of on the ball - I've just pre-ordered my place in the pre-order...
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    The #worldcup Map with #Bing and #Silverlight

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    Nice effort from the Earthware team building this cool mashup which will take you on a Bing and Silverlight tour of the various stadiums involved in the World Cup. Good fun.
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    Soccer AM "8 Second Excuse Explorer"

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    I must confess I've been slack with watching Soccer AM recently (you try it with two tiny little bairns...) but a colleague pointed out these spoofs they did using the "8 seconds on IE8" theme... funny! (Adverts at the start). http://link.brightcove.com...
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    Speed T-Shirt Folding

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    One of the strangest bits of career advice I received as a lad was "You'll be working near the CEO so make sure the back of your shirt is ironed." Is it some kind of weird seagulls and trawlers thing? Apparently not: the explanation was that many junior...
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    Absorbing Thinking Digital

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    My own slightly hazy notes aside , if you want a better flavour of what the ThinkingDigital event was like, then over on Ubelly , our own @saraallison has produced a nice video and captured a surprising number of the main speakers for a little chat.
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    Adidas Mos Eisley Cantina and Footy Mash Up

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    Seriously odd but fantastic video from Adidas. Snoop Dogg and Noel Gallagher FTW!
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    "Cheaper" alternatives may be hazardous to your career...

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    I'm catching up on the blog reading this afternoon - this piece from Tim Anderson on Serena's decision to dump Google (they'd originally selected Google to replace on-premise Microsoft stack) and move to our hosted Exchange and Sharepoint services caught...
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    Saturday morning at Microsoft #webcamps

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    It's a sunny Saturday, so where else to be than at the London leg of the Microsoft Webcamps tour along with a 120 or so web developers? Fortunately for me and @markjo , the event is well-managed by Jon Galloway and Christian Wenz so we're not having to...
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    Download the World Cup Fixtures into Outlook

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    Nice idea from the BBC - download the .ics and all the footy goodness into Outlook and start to manage that diary effectively to ensure no nasty overlaps with any work... Thanks Siobhan.
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    Windows Live Writer and #Posterous == Writerous

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    It seems I can have my cake and eat it as it turns out (via @Jas ) that the prodigious WLW plugin writer @scottisafool has written a plugin called Writerous to enable posting from WLW to posterous. In fact, this post is written using that plugin so if...
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    At Microsoft #webcamps this Saturday

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    Those nice chaps from Microsoft HQ have been staging Webcamps across the world in the past few weeks. We have our very own starting tomorrow which sold out very quickly. If you're heading to the event, a few of the team will be there: @mtaulty , @mikeormond...
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    Director of Detail #tdc10

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    Amongst the many anecdotes we were bombarded with at Thinking Digital (I know I keep mentioning it - there was a lot to think about) by @rorysutherland was thinking about cost and effect. He presented this wonderful quadrant diagram (turn away now consultants...
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    Pigeon Failure

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    I noticed that my blog settings (on MarcMyWords ) for mail were wrong (no idea how they've changed but it must have been me) and have been for a month or so. I didn't notice as I still see mails from the others... Anyway if you've mailed and I haven't...
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    Reversing the Polarity

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    As an avid reader of the blog (I know you are - don't worry I won't embarrass you by telling anyone...) you'll probably know I toyed with using Posterous as the primary blog, which would then cross-post into various other blogs (like the main http://www...
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    Scooter == Batmobile

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    One of the things I miss about London now that I live out in the country is the fun scooter journey I used to take from Highgate to Shepherd's Bush every morning. I <3 ('d) my Vespa. Mind you, I say fun - it was only fun for the 1 week of the year...
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