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  • Blog Post: PopTech and challenging TED

    TED really is everywhere these days, so maybe it is a bit over-exposed. Inevitably there’d be those happy to challenge, reinvent and zag the TED events. Paul Carr reports on one such ‘pretender’: PopTech . On first glance, it might appear the event is held in Camden, London. It surely isn’t as it’s unlikely...
  • Blog Post: That Tweeting Canvas Printer Thing

    The mind works in weird ways sometimes, and a discussion of HTML5 and the <Canvas> tag took the @ubelly team ( @andspo and @saraallison ) in this direction: a Tweet-spewing highspeed canvas printing idea that they unveiled at FOWA. Excellent.
  • Blog Post: A “Night In with the Evangelists”: HD Streaming of #PDC10 at MSFT TVP

    That’s right acronym fans – Rachel on the MSDN blog ( you do subscribe right ?) is inviting you all to spend some time on Microsoft Campus here in Reading whilst we stream the PDC in glorious HD Smooth Streaming . An evening with the evangelists? Good grief, I thought, is it not enough to spend my whole...
  • Blog Post: FOWA and FOWA (and FOWA)

    It's been a mad couple of weeks for me personally, but the team too and my diary for the coming week is also what is commonly known as " something of a goat rodeo ". But I got to spend a little time near home today wandering about in the autumnal hues of Westonbirt Aboretum . Of course, just...
  • Blog Post: Tagtiles at #picnic10

    There was a bunch of interesting stuff at Picnic10 but this was probably my favourite toy (a serious toy in this case). Essentially it's a small friendly PC under the hood that looks like an old electronic battleship game and uses objects with RFID tags to enable 3D educational experiences. It's cool...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Doodlers at #picnic10

    I didn't see last year's Microsoft stand but I heard it was very cool. This year it's made of cardboard and Tom and Jan Willem (the doodlers - not sure that's their official title) are spending time doodling on it over the event. They explain more here: Cardboard and #picnic 10 from Marc Holmes on Vimeo...
  • Blog Post: Citizen Journalist at #picnic10

    My favourite person so far is this guy who I chatted to for a while about online video. Nice portable rig! (Though I'm loving the video and audio on my own NEX-5).
  • Blog Post: Update and Photos from #picnic10

    Thanks to @katzy I'm ensconced at #picnic10 in Amsterdam billed as a conference about redesigning the world/life/media/journalism and so on asking the question "What are you bringing?". I was intrigued to come out here as I'd heard the festival/exhibition bit was great fun and really well done...
  • Blog Post: Sittingo–IMDB for Conferences

    Talking of conference videos, @markjo posted about Sittingo which keeps an index of speakers and conferences to keep all of your favourite videos to hand. Nice find.
  • Blog Post: Thinking Digital 2010 Videos #tdc10

    D’oh, completely forgot to post the link to the videos from the excellent Thinking Digital event (sorry @herbkim ). Definitely worth watching pretty much all of these videos, and you can have a look at my posts for original reactions to the content . Great event. Make sure you book up for next year.
  • Blog Post: Coherent Development Strategy (from PDC)

    I loved the keynotes at PDC this year - although as I was trying to edit the Day 1 keynote from 2.25 hours to 30 mins for the #MWord event I wasn't loving it so much. That said, the thing about editing is that you really have to listen and get behind the words being spoken. I recommend the whole of the...
  • Blog Post: Techfluff.tv at MIX 09

    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://live.visitmix.com and you can grab all of the...
  • Blog Post: Mix Day 1 Recap

    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’s my attempt at a recap on stuff: SuperPreview –...
  • Blog Post: VS2010 and Teleporting Squid

    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 some discussion of a question we were asked about...
  • Blog Post: Build Your Own Surface (amongst other things)

    The gang are busy with quite a lot of video production – some of which is going up on YouTube on our channel , and some of which is going to Channel 9 – MikeT’s Live Mesh series is a recent highlight for me. But my favourite at the moment is this effort from PaulFo (and Viral and Jamie): “DIY Multi touch...
  • Blog Post: Live Mesh Blogger Meet-Up – 11th December, Soho

    @stevecla will be propping up the bar talking about cloud computing along with top guys like Jeff Hansen and @anguslogan next week at a blogger meet up in London . Deets: If you'd like to join us please edit the wiki to add your name - that way we'll have a good idea of how many people to expect. Where...
  • Blog Post: Reflections on Øredev 2008

    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 attend. Although Glenn specifically calls it out...
  • Blog Post: OreDev Presentation: Software + Services

    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 think about modelling and translating these...
  • Blog Post: We’ll always have Malmo

    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 can see our slot – 20th November at 15:35 – on the...
  • Blog Post: AllOfUs and their Microsoft Interactive Canvas

    Much as I’m a big fan of working for big corps like Microsoft, I’m always envious of the environs of agencies such as AllOfUs . I first met these guys when I worked with Leslie from their team on some protoyping late last year. Their all new website points out the work they’re doing for ReMix by way...
  • Blog Post: ReMix Bargain

    Now, I know that you’re already likely to be going to ReMix in Brighton . But if you haven’t booked up, there’s still a bit of time (and hopefully some tickets). I was in Brighton last week and it rained for 2 days solid, so I’m hoping it’ll be a bit nicer next week. If you are going, you’ll be pleased...
  • Blog Post: Surviving the Digigirlz

    I barely made it out alive, but the first UK Digigirlz day seemed to be a success. You can see some pictures of the tough crowd below and an apprehensive Scott and David waiting for our bit: As Eileen says , it's the volume levels that are staggering. Great to see so much enthusiasm, and the movie...
  • Blog Post: Digigirlz and technical leadership

    This Friday sees the first Digigirlz day in the UK. I'll be getting involved and probably presenting on the day, which I always look forward to. Right now, I have a work experience student in the lab who is working with XNA Game Studio (seems to be enjoying it - it's hard to tell as his grasp of maths...
  • Blog Post: Munich

    I'm in Munich this week for an MTC meeting. It's great to get out and about to a different Microsoft office, as though I travel quite a bit, I tend to be at events rather than remote offices. I've not been to Munich before and was pleased to find that it's a really great city. In two days I've managed...
  • Blog Post: Introducing WCF with Pluralsight at Microsoft UK

    Just a heads up that Pluralsight will be running their Introducing Windows Communication Foundation course here in Reading on 27-30 March 2007 . You can find the details on the course here , but highlights include: Architecture Service Orientation Web services and standards Programming...
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