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  • Blog Post: 8 Random Things

    I don't really buy into these meme things (I'm probably bitter that I never get tagged, and don't have enough friends to forward them to, and besides they remind me of those "your whole family will die if you don't" chain letters) but seeing as it's Eileen then here are 8 random(-ish, because of course...
  • Blog Post: Army of Me

    While Photosynth is looking cool , it's sometimes worth a rummage around the Microsoft Research website to see what fun toys there are to download. Group Shot is one of those things and has enabled me to produce evidence that proves that I'm not a loner and do enjoy the company of other people. (Despite...
  • Blog Post: Caring for GUIDs

    I've been meddling with WIX for a week now, which is all new to me. I'm forming a good opinion of it, though there is an awful lot to learn. It's straightforward to build simple installers for typical .NET apps, or websites. Installing Votive so that you have a WIX project in VS2005 is useful, but not...
  • Blog Post: Job 2x2

    Part of my role is to "Synthesise and Simplify" concepts and so on. As you can imagine then, I'm a big fan of the 2x2 matrix to describe pretty much anything. James has an interesting post with a 2x2 matrix (time vs location) to describe jobs. Are you a Timelord or a Shift-Shaper?
  • Blog Post: Hakarl-tastic

    As Friday draws to a close I'm off on a well-deserved break to Iceland. You can see the journey we'll be taking by looking at this Virtual Earth collection . I'll add some photos 1) if I find an internet connection somewhere or 2) when I get back. Now, what's the Icelandic for "2 pina coladas and...
  • Blog Post: Mike is looking at LINQ

    Mike Taulty's blog - he's a colleague of mine here in Reading - has a load of great content. Very recently there's a great post on his adventures with LINQ as he begins to get to grips with the tech. I have to say that I really like using LINQ but I haven't tried to intellectually understand how it...
  • Blog Post: LiveWriter Plug-Ins

    I'm enjoying LiveWriter a lot as I've mentioned before, but now as the plug-in community grows it gets more powerful. I've now got plug-ins for code formatting, file attachments, technorati tags but even better... I definitely recommend you pick up LiveWriter and grab some plug-ins listed...
  • Blog Post: Where have I been?

    I've been pretty busy of late with projects I can't discuss (as usual) so I haven't had a lot to talk about. (Though I'm running a little secret blog that I'll explain in a few posts.) Some exciting stuff though: I've finally had a couple of hours to move my main work machine to the RTM versions...
  • Blog Post: Visual search of Flickr

    I was impressed by this visual search for Flickr. The idea is that you sketch what you want to find and then the search algorithm looks for specific colour clusters in the top 100,000 or so of Flickr's photos. It returned pictures of sunflowers and apples for me (and even a stop sign) which was very...
  • Blog Post: while {Jetlag != null}()

    A bit of blog silence descended for a while as I’ve been Really Busy of Late, but hopefully I can resume some kind of normal service. So, you say, what’s been keeping me busy? Well, apart from the house move, and still trying to sort out all the techy bits and pieces that comprise ‘MarcZone’ I’m involved...
  • Blog Post: Evil Technical Reviewers

    Jim Holmes (no relation) talks about the ego-deflation exercise that is 'having your book technically reviewed' . I think he's recovering well! Sadly, I am one of those reviewers on his forthcoming book but hopefully haven't caused him too much pain. Sorry Jim. He explains a bit more about the book...
  • Blog Post: World Cup + Nice Weather = Zero Productivity

    What a busy month. I've been back-to-back with envisioning work this month, which is great fun, but it's difficult to switch off and do some personal work after home time as you need to keep everything to the forefront of your mind for the duration. I used to think I could compartmentalise very effectively...
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