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  • Blog Post: An Englishman in New York(ish)

    About five years ago now, Andy Stopford – a great developer active in a number of communities I was involved in – wrote a short blog post called “ Marc takes the Red Pill ” as I prepared to leave BBC Worldwide for Microsoft. 5 years has passed by quickly and I’ve held a number of roles within Developer...
  • Blog Post: Next at Microsoft

    That man Stevecla has been busy since his move to Redmond. Not content with visiting every coffee shop in town and unearthing such gems as Sneakerpedia he’s set about looking for and talking about what’s on the horizon – near and far – within Microsoft. His first post covers the details. As I said in...
  • Blog Post: Upgradez

    (Nicked this picture from Stevecla – looks like an advert for Cyberdyne Systems . I’m going to put a chain lock on the TV stand just in case..) I’m back at work tomorrow after a few days off recharging batteries/dumping the kids with the grandparents. This afternoon I managed to get a couple of hours...
  • Blog Post: Vote for @deepfat !

    I was delighted to see our very own @deepfat (resident business intelligence, security and, er, fine art expert) nominated for the Computer Weekly IT Blog Awards 2010 . He’s in the Individual IT Professional Male category under “ Insufficient Data ” and is up against my chum Steve Clayton – which is...
  • Blog Post: Clowns

    A little known fact is that I always try to sneak in a picture of a clown into my presentations. ( via Clementine )
  • Blog Post: Mobile Road Warrior – Pod 5 – Pens

    In a break from the norm, pencil case 5 contains pens and pencils: A biro. Some nice sketching pens of various thicknesses A bunch of felt tips Some Sharpies A load of whiteboard pens And that’s it – the Mobile Road Warrior kit in several pods. What’s in your backpack?
  • Blog Post: Mobile Road Warrior – Pod 4 – Miscellany

    This is the “everything else” kit: 2 HD Webcams SD (and other) Card Readers USB Memory Stick A few spare business cards A universal socket adaptor (with 2 USB charging points)
  • Blog Post: Mobile Road Warrior - Pod 3 - Camera

    Spare lenses for cameras usually end up in the camera bag, but there’s plenty of other bits and pieces in another piece of essential evangelism kit: Gorillapod tripod Microphones: wireless lapel and battery pack, gun and surround. Headphones Almost a mobile studio – the lighting wouldn’t fit in.
  • Blog Post: Mobile Road Warrior – Pod 2 – Chargers

    Boring but essential is the charging pod. Contents include: Mini-USB charging kit (plugs and cables) USB Cables Specialist battery chargers for Sony and Canon cameras Standard 3-pin plug and 2-pin power cable Next upgrade for this would be a universal set of pins and maybe solar power and spare battery...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Road Warrior – Pod 1 – Presenting

    Every evangelist needs to be able to “put the show on right here” so Pod 1 is all about presenting. Contents include: Samsung SP-H03 Pico Projector   - which has internal memory so can carry a bunch of presentations too. Kensington Clicker – getting old and not a patch on @mtaulty ’s lucky charm...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Road Warrior – The Gerry Anderson Plan

    On the road my kit consists of the new laptop, and aforementioned cameras: the Canon S90 , the Sony NEX-5 and Sony HDR-XR500VE (and a Windows Phone 7 once the handsets are available). Aside from the big stuff though, there’s always a bunch of smaller bits and pieces to hold it all together. I use the...
  • Blog Post: Magpie: Sony Vaio Z12V9E/X

    Ah yes – finally I have a new laptop. And it’s a peach. Thanks to LaptopsDirect for another great delivery and thanks to Sony for building it in the first place. It’s packing a Core i7 processor, 6GB RAM, 128GB SSD, stonking graphics and it’s tiny 13” screen has a 1600x900 resolution. Sweet. It also...
  • 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: 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: Flow

    It’s been a manic couple of weeks for the team (and personally – hence the blog quiet) but in seeing all of the action of that period – which really kicked off with the IE9 beta launch , through dConstruct, FOWA, FOTB, a TechDays special, SQL Bits and isn’t over yet – it’s been a personal privilege for...
  • Blog Post: Magpie: Samsung SP-H03 Pico Projector

    Couldn't resist buying one of these bad boys on the way back to the UK yesterday - the Samsung SP-H03 portable projector. It's a tiny little cube, does 16:9 at 854x480, has 1GB of internal memory and it's a joyful little cube of fun. ( Better review here ). Then @markjo has to spoil the fun by saying...
  • Blog Post: Cooking for Geeks

    Like cooking? Like science? Like mixing them up a bit? Well, the inspirational and insightful Danah Boyd ( @zephoria ) points us to the interesting looking “Cooking for Geeks: Real Science, Great Hacks and Good Food ”. It gets some excellent reviews too. To paraphrase and pulverise an obscure in-joke...
  • Blog Post: OSOTD: Newbie @bennuk explains how to clean up old whiteboards

    Apparently the best method to get rid of old marks on a whiteboard is to go over them again with another marker, and then rub them off. Bizarre but it works as Ben has the most gleamingest whiteboard in the office and I have an old ToDo list from 2006.
  • Blog Post: We’ll skip the roll call and dive right in

    Although our next generation of Office Communicator may be very cool , there’s sometimes no accounting for the actual meeting. Very funny.
  • Blog Post: OSOTD: A partially built display overlooking the scalextric

    A quiet day in the office today, and an unfinished sculpture by @deepfat . I’m not sure if it’s deliberately unfinished or not. That’s art for you.
  • Blog Post: OSOTD: @simonster with his feet under the table

    A lot of the time, DPErs are out and about working with – well, anyone who’ll work with us – but for folk like me who live in the office (and our own little imaginations) it’s nice to see some colleagues from time to time. So this the the first in a series of posts called “OSOTD” (go figure). Here we...
  • Blog Post: Time Flies

    It feels like only a few days since I mentioned the birth of my daughter Evan, but in fact it's approaching 2 years, and I'm approaching another bout of paternity leave for Baby v2.0. Therefore it'll be a bit hit and miss on the blogging for a month or so. Not sure why I'm mentioning that as it's always...
  • Blog Post: Andrew Sampson, Stephen Fry and Social Media

    Over on the MS Advertising site , my friend Mel Carson has a great interview with Andrew Sampson - who discusses social media and his part in the Stephen Fry phenomenon.  Interesting interview which covers: How Andrew was inspired to set Stephen up. How they identified a social media need. How to...
  • Blog Post: The Great(ish) Expression/Sketchflow UI Magnet Giveaway

    If you weren't at FOWA last week, then not only did you miss out on understanding the future of web applications, but you also missed the Microsoft crew talking about Web Platform Installer , ASP.NET MVC , and WebsiteSpark . (And The Gu was there. Funnily enough, I also bumped into The Hoff last week...
  • Blog Post: Advertising Week

    London-based friend and colleague Mel Carson was busy out at Advertising Week in NYC last week. The Microsoft Advertising team have put together a hub covering proceedings - you can find it here . Of particular interest to me was this demo of Looking Glass - something I'd really like to get my hands...
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