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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Tag (and Rubik’s Cube)

    The @Microsoft twitter account pointed me at this short post on some editorially placed tags in the September issue of Architectural Digest . The tags themselves are branded with the logo of the magazine, which (see Why Has The Barcode Never Changed? on a similar subject) In itself, this is an interesting...
  • Blog Post: GlaxoSmithKline and Microsoft Online Services

    Filed under “stuff that happened while I was away” is this fairly important announcement that GSK is to deploy 100,000 seats of hosted services from Microsoft (they’d previously been on Notes). As ZDNet reports , it makes Google’s 15,000 seats at Genetech look small by comparison. Of course, size isn...
  • Blog Post: Gee, Software + Services Makes Sense

    OK, so obviously I’m going to have a bit of a dig at Google suffering from a few problems on the email front (and apparently some weird stuff on the Groups front ). Of course this is because the typical news coverage they get is ‘ Ooh, they have a new Favicon ’ (Come on BBC…) or ‘ Hey, they did/did not...
  • Blog Post: Search Twitter from Windows 7

    Awesome pointer from @simongdavies to integrating Twitter into Windows 7 search:
  • Blog Post: Ultimate Steal

    While we’re on the subject of good value, I was reminded of The Ultimate Steal : Microsoft Office 2007 Ultimate at the price of £38.95 for students and staff at academic institutions. That's a pretty good deal: I’m a OneNote junkie so IMHO this is worth the cash for that alone, leaving aside Word, Excel...
  • Blog Post: Wigadoo, BizSpark, Seth Godin and 1st Birthday Parties

    If you could see my office, then you’d know I sit in the same cluster as Lars . But you don’t so I’m mentioning it here. One of the handy things about sitting next to Lars (apart from the tidiness and general hospitality) is that he keeps me up to date on the startup scene such as his bent, handling...
  • Blog Post: Twit T-w00t

    I like Twitter , really I do, but I don’t go for all this commentary on its future as a platform. But when my good mate @voleshafter begins using it, and then (let’s leave @stephenfry and @wossy aside for a moment) Tim Lovejoy (sorry Tim, I couldn’t be bothered to look for your twag) talks about it on...
  • Blog Post: SlideShare Office 2007 Addin

    So no sooner have we really started to use SlideShare , then they publish an addin for Office 2007 – very handy indeed. More at TechCrunch .
  • 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: WPF Twitter Search Kiosk Thing

    Talking of great examples, MikeT had a crack at the Twistori thing that MikeO looked at but took a slightly different tack and employed WPF. He’s written the whole thing up as a 7-part (count ‘em) series. You can start here. Much as I love Silverlight, I’m a sucker for those WPF shader effects…
  • Blog Post: Creating a Silverlight Mesh-Enabled Application

    I’m hoping that Katrien was inspired by the PDC BBC iPlayer demo that we worked on here, as she created this great step-by-step guide to building a Silverlight Mesh-Enabled Application . I’d like to tell you that it was a smooth for us when we were building against the pre-release versions but you know...
  • Blog Post: New Live Betas!

    I've been eagerly pressing F5 on the site for a couple of hours now , and they're finally up! Go, go, go!
  • Blog Post: StackOverflow

    I love StackOverflow.com . I’ll never be able to contribute of course as I’m knowledge-impaired but it’s a simple and hopefully effective idea – and a twist on the micro-blogging meme. As a gamer, I like the XBOX Achievement-style badge system . I hope there are some secret hidden badges though. As Phil...
  • Blog Post: iTunes Annoyances

    I saw this article about the pain that iTunes can become on the Geekdad blog . All interesting points. What’s more interesting of course is that Russ is still a fan of the iPod despite these issues. As I am, and I imagine huge numbers of us are. So: Successful device Successful service Not so hot on...
  • Blog Post: That Photosynth Release

    My feed reader seemed to have a lot of posts this morning. That’ll be the release of Photosynth then . Eileen has a great write-up of all of the useful keyboard shortcuts . Generally the reviews seem to focus on the cool factor of it. And of course it is. But I’d like to think about the utility of it...
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