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  • Blog Post: My festive geek gift list

    Everyone else does one of these, so I couldn’t resist throwing my gadget and geek desires onto HTML/RSS. Flip Mino HD This little beauty is an HD video recording device. It would be cool to start capturing more and more video moments both personally (family stuff to share with the folks back in NI) and...
  • Blog Post: I'm 5 today...5 years at Microsoft

    (Image courtesy of HouseofSims ) I've been at Microsoft for exactly 5 years today. Doesn't time fly! What have I done since I started? Some highlights/history: Joined as an i- contractor to deliver technical events to students Built Project Hurricane - a social network/community thing before social networks...
  • Blog Post: My lack of blogging....

    I've been mad busy planning the UK Imagine Cup finals on the 5th June and haven't had a chance to stop....until we got a shipment of Popfly ducks for each of the attendees to the event! Thought it was worth a post :-)
  • Blog Post: My love for Silverlight...

    ...is so strong that I had umbrellas made for a recent event: (The pantone matches the nebula logo as well!) :-)
  • Blog Post: Last.fm Comes to Vista Media Centre

    I'm a big fan of Last.fm and will be giving this a go on my home machine for listening to music. Last.fm Comes to Vista Media Centre ( Sarah Perez )
  • Blog Post: Herding cats at Microsoft

    I work for the United Nations apparently. I work in the Developer & Platform Evangelism group at Microsoft, or DPE (or D&PE if you are in the US) and people have a uniform response internally and externally - "Eh?". This article on C|net news explains what the organistion does: "The...
  • Blog Post: Off to Seattle

    It's been a manic few weeks recently trying to get the Imagine Cup Workshops going for the finalists in the UK Software Design category. They are up here on the UK Academic Team blog - we're looking forward to hosting these guys and seeing what they can learn over a short sharp 2 day training event....
  • Blog Post: Synergy - great for multi-PC setups like mine

    I've got a spiffing Dell XPS 420 as my main home machine and I've been spending a lot of time on it working on personal projects and being an ADD-type of person tend to do work stuff at the same time on my Lenovo laptop. I always struggled with having to flip between machines but didn't want the expense...
  • Blog Post: A little blog redirection

    I've been umming and ahhing about what to do with this now that I have changed roles and no longer getting to spend all my time with the fun world of Silverlight and WPF. I've had some great experiences and decent traffic through my blog, especially around Silvelright ( 6 Silverlight screen casts has...
  • Blog Post: Last.fm sells for 140m of her majesty's pounds

    One of my favourite music sites, Last.fm , has been bought by a US media company , CBS, for £140m ($280m). This is fantastic news for a number of reasons: they are a UK start-up and have great personality to boot; and they have some really cool software+services running in the backend. I can run last...
  • Blog Post: Me = Evangelism -> Marketing

    It's finally public knowledge, that I am moving away from pure evangelism (yeap, that's my job title!) and over to marketing! I currently spend a lot of time deep in technology (primarily Silverlight and WPF ) coding, learning it and talking about it and I've enjoyed the immense opportunities this has...
  • Blog Post: Random presenting experience

    I thought it was too weird/funny not to post about. I was presenting yesterday on Silverlight to a group of about 100 developers attending under the MSDN umbrella . Unfortunately, I had come down with a pretty dodgy virus which meant I wasn't really on top form. Now, if I had time and there was someone...
  • Blog Post: I've been blogging for ages

    Well, I'm nicely ticking along with blogging (over the 100 post mark) and I was doing some research into a program I used to run in the academic team called Project Hurricane which has all but disappeared off t'internet. So, I fired up the Wayback Machine and fired in the URL and sure enough a load of...
  • Blog Post: It's me..at the MSDN roadshow

    I get the Parry photography experience... (I'm the dot at the front looking at the camera, everyone else is looking at me...or asleep :-)) MSDN Roadshow 2007 Comes Home Technorati tags: martin parry , mark johnston , msdn roadshow
  • Blog Post: OT: Put a Linux Guru through pain (for charity...mate)

    Jono Bacon , Mr Ubuntu Community dude/ Herder of Cats /all-round-good-chap, is attempting to perform, record, mix and master an entire album by himself in 24 hours! And he's doing it for Comic Relief , a very noble charity and UK TV event. In good banter, don't do it for charity, do it to put one of...
  • Blog Post: In Seattle for training this week

    I meant to post that I was heading to the north west US for our annual "chip-in-neck-upgrade" but forgot as I rushed myself onto the BA flight to Seattle from London. It's been a good week so far with lots of new stuff with a really heavy emphasis on WPF , "WPF/E" (give it a name already?!:-)), Windows...
  • Blog Post: OT: Sponsor fellow teammate Mike Ormond run the London Marathon for Hearing Dogs

    Mike Ormond is running the London Marathon this year and needs to raise a lot of money for his chosen charity Hearing Dogs for Deaf People . His goal is to raise £1000 which I believe Microsoft will match. So, if you are feeling generous and want to make a Microsoftie suffer head over to Mike's JustGiving...
  • Blog Post: Back at work after 3 weeks, 40-50,000 kms travelled, about 20 hours in airport lounges, 700 photos, lots of great memories and a partridge in a pear tree

    I'm back after a glorious 3 weeks in Australia and raring to go with so much stuff to do and play with. But just for my friends and family that check out this blog (why my family would ever read this I don't know) here are a couple of teaser photos until I get them sorted and up onto FlickR: So much...
  • Blog Post: So much to do, so little time...

    Well, all I seem to talk about these days is that I am going away on holiday for a granduoso 3 weeks to Australia (maybe I should meet up with other DPE folks like Frank or Dave). The countdown is on now with under 2 weeks til we fly off - can't wait. But, that ain't what is interesting to blog readers...
  • Blog Post: My former employer is taking on my current one - Supermarket enters the software game

    I was pleased to see that Tescos are entering the software business. You see during my 4 years at university studying Computer Science I worked semi-full time at Tescos to fund my way through ( Great Guiness is expensive don't you kow :-)), stacking shelves. Roll on to 2006 and the pints of milk are...
  • Blog Post: Digital Cameras - Am I a Pro or just a plain old Con?

    Over the past few team meetings when we go through all the events for the next few months, I keep mentioning that I am going to Australia with my girlfriend for a glorious 3 weeks and won't be around all of December. It will be my first break longer than a week from work (or university...or school for...
  • Blog Post: Phew - just finished my first MSDN Event. Real developers aren't that scary!

    I have to admit that over the past week or so I have been getting more nervous sitting quietly in the corner of our floor in TVP. You see, I have given lots (100s) of presentations over the past 3 years at MS, talked to senior academics in top universities, researchers with brains the size of small planets...
  • Blog Post: Back from the Imagine Cup in India

    After 8 days, 12000 miles of plane journeys, about 3 hours sleep a night and one of hell of a time I am back in the UK after attending and supporting all the teams at this year's Imagine Cup competition. My job for the event was to host Team 3Pair representing the UK as they competed in the Software...
  • Blog Post: Mark Johnston - who is he?

    He is me. I thought it was worthwhile doing a very quick introduction to give some context to this blog and what I do at Microsoft. I've been at Microsoft 3 years now and worked on academic programs during that time. This has given me amazing opportunities to meet students and academics all across...
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