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    Girl Geek Dinners - Coming Soon to an Ireland near You

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    Since I moved from Seattle to Dublin about four months ago, I have kept an eye on this site: http://girlgeekdinners.com/ These types of events hold a special place in my heart, as it's no secret that women are often under-represented at tech events. So...
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    Vi - How Do I Love Thee

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    Last Monday morning, I was doing some work at my desk, just like any normal Monday morning, except for one thing. There was someone standing over me, and an enormous camera pointed at me and my desk, filming some footage for a story on Ireland Girl Geek...
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    Why I Love My Zune

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    Zune had some exciting news a couple of weeks ago when they announced new three new digital media players: a 4GB, an 8GB and an 80GB to complement the existing 30GB. I picked up the 30GB model over the summer, and it's been a lot of fun. Top Five Favorite...
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    Podcast Updates

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    With my Zune out of commission, I thought it was a good time to look for some additional podcasts and other content for my ears.  I mentioned I had recently joined Audible.com, and one reason was because a friend recommended it so highly, and other...
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    New Top Ten Silverlight Apps

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    A few new apps added this week to my top ten list: GOA WinForms for Silverlight: I have to give a lot of credit to Netika , who created the GOA WinForms for Silverlight . Someone showed me these applications last week at TechEd and I was blown away. Click...
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    Algorithms for Non Computer Science Students

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    Today I was doing some training labs with teachers who are just getting started teaching programming.  It was a lot of fun, as they were quite enthusiastic once they got in front of the computers.  I know the feeling, as I remember being in...
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    Guathon

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    I couldn’t help but laugh at the Manchester GUATHON event registration page for Scott Guthrie .  Scott is dropping by Manchester after his visit to Dublin, and they did a great job compiling a list of “things you might not know about Scott Guthrie...
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    SkyCon – Recap

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    I spent this past weekend in Limerick attending SkyCon 2009 , which was a really fun and diverse conference, organized by the University of Limerick Computer Society (Skynet).  Besides having great topics such as Demoscene, Swarm Robots , Open Source...
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    Twhat?

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    Do you use Twitter? Do you know what it is? Twitter is a microblogging tool. If that doesn't do anything to help clarify, let me try again. I like describing Twitter as a broadcast mechanism. I can broadcast whatever I'm doing, where I am, what I'm reading...
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    Silverlight 2.0 Announced

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    Silverlight 1.1 2.0 recently highlighted some exciting news! First of all, obviously we have the name change from 1.1 to 2.0. The team blogs, including Scott Guthrie's , mention that they realized there was simply too much in the next release to kid themselves...
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    Updated Silverlight Top Ten:

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    Time for some new eye candy - here are my latest favourite Silverlight sites. Silverlight Valentine: Don't you want to send a sparkly, Silverlighty Valentine? Go on and share the love. This site pulls a picture of your choice from Flickr or Windows Live...
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    Photosynth is Live – Create 3D Experiences

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    What an exciting week this has been!  Photosynth has been fully released by Microsoft Live Labs this morning. If you’re not familiar with Photosynth, it is a cool piece of technology which takes a collection of photographs and uses them to build...
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    Live Mesh Comes to Ireland

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    I’ve blogged a bit before about Live Mesh and how cool it is.  Up until now it has been available as a Tech Preview only in the USA, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.  Today I’m pleased to announce that Live Mesh is now available in Ireland...
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    Sharing Calendars with Windows Live Calendar

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    I have been using Google Calendar for a couple of years.  I love it for a variety of reasons.  It lets my family & friends see when is good to come visit, keeps track of things I don't really want on my work calendar (things like "yoga...
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    New Silverlight Top Sites

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    A lot of live websites have moved to Silverlight 2 beta 2, and there are some great new sites that have shown up over the last few weeks since the new version has been released. Ryanair Destinations: I love Ryanair for many reasons, but mostly because...
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    Have Ideas on Co-working spaces?

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    A few weeks ago the brilliant Sabrina Dent had a great blog post where she challenged bloggers in Ireland to post their work spaces. As I was right in the middle of moving, I didn’t have a picture to post, and since then I’d had guests in town so my apartment...
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    Fashion Bloggers Brunch

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    This past weekend I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the first ever Dublin Fashion Bloggers Brunch, hosted by the very lovely and stylish Annmarie O’Connor, whose blog on fashion is wonderful and glamorous.  Annmarie and I had been e-mailing...
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    Welcome New Microsoft Student Partners

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    I recently had the opportunity to meet with Microsoft Ireland’s new team of Student Partners.  They were incredibly enthusiastic, and I’m looking forward to the great things they’re planning on doing over the next school year. I talked to the students...
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    See You at PodCamp Ireland

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    PodCamp Ireland is taking place tomorrow, September 27th in Kilkenny at the Hotel Kilkenny.  This looks like a fun day with around 125 folks registered at the moment, plus at least 16 talks listed on the site covering everything from robot competitions...
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    Why to Attend Mix09 in March 2009

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    Mix09 is just around the corner, believe it or not.  Early Bird registration expires on January 15th, which saves you $200.  This is your chance to explore the future of the Web with fellow developers and designers. Where and When? MIX09 will...
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    Back to Work...

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    Okay now that I've had to endure two full Mondays I guess I'm supposed to be back in the full swing of things. I enjoyed a great, relaxing holiday and new year season including an amazing trip to India for the wedding of my friends Akshay and Shama! It...
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    Free Silverlight and Expression Training DVD

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    Last week at our Microsoft Ireland Launch event, I was handing out some fantastic DVDs to attendees. They are brilliantly generic-looking, so there's no way to tell that the content included is actually brilliant. The DVDs include training for Expression...
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    Ireland Girl Geek Dinners: We're Full!

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    Wow is all I can say. I was honestly expecting around 20 people to this event and was quite pleased with the idea that I might get that many women turning up. It's two days away and we've more than doubled that , so much so that I actually had to close...
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    BarCamp Galway - The Aftermath

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    I went to BarCamp Galway yesterday which was held at Digital Enterprise Research Institute near the city. It was a great event and a lot of fun. Many thanks to John, Conor, Aidan and everyone else who helped plan the day. I'm already looking forward to...
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    Two More Events - Register Now!

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    I mentioned in my talk last night at Cineworld that there were a few cool training opportunities coming up in Dublin for those interested: Web Developer Training Day October 10: 13:00 - 17:00 The tools and technologies Microsoft has...
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