Mike Ormond's Blog

Musings on mobile development and Windows Phone 7 in particular.

December, 2008

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    A Host of Slidedecks

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    I really like this Slideshare widget showing all our available decks (I first saw it on Marc's blog ): | Get your Presentation Pack And I see that MikeT has added a bunch of slidedecks and Andrew has also started to add his. Soon you'll be spoilt for...
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    Slideshare Add-in for PowerPoint 2007

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    If only I'd had this a week or so ago ! Nice add-in that supports (amongst other things) uploading, has a nice tagging UI and even includes reporting capabilities. Meet the SlideShare ribbon for PowerPoint View SlideShare presentation or Upload your own...
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    MIX09 Special Offer - 40% Discount

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    That's right, there's a 40% discount available for the first 200 registrations using RSVP code MIXspecial1 . Simply visit the registration page , click on "Register for the event using an RSVP Code" and, well you can figure out the rest... Even...
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    Silverlight No Selection ListBox and ViewBox

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    I wanted to display the list of search terms at the top of my Twitfeed Silverlight app (see below) and highlight the current search term. The obvious way to do this is to databind a ListBox to the search terms collection. I ran into a few things I needed...
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    A Zune phone would be very cool

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    Rumours of a Zune phone announcement ( and denials ) abound . You can even see pictures of it on the internet . Fortunately I have learned, thanks to Jon Holmes and "The Now Show", that sometimes things on the internet aren't true (quote: "1...
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    MSDN Rich Client event in Manchester now confirmed

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    Thursday, February 26, 2009 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM MSDN: Catch Up with Microsoft Rich Client Technologies for 2008 This event is free to attend but you must register at http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032397778&Culture=en-GB...
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    Slideshare slidedecks need a different approach

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    I've now uploaded the last 12 months or so of slidedecks from our MSDN events to Slideshare . You can still get the originals from the MSDN Events Site but Slideshare adds discoverability and also allows direct embedding (as below). MSDN Roadshow Session...
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    Oxite - An Open Source ASP.NET MVC CMS

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    Eric alerted my to this via Twitter and then Marc got in a subtle dig that he'd already blogged about it . I am so behind the times... What surprised me was that VisitMix.com is running on it. Find out more at the Oxite site on Codeplex . Technorati Tags...
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    Slideshare API Upload

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    I've been experimenting a little with Slideshare as a mechanism to make our slidedecks more broadly available. I spent a fun morning last week emailing 15 slide decks to the Slideshare site. When they didn't appear by the next day I was a little surprised...
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    London Meetup: Cloud Computing, Mesh and Windows Live with Angus Logan, Jeff Hansen and James Senior

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    Angus , Jeff and James will be in town this week and Steve Lamb is organising an informal get together on Thursday, details below. I'm afraid I can't be there as I am needed elsewhere... Thursday, December 11, 2008 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Discuss Mesh, Live...
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    Christmas (Present) Crisis

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    It's the tradition in my wife's family that you send around a gift list for Christmas and birthdays to assist other people in finding the right present for you. While this has some downsides (takes the magic out of it, don't expect many surprises etc...
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    Adventures with the Silverlight Viewbox

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    When I threw together Twitfeed one of the things I wanted to do was to have the "swatches" scale appropriately so if there were only a few words in a particular tweet it wouldn't look too lost. The Viewbox (currently in preview as part of the Silverlight...
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    Upcoming MSDN Events

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    Tuesday, February 10, 2009 9:00 AM to 12:30 PM MSDN: Catch Up with Microsoft Rich Client Technologies for 2008 Registration is required for this event. In this half-day session we’ll do a refresh of the technologies that we can use to build rich...
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    Last.fm Hack Day 2008

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    I'll be dropping by the Last.fm Hack Day on Sunday 14th (starts at 10am I believe). There are prizes for the best all-new Last.fm app built with their API . I'm tempted to enter my very own Silverlight Last.fm application (see right) that I built in 20mins...
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    Charging Mobile Devices

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    Is it invariably true that the most simple of things tend to require the most complex of solution? That seems to be the case in my life anyway. I don't own hoardes of gadgets, really just a Phone (Samsung Omnia) and a Zune, but I would like to be able...
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    Twitter TwitFeed App

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    I've made a few improvements to the little Twitter app I built before I went on holiday. You can access it at http://mikeo.co.uk/demo/twitfeed/ if my hoster can manage to keep my ASP.NET apps running for more than a few hours at a time (rant on that later...
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    Moonlight Beta 1 - Congrats!

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    Congratulations to Miguel and team on the first beta release of Moonlight 1.0 (the Linux implementation of Silverlight)! They're passing the Silverlight 1.0 test suite and have tested with a good selection of live Silverlight sites.     Technorati...
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    Macs, Viruses and the Gadget Show

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    Love it or loathe it (and I do both at times), I regularly indulge myself by watching a bit of The Gadget Show . It's hardly Top Gear / Fifth Gear / any other car show on TV which I can watch all day on Dave and would do if only my wife would let me ...
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    Windows Vista & Windows Server 2008 SP 2 Preview

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    I see we've announced broader availability of SP2 Beta on the Windows team blog . With immediate effect, MSDN and TechNet subscribers can access Service Pack 2 Beta and from 4th December it will be available to everyone via the Customer Preview Program...
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    Five (Big) Things Microsoft Got Right

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    A recent report from analysts Directions on Microsoft ponders the top 5 things MS got right during the first 30 years along with some lessons learned (see the link above for the take-aways): Software Is King Outsource Your Sales Force Technology for the...
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