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  • Blog Post: Feel Free to Spam Me

    This is just beautiful. If you’re anything like me I’m sure you’ve used services like Mailinator for those pesky situations when you *must* supply an email address but you really don’t want to. You know the consequences can be a never-ending barrage of spam to the account – I can testify to this with...
  • Blog Post: MIX10 Registration Open

    Yes, it’s that time of year again when March (and MIX) seem to be both in the distant future and almost upon us at the same time. The conference is billed as: “A 3 day conference for web designers and developers building the world's most innovative web sites.” But it’s even broader than that. If I understood...
  • Blog Post: Bing Background Images

    I love the idea of using iconic British images for the Bing homepage. I thought the current one was particularly evocative. That said, I currently have this beautiful image as my Win7 desktop background (in focus and without the text :-)). It was the winner of last month’s Microsoft UK photography competition...
  • Blog Post: Interested in Azure?

    If you saw my Azure videos you’ll know that I went along to what was the first meeting of a new usergroup specifically interested in Azure – UK Azure NET. Their next meeting is on Tuesday 19th May from 6.15pm to 9.30pm at the Microsoft London office. The agenda is as follows: 6:15 - 6:30 Arrive 6:30...
  • Blog Post: UK Azure NET Usergroup

    A couple of weeks ago I went along to the first meeting of a new Windows Azure community in the UK – the UK Azure NET usergroup. While I was there I captured a bit of video of the goings-on and interviewed Ravi Nar of Dot Net Solutions . Ravi and co are already heavily involved in community through Vista...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth and SQL Server Event

    For those of you that know me or follow my blog you’ll know that I’m a *huge* fan of Virtual Earth and need only the smallest of excuses to incorporate it into a demo. So when Simon Sabin emailed me to say that he and Johannes Kebeck were doing a double act on Virtual Earth and SQL Server it piqued my...
  • Blog Post: DevWeek Session – An Intro to Live Mesh Development

    Thanks to everyone who came along to my Live Framework session at DevWeek, a much bigger audience than I expected for the final session on the last day (of sessions at least). The best place to get you started is http://dev.live.com/liveframework . I’ll publish my demo and some steps to get you up...
  • Blog Post: If you were at my Scottish Developers Live Framework talk and you'd like a token for the Tech Preview – I have one available

    Leave a comment that demonstrates you were there. First come first served (I only have one). Just make sure the comment clearly demonstrates you were there (did I say something stupid? (probably), what did the demo app do? etc). Then drop me an email if you think you're the winner! Technorati Tags...
  • Blog Post: Azure Services Platform Videos

    As well as MikeT’s excellent Live Framework videos on C9 I see we’ve also published the first in a series of “How Do I?” videos on the Azure Services Platform with entries on Windows Azure, .NET Services and Live Services all gathered together in one handy place (with a horrible URL). Technorati Tags...
  • Blog Post: Today’s Event – Catching Up on Rich Clients

    Thanks to everyone who turned up for a very busy event today at Cardinal Place. The slides are now available on SlideShare and the originals will be on the MSDN Events Website in a few days. Catching up on Rich Clients Part 1 of 2 View more presentations from ukdpe . (tags: wpf xaml ) Catching up on...
  • Blog Post: Azure Services Platform ISV Briefings

    A series of briefings targeted at ISVs and start-ups covering Windows Azure, .NET and Live Services and SQL Data Services. The briefings will consist of technical discussion, demos and interactive discussion and will focus on what Azure is and how it can be used as a platform for cloud-based development...
  • Blog Post: Expression Encoder SL 2 MediaPlayer Templates and SL Streaming

    I’ve just been scratching my head wondering why I can’t publish from Expression Encoder 2 to Silverlight Streaming using one of the new SL 2 media player templates. The simple answer being that the “Publish to Silverlight Streaming” plug-in doesn’t yet support this (you’ll probably see a message “No...
  • Blog Post: MIX09 Special Offer - 40% Discount

    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 in the current economic climate, $795 looks like...
  • Blog Post: London Meetup: Cloud Computing, Mesh and Windows Live with Angus Logan, Jeff Hansen and James Senior

    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 and the Cloud Please register on the wiki if you...
  • Blog Post: Spatial Data and now the Spatial Wiki

    A long time ago I came up with a simple web site that allows you to draw features on a Virtual Earth map and generate the SQL statements required to store those features in using Sql Server 2008's spatial data support (and it can do the reverse , ie give it some WKT (Well Known Text) string and it will...
  • Blog Post: Some Reflections on PDC 2008 - Must Watch Sessions (Day 4)

    No keynote today so straight into the breakout action... TL36 Microsoft .NET Framework: Declarative Programming Using XAML Meant to be a very good session on what you'll be able to do direct from XAML in the future PC49 Microsoft .NET Framework: CLR Futures Good session on CLR Futures and a bit about...
  • Blog Post: Some Reflections on PDC 2008 - Must Watch Sessions (Day 3)

    KYN04 Research in the 21st Century The keynote from Microsoft Research. While it's all kind of interesting, I'd draw your attention to these demos: Skip to 35' : Sensors and green IT. Monitoring the environment to understand, predict and improve energy usage Skip to 64' : World Wide Telescope Skip to...
  • Blog Post: MIX 09 Announced

    PDC's just out of the way and it's already time to start thinking about MIX. I saw this logo on the website and thought we were going to be expected to run a 10K in the desert. Fortunately it's 10K of storage and a challenge to do as much as you can with only 10k. There's also the traditional restyle...
  • Blog Post: Some Reflections on PDC 2008 - Must Watch Sessions (Day 2)

    KYN02 Day Two Keynote - Ray Ozzie, Steven Sinofsky, Scott Guthrie and David Treadwell Better than Day 1's keynote this one covers things more from a UI perspective with Windows 7, Office Web Application in Office 14, Visual Studio and Live Services. KYN03 Day Two Keynote - Chris Anderson and Don Box...
  • Blog Post: Some Reflections on PDC 2008 - Must Watch Sessions (Day 1)

    A few suggestions for sessions you might want to watch. By no means does this mean other sessions on Day 1 are not worth watching! These are just sessions I went to myself and found to be useful or heard good things about from others. KYN01 Day One Keynote - Ray Ozzie, Amitabh Srivastava, Bob Muglia...
  • Blog Post: Some Reflections on PDC 2008 - Windows Azure

    The first in a very short series of posts where I try and distil some of the key announcements we made at PDC into something I can make sense of. First up, Windows Azure. Azure consists of both an operating system and a set of services. Windows Azure is our operating system in the cloud which enables...
  • Blog Post: Offline Silverlight Applications

    I think Scott Guthrie first mentioned the ability to take Silverlight applications offline in his keynote on Tuesday. It raised a few eyebrows but few details were forthcoming on how exactly this was accomplished. The answer is that you can create Silverlight applications that run inside Live Mesh (specifically...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2008 Session Video Downloads

    If you want to watch any of the PDC 2008 sessions, you can simple peruse the session list at: http://sessions.microsoftpdc.com/public/timeline.aspx select the session you want to watch and click the "Watch Session Recording" icon. On the other hand, if you want to download sessions, you might...
  • Blog Post: Join Us in Brighton for ReMix UK 08

    If you haven't already done so, go take a browse at the agenda for ReMix UK , now published on the site. There are 4 tracks of 9 sessions as well as opening and closing keynotes. A key goal for me as a track owner was to ensure there was a structured path through the content. It *really* annoys me when...
  • Blog Post: Virtual Earth - Finding Multiple Locations

    Of course, once you've found one postcode , you find yourself a reason to find lots of them as Ashley [no link] found out. You could do something like the below (which plots all the locations in postcodeArray and even labels them this time). The pushpins are added to an array before being added to the...
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