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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Investors love us...

    • 2 Comments

    And why wouldn't they?

    Oct. 25, 2007

    Microsoft's profit jumped 23% and revenue reached $13.76 billion, up 27% from a year ago -- its fastest quarterly growth since 1999. Sales of the company's flagship Windows and Office products topped $8.2 billion in the quarter, fueled by PC demand and "robust" uptake of its Vista operating system. Revenue in the company's videogame division nearly doubled, boosted by the launch of the blockbuster Halo 3 game. The company raised its financial forecast for its fiscal year.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION, see: http://online.wsj.com/technology?mod=djemalert

     

    The best part:

    After Hours: 35.80 +3.79 (11.84%)  -  Oct 25, 4:57PM ET

     

    -Mithun Dhar

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    What's your X-box going to be?

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    I just came across this compile on one of the MS discussion lists...

    Features

    Elite

    Premium

    Arcade

    Core (discontinued)

    Price

    US$449.99

    US$349.99

    US$279.99

    US$279.99

    Appearance

    Matte black, chrome trim

    Matte white, chrome trim

    Matte white

    Matte white

    Included storage

    120 GB HDD

    20 GB HDD

    256 MB Memory Card

    No

    Wireless controller

    Yes

    Yes

    Yes

    No, Wired
    3m breakaway cord

    Ethernet / System Link cable

    Yes

    Yes

    No

    No

    Xbox 360 Headset

    Yes

    Yes
    (excluding Oceania and Mexico where
    a Media Remote was bundled instead)

    No

    No

    HDMI 1.2 equipped

    Yes

    Yes
    after August 2007[33]

    Yes

    Yes
    after August 2007

    Video cables[1]

    HDMI 1.2 (HD)
    Component/Composite (HD/SD)

    Component/Composite (HD/SD)

    Composite (SD)

    Composite (SD)

    Xbox LIVE

    1 Month Gold trial, Silver

    1 Month Gold trial, Silver

    1 Month Gold trial, Silver

    Silver

    Bundled games

    "Go Big" package:
    Marvel: Ultimate Alliance,
    Forza Motorsport 2,
    Hexic HD

    "Go Pro" package:
    Marvel: Ultimate Alliance,
    Forza Motorsport 2,
    Hexic HD

    Mexican "Premium" package:
    Perfect Dark Zero,
    Project Gotham Racing 3,
    Hexic HD

    "Xbox Live Arcade" disk:
    Boom Boom Rocket,
    Feeding Frenzy,
    Luxor 2,
    Pac-Man Championship Edition,
    UNO

    None

    Elite's mine, of course! :)

    -Mithun Dhar

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Flash and Leopard don't get along!

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    And, that makes me a sad panda :(

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    This issue has been acknowledged by Adobe® in the following blog post but unfortunately does not include a definitive date for a fix. We also know that this is an identified issue between Adobe and Apple that is affecting millions of people on any site which is delivering web upload capabilities through Adobe FlashTM Player. For example, there is a web post that identifies this as an issue for FlickrTM customers.
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    We are currently working with Adobe to identify a fix for this problem and will keep you updated via the editSuite news page as we have updated information.
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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Joost sheds off it's beta gown...

    • 1 Comments

     I was pleasantly surprised last evening to see Joost shed it's beta status. I've been following this company for a while now and I really think it's one of the few companies out there with a real vision.

    Joost is essentially TV on your computer with tons and tons of free channels, TV shows, movies etc. For a TV addict like me, this is the perfect fix! And, it doesn't cost me anything... :)

    Win/Win!

    Check out Joost HERE

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    Aqua Teen Hunger Force

    Angry leprechauns, mucus men and brownie monsters vs. a wad of meat, floating fries and a nebbishy milk shake. Sweet!

    enjoy a smarter idiot box!

    -Mithun Dhar

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Exciting offering from Microsoft...

    • 1 Comments

    I just got out of a Conf call and there will be a significant announcement tomorrow morning. .Net developers will rejoice and celebrate. I am so excited that I Really really want to talk about it right now...but I can't do it until tomorrow morning 9:00 AM PST!!

    But, be sure to check Scott Guthrie's blog to learn more about this 'exciting' stuff!

    Developers of the world - unite!

    -Mithun Dhar

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Microsoft open's it up...

    • 1 Comments

    Developer's of the world, unite!

    With pleasure I announce that Microsoft is releasing the source code for .NET Framework base class libraries under the Microsoft Reference License which is available here: http://www.microsoft.com/resources/sharedsource/licensingbasics/referencelicense.mspx

    As if this wasn't easy enough, we will introduce a capability in Visual Studio 2008 to allow .NET developers who are debugging applications, to debug not only into their own source code, but also debug into the .NET Framework source code using Visual Studio.  With this capability, when developers are stepping through code, if they wish, they will be able to step into the source code for the .NET base class libraries. We expect the debugging capability to be available to .NET developers who use the RTM version of Visual Studio 2008, when Visual Studio 2008 releases. Our current plan is to release Visual Studio 2008 before the end of the 2007.Developers will be able to download the source code package for the .NET libraries around the same time, or soon after

    This release will include the Base Class Libraries (BCL), Windows Forms, ASP.NET, System.Data, and WPF. BCL includes many of the basic classes in the framework including collections, string and text handling, IO,serialization, remoting, and others. We plan to include additional libraries into the set as time goes on.

    Essentially, people can look at the source code, but they may not copy it. If a person finds what they believe to be a bug in the code, Microsoft would encourage the person to submit feedback via the product feedback center, see http://connect.microsoft.com/feedback/default.aspx?SiteID=210 .

    Rejoice!

    -Mithun Dhar

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Halo's Spartan Master costume sells for a record $21,149.00

    • 1 Comments

    Halo's Spartan Master costume's sold out! :(

    H3Costume

     

    Is there any sanity left here?

    -Mithun Dhar

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Visual Studio Team System training @ Bellevue,WA...

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    Optimizing the Software Process with Microsoft Visual Studio Team System

    image …with Keynote Speaker Sam Guckenheimer

    Group Product Planner for Visual Studio Team System & author of Software Engineering with Microsoft Visual Studio Team System

    In collaboration with one of our leading Gold Certified Partners, Vertigo, Microsoft’s Developer & Platform Evangelism Team would like to invite you to attend our upcoming one day seminar. See how Visual Studio Team System (VSTS) can help drive predictability, visibility, and control into your software development process.

    VSTS is an integrated software development platform used to build the mission-critical applications that businesses depend on. It extends Visual Studio’s integrated and productive experience from the developer to the entire development team by delivering new role-based tools for software architects, developers, testers, database professionals and project managers.

    During this event, we will deep dive into VSTS and walk you through the development of an application from architecture and design through system build and test. We will also demonstrate best practices with VSTS allowing you and your teams to be more effective! 

    Please join us and register for this event; where you will have the chance to win a Legendary Edition Xbox 360 and game.

    REGISTER:

    To register, please visit http://msevents.microsoft.com/cui/default.aspx?culture=en-US and search on the event code listed below, or call 1.877.MSEVENT (1.877.673.8366). Lunch will be provided.

    DATE & LOCATION:

    November 13, 2007 – Bellevue, WA

    Microsoft Corporation

    Civica Office Building

    205 108th Ave. NE, Suite 400

    Bellevue, WA 98004

    Phone: (425) 705-1900

    http://www.microsoft.com/about/companyinformation/usaoffices/pacwest/bellevue.mspx

    Registration: 8:30 am

    Event: 9:00 am-5:00 pm

    Register: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032352715&Culture=en-US

    Event ID: 1032352715

    Register soon as there are limited number of seats. Thank you, we look forward to seeing you there!

    Regards,

    -Mithun Dhar

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    WWF billboard uses daylight to remind us of the rising ocean levels - Very creative!

    • 1 Comments

    This is one of the most ingenious billboards I've ever seen...very nice! Here's the original link.

    billboard

    -Mithun Dhar

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    New Visual Studio Team System user group alert!!!

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    Several companies have come together to form the new Seattle Team System User Group. The efforts are primarily led by Sumit Chawla from Sogeti and Steven Borg from NW Cadance. (Also read Steve's Blog post about the announcement)

    The first meeting is on Oct 31 go here to Register: http://www.seattleteamsystem.org/default.aspx (Be sure to book mark!) They are currently planning on meeting on the last Wed's of every month.

    Be sure to register and participate. After all it's YOUR user group!

    See you on 31st?

    -Mithun Dhar

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