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November, 2007

  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Oily world...


    I was hanging out with a few friends last evening and they were telling me about the spend thrift nature of the Arab's! I was just amazed to learn that money was so cheaply available in the Arab world! Of course, I knew it was one of the wealthiest countries in the world and they had lavish tastes. But, what made me think was when I learnt that one of the guys (Some Prince...I don't remember his name) was buying the new A380 and converting it into a 'Flying Palace' - I mean WTF!! A F l y i n g   p a l a c e ???

    So at 4:00 AM when everyone had left, the only thing on my mind was, How are these guys getting soo much money, how much oil do they really have? Relatively speaking? After much searching, I came across this picture...I think the rest is self explanatory!

    EA letterhead 1.0

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    MSDN Redmond, WA Event update...



    Update @ 10:20 AM: We just received power and we are good to go for the afternoon sessions. Click HERE for the agenda and speaker information.

    Hope to see you this afternoon!



    Thanks for showing up this morning at the MSDN Event. We had a record registration today for our MSDN Event in Redmond, WA! But, unfortunately we had to cancel the morning event due to power outage - Someone decided to ram their car into one of the transformers crippling a couple city blocks without power! Ironically, this was our first set of 'Power Series' events! :)

    Coincidence? You betcha!

    Anyway, we will keep you posted about the afternoon session. Watch this space for updates!


    Q. Will the morning events be rescheduled?

    We don't know at this point wether the morning session will be rescheduled but regardless of the outcome, I'll try and arrange a back up session for Astoria (ADO.Net Web Services) and VS 2008. We already have a full day event planned for Silverlight - More information on the Silverlight Fire Starter event can be found HERE! (There are limited seats so please register ASAP)


    Q. Where can I find resources for today's MSDN Event?

    All the resources including, demo code, Power point slides, web casts etc can be downloaded HERE - Note that some of the resources have not been updated just yet. We typically update all of our resources at the end of each quarter after all our 'Live' events have been completed.

    Q. I would love to see the event rescheduled in Redmond,WA - Where can I voice my Opinion/Suggestions?

    It would definitely help me if you voiced your opinion and let me know if rescheduling/re-hosting this mornings MSDN session would be helpful for you. Please leave a comment on this blog posting.


    We regret any inconvenience it's caused to you!  Sometimes, we just don't have control over the way things pan out....


    Thank you!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    The Road Not Taken....


    This past weekend when I was getting my eyes checked, all that was going on in my head was Robert Frost's- The Road Not Taken poem. It's such a wonderful poem and one of the few pieces of literature that has a profound effect on my life.

    I distinctly remember my fourth grade class and my English teacher reading this poem and explaining verse by verse. I am surprised we were taught such heavy stuff when we were just kids. But none the less, it always stuck in the back of my head and I've always strived NOT to be just another brick in the wall. And, more often than not, Taken The Road That is Less Traveled...And, that has made all the difference in the world.

    Read on...

    The Road Not Taken

    TWO roads diverged in a yellow wood,

    And sorry I could not travel both

    And be one traveler, long I stood

    And looked down one as far as I could

    To where it bent in the undergrowth;

    Then took the other, as just as fair,

    And having perhaps the better claim

    Because it was grassy and wanted wear;

    Though as for that, the passing there

    Had worn them really about the same,

    And both that morning equally lay

    In leaves no step had trodden black.

    Oh, I marked the first for another day!

    Yet knowing how way leads on to way

    I doubted if I should ever come back.

    I shall be telling this with a sigh

    Somewhere ages and ages hence:

    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,

    I took the one less traveled by,

    And that has made all the difference.

    -Robert Frost 1875–1963


    -Mithun Dhar

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    OK! I really wanted to get a 16 GB iPod Touch...and, I waited all this while and today I am reading about Zune 2 and esp the 80 GB one has gotten a thumbs up from pretty much everyone! When the apple fan boys start talking good about a Microsoft product esp the Zune there really gotta be some good meat! Believe!

    And, the deal sealer was the video that I just saw on the Seattle Pi - HERE (Well, if the price is not already enough...the 80 GB costs $249 and $149/$199 for the 4 and 8 GB flash based models respectively!)

    I am bee lining at the Microsoft Company Store tomorrow...I hope we employees get some steep discounts! I only wish MS gave away free Zune's like Apple did for every employee! Well, no one said wishful thinking could kill me :))


    More pictures from Gizmodo HERE

    And, here's a features list - also from Gizmodo...

    Get stoned!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    New MSDN Landing page...


    My Marketing Manager just called me to show the new MSDN landing page...it's awesome! Be sure to check it out! I like the new cool feature where it shows you all the MSDN Events happening in your area.


    And if you are from Seattle and would like to learn more about Silverlight, be sure to register for the upcoming Silverlight Firestarter Event!

    Some Mondays are just so perfect!

    -Mithun Dhar

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    Customize your Zune with a cool laser etched tattoo...


    This is really really cool!

    I think I just know what to gift my friends and family this Holiday season :) Read more about it HERE


    Click for larger version.

    Unique, laser-etched design from noted artist Catalina Estrada on the new red flash-memory Zune. One of many one-of-a-kind creations available for free with Zune purchase at http://www.zuneoriginals.net.


    -Mithun Dhar

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    Recall from China...


    This is the latest toy that's made in China to be recalled...apparently, it had too much lead in it.


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    Silverlight Firestarter event in Redmond, WA - Register NOW!!




    Untitled1 Untitled Silverlight 1.0 Fire Starter

    On November 29, 2007 Microsoft will be hosting Silverlight 1.0 Fire Starter on the Redmond, Washington campus. This daylong event is free to anyone who wants to learn about designing and developing with Microsoft Silverlight 1.0.

    Microsoft Silverlight 1.0 is a cross platform browser plug-in that enables for easy development of media rich web sites.  For more information, visit http://silverlight.net.

    November 29, 2007
    Microsoft Redmond Campus
    1 Microsoft Way
    Redmond, WA
    Building 33, Kodiak Room
    ** Please have a photo ID with you to register onsite and park

    8:00 am
    Event: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
    or by calling 1-877-673-8368 and referencing Event ID 1032359153




    8:00 am – 8:30 am



    8:30 am – 9:00 am

    Introduction to Silverlight

    Mithun Dhar

    9:00 am – 10:00 am

    Getting Started with Silverlight

    Jesse Liberty

    10:00 am – 10:15 am



    10:15 am – 11:15 am

    Microsoft Expression Design Tools

    Arturo Toledo

    11:15 am  – 12:15 pm

    XAML Essentials for Silverlight

    Laurence Moroney

    12:15 pm – 1:00 pm



    1:00 pm  – 2:00 pm

    Developer Tools for Silverlight

    Adam Kinney

    2:00 pm  – 3:00 pm

    Media, Markers and More

    Ernie Booth

    3:00 pm  – 3:15 pm



    3:15 pm  – 4:15 pm

    Popfly and Silverlight – Writing a Silverlight ‘Social’ app

    Popfly Team

    4:15 pm  – 5:00 pm

    What will Silverlight look like in future versions? WPF

    Ernie Booth

    Post Event

    Evening event with XBOX, networking and refreshments


    -Mithun Dhar


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