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, 2007Microsoft Redmond Campus1 Microsoft WayRedmond, WABuilding 33, Kodiak Room** Please have a photo ID with you to register onsite and parkCheck-in: 8:00 amEvent: 8:30 am – 5:00 pmRegister: http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032359153&Culture=en-US 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
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Getting Started with Silverlight
10:00 am – 10:15 am
10:15 am – 11:15 am
Microsoft Expression Design Tools
11:15 am – 12:15 pm
XAML Essentials for Silverlight
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Developer Tools for Silverlight
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Media, Markers and More
3:00 pm – 3:15 pm
3:15 pm – 4:15 pm
Popfly and Silverlight – Writing a Silverlight ‘Social’ app
4:15 pm – 5:00 pm
What will Silverlight look like in future versions? WPF
Evening event with XBOX, networking and refreshments
I was browsing through the 'Microsoft daily' and came across this interesting trivia - Can you guess the kid in the picture? :))
In the world:
December 1, 1990 — Workers tunnel through a wall of rock, connecting the two ends of the underwater tunnel linking Calais, France with Folkestone, England known as the Chunnel.
November 27, 1940 — Lee Yuen Kam is born. Later known as martial arts film star Bruce Lee, he died at the age of 32 of a brain edema.
November 29, 1979 — Microsoft announces it is expanding its service to the European market with the addition of Vector Microsoft, Haasrode, Belgium. James Porzak will head the new operation, which is a division of Vector International.
James Porzak is shown here with Bill Gates in the 10800 Northeast 8th office in Bellevue, WA on November 29, 1979. Porzak was one of four partners who founded Vector in 1977.
If you are a math lover nerd like me, you'll go out and drink to this announcement from Microsoft!
The Microsoft Math Add-in for Word 2007 has shipped and is live and available for download. Congratulations to the team for shipping this early and fine example of Office integration!
The add-in enhances Word 2007 with computational and graphing capabilities. With the add-in, you can:
You can download the add-in from the Microsoft.com download center:
To use the add-in, open Word 2007, type Alt-= to create a RichEdit math object, type an equation or expression, and right-click on the equation to see options for solving and graphing within Word.
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.
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
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....
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!
I am so stoked! I couldn't have woken up to a better phone call...I got a call from a friend and she told me about the movie 21 and sure enough, there was a trailer and tons of good stuff on the Internet! :)
21, is a bio pic about a bunch of MIT students who took Las Vegas for a ride! They formed a team and were primarily card counting! They played high stakes and lived the high life! It's based on one of the best books I've ever read - 'Bringing down the house' by Ben Mezrich! I absolutely love his other book too, 'Ugly Americans' - This book is about the crash and collapse of the Barons bank, the Japanese Markets and how a few young Ivy league students raided the Nikkei, Tokyo Stock Exchange. Super thrilling and entertaining! A sure page turner.
And, I am real happy because I JUST learnt that he has another new book- Rigged! A similar story about a kid who changed the world of Oil! I think I have finalized the books for my long flight to India in 15 days... :)
Here's the trailer of the movie, 21...
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.
If you love coffee and adore your cuppa joe like me, you'd know that a real cup of latte is not real unless it's served in a REAL cup (Porcelain) and has some latte art on it. Needless to say, Microfoam coffee is quintessential!
If you are in Seattle, WA hit me up and we can sure talk more about this awesome drink! Here are my favorite coffee houses in Seattle:
Well, you can't throw a stick in Seattle without hitting a coffee shop or a man wearing crocs. :) If you are in the neck of my woods don't forget to enjoy a good cup of coffee! I have made up my mind that next year, I am spending quality money and getting a nice espresso machine :) (The one that I want right now costs me $900!!! Ouch!!!) In the meantime, I'll practice on improving my Latte Art talent...
A very emotional,
Different people have different vices and my 'current' vice is the new Tag Heuer Link Calibre S wrist watch! It all started about a month ago when I landed at the McCarran International airport in Las Vegas. Amongst other gorgeous 'stuff' the new Tag Heuer Calibre S caught my eye! I was mesmerized from the get go! Since my 5th grade, I have a weakness for watches! There's something about having a nice watch rest on your wrist. It's this nice feeling of umm...content? Perhaps! I usually prefer automatic watches but do make exceptions once in a while. Anyway, I've been doing some serious research to find a good price on this watch. So far, the best price I can get is at Dubai - @ the WafiCity mall - @ Ahmed Siddiqi & Sons and the second best is at a store in Sydney, Australia.
I have to cure my sleepless nights - and the cure my friend, is to feed the frenzy! I really hope have to win the lotto this Christmas!
It's sad that the things I love the most are just that - 'things'! I can swear I wasn't like this before :|