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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    RTM of Microsoft Math Add-in for Microsoft Office Word 2007

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    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:

    • Plot a function, equation, or inequality
    • Solve an equation or inequality
    • Calculate a numerical result
    • Simplify an algebraic expression

    You can download the add-in from the Microsoft.com download center:

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=030fae9c-704f-48ca-971d-56241aefc764&DisplayLang=en

    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.

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Recall from China...

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    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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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Seasonal Vice!

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    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!

    TagCalibreS

    It's sad that the things I love the most are just that - 'things'! I can swear I wasn't like this before :|

    -Mithun Dhar

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

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

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    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

    Check-in:
    8:00 am
    Event: 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
    Register: 
    http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032359153&Culture=en-US
    or by calling 1-877-673-8368 and referencing Event ID 1032359153

    AGENDA

     

     

    8:00 am – 8:30 am

    Breakfast

     

    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

    Break

     

    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

    Lunch

     

    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

    Break

     

    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
     

     

  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Visual Studio 2008 & .NET Framework 3.5 RTM...(Resources and links to download!!)

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    Amidst other news today, Microsoft announced the Release to Manufacture (RTM) of its Developer tools suite - Visual Studio 2008! People everywhere rejoiced and celebrated this announcement! :)

    OK, I'll stop being high with joy...but, as most of you already know, we announced earlier this morning, Visual Studio 2008 and the .NET Framework 3.5 have been released!

    Visual Studio 2008 provides over 200 new features, including…

      • Productivity: Improved language and data features that help developers gain greater productivity in creating modern software
      • Collaboration: Expanded and improved offerings for software development teams, including tools for database professionals and greater collaboration between development organizations and graphic designers
      • Platforms: Tools that speed creation of software and services on the latest platforms, including the Web, Windows Vista, Office 2007, and Windows Server 2008

    The .NET Framework 3.5, based on proven technology, adds new features in several major technology areas including:

    · Deep integration of Language Integrated Query (LINQ) and data awareness throughout the runtime, compiler, and class libraries. This new feature will let code written in LINQ-enabled languages to filter, enumerate, and create projections of several types of collections using the same syntax.

    · Integrated support for Web 2.0 AJAX style applications and services in ASP.NET and Windows Communication Foundation. Providing customers with direct support of REST/POX and JSON support within in their ASP.NET applications.

    · New workflow-enabled services technology provides customers with improved and long-running services by adding new Windows Workflow Foundation and Windows Communication Foundation tools to simplify building workflow-enabled services.

    · Additions to the base class library (BCL) to address some of the most common customer needs, including integration with Event Tracking for Windows and new add in hosting model for extensibility.

    Here's more to help you get started:

    Visual Studio 2008 Trial Downloads:

    http://msdn2.microsoft.com/en-us/vstudio/products/aa700831.aspx 

    Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit – Now Available!

    I am pleased to announce that the Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit has been updated for the RTM and has been released on the Microsoft.com Download Center for anyone to download and use. 

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    The Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit contains a full 5-days of technical content including 20 hands-on labs, 28 presentations, and 20 scripted demos.   The technologies covered in the kit include:  LINQ, C# 3.0, VB 9, WCF, WF, WPF, Windows CardSpace, Silverlight, ASP.NET Ajax, .NET Compact Framework 3.5, VSTO 3.0, Visual Studio Team System, and Team Foundation Server. 

    Download Now:

    You can download the entire training kit from the download center here:  http://go.microsoft.com/?linkid=7602397.  The kit is just over 120MB compressed.   After downloading the kit, simply run the installation program to extract the contents to your local machine.  Once the installation process is complete, you will see an HTML page that allows you to navigate through the contents of the kit. 

    New Visual Studio 2008 Virtual Lab

    One of the hands-on labs from the Visual Studio 2008 Training Kit is now online and available as an MSDN Virtual Lab.   The “Building Web Applications with Visual Studio 2008” lab is available on MSDN Virtual Labs here.  Developers can now get started with VS 2008 in a minute and explore the new CSS and web designer support without having to install Visual Studio 2008 or the complete training kit. 

    Visual Studio 2008 Training Workshop Recordings

    In September, we recorded the sessions from a full 5-day Visual Studio 2008 Training Workshop.  These sessions were delivered by several of the Technical Evangelists on the Visual Studio Rhythm team and Program Managers from the product group. Today, we have released the recordings from Day #1 of the workshop on Channel9.   Day #1 includes the following topics:

    We will be releasing the remaining recordings from the training workshop over the next four weeks. 

    Let's get down and dirty with code!!!

    -Mithun Dhar

     .Net 3.5, .Net framework
  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Score a goal or two......while peein'g! Umm...

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    I was in Munich right after the Soccer World Cup and every restaurant and bar and public toilet had this awesome pee stalls with a ball and a goal post. Again, not to sound like a sexist but I think this is totally a Guy's thing - We love to have some humor while we pee. Sometimes we like to draw stuff, sometimes we like to aim far, some times we like to pee off from the summit after a long hike! And, this time in Munich, I liked to play ball while I pee'd! The point of this post is to just reminiscence the good times I had in Munich...and I was so excited as soon as I saw this picture! The red ball is suspended from a thread above and you count the number of times the ball is inside the goal post! :) Makes pee'ing a lot more fun and entertaining...at least it did to me!

    Juvenile, I know!

    soccer-loo 

    Boys will be boys!

    -Mithun Dhar

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

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

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    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

    Zune

    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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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Oily world...

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    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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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Dope!

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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 :))

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    More pictures from Gizmodo HERE

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

    Get stoned!

    -Mithun Dhar

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    VS Team system User Group meeting on 11/28...

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    The Seattle VSTS User Group is meeting on Campus for its second UG meeting. I am pretty stoked as they have a very good speaker – Jeff Levinson, talking at this UG meeting. Here’s a quick agenda for this Wednesday’s meeting:

    Date and Time: 6:30pm - 7:30pm on Wednesday Nov 28, 2007 

    Topic: Visual Studio Team System 2008 Overview

    Location: MS Redmond Campus - Building 118- Room Mt. Si

    Click here for a map of the location.

    Speaker: Jeff Levinson (from NW Cadence)

    Click here to register for the event

    Database Professionals allows you to write repeatable unit tests for your database with help from the data generator. In this meeting I will show you how to write unit tests and use data generation to ensure a consistent database experience free from bugs! We will also look at how you can use data generation independently of unit testing to help generate generic data instead of using sensitive production data! This will include a look at some of the new features of the DB Pro Power Tools. We’ll finish off the night with a look at customizing the unit testing conditions and building your own data generator!

    If you haven’t already registered, do so by clicking HERE! And while you are there, please do fill up the brief survey that will help fine tune the User Group to serve the community better! Survey! (It shouldn’t take you more than 1½ minutes)

    See you all on Wednesday!

    -Mithun Dhar

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