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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Robo Champs

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    Today Microsoft unveiled RoboChamps (www.robochamps.com), a simulated robotics league that is open to academics, hobbyists and developers from around the world, that demonstrates the power of the Microsoft platform to enable a broad range of developers to explore new ways to use .NET for robotics programming.

    RoboChamps is built on top of the Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio(MSRDS) 2008 CTP, and uses that product’s robust, physics enabled simulation environment to remove the barriers of entry that exist for many today. This simulated league provides individuals with immersive 3-d environments, simulated versions of robots, and compelling scenario-specific challenges where they can win real robots.  This is for everyone, including, professional, hobbyist, and academic developers.

     The focus of the contest is robotics and Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 (and its underlying technologies of CCR/DSS), but I also want to point out that the infrastructure uses a fair amount of Microsoft technologies – Silverlight 2.0, ASP.NET 3.5, WCF (REST and MTOM services), Linq, LiveID, Silverlight Streaming, .NET Framework 3.5, VS 2008, Expression Blend, IIS and Expression Encoder. The site also generates its own API keys so developers can compete and have their code tie into the site’s services, provides community with ‘robocards- rich SL cards that are exposed to be readily consumable on blogs, websites or third-party networks like Facebook. Advertising also plays a big role with sponsorship, ‘in world’ ads with Massive! So in essence, this is for everyone! This is very cool...you could easily get started as most of them are familiar technologies!

     

    More information:

    Website – www.RoboChamps.com

    Channel 9 video – http://channel9.msdn.com/Showpost.aspx?postid=399952

    .NET Rocks Podcast – http://perseus.franklins.net/dotnetrocks_0336_marc_mercuri.wma

    On10.net video – http://www.on10.net/blogs/tina/Robo-Champs-My-robot-is-bigger-then-your-robot/

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Dance, like you CAN!

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    I love dancing! And this just made my day....damn! I am so gonna hit a club this weekend...

    PS:

    There is something about dancing...it just takes you to a whole 'nother world! Like you are in a trance state of mind ;)

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Security Workshop @ Microsoft Redmond Campus on May 6th and 7th

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    US ISV Team, SecureIT Alliance and Platform Marketing are hosting a 2 day security workshop on Microsoft campus in Redmond, WA. Information Security team (ACE) will create and deliver this high value application focused security content. As a valued ISV partner we would like you to invite to this workshop. The seats are limited and we will register on first come first serve basis, please register as soon as possible.

    Event:                    Security Workshop
    Date & Time:          May 6th /7th 2008, 8:30 am to 5:30 pm
    Location:                Building:
    REDW-E Emerald Auditorium - 5600 148th Avenue N.E.REDMOND, WA 98052

    Registration:  http://msevents.microsoft.com/CUI/EventDetail.aspx?EventID=1032374745&culture=en-US

    Agenda

    Time

    Day 1 (May 6th)

    Day 2 (May 7th)

    8:30 am - 9:00 am

    Registration / Breakfast

    Threat Modeling

     

    Talk about the benefits realized through a Threat Modeling in the early design phases.

     

    9:00 am -10:00 am

    Key note

    Security landscape and trends. Talk about general security/privacy trends in the software industry.

    10:00 am - 10:15 am

    Break

    Break

    10:15 am - 11:45 am

    Writing secure code with Microsoft Vista

    Overview of the security enhancements programmers should understand for Vista. Special attention to UAC and new crypto.

    Programming with ADFS

    Review the basic tenants of implementing federated identity into a program. Discussion about the new Geneva CTP

    11:45 am - 12:30 pm

    Lunch

    Lunch

    12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

    Integrating CardSpace into an application

    Explain what CardSpace is, what traditional attacks it mitigates, and how it follows the ‘laws of identity’. If possible, talk about our work with and integration with the OpenID Initiative.

    MOSS (Microsoft Office SharePoint Server) Security

    How to secure your MOSS infrastructure and implement best practices to write secure applications on top of MOSS.

    2:00 pm - 2:15 pm

    Break

    Break

    2:15 pm - 3:45 pm

    WPF and SilverLight Security

    Talk about the way SilverLight security works. Discussion on WPF and Silverlight2.0 Security.

    SQL 2008 Security Enhancements

    High level overview of SQL 2008 security changes, with emphasis on column level encryption and key protection hierarchy.

    3:45 pm - 4:00 pm

    Break

    Break

    4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

    Secure your Web Apps Application Services

    Explore various providers, including Active Directory, How to write your own log in control in ASP.NET AJAX

    How to integrate a custom log in control with Silverlight 2

    WCF Security

    Basic tenants and foundations of WCF security, the different security bindings, and examples on their use (assumed basic knowledge of WCF)

     

     

    We look forward to seeing you at the Security Workshop.

    -Mithun Dhar

  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Windows Mobile Fire Starter - May 13th @ the Microsoft Conference Center

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    Windows Mobile Fire Starter Event

    Did you know that 5 of the 10 top selling ‘Smart Phones’ run on Windows Mobile?

    And, If You always wondered who wrote ‘Bubble breaker’ on the Windows Mobile phone and wanted to write similar applications that get used by Millions of people around the world then this Mobility Fire Starter Event is for you!

    The Mobility Fire Starter event is a 1-day seminar with in-depth coverage of building applications on the Windows Mobile platform. Come join us for an action packed schedule where we introduce you to the nitty gritty of writing applications on the Windows Mobile platform. All you need some basic level of understanding of the .NET platform. We use familiar tools such as Visual Studio, the .NET Compact Framework, SQL Server Compact Edition and more. In a typical Fire Starter event fashion, we will begin the day with something really simple and build on more complex applications by the end of the day. We have a VERY LIMITED number of seats so do REGISTER as soon as possible.

    Speaker/Trainer: Dan Fergus

    Dan Fergus is the principal technologist at Forest Software Group, which provides consulting and contracting services to companies throughout the U.S. He is a Device Application Development MVP, a trainer, and the co-author of "The Definitive Guide to the .NET Compact Framework." Fergus has also written many articles, is a frequent speaker at conferences and user groups, and is a contributing editor for Visual Studio Magazine.

    The following seven areas will be discussed in detail:

    · All About Windows Mobile

    · Windows Mobile for Line of Business

    · The Tools

    · Managed Development

    · Data Management Strategies

    · Performance and Optimization

    · A Whole New Level

    We look forward to seeing you at the event.

    Where: Microsoft Building # 37 - Redmond

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    When: May 13th – Tuesday (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM)

    Who: If you have any questions or problems with the registration contact ‘MithunD’ @ you know where!

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    See you there!

    -Mithun Dhar

  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Seattle VSTS User Group meeting this Wed - Register now

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    The next VSTS User Group talk is coming up this Wednesday on the 30th of April; Ameya Bhatawdekar from the VSTS product team will talk about building Reports in TFS.

    This topic should be interest to all stakeholders - Project Managers, Developers, QA, as well as Project sponsors. 

    Please join us for a great talk and pizza at 6:30 PM on April 30. (@ Microsoft Campus Building # 118 - Mt. Si)

    Register Now!.

    For more information about the User Group, please visit the UG web-site at: http://www.seattleteamsystem.org

    General Event Information

    Event Date: Wednesday, April 30, 2008 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

    Featured Products/Topics: Visual Studio Team System, Visual Studio 2008

    Title: Building Team Foundation Server Reports

    Where:  Microsoft Campus in Redmond - Building 118 - Mt. Sai. Room

    Speaker:  Ameya Bhatawdekar(Microsoft VSTS Product team)

    Overview:
    Team Foundation Server had powerful Business Intelligence capabilities. It has an industrial strength SQL Server data warehouse and the reports and process enacted in Team Foundation Server can be completely customized to meet the specific process and methodology needs of your organization. Come join Ameya Bhatawdekar to learn more about the Team Foundation Server Warehouse and learn how to build great Team Foundation Server reports!

    Ameya Bhatawdekar is a program manager in the Team Foundation Server team. He worked on the TFS reporting feature for a while; these days he is working on figuring out how Team Foundation Server and Project Server work together.

    Register - http://www.clicktoattend.com/invitation.aspx?code=127978

    Looking forward to seeing you all there!

    -Mithun Dhar

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Sausage cone! Go figure!!!

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    This is so disturbing!

    I was just going through BBC for some 'quality' news in pictures and then 'bam' I get this horrifying picture. I was eating, white fluffy, soft serve yogurt from Red Mango and I almost threw up when I saw this picture. What's wrong with people...

    Aunt Bessie's Mash Van shows off their new Mash Cone consisting of sausage, mash potato, gravy and peas in an ice cream cone.

    A so-called "mash van" in the UK shows off its new "mash cone" with sausage, mashed potato, gravy and peas in an ice cream cone. Here's the link

    -Mithun Dhar

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    New Virtual Earth SDK released...

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    Firstly, check out the new, upgraded, Live Maps! It's awesome. I really like the 3D Birds eye view and Tailored 3D views. So much better than conventional mapping technologies. There are lots more cool features like Walking Directions, Reverse Geocoding, Localized Directions, etc, etc! Heck, we even added extra support for Safari.

    And for all you Developers, we launched a new version of the Virtual Earth API. The Interactive SDK was also updated (as well as, the SDK on MSDN).

    Click below to install Virtual Earth

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    Go Explore the world from your desktop!

     

    -Mithun Dhar

  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    This past week in History...

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    So last night I was browsing through the 'Microsoft daily'...and I  came across this 'This week in History' section! This ad shows that we've always been about interop, we've always been about changing lives for the better ;),

    I am so fascinated by how much we evolve and by God, what an exponential world we live in!

    Here's a Ctrl+V of the article...

    In the world:

    April 4, 1968 — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is fatally shot while standing on the balcony of his hotel room in Memphis, Tennessee. He was 39 years old.

    March 30, 1867 — U.S. Secretary of State William H. Seward signs a treaty to purchase Alaska from Russia for the sum of $7 million. Detractors in Congress deem this "Seward's Folly" despite the bargain price of around $.02 per acre. Gold would be discovered in the territory as early as 1898 and oil in 1968, a few years after statehood.

    At Microsoft:

    April 2, 1980 Microsoft introduces the Z-80 SoftCard, a circuit board that plugs into the Apple II computer and allows Apple II users to run CP/M applications with only minor modifications, opening up a new array of business-oriented applications for the home user. (Here's another link - http://apple2history.org/museum/peripheralcards_nonapple/softcard.html)

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    Shown here is an advertisement for the SoftCard, which sold over 100,000 units.

    But the wow part was the Alaska Deal, @ $0.02 per acre??? That's a steal!

    -Mithun Dhar

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  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Seattle Launch Event...

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    WOW! What else can I say!

    I had a blast working with all the speakers. If you didn't get a chance to make it to today's well, now - yesterday's Launch event in Seattle, WA you really did miss out! Here's more evidence :)

    [Special thanks to our heroes Steven Borg (NW Cadence), Lance Reese & Tres White (Melaleuca), Scott Stanfield (Vertigo)!]

    IMG_0483   Of Course, it's all about YOU!

    IMG_0475      Steven Borg (NW Cadence) & Scott Stanfield (Vertigo)

    IMG_0494  Christin Boyd - Program Manager - Microsoft VSTO                                                 

     IMG_0499    Bruce kyle - ISV Architect Evangelist

    IMG_0496     Paul Yuknewicz - Program Manager - Microsoft  

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    Like all other events, I sure had a lot of fun!

    -Mithun Dhar

  • Veni, Vidi, Velcro...

    Seattle Weather...

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    Q. What's a beautiful day after two shitty days, in Seattle called?

    a. Monday!

    If you've lived in Seattle for long enough you will realize that I'm not joking.

    Want more proof...

    Shitty

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