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  • Blog Post: The Mixing Room–Te Papa

    Last week when I was down in Wellington for the ONYAs ( Congratulations Keith !) I visited Te Papa to see The Mixing Room exhibition telling the stories of young refugees in New Zealand running from the 10th April 2010-2013. For me this is the rewarding part of being a technology evangelist. This...
  • Blog Post: IIS Media Services 4 – Changing the Game

    The more I see of IIS Media Services 4 the more I observe the fundamental shift away from specialised and expense media servers to core services that run on top of any windows web server. In this case change is good as it provides options to the growing number of people that want to create and broadcast...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight Rough Cut Editor – Real Time Highlights

    The NAB Show is an annual trade show produced by the National Association of Broadcasters. It is taking place in Las Vegas this week and you can check out Microsoft at the NAB Show 2010 . It is interesting to watch the broadcast and web industry collide converge head on. With the launch of Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: All Hail The Gu

    This afternoon I found myself kicking around in Vegas after MIX waiting for a flight to San Francisco. I was looking through the photos from MIX10 and thought it appropriate to have a little fun. Since Scott Guthrie embodied this years MIX event I thought I’d turn the Gu into the poster child for...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight IE8 Web Slice + Desktop Application + Windows Phone 7 Series

    In our hotel room after Day 1 of MIX Gus from NV Interactive and I had an hour to kill for dinner. 20 minutes later we’d managed to port the existing NZ Cricket Match Centre into a Windows Phone 7 Series application. After a touch of refactoring to handle orientation change events and a few tweaks around...
  • Blog Post: NV Interactive - New Zealand Cricket Match Centre Silverlight Web Slice

    Anyone who follows me on twitter knows that I’m a huge cricket fan, so it has been particularly enjoyable to work with NV Interactive and New Zealand Cricket on their latest little project. Australia has just landed on our shores for a nine match series against the blackcaps and it all kicks off tonight...
  • Blog Post: PDC Day 2 – Silverlight 4

    If Windows Azure was the big topic on day 1 of the PDC conference in LA. For me Silverlight 4 was certainly the big topic of day 2. Scott Guthrie introduced Silverlight 4 during the keynote and showed some of the enhancements that are being introduced to the new version of the platform. Tim Heuer has...
  • Blog Post: Air New Zealand Fashion Week Finale!

    I convinced Michael Ng (the official photographer) for Air New Zealand Fashion week to attempt a photosynth at last nights Stolen Girlfriends show . I think he did a great job! Showing the models and the who’s who celebs in the front row. Add this with some super high resolution beauty shots ...
  • Blog Post: Building the MSN Silverlight "Wall of Fashion" for Air New Zealand Fashion Week

    Anyone that has been reading my blog for a while will know that I have been working with DeepZoom for some time now. I have been very keen to get Silverlight onto MSN.co.nz for a while. An opportunity presented itself for me to build a DeepZoom viewer and purchase 700 photos from Michael Ng (the official...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 3 + Expression 3 Launch

    I previously blogged about the release of Silverlight 3 . Today I want to expand on this and talk about the Release To Manufacturing of Expression Studio 3 and DeepZoom Composer . Having used these products and technologies for a little while now I racked my brain to figure out the best way to communicate...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight 3 Released

    Silverlight 3 was released to the web today along with it a new release candidate build of Expression Blend 3 that includes SketchFlow. Check out the new C9 Video – with Scott Guthrie & Christian Schormann Also there are new landing pages for Silverlight 3 Expression Studio There...
  • Blog Post: GOVIS09 Videos Making Windows Media Streaming work Cross Platform.

    It is funny the things that can start on Twitter these days. Take this Twitter conversation between Don Christie (President of NZOSS) and Kevin Ackhurst (Microsoft NZ MD). I guess this is my opportunity to explain the situation and offer a solution. GOVIS09 videos have been published exclusively...
  • Blog Post: Expression For Art’s Sake – 3 1/2 Day Silverlight 3 Camp – Wellington, NZ

    There’s no better way to try a new technology than getting people together to learn, share and build on top of it. So, that’s what we’ve been doing with Silverlight and Expression Studio for the last couple of years: Inviting a board array of developers and designers (you) to come spend time with us...
  • Blog Post: NZsynth – How It Was Done

    Previously I wrote and demoed the NZsynth application that was built for the WEB09 keynote. This post is detailing how it was made and introducing version two (Zoom all the way in using mouse wheel then double-click for popup image).   WATCH THE VIDEO that goes end-to-end on the development of the...
  • Blog Post: NZsynth and WEB09

    It started as a conversation I was having with Brett Roberts regarding options for promoting NZ online at a time when tourism was taking a hit from the current economic climate. From there we discussed the proposed National Cycleway and this lead to a conversation about “crowd sourcing” images that people...
  • Blog Post: ACP Media Development Leads To Pure Direction

    I have been working with the team at ACP Media for a couple of years and finally at the Expression For Art’s Sake event at Wellington a couple of weeks ago I had a chance to catch up with Dave Harvey , Grant Archibald and Darko Zoroja to discuss their work with Silverlight, ASP.NET MVC and jQuery. ...
  • Blog Post: WEB09 - ‘Wheel of Fortune’ Challenge

    This is the first of a few posts that I am making on WEB09 in Auckland and the 'Expression For Art’s Sake’ event that we held in Wellington this month. I have over 30GB of raw video to process so it will take some time to get the stories out. After previously mentioning that he didn’t like vendor...
  • Blog Post: Come see Tim Heuer present Silverlight 3 and .NET RIA Services Wednesday night in Wellington.

    Following WEB09.org last week in Auckland the team is down in Wellington. On Wednesday night Tim Heuer is presenting at the Wellington .NET User Group if you live in Wellington I hope to see you there. Silverlight 3 and .NET RIA Services with Tim Heuer, Silverlight PM Wellington 22/4/2009 Gather at...
  • Blog Post: Louis Vuitton Pacific Series 2009 Auckland New Zealand – The Silverlight Story

    Introducing http://lvps09.com … It is not everyday that the best sailors on the planet set up shop 150 metres from your work and race each other over a two week period but that is exactly what is happening for me right now. For two weeks - 30 January to 14 February 2009 - Auckland...
  • Blog Post: Why is Silverlight 1 broken with Firefox 3 and how do I fix it?

    Firefox 3 is about to be released. There is a launch party this Sunday in the US and next Thursday in Barcelona . The original V1 Silverlight detection script Firefox 3 has a race condition that affects the way that <object is invoked, loaded and detected. This race condition in the script has...
  • Blog Post: It Took Me Four Months But Here It Is - Thirty One Demos in Thirty Nine Minutes.

    Four months ago I started a little project making a video out of a bunch of demos that I had been giving to different audiences over the second half of last year. I finally finished the video over the holiday break and have today got it uploaded and live online. I have updated my previous presentation...
  • Blog Post: New Zealand Silverlight Development... Are you Doing It?

    Take a trip to http://silverlight.net and you will see This is testament to the work that Jay and Niall have done but also the strength of the All Blacks brand (especially during a world cup). I worked with the guys to choose whether to convert a WPF version of this gadget to Silverlight 1.0 to...
  • Blog Post: As promised to many here are my links from recent presentations

    UPDATE: I have finally had a chance to finish the video I have been making to showcase all this stuff so here it is... 31 demos in 39 minutes! 1. Microsoft Research Group Shot 2. Sea Dragon ( TED Video ) 3. Photosynth 4. Microsoft Research HD View ( Auckland , Wellington ) 5. Virtual Earth ...
  • Blog Post: Bring It On!

    Twenty years ago I sat at Eden Park in Auckland and watched New Zealand win the first ever rugby world cup. At the time I didn't appreciate what would become the enormity of the event over the next twenty years. Last year I took Scott Guthrie and Rowan Simpson on an Eden Park vigil to see the AB's...
  • Blog Post: Expression Encoder now available for trial and purchase

    The Expression Encoder was released this morning and is available for trial and purchase here . Since the previous beta Live Production has been added... also I have been testing the Silverlight Streaming Plug-in Preview that is almost ready for prime time and will be made available shortly. Check...
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