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  • Blog Post: Windows 8 - make awesome apps

    Steve Ballmer announced at CES 2012 that there are 500 million users of Windows 7 and that we're licensing about seven new copies a second. He also confirmed that every Windows 7 PC will be ready for Windows 8 on day one and that the developer preview version of Windows 8 has been downloaded more than...
  • 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: 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: Click Suite, Auckland Museum + the ‘Hybridiser’

    Click Suite has a long history of awesome interactive new media projects. Their front end weapon of choice has almost exclusively been Flash. Zef Fugaz has always been one for pushing the user experience to the edge and delivered a great session at the Microsoft Expression for Art’s Sake event on User...
  • Blog Post: TBWA, adidas, the ALL BLACKS and Photosynth

    TBWA have teamed up with adidas to launch the 2009 All Black jersey with a  new campaign. This is how it works: 1) Buy the 2009 All Black jersey to go into the draw to photograph the All Blacks during the national anthem at one of the home test matches. 2) The photos are then loaded into photosynth...
  • 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: Artist in Residence Melbourne Dec 1-5

    Michael Kordahi and Shane Morris are holding an Artist in Resident (AiR) in Melbourne from Dec 1-5. Michael wrote: For those unfamiliar: AiR is a program whereby a developer and designer pair get together and build something in Silverlight from scratch. It goes for 5 days where you start with some training...
  • Blog Post: Technical Briefing Wrap and HOLIDAY!

    First of all what does it look like to talk to nearly 2000 people? Well here is a picture I found on flickr of 900 people... yup I'm in there #9 top row. Think double this and we will be just about there! It was all of you that made this event so successfull, THANKS! Darryl did a great...
  • Blog Post: TVNZ Ondemand Launches

    During my presentation yesterday ( watch it ) I talked about the concept of media convergence... "Media Convergence is not the reduction of devices but the expansion of channels to content combinations." I used TVNZ as an example to demonstrate these changing times. This morning I received...
  • Blog Post: Emerging Web Technologies

    I presented today alongside David Bolocker amongst others on Service Oriented Architecture, Web 2.0 and Mashups. I even came up with my own quote... "Software Convergence, is not the reduction of solutions but the expansion of presentation & information to user combinations." Check out my...
  • Blog Post: Solving the Ticketmaster UX Problem.

    I'm on the train thinking about this ticket buying system. I mentioned today that the experience of buying tickets was the "worst" user experience which I'm sure leads to excess traffic which in turn leads to the web site falling over and a bunch of people being extremely unhappy. The Problem: More demand...
  • Blog Post: Red Hot Chili Peppers - Visa Pre-Sale! Yeah Right!

    I knew the visa pre-sale for Red Hot Chili Pepper tickets would be popular but this is ridiculous! I started at http://www.visaentertainment.co.nz I got to the site http://www.ticketmaster.co.nz/promo/wbismv the site became unresponsive at 9am when tickets went on sale. I got on at 9:01 am and...
  • Blog Post: My Tech.Ready (Well at least the parts I can talk about)

    I'm starting my long flight home from Seattle to Auckland. Please join me for another long convoluted post about this week abroad all written and linked while disconnected from the Internet ;) Each year technical Microsoft staff that are based out in the field fly to Seattle to attend a week long...
  • Blog Post: Expand Your Portfolio... it's a wrap!

    Hey there, Two weeks ago we met and presented to over 200 people from more than 85 companies across New Zealand! We got some great feedback and had heaps of fun doing it! I have got great feedback via email and I have had truck loads of people wanting to show their friends... learn more and...
  • Blog Post: December UX Events

    Do you build Flash/ AJAX/ CSS/ user centred UI’s for the web? Are you the one person in the business that fights to get more of the project budget spent on user centric design and intuitive UIs? Are you the “creative one” that is forced to work with developers that never listen to your ideas? ...
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