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  • Blog Post: Web 2.0 talk at TechTalk

    We held the first "TechTalk" today at Al Murooj Rotana for Partners who work with Microsoft with sessions on: · Introducing Windows Azure - Anton Delsink · Windows 7 - Wilson Xavier · Web 2.0 - Pooya Darugar · Network Access Protection - Zahid Tikrity Unfortunately I had to do my session...
  • Blog Post: Silverlight for Flash designers and developers

    I've been spending more time with the web design agencies in Dubai and it's a whole different world than the SOA work I do with the large enterprises, for one thing their offices tend to be much cooler. We speak a lot about Sivlerlight and the power of .NET in the browser and one of the most frequent...
  • Blog Post: TBot (Messenger Bot) for translations

    Live translator has been around for a while and its quite cool, being able to translate whole pages and see both the original and the translated version side by side. Unfortunately it is blocked in the UAE by Etisalat (the major ISP) as all translation services can be used as sort of a proxy to access...
  • Blog Post: Cloud computing explained

    I've been asked a lot more recently about "Cloud Computing" and especially how Microsoft is playing in this area, I'll link to the articles when they come out. In the meantime David Chappell has written a nice summary of the current state of cloud computing platforms and describes some of Microsoft's...
  • Blog Post: How to split a powerpoint slide into 2 - Community Clips

    I just uploaded my 1st video on Community Clips :) It came from a discussion we had this morning in a meeting as we were previewing some powerpoint slides. The slide had gotten quite long with a lot of text and we wanted to split it into 2 slides. One person suggested to simply copy the whole slide and...
  • Blog Post: Easiest Screen Capture tool I've ever used

    I've been looking for a good, free and easy to use screen capture tool and today I finally found one I like, Community Clips , and it turns out it's from the Microsoft Office team . It uses Media Encoder underneath and does a good job of compression with little quality loss. Saves the files as WMV and...
  • Blog Post: Deep zoom composer

    If you liked the Hard Rock demo from MIX , here's how you can easily build something similar yourself with the Deep Zoom Composer . It's based on the same technology that powers PhotoSynth (SeaDragon) and makes creating these deep zoom applications very simple. Check out the deep zoom version of the...
  • Blog Post: Day 1 at MIX

    After a long long journey from Dubai, I finally arrived in Las Vegas for the first day of MIX08. A very exciting day for me to see Microsoft make some big announcements around the future of our technologies on the web. Check out the official MIX blog recap of the keynote announcements , for me the Beta...
  • Blog Post: Popfly: Building simple and quick apps - Sharjah Airport Arrivals

    As those who've attended my sessions will know, I really like Popfly , I think it's the future of how people will build applications, and it's also incredibly cool to demo. It qualified as one of PC World's top 25 most innovative products of the year. I had some extra time this weekend and built a quick...
  • Blog Post: lIVE writer for x64

    Forgot to mention in the last post but the new Thinkpad is 64 bit. One drawback of this is that Windows Live Writer (Beta) does not support x64 yet . Fortunately there is a workaround, it is currently unsupported but if you can see this blog post then it means that it works :) Unsupported Windows...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Tagspace: Web 2.0 for Microsoft technical content

    Here's a very useful new way of classifying technical information on Microsoft technologies. One of the hardest things I've found is to locate the right technical information form reliable sources. There's always MSDN, but there's so much more out there and searching in the tradiational way doesn't give...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Virtual Earth

    In my previous post I mentioned 2 great uses of mashups for business. The wow factor in both of those applications is based on Microsoft's Virtual Earth. This mapping technology is great and easy to use. Anyone can incorporate the maps into their site or create their own mashups. If you're using Atlas...
  • Blog Post: Mashups for business

    John L. Scott , and Coldwell Banker Bain real estate companies in the Northwest United States have some of the most impressive applications to take advantage of the mashup concept. They make great poster children for Web 2.0 being used in the business world. We've all (well, those of us looking for apartments...
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