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  • Blog Post: MyPhone

    This week I was migrated back to a QWERTY keyboard driven WinMo phone. Thanks to our friends at Palm. It is an awesome device, but more on that in another post. For now I want to talk about the much vaunted new service, MyPhone. It’s in beta, so I did sit on a waiting list to get an activation code....
  • Blog Post: All things to all people?

    Recently I got my hands on a Samsung i900 , aka the “Omnia” (which is Latin for “all” or “everything”) and I’ll be honest, I had been coveting this device since I first set eyes on it last August. Looking Good What’s not to desire? 5MPx camera with flash, Full GPS, replaceable battery (which gives a...
  • Blog Post: Roadtest: Acer Aspire One

    I’ve now been using this great little laptop for just over a week. Where last week I was asked “Which one did you get?” this week I’ve constantly been asked variations on the same question: “How does it perform?” “Do you like it?” “What would I do with it?” Essentially “Do you think it’s worth it? [for...
  • Blog Post: My new toy: Acer Aspire One

    I did it! I followed my new rule for gadget buying. i.e. Divide the price of the gadget you desire by $100. Then consider the purchase for the resultant number of days. As it turns out, with the Aspire One, I considered for somewhat longer than the 5 – 6 days. Since the advent of the Asus EeePC last...
  • Blog Post: PDC2008: Microsoft Research

    I love working for Microsoft! I guess that’s self-evident considering my role, and this blog, but it’s on mornings like this that it becomes more than a trite response to people asking how I enjoy my job. I’m in LA, as in Los Angeles, at the Professional Developers Conference, and have just finished...
  • Blog Post: First Video of Surface at TechEd08

    Here it is, the Surface ready for demo at TechEd08 down in the MSDN Lounge. Come and check it out. R 42 Technorati Tags: TEAU08 , TechEd08 , Cool Tech , Surface
  • Blog Post: First Pics of Surface at TechEd08

    It’s arrived, it’s here, and ready for unwrapping. If you want to check out and play with Surface, you need to get down to the MSDN Lounge. R 42 Technorati Tags: TechEd08 , Australia , Surface , Cool Tech
  • Blog Post: TE08: Getting Tactile

    Hear it, See it, Play with it! TechEd as a conference is so much more than it used to be . I mean there's always been the Welcome Event, the Closing Party, and the Track Sessions. Sometimes there have been inspiring Keynotes, and sometimes, well frankly they've been a bit ordinary. As someone who's worked...
  • Blog Post: IC08: Imagine Cup 2008 – Day Zero

    We’ll we all made it to Paris. I got in last night, and Karo arrived with most of the Australian Winners, Team SOAK this morning. Unfortunately, due to a visa mixup, Dimaz will only be arriving on Friday morning – probably a little too late, not to mention jet-lagged to participate in the first round...
  • Blog Post: R42 New Tech - Dell XPS1730 aka "The Beast" - Part 1 "Procuring"

    For over 6 months I've been wanting to purchase a personal home computer. My home interests include video editing, and I gave my last laptop to Em (my 18 yr old) for Christmas, before she headed to Uni. So I've been computer-less. Not entirely of course, working for MS, I have a couple of work laptops...
  • Blog Post: Tech Buying Sage Advice

    The other day on the Twitterfeed, someone, I forget who, mentioned the best way to avoid post purchase regret (envy, blues, disappointment) is to apply the following formula: Days to (re)consider and research purchase = Price / $100 So if your next widget costs $1200, spend 12 days checking the intra...
  • Blog Post: R42 New Tech - Suunto T6 Training Watch

    It seems I have a raft of "new tech" in my life to blog about, none more timely than my new Suunto T6 Training Watch . As you know I've been "changing my ways" and introducing exercise into my life (again) (-ish). Well it wasn't going to be long before I could find some techy, geeky...
  • Blog Post: Twitter for those who still don't get it

    I've blogged about Twitter before, and usually wouldn't go on about it. But two observations this week: The only people who keep talking about how they "don't get Twitter" or "don't see the value in it" are those whom haven't used it. A cool presentation from Josh Holmes' blog explaining some of the...
  • Blog Post: SWMUG May 2008

    What a great meeting of minds last night at SWMUG. Er, that's the Sydney Windows Mobile Usergroup to the uninitiated. We kicked off with a segment on Microsoft and Mobile News from April. I seriously thought that this would be a 5 min segment summarising perhaps 4 or 5 happenings over the last month...
  • Blog Post: Popfly Game Creator - This is awesome

    I've seen sites where you can create your own games. Of course there's also the XNA Game Studio where you can create games for both the XBox and the PC. But with the Popfly Game Creator, people of all ages will be able to create their very own webgames, with just a touch of imagination, and not a line...
  • Blog Post: Now we're talking

    Not piddly GPRS 2.5G, not 3G, not even HSDPA (or HSUPA) Next/3.5G - no, we're talking true blue 4G Networks. Nothing yet, but the initial agreement with partners (Nokia, SonyEricsson and Alcatel to be precise) to get things off the ground. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/technology/7348706.stm Is it the networks...
  • Blog Post: Heard of Silverlight - beware the addiction

    Just caught this great vid on On10.net, courtesy of the Delic8Genius for those addicted to Silverlight development. Welcome to Rehab. http://on10.net/blogs/tina/Silverlight-Rehab/ R 42 Technorati Tags: Silverlight , Cool Tech , .NET , Development , Design
  • Blog Post: Embarking on the Long Road to TechEd08

    For the last number of years, I've had a couple of points of input into TechEd in Australia. Primarily in the Mobility Track, and in the Microsoft Technology Showcase. 2 years ago, inspired by a similar session at our internal training conference, "TechReady" I worked with Rick Anderson to...
  • Blog Post: Up the Mighty Swan

    Once all the demos were delivered, we were treated to an evening out on the Swan River. As you can see, we were treated like kings, cruising downstream with the magnetic views of Perth in the background. We reached the apex of the cruise at about sunset. Watching a host of Kite surfers do their stuff...
  • Blog Post: How Twitter makes it real

    Another great article giving thoughtful consideration to this technology. I must admit, I personally find twitter more compelling than Facebook. BBC NEWS | Technology | How Twitter makes it real The author puts in an interesting thought about how Twitter is somewhere between Online and Offline.... What...
  • Blog Post: Camera 'looks' through clothing

    Just read this article, which is intriguing. Yet another example of Sci-Fi becoming Sci-Fact in my lifetime. BBC NEWS | Technology | Camera 'looks' through clothing Also just listened to a podcast with Johnny Lee , doing amazing things with the Wii Remote and multi-planar projection. Note: He programs...
  • Blog Post: Great minds

    This evening I watched the Guy Kawasaki & Steve Ballmer Keynote , to discover that SteveB uses the same laptop as I do... That's right, the Toshiba Portege R500 (a.k.a. the "Rapier") Check out the Keynote, and watch Steve interact with Guy about his "that's heavier than my laptop"...
  • Blog Post: An amazing week for Mobility

    Well, when they said the announcements at Mix08 would blow us away, they weren't wrong.... I'm excited about all of the mobility announcements. It's clear that the Internet, Social Networking, and Gen "C" is combining and extending to the most portable platform we have available today. A summary...
  • Blog Post: MIX08 - my interests

    It seems half of our team is at Mix08 in Las Vegas (which somehow sounds a little better than Seattle - can't put my finger on it) and I'm actually excited about this event. Probably for the first time ever. I mean, I'm always interested, but this time excited. For one thing, tomorrow (Thursday US Time...
  • Blog Post: Where will Windows Mobile take you?

    No, no, this is not about the Windows Mobile 6 campaign, which could take you to one of the wonders of the world... Rather it's about the i-mate Ultimate promotion * As quoted by i-mate: i-mate’s Ultimate experience – call for applicants i-mate Australia is running an online experience to...
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