July, 2007

  • Steve Clayton

    The Information Factories

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    I've been talking Data Centres a lot recently - not the traditional in house IT kind, more of the kind you need to run "cloud services" or the "Windows Live Cloud Infrastructure" as Steve Ballmer calls it. It reminded me that I should go back and have another read of the excellent Wired article from last October - The Information Factories. Worth a recap if you want to talk intelligently on this stuff :)

     

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    Microsoft Silverlight RC and Alpha Refresh

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    Our man Mr Sneath has all the details - Silverlight goes to Release Candidate and the 1.1 Alpha Release gets a refresh

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    Microsoft on Facebook - 17,802 and growing

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    The Guardian reports that Microsoft's presence of Facebook is pretty huge though the BBC has a higher % of employees on there. I can attest that FB has been out of control within Microsoft for the last month or so - not a day goes by when I don't get a new request or notification of some kind.

    You can find me over here and also the group I setup - Friends Of Blue Monster which has over 500 followers of the Microsoft: Change The World Or Go Home cartoon

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    Tagspace beta from Microsoft

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    Thanks to Scott for the heads up on this new beta from Microsoft focused on social tagging. In a nutshell, it lets me take my favourites around the web with me. Off to test it out a little more...

    Note: all tags saved to TagSpace are public. This will change soon to allow private.

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    McLaren using Vista

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    I heard about this project some time ago and it's great to see it has come to fruition. The guys are McLaren have been in the press a little over the last few weeks but this has nothing to do with that - more to do with one of their subsidiaries using Office 2007, SQL 2005 and Vista to build an electronic control unit (ECU) for F1 World Championship cars.

    In the spring of 2006, the FIA—the governing body of Formula One—invited manufacturers of automotive electronics to propose a standardized ECU for inclusion in all Formula One cars for the 2008, 2009, and 2010 championships. McLaren Electronic Systems invited Microsoft to collaborate on its successful bid for the ECU technology.

    I expect the usual barbs about F1 cars blue screening, blah blah but lets get serious - the McLaren boys are not known for cutting corners so this is a fine endorsement of our technology IMHO.

    Check out the video case study

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