December, 2008

  • Steve Clayton

    Amazing Miniaturisation: Mactini


    Needs no explanation. :)

  • Steve Clayton

    Architecture + Interior Design + Technology



    I’m interested in all 3 of these topics for a variety of reasons and one of the things I love about blogging is when someone recognises this type of intersection and sends you something interesting related to it. I get my fair share of PR pitches these days from people asking me to show their stuff on my blog. Most of it I politely decline as it’s not relevant to my readers and I continue to be surprised that I’m asked.

    Last week I got an email from Robert Profusek which was nicely worded and didn’t try to sell me anything. I watched his video expecting the usual sales pitch but saw something that was well shot and had genuine interest for me. Hence I decided to share it with you.

    This is what I love about blogging – the serendipity of connections. Hopefully I’ll get to visit Shadi and Robert in NYC when I visit in March.

  • Steve Clayton

    SlideShare Ribbon for PowerPoint


    I’m guessing this is what the Office team at Microsoft had in mind when they opened up the Ribbon for extensibility in Office 2007. We have something similar with Office Live where you can choose to Save direct from within Office apps to an OfficeLive Workspace but we don’t have the embedded nature of SlideShare that makes sharing PowerPoint’s so simple. However, having just re-acquainted myself with OLW I’ll be using it a LOT more in 2009 as it’s brilliant for sharing and commenting on slides over the web.

    If you want to install the SlideShare add in, here'

    Install Instructions

    1. You need PowerPoint 2007 for Windows. Earlier versions of PowerPoint, and PowerPoint for Mac, are not supported (yet). Supported versions of Windows are Windows XP with Service Pack 2 or greater and Windows Vista.
    2. IMPORTANT: Check in "Control Panel>Add or Remove Programs" to make sure you have the latest version of the .Net framework (Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1). This is a mandatory pre-requisite for the SlideShare Ribbon for PowerPoint.
    3. If you don't have .NET Framework 3.5 SP1, you need to install it from here before installing the SlideShare Ribbon.
    4. Install the SlideShare Ribbon for PowerPoint from here after making sure that you have Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 SP1 installed on your machine
  • Steve Clayton

    How Does The Windows Azure DataCenter Work?


    My pal David Lemphers recently moved over to the Windows Azure team and he’s churning out some great new posts that get behind the scenes with Azure. I really enjoyed his post last week explaining What Happens in the Data Center with some simple, easy to understand graphics and some nuggets such as this

    Right now, we currently carve up the server resources in a way where each VM has the following predictable resources allocation

  • OS: 64-bit Windows Server 2008
  • CPU: 1.5-1.7 Ghz x64 equivalent
  • Memory: 1.7GB
  • Network: 100Mbs
  • Local Disk: 250GB (not really useful to developer at the mo')
  • Windows Azure Storage: 50GB

    Keep watching Dave’s blog if you want to learn more about Windows Azure as he has a great way of communicating this stuff.

  • Steve Clayton

    Redmond Snow #2



    Well that was a fun drive to the airport yesterday :)


    the entrance to the main campus at 7am on Thursday morning


    but all quite picturesque

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