January, 2009

  • Steve Clayton

    *chirp: A WPF Client for Twitter (at last)



    I couldn’t have hoped for anyone better than Thirteen23 to come up with a WPF Twitter client. Over the last few years they have produced some of the most visually stunning Windows applications using WPF.

    Today they released *chirp and though it misses a few key features I enjoy from Twhirl, it’s bodes well to supplant that AIR app on my desktop. Some of the animations are beautiful – particularly the text entry window with character count (left screenshot above).

    So what are those few additions I would love to see

    1. Ability to change colour scheme
    2. Short URL integration
    3. Font control (size/typeface)
    4. Mesh enabled to exist across multiple devices seamlessly :)

    The last one is a big ask but hopefully the first 3 should be relatively easy (says the non coder) and I’ll be a full time *chirp user in no time.

    thanks guys…I love it

  • Steve Clayton

    Ignore Everybody


    Ignore Everybody - Galley photo 2-thumb

    My buddy’s book isn’t far away…go order it now. You must :) Trust me it’ll be useful and full of top notch cartoons to pee your pants at.

  • Steve Clayton

    Hotmail Now Does POP3


    The original Hotmail logo

    [the original hotmail logo…I fancied some nostalgia today]

    At last I hear you say but good things (well, POP3) come to those who wait and certainly for those who have an iPhone or Blackberry and want Hotmail :)

    Here’s the deets and thanks to Sarah for the tipoff

    POP server: pop3.live.com (Port 995)  
    POP SSL required? Yes
    User name: Your Windows Live ID, for example yourname@hotmail.com
    Password: The password you usually use to sign in to Hotmail or Windows Live
    SMTP server: smtp.live.com (Port 25)  
    Authentication required? Yes (this matches your POP username and password)
    TLS/SSL required? Yes

  • Steve Clayton

    Revolutions Always Happen on the Periphery



    I spent an enjoyable morning with my chums from Edelman today on the launch of the Edelman Trust Barometer 2009. As always, it was an informative session with big minds contributing to the debate following presentations from Robert Phillips, John-Paul Rathbone from the FT and Joe Garner from HSBC.

    There were many great anecdotes with my favourite coming from Joe who said “revolutions always happen on the periphery” – couldn’t agree more and it’s why I love playing on the fringes of lots of stuff. It keeps you edgy, generates ideas and keeps you honest. As another friend of mine said to a large Microsoft audience recently “you should get out more”.

    Two other things of note

    • Edelman has a live Twitterfeed in the room filtering on the events hashtag of #etb09. Expect to see this as a norm for major events and conferences in 2009. You heard it here first. In fact, Twistori should commercialise their app
    • Richard Edelman offered a nice hat tip to Microsoft as a company that enables its employees to speak on behalf of the company and promote an open discussion.


    Nice work from David and the team. For more information about the Edelman Trust Barometer, visit www.edelman.com/trust or grab the report

  • Steve Clayton

    Another Windows 7 Theme Pack







    Another day, another Windows 7 Theme Pack – this time from our own Mike Swanson.

    If you check out Mike’s blog you’ll see that he has a mean collection of wallpaper so his theme is similarly beautiful.

    Download: Mike Swanson Macros Theme Pack for Windows 7 (8.59MB)

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