Microsoft Biology Foundation? I know, I did a double take too. Turns out it’s a “language-neutral bioinformatics toolkit for genomics research”. Who knew?
The The MBF project is coordinated by a Technology Advisory Board, consisting of members from the academic community, industry and Microsoft and source code is up on Codeplex. Most of this is over my head but one thing I do know is it’s another great example of Azure in action alongside the Biology Extension for Excel.
Luke Timmerman helps to explain all of this over on xconomy.com
Let’s hope all Windows Phone 7 apps have this attention to detail and elegance. Several I have seen so far are pretty impressive but this one sets a high bar I hope others can live up to! Long has a lot more detail and lots more screenshots…here’s just a few more from his collection and there is an accompanying video.
Good to see Blaise back in the news last week. I’m off to meet him this week…any questions you’d like me to ask? His latest work is focused on augmented reality inside of maps with your mobile.
As gadgets go, this is about one of the best I have – a present from a good friend of mine who knows I like music and that I travel a fair bit. Whilst plenty of hotel rooms have iPod docks in them these days, not all do and my weapon of music choice is a Zune for reasons I’ll go in to in another post (I do own a few iPod’s but Zune is my travel companion).
I own the X-mini II which is truly does deliver what the manufactures claim – sound beyond size. You twist the unit open, plug the mini jack in to your device of choice and crank up the volume. The 40mm driver delivers impressive bass for something around the size of a golf ball. Charging is via a mini USB cable which I tend to have with me for phones I use. A new feature on this model is the ability to daisy chain a bunch of X-Mini’s together but that’s just a little too geek for me. Playback time is about 11 hours which is more than enough for my needs.
For under $30, you can’t go wrong. (well you can, just don’t buy the red or white one!)
It’s been a while since I’ve played with pptPlex but it’s time for me to take another look as it now works with PowerPoint 2010 and more intriguingly it works with touch enabled Windows 7 PC’s. For those who haven’t been keeping up, pptPlex is a project from Office Labs that has been downloaded over 200,000 times – it allows you to create “non linear” presentations where you can zoom in and out of sections of your slides. As always, easier to see than explain so see above or download it and try it out.