Synergist

Combining Software in Amazing Ways

January, 2008

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About Synergist

Synergist is about Michael Scherotter's passion: combining technology in interesting ways and about the convergence of technologies. 

Michael S. Scherotter is a Media Experience Evangelist at Microsoft

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    50 Years of LEGO

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    If anyone went to the Google home page today (I'm sure there were a few) they would have found the Google banner commemorating 50 years of the LEGO block. LEGO blocks were my favorite toy as a child; I spent hours building, rebuilding, designing, creating...
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    Creating Cool Effects with Expression Blend and Silverlight

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    If you want to see some great graphic effects in Silverlight and learn how to do them, you've got to go over to this website and see a tutorial on how to do this effect in Expression Blend and Silverlight.
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    Just Finished a Silverlight and Expression Blend Workshop in Los Angeles

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    This week, I invited designers and developers in my Media and Entertainment accounts and creative agencies that work with them to a workshop in Los Angeles where they learned about Expression Blend and Silverlight. It was a great mix of designers and...
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    Mix is 6 Weeks Away!

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    MixUX Hear ye, hear ye! MIX08 to debut the first ever MIX UX Track which is 3 days of solid content dedicated to creatives / designers. Lou Carbone, David Armano, Dan Roam, Kim Lenox and others will speak. In conjunction with Adaptive Path, the User Experience...
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    Web Service Pricing Models

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    One of the blogs that I read religiously is Joel Spolsky 's Joel on Software . His company makes a product called Copilot that "lets you remote control someone's computer over the Internet to help them with technical problems". This is a perfect tool...
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    I Love the Podcast Subscription Feature of the Zune

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    Last year, when I interviewed for the job I have now at Microsoft, I had an initial tech screening with my now-colleague Architect Evangelist, Jit Ghosh. After answering all of his questions, he asked if I had any questions for him and I did. This was...
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    Use your User Community to help with Online Community Policing

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    If you have been hosting a bulletin board or blog over the past few years, like me , you have probably run into the problem of people trying to hijack your forum as a place to put spam or other inappropriate material. I have been using PHPBB for years...
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    What I Have in Common with Ice Cube

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    I have been browsing through the Zune desktop software that I installed with my new Zune that I wanted to know more about an artist that I met recently . Here's what I found after typing in his name in the Zune Marketplace: I listened to some clips from...
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    Just Won a Zune!

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    I just won a Green 8GB Zune! There was an internal contest at Microsoft and one of the prizes was a Zune. It's very cool! I've created a profile on the Zune Social network; my tag is MS Synergist. I've configured my profile so that anyone can see what...
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    MSDN Webcast: Defining and Managing Requirements with Visual Studio and Visual Studio Team System

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    One of the fun things that I got to do when I was at Mindjet was dream up ways to integrate MindManager with other systems. That's why I created the Mindjet Labs . One of the cool integration demonstrations that I built there was one where I linked MindManager...
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    Webinar Recording Posted: Creating a Windows Workflow Activity for Expression Encoder

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    A recording of today's webinar on creating a Windows Workflow activity for Expression Encoder has just been posted. You can find it along with other recordings of past webinars here . If you like the look of this Workflow, it's because I created a Custom...
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    Upcoming Webinar: Creating a Windows Workflow Activity for Expression Encoder

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    If you have been using Microsoft Expression Encoder to create Silverlight video applications, you might have heard that it had a command-line interface for automation. I took this interface and wrapped it in a Windows Workflow Activity so you can easily...
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    How Silverlight 2.0 Will Change the Way We Build Applications

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    Pete Brown just wrote a great article on his blog about the upcoming Silverlight 2.0 and how it will change the way we build applications. Check it out!
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    USA Today reports on UVNTV.com

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    Check out the article in today's USA Today (is that redundant?) about Ice Cube's UVNTV.com . It has been a blast assisting this team on getting their site up and outfitted with Silverlight. They have been really fun to work with and I got a good clip...
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    Secure Geo-collaboration Session at Microsoft Office Developer Conference Feb 10-13 in San Jose, CA

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    If you are developing applications inside of Microsoft Office or developing applications that work with Microsoft Office, then you've got to go to the upcoming Office Developer Conference in San Jose next month. I've been asked to demonstrate and talk...
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    A Fair Use Primer

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    One of the primary concerns of people who upload video or audio content to the web (and sites that host it) is the legality of using copyright content. One of the concepts with copyright is "Fair Use" which describes legal uses where you can use copyright...
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    Saved by ElephantDrive

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    On my home systems I have been using ElephantDrive to provide automated off-site backups of my computers. When my Windows XP system failed and would not boot, I had to restore the entire OS from system files. Because I was using ElephantDrive, I was able...
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