Synergist

Combining Software in Amazing Ways

March, 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 Principal Architect Evangelist at Microsoft

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    Mix Lanyard for Zune 8GB

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    Last week I was in Las Vegas for Microsoft's annual Mix conference, where, like all conferences, you get a badge and some sort of clip or lanyard.  The Mix team was very smart in making a dual-use lanyard that you could use to hang a Zune 8GB from...
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    WebRidesTV.com Humming Along on .Net

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    I just got a note from Patrick Tran at Reborn Studio about the performance they were getting out of ASP.Net and SQL Server for a site they built, WebRidesTV.com .  If you remember, I interviewed Patrick and his business partner Michael Marina on...
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    Ben Waggoner Shares his Encoding Magic for 720p at 2Mbs

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    I just viewed this over a busy hotel wireless connection and I'm amazed: http://on10.net/blogs/benwagg/21587/ I still have so much to learn from Ben!  He's hosting the video on our free Silverlight Streaming Services and encoding with the new Expression...
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    Synchronizing Video and Animation in Silverlight

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    Yesterday at Mix , I gave a short demo at the Silverlight and Advertising breakout session of a tool that I built in Silverlight 1.0 to demonstrate how to synchronize video and animation.  My demo starts at 00:59:45 in the breakout session recording...
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    Widening Hip Hop's Global Reach

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    Working with UVNTV.com , I've been increasingly exposed to Hip Hop music so I decided to attend a panel discussion at SxSW: Widening Hip Hop's Global Reach .   Davey D from the Bay Area lead the panel - very interesting.  One of the big takeaways...
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    First Day at South by Southwest

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    Friday night I said goodbye to Mix, got on a plane from Las Vegas, and said hello to Austin, where I'm going to spend the next week at South by Southwest , the annual interactive, music, and film festival.  So yesterday was my first day at my first...
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    SxSW Over! Getting Ready to Leave Austin

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    I've just survived my first South by Southwest in Austin. It was a great time - a bit long for me though - I was at the whole festival from March 7-16 (interactive, film, and music). The highlight of the festival for me was yesterday, starting with attending...
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    Upgraded to Windows Vista SP 1 with no Problems

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    I just upgraded the third of my three systems to Windows Vista SP1 and all three upgrades were painless.  It took about 1 hour for each one. My systems are 2 Lenovo T60p notebooks which are now running Windows Vista Enterprise 64-bit and one MacBook...
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    Billy Bragg Has a Point

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    I read Billy Bragg's editorial in the New York Times about how musicians make money in the age of the Internet.  I first heard Billy Bragg twenty years ago perform live in Northampton, Massachusetts when I was a high school student attending Deerfield...
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    Sean's Adventure in an Upgrade

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    Ever since I went to the Tulsa TechFest last October, I've stayed in touch with Sean Whitesell, an application developer at AAON Inc.  Last night he sent me an IM that he just upgraded a .Net 1.1 app to .Net 2.0 very quickly and painlessly. ...
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    Capturing SxSW

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    One of the ways in which I'm recording South by Southwest (SxSW) is through my journal, a leather bound handmade one crafted by Iona Handcrafted Books in Austin.  Here is a page from yesterday: The sketch in the upper right is of the Music opening...
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    Lou Reed Comments on Digital Media Quality

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    "It's making it easier to make things worse." Lou Reed just said this commenting on digital media quaility: MP3s and YouTube at the SxSW keynote. I think that our ability with Silverlight to create great HD-quality experiences can really fill...
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    Listening to Lou Reed Keynote at SxSW

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    Having been a fan of Lou Reed for years, I am now in a filled room listening to a keynote interview with him.  Very exciting.
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