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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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    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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    A Successful Expression Blend and Silverlight Training in Denver

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    We just completed an 2-1/2 day Expression Blend and Silverlight training course in Denver for some of our communications sector customers and really saw some eyes light up. Our intention was to give our customers some hands-on experience with Expression...
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    Microsoft Surface Video

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    You've all probably already seen this, but I thought I'd share it with you: http://www.microsoft.com/surface/
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    CDN Publishing Possible from Expression Encoder

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    My colleague Tim Heuer, posted a great example of how you might extent Expression Encoder to encode and upload content to a Content Delivery Networks (CDN). If you've used the Expression Encoder add-in for Silverlight Streaming , you've seen an example...
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    Windows Developers Talk about Windows Server 2008

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    When I watch this video about Windows Server 2008, I get a very big grin: (Passion + Enthusiasm ) * Smart People = a Great Product.
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    Innovate on Windows Mobile site Launched

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    If you are interested in building mobile applications on the Windows Mobile platform, then you've got to go here , a new site about building Windows Mobile applications. http://www.innovateonwindowsmobile.com/ Interestingly, if you install Visual Studio...
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    Announcing Partner Huddle for Professional Developers

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    Are you a Professional Developer or Architect working for a Microsoft Partner Organization in the U.S.? Then you may want to consider joining Partner Huddle, an online social community for members of the Microsoft partner community. To learn more about...
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    Webinar Recording Posted: Silverlight for Content Delivery Networks

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    A recording of the webinar that I just hosted on Silverlight for Content Delivery Networks is now available online .
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    Dueling Experts Video on Stay at Home Servers

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    Take a look at the latest installment video at the http://www.stayathomeserver.com/ site, Dueling Experts .
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    Bubble Video

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    Gotta take a look at the latest video going around the web: Here Comes Another Bubble - The Richter Scales:
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    .Net User Groups in Southern California

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    My colleague, Woody Pewitt compiled a list of .Net user groups in Southern California . If you have ever been involved in a good user group, you should know how sharing best practices can really help your software development practices.
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    AT&T Opens Wireless Network

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    USA Today tells us that it looks like AT&T is following Google's Verizon's lead by opening their wireless network. Very interesting...
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    Webcast Recording Posted: Encoding Q&A with Ben Waggoner

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    If you were able to attend the Q&A session with Microsoft resident encoding expert Ben Waggoner , you would have seen 31 attendees peppering Ben with questions for just over an hour. If you missed it, you can view a recording here . Recordings of...
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    A Silverlight Hanukkah Gift

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    Here is a Silverlight Hanukkah gift that I made in about a half hour. The candles should start lighting (one per night) starting tonight (12/4/2007) at 6:00 PM. If you want to put it on your web site, copy this code to any web page: <iframe src=" http...
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    Comparing Web Servers to Streaming Media Servers

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    Chris Knowlton wrote this blog post earlier this year comparing web servers to streaming media servers for media delivery. If you are contemplating hosting audio or video content, you should read it.
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    .Net Web Product Roadmap including Windows Media

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    My colleague Harry Mower just posted a great article about the roadmap of our technology roadmap as a follow-up to Scott Guthrie's post about the Microsoft .Net Web Technology Roadmap Take a look here to read the article. There are some good links in...
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    Mommy, Why is There a Server in the House?

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    It's not Dinosaurs in the office, but it is cool: Take a look at the latest marketing campaign to show off the new Windows Home Server: www.stayathomeserver.com . The Windows Home Server team has also commissioned a new book that will actually be selling...
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    PhizzPop Design Challenge in Los Angeles, CA

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    My colleague Will Tschumy has just posted the problem statement for the PhizzPop Design Challenge in Los Angeles. This challenge will culminate with a party this Thursday night, December 6. Since this is a media-oriented scenario, it's especially exciting...
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    Profiling ASP.Net Page Loading Time

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    At a recent user group meeting, one of the developers brought up an issue where he was getting slow loading time for a page and wondered how he could troubleshoot and fix it. I asked my colleagues and here are some links that they provided: Try tracing...
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    Communications as a Service (CaaS)

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    My colleague Joe Hofstader just got an article published on MSDN. Here's a summary: Being an architect on a CaaS solution over the last few years has brought some interesting perspective into the unique challenges of the development and deployment of...
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