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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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    Silverlight Media Encoding Q&A With Ben Waggoner

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    What encoding settings should I use for Expression Encoder for HD Video? How should I encode differently for progressive or streaming? How do I reduce buffering in my video? When anyone at Microsoft has a question about media encoding formats...
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    Heading to Mix and South by Southwest!

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    March 2008 will be a very busy month for me. First I will be going to Mix in Las Vegas, March 5-7, then I will be catching a plane to Austin to go to my first South by Southwest for the interactive, film, and music festivals. Mix is Microsoft's conference...
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    Popfly as a Platform

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    I have been showing off Popfly as a great example of a Silverlight 1.0 application but my colleague David Chou has gone even deeper with this post about Popfly as a Platform : Popfly provides an environment where people without a significant technical...
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    I Stand Corrected: Webdings do not come with Silverlight

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    Last month, I wrote this blog post on how I was using the Webdings typeface to create graphics for Silverlight applications. Well, on Friday I got my MacBook and instantly saw that with Silverlight installed, Webding characters were not showing up in...
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    Silverlight on Mac Install Experience

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    Mike Downey, Group Manager of Platform Evangelism at Adobe Systems, wrote a comment to my blog post about Ice Cube's UVNTV.com about the Silverlight install experience that he experienced on his Mac: Also, in order to view the video I had to leave your...
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    Creating a Simple Volume Control

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    One of my customers asked me how to make a volume control for his custom media play in Silverlight 1.0. First I looked to the video gallery on Silverlight.net but I didn't find a sample so I created a simple demo in about 30 minutes that shows how to...
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    Adding "Press Play" to a Silverlight Media Player

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    I just added an animated "Press Play" graphic to the Silverlight Media Player created with Expression Encoder. I created the graphic (with animation) as a separate XAML file so it can be easily reused. To see it in action, see this blog post . Feel free...
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    Encoding Formats for Silverlight Video

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    As you can see, I have been experimenting with posting video on my blog now that I have a HD Video Camera ( JVC GZ-HD7U ). I have been trying various encoding formats in Expression Encoder to get a good balance of bit-rate and quality. Here is my workflow...
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    Spock in Popfly

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    What is Spock ? It's a search engine for people you know on the Internet. If you search for me, you'll find this page . If you search for "Spock" on Spock, you'll find this page . The cool thing is that Spock has a REST-based web service API . Because...
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    Ice Cube's UVNTV.com Goes Live with Silverlight

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    Two weeks ago, I went down to Hollywood to meet with a very exciting team who is creating a TV experience on the web using Silverlight. Musician/Actor Ice Cube and his team talk about the web site in a short video that I recorded at Ice Cube's CubeVision...
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    Using the Windows Live Spaces Photo Control with Silverlight

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    I was just able to figure out how to use the Windows Live Space Photo Control and get it to serve up images to Silverlight. Here's what the Windows Live Spaces Photo control can do: The Windows Live Spaces control is a client-side browser JavaScript object...
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    Recovering from Knee Surgery

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    My knee has been troubling me for the past few months because of a torn Meniscus . This afternoon I had a minor surgery called at Partial Menisectomy . I am now back home in bed with my leg elevated ready for a relaxing weekend. It went well.
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    How OpenSocial Complements Silverlight

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    Over the weekend, my challenge was to learn about OpenSocial and create a Silverlight application that uses it. I did that, with this simple application . To take advantage of the OpenSocial implementation in Orkut sandbox, you have to create a Google...
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    Understanding what OpenSocial Isn't

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    After getting two similar questions from colleagues today about my first OpenSocial application , it struck me that the perceptions and reality of OpenSocial are a bit confused. My colleague Dare Obasanjo describes it succinctly in five sentences (with...
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    Silverlight in OpenSocial!

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    So Google made a big announcement last week about OpenSocial . I saw that as something very interesting because, as I read about it, it became more and more clear that it was really something big. I have always been a proponent of open standards in software...
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    Having Fun with Popfly

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    I'm having a blast with Popfly, Microsoft's Silverlight-based mash-up designers. I've created a block that uses AOL Video Search and made a simple page that shows the results of what it does. I fell as if I'm just scratching the surface of something really...
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    My First Popfly Mashup: Earthquakes!

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    I just sat through an earthquake; a bit shaking but nothing damaged; no one was hurt. That gave me an idea: why don't I show earthquakes on a Virtual Earth Map using Popfly , Microsoft's new mashup service? Get Geo-RSS Data from the USGS Convert...
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    A Pragmatic View on Silverlight

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    My colleague Denny Boynton recently posted a great blog post with a very pragmatic view on Silverlight. Take a look at it.
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    Silverlight Deployment Guide

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    If you are looking to deploy Silverlight broadly throughout your organization, my colleague Dave Tesar wrote a Silverlight Deployment Guide that you should read. Read all about it here .
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    Microsoft Gives away Mona Lisa with Silverlight!

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    If you're a software developer and not a graphic artist, you might be a bit overwhelmed when you start using Expression Studio to build your Silverlight applications. With all of that control, how do create high quality graphics? The folks in marketing...
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    Webinar Recording & Source Code Posted: Creating a Vista Gadget & Web Player for your Radio/TV Station

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    I just posted the source code from Friday's webinar on Creating a Vista Gadget & Web Player for your Radio/TV Station . The PowerPoint slide deck and the source code in are on my SkyDrive: If you missed it, you can watch a recording of the webinar...
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    Job Opening for Developer Evangelist at Microsoft in San Francisco

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    I've got a secret: the best job at Microsoft is Developer Evangelist and we're looking for more people to fill that role. My colleague Anand Iyer just told me over lunch the other day that his group was looking for a developer evangelist based out of...
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    MOSS Camp in Chicago November 9th

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    If you want to become the Microsoft Office SharePoint Server (MOSS) that you always dreamed to be and you are in the Chicagoland area, then you've got to go the MOSS Camp on November 9th in Chicago. Read my colleague Dave Bost's blog post about it . My...
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    Upcoming Webinar: Monitoring .Net Applications with Intercept Studio

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    During the development, testing, and deployment of any application it is important to understand how the application is performing. In in the context of building .Net applications, especially high-volume web-based applications, monitoring performance...
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    Upcoming Webinar: Better Online Documentation: Creating WPF FlowDocuments from Word 2007

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    One of the challenges with creating online documentation is readability, especially with long documents. Most of the time, we end up printing out documents instead of attempting to read them online. One we print them out we lose the ability to easily...
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