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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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    How the Entertainment Tonight Site was built using Silverlight

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    I just watched a great interview on Beet.TV about how IdentityMine built the new Emmy Awards site for Entertainment Tonight using Silverlight. Because of my role in the Communications Sector, while this was being built, I saw all of the emails going back...
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    Upcoming Webinar on Virtual Earth in Groove

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    One of the synergies that generated the most interest was one where I demonstrated Virtual Earth running inside of Groove . Because of this interest, I have updated the demonstration to be able to track not only pushpins, but paths and regions as well...
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    My Open XML Talk at Mindjet

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    As many of you might know, before I joined Microsoft this past Spring, I worked for Mindjet as an technical evangelist (one of my many titles) where I demonstrated the power of the MindManager Solution Platform through the Mindjet Labs . One of the coolest...
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    Design Fidelity in Software

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    I just came back from an all-day Silverlight workshop that I gave at one of my customer's offices for about 25 people. I got some great confirmation about the designer-developer workflow that we are proposing with the Expression Studio. One of the more...
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    What's "Funny" with Software Synergies?

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    I am starting to see some parallels in my personal life and my work life. I have always tried to find the humor in life's rich pageant . After almost ten years of marriage, my wife has often said that I do it a bit too much; I'm always joking - but that...
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    Mindjet Should Listen to their Customer Evangelists

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    From my point of view, Kyle McFarlin is just the type of person that Mindjet should be enabling! From his latest blog post , it looks like he loves MindManager (Mindjet's core product) so much he wants to become a "Mindjet Certified Trainer", but he's...
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    Picture-in-Picture Screencasts with Silverlight

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    In a post I just made, I wanted to show a picture-in-picture screencast of what I did with Groove and Virtual Earth . I created a Silverlight application (that you can steal)with Expression Blend to host two parallel video streams in a picture-in-picture...
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    Groove and Virtual Earth Screencast using Silverlight

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    I have recorded a screencast with Camtasia Studio that shows how I embedded a Virtual Earth control into a Groove Workspace . If you want to see this in action, send me a message and I will invite you to the workspace. I will make another post shortly...
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    Experimenting with my Microsoft LifeCam NX6000

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    I have been experimenting with my Microsoft LifeCam NX-6000 webcam: It clips to the top of my notebook screen and I got it to do more interactive chats/meetings and to record screencasts that I make with Camtasia Studio . I have found that I get better...
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    Updated Silverlight Applications to Release Candidate

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    For those of you have heard, a Release Candidate for Silverlight 1.0 was released yesterday. I had written a few applications using the Silverlight 1.0 Beta and 1.1 Alpha. Because of some breaking changes, I had to update those applications. The process...
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    Storing Virtual Earth Pushpins in a Groove Space

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    Following up on my post about putting Virtual Earth in a Groove space, I was able to save and load lists of pushpins that are in the Groove Space as well. I have written some simple XML serialization of a Virtual Earth Shape Layer into a hidden data field...
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    Putting Virtual Earth in Groove

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    Later on today, I will be showing my manager how our distributed team could use Microsoft Office Groove 2007 to share information and track activities. I first heard of Groove, when I was at Mindjet and we had built a Mind Mapping plug-in for Groove ...
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    Using Silverlight in a Groove Space

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    A few months ago, I create a Microsoft Office Groove 2007 to share the source code for my SilverlightMap project: code to transform a Mindjet MindManager Map into a Silverlight Streaming Application hosted on silverlight.live.com. For those of you who...
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    When to Use Which Microsoft Presentation Technology

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    Yesterday I was visiting an IT department of a media company that was developing internal applications for their internal network users. They asked a great question about when to use which presentation technologies, now that Microsoft has WPF, WPF XBAP...
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    OneNote XML uses CDATA for HTML

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    If you look at the XML generated by the OneNote 2007 API, you will notice that the text outline sections are all escaped with CDATA[] elements. This, in my opinion, is bad form. I am working on transforming the OneNote XML to Silverlight XAML using XSLT...
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    Column 'TestType' does not belong to table test.

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    I got this cryptic error when running a unit test project for my OneNote to Silverlight converter add-in demo that I am building in Visual Studio 2005. I searched for the error message using Live Search . I found that by adding <OutputPath>.\bin...
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    Expression Blend in Software Development Lifecycle

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    I was having dinner with a friend yesterday (non-Microsoft) who manages a software development team and he told me that he was excited about the potential of Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) and Expression Blend for his company's products. With that...
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    Feist Last Night

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    Last night (June 26, 2007), my wife took me to a concert from one of our favorite singer/songwriters: Feist . You've got to love a singer who has a MySpace Page where you can sample some of her music. The tickets were a birthday gift that let us hear...
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    Keeping a Digital Journal

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    As you have seen from my previous posts and my journals on my personal website , I am investigating ways exhibiting my paper journals online in conjunction with a live blog-style journal that combines scanned images of my paper journals with video from...
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    Journal: A Silverlight 1.1 Application

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    A Silverlight 1.1 Application for sharing my sketches. This requires the Silverlight 1.1 plug-in that you can install from here : Download the source code here: http://blogs.msdn.com/Synergist/pages/journal.aspx More to come....
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    Talk about the Passion

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    One of my favorite songs from my college days was R.E.M.'s Talk about the Passion. Since I have been talking about technology I have always brought some of my passion into my demonstrations and presentations. Because of this, I have never liked to demonstrate...
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    Why Microsoft Expression Studio?

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    I love design tools. In architecture school, I loved the design process so much that instead of becoming an architect like my classmates, I decided to specialize my study in the field of design tool development, specifically understanding how to build...
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    Adding a VBA Macro to Outlook

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    Silly me. When I posted the macros to create Outlook appointments based on email messages and to schedule your drive time , I failed to explain how to add VBA Macros to Outlook. Well here's how: For the macro that you want to add, like NewMeetingRequest...
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    Why XML in Silverlight is Significant

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    I have been working with XML for most of my career, from developing a CAD application to my roles at Mindjet to my new role at Microsoft talking about Silverlight . In this career, I have given numerous talks about the relevance of XML and to be susinct...
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    Scheduling your Drive Time in Outlook

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    When I posted the simple macro to create an appointment from an email message , I got a message from a colleague, Kurt Shintaku, who came up with an idea for a time-saving Outlook macro when working with one of his customers: create a "Drive Time" appointment...
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