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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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    Review: Microsoft Silverlight 4 Data and Services Cookbook

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    In my experience with explaining and demonstrating technology, I have not been in the practice of recommending books that are tied to a specific version of a specific technology. The obvious problem is that once the next version of the technology comes...
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    Just added Silverlight Page banner to charette.com

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    Having just moved my personal website to a Windows Server hoster from a Linux hoster, I needed to finish the week with adding some Silverlight to the site:  Because the site runs Graffiti CMS , I wanted to write a new banner that grabbed the navigation...
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    Enter to Win a Ball Watch by Creating One in Silverlight

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    Ball Watch USA and Microsoft are teaming up to give you a reason to try the new Expression Studio 4 to build one of the Ball watches in Silverlight 4 like this. You can win one of the watches! Ball Watch Company has a line of beautiful railroad-inspired...
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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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    Recording of Silverlight & Web Analytics Webinar

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    Here is a link to the recording of the webinar that I just hosted on Silverlight and Web Analytics . https://www112.livemeeting.com/cc/microsoft1/view?id=3F6QCW Recording Key: F=n3_sjpb You can also download the slide decks from my SkyDrive...
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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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    My Son Alex’s Leapster 2

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    If you smiled when you read this title, then you’re in on the secret.  We gave our son Alex, age 6 1/2 a Leapfrog Leapster 2 for Hanukkah this year and he was very excited.  Once you put the batteries in the device and turn it on, you select...
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    Silverlight and Expression Blend for E-Learning Applications

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    One of my publishing customers is going to start building a series of E-Learning application in Silverlight and we will be starting off with a two-day LiveMeeting web conference workshop on February 25 and 27 (9:00 AM – 2:00 PM PDT).  On the second...
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    Updating a Silverlight 2 Application from Beta 1 to Beta 2

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    On my system, I had Silverlight 2 Beta 1, Visual Studio 2008, Expression Blend 2.5 March Preview, and the Visual Studio Tools for Silverlight 2 Beta 1.  I did not uninstall anything. I installed the Microsoft Silverlight Tools Beta 2 for Visual Studio...
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    Uri property in a Silverlight 2 UserControl

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    In creating a Silverlight 2 UserControl, I had a need to include a Uri parameter, so I added a property.  class MyControl : UserControl { ... public Uri Source {get;set;} ... } That compiled and ran just fine but when I tried to set...
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    Teaching Computer Programming at Home

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    This past week I had a great time teaching my 9-year-old son Alex and 9 of his friends computer programming in my home.  I used Kodu Game Lab and Small Basic , two free tools created for kids to learn programming. I wrote a series of blog posts about...
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    Now Everyone can Study Engineering at Stanford with Silverlight

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    Over the past few months, I have been helping a small team at Stanford's Center for Professional Development launch a site which lets people around the world attend Stanford engineering courses free-of-charge.  Built with ASP.net using Windows Media...
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    Adding Windows Phone Capability Detection to your Build Process

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    There is a new Capability Detection tool in the Windows Phone Developer Tools October update that you can run to determine the capabilities of a DLL or Xap files.  Here is a post build step that I added to a WP7 project to list the capabilities that...
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    What is a Synergist?

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    Throughout my career, I have developed a specialty for combining technologies in interesting ways and for the past year, I have been calling this role a Synergist . Until recently I was doing this to evangelize the solution platform for Mindjet MindManager...
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    My Artist Explorer Wins at the Circus Mashimus Mashup Contest!

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    I just heard that my entry into the Circus Mashimus contest was just selected as Best In Show winner.  My entry was about a week’s worth of effort (including a few long nights) using Expression Blend and Visual Studio.  In that week, I learned...
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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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    Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework Virtual Event

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    Since we released it this past March, we have had very enthusiastic interest around the globe for the Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework .  On June 17, 2010 I will be running a virtual event on the Microsoft Silverlight Analytics Framework...
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    Upcoming Webinar: Creating a Windows Vista Gadget &amp; Web Player for your Radio/TV Station

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    Now that many radio and television stations are streaming their content over the web, there are now multiple venues to let users listen to and watch that content. This live webinar will demonstrate how to build a single Silverlight application to playback...
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    Whitespace in XAML

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    I just ran into a problem with XAML (WPF and Silverlight) and wanted to share my solution with you.  In my Word to XAML converter application , I was noticing that sometimes extraneous spaces were being seen in Paragraph elements in WPF and TextBlock...
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    Added Silverlight 2 Text to WordToXaml (formerly WordFlowDocumentCreator)

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    Last year I created and uploaded a demonstration project to Popfly that converted a Word 2007 Document to a WPF FlowDocument.  The best example of a FlowDocument can be seen in the New York Times Reader , an instance of Syndicated Client Starter...
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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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    Fixes for Expression Design to Silverlight Workflow

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    I have run into two small glitches when creating Silverlight designs in Expression Design and I got the fixes from the Product Team. When you export a design to Silverlight XAML you may run into these problems: Viewport attributes are added to ImageBrushes...
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    Just Got the Twitter Bug

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    Last week I went to Scoble's Geek/Blogger Dinner in San Francisco and I realized that I was in the minority because I didn't use Twitter yet. For the uninitiated, Twitter let's you answers the simple question "what are you doing now?" I didn't understand...
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    Hard Rock Cafe Silverlight App now Embeddable

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    One of the best Silverlight 2 applications to date has been the Hard Rock Memorabilia site created by Vertigo Software .  The application has now been updated for Silverlight 2, has nearly twice as many items in the collection as was demonstrated...
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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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