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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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    Charette.com Moves to Windows Server + IIS

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    I’ve had the charette.com domain since 1995 – it has been my personal web presence for my entire career.  I’ve used it to host video, forums, blog, display my artwork, experiment with technology, and build communities.  Lately, I haven’t done...
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    2009 David Ogilvy Awards for Advertising

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    As we are finally seeing, Silverlight is now being used for very cool advertising and marketing campaigns.  One of the most recent ones is Kia Motor’s sponsorship of the RoboChamps challenge . If you are involved in creating amazing digital advertising...
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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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    My Team is Looking for a Platform Strategy Advisor

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    If you are excited about the future of media and communications and their intersection with technology, then we may have the job for you! The role focuses on Media, Entertainment and Network service providers (Telco, Cable and Satellite) with a particular...
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    First Silverlight 2 Beta 2 to RC0 Porting Success

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    The first success that I’m able to report for my Silverlight 2 Beta 2 to RC0 porting is my Photobucket Silverlight library that I’ve been working on.  What the Silverlight team didn’t mention in their postings on Silverlight.Net is how many bugs...
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    Updating Silverlight 2 Beta 2 Demos to RC0

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    In preparation for the upcoming release of Silverlight 2, we have released Silverlight 2 Release Candidate 0 (RC0) to developers to start the process of updating their code.  Scott Guthrie just wrote about this in his blog yesterday. All of the details...
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    Updated Ball Trainmaster Cannonball Watch to Silverlight 2

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    One of the fun Silverlight 1 applications that I built over the past year was Ball Watch's Trainmaster Cannonball ( http://xmldocs.net/ball ).  After seeing an ad in Wired magazine, I contacted the manufacturer with an idea and was sent a 2.93 MB...
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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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    Used Windows Live Translator IE8 Accelerator to Translate Web Page

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    I was looking at the stats for the Word 2007 XAML Converter that I posted last week to CodePlex and I found a site that I had never heard of before - someone had posted a link to the project.  When I went to the site, http://www.dotnetguru.org/modules...
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    Added High DPI Support to my Silverlight Photobucket Demonstration Application

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    I just changed my Windows Vista to use 120 DPI fonts and I really like the look of applications and the Windows interface.  The added detail is very easy on my eyes.  One side-effect of this is that my code to insert Flash videos from Photobucket...
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    Creating a Silverlight 2 CLR object for Photobucket's API

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    Over the past few months, I have been working on a Silverlight kit for Photobucket's API .  I have used this sample to demonstrate a few things: How to build an API kit for a REST Library How to adapt existing .Net code to Silverlight (OAuth Library...
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    Second Seinfeld and Gates Ad

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    This one is even funnier.
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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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    Silverlight to Support H.264 and AAC

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    Today's big news from the IBC2008 conference in Amsterdam was that we will be demonstrating a technology preview of H.264 and AAC support in Silverlight.  I know that I can't take all the credit for this announcement but in my role as an evangelist...
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    PhotoSynth of the Golden State Model Railroad Museum

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    Today I took my boys to the Golden State Model Railroad Museum in Point Richmond, north of San Francisco.  I brought my camera to try out the new Microsoft Live Labs Photosynth .  Alex is in the green shirt and Sam is wearing a red one.
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    Social Network Junkie

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    Because I work from home, I need to stay connected with my colleagues, my customers, my partners, my friends: my community.  As I try to stay connected with people in my virtual community, I am trying out all sorts of social networks on the web. ...
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    Some Early Feedback on IE8 Beta 2 from one of my Customers

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    I just got an email from one of my customers about the new Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2 that became available yesterday: I downloaded the new IE 8 Beta 2 and I have to say it is an outstanding browser.  All the little issues I had that stopped me from...
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    Silverlight and WPF Workshop in NYC 9/3/2008

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    Next week I will be in New York City meeting customers and I will be holding a free half-day mini-workshop  at the Microsoft office on 6th Avenue to teach people about building Silverlight and WPF applications with Expression Studio and Visual Studio...
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    Talking About Expression Blend at SDForum Windows SIG in Mtn. View 8/28/2008

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    I love using Expression Blend.  With both a design education (architecture) and a career in software development, I've become somewhat of an expert on using Microsoft's Expression Blend for designing WPF and Silverlight user experiences.  Over...
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    Vote for my SxSW 2009 Panels

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    If you have any interest in Expression Blend or how I made these journals , you should vote for the two panels that I've submitted for the South by Southwest (SxSW) 2009 interactive festival : Extreme Expression Blend for Silverlight Designers - as many...
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    How I Discovered Port O'Brien's Five and Dime

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    I participated in a panel discussion at the Bandwidth conference in San Francisco where I met Chuck Fishman from Cisco. We were talking about discovering music, and Chuck told me about the Hype Machine . I went to the Hype Machine and saw a link for ...
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    At the Bandwidth Conference

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    Today I spent the afternoon at the Bandwidth conference in San Francisco.  I met quite a few people in the very interesting intersection of music and technology.  One cool company that I learned about was JamBase.com , a site for finding Live...
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    Created Popfly Block for FeedBurner Awareness API

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    Since I created my first mashup with Popfly over a year ago, it has really come a long way.  Now it is really easy to create your own blocks and share your mashup creations.  For those of use who have blogs, the RSS feed is a way of life - it...
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    Added FireFox, Safari, and IE7 support to the Silverlight 2 Paging Demo

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    With just a little code and some prompting from people on Twitter, I was able to add support for FireFox, Safari, and IE7 to the paging demo that I wrote on http://xmldocs.net/sl2paging .  Basically I added a DispatcherTimer to my page class and...
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    Using Code Analysis with Silverlight

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    Ever since I was in the C++ world, I have been enamored with code analysis tools;  I used to live by PC-Lint .  So since I started using C# a few years ago code analysis was something that I wanted to integrate into my C# coding practice as...
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