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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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    Sean's Adventure in an Upgrade

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    Ever since I went to the Tulsa TechFest last October, I've stayed in touch with Sean Whitesell, an application developer at AAON Inc.  Last night he sent me an IM that he just upgraded a .Net 1.1 app to .Net 2.0 very quickly and painlessly. ...
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    Mix Lanyard for Zune 8GB

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    Last week I was in Las Vegas for Microsoft's annual Mix conference, where, like all conferences, you get a badge and some sort of clip or lanyard.  The Mix team was very smart in making a dual-use lanyard that you could use to hang a Zune 8GB from...
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    First Day at South by Southwest

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    Friday night I said goodbye to Mix, got on a plane from Las Vegas, and said hello to Austin, where I'm going to spend the next week at South by Southwest , the annual interactive, music, and film festival.  So yesterday was my first day at my first...
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    Synchronizing Video and Animation in Silverlight

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    Yesterday at Mix , I gave a short demo at the Silverlight and Advertising breakout session of a tool that I built in Silverlight 1.0 to demonstrate how to synchronize video and animation.  My demo starts at 00:59:45 in the breakout session recording...
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    Math Fixed in Media Magnifying Glass Silverlight Sample

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    Thanks to a good mathematician that goes by the moniker of rambler.elf, I was able to fix the zooming problem with my Media Magnifying glass Silverlight sample .  After adding his fix, the zooming worked perfectly.  I made two additional enhancements...
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    Ice Cube Streamed Live via Silverlight at South by Southwest

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    After Mix , I'm heading straight for Austin, Texas to go to the South by Southwest festival (the whole thing - Interactive, Music, and Film).  One of the very exciting thing happening at South by Southwest is a free Ice Cube concert on March 15th...
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    Where to Find SharePoint Templates

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    Bill, a customer (and friend) of mine just sent me an email asking: "I’m looking for a SharePoint template that will track vacations, illness, training, and so forth for my group.  Can you point me to good places to mine?" I asked...
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    Communicating: a New Show on Channel 9

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    We just started a new show on Channel 9 focused on what Microsoft defines as the communications sector: Media & Entertainment, Telecommunications, and Web Hosting. Kirk Evans , Rob Cameron , and I will be posting interviews and video of how our customers...
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    Adapted Page Turn Sample for my Journals

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    With a little work, I turned the Page Turn Sample in the Silverlight.net gallery into a viewer for my Journals. You can get to the page turner for the journal by clicking on the journal picture from my new Journalist podcast page . I've also added a few...
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    Creating a Video Podcast for the Zune Marketplace

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    I love keeping journals . Until recently it has been a totally analog media (I've added photos from my digital camera and Epson PictureMate printer). I have used watercolor, collage, writing, sketching to fill up journals over the past 16 years and have...
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    Silverlight in MySpace via OpenSocial

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    If you remember last year when Google announced OpenSocial , I created a simple application for Orkut (Google's OpenSocial container built with ASP.Net) that showed how to put Silverlight into an OpenSocial application. Well, a few days ago, MySpace announced...
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    Upcoming Webinar: Using a VideoBrush in Silverlight for a Media Magnifying Glass

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    I've been working on a Silverlight 1.0 sample that I'd like to share with you for two reasons: I think it's a great application of the VideoBrush feature in Silverlight which enables you to route video to any shape's stroke or fill. I need a little bit...
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    50 Years of LEGO

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    If anyone went to the Google home page today (I'm sure there were a few) they would have found the Google banner commemorating 50 years of the LEGO block. LEGO blocks were my favorite toy as a child; I spent hours building, rebuilding, designing, creating...
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    Creating Cool Effects with Expression Blend and Silverlight

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    If you want to see some great graphic effects in Silverlight and learn how to do them, you've got to go over to this website and see a tutorial on how to do this effect in Expression Blend and Silverlight.
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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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    Mix is 6 Weeks Away!

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    MixUX Hear ye, hear ye! MIX08 to debut the first ever MIX UX Track which is 3 days of solid content dedicated to creatives / designers. Lou Carbone, David Armano, Dan Roam, Kim Lenox and others will speak. In conjunction with Adaptive Path, the User Experience...
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    Web Service Pricing Models

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    One of the blogs that I read religiously is Joel Spolsky 's Joel on Software . His company makes a product called Copilot that "lets you remote control someone's computer over the Internet to help them with technical problems". This is a perfect tool...
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    I Love the Podcast Subscription Feature of the Zune

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    Last year, when I interviewed for the job I have now at Microsoft, I had an initial tech screening with my now-colleague Architect Evangelist, Jit Ghosh. After answering all of his questions, he asked if I had any questions for him and I did. This was...
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    Use your User Community to help with Online Community Policing

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    If you have been hosting a bulletin board or blog over the past few years, like me , you have probably run into the problem of people trying to hijack your forum as a place to put spam or other inappropriate material. I have been using PHPBB for years...
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    What I Have in Common with Ice Cube

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    I have been browsing through the Zune desktop software that I installed with my new Zune that I wanted to know more about an artist that I met recently . Here's what I found after typing in his name in the Zune Marketplace: I listened to some clips from...
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    Just Won a Zune!

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    I just won a Green 8GB Zune! There was an internal contest at Microsoft and one of the prizes was a Zune. It's very cool! I've created a profile on the Zune Social network; my tag is MS Synergist. I've configured my profile so that anyone can see what...
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    MSDN Webcast: Defining and Managing Requirements with Visual Studio and Visual Studio Team System

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    One of the fun things that I got to do when I was at Mindjet was dream up ways to integrate MindManager with other systems. That's why I created the Mindjet Labs . One of the cool integration demonstrations that I built there was one where I linked MindManager...
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    Webinar Recording Posted: Creating a Windows Workflow Activity for Expression Encoder

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    A recording of today's webinar on creating a Windows Workflow activity for Expression Encoder has just been posted. You can find it along with other recordings of past webinars here . If you like the look of this Workflow, it's because I created a Custom...
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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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