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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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    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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    USA Today reports on UVNTV.com

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    Check out the article in today's USA Today (is that redundant?) about Ice Cube's UVNTV.com . It has been a blast assisting this team on getting their site up and outfitted with Silverlight. They have been really fun to work with and I got a good clip...
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