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  • Blog Post: Moving on...

    It's been a while since I've posted on the blog - as I moved to more internal teams, I haven't had as much to talk about. That's all about to change. Below is an email I just sent out. You can find my new blog (actually, my old personal one) at http://yalangriver.wordpress.com/. Hope to see y'all there...
  • Blog Post: Watch Channel9 Videos on your TV

    Pretty cool. I have my XBOX 360 playing Hulu, YouTube and other videos via MediaMall's PlayOn software. Channel9 posted the source code to a plugin that lets you watch C9 videos, screencasts, etc., via the TV too. The video is pretty clear - I could see the VS code really well.
  • Blog Post: Cool! VPC and USB

    Joe Homnick has an awesome blog entry on keeping your VPCs on a USB key (your undo drive on your hard disc). He says that he's getting great performance, and it's easy to keep your VPCs with you wherever you go. Great for training classes. Check it out!
  • Blog Post: To Linq or Not To Linq, that is the question...

    Jim Wooley just posted a great entry on his ThinqLinq site. It involves using Linq to XML and VB9's XML Literals to query Shakespeare's plays. He first joins all the plays on his drive together into one big XML file and then gets the top 50 characters by the number of lines they speak. Head over there...
  • Blog Post: Community-based music producing

    Many years ago I saw Jill Sobule do a show - and I enjoyed her sense of humor and stage presence. Bought a few of her CDs to check them out. Anyway, was looking around today and found this site . It's called Jill's Next Record! and asks the community at large to help her produce her CD. She offers various...
  • Blog Post: For your weekend programming theory watching pleasure...

    There's a new video on Channel 9 about functional programming. Erik spends most of it on his whiteboard. Make sure you're in a quiet room for an hour. <g>
  • Blog Post: Volta preview is released

    Erik Meijer and I have discussed Volta a number of times - very exciting to see it released on Live Labs . A few links that should be interesting: Erik's announcement post on LTU. The Volta team blog Wes' blog - with a "Hello, World" walkthrough HarishK's blog The Volta forum
  • Blog Post: Did Blogs save Microsoft?

    Here's a great post about blogging and its usefulness in corporations. The quote I wanted to point out: What did Microsoft do? I don't know if they had it before, but it takes certain organizational cultural values. It's not about process, or rules. In fact, it requires acceptance of uncertainty...
  • Blog Post: Cool new social Silverlight game: Zero Gravity

    Tim Heuer has been working with a team on testing out Silverlight. They created a game called Zero Gravity . It's unbelievably addictive. The music won't leave my head... <g> Anyway, they've included support for a number of social networking sites - to help get the word out and to use some of the...
  • Blog Post: This is pretty cool!

    Here's a blog entry (with video) by someone who hooked up a web cam to have one computer play another in pong - totally thru the camera capture. Really a lot of fun to look at. Nice job, Ashish!
  • Blog Post: They were where?

    Took this off the front page of MSN today. I love this stuff... <g> I just picture the judge slapping vonage in the middle of a junction... <g>
  • Blog Post: An amazing video on the developing world

    This is an amazing video - showing how to present data to people to explain what's happening in the world and how many of our preconceptions are based on old information. This is from the TED conference in 2006, and via Krzysztof's blog .
  • Blog Post: Interview with Erik Meijer

    One of the best things about working on the Linq project was getting to work and have dinner with Erik Meijer . He's not only incredibly smart - but a fun person to hang out with. Mary Jo Foley has an interview with him in Redmond Developer News .
  • Blog Post: Web 2.0, Generation Y and a new blog

    Sean O'Driscoll has a new blog that I think will be a really good one. Sean is the General Manager of Community Support and MVP, and I work closely with him and his team. He has a post up on community transparency and the driving forces behind it. He looks at three things: A new generation (Gen...
  • Blog Post: Monarch v9 ships - a trip down memory lane

    Doug points out the fact that Datawatch has shipped version 9 of Monarch and talks about his memory of the product. I remember it well also. I was on Compuserve then and someone posted a request for beta testers of a new tool that converted reports to data. I loved it! I used it - even in beta form...
  • Blog Post: Theory of Constraints and TDD

    While on my recent trip I was doing a lot of talking about Test Driven Development and Agile approaches in general. One night I was having dinner with someone and I was introducing him to Eliyahu Goldratt and his Theory of Constraints . In his book The Goal , Goldratt sets the framework for his theories...
  • Blog Post: Useless "24" post (no spoilers)

    For those who don't know me, I'm a big fan of 24. Missed the first season, but had the full DVD set when I was sick a few year's back and watched them all over 3 or 4 days. Since then I've caught them when they run (basically, DVR's rock!). One of the strange things about the 4 hours so far is that...
  • Blog Post: I've been tagged meme

    I was tagged by Maurice so here are five things you may not know about me. Though, it's hard to come up with them, since I've been blogging for a while... As many people know, I'm a big baseball and football fan. This year, I made the cover of Yahoo Sports for a short time, rooting for the A's...
  • Blog Post: We're looking for a dev!

    Our team has an opening for a developer on the community team. Here's the description I got from Doug Seven. Thanks! Software Development Engineer in Microsoft.com Community Technologies Team (TDD/XP/Scrum) Margaret Mead once said, "Never doubt that a small, group of thoughtful, committed citizens...
  • Blog Post: Have I been hanging out with too many bloggers? <g>

    I found this hilarious . Does that mean that I'm spending too much time with blogging? (hat tip Heather )
  • Blog Post: Lang .NET symposium now open for registration

    I mentioned this conference on my old blog , and wanted to point out that registration is now open with a host of great speakers.
  • Blog Post: Machine translation and RSS - Feedback wanted

    I’ve been spending some time in meetings and doing some thinking about how we can start to combine some of the great resources that we have here at Microsoft. One idea that came up today has to do with machine translation and blogs. We already do machine translation for product support knowledge...
  • Blog Post: Miscellaneous pointers

    Just sitting here, watching the A's and Yankees play the last game of their series in NY while I check on my RSS feeds. A few interesting things: Robert Scoble is leaving Microsoft for a startup . Good luck, my friend. I know you'll be doing great things there - and having shared a number of flights...
  • Blog Post: MSDNWiki and thoughts on structured vs. unstructured conversations

    Soma announced a new project today, the MSDNWiki , which takes our MSDN documentation and adds structured discussions to it, allowing you to see not only the original articles, but conversations about it, other links, etc. While you can't edit the original documentation, the rest is fair game. This...
  • Blog Post: CodePlex and GotDotNet

    I've gotten a few questions from folks about CodePlex and GotDotNet - does the former replace the latter? Why have both? Jim talks about it on his blog. Short answer, they're both around because that's the right thing to do right now. CodePlex is in beta and moving from one to another isn't a trivial...
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