June, 2008

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    BillG’s Last Day – Really!


    Lots has been written about Bill Gates leaving Microsoft today and the Microsoft.COM home page says it all


    A video did the rounds from CES earlier this year, but today is *THE* day.

    I’ve met Bill a few times during my career at Microsoft and we hosted him in Australia way back in 2004 - Billg heading Downunder in June, People attending Bill Gates Breakfast in SydneyQuestions to ask BillG , More questions for BillG, Behind the Scenes of the BillG Breakfast, Press comments on BillG's visit, Local Bloggers give their thoughts on BillG Breakfast, More local bloggers add their thoughts to the BillG breakfast.

    Not much else left to say, but arrivederci

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    1st day of Summer and all is good with my little world


    I have been feeling like something had been missing.

    I arrived in Seattle in August and went through Autumn, (or as they say here Fall), Winter and then Spring.

    Aha! I’ve missed Summer!

    Totally is the first day of summer (as well as the longest day of the year aka the Summer Solstice) and things are finally warming up, compare to back in Sydney.


    for those metric challenged folks, here it is ‘old school’


    Yeah Baby!

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    At Home With Rigo


    The house is pretty quiet at the moment.

    Moira and 3 of the kids have been in Australia on holidays for 2 weeks so far, leave me at home with Rigo, my 16 year old.

    Sure, we’ve been getting up to the usual shenanigans, eating out every night, staying up late, watching bad TV, drinking root beer, downloading stuff and general living the high life as only 2 geeks can.

    Rigo is full of stories and he has been inspired again to blog. His latest thoughts can be found at http://antonyarrigo.blogspot.com.

    Now that he has finished school for the summer, I expect he will have lots more stories to share. I’m not expecting he will follow in the footsteps of blogging phenom Long Zheng, but a dad can only dream.

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    NYT: Who Altered British TV? 'Who' Indeed


    Excerpt from New York Times Article:

    Who Altered British TV? ‘Who’ Indeed

    CARDIFF, Wales
    RUSSELL T DAVIES, perhaps the most admired writer and producer working in British television drama, was once confronted at a wedding by a fellow guest bristling with indignation about a scene in Mr. Davies’s hugely successful, family-friendly science fiction series, “Doctor Who.”In the scene Capt. Jack Harkness, a swaggering intergalactic hero who exuberantly lusts after both men and women, plants quick kisses on the mouth sof both the title character and the title character’s female sidekick as they face imminent death. (Everyone survives.)


    Gotta love “Doctor Who” !


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    How Did You Get That Digg This Button On Your Blog?


    I was chatting with Rohan Thomas (a Developer Evangelist based in Malaysia) this evening.

    He asked me how I got the DiggThis button my blog. I told him I would do a post about it.


    So, how did I get that Digg This button onto my blog?

    Easy really.

    It was Windows Live Writer with the help of a cool little plugin which was in the recent SDK Technical Preview release

    In the SDK Technical Preview you’ll find the following:

    • New SDK Features.doc – Detailed descriptions of the new plugin types. (Start here!)
    • SDK Reference.chm – Reference documentation for the entire Windows Live Writer API.
    • Samples – Source and binaries for two sample plugins:
      • Twitter Notify – Prompts you to make a Twitter status update after publishing a post
      • DiggThis – Automatically adds a DiggThis button or badge to each post

    So Rohan – now you know my secret.

    BTW -- I’m really looking forward to see what other cool plugins will appear.

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    What’s the Buzz? : BuzzNumbers Can Tell You


    BuzzNumbers - Online Media Monitoring - Online Influence Analytics

    I got an unsolicited email last week from BuzzNumbers.

    The email had the following intro

    Welcome to your buzz numbers email notification service deliverying you reports about your online social media mentions.

    And it provided a list of articles and blog postings where my name had been mentioned.

    I didn't think much of this. It looked like spam.

    Later in the day, I got an email from someone I did know (Nick Holmes à Court) who put this BuzzNumbers thing into context for me.

    Turns out BuzzNumbers is an analytics and online reputation monitoring service that he has been developing and I was a test subject.


    More about the service from the site

    Online Media Monitoring

    BuzzNumbers scans and monitor all known online media channels real time for your brand or business name. BuzzNumbers is available as a Web Based platform and supports Email Notifications and RSS integration.

    Online Influence Analytics

    BuzzNumbers Analytics enables you to measure and track which online sources have the greatest influence. Look through News, Search Engines, Blogs, Podcasts, Video, Social Media, Forums and more and understand where you have the most online influence. BuzzNumbers Analytics offers reports across Domains, Countries, Sources, Keywords and more.

    BuzzNumbers Conversation Explorer

    Use BuzzNumbers Dashboard to view filter, sort and explore all online conversations about you, your brand and your company. You might be suprised who, where and what people are saying about your brand online.

    Way cool. And there’s a blog too. How Web 2.0!

    Always nice to see startup activity from Downunder!

    Good Luck with the venture Nick


    Nick sent me a note this morning.

    He is offering a free 3 month account until September 2008  to gather feedback. Email him at nick @ buzznumbershq.com and tell him Frank sent you

    He also tells me that BuzzNumbers.Com has been built using the MS Stack : ASP.NET 2.0, SQL Server 2005, SSIS, Analysis Services 2005

    Yay for .NET :)

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    Here’s Rita


    ritaa I keep getting hassled by my sister, Rita Arrigo.

    She says I never link to her blog

    Maybe that’s true.

    Now, it’s time to right a wrong

    Here’s a link to you sis!

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