• frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    Ready, Set, Download : Windows Vista Beta 1 on MSDN

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    You've seen the news, now download the bits from MSDN Subscriber Downloads and TechNet Downloads ... http://www.microsoft.com/technet/windowsvista/default.mspx

    And while you are downloading, have a look at the Windows Vista Dev Center on MSDN or watch the interview with Chris Jones on Channel 9

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  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    The Microsoft Unlimted Potential (UP) Community Conference *again*

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    I'll be speaking at the upcoming Microsoft Unlimted Potential (UP) Community Conference next week.

    I've been asked back following my session at the last conference

    The case study I featured back then is now turned into it's own session on podcasting - way to go Mike!

    Speaking of Mike, he has called out to me to collaborate online, via tags and to answer some questions he posed.

    OK, i'll give it a try.

    Mike asks about Microsoft information about podcasting - specifically subscribing to them

    Yes,  podcast subscribing support isn't embedded directly in Windows Media Player. However, there are some superb applications that make it simple. I have used Doppler for a while and my current favorite client is Feed Station from those clever guys at Newsgator.

    Would it be good to see this baked into Windows Media Player - sure, but here's a way to Roll your own podcasting support for WMP 11

    Mike also asks if Microsoft has a service for upload audio/video to a store in the cloud. Well, we have Soapbox for video. In terms of 3rd party services, I can see that there are heaps, but I don't know of any preferred services.

    Finally, Microsoft uses podcasting from a content delivery perspective. Just look at the Podcast directory over on Channel 9, and don't forget the local Sydney Institute Podcast series

    Mike - I hope this makes sense. Looking forward to seeing you next week

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    Codename RikReader : WPF RSS Reader

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    Douglas Stockwell, former Aussie Imagine Cup Winner and all round uber geek, has released his WPF based RSS reader, which provides gold integration with the RSS Platform!

    So much potential!

    i cant wait for RSS Enclosures &  a "River of News" view.

    Great app Doug.

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    Wonderful WPF Apps : UniveRSS - a 3D Vista RSS Reader

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    My brothers & sister in EMEA have been busy.  They have launched an curious application called UniveRSS.

    UniveRSS is a 3D RSS feed reader for Windows Vista. It leverages the Windows Presentation Foundation and provides a stunning way of visualizing RSS feeds and their content. It introduces a full-screen 3D universe where galaxies represent the folders of your RSS feed directory, and the stars are represented by the spinning cubes that hold the feed information. Size and position of the feed cubes indicate how many unread items they contain.

    It installs as a click-once application, which is a nice touch.

    Give it a try - it's quite an interesting way to look at your feed universe.

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  • frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

    We're in ur TechTalkBlogs Talkin' about ur TechEd

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    Our 3 guest editors on TechTalkBlogs have all signed in

    Great to see them getting into the swing of things.

    I was having a chat to Anna Liu today and she said it was cool to have the Powerpuff Girls. on TechTalkBlogs

    I like that.

    I really really like that.

    I reckon it's going to stick!

    So, who is going to be Bubbles, Buttercup and Blossom??

    Take the quiz

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