Ian Moulster's blog

A Microsoft employee translating Microsoft technology into plain English
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    The road trip continues

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    The launch event may be over....but there is still stuff happening in a slightly different form (and of course the online launch continues until 19th Feb). As I mentioned in an earlier post , a number of my colleagues are travelling around the UK visiting...
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    Who knows that .NET is free?

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    I'm sure readers of this blog know...but it's surprising how many people don't: The .NET Framework, our "crown jewels" in terms of our developer platform, is completely free of charge for commerical use as long as you have a valid copy of Windows to run...
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    What to do if your Windows 7 taskbar is filling up with pinned IE9 sites

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    Site pinning is a great feature in Internet Explorer 9, and I use it all the time. I have a host of sites pinned to my taskbar such as Facebook and Hotmail, but also some internal apps we use in the office for things like internal product news. These...
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    Mix:UK 07 is full!

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    Registrations are now closed for Mix:UK as we've hit the limit for attendees. For those of you who are attending, we'll see you on 11th and 12th.
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    More Silverlight tutorials

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    I recently posted a couple of entries ( here and here ) with tutorials regarding Silverlight. If you're interested in more video tutorials on Silverlight, take a look at http://silverlight.net/learn/learnvideos.aspx for a whole host including the Silverlight...
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    Mix 2008 Registrations Open

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    In case you missed this announcement, registrations for next year's Mix event in Las Vegas are now open. Last year the event filled pretty quickly so if you're thinking about going it might be worth signing up sooner rather than later. Register at http...
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    Photosynth features in episode of CSI on TV

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    Having a career in IT can sometimes spoil films and TV - I have to bite my tongue sometimes when there's some kind of highly unlikely software scenario passed off by Hollywood as just an every day thing. But it seems that Photosynth is cool enough to...
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    Our new online store

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    On the subject of "something that may be of interest but isn't directly related to things I usually blog about", here's some news: We have opened a new online store where you can buy some of our most popular products direct from us by downloading...
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    Nice new Silverlight components from Intersoft Solutions

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    Take a look at http://sirius2.intersoftpt.com/ , some nice new Silverlight components. It's worth viewing the source code if you're a dev, it's incredibly easy to use this stuff. Looking forward to seeing this being used widely.
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    NASA release new Photosynth collection

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    Interesting to see that NASA have released a Photosynth collection covering the preparations of the launch of the space shuttle Endeavour. If you haven't come across Photosynth before it's worth taking a look at it. Produced by our Live Labs team,...
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    .NET Awards

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    This year, once again, I have the honour of being a judge in .NET Magazine’s awards. I’m sure you know .NET magazine – nothing to do with Microsoft .NET, the name is just a coincidence – as a world-class web developer magazine. Voting is open now so take...
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    The applications I rely on

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    When I installed Windows 7 RTM on my machine at home I decided to go for a clean install rather than an upgrade because I like the cathartic feel I get from wiping my hard drive and starting from a fresh, clean install. It also meant that I could take...
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    The .NET Awards

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    Once again I am honoured to be a judge in the annual .NET awards, run by the excellent .NET Magazine , the primary magazine for web designers and web developers. There’s a good list of nominees once again and I encourage you to get voting! Start here...
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    Syncing Silverlight video to Virtual Earth map

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    One of the coolest things about the recently released Windows Live quickapps is the demonstration of a silverlight video showing someone riding around London on a bicycle, with the rider's position being plotted on a Virtual Earth map as the video plays...
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    Sharing your Xbox Music playlists with friends...or anyone else

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    If you have created a great playlist on Xbox Music and want to share it with someone else you can do so...with the great news that they can stream the tracks for free in their browser (ad supported). They don't even have to have the Xbox Music app. ...
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    Sky News Vista gadget

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    Sky News have just released a gadget for the Windows Vista sidebar - I particularly like the option of "strange news" that you can select. Being a bit strange myself, this appeals to me....
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    Pinning websites with Windows Phone

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    A while ago I wrote a blog post about an alternative to the Windows Phone Facebook app on Windows Phone. Although to be honest the Windows Phone Facebook app is now pretty good so I don't see much of a need for this, however the approach used is still...
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    Popfly game creator

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    We have just released an alpha version of a great new feature of popfly - the popfly game creator. If you've used popfly before (and if you've been reading this blog it's probable that you would have) you'll know that it is generally aimed at the non...
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    Read this if you're planning on doing the day 2 assignment for the developer launch

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    As you may already know, our UK developer launch event is held over 2 days, with day 1 a series of technical tracks and day 2 a technical code-writing exercise where you'll build a working application using Windows Vista or Office 2007 (or both if you...
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    Remainder of Mix:UK 07 Videos posted

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    We have now (finally!) posted the remainder of the videos from session at the Mix:UK 07 event. Previously there were some gaps but now all 36 videos are up there for you to view in the funky Silverlight viewer, or download to watch separately / while...
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    Round-up of my favourite Windows 8 apps

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    I haven't done a wrap up of my favourite Windows 8 apps for a while so I thought it worth sharing the list of apps I use the most as a consumer. That is, in a non-work environment. As always this list is personal to my tastes - you may find that it doesn...
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