Ian Moulster's blog

A Microsoft employee translating Microsoft technology into plain English
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    This is pretty creepy

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    Take a look at this link . Move your cursor around and see how her eyes follow you. Read more at this e-clippings blog post , basically it's based on a single normal 2D photo which is then transformed into this fairly creepy avatar. I keep expecting her...
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    My Beautiful Empty Inbox

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    My inbox is empty, and what a joy it is to see. Normally, my inbox looks like a disaster zone with thousands of emails, many unread, and at least a hundred red flagged. So how have I managed to move from chaos to clarity. Have I lost my job? Or my mind...
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    What do your Vista sidebar gadgets say about you?

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    I seem to have developed a new obsession - seeing what sidebar gadgets people are using and trying to read something into the kind of person they're likely to be. A good place to exercise this obsession is at conferences or seminars where you can see...
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    Vote for Popfly...before April 21st

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    Popfly is one of the smartest, coolest web-based product offerings I've seen in a while. And now it has been nominated for a CNET Webware 100 award . While it's terrific (and absolutely right) that Popfly has already achieved nomination status I would...
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    SkyDrive out of beta, and increased to 5GB of space

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    This is more great news - SkyDrive is now out of beta, and we've increased the amount of free storage space to 5GB. Read all about it here .
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    Microsoft acquires Caligari for Virtual Earth team

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    Somehow I missed this announcement, but I was really excited to see that Microsoft has acquired Caligari . Caligari produce the much-respected TrueSpace 3D product that lines up against Maya, 3D Studio Max, Cinema 4D and others. They also produce GameSpace...
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    Inside track on Windows Vista SP1

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    You've probably heard that we announced today that Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1) has been released to manufacturing or RTMd. You may be wondering a) what's in it and b) when you can get it, and how. For answers to these questions along with a whole...
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    Can you tell a cat from a dog?

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    I like taking a look at what's coming out of the Microsoft Research Labs (MSR) and came across a useful little feature recently that I thought worth sharing. Unless everyone already knows about it and I'm the last one...always a possibility. It's the...
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    Office 2007 Quiz - The Answers

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    As promised here are the answers to the Office 2007 quiz I posted last week. As before, bear in mind that the questions and answers were written 12 months ago at the launch of Office 2007. I've skimmed through them to see if any answers may have changed...
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    The Office 2007 Quiz

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    So...we've done the Vista quiz , now we've got the Office 2007 questions. Actually I think these were more difficult than the Vista ones, see what you think. BTW same deal applies: these questions were written for the developer launch of Office and Vista...
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    Vista Quiz - The Answers

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    Following on from my earlier post re the Vista quiz we ran 12 months ago, here are the answers. A few caveats: As I mentioned previously these questions were devised 12 months ago, and the answers were written as at Jan 2007, so read them with that in...
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    The Vista Quiz

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    Those of you who have been reading this blog for a while will remember that just about 1 year ago we were gearing up for the UK developer launch of Vista and Office 2007. It was an interesting time for us who were involved with the event. While there...
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    Eye-Fi?

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    Angus has been shouting loudly about Eye-Fi - and I have to admit it does look pretty cool. Take a look at his blog post for full details, but essentially this is a small piece of hardware (a card) that can automatically transfer pictures from your digital...
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    Getting a head start on attending the UK 2008 launch event

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    My Colleague the Moth has posted a blog entry that gives you a link to pre-register for the UK 2008 launch event for Windows Server 2008, SQL Server 2008 and Visual Studio 2008. It will be a popular event so if you're interested in attending I'd recommend...
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    7 years of Hotmail

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    According to my account summary page I'm at my 7 year anniversary as a user of Hotmail - I first registered way back in December 2000. So I feel like I'm an old hand but I bet there are plenty of people who have been with Hotmail longer. Who can beat...
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    Microsoft buys Multimap

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    This is great news: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2007/12/13/cnmsoft113.xml If you haven't used www.multimap.com take a look. I love the way their service has been implemented and their maps on London in particular are excellent...
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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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    Windows Live Developer Tools add-on and Visual Studio 2008

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    As you know, Visual Studio 2008 is now released and some of you may be wondering whether the add-on for Windows Live development works with the released version of VS2008. The short answer is yes, although there is one small tweak to the web config file...
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    Under the covers of the Windows Live QuickApps

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    I have mentioned the Windows Live QuickApps previously as I feel they're a really good way to get hold of operational source code of real working web applications to use in your own development projects. However it can be difficult for the uninitiated...
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    Visual Studio 2008 RTM now on MSDN subscriber downloads

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    In case you didn't see this elsewhere, if you're an MSDN subscriber you can download Visual Studio 2008 right away. And .NET 3.5 of course. All very cool. While there are a whole host of new features (and the Moth's blog is a great place to read about...
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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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    A New Job

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    Well the time has come for me to move on to something new. I'm still going to be working for Microsoft but I have been really fortunate to be accepted for a new role as the Windows Live Commercial Lead for the UK. What does this mean? There's a really...
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    Want to learn more about Windows Live?

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    For a developer, Windows Live offers a huge amount of potential, particularly for taking advantage of the success we've had with Hotmail and Messenger contacts (billions of records), and Windows Live Spaces. Plus the terrific service from Silverlight...
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    Silverlight Streaming plug-in for Expression Encoder

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    We have just released a plug-in for Expression Encoder that makes it child's play to publish videos to your Silverlight Streaming account. What does this actually mean? The answer depends on what you know: For people who already know what Silverlight...
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    Cool things you should know about Windows Live #5 - SkyDrive

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    What is it? I have blogged about SkyDrive before but I'd like to include it in this series for completeness. So what is it? Think of it as a USB stick on the web. It's 1GB of free storage that you can use however you like - but generally I find it really...
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