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    Screencast: How to Create a Screencast 1

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    After being asked several times how to create a screencast, I figured I'd just do a screencast of it and upload it to Silverlight Streaming.
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    Popfly Beta Today

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    Today, Steve Ballmer announced at the Web 2.0 Summit that Popfly has moved from closed alpha to open beta; we've lifted the invitation-only restriction and anyone with a Live ID can now browse to the site, create an account, and start building and embedding...
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    Web 2.0 Summit Kiosk Application

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    The Popfly team put together an application that aggregates news about the Web 2.0 Summit. If you go to Web2Summit's Twitter account and click "Follow," post your blog postings with a Technorati tag of Web2Summit and your Flickr photos with a Web2Summit...
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    Web 2.0 Summit Presentation Over

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    Evidently I had 75 minutes, not 45 minutes. 30 minutes of vamping. Technorati Tags: Web2Summit , Popfly
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    8:30AM Wednesday: Popfly Presentation at Web 2 Summit

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    I'm sitting here in San Francisco preparing myself for a presentation tomorrow morning at the Web 2.0 Summit . Ostensibly the presentation is on Microsoft's Software + Services In Action. I guess they asked me to do it because they decided "in action...
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    Social Networking is a Feature

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    In February, Om Malik wrote " Are Social Networks Just a Feature? " I didn't think much of it at the time, but as other posts started to appear such as Jon Udell's Critical mass and social network fatigue and Tim O'Reilly's Social Network Fatigue and...
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    We Bought a Pig

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    Yesterday, at the Pigs on Parade auction we purchased a pig. If you've spent any time around downtown Seattle you've probably seen one of these illustrious beasts hanging around looking porcine. If you haven't spent any time around downtown Seattle, suffice...
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    Brad Demoed Popfly

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    Brad Abrams demoed Popfly at ReMix Boston. It was in the context of explaining RIAs and Silverlight, but it's always nice to be called out as a cool example of something. Technorati Tags: Popfly , ReMix , Silverlight
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    Diminishing Returns

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    I read " Product Management is Politics " with some interest. James's post covers several areas that are perpetual (frustrating) truisms of product development, including the time-quality-features-people (pick two) dilemma. It got me to thinking about...
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    Can Marketing Learn from Development Teams?

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    About two years ago I decided to move from product marketing to a development team to ship something (at the time I was a bit vague on what exactly I'd be shipping, but it eventually clarified to become Popfly ). Crossing over opened my eyes to some cultural...
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    VS 2008 Beta 2 Express Editions

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    Available now along with the Coding4Fun Developer Kit . We've upgraded the Popfly team to using VSTS 2008 beta 2 as well. Technorati Tags: Visual Studio , Express
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    Preparing for the Popfly Town Hall

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    I've been preparing for the Popfly Town Hall meeting tomorrow and realized that we're going to be making some interesting announcements about Popfly . I'm not sure they're "news" in the sense that, say, Darryl Taft or Mary Jo Foley follows news, but to...
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    FAM, SteveB, and Popfly

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    According to one of the Popfly team members ( Sriram ), SteveB mentioned Popfly a few times during his financial analyst meeting presentation: “…Whether it's three guys in an office creating Popfly or a thousand people building the next version of Windows...
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    Popfly Town Hall

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    One of the things that Dan Fernandez has encouraged the Popfly team to do is what he calls a virtual town hall meeting -- basically a Live Meeting event where anyone can join in, see what we're up to, and ask questions. Well this Friday we're having another...
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    Stephen Shankland's Blog

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    My friend Stephen Shankland now has his own blog over at CNET covering open source software, digital photography, and science. Kind of an odd group of stuff, but all things he's both knowledgeable and passionate about. Technorati Tags: CNet , Stephen...
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    Latest Popfly Deployment

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    We've pushed our latest Popfly build to our production servers. This release includes a host of new features , but what I like most about it is that I can finally start to see what it's going to look like. And also with this release we deepened our integration...
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    Office Hijinks

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    You go away for a week and you get pwned. Office Hijinks Technorati Tags: office hijinks
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    Jury Duty in Kent

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    Like voting, jury duty is one of those low-effort ways of doing the right thing. For the second time in three years I've been called to jury duty. And for the second time in three years I've been summoned to Kent, about 30 miles from where I live in Seattle...
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    Spar Varnish...

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    ...is like painting with mucus. On the recommendation of a professional painter, my wife and I spent two days this week applying spar varnish to the ceiling of our front porch and the soffit around it. While the end result looks lovely, the actual overhead...
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    Coding Best Practice

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    Courtesy Smalltalk Tidbits : Technorati Tags: humor , coding
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    What "Vacation" Means During a Remodel

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    I took this week off from work. Or I should say, I took this week off from going to the office. So far, in addition to doing quite a bit of email (that's the right verb, isn't it -- one "does" email?) and attending one teleconference (during which I invoked...
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    Making Public Information Useful

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    Ever since Jon Udell blogged about Amazon and the local library back in 2002 and ChicagoCrime.org began to show public information could be made more useful, I've been thinking about how we enable a non-programmer to do things like this. Sites like this...
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    Windows Live Writer Updated

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    Nice improvements to Windows Live Writer with version 12.0.1183.516 : new menus, improved performance, inline spell checking, better category support, paste special, the ability to set publish dates, better previewing tools. This is a must-have. Technorati...
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    Not Well Met

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    I can't imagine what it's like to come back to Microsoft, write up something you thought was confidential , and have it make Slashdot and Mary Jo Foley. I wondered what was happening when I was forwarded the email (complete with names). Not good form...
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    PM-Dev Ratios

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    Last Saturday, Dare posted an entry about PM/Dev ratios that I commented on twice. It's unusual for me to comment on someone else's blog, but ever since a Slashdot article on Popfly's PM/Dev ratio I've been thinking about why people are giving us grief...
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