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    Windows Live Messenger Add-ins beta feature for developers

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    Windows Live Messenger beta is now available for anyone to download and install, a public beta rather than a private beta. In our continued effort to empower developers interested creating components for customizing Windows Live Messenger 8.0 via the...
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    Plans for improving live.com and lessons learned

    Rick Strahl blogged yesterday Live.com – I don't get it with good observations about performance and usability of live.com , as well as asking about what the goals are for the site itself. I read the blog post today and then forwarded it to people working...
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    Searching on "Windows Live" using Windows Live Search

    There is a bunch of cool and useful new functionality on live.com , the Windows Live home page for Search, gadgets, and more. For some quick examples: Search Web for "Windows Live" General web search results on "Windows Live". Search News for "Windows...
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    Microsoft's Experimentation Platform for Windows Live

    Yesterday, Ronny Kohavi (a general manager in Windows Live division) created a new web site at http://exp-platform.com/ . The Experimentation Platform will enable product groups at Microsoft and developers using Windows Live to innovate using controlled...
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    Rock stars continue to join the Windows Live band

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    In 1988, I went to a Monsters of Rock concert at the L.A. Coliseum with headlining bands like Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica (my three favorite hard rock bands). Nearly 100,000 people where rockin'. In the spirit of an all-star rock concert, I want to...
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    Enduring adventures to Antarctica and Microsoft

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    I was inspired to blog this entry based on a comment posted by Danny Thorpe on my recent blog post I made about Shackleton's adventure story in Antarctica, where he commented: If you have a yen for travel, it's possible to retrace Shackleton's steps...
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    Rick Steves' travel site, center, and podcast show

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    I'm a big fan of Rick Steve's guidebooks and travel gear . I've been fortunate enough to visit Europe 14 times over the past 10 years speaking at various developer conferences and events. If you plan to travel to Europe, check out the various books, maps...
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    Slides from Windows Live Platform sessions at Mix06

    PowerPoint slide decks from all Windows Live (7 total) sessions from Mix06 are online at the links below. On demand videos of all Mix06 sessions will be going online soon. The Windows Live Platform: Build Applications That Have Access to 400 Million...
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    RSS subscribers include the reader, the addict, and the pack-rat

    As more people start creating blogs and more web sites that distribute new content provide RSS (and Atom) feeds, there is more and more opportunity to subscribe to content using some type of feed reader. I've been using the NewsGator add-in for Outlook...
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    Windows Live Messenger beta, blog, and business opportunities

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    Windows Live Messenger is name of the next version of MSN Messenger. I started using the Windows Live Messenger beta recently, some cool new features have been added. You can Get the Windows Live Messenger beta and have real-time text, video and voice...
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    Whos On First is a home run

    Notice there is no question mark after the title Who's On First . In 1945, comic actors Bud Abbott and Lou Costello performed a classic 5 minute baseball humor routine called Who's On First. Now over 60 years old, it still holds up as hilarious. In 1999...
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    Endurance and leadership of Sir Ernest Shackleton

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    I created a new category on my blog here called Movies/Music to blog. Probably my favorite category of movies is true stories and documentaries. I was inspired to blog on the topic of movies/DVDs on the topic of Sir Ernest Shackleton when I recently listened...
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    Using the SanDisk Ultra II SD PLUS as a portable flash memory drive

    I use a SanDisk 1GB Ultra II SD PLUS Flash memory card as a portable flash drive. The price of the 1GB card has dropped down to only $67 at B&H Photo-Video . A 2GB version will be available soon, see SanDisk Doubles Capacity of Innovative USB-Flash...
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    Using GSM codes with GSM mobile phones

    This list of GSM codes for mobile phones that use GSM includes some great information for controlling many service settings. Many phones allow you to globally enable or disable outgoing caller ID, but most do not allow you to disable outgoing caller ID...
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    Very cool illusion

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    This very cool illusion from an animated set of images shows how complex the relationship is between the eyes and the brain. If your eyes follow the movement of the rotating pink dot, you will only see one color, pink. If you stare at the black...
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    Seattle Times: Microsoft "Hack Day" is creative play at work

    On Thursday April 6th, the Ideas Factory team in the Windows Live division at Microsoft hosted a 6 hour (3pm-9pm) Hack Day event. Details from the event were covered by Seattle Times technology reporter Kim Peterson in an article Microsoft "Hack Day"...
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    01:02:03 04/05/06, Pacific Time

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    The time/date is... 1,2,3,4,5,6. I'm posting this entry at 3 seconds after 1:02am on April 5th, 2006 - 1:02:03 4/5/06 . For those in Europe and other parts of the world who format dates using day/month/year , they can post look forward to this once in...
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    Tim O'Reilly on Web 2.0 and TWiT.tv podcast on mashups

    What Is Web 2.0 by Tim O'Reilly Article: Design Patterns and Business Models for the Next Generation of Software (5 pages). Inside the Net 13: Web Mashups on TWiT.tv Podcast: Takes a look at one of the coolest new phenomena to hit the net: web mashups...
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    MSDN Enhanced Search and Community Server Search

    I was browsing http://blogs.msdn.com/ scanning various blog posts on MSDN Blogs and found a blog entry by Buck Hodges's about enhanced msdn.com search . Buck's blog entry linked to http://lab.msdn.com/search/ which allows searching the following directly...
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    Behind the camera on Channel 9, take 2

    Since my blog post Behind the camera on Channel 9 last November, I have been behind the camera on Channel 9 for three video interviews with Visual Studio 2005 team members before I moved to the Windows Live Platform team in late February: Cameron Slade...
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    Mashups in a Web 2.0 World

    There are two interesting and recently evolving wiki documents on Wikipedia.org : Web 2.0 and Mashups , both are related to each other. From the Web 2.0 wiki document: Web 2.0 generally refers to a second generation of services available on the...
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    MIX 06 keynote video and other conversations

    You can view the entire MIX 06 keynote session video stream at Bill Gates Webcasts . In part of the keynote session, Tim O'Reilly interviewed Bill Gates on stage. This is a great energetic and informative interview, a good follow-up video interview from...
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    From Virtual Earth to the Moon

    The opening gambit slide in Brian Arbogast's session at MIX 06 on the Windows Live Platform was: Opening Windows Live services to create shared opportunity for developers and businesses. Later this week I'll continue to post more details from the Windows...
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    Windows Live Developer Center launches on msdn.com

    The Windows Live Developer Center on msdn.com launched Monday. Tip: Just enter msdn.com/live in the web browser address field as a short cut if you don't have it set as a link favorite. The Windows Live developer center site will be updated regularly...
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    Demo script for Mix06 Messenger bot at MIX 06

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    I read Doug Seven's blog entry about the Windows Live Platform session Monday at MIX06 where he includes "The coolest part of the session was the demonstration of Windows Live Messenger Bots (which also work with MSN Messenger). You can test out the Mix06...
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