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Technical Blog of J. Michael Palermo IV

September, 2013

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    Bring Your Ideas to Life!


    imageDo you have an idea so brilliant, it keeps you up at night? Developers & startups, BizSpark can help.  The Microsoft® BizSpark® program is free and helps your software development ideas come to life. You will have access to software development tools, be provided connections with key industry players, and gain marketing visibility. The program also includes access to Windows Azure, a powerful cloud platform for the creation of web applications and services. As a BizSpark member, you can also get a one-time, 12-month developer account to the Windows Phone Dev Center, and more. 

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    Power Window Repair


    I recently rolled down the driver-side window of my truck… and it would not come back up.  After trying repeatedly to get it to work again (failing each time), I started thinking “What is the bill going to be for this nuisance?”

    I asked some of my friends in the Phoenix area if they ever had this type of problem with the power window no longer working.  Those who replied also shared the sticker shock of the repair price – anywhere from $300 to $700.

    Determined not to spend that much, I binged ‘power window repair’ and started researching.  I was intrigued by the following:


    Only $99 for the repair?  Seemed too good to be true.  I looked up the Power Window Repair on Yelp and read the reviews. Because the reviews were great and recent, I called the company.  I got a voicemail and left my contact information.  Within a couple hours I got a call back from a nice lady who asked me details about my situation.  She quoted me a price on the phone ($129 all taxes included) to repair my window.  We made an appointment for the next day.  The repair would be done at my location.

    Paul arrived on time and had my window fixed in under 30 minutes!  With no surprises with the repair bill, I gladly paid the $129!

    What is the point of this story?  It demonstrated a true “win-win” for all parties.  From an internet perspective, it reminded me of these things:

    • Research a repair on the internet, even if your friends have a connection for you.  Why not compare and validate?
    • When researching a company, strive to get a 3rd party opinion. When reading reviews, be cognizant of the dates.  Recent reviews weight higher than older reviews.
    • If you offer a service, how would you fare with the above?  Would potential customers find you?  What do your reviews look like?

    In closing, I want to thank Power Window Repair for such great service!  If you live in the greater Phoenix area and ever have a problem with your power window, this is the company to contact!

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    Windows Store Apps with HTML5–Refresh


    imageA full day of content has now extended the very popular “HTML5 for Windows 8 courses” available at the Microsoft Virtual Academy.  This new course builds on everything you’ve already learned about developing apps in these HTML5 courses: Developing Windows Store Apps with HTML5 Jump Start and Advanced Windows Store App Development Using HTML5 and JavaScript Jump Start. This fast-paced refresh course filled with real-world scenarios shows you how you can make your apps richer and more integrated, using the new features available in Windows 8.1. This course is targeted at anyone making apps or aspiring to make apps for the Windows 8 platform using HTML and JavaScript. It will help you prepare for Microsoft exams 70-481 and 70-482.

    [View course at Microsoft Virtual Academy]

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    DevRadio: Intro to Windows 8.1

    Michael Palermo kicks off Season Two of "Developing for Windows 8 in 1/2 the time" with an introduction to Windows 8.1 for developers.
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    2013 Oct 08 Azure Dev Camp


    Leave with code running in the cloud.

    imageJoin me for a free day of learning as Bret Stateham showcases the latest Windows Azure development tools and technologies. Hands-on labs will focus on: Windows Azure Websites and Virtual Machines Using ASP.NET & Microsoft SQL Server, and deploying Cloud Services in Windows Azure.

    Microsoft Office – 12th Floor
    60 E Rio Salado Parkway
    Suite 1200 Tempe Arizona 85281
    United States

    Starts: Tuesday, October 08, 2013 8:15 AM
    Ends: Tuesday, October 08, 2013 4:45 PM
    Time zone: (GMT-07:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada)


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    Gaming Engines for Windows 8


    imageI am thrilled to announce the availability of a new course at the Microsoft Virtual Academy for on-demand viewing – Gaming Engines for Windows 8! This course takes you through every aspect of developing games for Windows 8, from audience definition through product monetization. Discover the gaming engines that’ll ease the process, such as Construct2 by Scirra, GameMaker by YoYo Games, and Unity. The course is appropriate for beginning game developers and includes demos and lots of tips to help you make your venture a success.

    [View course at Microsoft Virtual Academy]

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    2013 Oct 10 IT Camp: Windows Azure


    azureJoin us at this FREE full-day hands-on event at the Microsoft location in Tempe, AZ (more details at 'Register' link below) to experience the power of Hybrid Cloud.  Technical Evangelist Chris Avis will guide you through the process of jumpstarting your knowledge on Windows Azure Storage, Virtual Machines and Virtual Networking for key IT Pro scenarios. Complete all of the hands-on labs and you'll walk away with a fully functional Windows Server 2012 cloud-based test lab running Windows Azure!

    Session Requirements:

    Be sure to bring a modern laptop that is capable of running the following prerequisites.

    • Modern operating system, including Windows 7, Windows 8, Linux or Mac OS X
    • Modern web browser supporting HTML5 and Javascript, including IE 9 or later, Chrome, Firefox and Safari
    • A remote desktop (RDP) client – included with Windows platforms. Mac and Linux RDP clients can be downloaded for free

    All participants registering for the event should have an active Windows Azure subscription. If you have not already done so, sign up for a FREE trial of the Windows Azure platform and services, including access to the Virtual Machines preview.


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