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January 2010 - Posts

  • Thu

    Has the worm turned on Apple?

                      Some pics from yesterday a) protest outside Apple’s venue, b) users hope vs reality, c) Rock is really under-rated lately For some very odd reason, known only to my deep subconscious, whenever any one says ‘iPad’ I want to shout ‘Me Tarzan’. I wonder what Steve Jobs is thinking looking at this lot? ‘Aaaaah-aaouaaouaaouaaaaah, Tantor beg!’ Ok, after that frivolity, I am a tablet fan. I have had several and found them in slate mode to be...
  • Thu

    Hitler is informed of the iPad

    This is brilliant, LMAO. Please be warned of bad language :-) And with regards to the HP Slate – I still have two of their originals, they worked well, but reinvented with the modern CPU options now – they’re going to rock!  
  • Mon

    Poll: UK MSDN Flash 27th Jan

    This poll is offered to subscribers of the UK MSDN Flash newsletter. If you’re not receiving the newsletter sign up here !
  • Thu

    The UK Gov does a me too on sharing data, but bigger than US

    This article on TechCrunch Europe really got me excited, so I jumped over to the UK site immediately. Although still running the site is clearly getting pounded as perf sucks. However, this move can only serve to increase the volume of mobile applications as back room devs across the land look for a ‘fast buck’ opportunity. However, I also worry about the back room devs in other lands which look to make a dishonest buck from us too. Close the ‘windows and bolt the doors’ – personally informed phishing...
  • Thu

    Windows Phone @ Mix10

    Last year at the PDC, we had Ray Ozzie and Kurt DelBene tell us we’d hear more of Windows Phone at Mix 10. However, until last night we hadn’t seen anything on the Mix site itself. Finally, the Mix 10 News feed confirmed Windows Phone will be at Mix 10 . Just in case you still don’t have your ticket, early bird registration offer finished on the 7th Feb. Now we can get this party started :-p
  • Mon

    Publishing video via Windows Azure

    If you haven’t heard Windows Azure is LIVE! I’ve just sign-up a full account my MSDN Subscription  using the offer which gives me 8 months of free usage at pretty reasonable levels. The thing I’ve wanted to do the most is get videos from my old and now redundant Silverlight Streaming account published on Windows Azure. David Sayed has documented how to do this in a series of blog posts. While working through these posts, I discovered a couple of new plug-ins to download for Live Writer and Expression...
  • Mon

    Video: UK MSDN 13th Jan 2010

  • Fri

    Poll: UK MSDN Flash 13th Jan 2010

    This poll is offered to subscribers of the UK MSDN Flash newsletter. If you’re not receiving the newsletter sign up here !
  • Thu

    CES: I want one of these

    SteveB and Robbie Bach kicked off CES this year with a keynote packed with cool technology. See the keynote here . My first highlights: Project Natal – due to be with us Christmas 2010! The revival of the Tablet PC – HP repeats its past tablet success with a new cute tablet taking advantage of all the features of Windows 7. I WANT ONE OF THESE. Here are some pics courtesy of Gizmodo :
  • Wed

    Sharepoint 2010 Beta Developer Training Kit

    A quick shout out for the Sharepoint 2010 Beta Developer Training Kit. It is a really useful addition to resources for us developers new to or less familiar with SharePoint. Complete with video presentations links to Channel 9 content and local hands on lab exercises, it quickly highlights the key technologies and techniques you need to understand for working successfully with SharePoint 2010. You can download the training kit from here . Well done to my Developer & Platform Evangelism colleagues...
  • Wed

    Wiimote XNA games

    Just before the festive holidays I signed up to support Microsoft Research Cambridge with a technology show for local school leavers. Called ‘Think Computer Science’ it was an awesome event with both Andrew Herbert and Chris Bishop speaking. Andrew shared some great anecdotes from his many years in the computer industry (I didn’t know the Tornado on board computer was so big and underwhelming), and Chris made lots of load bangs while blowing up or setting light to things – all to show the potential...
  • Wed

    SharePoint 2010 on Windows 7 x64

    I’m just completing the installation of a standalone development environment for SharePoint 2010 Beta on my Windows 7 x64 netbook. There are a few gotchas to doing this which I wanted to share with you, it turns out that they are all well documented by the SharePoint team but finding them is always easier if someone pulls together the reading list first. The most comprehensive documentation is by Jie Li: http://blogs.msdn.com/opal/archive/2009/11/16/installation-notice-for-sharepoint-2010-public...
  • Tue

    To kill a mobile OS

    Way back in the last millennium, when I was previously focused on Mobile phone application development a representative from Nokia came to one of my Tech Ed Chalk and Talk sessions to discuss the Armageddon scenario of a virus targeted at a single mobile phone OS. His nightmare was conceived around the idea that mobile operators would ‘instantly’ turn off network access to any device that used the targeted OS and how such action would effectively take that mobile phone producer out of business. It...
  • Tue

    Windows 7: Building your own sensors

    Windows 7 has a built in sensor and location platform, the key feature of this is any sensor devices connected to it become operating system level resources which any number of applications can utilise the data from. Up until now, sensor devices (like GPS) were ‘owned’ by the first application to grab them, and prevented any other application from accessing the device while running. That has all changed in Windows 7, but we are still waiting for sensor manufactures to update their drivers to fit...
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