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In this issue: Thiago Felix, Thomas Kirchmair, Ken Cox, Jeff Paries, Daniel Crenna, Bryant Likes, Mike Snow(2), David Anson, and Chris Carper. From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight Screencast - Amazon - Part 3 Thiago Felix sent me this link about part 3 of his Silverlight Screencasts on "developing a silverlight application that use amazon webservice"... if you're having trouble understanding the webcast, don't bother with more coffee... it's in Portuguese :) .. thanks Thiago! The invisible Silverlight ...
In this issue: John Stockton, Adam Kinney, Koen Zwikstra, Matthias Shapiro, Swiss MSDN Team Blog, Jordan Knight, Scott Barnes, Tim Heuer(2), and Mike Snow. Shoutouts: Terence Tsang suggests Let’s Join Mix 09 - 10K challenge!!... can't wait to see his entry :) Laurence Moroney is plugging MIX09: MIX09 – Why YOU should be there., and Adam Kinney says there will be another discount available tomorrow! From SilverlightCream.com: CodePlex, now with Silverlight John Stockton pinged me on his new post about ...
\In this issue: Boyan Mihaylov, Thiago Felix, Bart Czernicki, Daomon Payne, Nigel Sampson, Jeff Weber, Tim Heueer, Arturo Toledo, John Papa, and Jesse Liberty. Shoutouts: I've got posts queud up from Jonathan van de Veen, Anna Wrochna, and Andy Beaulieu, but either I screwed up loading things into Thumbtack this morning, or it needs a little more help because instead of retaining the original post locations, it retained the blog home. However, it might be me :) So... there WILL be a Cream 2 today. ...
/n software’s new Amazon Integrator toolkit is now available (it was just released today!) for software developers: Amazon Integrator V3 with EC2 & SimpleDB Now Shipping! Integrate popular Amazon Web Services, including S3, SQS, SimpleDB, AWS, and EC2 with your applications. All Editions Now Shipping: .NET, Java, C++, ActiveX, Delphi, & C++ Builder! Technorati Tags: Amazon, AWS, nsoftware ...
Just read a great post from Doug Ware on how to use Windows SharePoint Services (WSS) on Amazon EC2. This is a very compelling and cost effective solution. Once SharePoint Services are publically available in the Windows Azure Platform, I’m guessing Doug will consider a move. Awesome how-to Doug! Here’s the link to Doug’s original post: Windows SharePoint Services on Amazon EC2 Windows SharePoint Services on Amazon EC2 - eLumenotion Blog Thanks for checking out this post! Cheers, Murray Gordon ISV ...
The new NetCmdlets v2 and PowerShell Server v2 are now available! NEW: NetCmdlets V2 and PowerShell Server V2 NetCmdlets V2 is packed full of exciting new features including Parameter Sets, Object Pipelining, and new Cmdlets for SSH connectivity and Amazon Web Services (S3) Integration PowerShell Server instantly enables Windows desktops and servers with an SSH secured PowerShell host entrypoint. Try out the new featues in NetCmdlets V2 and PowerShell Server: download a 30-day trial! If you are already ...
It's true, I'm a Gmail junkie. I've been using Gmail pretty much since the first week it was available. I don't know what I'd do without it. In addition to email, I use it as a massive filing cabinet for all kinds of stuff I just never know if I might need or not... it's always accessible and whatever I stuck in it, I can find with just a quick search term or two. Lately, they added a couple of new features worth mentioning. 1) SMS chat in gTalk is pretty cool, though I don't text nearly as much ...
Pardon my lack of posts of late…I am now the author of Redmond Developer News’ Redmond Review column, and I’ve been grappling with how to write the column and keep posting here. I’ll ask you to continue bearing with me. While the column will focus on strategy and analysis for working with Microsoft and its stack, there are still plenty of topics that don’t fit there and do fit here. Here’s on such topic: Windows Home Server (WHS), and the quiet release, back in June, of Power Pack 1. Before the release ...
Come and share the holidays with ISESat our annual “Jingle Mingle” celebration event.Skyway Classic Events and Aarcee Classic Events will be hosting the event at their Bloomington location and are looking forward to having an opportunity to share their excitement about the merger of Aarcee, Skyway and Classic Events. You will find out about the merger, have a chance to peruse their newly expanded Bloomington showroom and then it’s on to a party tent with incredible food and beverages as well as dancing ...
In this issue: Andrew Myhre, Silverlight Girl, webgui, Tim Greenfield, Shawn Wildermuth, Manish Dalal, Arturo Toledo, Ruurd Boeke, Joel Neubeck, Ning Zhang, and Chris Hay. Yikes... another 12 today! From SilverlightCream.com: Digital Wall - redux Andrew Myhre sent me an email about this app this morning, and I have to admit I didn't 'get it' at first ... but after some reading on his site, this is pretty darn cool.. you log in, and draw on top of whatever is there already, and you're seeing a display ...
Those of you who know me know that I am a big proponent of code style and standards. One of the best resources I have found for documenting a clear and thorough set of code standards is the Framework Design Guidelines book by Brad and Krzysztof. The book was recently updated for the new language features in the .NET Framework 3.0 and 3.5 releases. Some of the existing guidelines have been expanded with new annotations and more detail, and new guidance covering such features as extension methods and ...
I was talking with Phil Haack via facebook status comments regarding Phil’s picture for the upcoming ASP.NET MVC book being published by Wrox (which you can buy at amazon here, at amazon.ca here, or at your local bookstore…no link provided for that). Phil was commenting about some aspects of his picture, and I began to type “Well at least you don’t look like that guy on the en…” and then…I stopped…that couldn’t be…BUT IT WAS: Rob Conery. But what was it that caused me such grief and pain at the sight ...
I have been free of my monstrous cable tv bill for many months now, and I love it! Woooo! A while back I posted about how I want to get revenge on Cable companies by helping as many people as I can kill their cable service in favor of free HD tv over the air and over the Internet. You can read about that here. There are other “free TV” guides on the Internet – but they suck because they are too generic, too technical, or not technical enough. Hopefully this one doesn’t suck. Let me know if you have ...
** WARNING: You can not mount this via VESA out of the box like the announcements describe, a special part must be ordered ** Now that I have my warning out of the way, Michelle purchased a HP TouchSmart IQ816 for the house so we could hang it on the wall so we could easily interact with the machine to leave notes, add calendar events, review pictures, and watch Blue-ray movies. I have to coolest wife, I know… The machine arrived yesterday and man is it big. I would see why you would not want to ...
I'm at PDC, and glad I am as well. First, I need to thank the geeks with blogs people for the AWESOME t-shirt. Well done. The site looks great. Second, this whole cloud thing that you're reading about, if you're not here, is pretty cool. I agree with MS, this will be the big thing of the future. I just wish we knew what they were thinking for cost. Microsoft Azure will be a big deal. They've spent over two years of development on it, torn apart SQL server to make it happen, and are running some of ...
Ray Ozzie, chief architect at Microsoft, opened the keynote. Here are my random notes: Ray thanked everyone for coming to the event and stressed how important we all are in Microsoft's success. He then stressed his work as an ISV in the past and how he also sat in the audience like we are today. PDC is about Microsoft's take on the revolutions happening in the world. It is about combining the best aspects of combining software along with the best aspects of services. Tomorrow Ray will talk on stage ...

Note: The Wireless network at the keynote failed miserably, so this will be posted with a delay.

Ray Ozzie talks about the future of software and Microsoft's take on new software foundations. Mobile platforms increasling important. New software and activation codes for new services will be made available.

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Now that the book is finished writing, reality is catching up with me and I am finally able to work on the backlog of ideas and projects that has accumulated in the last months. Time to give an update of stuff I do or will do soon.

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The last half of this year is being completely focused on cloud computing. Microsoft is focusing a lot of attention in this space and are focusing on setting up development centers around the world to assist customers in hosting logic and data centrally in the cloud to make use of for your global applications. It really is the next step in expansion of the Internet and is something that will be greatly adopted by organizations all over the world. There are some tricky areas that still have to be ...
Phillydotnet.org 3rd code camp for 2008 will be held at the DeVry University campus in Fort Washington, PA on Saturday, October 11 from 8:30-5:00. Please register on our web site.-->Detailed directions are on the DeVry web site. sold out. There will be another Code Camp in May.--> Lots of code, just say no to slides! 8 hours 50 sessions (8:30, 10:00, 12:30, 2:00, 3:30) 10 tracks including new IT Infrastructure and Enterprise 500 seats with tables (laptops welcome) Free breakfast, lunch, and afternoon ...
In my last post I described AWSLink, my bookmarklet for generating Amazon Associates product links.  It helps if I provide a link to AWSLink, huh?  Here it is!
The Architecture and Integration Summit hosted by the University of Minnesota and the Integration Consortium is coming soon. October 29th is a pre-conference tutorial day while October 30th is the main event with keynote presentations, track presentations, a panel debate on SOA versus REST, and a cocktail reception hosted by event sponsors – all at the McNamara Alumni Center. While Roy Fielding may not have invented the World Wide Web, he is in fact one of its chief architects and is the opening ...
I don’t know if there is already an easy way to do this that I just don’t know about, or what…but it sure seems like there should be. I always find it a pain in the ass to create Amazon Associates links – I’ve always had to go to their website, click “Build Links”, click “Text Links’, paste in the URL to the product page, etc. Annoying. The URL isn’t that difficult to build, so I just created a little bookmarklet that will do it for me. You can use it with your own Amazon Associates tag if you like. ...
I am currently attending a workshop for Siemens in Chicago's suburb, and also staying for the weekend. In fact it feels pretty weird because for the first time since a year, I don't feel the pressure of "must write" on my shoulders, and I can actually spend some time thinking of something else than Silverlight 2 Unleashed... Which is why I am now writing a book about Silverlight 2 Unleashed (available on pre-order at Amazon and to be published really soon :) Read the rest of this entry » ...
My editor at Sams (hey Neil :)) and I decided to convert the book I am almost done writing into an Unleashed. There are multiple reasons for that, the most important being that the book addresses multiple audiences, and has a broad range of coverage, which is typical of the Unleashed series. The content goes enough in depth (according to Neil) to be placed in the Unleashed series. Read the rest of this entry » ...
Hearing both of these guys (Paul Nielsen and Louis Davidson) together was awesome (another DevLink Nashville plug). They share common views, but also differ on a few things which was really nice to hear. Even the experts have their own ideas which leaves room for us common folk. No absolutes, lots of grey or gray depending on which side of the pond you find yourself (someone's commentary here). A few items that I knew were bad are cursors among others. I liked the bantering of normalization pros/cons ...
Ever since I read about the official release of Photosynth, I couldnt wait to get home and get my hands on photosynth. I have looked at the beta site 6 months ago and have been wanting to see it live, hence the urge. Got to my home, picked up the digital camera, powered it on, storage full message. Aargs... Pam(my wife) has filled the 1 GB memory card with pictures. She was getting out, so I had to clean up the memory card, backing up all the image to my computer and finally picked up the camera ...
I’ve always had excellent service from Amazon, and Amazon MP3 is no different. Last week I blogged about how I purchased the new Rehab album from Amazon MP3. It turns out I accidently bought the censored version, which is annoying to me. So given Amazon’s uniquely amazing customer service, I decided to email them and ask if I could download the explicit version of the album without having to re-purchase it. No more than 2 hours later I had a response: a refund is being issued for my mistaken purchase. ...
i told my current boss to buy this book, because it looked to be the only SharePoint Search book on Amazon. It covers the basics, such as setting up content sources, crawling, adding scopes, etc... Honestly, I know a lot of that stuff from experimentation and working with SPS 2003. I didn't really care so much for anything, but Chapter 8. To be honest I am not a book reader. I am a book skimmer. I pretty much go into the index or the Table of Contents and get to the pieces that I need for the task ...
My buddy James and me were discussing Amazon’s Kindle today at lunch. To us, its such an appealing product, but the price is just too high. But…I noticed today that if you sign up for the Amazon Rewards Visa Card you get $100 off - Amazon Kindle for only $259. I didn’t click over and buy one yet, I’m going to think it over a bit instead. I really want one… Hmm.. Who has one of these already and how much do you love it? Technorati Tags: Amazon Kindle ...
Dear RIAA, Please address your thank-you note to Pandora Radio. Pandora is where I was able to listen to a bunch of songs by Rehab, and where I then proceeded to purchase the Rehab album "Graffiti The World" (through Amazon MP3 of course, where I purchase all my DRM free music). Matt Miller brought it to my attention that Pandora may be on the way out because our the members of the Copyright Royalty Board have their eyes wide shut (just to be a little bit overly dramatic, there is no doubt in my ...
Time to cap off the week with another interview. I spent some time with Jim at TechEd (Developers) 2008 and was quite impressed with not only his VB knowledge, but also his enthusiasm for sharing it. If you've ever worked with LINQ, you've probably been to his website (www.thinqlinq.com) at some point. So without further introduction on my part, I give you NINE Questions with Jim Wooley... 1. Where are you from? I've been living around Atlanta, GA for the last 9 years. Most of my formative years ...
Mark Monster on Networking, Rich Griffen on Tweening and Baby Smash, Matt Perdick using WrapPanel, Bart Czernicki on SL and Multi-touch panels, Corinna Barber with 3 videos on Designer/Developer, Dan Wahlin on layouts, Laurence Moroney's SL2 book is out, and Bill Reiss on developing games for SL and XNA, and a SL Game contest. I didn't get this out on Wednesday because I was doing a presentation for a bigshot from my client's East Coast office, and oh... he didn't show, and he didn't call, and he ...
I’ve finished reading a fantastic book by Christine Comaford-Lynch called Rules for Renegades. I cannot recommend it highly enough, especially if you’re a) Currently self employed, whether recently or have been for a while b) Frustrated in your current employment and are struggling to find peace c) Consider yourself happily employed in your current environment So basically I’m recommending it to anyone, because the book is not your typical Donald Trump style “kill them all and plunder their town” ...
Corrina Barber updated Red & Black skins, Mike Snow on Isolated Storage, Tim Heuer on S3 and SL2B2 and making Video Encoder Templates, Azret Botash with IM/Chat client and server, Emil Stoychev with Pivot Table, Bart Czernicki Master Series, Part 1, and Alex Golesh: Isolated Storage, StringToPathGeometry Converter, Init Params, Communication between two objects, Treeview Control and reflecting ScriptObject content. I want to point out to all the bloggers that there's a new blog-scraper in town. ...
Michael Washington on SL Security, Jesse LIberty on Styles & Templates, Koen Zwikstra on Tweening, Pete Brown on sizing SL, Peter Bromberg Part III of Data, and Tim Heuer on SL and S3. Nothing obvious to do with Silverlight, but this looks to be a great FREE eBook by Karl Seguin. Exceptionally well-done considering it's being given away, thanks Karl! Jesse Liberty has adjusted his Live From Redmond schedule... take note and take part! Updated 7/7/2008 to correct the spelling on Koen Zwikstra's ...
I came across the "ADO .NET Entity Framework Vote of No Confidence" at http://efvote.wufoo.com/for... today and thought this was something worth commenting on. Background I happen to find out about this petition in my regular read of "Never In Doubt", Ward Bell from IdeaBlade's blog. Ward Bell is, in my opinion, one of the leading experts in Object Relational Mapping and the Entity Framework. I have summarized some key information from him and the other ...
I checked out a few applications that claimed to be able to convert Audible's crappy DRM'd .aa files to .mp3. All of them failed (for me at least), except one: Total Audio Converter from coolutils.com. For a well spent $19.99 I am now able to automatically convert my Audible downloads to a format (mp3) in which they will work on my cell phone and my mp3 player, neither of which are otherwise supported by Audible. Woohoo! Now if only Amazon would provide direct MP3 downloads for Audible books (where ...
The amazon.com web site has been unavailable since around 11:20 am PST with a "Http/1.1 Service Unavailable" message and nothing else. It is possible to access the site through https://www.amazon.com, but not through http. Were they hacked or attacked or sabotaged? In this day and age of redundant hardware it is hard to believe that an Amazon would suffer such a massive failure. Interestingly, the stock price took an immediate hit as well with a 3.85% decline since the outage started. It will be ...
I still haven't found a very convenient way to listen to Audible books. I don't want to go out and buy a new phone or a new mp3 player just so that it will work with Audible's unnecessary restrictions. Burning to CD's is a bad option because at a minimum of 14+ cd's per book, its just wasteful. CDRW's are out because the cd player in my car can't read them. Audible's software players are decent, but they are only supported on the desktop (I don't want to listen to books on my desktop) and specific ...
There's a project and it needs your input. There doesn't seem to be a "Geekus Con Livus, Agile Evangelist Reading List" and there needs to be. Also, about a year ago I had a thought for a way for a group of people to quickly and easily generate a reading list. I call it "The Reading List Game"(tm) [Tell your friends you heard it from Malcolm] Hmmmm, maybe these 2 ideas could be put together and I wouldn't have to do any real work, while at the same time, letting a ton of people show everyone else ...
Right after Google Spreadsheets came out, I got a ton of downloads from a little class library I wrote for interacting with it over HTTP. Problem is, Google didn't provide a true API - the solution was to use HTTP to manually perform the gets and posts required to manage each spreadsheet. Now its much easier thanks to RSSBus! Here is a sample Google spreadsheet, it looks like this: A B C D 1 Name Hours Items IPM 2 Bingley 10 2 0.0033 3 Captain Carter 200 75360 6.28 4 Dawson 200 100000 8.3333 5 Colonel ...
You've mastered web forms and controls. You've prototyped a Silverlight 2.0 application. AJAX? You're all over it. But have you really learned how to design a good web page or web site? Steve Krug's "Common Sense Approach to Web Usability" provides surprising and sometimes counterintuitive principles that every good website must follow. Krug preaches the importance of removing clutter in order to make the purpose and functionality of a site (or page) clear--and happily, he practices what he preaches ...
I blogged yesterday about the fantastic deals available on the Amazon.Com website. Chris posted recently about how you can get the same great price in Europe for the ASP.NET 3.5 book. Well I wanted to let all my Canadian peeps know that even though our dollar is on par or close to with the US, Amazon Canada is offering the same book to us for the steal price of $37.79! Thanks a lot Amazon.ca! D ...
Tonight I traveled for 3 hours (roughly 300 kms) to attend the DevEast meeting in Moncton, NB. And in my mind it was worth it. In the most unusual place I've ever sat and listened to a presentation, I joined 8 others at AJs Pizza Place to listen to Derek Hatchard run through two presentations that's he's planning to give at DevTeach Toronto next week. Leveraging the Amazon Platform Covered the various types of services that Amazon has made available. Derek talked about S3 (Simple Storage Service) ...
Bill and some others have posted about noticing their book on Amazon was selling for $16.00. Turns out that Amazon is having a huge sale on a bunch of tech books, some with pretty significant savings! You can check out the entire list here. D ...
I just started using Windows Live Writer to update my blogs*. I'm thoroughly impressed with what I see, both from the practical sense and just how much cool seems to surround this thing. 1) My Apartment Building, Washington, DC Software+Services is Microsoft's answer to the debate about where the future of computing is going in the near future. My take on what this means is a badass WinForms interface with a sexy back-end built around some Web 2.0-ish stuff. That's the technical explanation. Live ...
Introduction In this post I would like to share my experiences about creating and maintaining a web site for a Wroclaw .NET User Group and platforms that can use to create such web site. Hope that some of my thoughts will be useful for someone who is active member of any community group. I am a leader of Wroclaw .NET User Group since November last year. Since then Wroclaw .NET User Group grows quite quickly and we have more and more needs and expectations how our web site should look like. Currently ...
Microsoft Data Platform Rich data services from SQL Server Using of course SOAP REST and APP within SQL Server SSDS. Live contacts has ADO.NET Connections... SYNC Framework synchronize contacts between endpoints. pulling or GET from url into xml or web service. Metadata file with Vcard info. No invoke needed within browser just service on box? SQL Server Data Services: Application Agility Scales without limits Business Ready SLA Scalable or downgradable to 2005 or 2000? SQL Server Data Services Layers: ...
I copied a bunch of movies on to my blackberry using Media Studio for Blackberry. I have a 2 gb card in it, so I can fit 4 movies at high quality. I had this great idea. I found a female to USB Female A To USB Mini Male B 5 Pin Adapter on Amazon for $6, and I thought I would be able to store additional movies on my thumb drive and copy them to and from my blackberry without having to connect it to my laptop. Sound perfect, doesn't it. Unfornately the USB Drive isn't "plug and play" on my blackberry. ...