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Spending the day at the Emerging Business Showcase in Deerfield Beach, FL just north of Ft Lauderdale. It is put on each year by the Enterprise Development Corp. of South Florida (EDC) (http://www.edc-tech.org/) and strategically held just a few miles from my house and a block from my office, what planning! The purpose is really just to get a bunch of venture capital, angel investors, lawyers and bankers together and the highlight is 14 startups giving short (3 min) presentations / demos of their ...
Air Canada has announced that it will be offering Wi-Fi service on select flights to the US in Spring 2009. Partnering with AirCell and GoGo, this is a great addition to Canadian air travel offerings. Realistically, we won't see domestic flights having this technology for a while: the reason the US flights are the first to get it has to do with Aircell's network, which currently is in the US only. Eventually I would assume they'll set up a network in Canada but I would be surprised to see that before ...
My presentation "Virtualisation for developers" has been officially selected as the warm up act for Guy Smith-Ferrier at The Next Generation User Group in Birmingham on 12th February 2009. More seriously, many thanks to Guy for allowing me to join him in a double session on such a great topic. Here's the abstracts, Virtualisation For Developers with Liam Westley Not used virtualisation technology yet? As a developer, you are missing out on some great time saving technologies. Concentrating on the ...
Background Way back in March I posted about a custom GridView I was working on. Then in June, I said that I would be posting some guidelines "in the coming weeks". Needless to say, I've been busy with other things. I am hoping to provide some basic guidelines on how to customize a ASP.Net GridView. I am no expert. The experts build components for retail use. Also, I've taken a server-side approach to the problem which is perhaps a little outdated with AJAX technology available. In my case, I use ...
I'm finally happy to announce the upcoming St. Louis Day of .NET conference. As some of you may have seen in my recent blog postings, I recently got back from PDC in LA. Unfortunately not everyone gets that opportunity (and I haven't been to a conference since Tech-Ed in 2001 so I know the feeling :) So, as there are no great, easy to get to conference opportunities here in St. Louis and we do have a very active and growing community of .NET developers, myself and a few of my peers from other local ...
Don’t forget that our monthly meeting will take place this Wednesday, November 5. Details are below. To register check out our new Web site at www.nwaitp.org. We meet at the Outback Steakhouse on I-494 in Bloomington west of the Mall of America. Wednesday evening, November 5, 2008 Please note the date change! Topic: Re-inventing IT and the IT Professional For the past fifty years company owners and their executive teams have invested in information technology with the goal of making their organizations ...
In this issue: Joseph Ghassan, Bill Reiss, Jordan Knight, Jesse Liberty, Karen Corby, niravi, and Pete Brown. Bill Reiss reports that Silverlight Streaming updated to Silverlight 2 RTW (Finally), and he has his Stack Attack game running there. From SilverlightCream.com: Silverlight 2.0 Dependency Properties And Routed Events Joseph Ghassan sent me this extremely detailed blog post on Dependency Properties and Routed Events ... this is like a treatise on the subjects or something... I think that one ...
Oslo is a platform of technologies designed to help us create model driven applications. Currently Oslo is composed of 3 components; A language , a tool, and a database.
Theo and I have been good friends for years, and he's one of the more interesting (techie or otherwise) people I know, so it was a no-brainer to ask him to do this interview. He responded quickly and of course, I tucked it away and promptly forgot all about it... until now. So without any further delay, I give you this NINE Questions (the lost episodes) interview with Theo Moore: 1. Where are you from? Boy, that's a hard one to answer. I was raised in Florida, but I suppose the closest I've had to ...
I’ve just posted article reviewing the deliverables from the Microsoft Connected Systems Division (CSD) on BloggersGuides.net. The article gives a high level overview of the technology present on the image, and provides tips on getting the image running efficiently. The article is a complement to the webcast I posted on Tuesday. The article is here. The webcast is here ...
David Silverlight is the mastermind behind SEVERAL sites. To name a few: www.community-credit.com www.xmlpitstop.com (this is one I heard about recently) www.stupidcubicle.com www.nonprofitways.com David Silverlight is a geek which regards to programming and xml and yes, if you were wondering: Silverlight was named after him. David himself writes about this on his blog [see here]. In short... Bill and David met for some drinks and a chat. They talked about things in general and then started to talk ...

Yesterday featured another day packed with sessions and started with a great keynote showing off the new Windows 7, what's coming onto us with .NET 4 and the new development environments (starring Visual Studio 10) as well as innovations in the field of Office (web office is going to allow editing and synching documents online).

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So my PDC report for today (never did run into Eric Cote to do our report tonight)… Today was a day of big announcements…but I didn’t see any of them. Mainly because I spent my day hanging with my tribe. Partially because I can view the keynotes at any time (I would be viewing it right now, but my hotel Internet is being stupid, so it’ll have to wait). I can tell you that the tribe was in its full social mode and we had a great time. I caught up with Joey deVilla, the new DE in Canada, and also connected ...
MPX is a technology which allows multiple independent pointers (mouse cursors) at the windowing system level. By this, we mean that these mouse cursors are all connected to one single computer. This technology features the additional of multiple input devices and are ideal for various projects like: games which involve more than one player, two handed drawings, some sort of quizzes where users use one single computer etc. The following is a screen shot of where the MPX technology is used: The following ...
Another email to share with you, “A Platform for the Next Technology Revolution” : During the past decade, a dramatic transformation in the world of information technology has been taking shape. It's a transformation that will change the way we experience the world and share our experiences with others. It's a transformation in which the barriers between technologies will fall away so we can connect to people and information no matter where we are. It's a transformation where new innovations will ...
I got this email from Steve Ballmer. Okay I know if was more than likely a marketing person from Microsoft that came up with this not Steve, but I thought I would share it as it had some good information in it. I basically got this email because of some newsletter I signed up for on Microsoft's site. A Platform for the Next Technology Revolution During the past decade, a dramatic transformation in the world of information technology has been taking shape. It's a transformation that will change the ...
Show – Off always Shown up in Showdown This was my fortune cookie the other day. It was attributed to Confucius. Now, I doubt that Confucius actually said it. The humor shines through only in English, I think. For the sake of not plagiarizing, let’s continue attributing it to Confucius. It reminds me of another quote that I heard a while back. This one attributed to a Buddhist monk “What I am I am and say not. Being is the great explainer”. We will get to this quote in a moment. But first … If you ...
I occasionally receive letters sent out to the Industry Executives from the top dogs at Microsoft. Here’s the one I just received outlining their newest initiative called Windows Azure, which was just announced at the Microsoft Professional Developers Conference. During the past decade, a dramatic transformation in the world of information technology has been taking shape. It's a transformation that will change the way we experience the world and share our experiences with others. It's a transformation ...
13:00 Tuesday saw the public availability of the virtual image congaing the “Bits” from the Microsoft Connected Systems Division (CSD). The image contains early builds of a lot of the technology that is being demoed at the PDC, and also a set of hands-on labs that will walk you through some examples of using the technology. The “Oslo PDC-08 CSD Bits Review” webcast will take a quick tour of what is available, and give you some tips on learning about all the new goodies. The main components that are ...
A few minutes ago, Microsoft released a brand new suite of controls for Silverlight. The list is impressive! From now on, you can download these controls, the documentation and samples, and start coding! This post will give you a first insight into these controls based on a preview version of the set. This should make you want to experiment more and to discover more by yourself! Read the rest of this entry » ...
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 ...
I did a joint session with James Ward from Adobe at the JAOO conference. As you know I'm an evangelist for Microsoft focusing on RIA and UX. James is one of the Flex evangelists for Adobe. This is a talk that James and I have been talking about trying to pull off for quite a while and I was thrilled that we actually got to do it. James and I have been going back and forth for over a year and a half now talking about the definition of RIA as well as what are the best and worst architectural patterns. ...
I firmly believe the future of home entertainment is “on demand” programming. Most people I know have DVRs and rarely do they watch a TV show at the time it’s actually on. I’m one of them, although my viewing habits are dictated by having a small child in the house who doesn’t need to see gore and violence. I have to wait until she’s in bed to watch Heroes, Sanctuary, and others. But I digress a bit. he point is that when a movie or tv show is scheduled to be shown is less important to my viewing ...
One of the most important aspects of attending conferences for me is the networking opportunities. As I am currently an MVP in BizTalk Server, still a fairly minority technology, it’s usually only at these events that I get to meet up with the people who really know the technology (apart from the BizTalk User Group Sweden of course). There are quite a few of the MVPs and “influencers” out this year, and I’m looking forward to catching up on old times and having intelligent and informed discussions ...
Last night was the fifth meeting of the Chicago Architects Group at the Illinois Technical Association in downtown Chicago. Eduardo Goncalves of Daugherty Business Solutions lead a lively discussion on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Architects. Some of the highlights included discussions about the finding business champions, keeping up with technology and evaluating trade-offs when a project is under the gun. Stay tuned for details of the up-coming November presentation ...
I just got a 30-day demo of the new Palm Treo Pro with Windows Mobile Professional 6.1 to test out. I will add this to my current pending reviews in the next couple of days. Any questions? Specs: Unlocked GSM device – not available from a carrier at the moment Platform Microsoft® Windows Mobile® 6.1 Professional Edition Processor Qualcomm® MSM7201 400MHz Display 320x320 transflective color TFT flush touchscreen Radio HSDPA/UMTS/EDGE/GPRS/GSM radio Tri-band UMTS – 850MHz, 1900MHz, 2100MHz Quad-band ...
Recently, the CEO of Sprint could be seen in TV commercials stating "Technology is only great when you know how to use it." Here is an article that digs a little deeper into this ad campaign. The purpose of the campaign is to highlight Sprint's customer service, which of course is vitally important to any company providing products or services. I am not here to criticize Sprint. In fact, if you read the article, you will see that they are addressing technology simplicity as well as customer service. ...
Thursday, November 6th, 2008. 5PM-7PM Sign Up Now What's this XNA thing I keep hearing about? Presenter:Chris Williams Abstract: This session will cover what XNA is (and isn't) along with what's needed to develop with both XNA 2.0 and the 3.0 CTP. We will also cover key differences between the two versions along with the features and limitations of each. Target platforms of Windows, XBox and Zune will be discussed. We'll go through some demos and take a look at some code, identifying key aspects ...
October Meeting - 23 October 2008 6PM New Features in C# 3.0, PIZZA, AND FREE STUFF WHAT MORE COULD YOU ASK FOR?!? This month's meeting will start off with Pizza and then break into a presentation covering what's new in C# 3.0 by Chris Eargle. In C# 2.0, we received many features already present in other object oriented programming languages. C# 3.0 took a radical departure, presenting us with more a revolution rather than an evolution. Many of the language features have not been seen in an object ...
TCP networking technology in a Chat Application: TCP technology will allow the communication between a server and a client and vice versa, through the use of serializing an object over a network, such as the Internet. The advantage to using TCP over Socket programming is that TCP performs a great deal of functions transparently, such as acknowledging the receipt of data packets, retransmitting lost packets etc. The disadvantage to using TCP over Socket programming is that Sockets are a great deal ...
Kathleen Dollard, who's a well known and respected speaker and technologist, will be in town tonight to do a presentation on Windows Workflow and give us more information on what this new technology is all about. 5:30 PM, 17th floor of the Richardson building...pizza and drinks will be provided as usual. For more information and to formally register, please visit the Winnipeg .NET User Group website. D ...
Have a couple free days in Baton Rouge this upcoming week? Well, if you’d like them to be less free there is an upcoming event. This will be my first trip to the conference, and I’m excited to see what it is about and to learn from speakers from Dell, Microsoft, IBM, and even the CIO of the state of Louisiana (for the keynote) Here’s the description from the website: Mark your calendars for one of Baton Rouge Metro’s largest premiere Information Technology events - The Seventeenth Annual Council ...
I decided to completely redesign my website www.galasoft.ch (yes, it's about time, I know). For this process, I decided to inspire myself (loosely) from my good friend Robby Ingebretsen's site, which is both simple and beautiful. Read the rest of this entry » ...
Topic: Re-inventing IT and the IT Professional For the past fifty years company owners and their executive teams have invested in information technology with the goal of making their organizations more effective. Only a very, few have achieved their goal. Many have claimed success but when asked to compare their results with their expectation openly admit their claims of success where more for social and political reasons versus achieving their goal of creating an effective organization. Now is the ...
Put virtualization in your hands, and your plans. Attend this FREE event that lets you touch, talk about, and experience Microsoft® virtualization solutions in a setting that's focused on you. When: October 21, 2008 Registration Link: http://www.getvirtualnow.co... Doors open at 8:00 A.M. Seminars start at 9:00 A.M. Solutions Pavilion open until 3:45 P.M. Where: Hyatt Regency- Minneapolis 1300 Nicollet Ave Suite H Mpls, MN 55403 (612) 370-1234 Find out all about virtualization. You will get ...
So, I've been on a mission, to show that we can port our mobile portal application suite over to iPhone. We've long been using a Windows Mobile delivered portal that takes Sharepoint, Dynamics NAV and a host of other line of business system (LOB) and delivers them to our mobile workforce. The core of our business at Anglia Business Solutions (www.angliabs.com) is to allow our consultant's, sale staff and support engineers to work remotely. For any service based company our lifeblood is accurate time ...
Hello! Welcome to my blog! My name is Blake and this is my first blog post ever! I have been wanting to start a blog for the last couple of years but... well... you know how things go... :) I plan this blog to be used for different purposes: family stuff, fun staff, rants, venting, and of course computer programing and methodologies! So let me tell you a little bit more about myself: I'm a Missourian. I have lived in Kansas City, Missouri most my life. I went to University of Missouri-Rolla for my ...
I have, for quite a while now, used virtualization technology for all of my development. Multiple versions of installed tools, beta development kits and specialized setups have made the maintenance of a single machine too complex to support everything needed for every project. It has been much easier to create a virtual machine for a project, install whatever is needed, work on it, and tear it down at the end. If an installation fails, or if CTP software has destabilized an operating system. then ...
I learned a few things the hard way and thought I'd pass them along in case it helps someone else. I bought a PowerEdge 2900 last winter planning on consolidating my five machines onto a single virtualized server. The PE 2900 has a pair of quad Xeons, supports up to 48 GB of RAM and 10 SCSI/SATA drives. Plenty of room for growth to support Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V. Doing my homework, I downloaded and burned the System Management Tools v. 5.5.0, A00 (5.4+ needed for Windows Server 2008 support) ...

One Tweet by Oliver Sturm (http://twitter.com/olivers) the other day got me to thinking. He was asking about the possibility to host graphics for a web site in XAML format, and the best way to render it.

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The Windows Cloud OS called Windows Azure that had been under the code name Red dog project for a long time has been officially announced in the keynote by Ray Ozzie on the first day of the PDC in LA (27th Oct 2008). I blogged about coming across the name Windows Strata previously but this turned out to be a red herring, Strata name have never been confirmed by anyone in Microsoft. For announcements made at PDC 2008 see the following blog post: http://geekswithblogs.net/k... ...
Code Camp 5 will be held this next weekend in the Twin Cities. You can find out more here. I'll be speaking about a shader algorithm you can use to build a point light. Here are the details: Lighten Up! Lighting a 3D World with HLSL The basics of Microsoft's high-level shading language (HLSL) are introduced, including a basic overview of the rendering pipeline, through the creation of a point light shader. HLSL allows graphics programmers to create realistic graphics through the use of a combination ...
Guild Meeting, featuring Jeff Brand When: October 7, 2008 at 6:00 PM. Where: New Horizons of Minnesota (4510 West 77th Street - Edina, MN 55435) Topic: ASP.NET MVC Overview This session will introduce attendees to the Microsoft ASP.NET MVC Framework. It will compare MVC to existing ASP.NET Web Forms and show the basics of creating an ASP.NET MVC application. Demos will be used to show how to create a simple product catalog web site. Speaker Bio: Jeff Brand is a .NET Developer in Microsoft's Developer ...
So we got a Microsoft Surface machine at Phenomblue a couple weeks back and the tech team freaked, as expected. Everyone from art direction to programmer to business development were all over the machine from the moment we received the thing from Fed Ex. After the quick and rather ravenous un-boxing, the attempt to follow terribly inaccurate documented setup procedures, and ultimately an undocumented trial and error period, we fired up this future box for a test drive. From the first attract application ...
I made a comment about this in a prior post, but it was really long and wordy so unless you read right to the end you would have missed the announcement. So I figured I’d post a little ‘update’ to fill everyone in on what’s been going down. Over the last seven years I’ve worked for numerous small companies here in Winnipeg. I’ve been part of some interesting projects, had some successes, some failures, and a lot of lessons learned. I’ve tested the waters of independent consulting and had great success ...
"Good morning everybody, you're tuned to Computers 2K8 on sports radio 850 The Buzz" and so began today's show as we do every Sunday morning from 8am - 10am here in Raleigh, NC. You can download the show from the show's website or you can listen do us live as we stream the show across the web. Here a few of the topics discussed on this week's show... Steve Jobs is OK! Really, he's fine... An unsubstantiated rumor about Steve Jobs having a heart attack was posted Friday morning on the citizen journalism" ...
Topic: Wireless LAN Website: http://www.ctamn.org/ Where: Eagan Community Center When: Tuesday, October 14, 2008 Speaker: Steve Bult, Senior Project Manager, Technology Management Corporation. In this role and prior duties, Mr. Bult has utilized his experience in Information Technology projects ranging from 1M sf technology campuses to deployments with hundreds of remote sites. He has extensive experience in design for A/V, voice and data networking, physical security and CCTV. He has delivered solutions ...
BizTalk Server 2006 R3 is now renamed to BizTalk Server 2009. BTS2006 R3 had considerable new features due to which Microsoft decided to make it as a major release and renamed it to BizTalk Server 2009. It will be released H1 2009. First community technology preview (CTP) is already delivered to selected customers. Another CTP will be released later this year. Obviously, latest version of BizTalk Server will enable customers to take advantage of the latest Microsoft technologies. At the same time ...
I'm just soooo slow. I must be the last geek to get a blog up and running. Anyway, being last is better than never. Where to find me: I'm often found at the Microsoft forums, Forums.Microsoft.com/MSDN mostly under Visual Studio Team System, but occasionally also under any of the more programming forums, like Winform, WPF, ASP.Net., C# or SQL. My nickname there is OsirisTerje. I got an audio technology site also, see http://home.online.no/~tsan... which contains information from ...
Today I received the MVP Connected System Developer award. Thank you Microsoft and all of you who supported me. I'll continue my focus on WCF/WF and Biztalk and keep evangelizing and training this technology to the community. Stay tuned.... ...