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PDC09 Backstage during the keynote

Sitting in the audience of the keynote I never had any idea how much work and how many people were involved in pulling together that one event. This year at PDC, when Ray Ozzie’s keynote kicked off, I pulled out my video camera and walked around back stage recording the organized confusion.  You’ll be amazed… Read more

A Brief History of the Web

digg_url = “http://blogs.msdn.com/benriga/archive/2009/03/19/a-brief-history-of-the-web.aspx”;digg_title = “A Brief History of the Web”;digg_bgcolor = “#FFFFFF”;digg_skin = “normal”; digg_url = undefined;digg_title = undefined;digg_bgcolor = undefined;digg_skin = undefined; Unless you’ve been hiding you have probably heard that we released Internet Explorer 8 today.  I’ve been running it for a few months on all my machines and have been really pleased… Read more

Tweet, Tweet

digg_url = “http://blogs.msdn.com/benriga/archive/2009/02/27/tweet-tweet.aspx”;digg_title = “Tweet, Tweet”;digg_bgcolor = “#FFFFFF”;digg_skin = “normal”; digg_url = undefined;digg_title = undefined;digg_bgcolor = undefined;digg_skin = undefined; The team organizing convergence have set up a Twitter feed.  If you want to follow along you’ll find them at MBSConvergence.  If you plan to attend and want to tweet while you’re there, the hashtag will… Read more

Using Touch in Line-of-Business Apps

digg_url = “http://blogs.msdn.com/benriga/archive/2009/02/24/using-touch-in-line-of-business-apps.aspx”;digg_title = “Using Touch in Line-of-Business Apps”;digg_bgcolor = “#FFFFFF”;digg_skin = “normal”; digg_url = undefined;digg_title = undefined;digg_bgcolor = undefined;digg_skin = undefined; I was mesmerized by this simple but cool Microsoft Surface demo at last fall’s Convergence conference in Copenhagen.  Lachlan Cash was kind enough to let me post the video here as a great… Read more

Zack’s Next Gadget

Zack’s response yesterday to my blog post of a few weeks back about my gadget lust got me thinking about this again.  Zack portrays me a keyboard hater so let me say up front that I have nothing against keyboards.  Some of my best friends are keyboards.  🙂  Ok so having said that I can… Read more

My next gadget… I wish

I’ve been thinking about what the best format is for my next laptop for a long time.  My good friend Zack blogged about his views and some of our discussions on his blog a while back.  I think many of us have been thinking about this since the release of the Newton.  A few things… Read more

Mobility Response Team

While walking over to a keynote session at the Worldwide Partner Conference last week in Houston I did a double-take.  Then I walked back across the street and had to laugh out loud (and grab a couple of shots with my camera phone).   That’s right; the traffic cop directing traffic had the words “Mobility Response… Read more

30 Day of .NET on Windows Mobile

I’m getting to this party late but I just had to post a link to this.  I’m in awe of Chris Craft who took the challenge to write 30 Windows Mobile apps in 30 days. And Yes, that’s including weekends.  So from June 1 through June 30 he posted those 30 apps complete with source… Read more

The Great Office War

OMG, this is the absolute best laugh-out loud funny video I’ve seen in quite a while.  Here you go… a Friday video for you to end the week with a chuckle.  So who will win Sales or IT?  Does anyone ever win in war? 🙂The Great Office War – Watch more free videos   On… Read more

Recommended Podcasts: Video

In my post about the Microsoft Silicon Valley vanpool I mentioned how podcasts saved my sanity while driving in the heavy traffic.  One of the other vanpoolers mentioned that I should blog the podcasts I listen to (Thanks Yvonne).  So here I am on my ride blogging again.  This could get to be a habit…. Read more