Why Web 2.0 is important, whether you like it or not (aka. why blogging is difficult for us old farts, and how it relates to S+S)

I never thought I’d say this, but I’ve fallen out of the mainstream – at least in the area of social computing and Internet use.  I look around at all of the technology implementations that are serious parts of the everyday lives of a large portion of the population, and I find myself saying: “I…

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Microsoft’s REAL choice for Governments…

  I’m fresh from the US Public Sector CIO Summit – it was an amazing week and I had some truly enlightening conversations and experiences. Everyone I spoke with had very positive perceptions and feedback on Microsoft’s strategy – but I happened to come across Matt Asay’s blog comments, “Software industry’s false choice for governments,”…

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Open Government Data and .NET

As mentioned in my previous post, I wanted to test the waters by writing a small app that allowed someone to enter a zip code, find all of their Congressional representatives , then find out the committees they’re on, bills they’ve sponsored, how they vote based on some issues… and then provide me the tools…

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Leading the Way in Software + Services: Microsoft HealthVault

In my last blog, I discussed my perspective of what "Software + Services" means – to sum it up: coarsely grained business services that are interacted with via client applications (in some cases, multiple types of client applications).  Gee… I should’ve kept it that brief on the first blog. The best way to demonstrate S+S,…

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So what is this S+S thing?

I’ve been having a lot of discussions on Software + Services lately, both inside and outside of Microsoft (nothing lights up a dinner party like some witty tech banter, I always say).  Invariably, I find that merely agreeing on the definition of S+S is somewhat of a challenge… so I’m compelled to try to force…

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Apps for Yoots

Disclaimer/egg-deflector: I absolutely appreciate the concept of running contests to foster better visibility, innovative thinking, creativity, and incentives for community involvement… and I’ve seen some very cool applications come out of these contests.  That said, I think it would be a stretch to expect these contests to be an ongoing source of production-quality, supportable applications. …

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Open Government starts with Open Data… (but…)

But it doesn’t end there. Aggregating and exposing information is the initial hurdle to compliance with the Open Government Directive (http://www.whitehouse.gov/open), and is the basic prerequisite for everything else. But the Open Government Directive isn’t just an exercise in publishing data – the intent, and expectation, is that the data will be an enabler for…

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Some info on that first Windows Phone 7 Update…

Finally got my first Windows Phone 7 update – everything went smoothly.  Only a few things that would have been helpful to know: The update backs up your phone first… so it can take some time, and it requires the equivalent amount of disk space on your PC as you have loaded on your phone…

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Open Gov… Dallas and Bing – done.

Well, that was easy.  So easy that I spent the rest of the evening playing around with the UI of my App just for fun (yes, I consider that fun). First, Dallas… I thought it would be a little challenging… after all, the idea of engaging services from a Data Marketplace itself just seems complex. …

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Open311 with .NET and Visual Studio

Many of you (well, some of you) may have listened in to the call (or read about) regarding San Francisco’s Open311 API – if you missed it, you can find more details at these sites: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2010/03/03/open-311 http://wiki.open311.org/San_Francisco https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-QQ7kCjIGE Having a standard specification/API for services like this is an incredible help for developers, as they’ll be…

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