(fun / off topic) Just an illusion

If you haven’t come across this before, it’s really quite surprising. Stare at the crosshairs in the centre of this picture. After a short while you’ll notice that there is a green dot revolving around, replacing each purple dot in turn. Then if you keep staring the purple dots disappear, and all that remains is…

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Acrylic now exports XAML – so why do you care?

If you’re watching a number of blogs you will already have seen this news: The August CTP of Acrylic, the code name for our new graphics designer product, can export XAML. It’s an 81MB download but worth it.  It might seem an unexciting announcement but actually it’s really useful to know. Why? Ok, a quick…


High level Vista features and benefits

We’re making a fair amount of noise about Vista these days but it can still be fairly difficult to get a simple high-level summary of what’s in it and why it’s interesting. Or so I thought. This page on the PressPass area of ms.com is really useful for getting a quick snapshot of the features…


Download WinFX extensions to VS2005 (beta)

In case you missed it, you can now download the extensions to Visual Studio 2005 for developing WinFX projects (well, a beta version anyhow).   So, for example, once you’ve installed these and you start up VS2005 you’ll see new project types for Avalon applications. Of course there’s no visual design surface yet, so you’ll have…


Illuminating Indigo

Indigo, or more correctly the Windows Communication Foundation, isn’t the easiest technology to grasp in a 30 second elevator conversation. But then neither is .NET, or Biztalk, or any technology that is reasonably complicated and doesn’t have an obvious front-end. Or in other words, technology where there’s nothing to “see”. To get a sense of…


Ghosts

I’ve decided that there’s a market niche that isn’t being exploited: Blog ghost writing. The concept is simple – you’re under pressure to write a blog that’s informative, clever, readable and just downright good. The problem is you a) don’t have the time and b) don’t really have the ability either. Enter a ghost writer,…