Top 12 for 2012

We’ve made it readers. It’s the end of 2012 and I’ve been using the last week to reflect on all that I have been through and accomplished while I plan for an even better 2013. I’d like to share some tweets, blog posts, or cool stories from the past year. I hope these links inform, entertain,…

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It’s Digital Capital Week

It’s #DCWEEK in Washington DC. DCWEEK is a week long festival in the US capitol focused on bringing together designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and social innovators of all kinds. It’s a series of 100s of distributed events powered by the community and complimented by core conferences, parties, and projects. DCWEEK 2011 included over 10,000 attendees from…

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It’s all a big game

Let me start by apologizing to my international readers for such a U.S.-centric post. However, the first presidential debate of 2012 is tonight (October 3, 9-10:30pm EST). The Xbox live team has launched the Xbox Election Hub with media partners to provide additional news, and polling for Xbox live users. This is a great way…

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Thirty days to build a winner

It’s the first on the month, and a thirty day challenge is a great way to bring about positive change in your life. Generation App has a step by step program to build a Windows 8 app in thirty days. Maybe you have an idea for an app like an SRK fan app, or a…

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Yammer from the command line

Someone on our Yammer network at work had a simple question about how often we talk about certain topics. I thought the question deserved an answer and provided me an opportunity to brush up on my PowerShell scripting. After looking around I found PSYammer on CodePlex. To get started with this Snap-In, you’ll need to…

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Windows Phone app fails static validation. Image file format is not supported.

  Once you are done developing your app, you will submit it to the Windows Phone Marketplace. After you upload your application, it will immediately undergo static code analysis  to ensure that you have complied with the Marketplace guidelines when developing your application. This is a formality that goes through the basic requirements so you…

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Getting started with Windows Azure Web Sites

Recently, my kids swim team needed a way to send out email, voice and text notifications from any mobile device. Other team’s were buying individual apps on phone market’s but we thought in this case, our own dedicated app would allow us to open access to all of the team captains as well as share…

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So much learning…

I’ve been writing my annual assessment at work and reviewing the projects I’ve worked on as well as visualizing the types of projects I want to work on in the next year. The rate of change is incredible and Microsoft is announcing new technologies left and right. How am I ever going to be able…

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MOBILE AMERICA (the people hackathon)

Are you a concerned citizen with ideas on how technology could solve social problems? A developer with the knowledge, technical skills, vision, and desire to contribute to the future? Have you been waiting for a reason to write a Metro App for Windows 8 or publish to the Azure Marketplace? Your time has arrived. MOBILE…

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Developer Dashboard

I was talking with a coworker who focuses on Business Intelligence. He described the job as taking something boring like accounting (sorry accountants) and making it sexy. Like a professional stylist for a career. I thought that was pretty funny, but as I ruminated on that idea, I realized that my customer’s have no idea…

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