PowerPoint As A Teaching Tool – It’s Broken

Yup, I said it. PowerPoint as a teaching tool? It’s broken. It’s broken badly. And unfortunately, there is a good number of people out there who either don’t realize it, or don’t care. First of all, thanks Seth Godin. Seth gave a presentation at GEL 2006 recently (link via PresentationZen, via Chris Sells), where he…

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What is TxF and why do I care?

A friend of mine made a good comment on my last post about TxF: “what the heck does TxF do and why should developers care?” I hope to answer that question in this post. If you’ve never heard of TxF, read on. If you have and still don’t “grok it”, read on. If you just…

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XNA Game Studio Express and writing your own games for the 360

I know Dave, Tom, and Boyd had stated that they were pleasantly surprised that the announcements coming out at GameFest tomorrow hadn’t been leaked. Well, close but no cigar (if this is indeed the announcement they were talking about). Of course, considering that it is already “tomorrow” on the east coast (and many of you…

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The State Of TxF

[Usual Disclaimer: my opinions in no way reflect or represent the opinions of my employer] You’ll probably hear me start cheering for TxF after a couple of posts because it is a great technology, but at this point in the ballgame, let’s take a step back and take a sobering look at the state of…


A Day In The Life Of A New MS Technical Evangelist

I figured I would use this blog not only to talk about some of the cool technologies I’m currently working with, but to also increase the transparency into what the role of Technical Evangelist is actually like here at Microsoft. Keep in mind, of course, that I’m new to this position and hence am still…


Microsoft gets good reception at Black Hat | CNET News.com

 Link to Microsoft gets good reception at Black Hat | CNET News.com I found this rather interesting. Of course, it was a small sampling of attendees and there were some others that thought it was just a huge sales pitch. Nonetheless, I’m please to see Microsoft going out and leveraging the skills of some of…


Happily Running Windows Vista

Last night I upgraded to one of the newest internal builds of Windows Vista and, wow, it’s definitely gone through some more polish. Problems I had on previous builds are gone (for the most part (not that there aren’t some other new problems around having some questionable drivers)) and here I am actually posting from…