My festive geek gift list

Everyone else does one of these, so I couldn’t resist throwing my gadget and geek desires onto HTML/RSS. Flip Mino HD This little beauty is an HD video recording device. It would be cool to start capturing more and more video moments both personally (family stuff to share with the folks back in NI) and…


I’m 5 today…5 years at Microsoft

(Image courtesy of HouseofSims)  I’ve been at Microsoft for exactly 5 years today. Doesn’t time fly! What have I done since I started? Some highlights/history: Joined as an i- contractor to deliver technical events to students Built Project Hurricane – a social network/community thing before social networks were in fashion. Ran the Imagine Cup and…


My lack of blogging….

I’ve been mad busy planning the UK Imagine Cup finals on the 5th June and haven’t had a chance to stop….until we got a shipment of Popfly ducks for each of the attendees to the event! Thought it was worth a post 🙂

My love for Silverlight…

…is so strong that I had umbrellas made for a recent event: (The pantone matches the nebula logo as well!) 🙂

1 Comes to Vista Media Centre

I’m a big fan of and will be giving this a go on my home machine for listening to music. Comes to Vista Media Centre (Sarah Perez)


Herding cats at Microsoft

I work for the United Nations apparently. I work in the Developer & Platform Evangelism group at Microsoft, or DPE (or D&PE if you are in the US) and people have a uniform response internally and externally – "Eh?". This article on C|net news explains what the organistion does: "The evangelism organization was conceived to…


Off to Seattle

It’s been a manic few weeks recently trying to get the Imagine Cup Workshops going for the finalists in the UK Software Design category. They are up here on the UK Academic Team blog – we’re looking forward to hosting these guys and seeing what they can learn over a short sharp 2 day training…


Synergy – great for multi-PC setups like mine

I’ve got a spiffing Dell XPS 420 as my main home machine and I’ve been spending a lot of time on it working on personal projects and being an ADD-type of person tend to do work stuff at the same time on my Lenovo laptop. I always struggled with having to flip between machines but…


A little blog redirection

I’ve been umming and ahhing about what to do with this now that I have changed roles and no longer getting to spend all my time with the fun world of Silverlight and WPF. I’ve had some great experiences and decent traffic through my blog, especially around Silvelright (6 Silverlight screen casts has been popular…

1 sells for 140m of her majesty’s pounds

One of my favourite music sites,, has been bought by a US media company, CBS, for £140m ($280m). This is fantastic news for a number of reasons: they are a UK start-up and have great personality to boot; and they have some really cool software+services running in the backend. I can run using…