Web 2.0 talk at TechTalk

We held the first “TechTalk” today at Al Murooj Rotana for Partners who work with Microsoft with sessions on: ·         Introducing Windows Azure – Anton Delsink ·         Windows 7 –  Wilson Xavier ·         Web 2.0 – Pooya Darugar ·         Network Access Protection –   Zahid Tikrity Unfortunately I had to do my session in 45 minutes as we…

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Silverlight for Flash designers and developers

I’ve been spending more time with the web design agencies in Dubai and it’s a whole different world than the SOA work I do with the large enterprises, for one thing their offices tend to be much cooler.  We speak a lot about Sivlerlight and the power of .NET in the browser and one of…

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TBot (Messenger Bot) for translations

Live translator has been around for a while and its quite cool, being able to translate whole pages and see both the original and the translated version side by side.  Unfortunately it is blocked in the UAE by Etisalat (the major ISP) as all translation services can be used as sort of a proxy to…

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Cloud computing explained

I’ve been asked a lot more recently about “Cloud Computing” and especially how Microsoft is playing in this area, I’ll link to the articles when they come out.  In the meantime David Chappell has written a nice summary of the current state of cloud computing platforms and describes some of Microsoft’s work in this area. …

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How to split a powerpoint slide into 2 – Community Clips

I just uploaded my 1st video on Community Clips 🙂  It came from a discussion we had this morning in a meeting as we were previewing some powerpoint slides.  The slide had gotten quite long with a lot of text and we wanted to split it into 2 slides.  One person suggested to simply copy the…

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Easiest Screen Capture tool I’ve ever used

I’ve been looking for a good, free and easy to use screen capture tool and today I finally found one I like, Community Clips, and it turns out it’s from the Microsoft Office team.  It uses Media Encoder underneath and does a good job of compression with little quality loss.  Saves the files as WMV…

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Deep zoom composer

If you liked the Hard Rock demo from MIX, here’s how you can easily build something similar yourself with the Deep Zoom Composer.  It’s based on the same technology that powers PhotoSynth (SeaDragon) and makes creating these deep zoom applications very simple.  Check out the deep zoom version of the Silverlight 2.0 reference poster with…

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Day 1 at MIX

After a long long journey from Dubai, I finally arrived in Las Vegas for the first day of MIX08.  A very exciting day for me to see Microsoft make some big announcements around the future of our technologies on the web.  Check out the official MIX blog recap of the keynote announcements, for me the…

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Popfly: Building simple and quick apps – Sharjah Airport Arrivals

As those who’ve attended my sessions will know, I really like Popfly, I think it’s the future of how people will build applications, and it’s also incredibly cool to demo.  It qualified as one of PC World’s top 25 most innovative products of the year. I had some extra time this weekend and built a…

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lIVE writer for x64

Forgot to mention in the last post but the new Thinkpad is 64 bit.  One drawback of this is that Windows Live Writer (Beta) does not support x64 yet.  Fortunately there is a workaround, it is currently unsupported but if you can see this blog post then it means that it works 🙂 Unsupported Windows…

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