Skype for Windows Phone (beta) has shipped

The product I’ve been working on for the past 6 months has shipped to beta on the Windows Phone Marketplace! It’s been a great project to work on and I am really proud of everything we’ve done.  Working with the Skype team in Stockholm has been a fascinating experience and something I feel privileged to…

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Personal Kanban

We’ve been getting serious about using Kanban recently so I thought I’d try and take the concept home.  It’s been surprisingly successful actually.  I cleaned the front of the fridge up, separated it in to three vertical and two horizontal swim lanes using insulation tape and added some titles on with a Sharpie. I then…

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Eye On Earth update

So, we’ve just released an update to Eye On Earth that adds in Birdseye support, the new style Bing Maps navigation controls and also moves the system to the latest release of the Windows Azure SDK.  Check it out http://www.eyeonearth.eu The new Bing Maps style navigation Viewing an air station in Birdseye mode with more…

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Microsoft Consulting Services Solutions Development Blog

The practice I belong to in MCS, Solutions Development, has started its own blog at http://blogs.msdn.com/mcsuksoldev (rss). I’ve written several posts for that blog already and thought I’d list them here so as to help drive traffic! Keep your Eye On Earth – Talks about the Eye on Earth project that I led last year…

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Installing Visual Studio 2010 RC1 on XP SP3

I came across an interesting issue with VS2010 RC1 on XP SP3 the other day.  I’m on a customer site and it affects all of their machines.  When you tried to install Visual Studio the installed would just crash and exit.  I narrowed this down to Data Execution Prevention (DEP) causing the installer to exit….

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Access denied to TFSTemp during a TeamBuild TFS Get operation

If you ever see something like the below Done executing task “Get” — FAILED.Done building target “CoreGet” in project “TFSBuild.proj” — FAILED.Done Building Project “d:\builds\BuildType\TFSBuild.proj” (EndToEndIteration target(s)) — FAILED. Build FAILED. “d:\builds\BuildType\TFSBuild.proj” (EndToEndIteration target) (1) ->(CoreGet target) ->   C:\Program Files (x86)\MSBuild\Microsoft\VisualStudio\TeamBuild\Microsoft.TeamFoundation.Build.targets(737,5,737,5): error : d:\builds\Sources\MyBuild\MyProject\MyClass.cs: Access to the path ‘C:\Users\BuildUser\AppData\Local\Temp\TFSTemp\2812{#$@;._}3184’ is denied.     0 Warning(s)   …

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Team Build and Azure

I’m a big fan of Team Build, it keeps the project rhythm going and without it there is no real way of knowing that the code people are checking in works.  It was therefore an easy choice to decide to use it on my current project. Normally it does take a bit of time to…

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Please sponsor me for a walk I didn’t know I was doing!

So, My wife sent me an email about 6 weeks ago about the sponsored walk she’s doing next weekend to raise awareness / cash for the charity which she is the founder and chairperson of.  Since she’s my wife and I’m already sponsoring her and helping organize it, I briefly scanned it and sent it…

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