One more cool MSN Messenger thing: Ask Encarta!

1. Add encarta@conversagent.com to your list of MSN Messenger contacts. 2. Ask it questions like “What is the capital of Ireland?” and “Who is Wayne Gretzky?” and “What is a moose?” and “Where is the Guinness Brewery?” 3. It’ll search Encarta and give you the answers.  Cool! (“Where is the Guinness Brewery,” optimistically, produces a map…

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MSN Messenger Activities are cool!

Back at the PDC, I wrote about the Messenger Activity API contest. They’re mid-way through the contest now, and I stopped by to check out some of the applications that have been submitted.  Here are some cool ones: Let’s Meet, Language translator for IM, Cartoon Memory, Scissor Stone Paper, & Let’s Play Chess. Fire up…

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Every Day is makeITsecure day

You may have heard last week about makeITsecure day, an initiative that united the Irish government with a number of organizations, including Microsoft.  As part of the campaign, we were out – on the streets, in the schools, and at a number of high-profile events – discussing issues like phishing, spyware, identity theft, child safety…

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Working with Mobile Phone SMS (text) messages using the .NET Compact Framework 2.0 and Windows Mobile 5

I’m a mad one for the text messages.  You know — the SMS, the BEEP! BEEP! -rumblerumblerumble-, the “Dude I’m at the pub where are you guys?!” furiously hammered into the mobile.  “Texts” are indeed the most expensive 160-byte chunks I send on a regular basis.  And it seems that I’m a little disturbingly quick with…

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ASP.NET 2.0 Provider model – the guts, the glory, the goodness

It looks like I’m going to be presenting the Web Developer content at the Belfast launch next week, in addition to another riveting performance of the keynote demos!  So I’ve turned some of my thoughts back to ASP.NET 2.0.  I still think the Provider model — which handles high-level concepts like site membership, roles, and…

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Great Expectations

It’s not every day that some of the greatest minds in the gaming Artificial Intelligence community are chatting about your thesis work over on a Game AI Blog set up by the dude who wrote the AI for Halo 2 🙂 I really enjoyed reading the discussion that followed in the comments, and have to…

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Express Editions of Visual Studio and SQL Server 2005 Free To Download today!

Great news for students, hobbyists, casual developers and curious newcomers! The Express Editions of Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 are now available to you in their RTM (Release-to-Manufacturer) format.  And you can download them from the web free of charge, here on the Express Edition page of the MSDN Site.  These freely-downloadable versions…

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Visual Studio Team System Hands-On Training

I’m going to be offering two days of free hands-on training in Visual Studio Team System in Dublin on November 14th and 15th.  A perfect way to complement the launch activities with an opportunity for you to work with Team System yourself in the roles of Architect, Developer, and Tester. Here are signup links: Nov…

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Launch of the Launch: November 7th Community Events in Belfast, Cork and Galway

Events related to the Visual Studio 2005 and SQL Server 2005 launch are going to be coming fast and furious over the next few weeks. Next Monday, on November 7th, Community launch events are happening in Cork, with Bill O’Brien on tap; Galway, with Mick Lohan spreading the good word there; and Waterford, with Paul…

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