Off-Topic: Tipping in Las Vegas

A confession: I’m really bad at tipping. It’s not that I’m deliberately ungenerous, but simply that I never know how much to give. The UK isn’t really a nation for tips: outside of restaurants, it’s not something that’s particularly expected, which means that here in the US I’m a complete novice at the art. The…

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MIX08 Day 2 Keynote Live Blog

I’m going to be "live blogging" the Steve Ballmer keynote this afternoon at this URL. Keep this blog post bookmarked and start hitting "refresh" shortly after the keynote starts at 1pm Pacific / 9pm GMT. Or simply tune in to the webcast (750kbps, 300kbps, 100kbps) and watch it live yourself! 1:04pm – Ray Winninger (my…

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Registering for the AOL Mail Client

I mentioned yesterday that the Hard Rock memorabilia application was live already at http://memorabilia.hardrock.com. The AOL Silverlight-based mail client is not live yet, but they’ve just opened up their pre-registration site for testers who want to be the first to try out the new application, in just a few weeks’ time. You can sign up…

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A Great Early Silverlight 2 Showcase: TextGlow

We’re already starting to see some cool samples that use Silverlight 2 really effectively. Prior to MIX, we had a small private beta running to get some early feedback on the builds that we were producing, and a few folk made really good use of this time to build some interesting ideas out. This one…

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Download Links for MIX08 Announcements

Here’s a consolidated list of all the key downloads you’ll need to update your developer workstation to the latest and greatest technologies announced this morning: Internet Explorer 8 Beta 1 Windows Vista / Windows Server 2008 (x86) Windows Vista / Windows Server 2008 (x64) Windows XP (x86) Windows Server 2003 SP2 (x86) Windows Server 2003…

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MIX08 Keynote Live Blog

I’m going to try to keep up a live blog this morning through the keynote to provide folk with an Engadget-style blow-by-blow account of proceedings. Keep hitting refresh on this entry to see the latest news as it comes. 9:30am – Ray Ozzie is on stage promptly. In a few minutes, we’ll show you IE8…

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MIX08 for Non-Attendees

At last, the mad rush is over. The run-up to a conference like MIX is always frantic: for me, the first three weeks in February involved a constant juggle of competing priorities. With the exception of one last-minute firedrill, the worst was over by late Friday afternoon. Now it’s the calm before the storm; it’s…

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Public Service Announcement: MIX08

Just wanted to remind folk to register for MIX08! Registrations are coming in thick and fast, and last year we sold out unexpectedly quickly, leaving a whole bunch of folk battering down the doors to try and figure out ways to get an exception granted. The fire marshals impose strict limits on attendance (the importance…

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Flotzam: Mashing up the Web

Have you seen Flotzam? It’s a fun mash-up that Karsten and Tim put together that aggregates a bunch of different data sources: Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, Digg, YouTube and indeed any general RSS feed. You can install it either as an application or a screen saver, and it’s a nice way to see what’s going on…

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Silverlight 1.1 is Now Silverlight 2.0

It’s been gratifying to see how much excitement there is out there about Silverlight. We’ve barely started the engines yet, but we’ve already had a number of big sites launch their first Silverlight experiences, and of course plenty of stuff underway that we’ll be revealing over the coming months. Many .NET developers are naturally interested…

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