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10 May 2007 in Events & Microsoft & Mindscape | Comments (0)

Remix 07

I’m really pleased to have been given the opportunity speak at Remix in Melbourne in late June. Clearly Mix07 in the US was pretty huge this year (so huge I’ve not added to the echo chamber about the cool announcements, everyone knows already :) and it’s great to see Microsoft creating an event down under to bring some of that vibe closer to home.

The event has two tracks, a developer and a designer track. It seems this year is all about focusing on bringing those two camps closer (about time I say!) so if you’re a developer you should bring your designer friends along with you. I’m delivering a presentation to each track, one on standards and the other on pushing your applications further.

Seats are limited so I’d strongly urge anybody who is interested to go and sign up. It’s inexpensive for a two day conference and you get a free copy of Expression Web for attending.

Click here to visit the Remix 07 website.

I look forward to seeing you there,

- JD

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4 April 2007 in Code & Microsoft & Mindscape & Windows | Comments (0)

Mindscape PowerShell Gadget

Andrew here at Mindscape has just put the finishing touches on his first version of a PowerShell Gadget for the Windows Vista SideBar. I’ve been fortunate enough to have been able to have a play with it while he’s been developing it and personally I think it’s pretty damn cool. I’m always firing up PowerShell for little commands here and there so by integrating PowerShell into the SideBar I no longer have to switch away from what I’m doing for too long.

Click here to see a screen shot of the Gadget in use

If you’re interested in checking this project out and downloading the gadget, check out the Mindscape blog post about it.

- JD

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4 April 2007 in Microsoft & Tools & Windows | Comments (0)

One of the new additions to Windows Vista is the Windows Mobility Center. This wee guy just makes it all the bit more easy when you’re doing presentations or on the run.

As you can see in the screen shot below, you can manage sound, battery, network, multiple monitors, synchronisation and presentation settings all for this helpful dialog. I didn’t even know it existed until the AV guy in Auckland banged some keys on my keyboard to bring it up. Just hit the Windows Key + X to bring it to life at any point.

Windows Mobility Center

Sure, this isn’t revolutionary but it’s useful to know about when you’re fumbling around up on stage. Often it’s small features that make all the difference in your day to day use. Any other little speed me ups that you guys know about?

- JD

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26 March 2007 in Business & Microsoft | Comments (1)

I thought this story was great. I always love it when people think outside the box when it comes to marketing. I won’t re-post what actually happened, just click the link below.

Microsoft teases Sony

- JD

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24 March 2007 in Microsoft | Comments (0)

It seems SharePoint is all the rage these days with many businesses and it has many people wondering what exactly it can provide or how to work better with the latest versions of SharePoint.

My friend Chan and the crew at Provoke have created a fantastic website all about the offerings in the SharePoint space at www.freshfromtheoven.co.nz. However, potentially of more interest is that they have their own free seminars for people to attend. There is some space still available, I’d strongly suggest if you can make it that you check it out.

If you’re even more hardcore then you might want to check out the Asia Pacific SharePoint Conference.

If either of these sound like you then check out Chan’s post which has more detail about times and places.

- JD

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23 March 2007 in Events & Microsoft | Comments (0)

Well it’s been a few days since the technical briefings so I thought it’s a good idea to point out that the TechEd 2007 registrations are now open. Last years event kicked some serious butt and I expect this year will be no different.

TechEd has been selling out very early each year so I’d suggest you get your registration in asap!

- JD

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22 March 2007 in .Net & Events & Microsoft & Mindscape | Comments (0)

Microsoft 2007 Technical Briefings

Thanks to everyone that came to our presentation on extending the reach of your applications. In a few weeks we will also be making available videos of the three presentations that Mindscape delivered for those wanting to see them again or who could not attend the sessions.

Here are the links from our presentation:

Presentation File:

Demonstration Files:

I hope everyone that attended this session found it useful, feel free to post feedback or questions.

- JD

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22 March 2007 in Events & Microsoft & Mindscape | Comments (1)

We are officially done with the Microsoft 2007 Technical Briefings and everything went really well. As promised, it’s time to start posting our presentations, demos and links. If you’re looking for the files from Jeremy Boyd you can grab them from his blog. In a few weeks we will also be making available videos of the three presentations that Mindscape delivered for those wanting to see them again or who could not attend the sessions.

Here are the links from my presentation:

Presentation File:

Demonstration Files:

I hope everyone that attended this session found it useful, feel free to post feedback or questions.

- JD

Average Rating: 4.7 out of 5 based on 253 user reviews.