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silverlight streaming for media apps made simpler

use expression encoder for creating silverlight media applications?  want to put them on silveright streaming?  frustrated perhaps that you have to create a zip file with manifests and such?  look no further! james clarke writes about a feature just added to expression encoder (via a download) where you can now add 'publish to silverlight streaming' after your encoding job is completed.  w00t! you'll need to get the encoder plugin (assuming you have encoder first) and just install that.  the post on james' site walks you through the steps, but it is a no brainer.  i'd previously written about customizing your own encoder...

cutting edge hosters provide .net 3.5 and iis7

in a world of changing technology, when we look for places to put our apps, we're probably looking for people who are on the cutting edge of the frameworks as well.  i want to draw your attention to discountasp.net.  why?  well, for one their feature set rocks. free iis7/.net 3.5 hosting during the beta (one of the early adopter hosters) real-time data backup tools great sql support with tooling as well ...

iphone and itunes only sync a certain type of appointment

i'm very frustrated now.  the title says it all.  let me explain my scenario, tell you how i found out the problem and give you the suggested workaround from apple. the setup i have a few phones laying around, and being the gadget geek i am, i do have an iphone that i've been using lately.  my setup consists of syncing my iphone to my pc laptop for contacts/calendering and to my macbook for music/photos/movies/podcasts.  it is a simple setup really, and allows me to keep my work machine for work (i don't have music or anything on my work machine) and...

mixing silverlight and aol truveo content

my colleague kirk has been writing some articles for the AOL developer network.  his first articles are up and he talks about integrating with the truveo, aol's developer api for video.  kirk does some integration with truveo's ajax api and displays information back in silverlight. the first two parts are up, and the third is underway, planning on using wcf and managed code with REST services. go check it out on kirk's site. tags: aol , truveo , silverlight , kirk evans , ajax , wcf , rest , api

silverlight installer guidance posted

one of the things interactive developers sometimes (especially with new technologies like silverlight, flex, etc.) have to worry about is 'what if the end user doesn't have XYZ installed?' -- something that is likely going to be a question when implementing something so new like silverlight. in silverlight, if the user doesn't have the plugin installed, they are presented with a 'get silverlight' badge.  it really doesn't explain much about *what* silverlight is, or what they'd be missing (i.e., interactive, rich content) if they don't install it.  to me, the default badge doesn't pass the mother-in-law factor test.  i first wrote...

virtual earth and 3d tours of your locations

with the latest release of the maps.live.com site and virtual earth v6, there are some cool end-user features that you can take advantage of as well.  one of them is the ability to create a virtual tour of your collections (a collection is a group of waypoints you've saved in your profile. perhaps you have a collection of your favorite vacation spots, or your locations of your organization's offices, or your an individual speaker and want a virtual tour of your stops for some odd reason.  well now you can and there are a few ways to do it.  first, head...

technology in the bay area

last week i was at a team meeting in a town called bodega bay (near the area where scenes from the birds were filmed).  it is about an hour or so north of san francisco.  a nice little town, but my most enjoyable moment were the louisiana hot oysters i had on the last night...mmm...tasty.  ok, back on track. i had not thought ahead and accidentally (well at the time purposefully) made my return flight reservations for 06:00 AM from SFO international.  yeah, do the math.  that means i would have had to leave bodega bay, oh at 03:30-ish in the...

amazing survival of the fittest caught on tape

if you don't have 8 minutes to spare, don't watch this now.  you seriously need to stop what you are doing, put on some headphones (or gather some co-workers) and watch this video.  this is some amazing video footage caught on home video of survival of the fittest in action.  the video is safe for work (unless you work at PETA i suppose). let me boil it down: lions waiting to pounce heard of buffalo, they get one, other buffalo escape, alligator gets buffalo, other buffalo return to kicks some arse, initially targeted baby buffalo walks away...alive seriously, amazing. tags: kruger , battle...

osx leopard increases security more like vista

when vista came out, clearly one of the biggest pain points to end users was user account control (UAC).  this is the feature that requires authorization to run certain applications which would require elevated privileges...most notable being installations.  osx, of course, has had this feature for a while.  osx requires the user to authorize elevated changes like changing account information or other system settings, as well as installations.  osx differs slightly in that once you authorize in certain areas (like sys prefs) it remains 'unlocked' until you lock it again explicitly or other actions do. another thing that vista (and actually...

leopard upgrades see blue screen of death

well, it's been over 12 hours since leopard was available to the masses and the early reviews seem to be in. yawn. i just got my discs and will be updating my machines soon to see (i'm going to try to update one and clean install the other).  but i'm reading the reviews and they aren't promising. dave winer says the upgrade process went fine, but he seems left with wondering what did he upgrade too? he says: Net-net, my first impression of Leopard is that it isn't a big deal one way or the other. interesting.  i thought this was supposed to be...

silverlight and right-to-left (rtl) languages

okay, if you don't know justin-josef angel, that is a shame, the dude is smart.  he's an mvp for microsoft and has been active in the silverlight community now, trying to really start the community thinking different on extending silverlight.  lately he's done just that. anyone who has ever had to develop a global application knows the challenges of ensuring localization.  it is perhaps one of my weakest spots as a developer and i'm sure a lot of others as well.  since justin-josef speaks arabic and hebrew he wanted to tackle this problem...rtl language display in silverlight.  thus enter the Silverlight...

mozilla prism == hta?

looks like mozilla labs is cooking up something to bring web apps to the desktop.  their latest project, prism, aims to: bridge the divide in the user experience between web applications and desktop apps and to explore new usability models as the line between traditional desktop and new web applications continues to blur hmm..so at the surface without being able to get my hands on it, it looks like some type of desktop sandbox wrapper around a web application?  most likely relying on a web rendering platform to exist on the desktop already (i'm sure they are obviously depending on mozilla/gecko)?  wow,...

windows live ids -- now you can link them

some news on the windows live platform front...now you can link your passport live id accounts!  i like a lot of the windows live services, but one that i've struggled with is live id.  not the concept, but rather the implementation.  it is getting incrementally better day by day and this one change in particular made me happy. when passport first came out, most got one.  when messenger came out, you used your passport.  then you could create a passport/live id with your own email account (didn't have to be hotmail.com), then there were some changes and you might have had...

MOSSDevCamp in chi town

the concepts of these 'devcamps' seem to be a winning formula.  a combination of open spaces, tech content, socializing, and contesting is luring people to iphone devcamps, silverlight, adobe air, and now sharepoint. my compadre dave in chicago is helping to support a MOSSCamp in chicago.  using the barcamp site?  of course not, it is for moss :-) so they are using some of the new sharepoint features in a public site.  you can read about the plans for the 9 NOV event being held at clarity consulting. so if you are available, in the area, and not too tired if...

second second life

one of my favorite network shows is 'the office' (other than that i think the reality shows suck.  damages (on fx network) season finale was pretty decent by the way, not great, but decent. anywhoo... it seems second life is making it's way all over the entertainment world.  apparently csi:ny had second life on it and then on the latest episode of 'the office' my favorite character (other than creed), dwight shrute, pursues second life.  in his words: "second life is not a game...it doesn't have points, scores, it doesn't have winners or losers." (jim: 'oh it has losers') dwight then goes...

integrating data with silverlight and media

a video screencast that jesse and i collaborated on was just posted.  in the screencast jesse demonstrates the code we did to demonstrate a concept he calls "hypervideo" which is basically leveraging media metadata, and simulating retrieving related data information to display in the experience. this concept is very similar to the experience at HSN.tv of showing "related products" using the metadata being streamed in their experience.  i hope you find it useful and if you have any questions, please let me know! again, my goal is to try to help provide you with relevant information about microsoft web platform technologies like...

some more silverlight 3d

saw this on the 'sphere...using ulead, swf2xaml jeff and michael created 'silverlightvr 360,' showing an image of a jeep in virtual 3d.  the user is able to move the image on along both axis points to look at the object (jeep) in a virtual 3d view. tools and directions are listed on their write-up here. tags: silverlight , 3d , xaml , swf2xaml

great team icebreaker func

recently i was at a conference in aspen, colorado.  for those who don't know, aspen is at roughly 8K elevation and is a small ski town with a pretty affluent lifestyle.  my commercial flight was the only commercial plane on the strip :-).  it is also one of the most photographed mountain ranges in the united states (utah actually used the scenic maroon bells in one of their ad campaigns!). during this conference, one of the sponsors provided an outdoor activity.  we traveled to maroon bells for what we were told was going to be a photo scavenger hunt.  on the...

want my job?

well, not mine specifically, but similar, just in a different location.  my team (developer and platform evangelism) is hiring in northern california (bay area) for a developer evangelist.  i think we have a really fun team and working in the bay area would be exciting (if i think my family would move, i'd consider moving). what is a developer evangelist?  great question.  i truly believe it is what you make of it.  geographical areas are different, developer needs are different...but essentially our goal is the same.  i believe that goal to be a liaison for the development communities to microsoft.  there's...

osi approves microsoft licenses

the osi today announced the approval of two microsoft open source licenses, the Ms-PL (Microsoft Public License) and the Ms-RL (Microsoft Reciprocal License).  the osi process is one that is in the open and allowed microsoft and open source communities to discuss the nature of the licenses in an open forum.  as a result of that process, the licenses (after being renamed to the above) were approved.  the licenses were submitted to the osi on 10 aug 2007. this means that ironruby is officially an open source project :-) UPDATE: you may have noticed the "public license" -- no that isn't a...

facebook developer garage in tempe

the facebook developer garage is coming to tempe, az!  are you developing on the facebook platform?  are you curious about it?  come join the crowd. see the facebook event/group for details. facebook, garage, devgarage, fbl, fql, terralever

heading to vslive in vegas

i'll be heading to las vegas tomorrow to attend vslive!  i'll be hanging out at the microsoft area in the expo hall during those hours, but will be lurking around the show, hoping to catch scott cate and some of his presentations. if you are in the area, stop on by the booth or grab me in the hall.  got something for channel niners?  i'll have my vid cam, so let's chat :-) you can follow me on twitter (timheuer) or also give me a ring while i'm there (602-405-4567). tags: vslive , scottcate , timheuer , las vegas , microsoft , channel9...

utah code camp

live in the utah area?  join in the code camp fun.  the community there is planning a code camp.  see http://utcodecamp.com for details and information on location/speaking/etc.  It will be at Neumont University in South Jordan, UT! code camps are a great way to learn and participate in community.  it is always free to attend and you will undoubtedly learn something that day.  and if you have something to share, register to present.  the code camps are for everyone...you don't need to be a professional circuit technical presenter to participate...in fact, the best presentations are from "in the trenches" experiences. join the...

arizona silverlight user group

mike palermo has decided to start a special interest user group around silverlight!  the first meeting in the arizona area will be at interface technical training on 07-NOV at 6:00 PM.  attendance and participation are both free! please feel free to invite your friends, colleagues, etc and spread the word.  for the first meeting it will be a bit ad-hoc, but i know i'll be there and have volunteered to talk about creating controls, etc.  what do you want to hear about? you can view the other user group schedules as well as get the address for this meeting by visiting the...

it help desk tribulations

i try to avoid support whenever i can for various reasons.  first one being that i like to think i'm competent enough to fix it myself and the second one being that i dread having to re-explain things to potentially 3 different people, all not understanding the simple issue. well, i'm trying to receive some faxes this morning (i know, how 1990 of me).  here at work we use fax servers but have inbound fax numbers that route to our email inboxes, etc.  this morning the inbound fax telephone number is not answering.  it simply is not ringing even. ...

some interesting news in php land

while i'm off galavanting in the aspen trees, some of my counterparts are up in san francisco attending zendcon, a php conference. some updates on some news that microsoft is announcing at zendcon... FastCGI for PHP -- this was a collaborative project between zend and microsoft to build a better fastcgi implementation for windows.  announced today will be that zend will be redistributing FastCGI in Zend Core.  additionally, zend will make sure that FastCGI is supported in the server core installation option for windows server 2008! ...

traveling in aspen

i'm fortunate (for me, unfortunate for my family who is without me) to be traveling on business in aspen, colorado.  if you haven't heard of it, it is a mountain community north of denver...a ski destination for sure.  while there is sprinkles of snow patches already, it is still fall here, and fall for aspen trees is remarkable. i've never been to aspen so since i was here early i went for a walk.  i asked my driver from the airport to my hotel to suggest a place for lunch.  i got the usualy similar-sounding touristy areas.  why isn't anyone comfortable...

two worst pieces of technology in years

i recently wrote about my birthday binge purchases, one of which included an airport extreme.  in addition to the airport, i acquired a matching (in size so it fit right under it) lacie mini hard drive.  the reason for this (and the initial airport purchase) was i'm trying to consolidate some storage without having to have a running "machine" (OS) anywhere.  the airport touted the ability to plugin an external hard drive and share it with everyone. well, i'm happy to report that my other birthday purchases are doing me proud.  the airport and lacie, on the other hand, are quite...

integrating html and silverlight

in part 1 of my baseball example concept, i discussed how i was able to re-use some SVG vector art in XAML.  in that screencast i used an SVG file and a PDF file.  it set the stage for the remaining part of my samples here.  to recap, my goal is to show: using vector files for XAML (done), integrating that XAML and html functionality (here) and then to show a "game play" view of the vector art, extracting just the field information. in this part 2 of that goal, i set out to recreate a different user experience for the...

.net framework source code released

yeah, me too.  the news of the day is that microsoft's developer group is releasing portions of the .net framework base class libraries (bcl) under the microsoft reference license (ms-rl).  in a nutshell the license enables the viewing of the source code, but no modification.  even so a step in the right direction in my opinion.  while it isn't an open source license, this is a part of microsoft's broader shared source initiatives to aid developers in the understanding of the innerworkings of the .net framework. we'll also be introducing capabilities in visual studio 2008 to allow .net developers debugging their...

new zunes announced

well, even though i haven't seen them, i'm impressed with the announcement.  maybe i switched too soon, but i still stand by my decision based on my personal needs (car aftermarket oem integration).  regardless, here's what the new zunes will bring... 80GB and 4/8GB flash versions new Zunes will have new UI and features..."old" Zune users will get those features as well! native codecs for h.264 and MPEG-4 -- no need for only...

physics game engine for silverlight

UPDATE/correction: jeff weber authored the farseer engine, bill ported for silverlight...both did good work!  thanks for the clarification! bill reiss of dr. popper fame (my daughter loves the "bubble game" she calls it), just released the farseer physics engine, which has support for silverlight (1.1) as well. the engine is an easy to use 2D physics engine for XNA and silverlight platforms.  it contains logic for collision, joints, controllers, etc...everything you would need to start a base casual game at least. bill put it out on codeplex as an open source project as well released under the Ms-Pl.  check out some of the...

ipod integration part 2

well, after my initial quest to complete this task in part 1, i'm happy to report success! this is a little patting of my own back ... i'm shocked that i actually did it on my own, without cursing, without getting mad at my family, and in the first attempt!  i didn't take pictures of the process as i was on a pace that i didn't want to disturb.  needless to say when my wife came to check on me while doing this project, she was in awe to see my entire back seat sitting in the garage and carpet everywhere. ...


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