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Sometimes I wonder the pundits of cloud computing are way to consumed with the enterprise applications. With all the CAPEX / OPEX, ROI-talk taking the center stage, an opportunity to affect masses directly is getting overlooked. I am a self proclaimed die hard gamer. I come from the generation of gamers who started their journey in DOS games like Wolfenstein 3D and Allan Border Cricket (the latter is still a favorite pastime). In the late 90s, a revolution called accelerated graphics started in DirectX ...
Last year, I wrote Steve Ballmer an email, and he was kind enough to write me back. The email contained a scan of a column I wrote praising Microsoft’s BI strategy. His reply contained three simple words: “Super nice thanks.” Well, now I’d like to write to Steve again, in an open letter format, and this time the love may be a bit tougher. But I’m still super earnest. The past two days have been eventful ones for Microsoft: The company announced the departure of company veterans Robbie Bach and J ...
In this Issue: Alan Beasley, Roboblob, SilverLaw, Mike Snow, and Chris Koenig. Shoutouts: Ozymandias has a discussion up: The Three Pillars of Xbox Live on Windows Phone John Papa announced that Silverlight 4 is now on WebPI: Get Silverlight 4 – Simplified! Dan Wahlin posted the code and material from DevConnections: Code from my DevConnections Talks and Workshop Tim Heuer has a good deal posted from GoDaddy: Get a Silverlight XAP signing certificate for cheap thanks to GoDaddy From SilverlightCream.com: ...
Great event : Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 Launch @ Microsoft TechEd Blore I was really excited on attending the day 1 of Microsoft TechEd 2010 in Bangalore. This is the first Teched that am attending. The event was really fun filled with lot of knowledge sharing sessions and lots of goodies and gifts by the partners Initially the Event Started by Murthy's Session. He explained about the Developers relating to the 5 elements of nature (Pancha Boothaas) 1. Fire - Passion 2. Wave (Water) - Catch the ...
In this Issue: Michael Washington, Andy Beaulieu, Bill Reiss, jocelyn, Shawn Wildermuth, Cameron Albert, Shawn Oster, Alex Yakhnin, ondrejsv, Giorgetti Alessandro, Jeff Handley, SilverLaw, deepm, and Kyle McClellan. Shoutouts: If I've listed this before, it's worth another... Introduction to Prototyping with SketchFlow (twelve video series) and on the same page is Creating a Beehive Game with Behaviors in Blend 3 (ten video series) Shawn Oster announced his Slides + Code + Video from ‘An Introduction ...
Today at the Unversity of Washington, Steve Ballmer gave a speech on Microsoft’s cloud strategy. Significantly, Azure was only briefly mentioned and was not shown. Instead, Ballmer spoke about what he called the five “dimensions” of the cloud, and used that as the basis for an almost philosophical discussion. Ballmer opined on how the cloud should be distinguished from the Internet.as well as what the cloud will and should enable. Ballmer worked hard to portray the cloud not as a challenger to Windows ...
So yesterday I got the bad news that yet another XBOX 360 had failed us. This time is was the video port that went bad. This makes like 5 or 6 failed XBOXs, I’ve lost count. Those things are turds. There is no way I was having another one fixed because they’ll just send me a different turd edition that has been fixed that will probably break down again in 6 months. So I took everything I still had worth salvaging (controllers, hard drive, games, wireless) and traded them in. We use to be a 2 XBOX ...
Every so often I Wordle my delicious account to see “where I’m at”. This is a spookily accurate depiction of my online life at the moment :-) Therefore… Related Links: UK Azure Online Community – UK Online community for Azure fans http://www.eurogamer.net/ My favourite online fix for gaming news http://badcompanytwo.com/ My next Xbox 360 game – should keep me busy for many months http://bit.ly/ef4resources All the best Entity Framework resource links in one place :-) ...
A short while ago I became a REAL game developer with the release of an XBLIG I helped create called “Kissy Poo”. Overall this game has been a huge success. It has far exceeded my original expectations of sales and was just a really fun project to work on. (In case you were wondering I was expecting to sell around 500 copies and we’re right now hanging around 1200 copies sold!). Now though, I want to take some time to reflect a bit and share what went well and what I would have done differently. ...
Figured what the heck, I'd share my two cents. I know someone is prolly interested in yet another view of the new device by Apple. I've read tons of views and being the lemming I am (as my boss calls me for owning an iPhone and using Ubuntu alongside my MS products), I figured a post was in order. After all, why not? For the record, I am a “fanboi” of no one's technology. I both love and hate their technology equally and often for the same reasons. The only thing I fanboi about is The Batman, as ...
Here's a quick update on what I've been up to. I've been somewhat developing PongRPG for Xbox for some time. The game is getting closer and closer every day and hopefully will be ready for some testing soon. Also, I've been working on writing a new tutorial series for XNA specifically for 2D work. However, the series is coming out a bit slow so that might not be out for awhile. Tomorrow morning I will be headed to Florida for a week and a half long vacation (yay!) which means I won't be working on ...
As an avid Microsoft observer and dedicated partner, I find special excitement in attending the annual Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Redmond delivers the event’s night-before keynote, and it has a large booth immediately adjacent to one of the Las Vegas Convention Center’s Central Hall entrances. Beyond that, attendees are genuinely interested in what Redmond has to say about the Consumer Electronics Industry. It’s a place where Microsoft can shine, outside of the hardcore IT world. ...
It’s always exciting to attend the CES keynote. This was the second year that Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has had the honor of presenting the night-before keynote and, as a speaker, he did well. On the PC front, we saw new slate form factors from HP and others. On the Xbox side, we saw a new mystery/film noire genre game, a new version of Halo, the new Xbox Game Room service that will feature numerous classic arcade games and Project Natal, the forthcoming Xbox innovation that will let you use your ...
Microsoft makes an excellent digital music player (the Zune HD), a well-crafted networked storage and backup solution (Windows Home Server), a strong DVR/digital entertainment hub (Windows Media Center) and perhaps the industry leading gaming console (Xbox 360) which itself has a growing number of digital media capabilities. But can they all get along? That was my question almost a year ago, when I returned from the 2009 Consumer Electronics Show, which was riddled with a variety of incompatible, ...
I hope you do own an Xbox 360 because I have exciting news to share. You may have heard the rumors. Well, I’m here to tell you they’re absolutely, 100% true! Wait, what rumors where you talking about? No, that’s not true at all, I mean it was only one time…anyway, I was talking about the rumors that I’m officially a GAME DEVELOPER! That’s right. I really have a game for sale on the Xbox 360. It’s not an MMORPG, it’s not some crazy fast paced, action packed FPS. It’s a game I wrote (well, co-wrote ...
I have been hard at work recently porting Pong RPG from a PC-only XNA game to an Xbox 360 game in the hopes of potentially releasing it on the Xbox Indie Games Marketplace. Pong RPG (PC) was a great success in my mind because even though it was flawed, it was a full game product that I created from scratch (almost all by myself) since my days in High School (which was when I first created a full game). While it was great to finish the game, the code was extremely difficult to read and very static. ...
Game development is a great career but we all can't be the next John Carmack. And let's be honest, even though you've got a great resume and a smashing portfolio, the odds are slim you'll get that coveted game programmer job. To sharpen your skills and expand your portfolio why not take a look at Microsoft's XNA Game Studio? XNA Game Studio is a library built on top of the DirectX framework to ease game development for students and hobbyists while still providing enough flexibility to create games ...
Here’s a great list of new Windows Azure related “How Do I” screencasts. Leverage Concurrency in Windows Azure Table Storage? Windows Azure table storage is designed to support many users at the same time. In this session, you’ll learn how Windows Azure table storage supports concurrency, and you’ll learn a few strategies to help you deal with any concurrency violations. Use Paging in Windows Azure Tables? To improve application usability, many applications need to support viewing data page-by-page. ...
Surface is cool. There’s no doubt about that. People who walk up to the machine and start using it are usually impressed by it. That also goes for developers: they are sometimes even overwhelmed by it and start to wonder how hard it is to develop software for this platform. The good news is, is that it is actually fairly easy to build software for the Surface platform. Well, easy… if you know how to develop in WPF that is. In this post I will outline the most common steps to take to develop your ...
Lately I've been working on bringing my game Pong RPG to the Xbox. I've slightly changed the title to Ping Pong RPG to make it less like the Atari version and more like my own. The most exciting part though is the new code! Here are some of the details of the new code... In the PC version of Pong RPG, every image/sprite had it's own file. This means every time I loaded a menu I had to load each menu item, the background, and any other pieces that weren't part of the already loaded images. To make ...
Hooray…Labor Day weekend….free-time…..yea me! Yeah right! Stealing time is not an easy task, trust me. After I posted my article on “ClickOnce Hosting with Amazon S3”, Andy over at cloudberrylab asked me to give their app “CloudBerry Explorer for Amazon S3” a test drive. After moving to AWS S3, I haven’t had much time to track down many S3 apps for my tool box, so I decided to give this a shot. I pointed my browser to cloudberrylab.com and off I went. After checking out their blog section and watch ...
This podcast accompanies the August 12th, 2009 edition of the MSDN Flash newsletter. It includes an interview with Mike Ormond discussing the new stuff in ASP.NET 4.0 plus an opportunity to ask Mike “Which are you? MVC or WebForms?”. Other areas discussed in the intro section include the RTM of Windows 7, the UK launch event of Expression 3 and Silverlight 3 plus the results of the poll of how developers scored in the Joel test. P.S. Apologies on the delay in publishing this podcast – but I did have ...
In this Issue: Pencho Popadiyn, Andy Beaulieu, Vikram Pendse, Erik Mork, Gavin Wignall, John Bruin, Brian Genisio, Dan Wahlin, Tomasz Janczuk, and Matthias Shapiro. Shoutouts: Shawn Wildermuth posted PHP toolkit for ADO.NET Data Services...And My XBox Demo... how cool is that? Tim Heuer posted that he uploaded More Silverlight application themes and fixes to the Expression Gallery... you HAVE been watching that, right? From SilverlightCream.com: Accessing the full range of colors in procedural code ...
Finally, The world is evolving towards a new mode of interaction. Where human doesn't haveto give inputs to machines using some input devices like keyboard, mouse, touch etc. rather machines are made capable to understand human body movements and take inputs accordingly. I will like to give it a new name UUI - i.e. Ubiquitous User Interface Some examples of this are Accelerometer based inputs in many devices, Microsoft's new Project Natal for XBOX 360 . Refer my previous blog posts on Sixth Sense, ...
I never seem to have the time to enter coding competitions. It’s a shame, because they look like a lot of fun! I do usually bookmark these contests just in case I find myself with a free weekend, and I want to share those with the community. It may mean more competition in case I do enter, but it also means more cool community applications that I get to play with. For example, Twtri is great for updating Twitter or Facebook with your flight status, and it won the grand prize in the new CloudApp() ...
Few weeks ego we went to an exhibition in one of Kraków’s malls to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of robotics. Besides some nice exhibits there was also a place where kids could try to build a robot from Lego Mindstorms NXT and Fishertechnik sets. We spent few hours there with my older son Jas and even managed to build a walking robot. It was fun for both of us so I started looking if we could continue playing with robots at home. Unfortunately most of the sets I found are pretty expensive (starting ...
*Moved to: Project Natal available soonI may be a little late to the game, but this rocks! Read more...Follow my new blog on http://blog.hinshelwood.com ...
From The Silverlight Blog: http://team.silverlight.net... Microsoft announced it will bring Interactive Advertising Bureau (IAB) recognized rich media technologies including Silverlight to Xbox LIVE within the next year From Pete Brown’s Blog: http://tinyurl.com/ljede5 Pete Brown demonstrates how to bind to a UI element, with the example being a character count for a textbox. From Laurent Bugnion’s Blog: http://geekswithblogs.net/l... ...
There are some great new “How Do I” videos on Windows Azure and Live Services. They are free, task-oriented, and “bite-sized” to get you up to speed quickly Love that they are a great way to see the Azure Services Platform in action without the CTP Here’s some more info that’s super helpful: Azure Webcasts – microsoft.com/events/series... Azure Training kit – www.microsoft.com/azure/tra... Azure SDK - http://www.microsoft.com/az... Sample projects to review – Check out ...
Four new “How Do I” videos on Azure have been added to MSDN. Check them out! Leverage Concurrency in Windows Azure Table Storage? Windows Azure table storage is designed to support many users at the same time. In this session, you’ll learn how Windows Azure table storage supports concurrency, and you’ll learn a few strategies to help you deal with any concurrency violations. Use Paging in Windows Azure Tables? To improve application usability, many applications need to support viewing data page-by-page. ...
Awhile back, after the release of Pong I started work on a new engine to fix all the issues I didn't like with Pong. Every sprite in Pong was hard coded and was unbearably large because of that (some sprites had 20+ lines dedicated to them just to place and check for user input). I started work on an engine I called 'Turf' because I had no idea what kind of game I wanted to make at the time so I developed simple parts of it such as rendering and saved it until I had some time to fully develop it. ...
Recently XNA 3.1 was released and I think one of the coolest additions by far is the use of Avatars in game. Really brings a lot of ideas to mind. The Creators Club site has posted their rules for Avatar use. My comments are inline. Xbox LIVE Avatars are unique and personal items you can make available to players. We have a very specific set of rules for Avatar use to prevent abuse. Any Xbox LIVE Indie Game that contains Avatars must be Peer Reviewed to check for the following prohibited content: ...

XNA 3.1 has been released bringing Avatar support and many other features.  Check it out:

http://creators.xna.com/en-us/news/xnagamestudio3.1

Also of large note, with that release Microsoft is changing Xbox Community Games to Xbox Indie Games.

I'm not a fan of the name change.

I have a couple of days leave coming, hence the early poll to accompany the Flash next week. I bumped into an old colleague who now has a six monitor setup in his home for developing software – which made my “notebook + 19inch monitor” setup look a little sad. Especially as I share that monitor with an Xbox 360 and a PC gaming rig. Your chance to sneak in a vote. I was wondering if folks would like me to organise a full hardware (multi-question) survey via the Flash in the future? I for one would ...
Last week, i.e. in a single week, Microsoft was on real tear: the company announced a release date for Windows 7, disclosed details of Zune HD and Zune’s integration into Xbox Live, discussed Project Natal and other coming improvements to Xbox, and launched its Bing “decision” engine. And all this week, at a special software design review (SDR) event, Microsoft is introducing major new business intelligence features coming in SQL Server 2008 R2, including its project Gemini product that helps rogue ...
Microsoft has unveiled its new control system for the Xbox 360 console, at E3 in Los Angeles. Project Natal is a fully hands-free control system that will use face recognition and motion sensors to allow users to play games. Film director Steven Spielberg, attending the launch, said it was “a window into what the future holds”. Basically it allows you to interact with the virtual world without using any controller at all. There is probably one or more webcams that capture movement and other sensors ...
E3 was promised to be back and big again this year and it sure seemed to be with Microsoft leading the press conferences on Monday. Microsoft's main focus was on 3 items, new games, a new peripheral, and new Xbox updates. Typically these are always the things they focus on though usually when they get to one section or another the audience groans in boredom (for example, when they drone on about Scene It! and other goofy family games no one watching will typically care about), but this year MS came ...
Microsoft just recently made some announcements that they will be releasing the new Zune HD. The new Zune HD will also support the now much loved multi-touch capabilities that has made the ITouch and the IPhone as famous as they are. From the image above you can see that the new Zune HD is going for an advanced look with the beveled edges. I owned a Zune first generation and then I bought myself a Zune (120GB version) later. I really did like it mainly because of the very large screen that I could ...
I’m a big fan of PlayOn form MediaMall Technologies which is an application that allows you to view videos from popular sites like Hulu, CBS and Netflix on your Xbox 360, Playstation 3 or DLNA-compliant television or set-top-box. I’m also a big fan of Channel9, the “official” unofficial source for developer information from Microsoft. In a recent release, MediaMall implemented a PlugIn API for PlayOn that allows a developer to add new media sources to the PlayOn menu. Developers have already added ...
I don’t do much web development these days (with the exception of when I am thinking about Windows Azure) and I certainly haven’t battled with complex html+JavaScript across multiple browsers for a long, long while. On the other hand, my colleague Mike Ormond is pretty immersed in such things and only today (29th April 2009) published a video on an Introduction to the IE8 Developer Tools and yesterday announced a competition for IE8 developers (Win an Xbox Elite + fame!). I was curious (as was Mike) ...
Tomorrow after work, I'm driving to Richmond to speak at the Richmond Code Camp. In the past, I didn't plan out which sessions I would attend. Instead, I just floated to whatever seemed interesting. This time, I'm taking the steps to get the most out of the conference. Here's my schedule. 8:00 - 8:45am - Auditorium - Welcome And Keynote I'm not a morning guy, particularly after driving 6 hours. However, I'll try to be on time to catch the keynote. 8:45 - 10:00am - Speakers Lounge - Preparation Before ...
*Note: Re-posted from Miguel Carrasco’s blog. Be sure to check it out! Finally, SmackDown has come back to Winnipeg on May 19th, 2009! For the first time under one roof, New Media Manitoba, the Adobe User Group, and the Winnipeg .net User Group bring you The Silverlight and Flash SmackDown! This is, without a doubt the most electrifying topic in web development today! We are about to shake things up and end the fall season with a bang! Developers and Designers finally under one roof! A merger of ...
I saw today on several outlets that Microsoft is extending their free repair policy. This time it is to cover the ever increasing E74 errors on the XBox 360. I think that extending the warranty to cover these failures was the right thing for Microsoft to do. Of course it would have been even better if these issues were worked out during R&D but that horse has left the barn. I am still wrestling with trading in my 360 for a PS3. Knowing that this issue would be covered improves the chances of ...
Registration for the DreamBuildPlay 2009 Challenge is now open. Pull together a team of up to 7 people, or go solo. Use XNA Game Studio to build a groundbreaking game for the Xbox 360 platform. You and your team could win your share of $75,000 in cash prizes! There's also the potential opportunity to receive an Xbox LIVE publishing contract. Maybe best of all, your game could be played - and admired by gamers worldwide. If you register soon, you'll receive a free 12 month XNA creators club trial ...
Are you a high school student? Do you like to play games on your XBox 360? How would you like to be able to create games for your XBox 360? Now you can. At the Government Leaders Summit today, Microsoft announced that they are extending the Microsoft DreamSpark program to high school students and teachers. This program was previously available to college students and instructors. As part of the program, students get access to Microsoft software that they may not have been able to. In the case of ...
Oh my friends, you are about to be treated to a whole blog post-worth of SEXY! My MVP Summit interview has been posted up, and you can experience it in all its glory below. There’s also interviews with another of Canada’s sexiest developers, Rob Windsor: There’s also an interview with Craig Nicholson, a South African XBox MVP and some info on the MVP’s in the videos that you can intellectually gorge yourself on at the original blog post for all of this media here. D ...
Presentations I’m after 2 big public presentations of Kodu(4 Developers, Smaki programowania 2 (Taste of coding 2)) and 2 private presentations in schools (just for teachers). After presentations I have more than 4 different schools who are asking for Kodu! One of these schools is our children school. Every presentation has big success and I hear a lot of positive feedback after presentations. I think this is because of easy and fast development, and a lot of powerful objects inside Kodu. In each ...
Dear clueless fools who stumble upon my blog as a result of Google searches, I do NOT work for Microsoft. You may occasionally see the Microsoft logo on my site. If you look closely, you'll see it's always part of a larger design. It does NOT mean I work for Microsoft. I can not fix your xbox 360, no matter if it's the RROD or otherwise. (I realize this is because my blog is the FIRST hit for "xbox 360 return process" but come on people... look around.) I can not help you if you bricked your Zune. ...
Zune Game Development Using XNA 3.0 by Dan Waters will be released on March 23rd. Here's the product description: XNA 3.0 brings you the ability to create games that will run not just on the PC and Xbox 360, but also on the Zune mobile device. While creating games for Zune is, in many ways, similar to working on the other platforms, it also presents its own unique set of challenges and opportunities. Smaller screens, limited storage, and less processing power all affect the way you need to think ...
This week, Thursday March 19 at 6:00PM: The Twin Cities XNA User Group will feature Andy (The ZMan) Dunn. Andy will be discussing Best Practices for submitting your game to the XBOX Live Community Games, along with some interesting stories of how (and how NOT) to work with peer review to get your game passed. Those of you who have met Andy before know what an entertaining speaker he is. If you haven't heard one of his talks, then you really don't want to miss this one. After the meeting, we'll be ...