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 Monday, 16 April 2007
Mix Build Up is Starting - MS Launch the Silverlight name for WPF/E

So WPF/E has a new name.


Install is under 2MB.

Currently not supporting .NET languages but I'd expect to see that change pretty quickly.

“Silverlight is a cross-browser, cross-platform plug-in for delivering the next generation of media experiences and rich interactive applications (RIAs) for the Web. Silverlight integrates with existing Web applications. Silverlight media capabilities include fast, cost-effective delivery of high-quality audio and video to all major browsers including Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Windows Internet Explorer running on the Macintosh or on Microsoft Windows. By using Microsoft Expression Studio and Microsoft Visual Studio, designers and developers can collaborate more effectively by using the skills they have today to light up the Web of tomorrow.”

The biggest thing for me in the whole Expression push from Microsoft is in closing the chasm between designers and developers. Yes, there have always been people who sit pretty well in between, but round tripping betwen creative and development types has always been a really hard problem. With WPF I think they've come pretty close to cracking this nut.

I'll be sure to be posting more on this Live From Mix in a couple of weeks.... I'm gonna try and use my time at Mix to get back into bloging :-)

.NET | Mix06|Monday, 16 April 2007 20:08:01 UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Sunday, 15 April 2007
My New Yellow Bike...

I got myself a nice new yellow trail bike...


Frame Mojo Large Custom Pantone P109 Yellow Paintjob by Roy Hassler Autohaus in AKL RP23 rear shock
Fork Pace RC41 Custom Pantone P109 Paintjob by Roy Hassler Autohaus in AKL
Stem Thomsom Elite 90mm x 5deg
Seatpost Thomsom Elite 31.6 x 367 (Trail setup) and Easton EC90 (Race Setup)
Brakes 07 XTR 185/160mm
Race wheelset (DT Swiss 4.2d, Hope ProII Silver, Silver Wheelsmith Spokes, Nobby Nics 2.25/2.15)
Shifters and Ft/Rr Mech 07 XTR
Cassette SRAM PG-990
Cranks XTR 07
Seat Selle Italia Tri 2 Matic Yellow
Grips Syncros Deep Relief Yellow
Skewer Hope Red
Bars LP Composites Carbon/Kevlar Yellow/Black Weave
Cables Nokon Anodised Red Cablepearls
Chain SRAM 991 Hollowpin (I have an XTR chain in my bag as well... which may be a better choice given my larger stature....)
Pedals Crank Candy Yellow


Adventure Sports|Sunday, 15 April 2007 02:35:37 UTC|Comments [0]|    

.NET Architecture Camp

SO I'm sitting in the penultimte session @ the Dot Net Architecture Camp @ Auckland University.

It's been one of the most engaging events that I've ever been to. The quality of the speakers has been top notch.

But... more importantly... the quality of the audience has been top notch with some great discussions going on. I set out (as one of the organisers of the event) was to try and have a more discussive type of event- I'd been watching the Beyond Belief event videos at the time.... I think we've done a pretty good job.


.NET|Sunday, 15 April 2007 02:27:04 UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Tuesday, 10 April 2007
Intergen writes the new Windows Workflow Foundation Web Workflow Approvals Starter Kit

So late last week Microsoft published the Windows Workflow Foundation Web Workflow Approvals Starter Kit or WFWWASK :-)

This is the culmination of a lot of hard work by the Dunedin office of Intergen who put together this sample for the .NET 3 team @ Microsoft in Redmond.

It's a great demonstration of how you can use WF to achieve a multiuser task management and assignment system. It uses roles to determine the routing of tasks.

If WF interests you I encurage you to go and grab this sample kit to have a play. Feel free to post comments in here if you have any questions.... I must get the rest of our Dunedin team blogging!



.NET | Windows Workflow|Tuesday, 10 April 2007 01:51:01 UTC|Comments [2]|    

 Thursday, 15 February 2007
My New Color....

Bored of red.....

Time to try yellow....

Toy Box|Thursday, 15 February 2007 08:31:05 UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Wednesday, 07 February 2007
Gettin Fit
February 08

Ready, Steady, Go!

Right... so time for me to wriggle my ass and get fit again.

 Hvae bounced from 99kg (about 3kg over peak weight) mid last year to 111kg in the last 6 months- though have been up to 118kg about 3 years ago.

So I'm on the training wagon.

On the healthy eating wagon

On the getting fit wagon.

On the targetting specific skills on the bike and in the boat wagon.

Set some baseline details this morning….. 47 ml/kg/min… would have been better had I been closer to 100kg…. PMPO (Peak Maximum Power Output - Aerobic) was around 395 Watts. Max HR 185 BPM. According to the Cooper V02Max tables ( this is still regarded as ‘Excellent’… but I’m less convinced.

So here go some goals.

1.       2007 Karapoti Classic Sub 4.5hr (nice and easy to start)

2.       Compete in 12hr solo Moonride goal laps TBD

3.       By 1 Aug 2007 V02Max @ 55 ml/kg/min. PMPO 400 Watts.

4.       By 1 Aug 2007 1RM BarBell Bench Press 90kg.

5.       By 1 Aug 2007 5RM BarBell Squat 180kg

6.       By 1 Aug 2007 < 100kg bodyweight, < 13% Bodyfat

7.       Top ½ of field for Senior Mens PNP Series 2007

8.       By 1 Feb 2008 Comfortably ride the bottom set of dirt jumps @ CastleRock

9.       By 1 Feb 2008 Comfortably loop whitewater kayak in Kaituna Bottom Hole

10.   By 1 Feb 2008 Run Huka Falls @ 50 to 80 cumecs

11.   By 1 Feb 2008 V02Max @ 60ml/kg/l PMPO 415 Watts

12.   By 1 Feb 2008 1RM BB Bench Press > bodyweight

13.   By 1 Feb 2008 5RM BB Squat > 2 x Bodyweight

14.   By 1Feb 2008 < 96kg bodyweight, < 10% Bodyfat

15.   2008 Karapoti Classic sub 3.5hr

16.   Compete in indv 24hr section of Moonride 2008 goal laps TBD

To keep a log of how I’m going I’m gonna blog several times daily….


Gonna blog exercise, how I’m feeling and everything I shovel into my mouth for the next 12 months.

I’ll blog a screenshot of all my training sessions captured off my Polar Watch and a weeky summary of exercise/exertion.

Keen for any training tips or training partners. Will be riding MTB, Road Bike whitewater kayaking, running up big hills (wrights/Hawkins/Belmont  etc…) again. I go to Bodyworks Gym so if you train there I’d be keen to train with you- even keener if you want to join me training, eating well and blogging about it.


Adventure Sports | Gettin Fit|Wednesday, 07 February 2007 20:27:44 UTC|Comments [4]|    

 Tuesday, 06 February 2007
Mac vs PC.....

A couple of goodies from both camps


“I hate Macs. I have always hated Macs. I hate people who use Macs. I even hate people who don't use Macs but sometimes wish they did. Macs are glorified Fisher-Price activity centres for adults; computers for scaredy cats too nervous to learn how proper computers work; computers for people who earnestly believe in feng shui.”

Human Aggregation | Toy Box | Vista|Tuesday, 06 February 2007 22:24:51 UTC|Comments [1]|    

New User Experience Screen Cast

A friend of mine in India has just started a new UX focused screencast.

Check it out. Only one episode so far. But looking good.

.NET | Vista|Tuesday, 06 February 2007 20:38:24 UTC|Comments [0]|    

 Tuesday, 30 January 2007
Still No Vista Support For Vondafone 3G Cards

Just got off the phne with the people at Vondafone. Still no support for Vista on these cards.

What a HOPELESS state of affairs!

Mobility|Tuesday, 30 January 2007 20:57:59 UTC|Comments [1]|    

 Tuesday, 23 January 2007
Nasty Spambot Worm - Trojan.Peacomm

There is a nasty bot doing the rounds at the moment....

Our mailserver is being hammered by huge volumes of spam (much more than usual) and we're guessing it's this bot in action.

Human Aggregation|Tuesday, 23 January 2007 23:02:28 UTC|Comments [0]|