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As 2007 rapidly draws to a close, bloggers everywhere are writing lists of the year’s best and worst of everything, and I’ve finally found one worth reading to share.

Via RedmondMag, with everything from Most Influential Exec to Sharpest Microsoft Competitor and Coolest Hair, there’s something for everyone to ponder!

BTW, the Coolest Hair accolade goes to Ray Ozzie.

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Thanks to Fergal Breen of IrishDev.com for visiting today to give me the heads up on an upcoming Silverlight event (free but registration required). Actually he asked me for a plug so here goes :

Time   19.30 – 00:00(vCalendar)   Phone   +353 1890 81 2100
Date   Thursday, September 27, 2007   Fax   +353 1 6614408
Venue   Cineworld Complex, Parnell Street, Dublin 1   Email   info@irishdev.com

Details  http://www.irishdev.com/EventDetails.aspx?id=888

The buzz :

In September,
Martha Rotter, from the original Silverlight crew, invites you to
witness how Silverlight can light up the web with Rich Interactive
Applications.
Join her, free to learn how to use Silverlight at Ireland’s largest cinema complex. It’s Silverlight, on the silver screen.

If you’re even remotely interested in Silverlight and how it just might revolutionise the development of rich internet applications get yourself there. There’s a drinks reception and chance to do some after show networking too. Maybe I’ll see you there!

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SilverLight RC1.0 was released today and with it this weekend came my invite to join the PopFly beta. I signed up to the wait list mid week so it only took a couple of days, and what a pretty invite it is!

Microsoft PopFly Invitation

After accepting, creating a short profile as a first time user and a quick SilverLight download later I was gasping in wonderment. My first two thoughts were “Wow” followed by “It’s time to dig out the Javascript Bible!”. I haven’t given the web page designer a spin yet,but did give the mashups a go. Here’s the designer in all it’s drag and drop glory.

PopFly Mashups Designer

The list of available application blocks both preloaded by the PopFly team and those created by the growing community is already impressive, though many of the user blocks I tried refused to load due to invalid XML.

It’s really quick to get something simple up and running too. In under 5 minutes I had a block pulling pictures tagged with Windows Vista into an iTunes type carousel display. It’s that simple!

PopFly-FlickrtoCarousel

Those blessed with a knowledge of Javascript can dive right in to customise any application block or write their own from scratch. For other mere mortals there’s video tutorials a plenty.

Well done to Microsoft on a fantastic web applications platform for the aspiring web community. I’m glad you’ve kept this firmly on the roadmap and look forward to a multitude of new features in coming releases.noelia ron paul youtube paris hilton harry potter beyonce falls iphone blogher descargar beyonce utube blogher07 mallu google authority

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Yesterday’s Microsoft Show and Tell has fueled a lot of blogs the past 2 days. There’s plenty of coverage on Techmeme and elsewhere, but in case you haven’t seen it, here’s the plan for the next financial year and beyond.

MS Roadmap Beyond 2008

Items of note include the many incarnations planned for Dynamics, including LiveCRM, the mention of the intention to pursue developing PopFly (the slick web mashups platform still in beta) and Windows Automotive (opinion is divided over having Windows running anthing in your car!).

The less said about the planned next generation Zune player the better 😉

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What can I say ….only in America? Here’s a guy who’s got 2 Zune tattoos, and enough room for many more!

Story / Comments on Engadget here : What kind of man gets two Zune tattoos?

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Vista is hardly out the doors but the Microsoft machine rolls on with word that the next gen OS, codenamed Vienna, is expected sometime in 2009, promising great things from virtualisation and a revolutionary new interface. We’ll see eh!

Meanwhile, Vista developers are busy with the Fiji service pack, and rumour has it this will appear far earlier than originally planned. Take up of Vista must be good, that or Microsoft is resolved to further deliver on quality for Vista by getting the bundled fixes out the door faster than ever before.

Vista successor Vienna planned for Late 2009 – Engadget

Mac lovers, what do you think of Vista, and will Vienna be a Leopard clone?

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What a day! On the day that saw Steve Jobs actually agree with Bill Gates on the fact that current DRM technology is the mother of evils and asking the music industry to make it disappear, Apple has asked iPod owners to steer clear of Vista for ” a few more weeks” until they can release a fully Vista compatible build of the iTunes software.

Apparently iPod owners running Vista have been using the system tray USB tool to stop and remove the unit rather than ejecting it first from within the iTunes software an today’s Apple statement suggests this can lead to corruption, rendering the device useless. Remember folks, it’s not just your average USB key drive so you’ve got to treat it a little differently!

Microsoft has a team on the case and already released an update for Vista to allow iTunes downloads play correctly. It seems now Apple are the ones playing software catch up again!

Apple warns iPod users against Vista – Telegraph.co.uk

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