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Michael Griffiths

Michael Griffiths Michael Griffiths Fatalism.

Niner since 2005

  • Popfly

    Does anyone else get the feeling someone sat down and said "Let's design the next-generation code hobbyst sharing site?"

    Popfly - with it's Visual Studio integration, ease of creating gadgets and displaying data - looks like the perfect place to create a community of people built around Microsoft technology. Hell, it's obviously not aimed at the mainstream, and the Advanced View to edit modules has some incredible power.

    The team says they're working on allowing people to share Windows Forms programs, and I'll bet WPF is easy enough.

    I am seriously impressed. It can grab amateurs, and has some features for more advanced users. The social element looks well thought-out and the ability to "Rip" mashups is, well, totally cool.

    Gannotti: You've spent too much time working for Microsoft Smiley Something like that would be pretty cool though, particularly for Sales folks. It'd be a perfect complementry product to fold into Microsoft Dynamics.
  • Omar Shahine - Windows Live Mail

    Windows Live Mail (we need a shorter name!) is good.

    But....

    My primary web mail client is Gmail (desktop is Outlook 2003). I use Gmail for instant everywhere-access, and download to Outlook.

    The problem is that Hotmail does not have feature parity with Gmail.

    There are a few key areas where Hotmail fails:

    1). POP3/IMAP access
    2). Powerful filters
    3). Related Email
    4). "Active Search"

    Gmail's Conversation feature is somewhat indispensbile to me. I understand that Hotmail will not have it, and that's a problem for me.

    Hotmail also doesn't have Google's rather useful little sidebar. Not the sponsored ads - but the "Map this Location," "Track this Package," and so on. I recently read about Active Search for WLM Desktop Client, but nothing for the web based interface.
  • Robert Fripp - Behind the scenes at Windows Vista recording session

    ZippyV wrote:
    Hope I get this right: This 6 hour recording will result in only one 4 second sample?


    Probably closer to 2 seconds.

    That's tremendously difficult to do. Talk about mapping each microsecond.

    So far, the recording does sound rather melancholy, but I think the sound will work out very well in the end. There are some excellent elements in there.
  • Bill Gates - A short chat with Microsoft's Chief Software Architect

    The trolls have arrived.

    Hooray the trolls! [A]
  • Bill Gates - A short chat with Microsoft's Chief Software Architect

    Two hours early!

    Impressive!

    Kinda interesting video, too Smiley
  • Sanjay Parthasarathy and Ben Riga - Healthcare demo of Windows Presentation Foundation (AKA Avalon)

    Nifty.

    I foresee an exceedingly large number of painfully badly designed user interfaces.

    Remember HTML? XAML is almost as easy as HTML. In some cases, easier.

    3-5 years to get past the first roadblock of horror.