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Michael Butler Michael Butler Just a software kind of guy.
  • Learning Azure

    The Azure Friday set of videos here on Channel 9 helped me the most.



  • Future Decoded

    @LarryLarsen: Cool - what with FutureDecoded and then the forthcoming Connect, I'm going to be spending a lot of time this month with Channel 9 :)

  • Future Decoded


    Looks to have been a good day one and day two sounds great too.

    Did anybody go?

    Will the sessions and keynotes be available via Channel 9?



  • Microsoft's first gaming console

    One of the first games I created on the ZX Spectrum (with the Quill Text Adventure Creator) featured an MSX as its main plot point. Actually I called it the MZX in the game for reasons I can't remember.

    The plot of the game "Jim's Party' was to "borrow" a copy of an MZX game from Jim, as there weren't many games in the UK for the machine and this was the only way the player character could get hold of one.



  • October 6th ​Announcemen​ts

    Band 2 ordered, 950XL will be ordered as soon as it can be.

    Would love the Surface Book but will wait for the reviews (and it to be available in the UK)

    The only question is, do I want to order a Surface Pro 4 in the meantime. I only have a Surface 3 and that 16gb of RAM looks awfully tempting.

  • Google is now Alphabet

    At first I had to check to make sure it wasn't April 1st.

  • Tips for the Microsoft Band?

    @Ian2:It's a nice device, battery life is okay unless you switch the GPS on and then it lasts about a day. Finding time to charge it when you are wearing it to monitor sleep can be a pain, but can I can get about 48 hours out of it on most days. I tend to put it on charge when I'm having a shower or washing up - because water isn't the Band's friend.

    UV sensor is good, but not that I'm out in the sun much anyway.

    Cortana integration is okay for simple questions, other wise the band will refer you to the phone.


  • Only April 29 Session of Build on the C9 Xbox One App

    I had the same problem, but once I started using Search rather than Browse, I could find all the sessions.

    It was a pain to start with having to search just a few letters from the session title, or the name of the presenter will get you the stuff. But the stuff is available.




  • Anyone notice some //build/ and Ignite sessions are delivered via Office Mix?

    It would be nice to be able to get a link into a specific time in the video.

    I wanted to link the database stuff in the Key Note 2 to some DBAs, it would have nice to have a url which went to one of the bookmarks in the video. I had to resort to telling them to jump the video to a specific time.

  • Tablets are dying

    I've owned various tablets over the years, but 9/10 I'll reach for my phone first.

    Whether sat at home on the sofa, or in the office, or in a coffee shop - the phone is just more convenient.

    My view of the future is one where my phone is the only device I need. Plug it into a dock, it becomes my "PC" replacement. Want to play a movie or a game, 'cast it to the TV or console for a larger screen.

    We are a long way from this, especially if I want to write code on it. So for now I'm sticking with the phone/laptop combo. Not sure I need a tablet anymore, unless it is part of the laptop configuration like a Surface device.

    Although saying all that, until screen technology improves. I'll stick with my Kindle Paperwhite for reading books.