Jeremiah Morrill: “If you’ve been following my Twitter stream the last few months, you might have noticed I’ve been taking what looks like some pretty cheap shots at WPF (and Silverlight for that matter) performance. Why would I do that? After all I have invested hundreds, and hundreds of hours of my own time over the years, evangelizing the platform, building libraries, community help, guidance etc. I am by definition, personally invested. I want to see the platforms get better.”

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“Exclusive: Nokia’s Windows Phone 7 concept revealed!”

Vlad Savov: “Look what we’ve found! This is the first image you’ll see anywhere of the early fruit of Microsoft and Nokia’s budding new partnership. We have it on good authority that the technicolor phones on show are conceptual devices produced by the two companies. You shouldn’t, therefore, go jumping to conclusions about retail hardware just yet, but hearts should be warmed by the familiarity of Nokia’s new design—the shape of these handsets is somewhere between its recent N8 and C7 Symbian devices and there is, as usual for Nokia, a choice of sprightly colors. The trio of keys adorning the new concept’s bottom give away its Windows Phone 7 ties, but also remind us that the N8 and E7 are highly unlikely to receive any WP7 upgrade love. The best part about this whole discovery, however, might be that it confirms Steve Ballmer’s assertion that the engineers of both companies have ‘spent a lot of time on this already.’”

“Microsoft $2.25 Billion Debt May Reward Shareholders”

Sapna Maheshwari and John Detrixhe: “Credit quality will weaken among investment-grade issuers this year as companies facing ‘limited’ business opportunities, take advantage of relatively low interest rates to repurchase stock, according to Janney Montgomery Scott LLC. Bonds issued by Microsoft in its last U.S. offering in September have tumbled, while the company’s shares have climbed 14.4 percent.”

“WPF: adding thumbnail buttons to Windows 7 Task Bar”

Brian Lagunas tweeted by Scott Guthrie: “Thumbnail buttons are buttons that can be added over your application’s icon that allow the user to execute custom actions.  If you are using the Windows Scenic theme, the buttons will show just below the applications screenshot when you hover over the application icon in the task bar.”

“WP7: Den Text-Cursor bei der Eingabe von Text exakt positionieren”

Eingestellt von Martin: “Der Finger wird leicht auf den Bildschirm gedrückt und gehalten. Nach einer halben Sekunde erscheint mit einer kleinen Animation ein virtuelles Cursor-Symbol. Weiter den Finger auf dem Bildschirm halten und über den Text (den Bildschirm) bewegen. Das virtuelle Cursor-Symbol folgt der Bewegung des Fingers und bewegt sich durch den Text. Dann einfach den Finger vom Bildschirm nehmen, sobald das Cursor-Symbol an der gewünschten Position ist.”


50 shares of Nokia were ordered with my IRA today [2/20]. The playful speculation here is that Nokia will become a Microsoft company. Dudes like Paul Thurrott call for Microsoft to split into separate companies. In my ridiculousness, I’m saying that Microsoft’s expanding relationship with Nokia is Ballmer’s way of “splitting” into two companies. I sound silly don’t I? I am unable to articulate why this Microsoft-Nokia thing is different than, say, a Microsoft-Intel thing from salad days past—but it is…

The “right” people “hate” Microsoft so much that Nokia’s stock has dropped. So I’ve bought a dead company—or I’ve bought a stock at a ‘discount’ that will either recover from its Microsoft madness—or I’ve bought into the future of Silverlight and one of the greatest mobile tooling innovations ever known to mankind.

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Popular Mechanics: “Sometimes the company can feel like a cult. Like, they give us all this little paper pamphlet, and it says things like—and I’m paraphrasing here—‘Apple is our soul, our people are our soul.’ Or ‘We aim to provide technological greatness.’ And there was this one training session in which they started telling us how to work on our personality, and separating people into those with an external focus and an internal focus. It was just weird.”

“India’s most expensive movie [Endhiran] yields most astonishingly violent and demented action-scene in cinematic history”

Cory Doctorow: “Killer robots, a seeming infinitude of them, outnumbered only by the endless cannon-fodder Indian soldiers, each with his own machinegun. There are many like it, but this one is his. And it will soon be the killer robots. They will form into enormous, improbable geometrical solids, and they will improvise with those guns to create enormous whirling ballistic buzz-saws of death, except when they’re forming up into huge, stylized cobras and such. And there are lorries filled with gas bottles, daring kamikaze missile-firing choppers (each more doomed than the last), and, of course, a software worm with the power to overcome them. Or does it?”

“CES 2011: Kitara synth-guitar”

Rob Beschizza: “Unlike keytars, which remain keyboards, or MIDI guitars, which are ‘too temperamental,’ his Kitara keeps the frets but replaces the strings with an 8-inch multi-touch display. Inside is a polyphonic synthesizer, with 100 default sounds and 6 effect, each of which can be assigned to different ‘strings.’”

“Epson introduces two high-volume business inkjets”

Sarah Meyer: “The B-310N uses four individual high-capacity cartridges that Epson estimates can print 3,000 (black) to 3,500 (color) pages before exhaustion with an ink cost as low as six cents per color page. Additional features include: print speeds up to 19 pages per minute (ppm) in black and 18 ppm in color, a monthly duty cycle of 10,000 pages, print resolution up to 5760 x 1440 dpi, and 32 MB of memory standard.”

Jeremy Likness: “Next comes the fun part. There may be a case for an inversion of control container here, but I’m going to follow a fairly common pattern but instead of shoving a bunch of variables into the App object, I’ll create a GlobalManager class for the MVVM concerns. Now this is a static class and of course that concerns some people for becoming problematic down the road because the views will be tightly bound (plus it’s one of those hated singletons). In this case it just doesn’t bother me. I unit test the view models, not necessarily the views, and use design-time data in the views. Therefore, the binding for me doesn’t pose a threat as I can still grab the view models and run them in isolation while mocking the interfaces.”

Also: “C#er : IMage: A Silverlight MVVM Feed Reader from Scratch in 30 Minutes

“Navigation in a #WP7 application with MVVM Light”

Laurent Bugnion: “In his excellent series ‘MVVM Light Toolkit soup to nuts’, Jesse Liberty proposes one approach using the MVVM Light messaging infrastructure. While this works fine, I would like to show here another approach using what I call a ‘view service’, i.e. an abstracted service that is invoked from the viewmodel, and implemented on the view.”

“Coding4Fun Windows Phone Toolkit”

Greg Duncan: “Need an ‘About’ for your Windows Phone 7 app? Toggle button? TimeSpan Picker? A number of value to visibility converters? Why re-invent the wheel, when the Coding4Fun team, having run into their own challenges in building Windows Phone 7 app’s, have built them for you?”

“Windows Azure Emulators On Your Desktop”

Buck Woody: “Many people feel they have to set up a full Azure subscription online to try out and develop on Windows Azure. But you don’t have to do that right away. In fact, you can download the Windows Azure Compute Emulator – a ‘cloud development environment’ – right on your desktop.”

“Microsoft: ‘over 2 million’ Windows Phone 7 licenses sold to manufacturers so far”

Chris Ziegler: “What does that tell us? Well, let’s get the elephant in the room out of the way: the iPhone 4 sold 3 million units in a little under a month after its launch, so Microsoft clearly has plenty of room to catch up—but that comes as no surprise to us, analysts, or Microsoft itself. Furthermore, selling a license to an OEM isn’t the same as selling a phone to a customer, since many of these manufactured devices are sitting on store shelves; it’s unclear exactly how many WP7 devices are actually in users’ pockets right now, but the number is certainly less than ‘over 2 million.’”