Friday, December 29, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 35

Welcome to Show 35

Relaxing between Christmas and New Years celebrations
Google broke my blog :(
SportSPeak.NET a new project.

Plans for the new year
Goals - write out a list

Happy coding

This podcast was recorded with Castblaster

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 34

Welcome to Show 34

A busy week leading up to Christmas.

Sunday Breakfast with Nick Randolph - MVP

Christmas Gadget; Zune

TechTalk Blogs

New mashups on ViaVirtualEarth

MEDC talks

Happy coding and a Merry Christmas!

This podcast was recorded with Castblaster

Thursday, December 14, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 33

Welcome to Show 33

Staring Hugo Ortega

Samsung power bank
Hugo's T4210 has gone he is now on the Q1 UMPC as his primary machine
TechTalk blogs guest editor with Dr. Greg and Adam Cogan
TechNet user groups on VE

Topic of the show - Passion....

Fish! A Remarkable Way to Boost Morale and Improve Results
Show us your passion

Happy Coding!

This podcast was recorded on a Samsung Ultra Mobile PC with Castblaster

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

No more conferences this year

As the year draws to a close I am feeling thankful I am not jetting around the world for a few weeks and get time to enjoy slowing down towards the holiday season.
It is a time for reflection, a time for relaxation and a time to get ready for the wonders that 2007 will bring.
In my calendar already are:

Global MVP Summit in Seattle
MEDC Las Vegas
Mix 07 Las Vegas
Tech Ed 2007 Orlando
PDC Los Angeles

Thursday, December 07, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 32

Welcome to Show 32

Staring Hugo Ortega

Castblaster Mike talking to us about UMPC aware Castblaster :)
Hugo still running Windows XP :(
Sun is very shiny in Sydney :)

Topic of the show - Gadgets....
Where was Dr. Neil?



Dr. Neil's Route Finder Gadget

Developing gadgets

Happy Coding!

This podcast was recorded on a Samsung Ultra Mobile PC with Castblaster

Thursday, November 30, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 31

Welcome to Show 31

Staring Hugo Ortega

Welcome to another show

Organizer pack for Samsung Q1
IE7 - Good for screen space - bad for memory

Applications on the UMPC

What do we like?
Outlook! - Craig Pringle on Getting More from a small screen
Games - Spider Solitaire
E-Reader pro

What we would like to see

More lifestyle apps
Education based appliactions that use touch

Happy Coding!

Any other topics you would like us to discuss?

This podcast was recorded on a Samsung Ultra Mobile PC with Castblaster

Thursday, November 23, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 30

Welcome to Show 30

Staring Hugo Ortega

What is cool about Windows Vista?

Start menu search
Programs grouped in Start menu
Sync Center - Dr. Neil's webcast next week
Better TIP
Splash dots when pen down

Vista on UMPC

Happy Coding!

Any other topics you would like us to discuss?

This podcast was recorded on a Samsung Ultra Mobile PC with Castblaster

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

Forthcoming Webcasts

This one looks good - I expect the presenter is rather good ;)

MSDN Webcast: Windows Vista Sync Center for Windows Mobile Developers – Mon, 11/27, 1:00 PM PT
Join Dr. Neil Roodyn as he introduces you to the Windows Vista Sync Center, a centralized location designed to provide a consistent user experience for all synchronization activities. Dr. Neil will illustrate how applications designed for Windows Mobile that either retrieve data from the desktop computer or send data to a desktop computer utilize Sync Center by providing a Sync Center handler.

This webcast should be interesting also, I am not doing this one (at least no one has told me I am!). I presented a session on SideShow at DevConnections. It is an awesome new technology so try to get to this one also.

MSDN Webcast: Creating Gadgets for Windows SideShow in Windows Vista – Tues, 11/28, 10:00 AM PT
Learn about Windows SideShow, a new technology that provides users of the Windows Vista operating system with quick access to data — even when their computers are turned off. In this webcast, we provide you with an overview of the Windows SideShow technology and show you how to create a gadget for Windows SideShow.

Remember these are USA pacific times

Update:The SideShow webcast is being delivered by Dan Polivy. I am not sure what Dan's official title is but having worked with him (on and off) over the last 18 months I would call him one of the senior architects behind the SideShow technology. Apart from being a great guy he knows more about SideShow than nearly anyone else. Looking forward to catching this webcast myself.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Wanted (preferably alive)...

Sydney based internship offered in a young company with lots of opportunities - relaxed environment with formal dress actively discouraged and pool table included. Developing on the bleeding edge of the growing Windows Live Services platform, ASP.NET, AJAX and other technologies that start with “A”. Blah blah blah – you know the rest. Send your resume to

Monday, November 20, 2006

I don't care for OneCare

I have been having issues with Vista running on the Toshiba M400. I installed the RTM bits last week. The Windows Mobile Device Center stopped working, I couldn't VPN in to my clients machines, various other features were misbehaving.
This morning I discovered (thanks to Nick Randolph) that all my issues are actually issues with the OneCare beta. 10 minutes later the OneCare beta was removed from the machine and everything is humming along nicely.
If you are working on the OneCare team (or know someone who is) "come on, sort it out!".

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Sidebar Route Finder Gadget

Now that Vista has RTM'd I thought I should get some of my demos cleaned up and out into the world.

I did a demo of this Gadget at Dev Connections in Las Vegas 10 days ago.
Dr. Neil's Route Finder uses Virtual Earth to find a route using the VE API's.
The Gadget lets you display the route in flyout windows on the desktop or on a SideShow display if you have one available.

Update: changed SideBar to Sidebar to keep Microsoft marketing and Mr. Moth happy ;)

Woops! The link on the page went to the SideShow test gadget - fixed now.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 29

Welcome to Show 29

More chat with Frank Arrigo
We talk about the Regional Director program

Happy coding!

This podcast was recorded on a Samsung Ultra Mobile PC with Castblaster

Dr. Neil's Notes 28

Welcome to Show 28

Frank Arrigo intros himself
We talk about
The history of Frank....
IBM - Microsoft - MSN - Windows Live

Happy coding!

This podcast was recorded on a Samsung Ultra Mobile PC with Castblaster

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

MSDN Webcast: Overview of Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC) Development for Windows Vista

A few weeks back Todd Landstad was a guest on my podcast. Tomorrow you can hear more from Todd on how to build great UMPC applications on Windows Vista.
I can recommend attending this if you are in a timezone where the time is acceptable - hint hint...

No need to register just head over here

Here is the offical blurb:

An ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) is a fully functional computer that is small, mobile, and runs a complete version of a Windows operating system (currently Windows XP Tablet PC Edition 2005 and soon Windows Vista). UMPCs present many new and exciting opportunities for application development. Although your existing knowledge and skills transfer directly to the UMPC, there are some unique circumstances to consider when you are developing applications for these devices. Join us to find out what is involved in developing for the UMPC, and learn how to create outstanding applications for these new devices.

Presenter: Todd Landstad, Product Specialist, Microsoft Corporation

DevConnections Presentations

The three presentations for which I was responsible last week in Las Vegas can now be found here:
Building Power and Network Aware Applications on Windows Vista
Inside Windows SideShow
Architecting Gadgets for Offline Use

The SideShow SideBar gadget is available here.

The Power and Network demo code should be posted on MSDN in the coming weeks, I’ll keep you posted.

The other Gadget demo code needs some cleaning and then I will post it up and update this post.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 27

Welcome to Show 27

Staring "Markus Egger"

We talk about
Tablet PCs
Windows Presentation Foundation
Live Services
Dev Connections
Code Magazine

Happy Coding!

Any other topics you would like us to discuss?

This podcast was recorded on a Samsung Ultra Mobile PC with Castblaster

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Regional Director - Microsoft Australia

After a few weeks conversations, meeting some folks in Redmond and some paper work being passed back and forth I can now gladly announce that I am to be joining Dr. Greg Low and Adam Cogan as a Regional Director for Microsoft Australia.
Frank Arrigo has of course beaten me to blog this.

I have some ideas about what this new role will bring, but will be sure to keep you updated over the coming months as to what it means to be an RD.

Overall I am super happy, it means a great deal to have this kind of recognition of my work in the Microsoft developer space.

Update: A number of people have been asking if this means I am no longer an MVP or if I am now 'employed' by Microsoft. The answer is no. I am still a Windows Live Developer MVP and I am not what 'softies call an FTE (full time employee) or a Blue Badge. You can find out more about the Regional Director program here.

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 26

Welcome to Show 26

Staring "UberTablet"

- Hugo plays with ASUS devices
- Dr. Neil off around the world again - DevConnections

Digitizers - touch, active, external

What does it mean to the user?

What does it mean to the developer?

How should applications behave?

Happy Coding!

Any other topics you would like us to discuss?

This podcast was recorded on a Samsung Ultra Mobile PC with Castblaster

Thursday, October 26, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 25

Welcome to Show 25

Welcome back "UberTablet"

Where UMPC has gone this week:
Vic Police
Country Fire Service

Dr. Neil
Working on Windows Mobile app development

The Main show-
UMPC and Windows Mobile

Any other topics you would like us to discuss?

Happy Coding!

This podcast was recorded on a Samsung Ultra Mobile PC with Castblaster

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 24

Welcome to Show 24

Flying solo today

RC2 up and running on my M400

Cool new mashups on ViaVirtualEarth

Locale - random day out
The River Thames Guide
Update to MSNBC events

Doing some real work :)

Day in the life of....

Zero defect mindest
At what level should the avoidance of technical bugs should be considered in the architecture?

Happy Coding

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 23

Welcome to Show 23

Welcome back to Hugo "UberTablet" Ortega

2 weeks as MVP for Hugo - does it hurt yet?

UMPC retail or enterprise?

Any topics you would like us to discuss?

This podcast was recorded on a Samsung Ultra Mobile PC with Castblaster

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 22

Welcome to Show 22

Welcome back to Hugo "UberTablet" Ortega

The HUGE UMPC video from Hugo

Update on Rohan with cerebral palsy

"Where Was Dr. Neil" gadget
Dr. Neil's Arcasts with Ron Jacobs
Finished a whitepaper on Sync Center in Windows Vista

Leon's favourite Tablet tools
HP + snipping tool

ASUS R2H not shipping with snipping tool?

This podcast was recorded on a Samsung Ultra Mobile PC with Castblaster

Happy Coding

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

ARCast - Zero Defect Software

Another ARCast with Ron Jacobs, this time discussing zero defect software development.

Have we reached the point of giving up on the discipline of finely crafted software? Have we come to expect that every program will crash no matter what we do? I certainly hope not. We can and should do better according to my guest today Dr. Neil Roodyn. We have to have a zero-defect mindset so repeat after me... I will write zero defect software... I will write zero defect software...

Recorded at TechEd Australia, 2006

Friday, October 06, 2006

ARCast - Just Enough Architecture

A couple of months ago on one of my trips to Redmond I met up with Ron Jacobs and recorded this ARCast.
As is typical with most things from Redmond it has taken time to ship but at last you can listen in to our conversation.

How much architecture is enough? I have been on both ends of this. I have seen projects where the architecture was endless filling 3 ring binders with documents that would probably never be read by anybody and I have also been on projects where each developer acted as their own architect and the result was a hodge-podge of functionality cobbled together in a way that was totally irrational. On this episode of ARCast – Dr. Neil Roodyn author of eXtreme .NET shares his perspective on getting the balance just right.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 21

Welcome to Show 21

Welcome back special guest Hugo "UberTablet" Ortega

Hugo is a Tablet PC MVP

Dr. Neil is now a Windows Live Developer MVP

Touchscreen tablet for a 3 year old with cerebral palsy

Redmond - what has Dr. Neil been doing there?

Where is my UMPC pod blaster?

This podcast was recorded on a Samsung Ultra Mobile PC with Castblaster

Happy Coding

Friday, September 29, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 20

Welcome to Show 20

Special guest Hugo "UberTablet" Ortega talks about
the Samsung deal
his Fujitsu
the Vega

Other News

Update to
New mashups on

This podcast was recorded on a Samsung Ultra Mobile PC

Happy Coding

Saturday, September 16, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 19

Welcome to Show 19

Todd and Ink Analysis SDK
Download it here


Handango Summit last weekend - demo of UMPC

In Redmond the rest of this week talking to product teams

New edition of Dynamics of Software Development

RC1 on M400 - looking really good

New version of Virtual Earth

This podcast was recorded on a Samsung Ultra Mobile PC

Happy Coding

Thursday, September 07, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 18

Welcome to Show 18

Back in Sydney, Australia

Is it really 3 weeks since I cast to your pods?

TechEd Australia - awesome
Hugo blogs the whole thing from a Tablet perspective :)

Playing around with ASP.NET 2.0

RC1 up and running on my M400

Lots of cool UMPC applications on Handango

Judging the UMPC contest

Happy coding

Monday, September 04, 2006

Demoware from Microsoft

I have previously posted here on my lack of approval for Apple's iLife demoware. The iLife product looks great in demos and then produces content that can't be viewed on any other platform than OSX.
Well this time it is Microsoft's turn to take the stick. I have been playing around with updating my website. I want to do it using ASP.NET and use the standard 'out of the box' controls. You can see what I have produced so far here
This looks great using IE 6 on Windows XP. In FireFox or Safari it doesnt work quiet so well. It looks like the menu control doesn't scale correctly in FF and totally doesnt work in Safari. The contents don't scale in either FF or Safari. Image alignment doesn't work in FF.
I am only using the standard controls and I am building a v. simple site. I am impressed by the tiny amount of code I have to write to create this site. I am very dissapointed it doesn't just work on all browsers. I could understand there might be issues if I was doing something 'clever' but a basic site like this should just work.
If Microsoft carries on building tools like this then they don't deserve the loyalty of web developers.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Customer Service

It looks like my friend in the UK, Tricky, is suffering from the type of customer service that gives the computer industry a bad name. His M200 Tablet had a fault in the screen and the company he bought it from (PC World) has now had the device for longer than he has!

I was talking to Hugo Ortega about customer service yesterday. Hugo works for Tegatech Australia and one of the things they pride themselves on is a high level of customer service.
It is amazing how much difference it can make to have a faulty product replaced on the same day.

The big companies (like PC World in the UK) don't seem to understand this. They behave as if they are the only company that could ever service your needs. The small niche specialist players like Tegatech are the ones that get the job done and have a passion for their business and the technology they are selling.

Something I have always tried to do is support local small business where the people that work there really care.
It would be good if there was a resource online where we could comment on hardware suppliers. A wiki might suit but there would need to be some policing to prevent the vendors from grading themselves ;)

Monday, August 14, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 17

Welcome to Show 17

Greetings from Seattle, WA

Flew out here 2 weeks ago and I have been spending time with friends, reviewing some new technologies and getting demos ready for TechEd Australia.

Presentation by Tandy Trower on Robotics Studio

Jim and Michele McCarthy have a new edition of Dynamics of Software Development coming soon

New content on ViaVirtualEarth - articles and forums changed

Podcast with Ron Jacobs - who is visiting Sydney for TechEd

Monte Christo - abandoned mining town

Happy coding

Thursday, August 03, 2006

On Monday evening I caught up with my friend Ken Levy who works with the team. Ken suggested a round of mini-golf and dinner at the Newcastle golf club.
The views from the golf course down over the Puget Sound area are fantastic.
We had dinner outside overlooking the golf course, and Ken commented that if this was a date he would be doing pretty well :) Unfortuntely he was dining with me.
He is right though it would be a great place to take a date.
The conversation was, as ever, very geek oriented. We talked a lot about the community aspect of software development and how the strength of a development platform is often in the support from the users to other users.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Everything in moderation, including success

During my morning exercise I had a thought about the phrase “everything in moderation” and how it applies to the achievements we make in life. I believe that in order to really excel in what we do, we need to have focus, determination and discipline.
If you take the “everything in moderation” approach to life you will be more likely to have a normal balanced life. Guess what? Normal people don’t stand out from the crowd. If you want to stand out from the crowd, fulfill your potential and really succeed in some area then you need to get extreme in that area of your life.

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 16

Welcome to Show 16
Greetings from the UK

Since we spoke I have been to Wales, Weymouth, Reading and around London

Working with Tricky on some new projects.
Remerged - a place for designers to meet and learn and show off.

Last Wednesday I presented a session at the London .NET User Group on eXtreme .NET
So much of what we do is about attitude.

AWS, excellent work on the RNLI project

Australia has better maps and aerial imagery on Virtual Earth

Happy coding

Thursday, July 20, 2006

London .NET User Group

Last night I gave a presentation on eXtreme .NET at the London .NET User Group.
This PDF contains the core content from the presentation.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 15

Welcome to Show 15

Greetings from the UK

Landing in London - jet lag
Sun shine is here - summer time in the UK

PodShow - is that it?
Issues with finding features

World cup is over

TechEd in Australia
3 sessions - Virtual Earth, Vista features for the mobile PC, Building an app for SP, PPC and UMPC

new pushpin hacks
forum is changing

Happy coding

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Australian and looking towards the USA

Over the last few years I have been working with CxC. In that time CxC has established itself in the USA and I have helped them expand and start working with new clients.

If you live in Australia and are interested in working in the USA for a high profile company then you should try to get along to one of the next one hour sponsorship seminars running in Sydney on July 24, 25, 26 and 27th. You can register here

If you have a particular interest in working on a project with Microsoft then please get in touch with me to discuss possible opportunities.

Thursday, June 22, 2006

MS Spaces won't let me write PORN

This morning I tried to write a post about a news story that involves porn filters!10912CE24D267E33!331.entry
The word porn is not allowed in a Spaces blog entry. Maybe they shouldn't allow words like OSX or Skype either.


Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 13

Welcome to Show 13

Back in Seattle

TechEd in Boston last week
UMPCs were there
2 presentations:
1 application on Smartphone and Pocket PC
Sharing assets between .NET Compact Framework and full .NET Framework

Next few weeks building samples and writing articles
Anything you would like to see?

Happy coding

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 12

Welcome to Show 12

Still in Sydney, Australia
MEDC Melbourne - felt like a fantastic event
Vista Touch down
Virtual Earth
new articles, new samples on getting launched
Interactive SDK, new forum space

Happy coding

Saturday, May 20, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 11

Welcome to Show 11

Back in Sydney, Australia
MEDC Las Vegas - great event fantastic community led content over 50% sessions
MEDC Melbourne next week
New Keyboard with display the Logitech G15 - awesome

Videocast? interested?

Vista touchdown - learn to use the new features in Vista in your application

TechEd USA - Sharing assets between .NET CF and .NET full and Building apps that run on SP and PPC

What do you want on this show?

Happy coding

Monday, May 08, 2006

Conference Season is here

I have just landed in Las Vegas for MEDC. The pre-conference sessions start tomorrow morning. There are crew running around getting the rooms ready, laying cables, setting up the wireless network and moving furniture around. The speakers are all in hiding no doubt putting the finishing touches to their powerpoint slides.

I am sitting in the speaker room getting some things finished and checking through my mail, even during the weekends it seems to pile up.

Meanwhile downunder my good friend Uber Tablet Geek Hugo Ortega is getting set up for CeBit Australia in Sydney.
Not only is Hugo going to be at CeBit (I expect showing off Tablet PCs) but he is the official CeBit Australia blogger!
Way to go Hugo.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

MEDC Australia - Mike Hall beat me

That Mike Hall is so quick off the draw. He beat me to be the first to announce the speakers at MEDC Australia on May 25th.
My last PodCast covered off the content in the Windows Mobile track, you can find out more from the event website.
The speak line up is awesome, it includes 2 (count them) .NET doctors and a professor of embedded systems - what more could you want?

Mike Hall thinks it will be a hoot, whatever that means!

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Dinner Conversations

Last night I went over to my friends Lisa and Terry for dinner. The food was amazing, Lisa goes to a special effort when I go over for food, I never complain :)
We talked about SciFi, politics, environment and a heap of other interesting topics.
One of the topics we discussed was DNA and genetics, as an avid reader I ussually suggest some books that have not been read by everyone around the table.
My recommended reading for last night was:

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 9

Show 9

Still in the USA
Last week in Silicon Valley
The buzz is coming back

Web 2.0 what does it mean - Tricky is getting his head around it

Coming up MEDC USA and MEDC Australia

Happy coding!

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 8 - special edition

Show 8

Greetings from Seattle, Washington
A special edition with Jim & Michele McCarthy - raw and unedited


eXtreme .NET

Jim's voice navigation system - was it Madge?

Happy coding!

Saturday, April 08, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 7

Show 7

Greetings from Seattle, Washington
Weekend in New York
Sync Center Web Cast
ViaVirtualEarth team members in Seattle
Virtual Earth Commercial use
MEDC Melbourne Australia, May 25th
Happy coding!

Monday, April 03, 2006

Playing with a UMPC

This weekend I have been playing with a UMPC ;)
It is a pre-production unit that was lent to me for the weekend. It takes a bit of getting accustomed to a touch screen. I am used to the screen only reacting to my stylus. After an hour with the UMPC I went back to my Sahara slate and found myself trying to use my finger to interact with the machine. Touch is a very intuitive way to interact with a user interface.
I feel there a number of exciting opportunities for the UMPC. I would like one as a coffee table device at home. I can see it would be useful as quick note taking device and have been using it for IM. If the battery lasted a bit longer (getting just over 2 hours on this one) I would like it as a portable media player. The sync story needs to be better, if all my email and contacts could easily (without me having to do anything) sync between my desktop and my UMPC then I would get one as a diary / organiser.

I would recommend getting one with 512MB of RAM, or more. I see some of the offerings out there are shipping entry level units with 256MB and 30GB hard drives. WTF!
I can’t see the point, the device will be unusable for much more than web browsing. I expect many sold with this configuration will lead to disappointment.
The minimum spec should be 512MB RAM and 40GB hard drive. My iPOD has a 60GB drive and is nearly full, and that is just music, podcasts and photos.
I will probably get one this year to play with. I would like to cut some code for the device. I have a couple of ideas rattling around in my head.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

What no PodCast?

Sorry I am at the end of the world here in Seattle, where things go a little slower. I am so used to living in the future in Sydney!
It has been a really busy week, members of the ViaVirtualEarth team have been in Seattle. It has been a week packed out with meetings. A true Aussie would say "I'm flat out like a lizard drinkin' "
Tricky has been hanging out with me and getting his head around some cool new technology.
The Poly9 boys have also been in town. It has been a week of mashup madness!

Thursday, March 30, 2006

Webcast: Centralizing Data Synchronization - 3/30, 11am PT

I am doing a Web Cast on the Vista Sync Center tomorrow.

Centralizing Data Synchronization
The new Sync Center in Windows Vista will become the hub for all data synchronization between the PC and applications, services, devices and other computers. Join Dr. Neil Roodyn as he takes a closer look at the development framework as well as the end user experience that Sync Center helps create.

Attendee link:

Friday, March 24, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 6

Show 6
Greetings from the UK
Mix 06

Vista Touchdown Airlift
Ian G.
3 things Ian likes about Vista
1: UAC
2: .NET & Winfx ships by default
3: The little things that all add up ;)
Happy coding!

Friday, March 17, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 5

Show 5

Greetings from London
Sunday Sydney - breakfast by the beach
Singapore - Monday meetings
Tuesday night London
Richard "Tricky" Bassett from TrickyBusiness

Ways to get creative with software development
Tricky will post more here:

Happy coding!

Thursday, March 16, 2006

A Tricky Blog

Over the last 10 years Tricky has become both a great friend and we have worked on some cool projects together, such as Tricky has started blogging on things that interest him, such as design and branding. Welcome to the wonderful world of blogs!

Friday, March 10, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 4

Show 4

Welcome to Dr. Neil's Notes
Another sunny sunday breakfast - with Wayne Smith from the Microsoft Expression group

Talk'n Tablet Downunder

Project schedules - Parkinson's Law "Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion"
Schedule delivery on Friday not Monday!

Tuesday was my Birthday!! I got iLife 06

ViaVirtualEarth news
- new competition
- Driving Directions

Windows Live Preview at NineMSN office in Sydney
If you want an invite to Windows Live Messenger let me know

Happy Coding
Background music by Alex

Monday, March 06, 2006

Tablet Guys Hijack Windows Mobile User Group

Tonight was the Sydney Windows Mobile User Group, I was going to give a presentation on ActiveSync development but for various reasons that got side tracked and then canned. It turned out that Craig Pringle was in Sydney from New Zealand and Uber Tablet Geek Hugo Ortega was also at the meeting.
So all the talk was about Tablet PCs, apps such as Active Words, speculation about Origami and Vista on Tablets. Oh well people seemed to have a good time, maybe that was because we were in the XBox room :)

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Another Sunny Sunday Breakfast

This morning I drove into the CBD to meet Wayne Smith who is in town from the UK. Wayne works in the Expression group at Microsoft and was in Sydney for WebDU.
It didn't take much to persuade him to get a ferry across the harbour to Manly and then to my favourite breakfast place.
We chatted about many things; news in England, Tablet PCs, Windows Vista and of course the new Expression tools.
It was a gorgious morning and a perfect way to start a Sunday.

Thursday, March 02, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 3

Show number 3 is up.

Welcome to Dr. Neil's Notes
Breakfast by the beach - Cogans, Billy Hollis, Luke Burton, UberTablet Geek Family Ortagas
Doing the night shift - a week of getting up in the middle of the night for LiveMeetings
Vista LiveMeeting for Sync Center
Virtual Earth Madness - want to win an XBox 360?
AusDotNet -
Origami discussion
Estimating time for developer jobs
Break it down - break it down
New version of Windows Live Messenger Beta
what happened to seeing contacts by status?
Happy Coding
Background music by Alex

Friday, February 24, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes 2

Show number 2 is up.

Weekend in Coffs Harbour making new friends.

Patterns and Practices Summit in Sydney
Lots of content on Agile ;)

Patterns for Introducing Change

Win32 development left for dead?

Scoble nudges us towards Origami Project, what could it be ?

Until the next time, Happy Coding

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Dr. Neil's Notes

Dr. Neil's Notes is the first in what I hope will become a regular podcast. Containing my thoughts and comments for software developers.
Show Notes:
Grettings to Dr. Neil's Notes
Why am I doing this?
Alex Brooke
UberTablet -
Topics from the AusDotNet mailing list
Zero Defect Mindset
Chairs - Aeron - Herman Miller

Happy Coding

Wednesday, February 08, 2006


Last night I went to the Sydney Windows Mobile User Group. A great bunch of gadget geeks. UberTabletGeek, Hugo presented on Tablet PCs, he is very funny and you should read his blog post and his demo video is great!

Update: I promised I would post which VNC viewer I was using on my Pcoket PC - I use the VNCViewer from

Update 2: Leon's email arrived!

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Another Tablet Fan Downunder

Hugo Ortega has been busy preaching the benefits of Tablet PC's ever since I introduced him to the wonderful technology last year.
He has now started blogging at UberTablet.
Great work Hugo, and welcome to the blogosphere.

Monday, January 02, 2006

New Wheels for new technology

'tis the season to recieve new technology! One of my recent aquisitions has been a desktop PC to replace the 3 year old box that has been hidden under my desk. The new box is heavier and bigger than the previous one and I have had enough of messing around under my desk.
The plan a set of wheels for the new PC, essentially a skateboard for my PC. The parts; 1 shelf, 4 casters, 2 door handles a bunch of screws. The tools; a drill, a screwdriver, some elbow grease.
The results: