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frankarr – an aussie microsoft blogger

Ponderings from the Pacific Northwest by an Aussie Geek who works at a software company

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‘The time has come,’ the Walrus said, ‘To talk of many things:"

Thu, 05 Sep 2013 20:33:00 +0000

Yes, the time has indeed come. After 22 years, 3 months, 2 weeks, 3 days, I've decided to leave Microsoft. Yes,  you've heard correct. It's time! My time with Microsoft started way back on 1991, in Canberra, as a Systems Engineer. I was the first technical guy in a small team of 4 people. I...

Not clicking, waving….

Tue, 16 Aug 2011 22:55:43 +0000

I’ve been helping my kids with their homework, and one of them (I wont name who, so as to avoid any embarrassment) had to deliver a presentation in PowerPoint. I wanted to add a bit of pizzazz to the experience looked at hooking up a Kinect so that they could present with gestures, rather than...

My Geek Origin Story

Tue, 16 Aug 2011 22:00:09 +0000

Michael Kordahi, aka Delicate Genius, is asking for Geek Origin Stories. How can I not contribute to this worthy cause…… The year  was 1981, and my high school, CBC StKilda,  got a fancy new Cromenco computer system. I was asked to man the computer lab by my math teacher, Mrs Fagin, and to pass the...

20? meh – Just another day

Fri, 20 May 2011 06:02:22 +0000

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. 1991 was a big year for me. I got married. I bought a house. My first child was born AND I joined Microsoft on May 20, 1991 Today marks my 20th year anniversary at Microsoft. As I have done for the past few years (19, 18,...

My second #WP7 App – Saints Footy

Thu, 05 May 2011 20:03:29 +0000

Ok, so I’m on a roll!  Last week I got my first #WP7 App out. This week , I grabbed the v2 of the Social Viewer Template for Windows Phone 7 from codeplex and put together another windows phone 7 app, which I called Saints Footy. It has twitter feeds, feeds from news sites and...

My #WP7 App – FrankArr Tracker

Thu, 28 Apr 2011 21:52:23 +0000

I’ve been meaning to write an Windows Phone app for ages. I even told Brandon Watson that I would. I just never got around to it, until I saw a tweet from Nick Hodge which inspired me to get started Nick pointed me to the Windows Phone 7 Social Viewer Application Template that Nick Randolph...

MIX11 or as I like to call it MMXI?

Sat, 09 Apr 2011 15:35:09 +0000

I made the long trip to the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, which is where MIX 11 is being held this year.  It should be a good one this year – the sessions look great and the keynotes are not to be missed. I said it before, and I’ll say it again – the...

Mayorships up for grabs

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 14:38:43 +0000

I love playing foursquare, and I have just started using a wonderful foursquare app on my Windows Phone called 4th and Mayor. So, I am the “mayor” of a bunch of places. At one point, I got to 30 venues. Anyways, since I’m leaving town, the mayorship of the spots will be up for grabs....

Wait, What?

Mon, 21 Mar 2011 11:28:02 +0000

So, I’m sitting in a hotel room in downtown Kirkland, wrapping up my affairs, and getting ready to move back to Australia. Wait, What? Yup – I’m heading back down under. Now, I say *I* because the rest of my family already went back nearly 2 months ago. Wait, What? Here they are at Sea-Tax...

The word of the year is ”App”! ?

Thu, 13 Jan 2011 14:44:00 +0000

I saw  a news article recently that the word of the year for 2010 was “App”, as voted by the American Dialect Society So true. I picked up a Windows Phone 7 when it launched back in November. I’m a loyal (some say foolish) T-Mobile customer, so I went with the T-Mobile HTC HD7 I...