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A story of Murphy – my technical issues at TechDays Switzerland #chtd

Personal, Technical stuff, Work
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I had two sessions at the recent Swiss TechDays. While the first one (Advanced Development for Windows Phone 8) went extremely well (I think), I had a very annoying technical issue in the beginning of my second session.

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Oredev 2012: Summary and source code

.NET, Blend, MVVM, Personal, Technical stuff, UX, Windows 8, Windows Phone, Work
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This week, I had the pleasure to be invited to talk at Oredev, a really cool conference taking place in Malmo, Sweden. The whole event is awesome, including a very special dinner on Monday including sauna and swimming in a 6 degrees cold Baltic sea, and a reception with dinner at the town hall, including the mayor himself. Considering Malmo is a town of 300’000 inhabitants, it is a pretty nice occasion and the historical building itself is really worth seeing. For those interested, I placed my pictures on my Flickr account.

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Quick travel tip: charging USB devices from the Samsung Slate 7

Build, Personal, Phone, Technical stuff, Windows 8
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For those of you who have the Samsung Slate 7 that Microsoft gave at Build (or that you purchase yourself!), and who are travelling: I hate to take chargers for all my gadgets, especially since my Windows Phone, my Bluetooth stereo headset and my Kindle (amongst others) all use micro-USB to charge. So I just take a couple of micro USB cables and I can charge my devices from the PC.

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Three years at IdentityMine – and more to come!

IdentityMine, Personal, UX, Work
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Today is the first day of my fourth year at IdentityMine. I can hardly believe how fast it went, and how exciting the trip has been so far. In the past three years, I have had the chance to work on exciting technologies like Windows Presentation Foundation (which is still very much active, and even more exciting since we now have the possibility to add Kinect interactions to any WPF application!), Silverlight, Windows Phone 7 (for which we have a lot of work right now), Microsoft Surface (for which we are close partners from Microsoft, both for version 1 and for the upcoming version 2 which is even more exciting thanks to the new form factor, improved resolution, etc), Kinect (do I even need to explain why this is exciting?) and more.

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Steve Jobs, the legacy

Personal, UX
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Today is a weird day. I just got the news, as I woke up, that Steve Jobs passed away last night. This news affected me more than I thought it would. I felt the need to write about these emotions, and about my history with Apple. This is probably more for myself than for the reader, so feel free to skip ahead if you don’t like this, but it felt appropriate to keep a few thoughts at this time.

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Prepping a conference

Personal, Technical stuff, Work
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I have had the chance to talk at many conferences these past few years, and came up with a way to prepare them which works really well for me. Most importantly, it would make it quite easy to overcome an emergency (for example if my laptop would suddenly lose data). The whole code as well as the slides and other documents are in the cloud. I also use source control for my demos, so that I always have the latest and the greatest, but also a history of changes I made to my demos. Finally I have a system of code snippets which works great, and I often had very positive remarks from the audience regarding that.

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Real life UX is still UX

Personal, Technical stuff, UX, Work
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Note: I posted that on Posterous, but on second thoughts it belongs on this blog too. After all, making UX better is what this is all about, in the end, and not just for computer applications. So apologies to those of you who read that on my Posterous already!

The user experience at the Unispital in Zurich is so bad I had to laugh in the face of the receptionist.

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How to correctly say my name in the Swiss manner

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As an answer to the suggestion by my friend Andrea, here is how my name is pronounced in Switzerland (at least in the French speaking part, where I come from, as opposed to the German speaking part, where I live).

This was motivated by the always wonderful Adam Kinney talking with Jesse Liberty about MVVM Light and trying to say my name like I once taught him Smile While I salute the effort, and while the first name is “almost there”, there is still work to do for the last name (listen from 18:00).

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A new beginning

Blog, Personal, Work
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In the past few weeks, I have not been the most prolific blogger. In fact, I have been so busy with work and book writing that it feels like the past few months have been a very concentrated whirlwind of activities. However, the good news is that I will get a welcomed respite very soon, and am very excited to resume blogging on a regular basis. And believe me, I have tons of content on Silverlight, Windows Phone 7 development, Expression Blend, integration, developer-designer workflow, MVVM and other exciting topics!

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Silverlight MVP of the year

.NET, MVP, Personal, Silverlight, Technical stuff, Work
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MVP_Horizontal_FullColor_cc[1] Here is a quick news from the MVP summit in Redmond. Things here are amazing, with a lot of good news (that will be made public at MIX, so in the mean time I cannot say anything more about it, except that it is awesome). The summit is, amongst other things, an amazing way to connect with other MVPs and with the product group. This is an amazing community to be a part of, full of really smart people.

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