You can now copy Twitter on the routes and workouts you create. Looks like Facebook coming soon:)
Interesting example of using the Cloud for the collective good-
Harvard University and IBM have launched a project to harness the computing muscle of thousands of computers to discover cheap solar energy materials.
The initiative, announced Monday, is part of the IBM-sponsored World Community Grid, which seeks to speed up research on humanitarian challenges with a grid of connected computers.
The idea is that people and organizations donate computing time to these efforts. A grid server doles out tasks to disparate machines to speed up computational jobs.
IBM also said that it will test running the grid software on an internal compute cloud to tap idle time.
Existing World Community Grid projects are aimed at developing a more nutritious rice as well as conducting cancer and AIDS research. The Harvard project wants to test the chemical properties of a number of organic materials with the aim of determining which are most promising for use as solar cells.
Sample training video hosted in Silverlight Streaming Service and can be embedded directly into your Blog easily using Windows Live Writer Insert Silverlight Streaming feature.
Excerpt from Wikipedia:
Currently compatible with Windows Live Spaces, Blogger, LiveJournal, TypePad, WordPress, Community_Server, PBlogs.gr, JournalHome, the MetaWeblog API, the Moveable Type API, and all blogs that support RSD (Really Simple Discoverability).
Windows Live Writer introduces the Provider Customization API that enables both rich customization of Windows Live Writer’s behavior as well as the opportunity to add new functionality to the product. Currently Windows Live Spaces, WordPress, and TypePad have all taken advantage of this API to expose additional service-specific features within Windows Live Writer.
Windows Live Writer is currently available in 6 different languages.
Here is a training video I did using Windows Media Encoder for screen capture, Microsoft Media Encoder to encode and post directly to the Silverlight Streaming Service. From Windows Live Writer I can insert a video from my Silverlight Streaming Service directly-even get a preview mode of the video-nice. I use WLW to post to my Spaces Blog and then syndicate to my notes in Facebook, my blog on OfficeLive, and my blog page on our company intranet all via categorized RSS Feeds provided by Spaces. I also use here on my blog to display recent posts. WLW really simplifies inserting pictures, videos, maps, etc. plus you can develop your own add-ins which is cool.
One thing to watch out for is security settings for Flash have been updated a bit since I did this initially so I had to to allow Flash to access data from the internet making my SharePoint site trusted. The link is in the security settings text file in the Flash Map folder.
Widgets are configurable and can be added to directly to several social networking
sites such as FaceBook, MySpace, Blogger, etc and can even be added as web parts to SharePoint. Example is a widget for playing YouTube videos on your site and another provides your users links to all your profiles on all your social networking sites so they can find you where they frequent most often.
Ok, this isn’t that big of a deal but this is a cool place to check out
some cool mustangs from everyday folks around the world.
My car is featured for December
Check out all the mustangs at http://www.mustangworld.com
Cheers! Only 8 more months until the sun comes back in Seattle.