Snowing in Seattle-yeah!

Hard at work though…




IBM, Harvard tap compute cloud for solar research

Interesting example of using the Cloud for the collective good-

Excerpt from:;newsNow

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.


Windows Live Writer is great for SharePoint Blogs

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,, 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. 



Using Flash to display data from SharePoint

I have receiving some emails lately about a post I did re a small project I did a few years ago way back in 2005 where I developed a US map in Flash that aggregated data from a list of regional sales entries stored in SharePoint. 
Essentially everything is done in actionscript calling the owssrv.dll ISAPI extension to retrieve the data in XML format via XMLHTTP.  Funny my co-workers looked at me funny back then when I suggested maybe developing client-side web-parts might be a good idea for working with SharePoint in some simple scenarios-they are not looking funny at this anymore with Web 2.0 these days:)  Anyway, more recently I have been calling the list.asmx web service for this type of thing but I managed to dig up this old project and it still works and figured I would share.  No warrantees. 
To get this set-up yourself and improve it all you need is a place to create a SharePoint list with two fields: Region and Amount.  Region values are East, West, and Central and is a choice field.  Amount is a number type. 
Then fire up the attached Map.fla file, modify the parameters in the actionscript to call your particular list i.e. site URL and List GUID.  Lastly publish the file to HTML and then upload the fla and swf files into a SharePoint document library.  I used a CEWP and copied the HTML from the mapnew.html I had created being careful to edit this file to use the full path to the map.swf file in the doc library where I uploaded to.  Then you can place the CEWP on any site page in the site collection-maybe elsewhere I am not sure. 

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.

Have fun:)  Rod.

Have you seen?

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.


Rod’s mustang featured on

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 

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Cheers!  Only 8 more months until the sun comes back in Seattle.