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simon allardice is messing around with wpf and wpf/e...this could get dangerous.  you know simon, the smart "chap" that talks funny? (which he's actually saying about all of us).  he's a wicked smart guy with unusually high right-brain activity...

he's come up with a wpf/e sample in the first of what hopes to be many "better than hello world" examples:

check it out

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microsoft has confirmed the next professional developer conference (pdc) for 2007 will be in los angeles, ca october 2-5, 2007.  mark your calendars now!

watch http://msdn.microsoft.com/events/pdc for updates.

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today over at the , michael klucher announced the release of the xna game studio express.  this is a free tool to aid in the development of pc and xbox360 game development.

yes, xbox360.  .net + xbox360.

how you say?  well, although the xna game studio express tools are free, the ability to deploy them to the xbo360 will require membership in the xna creator's club.  oh sure, wha'ts that a million dollar fee? actually no.  it's $99 US a year.  pretty reasonable i would say.  this helps you get it on the xbox and in the creator's club list on xbox live.  i think it is a pretty cool concept and may even try a few myself.

to purchase the xna creators club membership, you go through xbox live marketplace -- read michael's post for details.

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i recently hit a weird snag when i went to change a sample application from using version 3 to version 4.

with doing nothing at all but changing the "v3" text in the virtual earth control reference to "v4" i suddenly got this error message:

"Sys.InvalidOperationException: Object Microsoft already exists and is not a namespace.”

my VE control reference was in my <head> tag, and as soon as I moved it within the body tag, the error went away and all is well.  so there you have it -- if you are getting this error of course :-)

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while in a local walmart the other day i walked by the very visible ipod display (yes, the zune one was there around the corner and equally as impressive).  i noticed something not right in the "completely remastered" display case:

Non ipod in ipod display

see on the white disc, that is not an ipod.  i chuckled and then felt bad (only for a nano second -- pun intended).  a consumer who might not be as educated (and yes i actually did witness some people talking about 'the cube ipod nano' after looking at this display) misinterpreting this display.

ipod and apple are strong brands.  this detracts from them.  i'm pretty sure that spot is reserved for the black nano, but the mobiBLU is taking it's space right now -- in a case that is clearly ipodified.

so it seems zune isn't the only one who suffers from retail end-channel misrepresentations...