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Point of Views for Windows 8 Published in Visual Studio Magazine (August 2012)

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I have a new cover story article published in print and online in Visual Studio Magazine today called, “New Views on Windows 8 Metro-Style Development”. This article takes a look at the FlipView, ListView and GridView controls new for Windows 8 Metro-style applications. They'll become key tools for building great-looking UIs. See below for more information and a link to the online article in case you don’t get a print copy. Article Introduction With Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012 getting closer to general availability, Microsoft-focused developers are starting to pay closer attention. They're not only trying
to understand the ins and outs of Windows 8, but are also wrapping their heads around a new runtime called Windows Runtime (WinRT). WinRT is the new Microsoft programming model to build Metro-style apps using Windows 8. One of the challenges developers face with WinRT is learning how to use the new controls introduced with the release: FlipView, ListView and GridView. While the controls sound similar, they're different in many ways. Read on to learn how and when to use each. The Full Article The full article is hosted on Visual Studio Magazine and you can...(Read whole news on source site)

Configuring Windows Azure Services for Windows Server

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Contents: Introduction Prerequisites Configuring the Service Management Portal/Web Sites Controller Introduction The Microsoft Hosting site describes a new multi-tenanted IaaS offering for hosting service providers that the Windows Server team announced at the Worldwide Partners Conference (WPC) 2012, held in Houston, TX on 7/8 through 7/12/2012: The new elements of Windows Azure Services for Windows Server 2008 R2 or 2012 (WAS4WS) are the Service Management Portal and API (SMPA); Web Sites and Virtual Machines
are features of Windows Azure Virtual Machines (WAVM), the IaaS service that the Windows Azure team announced at the MEET Windows Azure event in San Francisco, CA held on 6/7/2012. Licensing Requirements Although Hosting Service Providers are the target demographic for WAS4WS, large enterprises should consider the service for on-site, self-service deployment of development and production computing resources to business units in a private or hybrid cloud. SMPA emulates the new Windows Azure Management Portal Preview, which also emerged on 6/7/2012. When this post was written, WAS4WS required a Service Provider Licensing Agreement: ...(Read whole news on source site)

Is the Unplanned Career Best? | Knowledge@Wharton Today

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Is the Unplanned Career Best? | Knowledge@Wharton Today:

When the newly minted PHDs in the life sciences and medicine were mapping out careers seven to 10 years ago, the advanced degree looked like a wise decision. But things have not gone well for them. Is there a way to avoid such planning failures?

Some resort to choosing broad categories. In the U.S., for instance, there has been a steady media drumbeat about the deficit in science education. For those who are science oriented, that might seem to make planning research careers in, say, chemistry, genetics or
neuroscience a safe bet. But it’s not. Despite today’s high-tech, health care-oriented world, many PhDs in these areas are unemployed or floundering in lower level jobs, according to this article in the Washington Post. The jobs just are not there.
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At Shell, a Grassroots Effort Aims to Nourish Innovation Via Meditation - Knowledge@Wharton

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At Shell, a Grassroots Effort Aims to Nourish Innovation Via Meditation - Knowledge@Wharton:

Mandar Apte, a chemical engineer, has worked at Shell for 12 years. He is part of the energy giant's GameChanger program, whose mission is to provide seed funding and guidance to cutting-edge ideas and foster a culture of innovation. Apte is also the founder of a staff-led initiative called Empower, which uses breathing and meditation exercises sourced from the International Association for Human Valuesto nurture personal creativity and inter-personal skills. So far, some 2,000 employees at Shell offices in the U.S., U.K., the Netherlands
and the UAE have gone through modules that are part of the Empower program. In a conversation with Knowledge@Wharton, Apte discusses the impact that Empower has had on him and his colleagues and his hopes for its future.
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Time Management Tips #13 - Just Start

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Sometimes getting started is the hardest part.  In fact, sometimes the start takes more effort than the work: "It is always the start that requires the greatest effort." -- James Cash Penney (Yeah, the guy that started J.C. Penney’s) If you don't know where to start, then start with something small. Be a fire-starter ... use your little victories for kindling. How do you get started?  Just start.

7 Practices for More Effective Meetings

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Here are seven practices I’ve experienced that worked well with meetings: Let a person finish their point Answer the question asked. Say what you mean, mean what you say. No leading questions or asking questions you know the answer to (see #3) Answer the question simply, and only elaborate if asked (this saves on long answers to the wrong questions or misunderstandings.) Make it safe to explore an idea and play out a thought -- help each other express/understand/be understood.
Ask questions at the end – this builds momentum. It’s really about momentum … we can spiral up or spiral down.  Energy is our best asset to spend on the right things. On #7 -- Any time I've seen meetings have momentum (and I can think of multiple vignettes), it’s when somebody put their thoughts out on the table first, without being sliced and diced along the way.  I also think of examples, where somebody finishes painting the broad strokes of their picture  ... and we get the bigger picture, before needling at the fine...(Read whole news on source site)