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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)

MonoGame Framework

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What is MonoGame?
MonoGame is an Open Source implementation of the Microsoft XNA 4 Framework. Our goal is to allow XNA developers on Xbox 360, Windows & Windows Phone to port their games to the iOS, Android, Mac OS X, Linux and Windows 8 Metro.  PlayStation Mobile development is currently in progress.
Setting up the project
Platform support matrix
Note: experimental GamePad support for Windows 8 metro style applications is included in the latest develop3d branch of the monogame project on GitHub.
Additional Development Resources

Windows 8 and Visual Studio 2012 are on the way–released to manufacturing today!

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Today, various Microsoft team blogs joined together in announcing some huge news to the tech industry. Windows 8 has been released to manufacturing and will soon be available to download – first for MSDN and TechNet subscribers, then via other channels. This means the Windows Store is now open, according to this single statement from the Windows Store blog’s post: Starting today, any qualifying business in a supported market can now submit a Metro style app for Windows 8! Visual Studio 2012 has hit RTM as well, so all the tools you need to build and submit apps will
be available soon as well. So get those apps submitted and approved. What, you don’t have an app yet? That’s OK! Come out to one of our imminent Windows 8 devcamps and hackathons and get one started!
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LG Smartphone Idea Camp – Inviting Innovation

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LG Electronic has launched an innovative campaign called “Smartphone Idea Camp”, a consumers connect campaign where LG invites consumers to submit ideas that they desire in their phones like App Feature Concept Service Design UI And more… The best idea would then be incorporated in the LG’s future smartphone line-up and the winners will also get a chance to win prize value of up to Rs. 15, Read More....

Windows 8 Released to Manufacturing (RTM)

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Microsoft announced that, today they released the new Windows 8 operating system to the Windows 8 OEM and manufacturing partners. Side-by-side they also announced the general availability of Windows Store today for the MSDN Subscribers.   This is the first step towards the general availability of Windows 8 to the consumer and everyone is now looking for the date (26th October 2012) when it will be available for general public.     Today in a blog post “Releasing Windows 8”, Steven Sinofsky announced that, today (1st August 2012) they released the
new operating system to the Windows 8 OEM and manufacturing partners. According to the blog announcement:   Today marks an important milestone in the Windows 8 project. The Windows 8 team is proud to share with you that a short while ago we started releasing Windows 8 to PC OEM and manufacturing partners. This means our next milestone will be the availability of exciting new models of PCs loaded with......(Read whole news on source site)

Visual Studio 2012 is releasing on 15th August 2012

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Yes, you read the title right. Just after the announcement of Windows 8 RTM, Microsoft announced the release date of Visual Studio 2012. The final product will be available to MSDN subscribers and general public on 15th August 2012.   Visual Studio 2012 virtual launch event will be organize by S. Somasegar and Jason Zander on 12th September 2012. Don’t miss the opportunity to watch it live.   Today just after the Announcement of Windows 8 RTM, Jason Zander (Corporate Vice President for the Visual Studio team) and S. Somasegar (Corporate Vice President of
the Developer Division) announced that the Visual Studio 2012 (aka. Visual Studio 11) and .NET 4.5 build is now ready.   The final bits will be available to MSDN Subscribers and other places on 15th August 2012. As the final build is now complete, the team is now preparing it for the final distribution.     Both of them also announced the official launch event of Visual Studio 2012 on......(Read whole news on source site)

Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5 Complete!

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Today, the Windows and Windows Server teams announced that Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 have been released to manufacturing.  In keeping with our goal of delivering great tools on the same cadence as our platforms, I’m thrilled to announce that we have completed final builds of Visual Studio 2012 and .NET 4.5. This has been an exciting road for all of us involved in these projects, and we’re glad to be able to deliver these to our customers. For MSDN Subscribers, the bits will be available for download on August 15th. Visual Studio Professional, Premium, Test Professional, and Ultimate with MSDN
Subscribers can also sign up for a free, one year developer account for Windows Store today, with Windows Phone developer accounts coming soon. We’re also planning an exciting launch event on September 12th, so mark your calendars, and visit for more details. Thank you to all of you that have taken the time to try the Visual Studio 2012 Developer Preview, Beta, and Release Candidate releases.  Your feedback has been very helpful. Namaste!
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