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2012 Transit of Venus - First Web Camera located.

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Since the 2012 Transit of Venus is the last transit of Venus across the face of the Sun as viewed from Earth, for many years, being able to locate a web cam feed that will be in clear daylight for the whole of the transit period. So far I have only located one.

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Historically the transit of Venus was very important for determining the absolute size of the solar system, however high power radar has allowed direct measurement of distance at any time.

Team Foundation Service Updates – 5/15

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It’s that time again.  Our next sprint is complete and today we’ve updated hosting service with new bits.  In general, the list of new capabilities is still modest.  Much of our attention is still focused on tying a bow on TFS 11 and some continued hosting infrastructure work – some of which I’ll mention here.  So, the notable changes in this release include: Copy capacity from previous sprint – Setting up a new sprint can be tedious and one sprint is often a lot like the previous.  So, one step we’ve taken (and you’ll see more next sprint) is
to enable you to copy your sprint capacity from the previous sprint.  You can then tweak it if you have changes for the current sprint. Reorder homepage tiles – In TFS 11, we added the ability to have summary tiles on the project homepage that rendered some useful info from your various “favorites” (queries, checkin history, builds).  We’ve now added the ability for you to organize the tiles the way you like best.  You just drag and drop the tiles where you want them.  Note this particular feature is under a feature flag (see the item...(Read whole news on source site)

Configure Email notifications on SharePoint 2010 list

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In this article I am going to demonstrate how you can configure email notification feature on SharePoint List. For the purpose of demonstration I chose the default tasks list that is coming with almost all default SharePoint sites. Tasks list have one column “Assigned To”. When an item is created in the task list, I would like to send an email to the user to whom the task is assigned. The scenario is very simple and straight forward. In order to perform certain action when an Item is created in a list, you can make use of Workflow.
To understand more about workflows in SharePoint 2010, refer the link . So What I need to do is to create a list workflow that is associated with my Tasks list. The workflow should be initiated automatically whenever an item is added to the tasks list. I am going to use SharePoint Designer as the workflow authoring tool. Open SharePoint designer and open the site where your tasks list resides. Click on File menu, then select Add Item from the Menu. Under the workflow section, select List Workflow ...(Read whole news on source site)

Daily WP7 Development News 15 May 2012

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by WindowsPhoneGeek Daily WP7 Development News 15 May 2012: Windows Phone climbs to 3-4% market share in major markets Building a Simple 3d game with physics in Windows Phone Windows Phone Analytics in 10 minutes Use Built-In Application Icon Resources on Windows Phone Subscribe to our News feed or follow us on Twitter @winphonegeek . (We list the latest Windows Phone 7 development activities.

Windows Phone climbs to 3-4% market share in major markets

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source: wmpoweruser Market research company Kantar WorldPanel has revealed in the last 12 weeks to mid-April Windows Phone has shown strong growth in the 7 major markets they monitor on the strength of Nokia's offerings. In 5 of the 7 markets (Germany, Britain, Italy, France and United States) Windows Phone market share is now in the 3-4% range, up from less than 2% in January 2012. In Germany Windows Phone market share more than doubled year on year to 6%. ...Read more

Windows 8 MSDN Webcast Series – Building Metro Style Apps

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Some colleagues and I have just started a new series of one-hour MSDN webcasts focused on many aspects of developing Metro style apps for Windows 8. The series launched yesterday, but all sessions will be made available as on-demand recordings.  (I’ll update this post as they are.)  Thanks to Jaime Rodriguez for the original post. Click on the session titles to register for each.  You can also download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and Visual Studio 11 Express Beta ahead of time to help follow along. Enjoy the series! -Chris Monday,
May 14th, 2012
[Webcast Completed] Introduction to the Windows 8 platform and the Windows Store
Jennifer Marsman
Windows 8 is Windows re-imagined! Join this session to learn about the new platform for building Metro-style applications. Get an understanding of the platform design tenets, the programming language choices, and the integration points with the operating system and across Metro-style apps. We will also discuss the enormous opportunity for developers to make crazy money with the Windows Store. You will walk...(Read whole news on source site)

Article: SignalR 0.5 - MSDN UK Team blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

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Article: SignalR 0.5 - MSDN UK Team blog - Site Home - MSDN Blogs:

With the increasing desire to provide the most fluid and responsive web applications we possibly can, one of the challenges which developers face is how to build real-time data rich web applications.  A project I have been taking a look at over the last few months is SignalR.  SignalR is an asynchronous library for .NET which enables developers to take advantage of web sockets when available but which automatically switches back to long polling when not available.  As web socket support is mixed
amongst browser versions and server versions, support in IIS will be coming with IIS 8,  SignalR really fills a gap and reduces the work that is required to get up and running.
...(Read whole news on source site)

Semantic search and discovery system

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Information Storage and Retrieval: From MEDLARS to Twitter | Dr Dobb's:

Since the 1960s, NLM has operated computer systems that provide online searches using a controlled, domain-specific vocabulary known as MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). In recent years, the information retrieval capabilities have been augmented to encompass semantic search techniques — finding information based on concepts and not just strict matches against search criteria.

Because the vocabulary is extensive, NLM provides a MeSH Browser for finding descriptors, qualifiers, and other concepts of interest. Today's MeSH vocabulary is hierarchical information 

Twitter arrived on the information storage and
retrieval scene five decades after the original MEDLARS went online. The cost of computing at inception had a lot to do with the size of the audience that each could serve. 

The MEDLARS database originally served a closed community of healthcare professionals, before inexpensive computers and low-cost bandwidth permitted it to serve a web audience. Twitter's charter is to build as large a user community as possible, sustaining as much timely content as possible in the process.

Twitter does not currently create a historical archive of tweets for searching by the user community. Creating...(Read whole news on source site)