Some HD video for your computer

This just came across my inbox at work. Microsoft and Akamai recently launched a new site, SmoothHD, to showcase the video capabilities of Silverlight combined with the smooth streaming features of Windows Server over Akamai’s content delivery network.

Admittedly, I am biased but the video quality blows me away. We’re talking about streaming high-def video over the Internet to your browser instantly. Even better, I just learned how to throw a basic curve ball on the eHow "channel." 😎

Silverlight Smooth HD

We made the New York Times

Remember that new job I started two months back? Well, we have been hard at work preparing for our first public release. I’m happy to report we went live this past Tuesday as the new & shiny Silverlight Toolkit, which will have surpassed 10,000 downloads by the time you read this.

What’s really cool is we were briefly mentioned in the New York Times on Wednesday as part of the Microsoft Professional Developer Conference in LA this week.

Silverlight Toolkit in the New York Times

That is a pretty big deal for a new team like ours. We are already working on the next release since part of our charter is shipping new controls with full source code early and often.

So you’re probably thinking, "Why should I care? I’m not creating a Silverlight application anytime soon." First, stop hating. 🙂 Second, the answer is that Silverlight is growing rapidly and gaining ubiquity so you will likely experience many of your favorite sites through Silverlight in the future. For example, Netflix announced this week it will begin using Silverlight to bring its on-demand, instant streaming feature to both PCs and Macs by end of year. See, Silverlight is for movie lovers too.

Happy Halloween!

Gearing up for the November election

I received my absentee ballot this weekend and have never been more excited to cast my vote. Regardless who is elected there will be a “first” in the next administration. But this has been a long, expensive, nasty election so, frankly, I cannot wait for it to be over. You already know where I stand and I refuse to waste electrons castigating or defending either candidate or his policies. We are beyond words and now it is time to act.

2008 Election: POTUS Ballot for Washington

Jury Duty

scales-of-justice I have been summoned for jury duty this week for the first time in my life. It is amazing the court system never caught up with me until now but it was bound to happen eventually. I’m lucky. I report to the Kirkland Municipal Court which is a few miles from our home and is not the place hardened, life-sentence criminals are judged.

It’s not a good week to miss work but, apparently, that doesn’t qualify as enough of a hardship to get excused. One surefire way is to show up wearing a “Free Mumia!” T-shirt.

This should be interesting.

Site updated for Silverlight 2 release

Silverlight 2 officially released today and included several breaking changes that required me to update my blog. Unfortunately, that also means you will need to update your installation which should just be a matter of clicking on the “Install Silverlight” badge like the one below. Future releases should auto-magically update without requiring you to do so manually.

Get Microsoft Silverlight 

I’ve scoured my site and updated all the Silverlight 2 content so things should just work. Of course, I would really like to know if you encounter any problems. If you can watch this video you should be all set.