frankarr - an aussie microsoft blogger

Ponderings from the Pacific Northwest by an Aussie Geek who works at a software company

'The time has come,' the Walrus said, 'To talk of many things:"

Yes, the time has indeed come. After 22 years, 3 months, 2 weeks, 3 days, I've decided to leave...

Author: frankarr Date: 09/05/2013

Not clicking, waving….

I’ve been helping my kids with their homework, and one of them (I wont name who, so as to avoid any...

Author: frankarr Date: 08/16/2011

My Geek Origin Story

Michael Kordahi, aka Delicate Genius, is asking for Geek Origin Stories. How can I not contribute to...

Author: frankarr Date: 08/16/2011

20? meh - Just another day

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. 1991 was a big year for me. I got married. I bought a...

Author: frankarr Date: 05/20/2011

My second #WP7 App – Saints Footy

Ok, so I’m on a roll!  Last week I got my first #WP7 App out. This week , I grabbed the v2 of...

Author: frankarr Date: 05/05/2011

My #WP7 App – FrankArr Tracker

I’ve been meaning to write an Windows Phone app for ages. I even told Brandon Watson that I would. I...

Author: frankarr Date: 04/28/2011

MIX11 or as I like to call it MMXI?

I made the long trip to the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, which is where MIX 11 is being held...

Author: frankarr Date: 04/09/2011

Mayorships up for grabs

I love playing foursquare, and I have just started using a wonderful foursquare app on my Windows...

Author: frankarr Date: 03/21/2011

Wait, What?

So, I’m sitting in a hotel room in downtown Kirkland, wrapping up my affairs, and getting ready to...

Author: frankarr Date: 03/21/2011

The word of the year is ”App”! ?

I saw a news article recently that the word of the year for 2010 was “App”, as voted by...

Author: frankarr Date: 01/13/2011

Three runs off the half century, and only got one maiden over.

Geez, it's been a while since I posted here..... Like the rest of the world, my attention has been...

Author: frankarr Date: 11/18/2010

Walk the Walk and Talk the Talk

One of the things that appealed to me when I made the move to Redmond almost 3 years ago was being...

Author: frankarr Date: 06/17/2010

I really tweeted that ?

I’m playing around again with a new Windows Live Writer Plugin which Inserts Tweets Into Your Blog...

Author: frankarr Date: 06/11/2010

SLP Services – Where are they now?

I had written about Software Licensing and Protection (SLP) Services a few years back when it was...

Author: frankarr Date: 06/11/2010

Blog Platform Upgraded

Over the weekend we had an update to the blog platform used by all MSDN and Technet...

Author: frankarr Date: 05/25/2010

Only 19

1991 was a big year for me. I got married. I bought a house. My first child was born AND I joined...

Author: frankarr Date: 05/23/2010

Virtual Ark struggling to find a good developer

I got an email recently from Emma Pudney, EVP Product Strategy of a new startup called Virtual Ark....

Author: frankarr Date: 01/26/2010

From Treo to Leo – My New Gadget, the HTC HD2

I’ve been a happy Palm Treo Pro user since Oct 2008, and it’s been the best phone I’ve had for ages....

Author: frankarr Date: 01/11/2010

Merry Christmas Y’all

It’s that time of year Emma came to visit me one day at work at left a happy holiday message on my...

Author: frankarr Date: 12/24/2009

3 by 3 from me

In keeping with my 3 year twitter-versary, here’s 3 twitter clients for 3 different platforms WPF...

Author: frankarr Date: 12/17/2009

Behold the Physical Manifestation of the Azure Cloud

In my current job, I don’t get out much. What I mean is that I have an internal focused role, so I...

Author: frankarr Date: 12/16/2009

Twittering for 3 years

I hinted about this in a recent post, today is my 3 year twitter-versary. I first tweeted on Dec 15...

Author: frankarr Date: 12/15/2009

MIX10 – why not MMX ??

As soon as the PDC ended, the team has started work on MIX10. There are workshops running March...

Author: frankarr Date: 12/09/2009

6 Years of Blogging and 1,884 Posts later

A little milestone just crept up on me again Six years ago - December 3 2003 - I made my first...

Author: frankarr Date: 12/07/2009

How big is yours?

During Steven Sinofsky’s keynote on Day 2 of the PDC09, he spoke how the windows team uses all the...

Author: frankarr Date: 11/23/2009

Is it that time of the year?

It only seems like yesterday that I wrote my XLV post -- I’m celebrating another birthday today....

Author: frankarr Date: 11/18/2009

Fill up yer brain @ pdc09

I’m in LA this week for the Professional Developers Conference – for me it’s a time to catch up with...

Author: frankarr Date: 11/16/2009

What are folks looking for?

It’s been a while (11 months actually) since I looked at the search keywords that keep bringing...

Author: frankarr Date: 11/13/2009

Wanna see my Last 200 tweets??

I’ve  installed a new Windows Live Writer Plugin which Inserts Tweets Into Your Blog Post. It’s...

Author: frankarr Date: 09/16/2009

My latest gadget – Zune HD Platinum

Yes, I’m one of the ones who pre-ordered a Zune HD and got it delivered on the day of release. It’s...

Author: frankarr Date: 09/16/2009

9/9/9 = C9 revolution time?

Author: frankarr Date: 09/09/2009

PDC09 – What are you waiting for???

I love the PDC. It’s one of the things I really look forward to, as the PDC has been the epicenter...

Author: frankarr Date: 08/05/2009

Design

I’m still getting used to summer in the middle of the year. To me summer is associated with the end...

Author: frankarr Date: 07/17/2009

I swallowed what?

This is a pretty embarrassing story, but I feel I need to document it and help others avoid making...

Author: frankarr Date: 06/23/2009

dix-huit ans aujourd'hui = 18 pounds!

1991 was a big year for me. I got married. I bought a house. My first child was born AND I joined...

Author: frankarr Date: 05/20/2009

Sydney May23rd - "Windows Presentation Foundation" Community Workshop and Bushfire Appeal

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Author: frankarr Date: 05/06/2009

Footy + IE8 makes a tasty webslice

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Author: frankarr Date: 04/10/2009

Celebrate Pi Day!

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Author: frankarr Date: 03/14/2009

GP Blessed and Anointed!

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Author: frankarr Date: 01/19/2009

The One about the Snowmobile and the Collapsed Lung

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Author: frankarr Date: 01/06/2009

Current Top XLV Search Keywords – What are people looking for when they come to my blog?

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Author: frankarr Date: 12/10/2008

NYT: The Extended Life of Monty Python

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Author: frankarr Date: 12/10/2008

Oxite was & is …

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Author: frankarr Date: 12/08/2008

Aggiorno – a Smart Search and Replace

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Author: frankarr Date: 12/01/2008

NYT: The Online Search Party: A Way to Share the Load

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Author: frankarr Date: 11/23/2008

The One About Crocodile Wrestling

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Author: frankarr Date: 11/22/2008

XLV for me!

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Author: frankarr Date: 11/18/2008

Sobees – so WPFee!

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Author: frankarr Date: 11/14/2008

I <3 MIX09

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Author: frankarr Date: 11/13/2008

What's My Windows 7 User Agent?

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Author: frankarr Date: 11/06/2008

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