A fresh new look for Channel 9 (est. 2004)

Channel 9, the video window into Microsoft, gets a new skin and is brimming with new content.  Congratulations to the team for continuing to rock on!

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The new “Who We Are” video is a fresh take on what Channel 9 is and the people that make up the team.  Curious to a few, I make a cameo in the video babbling on with phrases like:

“…it just kept exploding…”

“…I’m really into reality…”

“…it’s very authentic…”

Ok, that last one is a good quote.  I was fortunate to be part of the team during its toddler through pre-teen years, and had a great time.  It involved some Wild West action, nerf guns, hours of ripping tapes, long nights of coding, an inflatable suit and a lot of fun.

If you’re into technology and interesting people, check out the site.  At this age in Channel9’s life there is definitely something for everyone.

Congratulations again Channel 9 team!  I look forward to your next big gig, PDC10 Live

I’m joining Pixel Lab!

Adam Kinney joins Pixel Lab

I’m excited to announce that my next move after Microsoft will be joining the crew at Pixel Lab — an outstanding small agency that is very UI and Design focused with a strong background in WPF and Silverlight.

Robby Ingebretsen (@ingebretsen) and Kevin Moore (@kevmoo) have been doing some great work over there including Seesmic, Books.Show and Picture Puzzle (more examples on the Pixel Lab site) while maintaining their open lab projects Kaxaml, Bag of Tricks and Simple Styles for Silverlight. I’m looking forward to adding my own set of designer and developer skills to the group and the new projects we’re working on (hint:Windows Phone 7 and HTML5!).

This new move will also give me the opportunity to spend sometime with other UI technologies which I’ve been itching to learn – Processing book is in a truck in Nevada on its way here.  As far as the blog and twitter go, I’m guessing it will be the same type of content (“how to” UI goodness) with perhaps a little more variety (planning to comparing Silverlight 4 and Flex 4 skinning models).

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My Last Day at Microsoft

Wow – I can’t believe it has already been 5 years at Microsoft.  I have had a great time here and learned so much from the smart and passionate people I work with as well as the incredible developer community around .NET.  But I have decided it is time for me to try something new – so my last day at Microsoft will be Friday, June 25th.

I’ve had a fun run here at Microsoft and it has always involved the community in one way or another:

  • Channel 9 – Thanks to Jeff Sandquist for starting my career at Microsoft as a developer on the Ch9 team. Back in those days the team was Jeff, Robert Scoble, Charles Torre, David Shadle and myself. And now the team has grown into a division of both content creators and developers. Amazing to see the growth in such a short time.
  • Microsoft Gadgets – Community server spun-off with a custom Showcase Gallery back from the Windows Vista days.
  • Channel 10 – a spin-off of Channel 9 in the direction of tech enthusiasts. This project had a very short lead time and we started from scratch, so it was definitely a rush putting it together and exciting because of that fact.  A quick shout-out to the dev team from back in the day – Erik Porter, Duncan Mackenzie, Mike Sampson
  • MIX websites – (MIX06 – MIX08) Always a labor of love for my favorite Microsoft conference.
  • Channel 8 – (now the Student Lounge) Another Ch9 spin-off that went in the direction of students and academics.
  • Silverlight 1 evangelism – XAML in the browser and cross-platform – amazing! Thanks to Tim Sneath for taking me under his wing.
  • Silverlight 2 evangelism – .NET in the browser and a control model – wonderful!
  • Continuum Show – Exploring the world of the Microsoft Client Continuum and Adam Kinney’s personal idea on how to make videos for Channel 9.
  • Project Rosetta – Have Flash skills? Learn how to use them with Silverlight
  • Silverlight 3 evangelism – Blend and Sketchflow hit the big time, behaviors, better databinding and out of the browser – rocking!
  • Silverlight TVJohn Papa’s show on Ch9 where I acted as head cheerleader and occasional guest.
  • .toolbox – Free training courses on design principles and learning how to apply those principles with Silverlight and Blend
  • Silverlight and Expression 4 launch – Silverlight out-of-browser story complete, devices, printing – hooray! Blend 4 smoother than ever before and can I get a “PathListBox”? PATHLISTBOX!

Another way my time was spent, was attending the variety of different events. It’s always fun to talk to people face to face and learn first-hand the thoughts and needs of the community.  This was definitely a highlight of my job and reminded me why we do what we do.  To list a few of the events here: MIX06-MIX10, PDC05-PDC09, REMIX events (especially European tour 09), the recent Silverlight Design Days/.toolbox Blend events and many more.

All right, enough listing of my history and favorite moments, so what’s next?

I’m going to enjoy the summer by road tripping with my family to Denver and back before starting my next endeavor. I will continue to be involved with the Silverlight and Expression Blend (my love!) community, so I won’t be going too far.

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18,230 miles, 8 events, 1 vacation and 25 pictures later…

Starting with MIX10, I’ve been on a bit of an odyssey the last month. My itinerary looked something like this:

I’ve posted a few of my favorite photos on Flickr of London, Dublin, and Washington DC.

Thanks to all of those who acted as hosts for the events, attended the events and hung out in proper English or Irish pubs (and the occasional Vegas casino bar) afterwards. I had a great time discussing all of the great news about Windows Phone, Blend 4 and IE9 from MIX10.

And now to return this week with Visual Studio 2010 and Silverlight 4 releasing along with the announcement of the KIN, there is a ton of fun to be had and work to be done.

Now, back to work…

A Photosynth of Neil Gaiman's Library

A well composed Photosynth can offer an interesting way to explore 3D space. Even better when the content is as interesting as the method of exploration. Above is a distorted view captured from the Neil Gaiman’s Library Photosynth which allows you to explore the personal collection of the author.

Normally I would enjoy just browsing the shelves, but I also enjoyed the timeliness of the discovery. Tonight I was discussing Coraline with my daughter who mentioned “Coraline kind of got lucky in the end. Without the help of the talking cat she would have been in trouble.”

The nosy voyeur and the father are happy, now on to the Silverlight side. I only found about all this from a single tweet by Mr. @neilhimself.

You can follow through the reply links to find that Neil was discussing that the Photosynth was running via Silverlight and that @damonbuxton was not happy about it.

As a “Silverlight guy”, it felt good to see one of my favorite authors choose not to discriminate against the technology for the sake of it being something you have to download, if you don’t already have it.

And now I want to go to the store and pick up The Graveyard Book

A fresh start for AdamKinney.com

For the last four years, I’ve been hosting my own blog software or a permutation of some sort. Although this endeavor has been fun and educational, I’ve always used my own or experimental code resulting in a lot of time maintaining the system. I’ve decided to take a break and transfer that energy spent on the content engine and apply it to the actual content.

I now have three hosted main outputs on the web:

  • My Blog – Technical posts mainly focused on Silverlight and Expression. I’m current spending my time creating content for Designers and UI Developers, along with speaking engagements and community news.
  • My Posterous – I’m calling this “Adam Kinney Unfiltered” because I use it to post almost daily instances of graphics, video, audio, music and animation that catches my eye.
  • My Twitter – This is where I update my status, share links and follow along with the rest of the world.

So nooowwww, I should have more time to create and publish all of the content that’s been bouncing around in my head.

Very excited am I.

A Silverlight 3 FireStarter event narrative

Silverlight FireStarter

Minimal event description:

FREE Silverlight and Expression Training on Sep. 17 in Redmond and online presented by Microsoft product team members and evangelists.

Flavorful description:

When you wake on Sept. 17th the year of 2009 you have a smile on your face. Not only did you get the day of for “training”, but the “training” is actually something you’re very interested in.  Maybe you haven’t had the chance yet, or you’re looking for additional guidance; but today you’re going on a tour of Silverlight 3, Expression Blend, SketchFlow, the Silverlight Toolkit, RIA Services and XAML Power toys.

  • Mithun Dhar starts the day off with a welcome and logisitics.You notice his navy blazer, wondering if he’s warm or not.
  • The crowd cheers  and waits expectantly for disco moves as Scott Guthrie presents the keynote, explaining how Silverlight is awesome in so many ways.
  • Tim Heuer enters next with a smile on his face and a load of scenarios where Silverlight is a smart choice. As he mentions your specific scenario, you’re convinced training was a good idea today.
  • Break time – you run to the bathroom, too much coffee this morning.
  • Adam Kinney welcomes you back from the break, actually you specifically as you were the last one back in. You begin to blush but Adam dives into Expression Blend. You can tell he enjoys the tool and the joy starts to spread among the audience.
  • Lunch! – free food! free drinks! cool.  You find the one or two people you know there and find a place to sit down. Conversation ranges from the weather to Silverlight to something caught in between your teeth.
  • After lunch and returning to your seat, Janete Perez keeps you from taking your after-lunch nap by building prototypes in SketchFlow very quickly.  You’re intrigued.
  • Justin Angel and Shawn Oster take the stage.  You’re distracted by the fact Justin is wearing sunglasses inside, but your reverie is broken when they begin racing through all of the available Silverlight Controls. What a full framework.
  • Brad “no microphone needed” Abrams takes the stage and shows you the RIA Services framework. First the multitude of controls and now line of business application building blocks out the wazoo.  You’re set and can’t wait to try this when you get home. Or maybe just tomorrow morning at work.
  • Break time – 52 different types of free drinks are available in the sliding door refrigerator.  You counted.
  • One of the first ones to return to your seat this time, Karl Shifflett shows off XAML Power Toys. You know this is cool stuff, you’ll want to look at again, but you are completely lost in the palm trees on Karl’s Hawaiian shirt.
  • All of the speakers come back to the stage for a Q & A Panel. Discussion is lively and casual, you’re happy to be here in person.
  • The conference officially ends, and you find your favorite speakers and listen to them answer a few questions from the circle around them.
  • Ready for dinner and some Silverlight time you head out and twitter: FINALLY building something in Silverlight 3….mwa ha haaa…


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Presenting Expression for Developers on a European ReMix Tour

The next few months will be full of conference visits and presentations. I’m excited to say that during the last week of September into October I will be on the Western European ReMix Tour presenting an Expression for Developers session.  The tour includes stops in Brussels, Helsinki, Vienna and Lisbon.  I’ll be presenting during the day and flying at night to the next location. Although very quick, and certainly not enough time to explore the cities, I’m really looking forward to it.

Others on the tour also include Brad Abrams (CLR, .NET RIA Services rockstar) and Arturo Toledo (Expression Studio rockstar) And these are free events, so sign up now before they run out of seats!

Due to the timing of the tour, I will not be returning to Seattle right away. Instead, I’ll spend a few days down in Los Angeles for the Adobe MAX conference.  It should be interesting to check out the new bigger and better LA-edition of the event.

Then in November, the big party – PDC 2009!

Registrations are open and the early bird discount is $500 off.  They’ve also posted the Sessions and Speakers list. If you have a chance, attend the Getting the most out of Silverlight 3 with the Griffs workshop. Sounds like a fun and informative time.

That’s it for the busy fall schedule.  If you’re at one of these events, feel free to say “hi”. I’m always happy to meet one of my “tens” of readers :)