Showing posts with label AFeedYouShouldRead. Show all posts
Showing posts with label AFeedYouShouldRead. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

My Top Five Daily Web Curators - Five Bloggers that will keep you up to date on most things Microsoft, Dev and more...

With GReader dead, you might be rethinking your feed reading habits. Maybe cut back to the bare minimum of feeds, maybe using some alternate news reading means. If you were to ask me, "What are the five sites that if you had to drop all other feeds, you would keep?"

These guys are feed crazy, all are human aggregators who scour the bazillion of web feeds so you don't have to... daily.

Here's my current top five, if I miss everything else, feeds I must read. In no particular order;

Sunday, July 31, 2011

A Feed You Should Read #34 - 2,000 Things You Should Know About WPF

My "Feed You Should Read" series has been on hiatus, and while I'm not saying it's "back" (though I 've been meaning to start it up again "real soon now"  ;)  when I saw this site I knew it was one that I had blog about it and it really seemed like a feed you should read, so...

2,000 Things You Should Know About WPF

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Background:

I just recently came across this blog and immediately it reminded me of Sara Ford's old Visual Studio Tip of the Day series. Given how much I enjoyed and learned from those posts, I scanned the past posts of this blog.  And got hooked (burning  hours digging through the posts... lol)

To get a great feel for the past posts, check out the Index. We're talking tons-o-content and we're only at post #353... :)

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Why do I like this feed and think you might also?

Develop with WPF? A relates tech? (XMAL, Blend, etc)

Like your learning in byte sized chunks

Code = learning for you?

Want to follow a series that as a potential for years of tips?

In short, if you're anywhere the WPF dev space, this feed needs to be center stage in your reader...

Snap of the latest post:

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Blog Information:

Name: 2,000 Things You Should Know About WPF
URL: http://wpf.2000things.com/
Feed: http://wpf.2000things.com/feed/
Post Types: WPF Tips

 

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Sunday, August 15, 2010

A Feed You Should Read #33 - The Silverlight Show

Today I’m jumping back to a medium volume, face melting aggregation feed. When something new is starting to break through into the big time, it’s often easier to surf the information tsunami with a aggregation site or feed. In short you let someone else do the work of gathering and you can sit back and just read, read, read (and code, code, code…;)

This thing that’s “breaking through?”

Silverlight

From the web to desktop, phones and LOB development, it seems like Silverlight wave is starting to pick up speed. Today’s feed is your surfboard for the Silverlight tsunami.

The Silverlight Show

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Background:

Don’t let the “Show” put you off. This isn’t a podcast, webcast or anything like that. The “Show” is to show you just how cool Silverlight is. To “Show” you all the stuff that’s happening in the world of Silverlight. To “Show” you there’s a big, and growing, community that is excited about Silverlight.

Well okay, there is a show show too. :)

In short it’s a community portal for Silverlight. The feed volume is about medium, with 10’ish posts a day and aggregates both curated external content as well as providing its own content/articles.

And the gambit is ALL things Silverlight. From Windows Phone 7, to LOB dev, Blend, WPF, MVVM, OData, etc, etc, etc. Pretty much if Silverlight is involved then it’s likely to find its way to this feed.

Why do I like this feed and think you might also?

If you do anything Silverlight, or would like to, then simple put this a must read feed.

Snap of the latest post:

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Blog Information:

Name: The Silverlight Show
URL: http://www.silverlightshow.net/
Feed: http://feeds2.feedburner.com/silverlightshow
Post Types: Dev topics related to all things Silverlight (Including WinPhone7, etc)

 

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Sunday, July 25, 2010

A Feed You Should Read #32–Visual Studio ALM User Group

In the past few Feeds You Should Read I’ve been focusing on feeds that might be easily missed, needles in a pile of needles, kinds of feeds. Today’s Feed is  no different. It’s a Feed/resource that you don’t hear about allot, yet I’ve found to provide a good deal of great information.

Also I went to some Visual Studio ALM training this past week and so this topic happened to be on my mind… ;)

Visual Studio ALM User Group

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Background:

I’ve been a “member” of the Visual Studio ALM User Group for a couple years now (since it was the Team System User Group-Virtual Edition [TSUG-VE], If no one is there, is it really a user group meeting? Yep! If it’s virtual at least… ) and have found it to be a great source of timely information.

The user group “meets” online and is focused on providing web presentations. So if you’re a wall flower/lurker kind of person (cough.. like me… cough) then these sessions are great. They don’t require anything from you, just a brain to pour information into. It’s free, low impact, no drama and only meets for about hour a couple times a month. Oh and if you miss a session, they are recorded so you can catch them later…

One of the cool things about the group is how session times staggered to allow for easier non-US attendance. So for those outside the US, there’s likely a timeslot that might work better for you. Much better than the usual slots you normally have to deal with.

The topics are ALM focused (funny that, given the group name). Meaning they are not directly about programming/.Net/C#/WPF/etc. They are about how you can use Visual Studio and Team Function Server to help mange your development practices, i.e. stuff many of us have to deal with day in and out in a day jobs.

Why do I like this feed and think you might also?

Using Visual Studio in a business/enterprise?

Using Team Foundation Server?

Working on projects with more than one other team member?

Projects that are not “one-off’s” but have a long shelf life?

Interested in Application Lifecycle Management (ALM) and how Visual Studio can help you?

Want to learn from people who have been in the VS ALM space for years, who’ve been watching the product, training others in how to use and have a broad connection to the VS community?

Then do I need to say that this feed may be for you?

Snap of the latest post:

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Blog Information:

Name: Visual Studio ALM User Group
URL:  http://www.vsalmug.com/Meetings/Announcements.aspx
Feed: http://www.vsalmug.com/CMSPages/BlogRss.aspx?aliaspath=/Meetings/Announcements
Post Types: Visual Studio/Team Foundation Server Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)

 

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Sunday, June 20, 2010

A Feed You Should Read #31 - Pete Brown's (POKE 53280,0)

Today’s feed is someone who could/should be a ”Lister.” Someone who’s been blogging for over half a decade, who’s content is thought provoking, cutting edge and just cool, yet who’s FeedBurner count is nowhere near where is should be (IMHO)…

10REM.net Pete Brown's Blog (POKE 53280,0)

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Background:

I’ve only been following Pete’s blog just over a year, having “found” him via Hanselminutes Podcast 155 - A C64 Emulator with Silverlight 3 by Pete Brown. Since then I’ve come to look forward to his “Windows Client Development Roundup” link posts as well as following him on his other adventures.

Come on how cool is it that he’s done Commodore 64 Emulator for WPF & SilverLight? That’s just officially cool. And a t-shirt like this? LOL

Why do I like this feed and think you might also?

Doing Windows Client Dev?

Silverlight? WPF?

Interested in someone doing cool projects (and more than will to share their code?)

Interested in a “dev” who’s in the “Microsoft Sphere” but only just recently joined the Mothership?

Then here’s a feed for you…

Snap of the latest post:

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Blog Information:

Name: 10REM.net Pete Brown's Blog (POKE 53280,0)
URL: http://10rem.net/blog
Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/PeteBrown
Post Types: Microsoft Windows Client Development, SilverLight, WPF

 

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

A Feed You Should Read #30 - Shai Raiten

In today’s Feed we move away from “luminaries” and move toward feeds that are bright notes in a noisy world. Feeds from people providing original content that you might not know about or have heard of. People, truth be known, who are really the giants who’s shoulders we, web curators, luminaries, link bloggers, etc stand on.

Or just people doing things I think are cool that I’ve been lucky enough to find… ;)

Shai Raiten

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Background:

I’ve been following Shai’s blog for a few years (my first reblog of him looks like Feb 16 2009, Wit It! – One click Work Item access from TFS Alert Emails.) and his posts have become ones I look forward too.

The guy is a dev geek’s geek. From playing with Bluetooth to Team System topics, MS Dev related announcements, with tons of cool coding posts as well. The posts are normally full, in-depth and filled with the sharing of his knowledge and experience (and code! :)

Oh yeah, and he’s doing it “just because”. He’s a Microsoft MVP (i.e. not a MS employee) and so all his posts, content, code, etc are from the heart.

Like I said, a Dev Geek’s Geek…

Why do I like this feed and think you might also?

Interested in Visual Studio Application Lifecycle Management (aka Team System) topics?

Visual Studio Coded UI/Testing?

SharePoint?

Windows 7?

Windows Phone 7?

.Net?

Interested in following someone who clearly has a passion for coding, and for sharing that passion?

Then Shai’s got a blog for you…

Snap of the latest post:

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Blog Information:

Name: Shai Raiten - Raleigh Team System
URL: http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/shair/
Feed: http://feeds2.feedburner.com/ShaiRaiten
Post Types: Microsoft Scoped Development, Windows 7

 

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Sunday, May 02, 2010

A Feed You Should Read #29 – Tim Heuer’s Method ~ of ~ Failed

Today’s feed we continue with another person I consider a Microsoft luminary.

Plus his blog title always makes me chuckle (If you’re a VB Classic programmer you’ll get it. If not, you won’t)

Method ~ of ~ Failed

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Background:

I’ve been following Tim’s blog for a few years now and have always found his posts interesting and useful. I also like that he “walks the walk” and has large number of OSS/Source projects. For example, check out his CodePlex Profile Page. I’ve been using the FilckrNet project for forever now…

One of his recent “things” is to take the cool Smashing Magazine Monthly Calendar wallpapers (May 2010) and package them as Windows 7 Themes (May 2010). This is an example of how this blog is a personal passion for him and not a “job” thing.

[Personal Note: If you like to provide wallpapers to others, please consider packaging them as a Windows 7 Theme. It makes it drop dead easy for people to enjoy your wallpapers]

When trying to come up with a way to describe what Tim blogs about I went to his Tag Cloud page… and snort-laughed (I hate when I do that). Below you can see why. You try to summarize/highlight that!  LOL

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Why do I like this feed and think you might also?

Interested in “New Generation” UI/Tech, aka SilverLight, WPF, XAML, Expression?

Interested in Windows Phone 7 development?

Interested in following someone with a finger of the pulse of geek-cool?

Interested in someone with a Microsoft development passion, yet is not a zealot, nor blind to tech from others?

Then this is a feed you should consider reading…

Snap of the latest post:

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Blog Information:

Name: Method ~ of ~ Failed - A Blog by Tim Heuer
URL: http://timheuer.com/blog/
Feed: http://feeds.timheuer.com/timheuer
Post Types: Microsoft Development focusing on SilverLight, WPF, XAML (i.e. new gen UI Tech)

 

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Sunday, April 18, 2010

A Feed You Should Read #28 – Scott Hanselman's ComputerZen.com

Since I’ve recently been focusing on Microsoft sphere luminaries, I would be remiss if I did include this one. I know you’re all likely following him already and listening to his podcast, but like last week, you know what they say about assuming.

So this week’s Feed, is the one, the only, the legend in his own mind (err… time… I mean a legend in his own time… yeah… that ;)…

Scott Hanselman's ComputerZen.com

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Background:

I’ve been follow Scott since at least September 2003 when I first discovered his “Ultimate Developer and Power Users Tools List” (post). Considering I started blogging in August 2003, I guess that means I’ve been blogging about his posts since about forever (in blog years).

What can I say about Scott? He’s an outstanding presenter, a geek’s geek and developer’s developer. He shrugs off his geek-fame and if you catch him at a conference, he’s approachable, friendly, open and digs chatting.

He codes, not because it’s his job, but because he just loves to code, and it shows.

No, I don’t have a man-crush on him (I don’t! Shut up! LOL ;) I’m just telling it as it is.

Why do I like this feed and think you might also?

Does advice like, “If you want to become a better coder, read code” strike a cord with you?

Like reading posts from someone with a passion for technology and programming?

Are you a generally living in a Microsoft scoped development world?

Come-on, we’re talking Scott Hanselman here, do I REALLY need to say more?

 

Make sure you also catch his must listen too podcast, Hanselminutes.

Snap of the latest post:

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Blog Information:

Name: Scott Hanselman's ComputerZen.com - Programming Life and the Zen of Computers
URL: http://www.hanselman.com/blog/
Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/ScottHanselman
Post Types: Generally Microsoft scoped development topics

 

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Sunday, April 04, 2010

A Feed You Should Read #27 - Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows

Today’s Feed is one that most Microsoft’ies will probably already be following, but you know that they say when you “assume” something…

Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows

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Background:

Paul Thurrott is just one of those journalist names. Names, like Mark Jo Folly, Ed Bott, to name just a couple, names we’ve seen reporting on, talking about, dissecting and living on the bleed edge (with the wounds to prove it) of the Microsoft and Windows for many years. His years of experience, knowledge and level of connections give him, and his posts, a certain of depth perception and breadth that newbes like me can only dream about

Heck, he’s written the BOOK on Windows! (Many books for that matter…)

BTW, if you like this site, and are into podcasts, make sure you also check out the Windows Weekly cast on the Twit network.

Why do I like this feed and think you might also?

Following Microsoft/Windows news is his job, career and passion. If your time is short, why not leverage that?

Snap of the latest post:

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Blog Information:

Name: Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows
URL: http://www.winsupersite.com/
Feed: http://www.winsupersite.com/supersite.xml
Post Types: Microsoft Consumer Products, Windows, XBox360, Commentary

 

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Sunday, March 21, 2010

A Feed You Should Read #26 – GeeksWithBlogs.net

Today’s Feed is another for the mostly hard core. It’s a blog host site, aggregating hundreds of bloggers into a single feed.

The title of the site says it all…

GeeksWithBlogs.net

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Background:

By my rough count, there’s 453 bloggers here, some more active than others. As you can see in the tag cloud above, the topics covered by these geeks with blogs are mostly in the Microsoft space, yet the breadth of that coverage is broad, to as the least.

You know me, I pretty much live in the Microsoft space. Which while that space is not galaxy sized, it fills a spiral arm or two. (Sorry, been reading allot of hard science fiction/space opera recently ;)

Trying to keep up is ever a challenge. This site, without any direct affiliation, association, etc, with Microsoft, written by geeks for geeks provides a great pulse check, meme monitor and trend view. The broad number of bloggers and topics mean you see allot in this one feed.

Why do I like this feed and think you might also?

A Geek?

Interested in Microsoft space/tech?

Want to keep an eye on hardware & software, from .Net to the Zune and everything between?

Like reading posts from “normal” people (i.e. not under the thumb of “The Man”)?

Okay with scanning 50’ish posts a day?

Then this might be a feed for you…

Snap of the latest posts:

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Blog Information:

Name:Geeks With Blogs.Net
URL:http://geekswithblogs.net/Default.aspx
Feed:http://feeds.feedburner.com/geekswithblogs
Post Types:Blog hosting for “geeks”, mostly covering development with Microsoft technologies

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Sunday, March 07, 2010

A Feed You Should Read #25 – MSMVPs.com

In today’s Feed we return to the arrogation world, one site/feed that hosts a number of bloggers. Today’s Feed is also one of my favorite kinds one with, dev to dev’s, geek to geeks kinds of posts.

MSMVPs - The Ultimate Destination for Current and Former Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals

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Background:

Those that are awarded the MS MVP are an interesting bunch. They are those in our industry with a passion and drive. A drive to learn, but more importantly to share and help. These guys and gals are not Microsoft employees, don’t get paid by Microsoft and are just normal Joe’s and Jane’s, like you and I.

Yet they also are our ambassadors to Microsoft which looks to them for guidance, feedback and input. Microsoft gives great value to feedback from the field. If you would like a feature, change, etc, find and tell a MS MVP before you find someone on the inside. I’ve had a number of chats with Microsoft employees and have heard them say (paraphrased), “I’d like feature X, Y or Z too. Could you please email me? Features have a greater chance of being done if we show it’s what our customers are asking for and not just from inside the team…”. Now if you can get a MS MVP behind the feature, then that suggestion gets a +10 signal to noise buff.

MS MVP’s are your outside insiders and this site is one place where you can hang out with a bunch of them…

Why do I like this feed and think you might also?

The “real world” nature of the posts here are what draw me to the site. MS MVP’s are not wallflowers and are not afraid to let the world know how they feel about something (lol… cough….. understatement… cough…). This site brings a number of them together into one easily reviewed feed stream.

This site is also a mix of IT/Dev/Consumer international MVP’s which I also like and helps me see a broader picture of what’s happening.

in short, this is another of those “If you use/consume/developer/support Microsoft stuff you should check out this feed” feed.

Snap of the latest post:

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Blog Information:

Name: MSMVPs - The Ultimate Destination for Current and Former Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals
URL: http://msmvps.com/blogs/
Feed: http://msmvps.com/blogs/MainFeed.aspx
Post Types: Broad range of mostly Microsoft related posts

 

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

A Feed You Should Read #24 – CodePlex.com

One of the best ways I’ve found to learn programming is to read programs, to wander through the paths a project takes to do its magic. The source of all knowledge, so to speak… But where do you find this source?

Today’s feed is one way;

CodePlex.com

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Background:

CodePlex.com is a free project hosting site from Microsoft. This site allows you to host your projects, track issues, have discussions, deliver documentation, download releases and be your source code repository.

The issue and version control is based on Microsoft’s Team Foundation Server product. Think TFS in the cloud. Meaning it ties into Visual Studio as seamlessly as your TFS does at work. I’m not going to go into why source control is so important, nor TFS. I’ll just say, if you’re not, what are you thinking? CodePlex is free, easy and if you’re already in a Visual Studio world (or even not as CodePlex supports SVN and Mercurial too) and your working on a OSS, or source available, project, then not using it might be silly… (and if CodePlex isn’t to your like there are other sites to consider… Friends don’t let friends code without version control…)

Why do I like this feed and think you might also? .

The volume of projects and releases on CodePlex is high and getting higher. Trying to keep up with them would be impossible without this feed. This feed makes it easy to keep an eye of the CodePlex happenings, allowing you to easily see what’s new and released (and so you can then spelunk the code, grab the release, etc)

Like browsing, watching, seeing cool OSS/Source Available projects?

Code in the MS space?

Like to see what your fellow developers are building?

Like browsing source?

Then you might like this feed…

Snap of the latest post:

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Blog Information:

Name: Codeplex.com
URL: http://www.codeplex.com/
Feed: http://www.codeplex.com/rss.ashx
Post Types: New Projects, Releases, Most Popular and Most Active Projects

 

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Sunday, February 07, 2010

A Feed You Should Read #23 – The Code Project

If you ask a developer how they like to learn new technology, techniques, etc nearly all will say, “The code, baby! Show me some code…!”

Today’s Feed is one of the premier sites for developers, by developers which revels in the code, baby!

The Code Project

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Background:

I love The Code Project. I’ve found more cool things on this site than I can count. Almost every day there’s some project that I want to capture for future reference. Best of all is the fact that the articles are by developers, for developers.

How often have you used the Net to solve a coding problem, or to learn something? Yeah, like a million times. Me too. Yet were would we be if everyone was a consumer and no one a producer?

That’s what draws me to the Code Project, easy it makes sharing, to help you be a producer. You don’t need to be a “A Lister”, have a deal with a publisher/site, be a name in our field, a blog, yada, yada. You just need to desire, and code. Sharing a cool project, technique, solution to difficult development problem or bit of code is simple, easy and free.

The act of paying it forward is what gives this site its true power.

Why do I like this feed and think you might also?

Learn by seeing code?

Like to see people talk about and code cool stuff?

Code in in .Net, MFC/C++, ASP, C#, VB?

Want to give back a little yourself?

The Code Project is a site and feed for you…

Snap of the latest posts:

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Blog Information:

Name: The Code Project
URL: http://www.codeproject.com/
Feed: http://www.codeproject.com/webservices/articlerss.aspx?cat=1 (All Topics)
Post Types: Development (aka Code) project articles (most with source)

 

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Monday, February 01, 2010

A Feed You Should Read #22 – TechNet Blogs

Today’s feed is another feed only for the hard core, only for those who cannot get enough Microsoft Tech/IT news, only for those who feel a 0 unread post count is a personal insult, only for the die hard news hound.

Hey, that sounds kind of familiar, doesn’t it? (cough… A Feed You Should Read #20 – blogs.msdn.com… cough)

Yep, today’s feed is the prefect counter part to blogs.msdn.com…

TechNet Blogs

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Background:

Where as MSDN focuses toward development, TechNet is more the Information Technology/IT side of the house. How to use it, how to fix it and how to take advantage of it are just some of the kinds of things you’ll find posted about on TechNet.

Why do I like this feed and think you might also?

Again, I’m torn recommending this feed due to its post volume. Hundreds of posts a day usually, though on average fewer posts than on blogs.MSDN.com. Yet since I already did MSDN, it would be a disservice to not also highlight this side of things, wouldn’t it? Fair is fair and all that…

If you consider yourself a Microsoft Power User, work on the IT side of the business, or like me, are “IT’s worse nightmare” (a dev who likes to pretend he knows some IT stuff ;) then this is a feed to consider.

Remember though, you will get overwhelmed if you don’t keep up or miss a few days. If it’s too much, then just say no and take advantage of the many of topic and link curators out there, some of which I’ve covered in the past, A Feed You Should Read TOC.

Snap of the latest post:

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Blog Information:

Name: TechNet Blogs
URL: http://blogs.technet.com/
Feed: http://blogs.technet.com/MainFeed.aspx?Type=AllBlogs
Post Types: Pretty much all things Microsoft, with an IT/Technology focus

 

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Monday, January 25, 2010

A Feed You Should Read #21 – All About Microsoft by Mary-Jo Foley

When I started this series I wanted to share some of the feeds I read, the feeds where I find so many of my cool things. Initially I focused on other curators, link and topic, trying to maybe highlight hidden gems, other “D Listers” like me (though I consider many I’ve covered B and C Listers, you get the idea…). To date, I haven’t included many/any true industry A Listers, those bloggers that are considered the current top of our little corner of our geek world (you know, people you and I would say, “OMG is that SO and SO!?”  :)

That was until today…

All About Microsoft by Mary-Jo Foley

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Background:

Do I really need to provide background on Mary-Jo? Really? Come on, she’s Mary-Jo Foley! lol

If you look up “Microsoft News” “A List Blogger” in the dictionary, there’s a picture of Mary-Jo! (sigh… actually, according to Bing, it’s Robert Scoble, but never let the truth get in the way of a good line! LOL… I say it’s Mary-Jo, it’s my story and I’m sticking with it!  :)

Why do I like this feed and think you might also?

Mary-Jo’s contacts, resources experience and clearly evidenced joy of being in our field means she’s simply a must read. Her scoops are 99% accurate, her writing lacks over-the-top drama and provides solid and consistent Microsoft related news.

A Microsoft user? A geek? It/Dev/Power User? Read it!

Snap of the latest post:

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Blog Information:

Name: All About Microsoft - Mary-Jo Foley
URL: http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/
Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/zdnet/Microsoft
Post Types: Microsoft News

 

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

A Feed You Should Read #20 – blogs.msdn.com

Actually this week’s Feed is only for the very hard core. The true Microsoft news hound will delight in the extreme number of posts delivered via this arrogated feed. All others will be quickly overwhelmed.

Yet this is likely the one MS feed to rule them all.

blogs.msdn.com

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Background:

As of January 17, 2010 @ 10AM PST according to the OPML, blogs.msdn.com hosts 4,760 blogs. Yes, nearly five thousand blogs… All of which you can subscribe to via this single arrogated feed.

Insane is one way of putting it. Or an outstanding means for taking the pulse of the MS development community. Or helping fulfill an insatiable need for MS news, another.

“Drinking from the fire hose” is a term that many Microsofties use. For those like me without access to internal MS lists (cough… or even MVP lists… cough…) this one feed is our main “fire hose.” Yet like drinking from a fire hose, it can feel like an extreme workout, or an almost impossible task, keeping up with it. I mean, come on, how could following five thousand blogs not be hard?

Yet if you are developing for/with, or a power user of, MS tech, this is a feed that’s hard to beat…

Why do I like this feed and think you might also?

I’m actually torn in recommending this feed.

It is likely one of the best MS new and information sources available, but the shear number of daily posts arrogated here will overwhelming. I can do it, but then again doing so is actually something I kind of enjoy…(This is just one of the many feeds I subscribe too… yeah, crazy… I SO need a life…lol ;)

You want to keep on MS dev news and like details, and you’re a hard core reader? This is a feed to consider. If you find the thought of this feed just too much, then your best bet is to check out the other outstanding curator blogs I’ve posted about in the past

Important Note: If you do take the plunge, never be afraid to “Mark all a Read.” Miss a day and there will be hundreds of unread posts (you ARE subscribed to 4760 blogs…) Remember this isn’t email, marking them as read is just fine, expected and accepted.

Snap of the latest post(s):

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Blog Information:

Name: Microsoft Developers Network (MSDN) Blogs
URL: http://blogs.msdn.com/
Feed: http://blogs.msdn.com/MainFeed.aspx
Post Types: Pretty much all things Microsoft, with a development focus

 

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Sunday, January 10, 2010

A Feed You Should Read #19 – The Posse List/eDiscovery Reading Room’s “Our weekly ‘Top 10 … plus’ : a compendium of e-discovery articles and links”

This week’s Feed is for a pretty limited audience and everyone in the IT/Legal industries, both at the same time.

If you’ve been reading my blog for any length of time you know I have an ongoing “EDD/Electronic Data Discovery/ESI/Electronically Stored Information/eDiscovery/etc “thing” (funny that given that’s what I do in my day life ;) You know that I tend to preach about being ready for eDiscovery, that everyone in IT needs to be ready for “the day” when the lawyers come to you and ask you for “everything on our network about XYZ for the last 5+ years from all employees, current and past”. If you haven’t had this happen yet, you’re lucky, but it’s just a matter of time (unless you work in a place that doesn’t use computers/email and never gets involved in any legal matters… um… yeah… ).

Today’s feed is a resource that will keep up on this industry and it’s main/parent site will also help you get up to speed on eDiscovery in general…

The Posse List - The eDiscovery Reading Room - “Our weekly ‘Top 10 … plus’ : a compendium of e-discovery articles and links”

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Background:

The “Top 10+” are link curation posts, providing easy to scan/read posts. I’ve found this site and their posts are a great summary of information related to the legal technology and eDiscovery news of the week. While the site/posts are from an industry player (and competitor) they do a good job of keeping their posts independent.

Why do I like this feed and think you might also?

Work in a place that might be involved in any sort of legal matter?

Use computers at that place?

Then you/your work place are candidates for eDiscovery requests. The more you know, the easier it will be to respond and handle when it happens…

Snap of the latest post:

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Blog Information:

Name: The Posse List – The eDiscovery Reading Room “Our weekly ‘Top 10 … plus’ : a compendium of e-discovery articles and links”
URL: http://www.ediscoveryreadingroom.com/
Feed: http://www.ediscoveryreadingroom.com/?feed=rss2
Post Types: eDiscovery, Legal Technology

Monday, January 04, 2010

A Feed You Should Read #18 - F# Discoveries This Week

F# is a programming language that will be included in VS2010 and may result in a few brain explosions. It’s a different way of coding for many of us, one that while could result in effectively solving problems that we consider almost impossible to solve in our current languages, but as with all new “shifts” there’s a good bit of a learning curve.

Today’s Feed is one that should give you the resources to help working up that curve…

Rick Minerich's Development Wonderland - F# Discoveries This Week

Rick Minerich's Development Wonderland

Background:

It’s been said by many this it is important that developers break out of their programming language comfort zones and learn new languages on a regular basis. That learning new languages not only broadens your exposure and keeps your brain cells fresh but also makes you a better developer in the languages you already know.

I’ll buy that…

Now to put that in practice is the hard part.

Why do I like this feed and think you might also?

When trying to get up to speed on a new tech or language getting the zen of it can be hard. Rick’s F# Discoveries This Week series provides links/summary curation of F# related news (funny that given the title), which is a great way of getting a feel for the community.

At first you don’t know what you don’t know.  That’s where a blog of this kind if perfect. It casts an wide net which will help you catch tidbits you might have missed otherwise…

If you’re interested in the F# thing you’ve heard about recently, or are a F# Zen Master, this blog will very likely contain content you’ll find useful and will become one that you look forward to every week.

Snap of the latest post:

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Blog Information:

Name: Rick Minerich's Development Wonderland - F# Discoveries This Week series
URL: http://www.atalasoft.com/cs/blogs/rickm/default.aspx
Feed: Full http://www.atalasoft.com/cs/blogs/rickm/rss.aspx, series http://www.atalasoft.com/cs/blogs/rickm/rss.aspx?Tags=roundup&AndTags=1)
Post Types: F# link curation and F# dev/code posts

Sunday, December 27, 2009

A Feed You Should Read TOC

As I drive on with my A Feed You Should Read series (posts/atom) I’ve started to worry about duplicating my self. My brain is fairly full and seriously needs a defrag; knowing this I consider the chance of my writing a duplicate A Feed You Should Read somewhat likely. (I almost did it with today’s feed! Doh!  ;)

To make my life easier, I’ve created and will keep refreshed, a very simple TOC, Table of Contents, for this series.

Title Published
A Feed You Should Read #34 - 2,000 Things You Should Know About WPF 2011-07-31T10:24:00-07:00
A Feed You Should Read #33 - The Silverlight Show 2010-08-15T15:16:00-07:00
A Feed You Should Read #32 -Visual Studio ALM User Group 2010-07-25T16:55:00-07:00
A Feed You Should Read #31 - Pete Brown's (POKE 53280,0) 2010-06-20T16:00:00-07:00
A Feed You Should Read #30 - Shai Raiten 2010-05-16T15:29:00-07:00
A Feed You Should Read #29 - Tim Heuer’s Method ~ of ~ Failed 2010-05-02T16:14:00-07:00
A Feed You Should Read #28 - Scott Hanselman's ComputerZen.com 2010-04-18T18:08:00-07:00
A Feed You Should Read #27 - Paul Thurrott's SuperSite for Windows 2010-04-04T17:46:00-07:00
A Feed You Should Read #26 - GeeksWithBlogs.net 2010-03-21T17:31:00-08:00
A Feed You Should Read #25 - MSMVPs.com 2010-03-07T17:14:00-08:00
A Feed You Should Read #24 - CodePlex.com 2010-02-21T21:00:00-08:00
A Feed You Should Read #23 - The Code Project 2010-02-07T18:00:00-08:00
A Feed You Should Read #22 - TechNet Blogs 2010-02-01T17:46:00-08:00
A Feed You Should Read #21 - All About Microsoft by Mary-Jo Foley 2010-01-25T17:53:00-08:00
A Feed You Should Read #20 - blogs.msdn.com 2010-01-17T18:41:00-08:00
A Feed You Should Read #19 - The Posse List/eDiscovery Reading Room’s “Our weekly ‘Top 10 … plus’ : a compendium of e-discovery articles and links” 2010-01-10T20:10:00-08:00
A Feed You Should Read #18 - F# Discoveries This Week 2010-01-04T15:57:00-08:00
A Feed You Should Read #17 - Microsoft Download Center 2009-12-27T09:51:00-08:00
A Feed You Should Read #16 - Nutrition Diva 2009-12-20T10:49:00-08:00
A Feed You Should Read #15 - LiveSide.net 2009-12-14T06:35:00-08:00
A Feed You Should Read #14 - WynAspe, Silverlight Cream 2009-12-06T10:39:00-08:00
A Feed You Should Read #13 - The Blogcast Repository 2009-11-30T07:01:00-08:00
A Feed You Should Read #12 - DimeCasts.Net 2009-11-22T11:20:00-08:00
A Feed You Should Read #11 - The Road to Know Where 2009-11-08T09:39:00-08:00
A Feed You Should Read #10 - Tales from the Road: A Traffic Cop's Stories 2009-11-01T09:42:00-08:00
A Feed You Should Read #9 - 10-4 2009-10-26T06:39:00-07:00
A Feed You Should Read #8 - msdev 2009-10-18T10:33:00-07:00
A Feed You Should Read #7 - A Continuous Learner’s Weblog, Links 2009-10-11T10:56:00-07:00
A Feed You Should Read #6 - Bite my bytes, Links of the week 2009-10-04T10:19:00-07:00
A Feed You Should Read #5 - Team System Rocks 2009-09-27T10:03:00-07:00
A Feed You Should Read #4 - This Week on Channel 9 2009-09-20T09:41:00-07:00
A Feed You Should Read #3 - Alvin Ashcraft's Morning Dew 2009-09-13T08:45:00-07:00
A Feed You Should Read #2 - Chris Alcock’s Reflective Perspective (The Morning Brew) 2009-09-06T09:16:00-07:00
A Feed You Should Read #1 - Jason Haley’s Interesting Finds 2009-08-30T10:50:00-07:00

A Feed You Should Read #17 – Microsoft Download Center

People have asked me, “How do you keep up with all the stuff coming out of Microsoft, especially from the Microsoft Download Center? There’s no RSS Feed provided by Microsoft, so how do you find the stuff so fast? You don’t actually visit the site and check manually do you?” (lol… they know me so well as I just don’t have the time to keep up with sites that don’t provide feeds… )

How? Today’s Feed is how. 

Microsoft Download Center (Courtesy of ThunderMain)

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ThunderMain - Resources

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Background:

The guys at ThunderMain have been providing this feed for forever; likely this is one of my earliest subscribed feeds. Given the scope and popularity of the Microsoft Download Center, I find it amazing that the feed only has 22k subscribers. Really? 

Have I said before how much I love the Net? Here’s a company that saw a problem, that there was no easy way to keep up with the flow of downloads from the Microsoft Download Center. They saw a problem and, as developers often do, fixed it.

Then in the best sprit of the Net, made their “fix” available to the world, for free. Paying it forward. Thereby helping me to help you, helping me to pay it forward too… Love that!

Why do I like this feed and think you might also?

This is simply the only way to keep up with the flow of downloads from the Microsoft Download Center.

Just say No to visiting the page and scanning for new downloads. Hate to say it, but that’s lame. Subscribe to this feed and you’ll be able to easily see all the new stuff, as that new stuff becomes available.

But to answer the question, why?

Dude, this is the premier resource of free and trial downloads from the Blue Monster! The downloads, development, IT, consumer, business, games, gadgets, tools, utilities, etc, etc, are a resource that you’d be silly to pass up. And this feed makes to drop dead easy to do…

Snap of the latest post:

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Blog Information:

Name: Microsoft Download Center
URL: http://www.microsoft.com/downloads
Feed: http://feeds.feedburner.com/MicrosoftDownloadCenter
Post Types: Downloads available from Microsoft’s Download Center