Links for the second Friday of July:
Ever heard of Deep Zoom Obama? You’ll need Silverlight for this one, and a lot of patience if you want to create your own version.If you’ve ever wondered about how Microsoft got around to creating the “ribbon” that is used in the Office 2007 UI, I strongly suggest you download and watch “The Story of the Ribbon” (right click > save target as).Recently, AOL released AIM for Windows Mobile, available for both version 5 and 6. It's not yet feature complete, but if you're interested in checking out the beta, you should go sign up.This one's a bit old but great for those who like using both Apple and Microsoft products. If you're interested in turning your Mac mini into a Windows Home Server computer, this guide is for you.The largest panoramic picture I’ve ever seen is of the Louvre Museum, and it was created thanks to the Windows Live Photo Gallery. This simple but powerful application makes me wish I had the cash for a new digital camera.Microsoft blogger Mary Jo Foley is inviting everyone to her Microsoft 2.0 book launch, hosted at Microsoft's Redmond campus. Unfortunately I can't make it, but I definitely recommend stopping by if you're in the area.Microsoft Outlook users should read this blog post entitled "Making Outlook a little quieter." It's not particularly long and it's worth the hassle if you are someone who likes keeping pings and prompts to a minimum.Speaking of guides, the "Microsoft BizTalk Server Performance Optimization Guide" is available on both MSDN, TechNet, and the Microsoft Download Center.In terms of new Microsoft sites, the company now has a Microsoft Dynamics CRM Wiki and a fresh environmental blog available for your reading pleasure.Up for some Windows Server 2008 propaganda? The "Windows Server 2008 Whitepaper Highlighting Energy Efficiency" is for you. Oh, and the Top 5 things to know about Hyper-V is worth a quick glance.If you want to get a head start on some technical reading about SQL Server 2008 before it's released, here are 7 new articles that should keep you satisfied.The July 2008 issue of the MSDN magazine has been posted online. My personal reading recommendation is "WCF P2P: How To Design State Sharing in a Peer Network."The Microsoft adCenter dev team is requesting users to give feedback on what should be added to the service. This is your chance to tell Microsoft what you want.Want to know more about the WorldWide Telescope? Here’s an interview that’s worth reading over.
Per the title, this week's free, third-party application recommendation is Foxit Reader, the latest version of which is 2.3. This PDF reader is the one I always recommend for those fed up with Adobe Reader. It's smaller and quicker, but if you work with complicated PDF files on a daily basis, I can't say that Foxit is yet up there. Still, I've never had problems with the PDFs I've viewed ever since I started using it a couple of years ago. Enjoy!
Further reading:One Microsoft Way: Last Friday links post