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For those of you that built Windows 8 applications one thing you’ll find out (probably the hard way as I did) is that you’ll need a Privacy Policy in order to publish your app to the Windows 8 app store. So if you don’t currently have those legal documents Termsfeed will come very handy as it is a free and web-based application for generating "Terms of Service" and "Privacy Policy" documents on-the-fly.

termsfeedYou simply mention few variables like the company name, URL, etc. and get the output as a well-formatted HTML.

The documents created covers the most common stuff, you may want to customize it for you needs but they are a good starting point.

Also, optionally, Termsfeed can notify you when an update happens to the documents.

Have you seen this? Check it out on codeplex !!!

The Microsoft All-In-One Code Framework is a free, centralized code sample library provided by the Microsoft Community team. The goal is to provide typical code samples for all Microsoft development technologies.

The team listens to developers’ pains in MSDN forums, social media and various developer communities and write code samples based on developers’ frequently asked programming tasks. Additionally, there is a free code sample request service you could take advantage in order to request specific code.

Check out the video…

If you’ve started playing around Microsoft Azure then you are probably going to appreciate this post ;-). I know I did. Kudos to Ryan Dunn

On Tuesday an azure table Browser service was launched for developers at The service was build using ASP.NET MVC on a rich AJAX interface.  and its goals are to provide developers an easy way to create, query, and manage their Windows Azure tables. with it you’ll be able to:

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List, Create, Edit and Delete Tables (Azure Table Entities) Create, Edit, Clone and Delete your Entities’ instances
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Query Entities Display Data

Back on February 2007 I blogged about a prototype project of Human Productivity Lab, code named Bumptop and was claiming that we’re really not that far from seeing something like that becoming available for end-users.

Well today I found out that I wasn’t wrong. Bumptop is officially released and available in two versions a free one as well as a Pro one for a small fee. Check it out in the following video.

Now imagine that desktop running on Windows 7 at a multitouch screen 😉

Unfortunately I’m using the default windows 7 beta graphics card drivers so I wasn’t able to run it 🙁 but I’m going to try it tomorrow on a vista machine. Can’t wait….

I don’t know how many of you played this game at school, with your friend sitting in the same desk, maybe during the Foreign language course eh? It sure brought back some nice memories to me 😉

Seriously now, JVC, a Euro 2008 sponsor has developed a nice online flash game where you pick one from the participating in the finals team and try to win. Your points are summed with all the others that have chosen the same team and an average is calculated. The team that will have the most points at the end of the game will win the Euroball tournament. So harry up and score 10 goals for Greece as soon as possible 😉

What a nice way to advertise, still hope this was made with Silverlight…

P.S. You can even win a ticket for the real Euro finals.

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A lot of people have been complaining on not being able to login to MyFacebook gadget and I really didn’t know what was going on as I followed Facebook API’s authentication instructions to the letter.

MyFacebook So I’ve decided to change it’s authentication method. It now uses the same authentication method Popfly uses in its Facebook Data source block. To login you’ll have to click on the first page link in order to get an authentication token, then you’ll have to add that token to the gadget settings page.

Note that if this is the first time that you’re using the gadget you’ll also have to authorize it to access your Facebook account. This is an one time only extra step that once completed will redirect you to the token retrieval page but without specifying the required parameter “API_KEY”. This is a Facebook bug and has nothing to do with the gadget so please don’t shoot the messenger. To verify that this is not my fault you can try the Popfly Facebook block which behaves the exact same way. In this case just click the retrieve authentication token again and you’ll be redirected to the right page.

If you later decide that you need to remove (I don’t know why you could decide such a thing ;-)) this application from your Facebook account all you’ll have to do is go to your privacy settings page then click the applications link, then the authorized applications one on the top and finally click the remove MySidebarBook link.

In this release you’ll also find a number of bug fixes and corrections as well. And as the number of people that have downloaded this gadget has increased dramatically I’ve also decided to implement a new update notification service that will notify users of newer versions as those become available in order to keep everyone synced.

Besides that, I’d love to hear your ideas and comments on how to make this gadget better, so if you’ve got the time drop me a line here so that we can talk about it.

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It’s been four months since I received my Popfly invite but haven’t really been able to do anything on it due to lack of time. Looking for Silverlight applications yesterday though I happened to bump into it and remembered that I already had an account so I decided to check it out. Well it seems that a lot have changed since the last time I’ve used it although the project is still in its Alpha phase.

popflyFirst of all the user interface is completely revamped. It now loads up much faster and resembles more an office application than a web one.

Aside the obvious look and feel changes a lot of cool new features were added like:

A new web page designer that not only enables to choose between a large number of different styles and themes but also enables you to add your shared mashups to the page with the press of a button.

The Tweaking feature. Easier than ripping someone else’s project, tweaking enables you to change basic properties of that project and save it. For example, if see a great mashup that uses photos of cats, but you want to see dogs, you can now do it without needing to rip the entire project.

PopflyHomeFacebook integration. Before, Popfly would publish a link to your profile  page. Now you can embed an entire application. (Soon you’ll see my applications on my facebook profile 😉 )

JavaScript intellisence on the code editor when creating blocks.

The platform is far from complete, events are missing for example. I’d like to be able to call a block’s method when an event (e.g. user presses a button) is triggered on another block. This though does not mean that Popfly isn’t developing into a great platform for effortless and with no need of special skills development of Silverlight applications, mashups and web pages.

Can’t wait for the next version…

I hadn’t given too much attention to all those social networks that have developed over time as I thought that they were mainly for people looking for dating and this sort of things. A recent friend invitation for FaceBook though, proved me wrong and opened a new world full of potential for communication, collaboration, play and so on.

So from know on you can catch up with me through my Facebook account…
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