A little fun with a little office

We like shipping. We work hard to ship good products. In fact, we’re probably working hard right now, as you are reading this, towards shipping something we hope is exceptional. But sometimes we need a break. Hugh Williams, a Search dev lead, took a break in January. After moving across the Pacific Ocean, building a team, and doing a heck of a lot of other great stuff, he flew back to Australia to do whatever people do on vacation (or &ldquo...
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Live Labs & Search labs

Live Labs is live!  Live Labs is a joint venture between MSN and MSR that is chartered to create new research opportunities, new prototypes, and new academic funding for internet research.  Search Labs is a companion organization building innovative new products, and with a presence in Silicon Valley as well. The labs will be headed by Gary Flake who joined us from Yahoo, and Ashok Chandra who was at IBM and Verity before joining...
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Privacy and MSN Search

There’s been quite a frenzy of speculation over the past 24 hours regarding the request by the government for some data in relation to a child online protection lawsuit.  Obviously both privacy and child protection are both super important topics – so I’m glad this discussion is happening. Some facts have been reported, but mostly I’ve seen a ton of speculation reported as facts.   I wanted to use this blog...
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Old Virtual Earth Tile Servers Going Away February 12th

When we transitioned to Windows Live Local we implemented new servers for the tiles for vector, ortho, and other imagery sources.  This new setup is more scalable and better acommodates the kinds of traffic we need to handle for our own site and for our commercial customers and mashup builders.  Until now, we have kept the old tile servers running to keep our v1 mashups running.  But, alas, the time is approaching when we...
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Chandu's Book

The blog took a break for the holidays, but I (Alex Daley) am back and will be posting more regularly again.  While we were off, Chandu Thota‘s book, Programming MapPoint in .NET was published. It is a great book for programmer’s interested in doing location and mapping solutions and covers MapPoint, the MapPoint Web Service, and even has a chapter on the Virtual Earth Map Control. Programming MapPoint in .NET ...
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More Instant Answers

When we ask people what they think of our Instant Answers, a common response is “they are great, but I want MORE”.  We hear you and recently added about 1 million facts for your querying pleasure. Here are a few examples: Baseball stats Numerous statistics for historical baseball players and teams along with season data for current players. babe ruth home runs, babe ruth home runs allowed, ichiro suzuki hits 2003, Seattle...
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We Broke It!? A VE Map Search Control v1 Required Update

Our recent change of the consumer site to Windows Live Local broke some of the functionality of the Map Search Control, or Commercial Control.  Apparently when we updated the site’s URL the redirect to the new URL didn’t work for the proxy we wrote, an error that didn’t surface in our testing. So, your Commercial Control application probably needs updating.  The change is simple but necessary–you must manually...
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v2 Change: Map Bounding Lat/Long

In v1 of the standard control, if you needed to get the bounding lat/long of the map you could do this: var y1 = map.GetLatitude(0);var x1 = map.GetLongitude(0);     var y2 = map.GetLatitude(map.height);var x2 = map.GetLongitude(map.width); There were two problems with this approach. For the South East corner it relies on map.width and height, which no longer exist in the v2 control (map width and height are...
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Windows Live Local: Location Finder & Your Privacy

A few days ago, Mike Liebhold on Geowanking expressed concern over privacy of personal information in the context of the “Locate Me” feature in Windows Live Local. This has been discussed further on BoingBoing and O’Reilly’s Radar; so we thought of adding some clarity on what goes on behind the scenes in this application and with your information. When you visit the Windows Live Local and hit “Locate Me”...
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v1 Applications not Referencing 'dev.virtualearth.net' are not Working

Just quick but important reminder note: Now that Windows Live Local has launched, if you are referencing the v1 of the standard control on the old URL: http://virtualearth.msn.com/js/MapControl.js You should update this to http://dev.virtualearth.net/standard/v1/MapControl.js This will keep your application working until you are able to transition to v2. See the original post for details. Alex DaleyTechnical Evangelist
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