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I remember Dean Hachamovitch (Head if Internet Explorer) and I discussing IE7/8 internal builds in his office back in 2007.  I was complaining it wasn’t fast enough, still didn’t have a download manager and we seemed to take too long to release.  He noted Win7 would create a deep keel for IE to sail again, and always welcomed my feedback.

Well Dean, the wait was worth it.  Hats off to you and the team.

A few updates from around the Web for this weekend:

  • Sonos is working on their iPad application, but has delayed release from August to September.  Launch at CEDIA Expo 2010 imminent?  What’s not imminent is an Android-based version of the Sonos controller app currently available for iPhone, confirmed by Dave Zatz.  Here’s to hoping Windows Phone 7 gets in the mix.
  • Pandora recently launched Genre-based channels.  This service keeps getting better and better. 80’s Pop or Today’s Hits? Works with Sonos too.
  • Xbox LIVE for Windows Phone 7 has announced the initial lineup of games.  A few weeks ago my friend Kevin Unangst showed me a preview of what’s to come and I’m impressed by the portfolio.  Here a video overview:
  • Penny Arcade Expo (PAX) is next weekend here in Seattle. I’ll be going on Sunday if others are interested in a meetup.
  • Windows Live Sync becoming Windows Live Mesh, upping from 2G to 5GB of space.  It’s a start folks, but I for one want 25GB to backup my photo library and would pay for it.

Today kickstarts Gnomedex 10 – the annual confab put on by local entrepreneur and CNN Tech correspondent Chris Pirillo.  Kind of like TED but more tech, Gnomedex has been an annual must-attend event for years and this may be the last one.  Alas, I made plans to take my son to the Oregon International Airshow this weekend and won’t be able to attend.  So here are the Top 5 things I would want to hear at Gnomedex:

  1. Someone ask Tom Nugent, co-founder of LaserMotive if he’s related to Ted Nugent.  I’m certain someone will do this.  I’m also pretty certain a laser-powered Skynet drone will suddenly appear and attack the person who asks him.
  2. Matt Inman, because I eat The Oatmeal every day (e.g. Today, Yesterday, and Tomorrow).
  3. Anyone who presents after Violet Blue. Poor Jason Barger – something tells me that the audience is going to need a smoke break after Violet’s presentation.
  4. Barbara Evans uncork a bottle of Domaine Romanée-Conti on-stage and pour half out for her “Homies” to the horror of the audience.
  5. Charles Brennick give away an Xbox 360/Kinect bundle.  Charles runs, a non-profit organization that refurbs PCs for donation to underserved communities worldwide. (Disclaimer: I am on the Board of Directors for IC)

Here’s to hoping this isn’t the last Gnomedex so I can plan better.  Can’t attend in person like me?  Check out Gnomedex online at  Congratulations to Chris and have a great show.

Update: Jeff Barr has some great mind maps of the sessions at Gnomedex here.