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  • Blog Post: The 30/30 for students and recent graduates starting October 21

    eek! Looking for 30 minutes of technical training and 30 minutes of soft skills training? You’ll probably want to catch the Microsoft Students to Business Fall Webcasts . First in the fall session is Microsoft Azure - An introduction to Cloud Computing and Microsoft Certifications 101 on October 21 ...
  • Blog Post: Surely You're Joking Mr. Feynman!

    Welcome to another episode of Feel Good Fridays . Have you seen Microsoft Research’s Project Tuva . This is really a great project (thank you Bill Gates!) with a truly innovative user experience (in my humble opinion). From the website: Microsoft Research’s Project Tuva explores core scientific concepts...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to Feel Good Fridays! Read my blog and make some money!

    eek! It’s friday and for a while, it has been “ Facebook Fridays ” on my blog. I’m changing that and hope to bring you a new theme on fridays…Welcome to Feel Good Fridays (FGF) – a spotlight on happy, moderately tech related tips/tricks/anecdotes. FGF Episode 1 I finally caught up with my listening and...
  • Blog Post: Meet my boss’s boss’s boss’s boss (the Imagine Cup!)

    Got about 14 minutes? Meet the head honcho of my organization at Microsoft - Walid - as he sits down to chat about why the Imagine Cup matters to students and Microsoft. This was a short/smart interview that reminded me that some of the technology companies we rely on everyday were started by students...
  • Blog Post: Breaking the Glass Ceiling (Sisters are doing it for themselves Part 2)

    A few months ago, my team ran the Microsoft Enterprise Developer Conference in New York City. If you spelunk our website , you’ll find some great sessions that you can view on demand. Here are 3 that I’m picking at random from my favorite sessions… Windows Azure Case Study: How we ported ScrumWall and...
  • Blog Post: Sisters are doing it for themselves (Part 1)

    As part of my last post , I mentioned DigiGirlz and completely forgot to tell you, dear reader, about a remarkable team effort that went into running our second DigiGirlz Day in Connecticut a few months back. We really had an awesome event last year and this year matched it. Details… We had over 50+...
  • Blog Post: Advancing careers from the classroom to the boardroom

    eek! I love my job and yet again , I was able to step out of ordinary and connect with folks who volunteer their time and resources to helping their community. Tonight I had the privilege of chatting with the Hartford chapter of the BDPA . It is truly amazing to me that there are so many unseen and unheard...
  • Blog Post: April Cool

    eek! Bucking the trend on April Fool by doing an April Cool post. Here are some of the things I talked about in March. Hope you get a resource or link that saves you time... Girl Geeks Rule Downloading IE8 Get Silverlight 3 Beta with eyes wide open Say Hello to the Microsoft Web Platform An Azure Moment...
  • Blog Post: Girl Geeks Rule

    eek! I didn’t sign the pledge but I did want to do my shout out to Ada Lovelace (by way of JM’s blog ). As far as tech heroines, I’m going to salute all the girls attending the amazing DigiGirlz events (our future tech heroes) that are happening throughout this month and the women (and guys) who make...
  • Blog Post: Shhh! Let’s launch this global thing, you and me

    eek! It’s Friday, so time to invest in that 20% thingee :) I think it is time you and I just launch a global singing revolution . What do you think? Downloading now…
  • Blog Post: Microsoft PDC - Prep for Play

    eek! I'm here in LAX for the Microsoft PDC. The last minute scurrying, the boxes, the banners (Windows 7), it is all here.We had some training in preparation for WomenBuild . As my buddy Lindsay says: its full of awesomeness. A quick visual recap of our training for the workshop... The box of goods....
  • Blog Post: Work Sucks; Play Serious!

    eek! Work Sucks; Play Serious! I'll be in Cali next week for the Microsoft PDC (don't forget to bookmark this site for session videos). What fun! On my reading list (perhaps on the plane) is the book with a provocative title that is about "results only work environments": Why Work Sucks and How to Fix...
  • Blog Post: Starting in .NET and Building Smarter Kids

    eek! This was news to me, MSDN unveiled a new Beginner Developer Learning Center . The center comes complete with a Kid’s Corner , interesting… From one of the eBooks available on the web site, yup, this is how we all do it! My only peeve? When you review the beginner center it poses a strange challenge...
  • Blog Post: Goodbye September

    eek! First time here? Here's what September looked like... A peek at 2010 now See you at the PDC? Hello SQL Server 2008 Updated Training Kit Resource Page MSR New England is Open - watch the videos! Pimp your IDE...Easy Money? So much fun - MSDN and Social Bookmarks Updates - IE 8 Videos and Web 2.0...
  • Blog Post: MSR New England is Open - watch the videos!

    eek! Exciting news, this is so cool. Watch the videos from the opening symposium . The focus of the lab? An interdisciplinary approach in an age of networks (www, social networks, biology, etc.). Peek inside the lab by viewing JT Chayes video: Here is a list of videos available at the site...
  • Blog Post: On the bus with the EdVangelist

    hey there! It was a damp and dreary day in Farmington, Connecticut when I visited Edwin - our EdVangelist . But Edwin is a ray of sunshine, and he was in full effect. With his trademark disarming smile, he gave lucky students at Central Connecticut State University - free software, free posters, free...
  • Blog Post: Return of the EDvangelist - the DDR Tour

    hey there! Hey DigiGirlz and Boyz, remember Edwin the EDvangelist? He's just started on his journey in his mobile Digital Dorm Room . He's hitting area colleges, making folks smile and showing off some cool technologies. If he's in your home town, stop on by! Tell him I sent you :) Live the experience...
  • Blog Post: Add Video Bling to your Web with Silverlight Streaming

    hey there! Did you know you have 10 GB for free in the Silverlight Streaming cloud ? Here's a quick set of steps (my demo for our DigiGirlz day ) to add "Silverlight Video Bling" to your Live Spaces site. You can upload a video, up to 105 MB, and it is automatically encoded to be Silverlight...
  • Blog Post: DigiGirlz - Empowerment and Hope

    hey there! Yes, we did it - our first DigiGirlz Day in Connecticut . It was a lot of fun (and work) getting 80 students and chaperones into our small office. This was truly a team effort and I'm so thankful to have friends who helped and who care deeply. Based on quick reviews of the feedback forms ...
  • Blog Post: One of my best days at Microsoft and Spotlight on Unified Communications and Silverlight 2

    hey there! It's coming next Friday when our little office in CT hosts - DigiGirlz Day . What an amazing team effort it has been and what a great day we have planned. We'll have lots of footage! Speaking of best days...the next set is on April 22-24, 2008 when we host our Health and Life Sciences Developer...
  • Blog Post: MIX08 - I missed the Microsoft Research TechFest

    so we meet again... They are working on tomorrow's problems...but they haven't perfected cloning yet, so I missed Microsoft Research's TechFest last week while at MIX08. The one stop shop for the keynote, videos, and the blog is live. Nice to see our very own Research celeb in the keynote :) P.S. The...
  • Blog Post: DigiGirlz - End with a BANG!

    so we meet again... Our Connecticut DigiGirlz Day drops on March 28, 2008 and thanks to my buddy Cameron, we will be ending the day with an awesome treat for the students and educators (sorry our event is "sold out" but we will be capturing photos and videos). How's this for ending with a BANG! We...
  • Blog Post: DigiGirlz - Your Learning Guide to Expression Web

    so we meet again... What an eye opening news article on how the web is being shaped... Sorry, Boys, This Is Our Domain THE prototypical computer whiz of popular imagination — pasty, geeky, male — has failed to live up to his reputation. Research shows that among the youngest Internet users...
  • Blog Post: DigiGirlz - Empower Your Workforce!

    so we meet again... What a great news article about empowerment, changing the world and good management sense... Microsoft Reaps the Rewards of Female Managers Women rarely make it into senior management in German corporations, but Microsoft Germany is now setting an example of how to systematically...
  • Blog Post: DigiGirlz - Partners in Learning and Unlimited Potential

    so we meet again... On the road to 2015! This recent press release from Microsoft highlighted all the great work that is being done and is left to be done: Microsoft Aims to Create New Opportunity for Everyone Through Education Company expands the impact of Partners in Learning program over the...
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