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  • 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: Stomach Flu and the MSDN Suburban Roadshow Resources

    eek! To my buddy who is caring for an ill family, good luck. For my captive audience, here are the resources I talked about today around RESTful Programming with WCF 3.5 and Syntactic Sugar with .NET 3.5 . RESTful Programming with WCF 3.5   Get the Training Kits Why? Hands on labs, demos, presentations...
  • 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: Interesting People in Seattle Part 4 of 4: the Weird and Wonderful

    so we meet again... As part of the mother ship visit , Microsoft makes it a point to expand our minds so that they don't retain their original shape. This year it was no different when they introduced us to Dr. Michio Kaku : Meet Dr. Michio Kaku... Dr. Michio Kaku is a theoretical physicist...
  • Blog Post: Interesting People in Seattle Part 3 of 4: Anders and Scott - Genesis and Generation Next

    so we meet again... These other two that I recently "met" in Seattle , need no introduction. It was a pleasure to listen to their storytelling of where we've been and what the future of our platform and programming languages might look like. For a glimpse of that... Meet Anders... Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Interesting People in Seattle Part 2 of 4: Craig and Mark - the future is Parallel and Multi-Core

    so we meet again... Some other folks I met at the mind meld in Seattle . Meet Craig... Craig Mundie our chief research and strategy officer did a keynote. You may recognize him as the guy holding Bill Gates responsible for Microsoft Bob :) Craig's keynote was centered around the future of...
  • Blog Post: Interesting People in Seattle Part 1: Steve and Javed - Microsoft Legacies and OBA Mashups

    so we meet again... It's a great perk as a field employee. I get the opportunity at least once a year to visit the mother ship and load up on technical training to fight the future. Here are some of the interesting people I met this time (I use "met" loosely - sometimes it was in a sea of 6...
  • Blog Post: My day with David Chappell and the value of feedback

    so we meet again... I was such a fanboy! I hung out with David Chappell - his talks and writings are mind expanding . (It was also fun to hang with the work family - including Todd and CBowen ). David brought a high energy, positive world view. I enjoy his ability to speak simply about the most involved...
  • Blog Post: What is an Automated Service Agent - Web 2.0 meets Cylons?

    Chris Barry, from our Industry Solutions team, is very passionate about Microsoft Automated Service Agent (ASA) Solutions. He can easily spend several hours detailing the business benefits and technical ramifications of incorporating ASA into existing architectures. He is also very good at meeting deadlines...
  • Blog Post: Jim Payne - Philosophy, Architecture, All 9s; all the time

    "Likely the best free MS technology that you’re not using today…shame on you!" -- Jim has a great way of driving home a point :) I first met Jim at our Financial Developer's Conference in April 2007 (P.S. our next event is on March 12-13, 2008 - more information coming soon). His team has done an amazing...
  • Blog Post: Don Canning - Innovation, Insurance, Microsoft, you

    We were very fortunate to host Don Canning [1] at a customer visit last week. We were talking about innovation+insurance+what Microsoft is doing to enable our customers and partner ecosystem (very cool stuff!). Don is currently the world wide director for insurance in our industry team focusing on customer...
  • Blog Post: David Chappell is Essential Reading - NameDrop!

    In a galaxy far, far away, I learned the essentials of DCE from David Chappell . I was fortunate to attend a multi-day training session with him. I still remember his style of breaking down complexity and focusing on the fundamentals. I consider all his writings, whitepapers and blog entries essential...
  • Blog Post: Staying local - NameDrop!

    As an evangelist, I get to wear my passion on my sleeve and do what I think makes a positive difference. One of my passions is making sure that our local software economy is alive and kicking. Over the past few weeks, I've had the opportunity to meet folks making a difference in my home geography through...
  • Blog Post: I'm People Ready - NameDrop!

    Dino, I'm trying to live up to the noble credo: This blog won't carry human interest stories , but since I've already failed and Microsoft is all about People Ready software :) I've decided to embrace my humanity and unveil a new feature of my blog: NameDrop! Blog posts tagged with this category will...
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