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  • Blog Post: PDC09 Backstage during the keynote

    Sitting in the audience of the keynote I never had any idea how much work and how many people were involved in pulling together that one event. This year at PDC, when Ray Ozzie's keynote kicked off, I pulled out my video camera and walked around back stage recording the organized confusion.  You...
  • Blog Post: A Brief History of the Web

    Unless you’ve been hiding you have probably heard that we released Internet Explorer 8 today.  I’ve been running it for a few months on all my machines and have been really pleased with stability and performance.  Now is the time to upgrade.  Go do it now. I’ll wait here.   Excellent...
  • Blog Post: Tweet, Tweet

    The team organizing convergence have set up a Twitter feed.  If you want to follow along you’ll find them at MBSConvergence .  If you plan to attend and want to tweet while you’re there, the hashtag will be #MBSEVENTS . While I’m on the topic, I’d like to pass along a couple of Twitter desktop...
  • Blog Post: Using Touch in Line-of-Business Apps

    I was mesmerized by this simple but cool Microsoft Surface demo at last fall’s Convergence conference in Copenhagen.  Lachlan Cash was kind enough to let me post the video here as a great example of how touch can transform visualization and manipulation of complex line-of-business information. ...
  • Blog Post: Zack’s Next Gadget

    Zack’s response yesterday to my blog post of a few weeks back about my gadget lust got me thinking about this again. Zack portrays me a keyboard hater so let me say up front that I have nothing against keyboards. Some of my best friends are keyboards. :) Ok so having said that I can say Zack is wrong...
  • Blog Post: My next gadget… I wish

    I've been thinking about what the best format is for my next laptop for a long time.  My good friend Zack blogged about his views and some of our discussions on his blog a while back.  I think many of us have been thinking about this since the release of the Newton .  A few things got...
  • Blog Post: Mobility Response Team

    While walking over to a keynote session at the Worldwide Partner Conference last week in Houston I did a double-take.  Then I walked back across the street and had to laugh out loud (and grab a couple of shots with my camera phone).   That’s right; the traffic cop directing traffic had...
  • Blog Post: 30 Day of .NET on Windows Mobile

    I’m getting to this party late but I just had to post a link to this.  I’m in awe of Chris Craft who took the challenge to write 30 Windows Mobile apps in 30 days. And Yes, that’s including weekends.  So from June 1 through June 30 he posted those 30 apps complete with source code.  I...
  • Blog Post: The Great Office War

    OMG, this is the absolute best laugh-out loud funny video I’ve seen in quite a while.  Here you go… a Friday video for you to end the week with a chuckle.  So who will win Sales or IT?  Does anyone ever win in war? :) The Great Office War - Watch more free videos   On Break.com (via...
  • Blog Post: Recommended Podcasts: Video

    In my post about the Microsoft Silicon Valley vanpool I mentioned how podcasts saved my sanity while driving in the heavy traffic.  One of the other vanpoolers mentioned that I should blog the podcasts I listen to (Thanks Yvonne).  So here I am on my ride blogging again.  This could get...
  • Blog Post: Recommended Podcasts: Miscellaneous

    In my post about the Microsoft Silicon Valley vanpool I mentioned how podcasts saved my sanity while driving in the heavy traffic.  One of the other vanpoolers mentioned that I should blog the podcasts I listen to (Thanks Yvonne).  So here I am on my ride blogging again.  This could get...
  • Blog Post: Recommended Podcasts: Startups

    In my post about the Microsoft Silicon Valley vanpool I mentioned how podcasts saved my sanity while driving in the heavy traffic.  One of the other vanpoolers mentioned that I should blog the podcasts I listen to (Thanks Yvonne).  So here I am on my ride blogging again.  This could get...
  • Blog Post: Recommended Podcasts: Entertainment

    In my post about the Microsoft Silicon Valley vanpool I mentioned how podcasts saved my sanity while driving in the heavy traffic.  One of the other vanpoolers mentioned that I should blog the podcasts I listen to (Thanks Yvonne).  So here I am on my ride blogging again.  This could get...
  • Blog Post: Recommended Podcasts: Technology

    In my post about the Microsoft Silicon Valley vanpool I mentioned how podcasts saved my sanity while driving in the heavy traffic.  One of the other vanpoolers mentioned that I should blog the podcasts I listen to (Thanks Yvonne).  So here I am on my ride blogging again.  This could get...
  • Blog Post: Streaming Hot Silverlight

    I’m nothing if not persistent! :)  You may have noticed that the Office Developers Conference was in February and I only just managed to post the video of my demo today.  There’s a story there. There are a lot of reasons for it taking that long.  Mostly it just took a couple of months...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista + Office 2007 + Virtual Earth = Cool!!!

    I've been working with Accruent , a Microsoft Gold Partner, as they migrate to their next generation of Real Estate Management System. Sanjay Parthasarthy , who heads up all things evangelism, invited me to demo the really cool work they've done during his keynote at the Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference...
  • Blog Post: Anders Hejlsberg: Behind the Code

    I love this video! This is an episode of “Behind theCode.” That’s a video series about Microsoft employees that have done great things. Anders has defintely done that. The video is an informal chat with Anders about his many accomplishments. They even flew in Gary Whizin who was Anders’...
  • Blog Post: I am Smart. What about you?

    Ok. So a couple of weeks ago I posted a link to a stupid quiz that purported to test whether you are dumb. Today Chris Sells pointed me to another quiz but this one is not stupid and actually tests your knowledge of 8th Grade math. So could You Pass 8th Grade Math? You Passed 8th Grade...
  • Blog Post: I am dumb. What about you?

    I got the link to this game off A View from Elsewhere . Pretty funny. And, uh, yeah… I am dumb… This one had me laughing out loud. It’s just so damn stupid. I can’t help but wonder how come people have the time to build these things. Anyway, if you have 5 minutes to spare and you don’t mind that you...
  • Blog Post: Pigs do Fly!

    Well, it looks like the rumors about Palm releasing a Windows Mobile Treo were true. This morning they announced that they are “ bringing the Palm experience to Windows Mobile. ” This was probably one of the worst kept secrets in the industry. There’s been rumors of this for what feels like a year now...
  • Blog Post: Windows Treo on Monday?

    Wow! The Windows Mobile 5 train is really picking up some steam. There are all sorts of things happening. First Orange announced the SPV M5000 (aka HTC Universal). Then Sprint announced the PPC-6700 (aka HTC Apache). Now the rumor is that Palm is going to announce the Treo 700w on Monday. That...
  • Blog Post: Cool and umm... Cool

    Communication Nation turned me onto a very cool reference tool called ObjectGraph Dictionary . It includes several dictionaries including a classical dictionary, computing dictionary, table of elements and a thesaourus. What’s really neat, though, is that it uses a simple interface to deliver results...
  • Blog Post: Windows Mobile Pr0n

    Pocket PC Thoughts has the goods on the upcoming HP 6715. I saw a 6500 at PDC last week and it’s quite nice. A nice form factor with a decent size screen and keyboard. The 6715 turns up the juice on that. It’s got Quad Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Bluetooth and WiFi (802.11g). It’s also got a 1.3M camera....
  • Blog Post: Geek Out and Celebrate in Silicon Valley

    I think this is pretty cool. As a thank you from Microsoft to the community on our 30th Anniversary, admission to the Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose is free on Saturday, September 24. The Tech event is being advertised with a half page full color ad today and tomorrow in The San Jose Mercury News...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft AntiSpyware beta released

    Well it looks like we held to our promise that we'd make this available very quickly. We've posted this out there. Very cool Stuff. http://www.microsoft.com/athome/security/spyware/software/default.mspx
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