Betsy Aoki's WebLog

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    Bad blogger, no biscuit (high protein, Atkins that is)

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    I sit here typing, typing, with my cafeteria-bought chicken and broccoli/beans combo. I have had to repent of my bad girl ice cream ways (at least until the Long Weekend) and be good about my health regimen. The traditional food of code warriors: pizza...
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    Battening down the hatches and raising the ice cream bars

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    Well, it's been another wacky week here at MSDN . Not to mention too darn hot. Have I mentioned that my brain melts in the heat? Thought so. One of the things I had to adjust to at Microsoft was the thing called an "OOF" mail, or the "out of office" autoreply...
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    The one time I didn't mind the sun was being bbqed at Scoble's

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    It's a long and windy road to Robert Scoble's bbq . (That's long and windy, NOT long-er-winded.) But it ends with parking near a cul-de-sac and walking up to the front door and passing two little Sharper Image scooters prone on the grass, and stepping...
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    Community Compatriots Unite!

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    We've had our first thankfully cool, overcast day here, and I finally feel like I can think again (anyone read Terry Pratchett ? and how his troll Detritus' brain functioned better when supercooled?... that's me. :-) ) Today I had a brief but touching...
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    Trying for brilliance, measuring for sanity....

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    It's been a while since I posted...sorry about that. I don't normally post on Mondays but since I've missed a week, I felt it best to just dig in and let the brain juice separate from the brain pulp. (Did I mention it's HOT here in Seattle? We are melting...
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    Growing community and some random books I love that relate

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    I was asked by the fellow who runs the wwwcoder.com site to tell him how to grow a community online, and while I gave him some tips via email I promised I’d be blogging about this very topic in the near future. So here it is. You’ll...
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    The Disorganized Disco Bandit

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    Ever have one of those mornings where your right contact lens sticks to the roof of your eyelid, the coffee machine has to be re-pumped and re-primed before you get your brew, and civilization has devolved to conversing with your officemate through telepathic...
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    Whidbey, Wid B'

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    Never go on a health food kick while your product team is launching - the pizza fumes alone are enough to make a grown woman cry. :-) There is a leaning tower of pizza boxes in the kitchen, and the recycle bins full of soda cans, and the congratulatory...
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    Making a self presentable

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    Well, this blog posts finds our heroine in post-presentation stupor. I had to give a presentation yesterday on community for Microsoft Web professionals, introducing and explaining a little about the two Microsoft community Web sites - http://www.asp...
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    Drinking about Community, Part 2 and a word to the job seekers

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    So last night was a continuation of the Drinking about Community Jas Sandhu and I pulled together before. I like how it's developing as an adhoc shindig (only when Justin Grant is in town, but the poor dude couldn't make it last night with last minute...
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    Alas, do you find my charm offensive?

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    Recently a coworker pointed me to a column by Mary Jo Foley about Microsoft's community push, largely based on a chat with our very suave Olivier Ribet. It's nice to see the Microsoft-related communities page get some play in the press, and I've canoodled...
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    Alright already, stop yer whining

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    So I finally raise my head from my piles of virtual work here in Redmond (you don't want to look too close at my laptop's desktop) and all I see are those lucky stiffs who got to go to Tech Ed lacking the proper gratitude. :D Admittedly, when one has...
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    NO--SLEEP--TIL PORTLAND!!!! (With apologies to the Beastie Boys) :-)

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    There is nothing like leaving work in the middle of a sunny day to make you feel like you are cutting class and skipping school (dev kids, don't try this at home!). But to get to Portland in time for the Portland Nerds Dinner last night we had to leave...
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    Word to yer Motherboard

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    So I mean to blog this weekend – it being Mother’s Day on Sunday and all. And because that particular holiday brings out thoughts of technology like no other. Christmas, you say? Birthdays, you say? No, because while you can receive...
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    New Community Experiment on MSDN Community Page

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    So my MSDN pal Tina dragged me to a yoga class at 6 in the morning today. I have never done yoga in my life, and as a highly wound-up individual, I felt it was high time to embrace my inner peace. Of course, I'm not sure my inner peace was even awake...
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    Called on the carpet

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    You'd think perhaps the big buzz going around MSDN would be all our fabulous technology. You know, Longhorn. The latest developments in Whidbey. All that. I'm here to tell you that in the halls of our building, there is a truly Big Buzz. A buzz about...
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    Drinking about community, Part 1

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    So last night my plan was simple - I was going to bring together Jas Sandhu, who works with the developer evangelism team, together with Justin Grant, our MSDN marketing mogul, and Sean Kollenkark, who is an MSDN pm that firmly believed I should talk...
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    What makes it "community" ?

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    I've got two thoughts - like plates spinning on sticks - about community right now, and forgive me if I let either of them fly off like frisbees as I cogitate on this. I was recently asked to give input on community - not in my usual “Yee-haw...
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    Walking through the halls of MSDN!

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    Heh! My officemate has her 15 minutes of fame on Channel 9 today! What I love about this whole video actually is how they capture things that you would not see, like our admin, a MSDN Directs meeting (the folks who report to our Product Unit Manager)...
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    Talk about the passion

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    Ever have one of those moments where you panic upon waking and think you overslept? I did that, and then the feeling continued throughout the rest of today. Just too much going on. The morning was spent hanging out with a bunch of Xbox MVPs. Now, later...
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    Mighty Vivid People - MVPs at the Summit

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    I've been on the run since the wee hours of the morning (7am MVP summit meeting) but I felt the need to blog about the MVP Summit . First of all, the summit's more intimate than PDC was. It's partly occurring on the Microsoft Redmond campus and also...
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    A girl made of millions of pixels of light

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    Well, soon you'll see the real me, albeit very tiny, on MSDN . A preview of that photo is on Gotdotnet right now. And I should warn you that it isn't what I look like all the time, or even what I may look like a month from now. This version also makes...
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    I need to blog, then eat

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    I just said those immortal six words to my long suffering officemate, who runs the .NET Framework, ASP.Net, and Longhorn Developer Centers on MSDN . I don't actually place blogging before good food - if I did, you'd see a lot more posts from me ( Kent...
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    Hair-tearing about user samples

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    Yep. Today's Gotdotnet triumph is the Workspaces upgrade being complete, and its less than triumphant moments are with User Samples. We know, we know, we're looking into why they aren't processing through the tool in the right way. It's always something...
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    One blog list to rule them all, one list to find them :P

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    Well, it's not as big as it could be, but the Microsoft Blogger's Index page on Gotdotnet is growing. Not to be confused with the list of blogs.msdn.com bloggers . What's the difference, you ask? Gotdotnet's blog list used to be a list of just the...
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