Betsy Aoki's WebLog

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    Tips for surviving CES

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    I talk more about Live QnA in my other duties as QnA blogger (and about meeting Ms Dewey ) , but I figured I'd give some more personal observations about the Consumer Electronics Show here. Also, I need to sit here with my feet up horizontal or I will...
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    New Year's Resolutions for 2007: Less Carbs, more Rory

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    I got double-memed by The British...."5 things you don't know about me" Alex Barnett Eileen Brown This is obviously, well, a trial of nerves, wits and steel. I mean silicon. The "tag-you-are-it" school of blogging disclosure...hey everyone...
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    Free Live QnA t-shirts to the quizzical and answer-generous; also... Ignite Seattle!

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    So I will be spending 4 days at CES in Las Vegas, showing off what Live QnA can do, hoping my shoes are worthy (I might just go hiking boots at this rate), and making folks an offer they can't refuse. I'll be with Alexandra and Richard, two noble marketers...
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    I leave for a week and what happens?

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    I get some much-needed sleep and sun. Google answers goes kaput. A moment of silence in respect for those guys' efforts and early-to-market presence. Seattle gets buried in snow. Buried meaning any amount of it; we can't take it, we can't drive...
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    Hopefully the repairs are over

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    Telligent was doing some fixes tonight and I need to get some important info out (this post is not it). Testing....
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    Blog Business Summit - highlights

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    These notes are late. Mostly because I've spent too much of my weekend working to catchup on what I missed while at the blog summit. And also, as mentioned below, I'm not working hard enough to become an A lister. :) ------------- Well, the first...
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    Taste of the blog summit

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    Mostly, the summit tasted like coffee and tiramisu. No, really. The morning sessions - which were all I got to see after a work issue on QnA called me back to the office - were all trying to wake up and get coffee in the veins. Then it was work...
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    Making the blogosphere fizz a bit, or, Betsy's Blogger bath bombs (tm)

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    So, I'm going to the Blog Business Summit. I'm really excited as mentioned before. First of all, when I do panel presentations, I tend not to have the same queasy sensations I do when I have to speak on my own. Co-presenting is the same way; I really...
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    The antidote to technical stress: making bath bombs

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    My friends and coworkers at Live Search have been seeing the results of my latest non-work mania - which is to make bath fizzes, otherwise known as 'bath bombs.' (If you are too geeky, manly or allergic to keep reading about making your own bath products...
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    Betsy at the Blog Business Summit!

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    They've got a stellar lineup at the Blog Business Summit in Seattle at the Bell Harbor Conference Center this year, and I'm tickled pink to be part of it for these panel sessions: Oct 26 11:30 Building Communities online 3:15 - Corporate blogging...
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    The story behind Betsy's QnA gadget, or, if I can do it - you can do it

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    Writing a gadget was an ....interesting experience for me. And though I have legions of people to thank for helping when I got stuck, I did indeed write it myself.... It all began months ago, in May, when I was alone in a stark and industrial room...
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    Win prizes with MSN Search

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    I took today off to get some well-deserved sleep, launch decompression, and chick time. Not being able to stay away from the Internet though, I tripped upon this…an exuberantly odd little campaign our mktg team apparently put together to have a little...
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    Taking suggestions on the mascot for QnA

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    Every sports team has their mascot. Every high school gym has one emblazoned between the basketball hoops. Even Disney has their Duck (or Mouse, etc). While I love Norbert, the Cod of Conduct for QnA, he's not the sort to go to pep rallies and Tech...
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    http://qna.live.com is live!

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    I have been up since 6am, and went to bed late so am not as witty as I'd like to be. Go team!!!! Finally the cod of conduct gets an airing. See my better-written post at http://liveqna.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!2933A3E375F68349!367.entry ...
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    No wires for a wireless world

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    So my pal Laura John, the one who got Norvin into tinfoil hattery, has a beta she'd like to advertise and snag new testers for: Laura's Blog Post http://blogs.msdn.com/lauraj/archive/2006/08/25/724261.aspx The Amazing Stefan Weitz's post http...
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    Be Cod Compliant!!!!!

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    Obey the Windows Live QnA Cod of Conduct! (and the Code of Conduct too) . ... Cheers to the Windows Live QnA beta testers, for whom I have drawn this fish.
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    Bagels and Beau

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    This is a quick slice of life post - I'm working on the Windows Live QnA beta and don't have time to breathe - but today was an amazing morning. The sky which is highlighted in that odd fantastic Seattle gray - we are not frying like the rest of the...
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    QnA invites - all about Alex Barnett

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    Alex seems to be doing well - I think he's finagled extra QnA invites from Krista - AND he's over his surgery. What does it mean when I barely found out from Alex he's back from the hospital, but the blogosphere has medical diagrams and intimate details...
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    Windows Live QnA invites courtesy of Alex Barnett

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    Alex is running a little contest to give away some of the Windows Live QnA private beta invites we offer to "friends of friends." It gets you in faster than waiting on the waitlist, since we are still cycling through folks who enlisted months ago,...
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    Beyond Agile: Get Plucky!

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    Since I last blogged about Agile I've been doing a lot of thinking about how some ad hoc project teams can come together swiftly and with great effect, and yet others will arrive ponderously to the scrum, Agile books in hand, and very little gets done...
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    BBQs and Goodbyes

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    This weekend I got a chance to wish Maryam and Robert Scoble (along with hordes of other people from Gnomedex) well in their new life and Maryam's birthday. Despite the hint I made in a prior blog post, they were surprised when I handed them 2 of the...
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    harrumphing to glory

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    Alrighty. So we lose Scoble, we lose BillG (in two years). One of my community mentors, Olivier Ribet, just announced he is going to work in the area of mobile devices overseas for Microsoft. If I hadn't already done a bit of leaving on my own a few months...
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    Yep, I bought the Scoble coaster

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    Yep, I bought it. Hugh, the witty creator of gapingvoid.com, has a commemorative coaster for Robert Scoble leaving: http://www.cafepress.com/gapingvoid.61613406 Because I've been home sick with the "river crud" (when I can get the photos you will...
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    A Salute to Robert Scoble, or 21 Nerf Guns are not enough

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    Ya, I know the guy isn't dead, (and thank goodness!) but the news Robert Scoble's leaving for a Silicon Valley startup called PodTech.net feels a bit like I need to fire 21 nerf guns and pass the Kleenex. You can read about his reasons more here: http...
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    What is podcasting?

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    Julie, a program manager on the Image Search team, sent this to us at work. I don't care if the ninja is obviously not of my people. I laughed very hard. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OEmss2lg-ug Hyah to you too! Happy Monday! Live it vivid...
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