Betsy Aoki's WebLog

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    Special thanks to the tram folks of Amsterdam

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    So I may have a TechEd curse where I lose my identificaiton and then find it again. Orlando I just misplaced my wallet in the folds of my backpack and had a panicked 2 hours. Amsterdam I left my backpack on the tram or at the tram station - it's...
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    Scoble and Rubel and Mini-Microsoft

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    Everyone probably saw this over the holidays, but I only did this evening and I laughed til I cried. Mostly because Scoble is the least likely person I know of to pull a banana on someone... http://www.youtube.com/watch.php?v=Fa8PB9P9KOM No, I don...
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    Sleepy in Seattle

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    Hi all, So I am back from the land down under. I was accused of "cavorting in Oz" while I was gone by one higher up manager that shall remain nameless, but I told him anything having to do with vegemite hardly counts as "cavorting." Or if it does,...
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    Regionally directed

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    Attention American comrades. You want to know what the most embarassing thing you can endure for your country? Sit around with a bunch of folks from Europe - including the likes of Clemens Vasters , Christian Weyer, and Ingo Rammer as they discuss...
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    Marketing Eye for the Dev Guy, part II

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    Finally, the master has revealed himself. My imminently suave co-worker, nicknamed by our director Sandy Khaund "Dayslick" at last year's TechEd, wearer of a tie to Microsoft just last week - Dave Morehouse is blogging. Followers of my blog have...
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    The difference one letter makes... Betsy goes from QnA to XNA...

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    I'm back from Merrie Olde England where I got a chance to hang out with a true Blog Queen - Eileen Brown, in the UK IT evangelism team . Last time I hung out with her in England, we were on our way to TechEd Amsterdam, and readying a blogging presentation...
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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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    Catch Robert Scoble Webcasting about Blogging

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    As opposed to Scoble blogging about webcasts, we now have him webcasting about blogging. :) This should be some good stuff - I stole some of my best lines at TechEd Australia from Robert. (Sorry international folks - this is in English only) Monday...
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    Vegemite Demo

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    My photos will end up being added later or in one big photo post, but this morning I received a "Vegemite Demo" from native Australian Tony Goodhew ("toast spread, axle grease and dingo repellant:" he observes). I noticed the breakfast setup of jam...
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    Mad dash boothward

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    TechEd Day 3 was the result of mishap and endurance training: 4 hours of sleep, lost wallet, found wallet, sore feet, the final smart decision to BRING party clothes TO the booth so I am not caught dancing in my Microsoft logowear (I will say I was one...
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    All that sticks for 2006

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    Well, I've had 2 weeks off from work, one week of that spent seeing relatives, and the last week being sick, so you could argue I've been in an altered state....perhaps the perfect environment to look at the past year and the coming year, make pithy comments...
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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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    Betsy Blogs World Tour - Chapter 3

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    Well Eileen and I made it to Amsterdam in one piece – even after the revels that was the Microsoft UK company summer party. Shoutout to my boss Sandy Khaund – I am having serious party coolness envy! They had Madness , Basement Jaxx and Norman Jay...
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    Man with blue beard and parrot hat

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    So I'm watching the guys closing down our time at the booth...I fly out tomorrow and so this is my last note from TechEd Orlando. Tonight is the final party for me (not for others) and so I have this feeling of nostalgia and burning desire that my shirt...
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    Purple fame, purple fame - the home page of Channel 9

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    You could wonder why they picked May day (mayday!?!) to air my video on Channel 9 but since stuff goes on the home page all the time, if you don't find it there, here's the permalink . People have asked me what it's like to be interviewed by Channel...
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    Blogging session done, on to Australia

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    Well they say stuff gets easier with practices and I guess my blog talks are getting that way. I brought off the blog talk perfectly on time, gave 15 min for questions, got 5, got to talk to a couple of charming folks after and give them GDN t-shirts...
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    XNA Gamefest 2007 - first day and Dream Build Play winners

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    Apologies - all my photos have to be links tonight. Well, if you are at Gamefest for the second day, be sure to drop by the Dream Build Play exhibit area where you can get hands on experience with these games. I played Shuggy while doing booth setup...
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    TechEd Australia Cabana Talk URLS

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    All the URLS from my Cabana presentation David Sifry's Alerts: http://www.sifry.com/alerts/archives/000332.html Technorati was tracking over 14.2M web logs, and over 1.3 billion links in July 2005 The blogosphere continues to double about...
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    Blogging and True Love, or, don't say Microsoft doesn't help its MVPS!

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    Well, this story has awaited some time to be told. Mostly because I spent a lot of time cackling over it as the events progressed and being rather smug, saying I told you so, and so forth. Now I REALLY get to go to town. :) Remember how I screwed my...
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    Jason Calcanis - You Thin, Thin Thing :)

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    OK this is awesomely post modern. Robert Scoble links to Jason Calcanis post , whereupon I follow it to lean Jason is encouraging others to link to ....Jason Calcanis. There are some rules to get him to Link Back . Mostly, you have to indicate a photo...
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    In Auckland, having traveled forward in time

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    So for me right now it's 9:40 am though in redmond its 2:40 pm. For me it is Aug 25 - for them it is Aug 24th. In A Sumburned Country Bill Bryson talks charmingly about how there is no diet in the world that can make you lose your impact on the world...
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    Betsy Blogs World Tour: chapter 2

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    Ok, so a rounding sound of appreciation for the patient UK user group folks who had to put up with my Webcast today - the phones didn't work at first, my laptop cut out of live meeting and then Eileen's would and she'd use mine - and I'm just enough of...
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    Blogging in the Land Down Under

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    I'd like to preface all this by the fact I've been up since 4 a.m. and though I have showered numerous times have not actually napped. My hair may be coiffed but the brain inside is a tangled mess. Nevertheless I feel honor bound to report that I've...
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    The curse of TechEd continues, also known as, where's Betsy's ID again?

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    Setting up for Student Day Back of the student line filing into Student Day NZ Paul Lo at the beginning of Student Day, with all screens going So the bad news was - yet ANOTHER TechEd I have mislaid my credit cards/identification...
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    You were present, but were you there?

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    Note: This post has been edited to reflect Doug Seven's inherent greatness. His site was actually the first .NET Web site in the world prior to Gotdotnet in July 200 - Microsoft's first .NET Web site was Gotdotnet in November 2000. Hugh MacLeod of...
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