Betsy Aoki's WebLog

Community Program Manager

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    All MSDN-TechNet wants for my birthday is two cool new people to hire, maybe more

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    Hi all, My old boss Katherine wants me to give a shoutout to the community about two new cool positions at MSDN /TechNet. They need a few people who fit the job description as regular site managers, and then they also need a site manager manager. They...
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    Derailed by thoughts of my birthday

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    Ok, I was going to do an all-serious post about Gotdotnet, which has literally kept me in the office past midnight and can be at times - as I told one user - "server rodeo." But I was completely derailed by Ken t Sharkey who made fun of the fact I am...
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    Gotdotnet, the uptimes and the downtimes - which is Feb 28th to be precise

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    Hi all, I'm blogging this on the eve of our next Workspaces code drop: some performance fixes, a couple interface tweaks having to do with the FAQ, a subtle Gotdotnet home page change, and a majority of the bugs you've seen in Workspaces (knock on formica...
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    Hail VB Newbie Nation, Well Met with Latte!

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    So, I know it's months later than I meant for it to come out, but, I did in fact get the first of my "VB Newbie" series of articles published on MSDN . It's the only one that doesn't have any code sample/example attached because it's filled to the brim...
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    Why We Love Gotdotnet (perhaps in spite of ourselves, and it) :)

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    So Valentine's Day is almost upon us, and before people start singing odes to their XBoxes or significant others (or both) I think I have to pay tribute to that most funny Valentine of all, Gotdotnet. People have speculated as to whether Gotdotnet.com...
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    Gotdotnet: a suspicion that we've created a life form

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    So I don't normally inflict more than one blog post on you guys per week, but I feel I owe it to the greater Gotdotnet community to talk more about the site's ups and downs this week. I joke around with people with dark humor - especially the old Gotdotnet...
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    Marketing Eye for the Dev Guy

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    Ok, I'm taking a break from blogging about Gotdotnet today to talk about the idea for a new cable show that sprang upon me like a panther on a protein jag. It was inspired by Microsoft.com's very own snazzy lead product manager, Dave Morehouse (Microsoft...
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    Kickboxing through molasses, or, the ancient curse

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    First, I'd like to offer my sincere apologies as program manager for Gotdotnet - the only one left standing I might add, except for Texas Ops Ranger Clayton - for the fact that both the site and Workspaces was down today. I know that Workspaces started...
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    Envision:Powerup Walkthrough

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    Welcome Envision Attendees! ----------------------------- Alrighty, so the above was part of a presentation I did with Robert Scoble for attendees of Envision, an internal company conference for the sales engineers and others in the field. As I mentioned...
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    Meeting physical force with soul force

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    Martin Luther King Jr. Day has a special place in my heart. My first Web site for The Seattle Times was a site we built in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I worked with editor Bill Ristow, who, like many who work with me, stared at me as though I...
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    Envisioning blogging without er, throwing up

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    Next week I get to do yet another presentation with Robert Scoble, Blogger at Large. It's always a pleasure because Robert is so darn sunny in his personality and he's a natural presenter - he digs that evangelism thing and can wing it on notes taped...
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    Turn of the tide

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    So 2004 winds to a close. The devastation in Indonesia and Thailand beggars description (despite all the news commentators, who still find ways to talk about something that just leaves me speechless). Advances and retreats in medicine are announced every...
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    Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam

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    I was surprised a few years back when James, a friend of mine, introduced me to what looked like "Spam sushi" - nori seaweed paper rolled around sushi-vinegared rice and a big long hunk of spam. I made the normal protests ("I'm too hip and cool for this...
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    Tater Tots: food of the gods?

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    I bet I know what you all are wondering about this week. You are wondering how, in this season of warmth, goodwill, and people scrambling to throw their software deliverables over the wall so they can start their vacations, what can Betsy possibly use...
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    Stable Strategies for Middle Management

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    This morning, I was lucky enough (or crazy enough) to be allowed to co-present a Webcast with Robert Scoble to our UK evangelism team. These are folks that cover the IT Professional audience, and wanted a briefing on blogging and on how to use blogs.msdn...
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    Test Post for British Evangelists :)

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    This is a test post, please ignore.
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    Try the penny sock market

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    By now you've seen that spate of Rolex spam come and go; now apparently the new trend is about penny stocks. It's amazing to me how often spammers manage to perfectly nail some demographic that I don't partake in as a consumer (stranded in a foreign land...
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    Thankful for: the Gotdotnet community

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    So it's a really non-kept secret that when you write the Gotdotnet.com feedback alias, you get me. Yep, just me. No customer service rep in a remote place (although Redmond can seem sometimes very remote), no robot voice saying "Please hold," no perky...
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    My Text is not my own

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    Everyone wants to know the secret agenda of technology. Luddites feel it threatens the very foundation of our moral fiber. Even people who love technology tend to question the ways that it takes us away from nature (why see the birdies in the forest when...
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    VB sniffles and a new hat for Betsy

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    Have you ever had a head cold so bad that made video games swith spiky helmeted demons seem realistic? Gone through a box of Kleenex in a weekend and it wasn't all Chick Flick night or some weepy barroom confidence? Felt like dying was perhaps something...
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    Be the Boston Red Sox, reverse the curse

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    Hi all, I'm back from my trip to Boston and New York City, a vacattion into nostalgia, euphoria and of course decent lox and bagels. When I came back to MSDN wearing my Red Sox cap, some folks were surprised. For one thing, though a former Bostonian,...
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    VB Newbies, Unite!

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    Whoohoo! So I finished my first official programming class ("Introduction to Programming with Visual Basic.NET"). I'd had some scripting classes but nothing where objects, classes and such were thrown around with such abandon. I'd actually experimented...
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    Wonder of wonders

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    You cannot imagine how good it feels to finally blog these words: the next generation of Smart Components are on MSDN ! These new dynamic modules expose Microsoft blog posts, MVP bios and blurbs, MVP-authored Knowledge Base articles. Next stop: Webcasts...
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    A great time among the women of Microsoft

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    Sorry I'm so late in posting this - I had too many site management moments this week. It's really about last week's events. :P So I had a great time at the Microsoft Women’s Conference – it’s an internal, Microsoft-only event that "celebrates the role...
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    Shout-out to Phil in Portland, and no I'm not really working on Labor Day

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    I've been lucky enough in my lifetime to have people come up and say, "Hey, nice job Betsy!" or "that poem you just read at Bumbershoot rocked!" or even that highest of accolades, "Nice blog!" But I really never had a fan club until Phil Weber , an MVP...
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