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    Demo Cowboys: Two (or more) nations divided by a common language


    Doug and Christophe collaborated on this great video BE A DEMO MASTER – HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE RECOMMENDATIONS NOW AND BEYOND which will really help those of you who either demonstrate Project Server to potential customers – or just need a convenient platform to configure or develop against Project Server.  The cowboy in the picture may well be known to you – and if you come to the Project Conference in Phoenix he may well be dressed in the same gear.

    So why the title to this blog?  I am from England, and now live in Seattle, and many words haven’t made the same journey intact.  Obvious spellings like color/colour aren’t too difficult – but some words are just different (elevator/lift) – and yet others have different meanings for the same word.  One that can catch the Brits at Microsoft out is “to table and idea”.  In England this gets something on to the agenda – in the US it takes it off!  So what about cowboys?  I don’t have to explain that cowboys are very well regarded in the US (even French ones!) – but in the UK??  I turn to the Oxford English Dictionary and definition 3.e, which I am afraid is probably still the first thing that springs to mind when I hear the term.

    A person without qualifications who competes against established traders or operators, providing shoddy goods or services usu. at low (or inflated) prices; one who is recklessly unscrupulous in business. Freq. attrib. slang.

    I think this explains why Doug didn’t wear the Cowboy outfit… but it could be the right definition if your demo equipment isn’t up to spec!

    Doug prefers this definition:

    Strong, lightweight and wiry men who were persevering and loyal defined a new American spirit of freedom and independence. Mothers shared great pride in seeing their sons grow up to be cowboys.

    Which cowboy/cowgirl are you?  See you in Phoenix!

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    New Colo(u)rs and a New Map!


    I had a change around over the weekend and moved away from my blatant copy of Keith Comb’s site and got my own identity.  Basically still mostly copied from Keith (thanks Keith) – but with some new colors.  I’ll get around to updating my picture too – perhaps some spring flowers?

    Also changed today is the map, as Worldmaps has moved I am moving with them and starting afresh.  For anyone interested in stats for the last 7 months - my most Westerly reader was in Kauai, Hawaii, most Northerly in Boden, Sweden, Easterly in Suva, Fiji and Southerly in Dunedin, New Zealand.  5% of my readers are within 100 miles, and 88% over 1000 miles away!

    The location that most confused me was the strong readership in the Isle of Man, which is an Island in the Irish Sea and part of the U.K. It is a big tourism and finance center (motorcycle fans have probably heard of it).  I assumed the Isle was totally populated with project managers – until I realized the .IM internet domain suffix owned by the Isle of Man probably has a life beyond the Irish Sea…

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    A New Kid on the Block – but what ate his cat?


    Well new to blogging anyway.  Doug McCutcheon has joined the realm of Project bloggers with particular focus on our partner community.  Welcome Doug, go visit his blog and perhaps we’ll even find out what ate his cat???

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    Project Server 2007: Anyone be interested in podcasts and/or video on my blog?


    Ever read my blog and wished I’d recorded a short video explaining what I was talking about?  Or perhaps you travel a lot and wished you could have my blogs on your Zune (or other favorite mp3 player) and just listen instead of having to read.  Let me know – I’ve been thinking about adding some multimedia to the site – either podcasts, some video clips – perhaps both.  If I get a reasonable response I will give it a go.  It will get me to learn more about Silverlight and I might even be able to keep hold of the cool microphone I’ve borrowed which I’ve used to record some internal training stuff.

    Also any topics you think need more coverage – let me know, either by a comment or using the contact link.

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    Project Developer Center Portal redesigned!


    Take a look at the new Project Developer Center portal - your one stop shop for all things development around Project and Project Server.  Great work Jim, Verna and the crew!  The Office Developer Center, SharePoint Server have already had the makeover and other office applications will be following.

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