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  • Blog Post: Tech Telecommuters - What's Your "Third Place"?

    Adventures in Telecommuting At Microsoft, I'm classified as a "mobile" employee.  That's code for "work where you can be productive".  Much of the time, that means home, and sometimes our Waltham, MA office where we have shared space you can grab as needed.  Many times...
  • Blog Post: Tips from My Technical Presentations

    My role involves spending a good deal of time with technical audiences. Recently, I've been getting reactions like this - "I enjoyed your presentation! I have an odd question - how did you zoom in like that?" or "How did you set those colors in Visual Studio?" So, I'm posting some tips so I can direct...
  • Blog Post: SkyDrive Doubles to 1GB Free Space

    If you read my blog, you've seen that I've recently been trying the beta of Windows Live SkyDrive internet-based storage service for hosting my session materials. Cool news - the 500MB free space has now doubled to 1GB. They've also added some other nice features such as RSS updates to watch for file...
  • Blog Post: Whitepaper on Website A/B Testing

    Dare blogged about an interesting whitepaper from the Microsoft Experimentation Team about the concept of A/B testing and applications for websites. "Practical Guide to Controlled Experiments on the Web: Listen to your Customers not to the HiPPO" Note that HiPPO = Highest Paid Person's Opinion . A/B...
  • Blog Post: Cool Technology at Live Labs

    If you haven't been to Microsoft Live Labs site before, take some time to review their latest technologies. PhotoSynth PhotoSynth is a very cool bit of technology. Here's their description: Photosynth is an amazing new technology from Microsoft Live Labs that will change forever the way you think about...
  • Blog Post: Going Global

    I recently received a small package from Wiley. I opened it to find a copy of my book ( Professional Visual Studio 2005 Team System .) Only this copy seemed... different. Why is Anaya Multimedia also listed on the cover? Why is "Professional" spelled "Profesional"? It turns out our friends at Anaya in...
  • Blog Post: My Turn for the 5 Things Tagging Meme

    Okay, I'm the last of Andy Beaulieu's group of 5 tagees to blog five things that people probably didn't know about me. So, to curtail any further guilt (and to replace it with shame?), here we go: I'm a very big fan of craft beer. I love checking out the latest offerings from Dogfish Head, Avery...
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