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  • Blog Post: Bug Killer - A Channel 9 Halloween Special!

    Check out Laura Foy’s “ Bug Killer ”, a Channel 9 Halloween special.  
  • Blog Post: Coding4Fun Book: The people and the projects

      Available now on Amazon.com for $26 (34% off!)   Our Coding4Fun book , Coding4Fun 10 .NET Programming Projects for Wiimote, World of Warcraft, YouTube, and More officially released to the world last week. Unlike your typical .NET development book, Coding4Fun is about learning how to use your...
  • Blog Post: The Unofficial Microsoft Overworked Advisory System

    Scott Hanselman recently blogged about "Ninjas on fire" as a way to describe being overwhelmed at work, here's a snippet from his post on the origin: Jesse asked me how I was doing yesterday and I replied "Ninjas on fire, man." Four years ago when Halo 2 was coming out it was described...
  • Blog Post: Bioware Knights of the Old Republic MMO Coming!

    Woohoo! From Joystiq , Bioware has officially spilled the beans that they are building a MMO based on the Knights of the Old Republic game. The first KOTOR game was amazing, clearly one of the best Xbox games ever and an amazing twist at the end...in short, a masterpiece. Hotness! Here are the...
  • Blog Post: The Superficial Poll: Blonde or Brunette

    Margaret Rouse from the Overheard blog calls me out for dying my hair blonde: I’m a big Dan Fernandez fan — but I had a hard time watching this video because I kept thinking “why did you bleach your hair?” Now Margaret has nice things to say about me (thank you!), but I was a...
  • Blog Post: List of Microsoft employees mentioned in Microsoft 2.0

    I just finished reading Mary Jo Foley's new (unauthorized) book, Microsoft 2.0 : How Microsoft Plans to Stay Relevant in the Post Gates-Era . Amusing Part #1 came for me when I read the forward which was written by Mini-Microsoft , in Mary Jo's words, Microsoft's most (in)famous internal blogger....
  • Blog Post: Someone should remake The A-Team for Cable TV

    Crazy Idea #5150 Cue the background military music and authoritative announcer: Ten years ago / In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn't commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft the Contest Machine

    Last updated: 6/30/08 NOTE: If you've been forwarded a link to this blog post, it's likely that one of your colleagues thinks you should do your due diligence before thinking a contest is the fastest road to salvation. It isn't, here's why... I'm starting a crusade at Microsoft to lower the number...
  • Blog Post: Microspotting lands an interview with Mini-Microsoft

    Kudos to Ariel Stallings , Microsoft employee and author the Microspotting blog (one of my favorite new blogs) on landing a virtual Mini-Microsoft interview . My personal opinion of Mini is a bit mixed, and I've definitely disagreed with Mini in the past , but it is interesting to hear his perspective...
  • Blog Post: This Week on Channel 9: Feb 15 with Special guest Scott Hanselman

      We had lots of laughs in the studio with Scott this week! Here's the show recap: - We have a new logo (courtesy of Lincoln Anderson at 352 Media ) and Scott Hanselman joins us in-studio (0 - 1:45) - Microsoft Entertainment and Devices acquires Danger Inc for consumer mobile phones (1:35 - 3:38...
  • Blog Post: The Bill Gates Interview

    I'm such a huge Bill Gates fan, not only for his technical and business brilliance, but for all of the work his foundation has done. That's why when Jeff Sandquist and Charles Torre told me I was going to be interviewing Bill, I was....beside myself. The interview went well (in that I didn't pee my pants...
  • Blog Post: Moving to the Channel9 Team!

    This week I officially became the newest member to Jeff Sandquist's Channel9 team ! Here's my quick-and-dirty interview on Channel9 . I'm really excited to be on the team and yes, I am not afraid to go back to Stage 1 - Incompetence in the new employee stages.
  • Blog Post: The Stages for New Employees at Microsoft

    Phil Haack blogged about how, as a new Microsoft employee, he's drinking through the firehose [FYI to Phil: Brian Goldfarb has been using this as the motto on his blog since 2003 , before Dare's post ] and I'd thought I'd add my two cents to the lifecycle of new employees. Microsoft absolutely has a...
  • Blog Post: Cribs for Geeks: Who's Geek-Crib would you want to see?

    Jeff Sandquist is looking for potential Microsoft employees who wouldn't mind showing how they've pimped their house with technology like X10, Windows Media Center, Windows Home Server, and more. This is an awesome idea and it rocks that Jeff and team are doing this. Amusingly, I dug up an old email...
  • Blog Post: How to fix Flash video on Windows Vista / Internet Explorer 7.0

    I've had this problem occur on two PCs so I thought I would post the fix (courtesy of Brian Keller ) since I'm likely not the only person running into this. Go to this page to install Flash (uncheck Google Toolbar, no idea what that has to do with Flash) You'll get a confirmation screen that...
  • Blog Post: Making an educated seafood choice

    Courtesy of Jana , next time you're out to dinner with friends, remember to pull out your handy Seafood guide provided by Seafood Watch so that you can make an educated choice on seafood entrees and avoid over-farmed or bad-for-the-environment choices. Without it, you'd never know that folks on the west...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio Express and TestDriven.NET

    * Updated with follow up post on technical information in response to the comments. While I’m not a lawyer, my team owns Visual Studio Express and I wanted to respond to the concerns expressed by some over our recent communications with Jamie Cansdale of TestDriven.NET. TestDriven.NET is a 3rd party...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Bloggers, the Movie

    * Update : Added Mike Swanson as Matthew Perry based on Brian Keller's suggestion * Update #2 : Added Wes Hutchins as Peyton Manning now that I got a picture of Wes * Update #3 : Added Chris Flores as Ralph Macchio based on John Hipsher's suggestion * Update #4 : Added area of focus for each Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Developer DJs - Is the Participation Era going to hit the dance floor next?

    No, this isn't about coding for live , but rather a relatively new movement called Live coding where DJs both mix and code during a live performance . As regular blog readers know, I'm a fan of Developer DJ's like DJ Bolivia who has some great mixes for when you're coding. There's even a concurrent programming...
  • Blog Post: That King Charles Spaniel (English Toy Spaniel) itching and scratching isn't allergies

    * Update March 6th (+1 month after surgery): It's been about a month and Bambino is doing amazingly well. The first couple of weeks were very shaky, but in the last week, we've seen him remarkably improve. He's gained back his interest in playing with toys, he's regained his energy running around the...
  • Blog Post: Windows Developer Power Tools Book

    Still catching up on old email, but I did want to post that Windows Developer Power Tools was published last Friday, congrats to Jim Holmes and James Avery on pulling together a great collection of tools (170+ and over 1,300 pages). I personally authored the Visual Studio Express Chapter so I guess I...
  • Blog Post: Personal Note to Joystiq: There is no Coding4Fun Wii60 Conspiracy

    Some of you may have seen the recent Joystiq post "MS gift guide suggests Wii controller", also linked to here and here quoted below. Ever since Peter Moore made his famous statement ostensibly encouraging people to buy a Nintendo Wii , the Wii60 ideal of Nintendo/Microsoft solidarity has become something...
  • Blog Post: What Random Stuff do you have in your office?

    After spending three years here, our team is moving from Building 42 to Building 17. I really liked Building 42, besides being more modern, the 42 dwellers seem to be much more in-touch. For example, Bldg 42 housed many well-known bloggers like Chris Anderson , Soma , Scott Guthrie , Don Box , among...
  • Blog Post: Sara Ford shows off the Scrolling LED Belt Buckle

    Last week, Clint published the Coding4Fun Holiday Gift Guide 2006 and I spammed some internal Microsoft aliases that I thought would be interested in the list of presents. Long story short, it turns out that our own Sara Ford happens to be the proud owner of one of our picks for the top 10 presents for...
  • Blog Post: Successfully Installed Windows Vista Ultimate

    As a dogfooder who tried Windows the Vista Beta, man has this product come a long way. Kudos to the Windows team for dramatically improving just about everything in the product. Here's some key things to remember: Backup your files - Always good advice, but don't forget to export your IE Favorites and...
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