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  • Blog Post: My colleagues in Ireland raising money for the Microsoft CSS Malawi Citizenship project

    My colleagues in Ireland have been stretching their legs raising money for Concern Universal as part of the Microsoft CSS Malawi Citizenship project which I blogged about earlier this year. They’d still like to raise a bit more money so if you fancy donating a little to help provide clean water in Malawi...
  • Blog Post: Malawi 2.0 – Microsoft CSS working to provide clean water

    A team of 10 volunteers from Microsoft Customer Service and Support in Europe and North America have just set off for Malawi as the “On the Ground” team of the 2012 Microsoft Customer Service and Support Malawi Citizenship project. The aim of the project is to improve access to clean water for the Malawi...
  • Blog Post: Stunning images from nature

    Here is a phenomenal video of the northern lights built from thousands of still images so as to create the highest quality visual effect. And here are some incredible photos and video showing the a huge dust storm in Arizona. Doug
  • Blog Post: New word of the day (for me): Malvertising

    I’d not heard this before: Malvertising . I wonder how many new words with a longevity of 10 or more years get invented each day/month/year?
  • Blog Post: It’s a big and amazing world out there.

    When you are stuck at home inside because the weather outside is so miserably cold the mind inevitably wanders to far flung and warmer places. I’ve been introduced, by my brother Murray , to a useful independent travel guide site that he has started contributing to. It’s called SimonSeeks.com . The idea...
  • Blog Post: Snowy Britain

    Like much of the Northern Hemisphere right now, Britain is having a prolonged cold snap and last night Mother Nature dumped another load of snow on the South of England. Here is my home village of Sonning last night:   If you are UK based, there is a really good web site run by the Highways Agency...
  • Blog Post: Looking for a clean beach?

    I know it’s not the time of year when one generally thinks about going to the beach (at least in the UK!) but this web site is a very useful tool for checking on water quality (and air quality) all over Europe. It is a very cool and stylish demonstration of what can be done with Windows Azure, SQL Azure...
  • Blog Post: Answer to the Christmas brain teaser...

    So at Christmas I posed a brain teaser . "0:001> .foreach ( greeting {s -[1]u 0 L?0xffffffff "Merry"} ) {.printf "%mu" , greeting } Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Christmas brain teaser : based off this, what can infer about the most likely bit-ness of the process and...
  • Blog Post: A message to my readers...

    0:001> .foreach ( greeting {s -[1]u 0 L?0xffffffff "Merry"} ) {.printf "%mu" , greeting } Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! Christmas brain teaser : based off this, what can infer about the most likely bit-ness of the process and the operating system I was debugging on and...
  • Blog Post: Photosynth Synther hits the web! Get synthing!

    Late yesterday, the Microsoft Live Labs Photosynth team released an update to Photosynth as well as offering, for the first time, the ability to create your own "synths". Read all about it over at the Photosynth blog . If you've never heard of Photosynth nor seen it you may be wondering what...
  • Blog Post: Understanding How You Use This Blog

    I meant to post this sooner but forgot. Better late than never. Note the below survey is only active until the 22nd of August . Not all my blog posts are written in work time but many are, so here is a short message from my sponsor, as the saying goes .... Understanding How You Use This Blog ...
  • Blog Post: Technical Communities Portal and finding Microsoft blogs

    If you are looking for blogs by Microsoft Employees on specific topics then a good place to start is the Microsoft Technical Communities portal. This portal is an entry point for Blogs, chats, newsgroups and webcasts. If you click the link for blogs you can then search for blogs by category and keyword...
  • Blog Post: Nice collection of Live Writer tips

    Came across this: http://lifehacker.com/395589/windows-live-writer-tweaks-tips-and-updates v. handy if you're a Live Writer user HTH Doug
  • Blog Post: Software and the environment...

    I'm pleased to see the launch of a new blog from Microsoft's Environmental Sustainability group.
  • Blog Post: Debugging other peoples' code

    I spend a lot of my day debugging other peoples' code, be it the code of my customers or code that Microsoft's developers have written. I also spend a little bit of my day writing and debugging my own code. I would say, on balance that I prefer debugging other peoples' code and that it is harder to debug...
  • Blog Post: Win prizes for searching the web :-)

    http://www.bigsnapsearch.com
  • Blog Post: Bad Travel Experiences

    John Robbins, author of " Debugging Microsoft® .NET 2.0 Applications ", " Debugging Applications for Microsoft® .NET and Microsoft Windows® " and " Debugging Applications " has blogged about what has to be one of the worst taxi experiences you can imagine. All I can think is it's luck he used to be a...
  • Blog Post: ASP.NET setting search tip

    I frequently find my self needing to look up the reference information for ASP.NET configuration settings. I find the fastest way to do this is to use a web search engine and include the words "asp.net schema" in my search terms, for example: That usually gets me the correct page as the first hit. Once...
  • Blog Post: Nominate an IT champion

    Here is your chance to nominate a colleague who you consider to be an "IT champion" - maybe even yourself ( :-) ) ! Microsoft UK are running a program to recognise IT champions . At the time of writing, nominations for the first round close in 15 hours. This will narrow it down to 3 finalists and there...
  • Blog Post: Snowdrops

    I had a day off yesterday and went with my wife, son and aunt to see Welford Park 's display of snowdrops. Very impressive and well worth a visit. Cheers Doug
  • Blog Post: Some stunning views of Britain

    A non-technical post for a change. The Times Online has an article about " Britain's best kept secrets ". Makes you want the summer to arrive...
  • Blog Post: What does an escalation engineer do?

    My job role is "escalation engineer". You can hopefully get a flavour of what I do from reading my blog posts but a colleague of mine Nico came across this interesting 10 minute Jobcast by Jeff Dailey, one of my peers in Microsoft US. Cheers Doug
  • Blog Post: Why I blog

    Darren Strange, UK Office Product Manager, wrote an interesting post about why he blogs . I started blogging as a complementary aspect to the job that I do which is supporting Microsoft development technologies. I wasn't "tasked" with it by my management and indeed if I ever was then I would probably...
  • Blog Post: Typing rate

    Daniel's post about his typing rate piqued my curiosity so I gave it a go. YOUR RESULTS ARE: Number of words typed: 155 Test duration: 3 min Speed: 51.9 words/min. (259 keystrokes/min.) Error penalty: 9 Accuracy: 94.2% It's interesting that of those who post their full results, we're all at around the...
  • Blog Post: The creative application of technology..

    Tess told me about this. I think you can figure out what is going on even if, like me, you don't understand Swedish. I think I need to implement this too .
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