February, 2008

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    My MIX08 Panel : Web 2.0 and Beyond: What Is the Business Reality?


    The details about the panel I'm hosting at MIX08 is up

    Web 2.0 and Beyond: What Is the Business Reality?

    Speaker(s): Frank Arrigo (Microsoft), Bryan Biniak (CEO Jacked), Tim Kendall (Facebook), Loic Le Meur (CEO Seesmic), Chris Saad (CEO Faraday Media)

    Audience(s): Business

    Session Type: Panel

    While Web 2.0 and beyond sites, built on the family of technologies that encompass it, are undeniably cool, the question remains: How can one make money off it? Join us as well known Web 2.0 firms debate the revenue model in this brave new world.

    I'm really excited about the panel, as we have a great cross section of companies - Facebook, Seesmic, Jacked and I was able to sneak an aussie onto the panel, Chris Saad who is a man of many initiatives : FaradayMedia.com, Particls.com, Engagd.comMedia2.0Workgroup.org, APML.org  and DataPortability.org

    See you in Vegas!

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    NYT: Mashups Are Breaking the Mold at Microsoft


    Excerpt from New York Times Article:

    Mashups Are Breaking the Mold at Microsoft

    REDMOND, Wash. — TUCKED away in a building on thisforested corporate campus, John Montgomery and his team of 17 programmers mightbe more at home in Silicon Valley than at Microsoft.

    Popfly gets some NYT’s love

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    Explaining Yourself to a 2nd Grader


    Today I went to a Job Fair at Brice's school to tell his 2nd grade class what it's like working for Microsoft.


    I wasn't the only parent there, but the number's were against us - 28 2nd graders to 14 adults.

    We sat around the side of the classroom and the kids went around from group to group in twos - so I had to repeat my spiel over and over again. By the end I had it down pat.

    I introduced myself, told them my name and where I worked - every single one had of them heard of Microsoft. Some of the kids had parents who worked there, or *had* worked there in the past.

    I then tried to explain my job.

    Rather than saying I work in DPE, where we do Evangelism and try to win hearts and minds,  blah blah blah ... I used an analogy.

    I said I was like their teacher. And that I helped people learn about stuff. And that I worked with people all over the world.

    They seemed to grok that.

    It was time for the kids to ask questions, and they had been briefed by their teacher to ask good questions.techfrank

    One little girl asked if I had seen the Eiffel Tower. My immediate response *would* have been no, but I *can* program in Eiffel, but I realized that would have been lost on one so young.

    Another kid asked if I make ipods - I had to say no, but I did tell him that the zune is cool too

    But the most common question was, "do I have fun" and to that it was always "yes".

    I gave them some stickers, including one of Tech.Frank - and they  agreed it did look like me!

    As I was preparing to head out to the school, I did a tweet about the upcoming adventure and I got a wonderful email from Alfred Thompson full of Microsoft campus stats.

    I used them in my talk and I will share them here.

    • 18,573 Average number of customers served in cafeterias daily
    • 2637 slices of pizza consumed per day
    • 7,464,456 cans of soda consumed per year
    • 7,899,660 cans of juice consumed per year
    • 3,520,536 cartons of milk consumed per year
    • 2300 passengers ride the MS shuttles everyday
    • 10,500 phone calls come into the Microsoft switchboard everyday

    I left the kids with a little Microsoft branded tchotchke, which I have since found out caused a great deal of distraction for the rest of the day

    Yes! Hearts and Minds!!

    I wonder what the kids will tell their parents at home tonight??

    ** Update ** A photo of the aformentioned tchotchke - or more commonly known as a Jelly Yo-Yo

    jelly yo-yo

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    Xbox Developer Programs


    Developing for Xbox 360

    I got an email over the weekend from someone who wanted to know *HOW* to go about developing games for Xbox.

    I found a great resource on Xbox.com

    Xbox Developer Programs

    We have created several programs to support the efforts of publishers, developers, tool makers, and hardware vendors who want to bring their ideas to life on the Xbox® and Xbox 360™ video game consoles.
    Follow the links below to learn about our programs for:

    The Casual Games stuff looks great - I like the tag line: "Playtime, Anytime", and speaking of "Playtime, Anytime", behold the Arrigo Gamercard


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