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  • Blog Post: My Geek Origin Story

    Michael Kordahi , aka Delicate Genius , is asking for Geek Origin Stories . How can I not contribute to this worthy cause…… The year  was 1981, and my high school, CBC StKilda ,  got a fancy new Cromenco computer system. I was asked to man the computer lab by my math teacher, Mrs Fagin, and...
  • Blog Post: 20? meh - Just another day

    I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again. 1991 was a big year for me. I got married. I bought a house. My first child was born AND I joined Microsoft on May 20 , 1991 Today marks my 20th year anniversary at Microsoft. As I have done for the past few years ( 19 , 18 , 17 , 16 . 15 , 14 , 13 ), time...
  • Blog Post: My second #WP7 App – Saints Footy

    Ok, so I’m on a roll!  Last week I got my first #WP7 App out. This week , I grabbed the v2 of the Social Viewer Template for Windows Phone 7 from codeplex and put together another windows phone 7 app, which I called Saints Footy . It has twitter feeds , feeds from news sites and fan sites , and...
  • Blog Post: Mayorships up for grabs

    I love playing foursquare , and I have just started using a wonderful foursquare app on my Windows Phone called 4th and Mayor . So, I am the “mayor” of a bunch of places. At one point, I got to 30 venues. Anyways, since I’m leaving town , the mayorship of the spots will be up for grabs. Casa Arrigo Starbucks...
  • Blog Post: Wait, What?

    So, I’m sitting in a hotel room in downtown Kirkland, wrapping up my affairs, and getting ready to move back to Australia. Wait, What? Yup – I’m heading back down under. Now, I say *I* because the rest of my family already went back nearly 2 months ago. Wait, What? Here they are at Sea-Tax airport when...
  • Blog Post: The word of the year is ”App”! ?

    I saw a news article recently that the word of the year for 2010 was “App ”, as voted by the American Dialect Society So true. I picked up a Windows Phone 7 when it launched back in November. I’m a loyal (some say foolish) T-Mobile customer, so I went with the T-Mobile HTC HD7...
  • Blog Post: Three runs off the half century, and only got one maiden over.

    Geez, it's been a while since I posted here..... Like the rest of the world, my attention has been over on twitter and facebook but I do want to keep the tradition alive of doing a blog post on my birthday. So here I am, again!! Last year, as I celebrated my birthday, I was in LA at the PDC...
  • Blog Post: Only 19

    1991 was a big year for me. I got married. I bought a house. My first child was born AND I joined Microsoft on May 20 , 1991 Today marks my 19th year anniversary at Microsoft. 19 reminds me of " Only Nineteen ", which a song by Aussie folk group Redgum . Not that I am comparing my...
  • Blog Post: From Treo to Leo – My New Gadget, the HTC HD2

    I’ve been a happy Palm Treo Pro user since Oct 2008 , and it’s been the best phone I’ve had for ages. I had paired it up with SPB Mobile Shell and found it quite a handy and enjoyable combination. But, the 320x320 screen was a bit weird. So, in my quest for the ultimate Windows Mobile Phone, I got myself...
  • Blog Post: Merry Christmas Y’all

    It’s that time of year Emma came to visit me one day at work at left a happy holiday message on my white board – thanks Emma! From my family to yours ….   Happy Holidays and Happy New Year 2010! Technorati Tags: Christmas , 2009
  • Blog Post: Twittering for 3 years

    I hinted about this in a recent post , today is my 3 year twitter-versary. I first tweeted on Dec 15 2006 – and it feels so long ago. As I write this, my scoreboard looks like this 10,890 tweets 4,242 Following 3,853 Followers Now what do my tweetstats show? Any difference from when I looked back in...
  • Blog Post: 6 Years of Blogging and 1,884 Posts later

    A little milestone just crept up on me *again* Six years ago - December 3 2003 - I made my first post here . At the time the blogs were sitting on http://weblogs.asp.net/ , having recently moved from http://blogs.gotdotnet.com/ . So much has happened since then, from being on the telly , being in newspapers...
  • Blog Post: Is it that time of the year?

    It only seems like yesterday that I wrote my XLV post -- I’m celebrating another birthday today . Today I’m XLVI As happened last year, I’ve received best wishes from my friends via email, tweets , re-tweets , facebook and these started the day before, due to my down under crew. Thank you to all who...
  • Blog Post: Wanna see my Last 200 tweets??

    I’ve  installed a new Windows Live Writer Plugin which Inserts Tweets Into Your Blog Post . It’s pretty cool. Kudos to the author Tod Birdsall , aka @tod1d So, thanks to this new plugin, here’s my last 200 tweets @ markjbrown where u chilling? spitfire? if anyone is looking for me, im at the spitfire...
  • Blog Post: Design

    I’m still getting used to summer in the middle of the year. To me summer is associated with the end of the calendar year, with Christmas, with New Year celebrations, playing in the pool and lots of Cricket . The other thing I’m struggling with is the long break the kids get from school. They have almost...
  • Blog Post: I swallowed what?

    This is a pretty embarrassing story, but I feel I need to document it and help others avoid making the same mistake I did. It all happened a few weeks back. I’m having lunch, talking with folks, and fiddling with a can of drink. You know what they say about idle hands . Well on this occasion *my*...
  • Blog Post: dix-huit ans aujourd'hui = 18 pounds!

    1991 was a big year for me. I got married. I bought a house. My first child was born AND I joined Microsoft on May 20 , 1991 Today marks my 18th year anniversary at Microsoft. They say 18 is the age of maturity , and Wikipedia lists some great age 18 milestones! I wont list them...
  • Blog Post: Footy + IE8 makes a tasty webslice

    I love my footy. Anyone that knows me, knows this to be true. One of the sites I go to all the time is FinalSiren , it’s lightweight and has the info I want to see. This week, I was emailing the webmaster of the site and I suggested he add a webslice. Hey, how about doing an ie8 webslice...
  • Blog Post: GP Blessed and Anointed!

    Coatsy wrote about Gianpaolo (or as we like to call him, GP) heading downunder back in December - The King is Dead! – Long Live the King! , as did GP himself Crikey... I am moving to Australia . There was even a press release, Gianpaolo Carraro takes up reins of Microsoft’s Developer and Platform Evangelism...
  • Blog Post: The One about the Snowmobile and the Collapsed Lung

    We went to Whistler, BC for a little winter Christmas getaway recently. The plan was to get up there Sunday Dec 21 and return home Friday Dec 26. Whistler is a short drive from Seattle, so we headed off on a little road trip. We had been meaning to make the trip up I-5 for a while. We had left behind...
  • Blog Post: NYT: The Extended Life of Monty Python

    Excerpt from New York Times Article: The Extended Life of Monty Python http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/07/fashion/07python.html \ IS there life left in the dead parrot sketch? It has been 25 years since Monty Python was a living comedy troupe — the film “The Meaning of Life,” released in 1983...
  • Blog Post: The One About Crocodile Wrestling

    We had a busy day on Thursday. It’s time for the first round of Parent/Teacher Conferences and we had 3 of them on the same day at different locations! As we met with each of Billy’s teachers, they asked us about Billy’s Crocodile Wrestling. What? Seems like our young fellow has been spinning a few yarns...
  • Blog Post: XLV for me!

    I’m celebrating another birthday today . It happens every year, around this time . I’ve been overwhelmed by all the best wishes from my friends via email, twitter , facebook – however folks can get in touch, they have. Makes me feel all warm inside. Thank you to all who left me a note – I will get back...
  • Blog Post: How do you do your status updates?

    I was asked the following question, ”How do you do your status updates?”,  this week by one of my work colleagues who is also one of my “online” friends. Seems my frequency of updates is overwhelming his quite digital existence. I do use a bunch of different tools to keep my status up to date, so...
  • Blog Post: 10552 songs and it’s still half full (or half empty)

    The following tweet came across my screen yesterday and it made me think… I also looked and found an article from a few years back - Most MP3 players 'barely half full' which said The average user fills only 58 per cent of their music player, leaving the average player with more than 4GB of free space...
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