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  • Blog Post: I am going to MIX08!

    A few weeks from now I'll be flying west to participate in my first MIX conference (which I've just learned is sold out)! Are you going? Let me know and we can connect! I'll try to Twitter which sessions and events I'll be attending. Can't make MIX? No reason you should miss out on all the great announcements...
  • Blog Post: Can people be too plugged in?

    This is an interesting video about people who can't break themselves free of their online connections, be it email, blogs, surfing, twitter, what have you. I suppose it's a tough problem for one to recognize in oneself, but isn't that true of any addiction? Are you too wired? Anyway, the funny thing...
  • Blog Post: Unfortunate incident at the MSDN event today in Raleigh

    We had the unfortunate situation of an attendee having a seizure just minutes into the MSDN event today in Raleigh, NC. I'm very impressed by the number of fellow attendees who rushed to his aid and waited by his side until the paramedics arrived. To the gentleman: we didn't catch your name, sadly, but...
  • Blog Post: Read Office 2007 files on your Windows Mobile 5 (or 6) device

    For the longest time I was bummed that when I'd get an attachment in email that was a DOCX, XLSX or PPTX file, I couldn't read it on my Windows Mobile 5.0 Qtek 9100. Well now I'm happy because there's an upgrade that lets you do just that. Download it here http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx...
  • Blog Post: Not a moment too Zune...

    We all take it for granted that, more or less, there's a separation between hardware and software . I mean, we can take any computer and "repave" it with a fresh install of Windows, and frequently even a newer version. Servers, desktops, laptops, even the elusive tablet. What I haven't seen lately is...
  • Blog Post: Scraps and tidbits of my life - now available on Twitter

    If you want to see the inane details, fleeting thoughts and singleton events of a Developer Evangelist with Microsoft, you can now do so by following my twitter feed . Don't say I didn't warn you... :)
  • Blog Post: Go get the new beta (3) of Windows Live Writer

    Windows Live Writer is one of those apps I never thought I'd use on a regular basis, figuring the web-based interface for creating blog posts would be enough. But this thing is so full of thoughtful, time-saving features, you've got to see them to believe! Download it here .
  • Blog Post: Hooray, my favorite show got renewed - Flight of the Conchords

    My current favorite show is HBO's Flight of the Conchords . It's a quirky, sometimes surreal show (but not as surreal as, say, a David Lynch film ). HBO just announced they are renewing the show for another season , so I'm thrilled! For a taste of how creative, silly and deadpan this show can be...
  • Blog Post: My name in lights ...er, music

    OK I don't post links to videos, but I enjoyed this one because Survivor is yelling my name. Just watch...
  • Blog Post: Rory saved my marriage

    Well, OK, he contributed to its well-being. We had some MSDN Events this week that were in need of a presenter because one of ours moved on recently. I was almost called into action to cover these - which normally would have been no problem except that this week is my 10 year wedding anniversary and...
  • Blog Post: Silent and loud at my home office today

    It's a good thing I don't have any events and webcasts today because I have completely lost my voice after a bout with a sore throat this week. It's also a good thing I don't have webcasts today because they are putting a new roof on my house and it's NOISY NOISY NOISY. The house is almost 30 years old...
  • Blog Post: Top 10 signs I've been staying in hotels too much lately

    Looking for a hotel bill on the floor inside my bedroom door. Looking for a USA Today outside of said door. Needing to stop and think how to set the alarm on my own clock radio. Being surprised that the first channel I see upon turning on the TV is not a hotel menu screen. Wondering who was...
  • Blog Post: Will build future for food...

    I've got a nephew who's trying to break into the computer industry. He's one of those kids who can build machines, install an OS, configure networking, etc. But he sells himself short on his potential - which I know is huge. He says he's a very hard worker, and I can tell he's a fast learner, but...
  • Blog Post: Two years went by like that (snap)!

    I'm finding it hard to imagine that two years ago today, I walked into the Microsoft office in Atlanta, filled out my new hire paperwork, and within a few days was on a plane hurtling towards my first team meeting in Lake Tahoe. Over these past 2 years, I have grown quite a bit in Developer Community...
  • Blog Post: How long does it take to break a habit?

    I know I should change. There’s a better way. There’s a search engine that doesn’t support a different company. There’s a search engine that actually gives a better user experience. There’s a search that needs my help (and everyone’s) if it doesn’t actually give...
  • Blog Post: Scotty's been beamed up

    Sad news today that James Doohan passed away . There's a guy who went with the flow, even though he had been typecast. I and some of my colleagues are honored to have appeared with him in one of the lost episodes of the original series - Renegade Battle .
  • Blog Post: It's all in the game

    I just read this wonderful article by Eric Sink . In it he uses the rules and strategies of games to illustrate guiding principles in the software business. While you’re there, be sure to check out his article about why developers are different from programmers .
  • Blog Post: My birthday present to me - a new hybrid wireless router (runs on water)...if it only worked!

    I gave myself a nice little present last night: I spilled water on my Linksys router. Now I can’t get a DHCP address or connection with a wired port (but I can get in over wireless). And it won’t connect to my DSL host Bellsouth. Guess I’ll be hitting the Fry’s today! :-(
  • Blog Post: I'm almost in a new age bracket

    Some late-night/early morning birthday observations: Next year on this day, I’ll have to begin lumping myself into the 40–49 age bracket. But not this year! I have in recent years felt gypped because my birthday falls near or sometimes on Father’s day, and I don’t get...
  • Blog Post: Defending the republic

    At the MSDN Event in Atlanta yesterday, we had an intruder so I had to defend the Microsoft Across America blockade runner...
  • Blog Post: If I didn't have to get up early tomorrow...

    I am getting old. I know it for 2 reasons. 1. I have to be at the MSDN event at 7:00 am on Thursday. As such, I don’t want to be up late watching a movie that starts at 12:01 AM. 2. I am not such a Star Wars nut as I was when I was 12, otherwise I’d be at the movie that starts at 12:01 AM, even...
  • Blog Post: I'm flattered...

    So last week I spent a little time with Michael Earls collaborating on two webcasts we’re doing about developing for Windows XP Media Center Edition . We worked at my house for several hours, my kids drifted in and out, and I gave Michael some food. I was hardly expecting a writeup in his blog...
  • Blog Post: Kicking and screaming

    I have some friends of mine that run an on-again, off again blog site called ShiftyEye . The engine is a home grown ASP (!) app written by my colleague D. Clay Smith and contributed to by Clay and my bud Harris (who's leaving Atlanta and moving to New York, but I digress). These guys were keeping...
  • Blog Post: I can hear the breathing in my head when I read it...

    Have you seen Darth Vader's Blog ? Very well written, and several comments are really funny. I don't think this is a marketing trick by Lucas, just an eloquent fan.
  • Blog Post: What if you have WebTV? Should you still turn it off?

    This is National TV Turnoff Week . So turn it off, and get out and do something. Come to think about it, pretend your CRT or LCD display is a TV, quit reading this blog post, and go do something physical. :-) Television tells a story in a way that requires no imagination…This is what makes...
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