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November, 2006

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    Vista Startup Sound


    I blogged about the packaging so I thought I'ld also blog about the Vista sounds. This clip has a nice comparison between XP and Vista. I do like that startup sound! Enjoy!

    Video: Windows Vista sounds comparison
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    Should you blog?


    Yes you should. That's what I always tell people who ask me. Most of hese people are evangelists, people applying for evangelism roles, speakers and trainers.

    But I don't know what to write about. Everything seems to be written already. That's the number one concern I hear most of the time from these people who are thinking of starting a blog.

    So here are the tips I give these starters:

    1. Don't blog for the bloggers

    Don't be paralyzed by believing you need to do something similar to, yet different from your favorite blogs. Your audience isn't the bloggers. It's the great unwashed. Those who are looking for information through search engines and not yet in their dozens of RSS feeds. You will know who your audience is after blogging a while.

    2. You have an interesting live

    If you are a techie then you are experiencing a couple of things per day that are worth sharing. If not, you must be on a holiday. So if you are wondering what you can write about, you are trying too hard. Remember, a lot of the value is in the learning process. Once you're an expert, it's tough to step down the ladder; teachers will recognize this. If you blog about what you are discovering/learning, it will be interesting to those one step behind you in the process.

    3. It doesn't matter whether you're a generalist or a specialist

    Just blog. You will find out what type you are later. As mentioned in point 1, you will also find your audience later.

    4. Get Rhythm

    Frequency matters. Twice a week is a minimum and more is better but don't stress yourself out.

    5. Get a tool

    I haven't seen a good online blog writer. So download a tool that allows you to write an entry offline. I love Live Writer but you can also use Word, Onenote or many other tools...


    Still doubting? Stop it, you could have gotten your blog already and started your first post.

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    My Reading


    I've been reading quite a bit lately. Many books based on blogs actually. Some a good some a great. But that of course is just my humble opinion.



    Naked conversations is a nice one, although I couldn't finish it all together. Not sure why that was. Maybe becuase I was getting so enthused about blogging that I wanted to stop reading to start my own blog.

    The idea behind the The Long Tail is really nice. After 40 pages, I think I got it though. No need to keep explaining with yet another example. I should have read the blog instead of buying the book.

    Freakonomics? I read it front to back in two days. Brilliant. Even the additions in the second edition that are really just copy pastes from the blog were nice to read in the book. Nice to see some reasoning not influenced in any way by poilitics.

    Now I'm reading Mavericks at Work and I'm loving it. I'm at page 50+ something and Microsoft has been mentioned a couple of times already. Not one time in a negative way. Can this be true? I always felt Microsoft is a special company to work for (in a good way, of course) and I'm happy to see there start to be more companies like that.

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    Vista Images. Nice!


    I was just browsing http://on10.net and came across this post showing some of the leaked Vista images. I like that. After 5 years, I guess many of us are up for a fresh Windows!

    I want this one:

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