Jeremy Collins's WebLog

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    Your liking for that Greenpeace man amazes me.

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    I just saw this in a junk email, down at the bottom. It's just a jumble of keywords, but I thought it looked poetic. ee cummings for the new generation. head. "Boh!" he playfully absorb shouted at her ear. leaf "Never tell me again cell I of mixed...
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    Once again back is the incredible...

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    I don't think that people really care what the story is when a blogger goes away for a while and suddenly comes back. So I won't bore you with one here....
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    At least someone is putting it to good use

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    The Space Needle here in Seattle will soon be utilized as a giant Wi-Fi antenna. Three different ISPs are teaming up to provide the connectivity, which is expected to be able to beam wireless internet signals over a 5 square mile area. http://www.komotv...
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    DJ'ing with iPods

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    Numark , a major DJ equipment manufacturer, unveiled a prototype of a new mixer at the Musikmesse show in Frankfurt recently. This is only a prototype, but a very cool concept: a DJ mixer that mixes across two iPods. The prototype isn't functional yet...
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    Easy Font Resizing trick

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    I recently stumbled across a trick (er, I mean, Feature!) in many MS products that lets you resize the font size - and in some cases, zoom level. This works in IE, Word, Excel, Visio, and probably many other apps I haven't tried yet. I'm not sure what...
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    Sweet sound of music - a PEZ MP3 player

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    I have an iPod and a Creative Labs MP3 player, and have been reasonably happy with each. However, once this thing comes out, it will trump all my music players if for no other reason than the retro-cool factor. ("Cool" being a relative term, I am of course...
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    Fractals

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    I found this while surfing around one night, a rather nifty Java app that generates fractals. You can vary the color scheme as you like, and for each regeneration you can select an area to "zoom in" on, which then does another round of iterations on the...
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    Cruisin' with Princess

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    A couple of weeks ago I took my first cruise on Princess cruise lines. My wife and I did an Eastern Caribbean cruise, from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to San Juan, St. Thomas, Tortola, and an island in the Bahamas. I must say, it was an amazingly good time...
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    Vinyl Platter Hard Drives

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    This (from BBSpot) made me laugh out loud, being an amateur DJ and self-described "person who can't let go." If this was an actual product, I swear I would buy it (or more likely, two) for my PC. Recently I was joking with a colleague, discussing music...
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    Blinding yourself with science

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    There’s a new laser pointer in town that’s nearly 20 times more powerful than your typical laser used for presentations and amusing your pets (thanks Slashdot for the link ). You can buy it online, no special forms or permissions needed (yet). While it...
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    De Facto Tech Support

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    I’m sure that nearly all of you will relate to the fact that, if you’re employed anywhere near the computer industry, you are a de facto tech support technician for your non-techie family and friends. You may even find yourself occasionally giving pro...
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    WARNING: Persons denying the existence of Robots may be Robots themselves

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    You have probably already heard of this, a robot under development by Honda called Asimo . It’s appeared in a Honda TV commercial or two and there’s been many news stories written about it. It’s a bipedal robot, stands upright, walks, can pick up a newspaper...
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    typoGenerator

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    Occasionally I trip over an interesting bit on the 'net that I can't resist sharing. Here's the first one to hit my blog. I find this website fairly addictive. From the site: how does typogenerator work? the user types some text; typoGenerator searches...
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    Community Contact

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    I was pleasantly surprised recently when, only a day or two after first creating my blog, I was contacted through it by a member of the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) community. (An MVP is a non-Microsoft employee who is an advocate/evangelist/subject...
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    Hello world!

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    My first post! Much more info to follow as I get my blog-ducks in a row, but for now: I am a Project Coordinator at the Microsoft Enterprise Engineering Center (aka the EEC, blog here ; recent eWeek article on us here ), on the main Microsoft campus in...
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