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  • Blog Post: Meeting Mindset

    This was ingrained into me years ago when I did strategy consulting. I still find it useful. Calling a meeting: Always specify three things in the invite: Objective Agenda (ideally timeboxing each agenda item) Last agenda item is always summing up/next steps Expected Outcomes...
  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Shortcut Keys

    Haven’t seen this posted anywhere just yet so I thought I’d park it here.  Enjoy. Windows logo key+spacebar Switch input language and keyboard layout Windows logo key+O Locks device orientation Windows logo key+Y Temporarily peeks at the desktop Windows logo key+V Cycles through toasts Windows logo...
  • Blog Post: Strange Days Indeed

    Most peculiar mama (whoa). 1/28/2009 Update Need to install JRE again and the installer is much less interesting. Could this be related to the Oracle acquisition?
  • Blog Post: Star Destroyer: spaceship or film director?

    Apparently Lucas is up to his old tricks again . How sad . I was hoping that Spielberg might diminish Lucas’ influence on the film . *sigh* I’ll probably go see it anyway. On the upside Iron Man was surprisingly good and Prince Caspian looks to be good as well.
  • Blog Post: WWT == Wow

    The World Wide Telescope (WWT) is amazing - I can't wait to show my son.   You can see a demo of it from TED here .   I'm not sure when this will be available but I hope its soon.    This is a great application of the Deep Zoom effect . BTW - if you're an astronomer...
  • Blog Post: Wow

    Seen this yet? Take a walk or a drive around Seattle or San Francisco. Very cool.
  • Blog Post: Well that didn't take long...

    Seen this yet?    Interesting to see it pop up on Yahoo News of all places. I had a feeling something like this was going to happen.
  • Blog Post: Logic Need Not Apply

    Interesting story popped up on ComputerWorld today about the Microsoft offer to Yahoo. Here's what made it most interesting to me (emphasis mine): According to the Post, the discord revolves around Yang and his followers being so opposed to selling the company to Microsoft that Bostock and his...
  • Blog Post: New year, new job

    The title says it all. I'll be doing more hands-on type of work so expect me to blog on a more frequent basis. Stay tuned.
  • Blog Post: Here comes another bubble

    I'm sure many of you have already seen this, but for those of you that haven't its definitely worth a look . Brings back some very bad memories for me.. :(
  • Blog Post: Enable Hibernation in Vista

    Open a command prompt type the following and hit enter: powercfg.exe -H on Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: Do we really need more government involvement in the IT industry?

    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published a report analyzing data center energy consumption. An analyst with Gartner seems to want the EPA to penalize US businesses (emphasis mine): "We were looking for a stronger carrot and much bigger stick," said Rakesh Kumar, an analyst...
  • Blog Post: Acronym Madness 2.0

    ROA Anyone? Anyone? Bueller ?? This is deeper than a trough for me - more like a dungeon of disillusionment .
  • Blog Post: Yet Another Acronym

    We've been discussing FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) related to new technologies for almost a decade. Now its time for FUD 2.0 - except we're going to call it FUDGE (Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt around Governance in the Enterprise) because nobody doesn't like fudge.
  • Blog Post: Beta still means beta

    Interesting take on Google Apps by one of the largest banks in Australia. Worth a read if you are considering Google Apps for your organization. CommBank gives Google Apps thumbs down
  • Blog Post: Architect Journal gets a facelift

    Have you seen the new Arc Journal website? Simon's taken the old website, revamped it and integrated it with the MSDN Architecture Center. The result is easier searching, cleaner navigation, and greater cross linking with other architecture articles and downloads – while still maintaining the unique...
  • Blog Post: Yet Another SOA Consortium (YASC)

    Here's another in what appears to be a growing trend . Interestingly enough - this one seems to be part of the OMG . Update: The SOA Leaders site appears to have vanished (cache of the site courtesy the Internet Archive's Wayback Machine ).
  • Blog Post: Most carpenters could easily design a house...

    Joe McKendrick (usually spot-on) must not have gotten enough sleep last night when he states “….most developers could easily jump into the architect role.” At least he observes that developers are smart people.
  • Blog Post: iToy?

    Nice features but it seems to be an expensive toy looking for something to do. I’ll buy a smart phone when it can replace my laptop and includes support for a full-size keyboard and monitor. As expected, Cisco is already suing Apple over the name iPhone .
  • Blog Post: A surreal start to 2007

    Having trouble justifying SOA? No problem. Just buy a template and you're off and running. The mind boggles.
  • Blog Post: Where's i-Technology Headed in 2007?

    From the Java Developer's Journal. I guess I should feel guilty for appearing in JDJ now that I work for Microsoft. Nah - Sys-Con is a great bunch of guys (I got to know many of them when I was editor of XML Journal ). Thanks Jeremy !
  • Blog Post: SOA for Sale (light blue green only)

    Get it now on e-Bay before its gone! Hat tip to Annie Shum for finding this..
  • Blog Post: Gonna architect like its 1999

    Just spotted this on ZDNet: BEA: 'registry' no longer joined at the hip to 'repository' by ZDNet 's Joe McKendrick -- Registry is mainly about runtime, repository is mainly about design time. Got that? Talk about a blast from the past.  This reminds me of some of the discussions during the early daze...
  • Blog Post: BPM Think Tank Presentations Available

    A recap of the BPM Think Tank conference was made available earlier this month. I'm behind in my blogging so I didn't pick up on it until now. :( Slides from my BPEL tutorial (PDF) and roundtable (PDF again) are also available. It was a good show and I finally got to meet Bruce , Sandy and Keith...
  • Blog Post: Atanu and Bob in the Architecture Strategy booth

    I saw Atanu analyzing Bob's architectural issues so I couldn't resist the opportunity to snap a couple of pictures.
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