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  • Blog Post: Goodbye Microsoft, Hello World

    After 20 years in the military and now 20 years at Microsoft, I am considering how to spend the next 20 years. It's been fun, exciting, and a growing experience here at Microsoft. My last day is Friday 7 October 2011. The company, people, and product groups have treated me very well. Ciao.
  • Blog Post: HOT! Introducing Mango Videos for Developers

    Microsoft MVPs Rob Miles and Andy Wigley are back! The " Building Applications for Windows Phone "Mango" Jump Start " was hosted by Microsoft Learning as a follow-up to last year's Windows Phone 7 Jump Start sessions. Mobile application developers rave about the fast-paced, demo-rich...
  • Blog Post: Stuff you find at Microsoft

    I wandered by the Scrum lobby in one of the Microsoft Advanta buildings and saw a new addition. Apparently one of the CRM teams were into Legos and in a big way. Since I don’t remember seeing it the week before, I wonder if the team put it together over the weekend. This Death Star II is massive and...
  • Blog Post: FAQ: Microsoft Certification Exam Development

    “At Microsoft, we strive to ensure that our certifications are relevant, respected, and highly valued within the IT community and that they objectively prove the expertise of technology practitioners. Earning a Microsoft Certification helps demonstrate an individual's comprehension of the latest IT developments...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to VMlimited ~ Your worst nightmare

    Have you read Frank Shaw’s blog post or the feature story on the Microsoft News Center .  Maybe you’ve seen coverage on CNET or WinRumors – or any number of other places that it has already shown up.  But in case you haven’t, today Microsoft released a video that has a bit of fun with one of...
  • Blog Post: Headed to Building 7 for a meeting with my Mentor

    The mythical building 7 on the main Microsoft campus has been a running joke for years. I first ran into it when I was a contractor in ‘92. For those of you who haven’t a clue what I’m talking about check out this CIO article, “ The Mystery of Microsoft’s Building Seven Lives On ”. “A new-hire hazing...
  • Blog Post: Vote for the Changes You’d like in Microsoft Dynamics CRM

    Here on Microsoft Connect are the most popular CRM suggestions posted to date for the Microsoft Dynamics CRM team to consider as they work on version next: Is your voice being heard?
  • Blog Post: YouTubeage of the Week: Microsoft GFS Datacenter Tour

    Global Foundation Services (GFS) is the department that is responsible for Microsoft’s CDN technology. Content Delivery Network (CDN) in Azure can be used use to distribute your Windows Azure Blobs to over 18 markets, including Australia.                         ...
  • Blog Post: Introducing the MSDN/TechNet Profile Recognition System

    In April a new MSDN/TechNet recognition system was deployed across the entire Microsoft Technical Communities . This system incorporates points, achievements, leaderboards, statistics, areas of expertise, affiliations and badges/labels. I have gotten so many questions about the new program that I thought...
  • Blog Post: Window 7 Phone ~ The Best Apps… So Far

    I saw this article yesterday from the New York Times, The Best Apps, Although a Thinner Selection, for Windows 7 . With 25,000 apps and growing, I have been able to find the ones I use easily. I have not included a review about a CRM mobile app… yet. Facebook for Windows Phone 7 (free): Built by Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Chief is back at College

    Didn’t know he was a righty? Kudos to Keith Combs for pointing to this way cool vid.
  • Blog Post: Getting Hired by Microsoft ~ the Zoosk way

    Over the years many, many family and friends have sent me their resume to get hired by Microsoft. I’m embarrassed to say very few made the cut. But many of those who took my advice to join a temp agency and come in that way worked themselves into a job of a life time. They did this by learning from Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Main Campus

    I end up using this map so much and today I noticed it was harder to find. So I’m posting it to my blog here for future reference.
  • Blog Post: Working From Home in 2011

    Here is an interesting study from this Microsoft Presspass article: Remote Working Now a “Business Imperative”   My fav part: The ongoing rise of telework reflects the new realities of today’s mobile information age, said Ron Markezich, corporate vice president of Microsoft’s U.S. Enterprise and...
  • Blog Post: Free Wheeling with some Summer Fun Coding Ideas

    I was thinking of some Summer learning opportunities that might interest some of my developer friends. So in no particular order: 1. My Customers Are Using iPhone/Android, But I'm a Microsoft Guy. Now What? : In this session you'll learn how to scale iPhone, iPad, and Android platforms using the Windows...
  • Blog Post: Do you have a question for Microsoft?

    Microsoft has a dedicated customer service department to respond to your non-technical questions regarding products and services, sales, licenses, activation and more.   Always Open Available now! Ask Casey ~ Interact with our automated virtual agent for instant answers regarding general questions...
  • Blog Post: Come out and dance with the Microsoft Jazz Band

    Been pinged by a lot of folks who wanted me to remind them that your favorite swing band, the Microsoft Jazz Band , is playing at Crossroads this Saturday at 7 PM. Bring your swing dancing shoes and, if you are really brave, your Zoot suits. :O)
  • Blog Post: Microsoft to Military: Thank You For Your Service

    As a retired U.S. Army Major in the Corps of Engineers I want to say thank you Microsoft. I can’t think of a better company to work for after retiring from 20 years in the military. We still serve! Microsoft's commitment to helping the military has always been impressive to me. Many of the skills I learned...
  • Blog Post: New MSDN Code Samples Gallery

    Ran into the all new MSDN Code Samples Gallery a while back and have been meaning to update my fav coders. I had been recommending the Microsoft Code Gallery but this is the new place. Here is some 411: What is the Code Samples Gallery? With the Code Samples Gallery we are providing Microsoft and the...
  • Blog Post: It’s Time to Switch to Hotmail

    Hotmail has come a long way in the last few years. I have accounts in so many service and my fav is Hotmail. Here are some great reasons to consider it – especially for people using Yahoo! Mail: It has everything you expect in modern email – less spam, more ways to stay protected from hackers (full session...
  • Blog Post: Microsoftie Opens Nursery in his Office at Work

    Due to the economic downturn I have been forced to start up a new business in my Microsoft office. The tech industry is certainly not the cash cow it used to be. Scrounging around the hallways I have located many plants that are in dire need of attention and water. I have quietly removed these plants...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft and Feds take down the largest Botnet in the World

    Just Tweeted: Largest Spam Network Shut Down by Microsoft and Feds! http://tinyurl.com/SpamBlowStruck Now for the rest of the story from the Official Microsoft Blog : Just over a year ago, we announced that the Microsoft Digital Crimes Unit (DCU), in cooperation with industry and academic experts, had...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 9 has been released into the wild!

    Web browsing is the No. 1 thing people do on their Windows-based PC, and as such, they increasingly expect the same experience they associate with their PC applications from their favorite Web-based e-mail service, photo site or social network site. This kind of immersive experience does not occur on...
  • Blog Post: GeekGive: Northwest Harvest at MVP Summit 2011

  • Blog Post: Bing’s Amazing Picture of the Day

    For anyone living under a rock, Bing changes the picture on their site daily. Today’s picture taken in Antarctica is amazing. Depending upone where you live on this blue marble, you may have to change your settings to US tjo see this picture. Go to http://www.bing.com to learn more.
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