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  • Blog Post: Align Right

    For anyone that's just learning basic HTML. I suggest this tutorial... http://icanhascheezburger.com/2007/06/12/lolcat-alignright
  • Blog Post: Merging Humans with Tools to Slow Down Trolls

    This was a great read that I found through Seth Godin's blog . Troll whisperers aren't necessarily very good at hacking tools, so there's always an opportunity for geek synergy in helping them to automate their hand-crafted techniques, giving them a software force-multiplier for their good sense. For...
  • Blog Post: Curt Shilling - The Robert Scoble of Baseball?

    You know, the person that everyone listens to, makes outlandish statements that may offend people on occasion, and then has to issue statements like this... Everyone has days and events in life they’d love to push the rewind button on, yesterday was one of those days. Regardless of my opinions, thoughts...
  • Blog Post: Car 1 : Carbon Bike 0 : Josh OK

    I posted my experience being hit and run by a car yesterday on my personal blog. I'm posting the link here as a cautionary tale for other softies I know bike to work regularly. I saw a red car out of the corner of my eye quickly cut in-front of me and attempt to turn right onto the cross street without...
  • Blog Post: A reason for social mapping

    Dare has one good point and one bad point about the new google mymaps feature that we've had for a while. Source: Dare Obasanjo aka Carnage4Life - Google MyMaps vs. Frappr: A Feature Isn't a Business As usual the reactions from the blog pundits are equal parts surprising and unsurprising to me. The unsurprising...
  • Blog Post: Forget Fancy new Powerpoint Templates

    I thought this was pretty cool .
  • Blog Post: Linkage: Microsoft and cool: so close yet so far :)

    Source: The JobSyntax Blog : Microsoft and cool: so close yet so far :) Anyway, I love the end of the article, in which Fred reveals that a Microsoft employee inadvertently emailed him PR's file on him, Wired, and Microsoft's talking points surrounding efforts like Channel 9 and On10. Love it. So classic...
  • Blog Post: Nothing to see here

    Of course the following story would be comical if I could say that nothing like this ever happens here. Source: AOL: Powerpoint paralysis - Valleywag ...Straightforward enough. Splice in the different databases, slap a name on the product, pray. Not for AOL. The company engaged a top-tier naming agency...
  • Blog Post: Google makes your code prettier

    Something I'd love to see Microsoft do more of is small, simple, solutions to annoying problems that would delight customers. Here is a perfect example. Google Gode Prettifier A simple Javascript and CSS file, the Google Code Prettifier makes syntax highlighting in a web document super easy. It's pretty...
  • Blog Post: Great tips on ramping up online user communities

    There is truth in every recomendation from the following post. Source: Creating Passionate Users: User Community and ROI In Building a User Community Part 1 we talked about the importance of not only a strict "There Are No Dumb Questions" policy, but also an even more dedicated "There Are No Dumb Answers...
  • Blog Post: Forums are now as simple as a widget

    The interesting thing is that the same forum could be hosted in different widgets on different sites if I read the post correctly. Freewebs continues to add to their widget catalog with their new forums widget. This customizable plug-in is available for use on your Freewebs page or on another website...
  • Blog Post: Viacom to YouTube: Zip It... Zip it good

    I think the clip says it all, but incase it doesn't... NEW YORK (Reuters) - Media conglomerate Viacom Inc. said on Tuesday that it was suing Google Inc. and its Internet video-sharing site YouTube for more than $1 billion over unauthorized use of its programming online. Source: Viacom in $1 bln copyright...
  • Blog Post: Don't taunt happy fun ball

    Or Wikipedia :-) The comments on all the linked entries are just comical all around.
  • Blog Post: Something you don't see everyday at Microsoft

    Source: Sara Ford's WebLog : Influencing the Microsoft culture one open source presentation at a time The thing I love most about my job is being creative in how I’m trying to get an idea or message across, especially when it comes down to challenging the Microsoft culture. So, it’s probably a safe bet...
  • Blog Post: The problem with subscribing to guidance feeds

    I think next-gen guidance is about bringing together a lot of key concepts: context-precision (using context to organize information) personalization (create your own views, tailor it for your needs, ... etc.) community type ratings (expose the thinking and rate the raters for the guidance) guidance...
  • Blog Post: I guess they listened to Scoble

    Went to check out the Google Reader. Loved the introduction and personal tour by the engineer on the front page. Someone drank the "Scoble-Aid".
  • Blog Post: A Reason Blogs Shouldn't Ship as Part of the MSDN Library

    I'm not sure that the humor found here would translate well . Nevermind, I'd love to see what would happen to this on the translation wiki. I've been a bad blog reader of late. I actually found this because before I started a presentation yesterday someone said "Hey, it's Josh Hartnett!" I was a little...
  • Blog Post: It's a good sign when

    A competitor starts copying our stuff . I saw it with Netscape before they lost market share and also saw it with AIM. The next step is when competitors in the web space start adding or releasing stuff that just makes people say "why?". It would also help if we had more "firsts".
  • Blog Post: Testing Community Based Open Source projects for corporations

    John's blog postings on testing open source projects where recently picked up by Mary Jo . Not bad PR for the work our team has been doing and good lessons to read if your team is looking at taking components open. Our team has learned many lessons about the open source world since we released our first...
  • Blog Post: More Talk About Points and Reputation

    Brain, a PM on the forums.Microsoft.com site, discusses the element of adding game like systems into discussion forums. While over at the www.asp.net site they've recently created a new point system. What do all the web dev guys think about their system? Update : Here is the description of the...
  • Blog Post: Bad cover letters

    My favorite are letters sent to me at Microsoft, but that personally address Bill Gates in their request for employment. "Dear Mr. Gates, I would be honored to be in your employ"... sent to me. More bad cover letters .
  • Blog Post: Crazy Blogging

    I can't keep up with Gretchen's blogs anymore. She has the www.jobsyntax.com company and blog. She is also blogging and marketing for www.jobburner.com . Then, this week, we decided we wanted a site for personal blogs. I really don't want to bore you people with my thoughts on wine, cooking, and pictures...
  • Blog Post: Product Feedback Meets Digg at Yahoo

    Via the Yodel Blog We call it a Suggestion Board — you can browse suggestions from other site visitors or post your own. Digg -style voting means we can quickly discover what’s most important to users. In addition to reading feedback from other users, you’ll find responses from Yahoo! employees about...
  • Blog Post: 2006 Microsoft Developer Out of Box Releases

    So Visual Studio 2005 shipped last year. We shipped a service pack in 2006, but in addition to working onthe service pack and the next version of Visual Studio team's in Developer Division have also shipped a lot of cool stuff "out of box". Here is a quick list I put together... Update #2: Forgot...
  • Blog Post: How do I find out what's running when I start windows

    And furthermore.. how do i turn it off? I was recently asked what application you should use to detect programs and services that run when you start windows. While it's not my area of expertise I would personally recommend Autoruns . It's fairly comprehensive, links to online searches, is free of...
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