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  • Blog Post: A suggestion for online RSS feed readers

    Read and display the comment count so I can see how many people have an opinion about the post.
  • Blog Post: Ebay Spam

    I wonder what E-bay does to try and stop phishers from leaching off of their membership. Seems like a problem they would want to solve. Gretchen and I recently used Ebay to sell some stuff and incurred the seller fees. Maybe we were ignorant. I just assumed that they would deduct form my paypal account...
  • Blog Post: Spam killed MyblogLog

    I removed the "My Blog Log" list of recent readers from the side of my page. That group, now at Yahoo, has some work to do in order to deal with the SPAM. For the last couple of days my recent reader list has included ads for "free online pharmacies" and "Free ipods". I love the idea of getting to know...
  • Blog Post: An easy way to bulk copy sharepoint document libraries

    Our team was migrating to a hosted TFS server environment this week so that we don't have to manage our own server anymore. One of the challenges I wasn't looking forward to was migrating our sharepoint document libraries. Thankfully I found this page that gave me an easy way to do this. Source: Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Brad Abrams : PM Tip #21: Sanity Will Prevail

    So, next time a “stupid” decision gets made rather than sulking about it, re-examine your case honestly then if you still believe in the vision tell yourself (and others) that sanity will prevail then go work towards making sure it does. Brad Abrams : PM Tip #21: Sanity Will Prevail ....
  • Blog Post: What's that blue post?

    I have RSSBandit set to flag any posts that mention my blog in blue. Today there was a blue flag from Joystiq . I didn't realize they read my blog. Good thing I put up my gamertag the other day... although my gamerscore is sort of embarrassing. If you like games and you don't read Joystiq then you...
  • Blog Post: The importance of setting good examples

    http://teamsystemrocks.com/blogs/mickey_gousset/archive/2006/01/06/590.aspx Given that, I shot an email off to Soma expressing my appreciation, but I didn't necessarily expect to hear back right way, if at all. And now comes the part where I say Microsoft is becoming more open. I received a...
  • Blog Post: Does brownie mix have more or less calories when it's cooked?

    Its slow around here this time of year and the subject of this post became the topic of a lunch conversation on our team. It's been suggested that Internet search engines can provide an answer to almost any inane question one could come up with. We proposed that perhaps bars should install "Debate...
  • Blog Post: Kicking blogging off again with some humor

    I'm a little late to the party on this one, but you have to check out the latest Microsoft innovation... WSYP Via Church of the Customer Microsoft's new masochism initiative Microsoft WYSP : We feel your pain. Literally. I've just been waiting for this video to find its way outside of...
  • Blog Post: Advice on Giving Technical Presentations for Presenters

    Just blogging this for my own archives to read again in the future. [Via Fabulous Adventures In Coding ] A few months ago an old friend had to give her first talk at a conference. Now, she used to do community theatre back when we were in school together, so she's no stranger to standing up...
  • Blog Post: The Two Faces of Microsoft

    Via Scoble What Make MS Evil I saw a company that cared about it’s employees and only getting the best people they could to create products that would empower people to do jobs. I was starting to believe Microsoft’s slogan on their company TV ads; “Your potential. Our passion.” I mean, come on...
  • Blog Post: No Shock Here: Credit Card Signatures are Useless

    <Gasp!> I wasn't surprised to read this yesterday . I have, perhaps, some of the worst handwriting known to man. I'll be forever grateful that I took the SATs before they include a cursive writing portion. Maybe it helps to explain that my father is a dentist... or maybe I've just been typing since...
  • Blog Post: Scooby Snax: My Filming and Editing Debut

    My Filming and Editing Debut: I just finished posting Devdiv's first "self produced" channel9 videos. We go through the end to end process of testcase analysis. Blame me if you get vertigo while watching these. I gained much respect for Scobles filming abilities. Its going to take me a while to get these...
  • Blog Post: Scooby Snax: I don't like math

    Bad Math: I had the same thoughts Kevin did when I saw the Napster Superbowl ad telling me to do the math. "If you sign up when you are 15 years old. By the time your my age (30), you'll have spent $2,700 to not have your music collection in your physical possession." I buy singles on iTunes, but I still...
  • Blog Post: Scooby Snax: Powertoys, iPods, and Groundhog Day

    The History of Developer Powertoys: Raymond Chen wrote a decent post that outlined his involved in and the history of the classic "Windows Powertoys". One of my favorite parts was: "This was all back in the day when it was easy to put up something for download. No digital signatures, no virus checking...
  • Blog Post: Scooby Snax: What has Josh Been Up To?

    The Funny: This morning I had a good laugh provided by this cartoon on converting your windows machine to Linux . Blog #1: I've been trying to post daily updates to the Channel9 Devdiv site. We've learned that Scoble can't be in ten places at once so we also purchased our own camera. I'll be editing...
  • Blog Post: Sun Post Scooby Snack: Developers Don't Buy Things, They Join Things

    http://blogs.sun.com/roller/page/jonathan/20050105#developers_don_t_buy_things Yeah, it comes from Sun, but the primary supposition is targeted at the general developer audience. I tend to agree with the whole "engage in the conversation anywhere" mantra that I quoted below. I really like Jonathan's...
  • Blog Post: January is "Be Nice to a Recruiter Month"; Spread the Word

    Apparently, starting in 05, January is " Be Nice to a Recruiter Month " and Chris has already started spreading the word . You never know, it could be good for you down the road. I've learned you at least don't want to be on a recruiters bad side. Gretchen Says "Hey – I’ve got an idea. Let’s make January...
  • Blog Post: Some of the things I love about baseball

    Sandyk wrote an excellent post that I believe captures why many people remain die-hard baseball fans in an age where soccer, football, and basketball are taking over. " There’s a ton of beauty in baseball. There is indeed flux and it occurs in each individual count, each inning, each game, each week...
  • Blog Post: On Open Source Marketing

    I'm not surprised in the least that Firefox was able to secure funding from loyal users to pay for a full page add in the New York times. What I am surprised about is why anyone would say this is the future of PR? I could agree that blogging and social networks play a powerful role in PR, but isn't buying...
  • Blog Post: Scooby Snax: From Schilling to the almighty M$

    Just a collection of things swirling around in my head recently... I can't believe I've withheld my excitement from this blog.... The Red Sox BEAT THE YANKEES AND ARE GOING TO THE WORLD SERIES!!! Will Ortiz cost them playing first base in the NL park? Will Tony L. out manage the Red Sox skipper? Can...
  • Blog Post: Scooby Snax #7 (500 Characters, Tools, Ipods, Security, and Solitaire)

    I returned to work today after a great weekend getaway to Whistler and had over 800 blog posts to read; hence a new edition of Scooby Snax. Making the first 500 Count: Upon my return I learned that we are now saving on bandwidth by only showing the first 500 characters show up on the main page and in...
  • Blog Post: Scooby Snacks Volume #6 (Eweek, Having a Fan, Googling, and Hard Drives)

    Taking a break from responding to Slashdot responses I had a bunch of stuff in my inbox to clear out. 1st Proven VSCmdShell Fan People have told me they would use a command shell integrated well into VS, but this quote is the first real proof I have that anyone enjoys the VSCmdShell project . It's enough...
  • Blog Post: Scooby Snacks Volume #5 (Wiki, Growing Pains, Tied Games, and Informationals)

    “Test This” Wiki I’ve been setting up an internal Wiki for storage of best practice community participation information and thought of an external Wiki I’d like to start. I still get asked if I’m interested in working on a testing book, but I think it would be interesting to setup a book on testing practices...
  • Blog Post: Scooby Snacks Volume #4

    Keeping a Narrow Focus Fast Company has a great article about how Starbucks plans to extend its brand into other businesses. I like how they stress that although they are branching beyond what has been their core business that they want to maintain a sharp focus on their key strength themes like atmosphere...
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