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Jeremy Mazner, Technical Evangelist

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    Any women evangelist candidates out there?

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    Where are the women evangelists? I’ve gotten some great responses to my open jobs ( here and here ,) all of which have been from men. There are several women on our evangelism team today, and I can’t believe that they make up the entire community of females...
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    More hiring, more jobs!

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    My co-worker Jeff also has some open positions on his team to work on Channel9 , if you're interested...
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    Ralph Reed

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    My wife said that one of her colleagues today asked her why Microsoft would hire Ralph Reed as a lobbyist. How about because given the wonders of our political system, hiring conservative lobbyists is the only way to get your voice heard in DC these days...
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    Vic Gundotra is blogging

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    The General Manager of my team, Vic Gundotra, has kicked off a public blog . Vic has been a driving force behind many of the most interesting and exciting things the evangelism team has done in the past several years, and he has a distinguished career...
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    Why hire an IEvangelist

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    More great comments are coming in about this position . Hoovernj : Sigh... Just make a good product. it's going to take more than one person to get the web-community back behind IE. Zach: do not hire someone with a title and a job such...
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    IEvangelist's biggest challenge

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    Sweet, the post about the IE job has been up for two hours, and already the blogsphere is making it clear why it will be a great challenge to tackle. David Betz: Wanted: Technical evangelist who has never tried Firefox Being a Lornhorn evangelist...
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    Now hiring: Internet Explorer Technical Evangelist

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    My team is also hiring a Technical Evangelist to focus on Internet Explorer . The goal of the IE evangelist (IEvangelist? not bad for a business card title…) is to help the web developer community take best advantage of new features and security mechanisms...
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    Now hiring: Longhorn Technical Evangelists

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    My team is looking to hire two new technical evangelists to focus on Longhorn . The positions are all about helping developers take advantage of new platform features unique to Longhorn. As an evangelist, your job is to understand what the product team...
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    Survey results coming in

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    Thanks to the 96 of you who took the time to complete the survey . I'm just getting started looking through the results, here are some of things I've noted so far: You spend most of your time on the job doing dev/implementation work, but architecture...
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    Non administrator: running with least privilege

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    A reader emailed me a question about running under a non-administrator account in Windows today, which prompted me to do a little MSNSearch-ing. That lead me very quickly to Aaron Margosis's excellent blog . If you are interested in how you can get by...
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    XMLHTTP primer on ASP.NET Support Voice

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    Brian Goldfarb sent me an email pointer to the latest ASP.NET Support Voice posting. This one covers implementing an AJAX-style experience using XMLHTTP to asynchronously fetch data from a web service . I also just noticed that Brian's link to Bertrand...
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    Survey: what value have you gotten out of PDC?

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    12 devs in a focus group may not be able to represent the entire dev community, but surely my 10's of readers do, right? Well, maybe not, but still I'd like to know more about what value you get out of dev conferences. I created a short survey at http...
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    Why do developers go to conferences?

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    My post last week in response to Scott generated some good discussion about the value of developer conferences in general. It certainly got me pondering more about how we ought to think of the value of PDC. As luck would have it, our creative agency for...
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    Lazycoder doesn't think PDC is worth the cost

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    Lazycoder : Microsoft Tech Ed and PDC not worth the time or money What do you really miss by not going to a PDC ? You miss a chance to learn about upcoming MS technology directly from the architects and developers who are building it, and you miss a chance...
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    Getting decent wireless connectivity at PDC

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    I've seen several comments about the issues with WLAN accessibility at PDC '03. I am delighted to say that there is someone thinking hard about how to improve the situation for PDC ’05, and even more delighted still to say that it isn’t me. I missed the...
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    Capacity planning for PDC

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    There's an interesting discussion about PDC over at Yahoo Groups' Windows Technical: Off Topic forum . Kevin Hegg writes : The last three PDC's were overcrowded, with the last PDC being the worst. The solution seems pretty simple to me. Stop selling more...
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    The most important PDC decision we'll make

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    This week, the team is under an enormous amount of stress as the deadline approaches for the decision that will make or break PDC 2005: the swag bag. Sitting in Steve's office are three different styles of computer bag, and we must choose which one we...
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    Stunning PDC details revealed!

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    Okay, maybe not so stunning, but in response to several requests that have come in from commenters and private email, I’m happy to be able to share a few key details that might help those of you trying to figure out your conference plans and budget for...
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    PDC pre-conference: 1 day, or 2?

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    I’m trying to figure out how we should handle the PDC pre-conference this year, and wanted to see if anyone has input for us. At last year’s PDC, we provided a day of pre-conference content. For an extra fee, PDC attendees could register to attend one...
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    RSS Feeds for PDC

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    [Update: we now have an official feed for the main PDC event page, in addition to the community/blog feed below] The Microsoft Communities team was kind enough to create a special category for MSDN blog posts relating to PDC 2005. If you want to keep...
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    How do you plan a PDC?

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    I’ve spent the past two months trying to figure out what it means to be PDC Content Owner, and how I’m supposed to do my job. I’m not entirely sure I’ve figured it out yet ;) I know that by Sep 13, I need a plan for how to keep several thousands of attendees...
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    Pre-emptive strike: What will you show at PDC?

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    Scoble found my PDC post pretty fast, and so in anticipation of an increase in traffic, I figured I'd try to proactively answer a few likely questions: When is PDC : Sep 13-16, in Los Angeles. We usually do a day of pre-conference training as well. When...
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    PDC planning and your input

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    Back in January, my manager ( Steve Cellini ) mentioned that he’d kindly volunteered me to be Content Owner for PDC . I haven’t blogged about that yet, as I’ve been spending the past 6 weeks trying to get my head wrapped around what exactly it is that...
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    Recent statements on WinFS, "Project Green"

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    Here are a couple pointers to the latest info we've made public on some ongoing development projects. I don't have any more insight to add, just wanted to make sure the links were out there in the world. WinFS: Comments from Product Manager Tom Rizzo...
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    Web Smart Client in the real world - MSDN Chat Feb 17

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    In response to my previous posts about the spectrum of smart clients, I got an email from Mark Levison about an upcoming MSDN chat he's co-hosting: " No Touch Deployment in the real world ", on Feb 17 at 1pm (although 1pm in which time zone the page doesn...
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