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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Popfly - Why I'm Excited

    Popfly has been out for about a week now, and I'm excited about it. Why? Is it because I've seen the site evolve internally over the past few months? Is it because it's the first "real" application I've seen that really shows off the power of Silverlight? Is it because I can finally create that umpteenth...
  • Blog Post: Zune Software Shuffle - Not Random At All?

    I'm almost positive that I'm not crazy here...well, I think so at least. During the day here at work, I listen to music if I'm doing something on my computer by myself in my office, I'm usually listening to music. Since I got a Zune , I've been using the Zune client software to listen to random playlists...
  • Blog Post: Where Have I Been?!

    Wow. I looked at my blog today and realized that it had been nearly a month since the last time I put anything in my blog—and that post was written by a blog reader. If the key to a successful blog is regularity, my blog is currently the cyber-equivalent of a K-Fed album. Anyways, enough dwelling on...
  • Blog Post: Moving iTunes Library to Windows Media Player – The Final Word

    I've gotten lots and lots of questions about my previous couple of posts about how to move your music library from Apple's iTunes to Windows Media Player over the past couple of months. Jerry Leynes of Jacksonville, Florida has cleaned up and augmented my posts along with a few others to create a definitive...
  • Blog Post: 5 Things You May Not Know About Me

    The trickle-down effect through MSDN bloggers has finally made its way to me, and I've been tagged by Josh Ledgard in the 5 things you may not know about me "thread". Here it goes: This one might be obvious, but I'm a complete gadget junkie. Even Microsofties are amazed when they come into my (not...
  • Blog Post: Looking Back at 2006

    It's been nearly a year since I started this blog, and unfortunately as of late, I've been pretty bad at keeping it updated. I'll blame it on the craziness that was December 2006—between traveling for the holidays and Washington's recent string of weather-related maladies, it's been difficult to find...
  • Blog Post: Doom and the Magic of "Live"

    If I was ambitious enough to create a "medium-to-very geeky" category, I'd make one, but I'm not. I just downloaded Doom on Xbox Live Arcade. It's great--it's the Doom you knew and loved ten years ago, in its big screen glory--I can actually sit on my couch and play it on my big TV instead of in my basement...
  • Blog Post: This Time It's For Real--I'm Selling My iPod

    For those of you who have been keeping up with the blog, I've been going through a migration from iTunes and the iPod to Windows Media Player and my Gigabeat S . I'm now happy to say that I'm ready to complete the switch--I'm officially selling my iPod--through Windows Live Expo: http://expo.live.com...
  • Blog Post: One Year at Microsoft...Assimilation Complete?

    Six months ago, I started this blog with a post commemorating my first six months at Microsoft , along with a few things I had learned during my first six months at the company. Today is August 1st, and I just got an (automated) email from HR congratulating me on my one-year anniversary at Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: The Easy Solution to the "Brownie Calorie" Problem

    (Oops...corrected 7/12) Back at Christmastime, our team spent the better part of a lunch-hour debating whether brownies had more or less calories before or after they were baked ...is brownie batter better or worse for you? Well, today, with the help of Bhanu, our teammate working hard on keeping the...
  • Blog Post: Using MusicBridge to Sync Windows Media Player with iTunes

    In my previous post about migrating from iTunes to Windows Media Player , I mentioned a small applet called MusicBridge to sync the metadata between the two program's libraries. I wasn't extremely clear on how to use the applet, and I've received a couple of mails and comments asking about exactly how...
  • Blog Post: Moving from iTunes to Windows Media Player (and what’s up with album art?)

    UPDATE (12/18/06): By popular demand, I've added an article on how to convert your (unprotected) AAC files in iTunes to MP3s that can be played on any MP3 player or program. UPDATE (11/27/06): This blog entry is about how to get your iTunes library and metadata in sync with Windows Media Player...
  • Blog Post: Why My iPod Still Hasn't Been Sold...

    Well, time for a little bit of backtracking. :) A couple of months ago, I wrote a post about why I sold my iPod . The title of the post was a little bit preemptive...my iPod Photo was still sitting in a box that I hadn't unpacked yet since my move to Seattle. I hadn't used my iPod in over six months...
  • Blog Post: Coffee Culture (How Microsofties Know I'm Not From Seattle)

    When I first came out to the Redmond campus of Microsoft during my internship, I was really confused. As most people know, Microsoft gives the famous "free drinks" privilege--on every floor of pretty much every building, there are a couple beverage fridges filled with tons of different types of sodas...
  • Blog Post: Why Microsoft Employees Should Own a Mac

    Wow. Lots and lots of hits on my last post about Apple’s Boot Camp software that allows Windows XP to be installed on the new Intel Macs. I guess my comment implying that I had MacBook envy (I wish my computer was lighter and better looking!) really got a chuckle out some of you. When I read through...
  • Blog Post: Apple Does Windows

    Wow. I never thought I’d see the day. Apple announced official software today, called “ Boot Camp ” that will allow Macs to dual-boot Windows XP and Mac OS X. The software looks like it will partition your hard drive for you without destroying your data, and even creates a CD with Windows drivers for...
  • Blog Post: Managing My Music: What's Really Important?

    A couple of posts ago I mentioned that I had switched to a subscription-based music service (Yahoo! Music Unlimited) from my typical setup of iPod + iTunes that I had been using for a few years. During those few years that I used iTunes, I collected a decent amount of music in my library...about 4,000...
  • Blog Post: Tidbit to Start the Week: Google PageRanks

    I was a bit bored last night and started going to some common websites just to see what the Google PageRanks were (yes, I have Google Toolbar installed on my home machine.) I found that my MSN Spaces blog ( http://spaces.msn.com/moreljoe ) has a PageRank of 4, and this blog has a 6. The real interesting...
  • Blog Post: Why I Sold My iPod

    Outside of the online communities space, one of my biggest passions is music and home entertainment. Not just electronics and stuff…I actually minored in music in college, have played piano since I was four, and have even been in a couple of performances of the Microsoft Theater Troupe. That’s right...
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