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  • Blog Post: YouTube - Microsoft conference call !

    If you have ever been on hold waiting for a conference call with Microsoft to begin, then this video will ring bells for you, if not make you laugh out loud. Since I was on campus last week I spent time trying to catch our Dev Leaders Like ScottGu, Shanku, and BradA doing stuff like you see in the video...
  • Blog Post: I'm asked: "Can you separate M$ lip service from fact for us? "

    I’ve received a great number of emails in response to my “Scoble Gap” post. The first that has prompted me to white included this question. “Can you separate M$ lip service from fact for us? That has to be the toughest part of your future.” By this I assume...
  • Blog Post: Getting Tech Support is like getting a divorce !

    Every conversation is excruciatingly painful. You even wanna strangle the people that are on YOUR SIDE. When it’s over you’re left with less than you started with !!!!! I know tech support is a hard job. I know it’s hard to communicate from the other side of the world when my first language...
  • Blog Post: I Now have Bawls in the Morning :)

    I don’t smoke, drink (much), I don’t do drugs, but I a AM a caffeine addict. It’s a productivity enhancemenmt. But, how many cups of coffee can you drink a day. Plus, my bathroom is a couple hudred yards and 2 sets of stairs away So…. I’ve become an energy drink...
  • Blog Post: Free at Last, Free at Last (Or Verizon Wireless You Still Suck, Part FINAL)

    Just use a search engine and search for Verizon Wireless Sucks and see what you get. I wrote a blog post few years ago titles “Verizon Wireless You Suck”. Since then I’ve received several HUNDRED email and comments with people sharing similar customer service nightmares with me about...
  • Blog Post: Merrill Lynch says I'm either Porn or I'm a Hacker :)

    Does YOUR compnay think I’m porn ?? Send me a screen-shot !
  • Blog Post: When Technology Hurts the Business !

    I’ve met the Ektron guys several times at various events and they make a super product ( CMS400 ) – not to mention have some very cool stuff on their site. I wanted to take a closer look at the product (ad discuss some other opportunities) so I went to their web site and used the sales...
  • Blog Post: Education Priority in the USA ?

    Nintendo spent $140 Million in R& D in 2002. The US Government spent less than half that much in research and innovation in education.
  • Blog Post: What was your longest coding session.

    The MSDNEvents folks ( www.MSDNEvents.com ) have a survey on their home page hat asks what people’s longest session at the keyboard was. A whopping 28 percent indicated that had spent over 24 hours in front of their computer. 18% said their longest session was less then 10 hours !!!!! (Who do they...
  • Blog Post: FACTIOD : The USA's poor Internet Access !

    The USA is only 20th in the world in broadband penetration. (Luxembourg just surpassed us.)
  • Blog Post: Why are airlines such a mess ?

    So here I sit in an airport again. LaGuardia this time in NYC (Ajax World ended yesterday) Every flight I’ve been scheduled on in the last 2 weeks has been either canceled or delayed. (A total of 7 cancelations.) Judging by the announcements, there are more late or canceled US Air flights...
  • Blog Post: The Best Steak Anywhere !

    I happened to get into a conversation at Ajax World with the CTO of a medium sized company with a pretty large infrastructure that is considering moving from Java to .NET After the days events went up the block from the hotel to Morton's. The BEST Steak-house in the country (says me ) http://www...
  • Blog Post: Rory versus Scoble - Full Contact Blogging.

    Rory and (Robert) Scoble are at war. In my time at Microsoft I’ve gotten to know both of them. I “lovingly” tell you they’re both egomaniacs (as am I!) Rory and I have have found much to argue about. I think because we are so different, but many mutual acquaintances say...
  • Blog Post: And While I'm complaining about Vista Security.

    This really puzzled me. How can MY OWN pictures file be access denied. (Especially since in an admin on the box.) I asked my peers who quickly suggested that it was a parental controls thing because I’d put something naughty in my pictures folder (Not True) Turns out that Vista creates...
  • Blog Post: Vista Hates Me !

    I wanna like Windows Vista, really I do. But, like a loud child, I have to WORK at liking it. After finally turning off all the redundant Security Dialogs…. – Do you wanna do this ? – Are you SURE you wanna do this ? – It might be dangerous, are you really really...
  • Blog Post: FoxPro will always be dear to my heart.

    As a younger (single) guy, FoxPro helps me buy lots of big-boy toys ! In my day jobs I wrote C, C++, Assembly, Pascal, ADA, Modula2…… But nights and weekends I wrote FoxPro. It was the perfect “small business” application environment and I fould lots of “on the...
  • Blog Post: Couch Desk - 'Cause I gotta go home at night.

    If you're like me, after dinner it’s back to work. Duringthe day it’s recording videos, and phone calls most of the day. Night time is research, coding, learning, etc…. While my office is only a few minute walk from my house, I like to be in the house at night so I can hear the kids play. They...
  • Blog Post: I've been tagged.

    Susan Wisowaty, my friend and former team mate on the MSDN Events team has TAGGED me. Tagging is a bit like a chain letter, but with some redeeming social value. The idea is that after reveling five things about yourself you get to compel 5 other people to do the same. So……. ...
  • Blog Post: My Windows XP Powered Root Canal

    My Windows XP Powered Root Canal. <RANT-ON> Everyone seems to like to talk shit about Microsoft. The bashfest of recent years has become an entire platform for the press (even publications like PCWeek seem happy to adopt the National Enquirer’s standard for insightful journalism...
  • Blog Post: Article Rebuttal on ASP.NET versus PHP

    The ubiquitous power of the internet as a publishing platform and the concept of “freedom of speech” make for a very interesting combination. Take this article for example. http://www.oracle.com/technology/pub/articles/hull_asp.html Now don’t get me wrong, I don’t...
  • Blog Post: DORK AWARD: Java creator James Gosling

    Read this: Huge security hole in .NET: Java creator: ZDNet Australia: News: Security – James Gosling Sore looser or WHAT ? Don’t get me wrong. There is much that I find interesting in Java, and while its evolution seems to have stagnated some, they’re picking up some great ideas reflecting off MS .NET...
  • Blog Post: VerizonWireless - You Suck !

    So, I’m home with Pneumonia, and my wife is confined to bed rest after having surgery, but….. I had to make a trip to the pharmacy to pick up some more of the medication they put me on for my lungs. The pharmacy is right across the street from the VerizonWireless store so, I figured while they were filling...
  • Blog Post: Help from Redmond - I'm sure they didn't REALLY mean it.

    If you lack a sense of humor (that is, a sarcastic, cynical one like mine) please accept my apology for the following rant. <CareerLimitingSarcasticComplaint> I’ve been ramping up…….. The support from co-workers for my upcoming Black Belt DigitalBlackbelt.com Web cast Series has been great over...
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