A View from Elsewhere

John Montgomery's Weblog

April, 2005

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    Lesson: Don't Clean the Coffee Pot

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    Is it the coffee or is it the coffee maker? I posed that question to a group of coworkers the other day in relation to the office coffee we have here at Microsoft. Our coffee is Farmer Brothers French Roast. Our coffee makers are Brewmatic one gallon...
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    NASA World Wind

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    There's been a thread going around internally about this really cool application written in C# on .NET: NASA's World Wind . World Wind is a kind of geographic information system (GIS) application that lets you view satellite and shuttle images of the...
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    Whatever Happened to the Micro ISV?

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    In September of 2004, Erik Sink wrote an article on MSDN about the "micro ISV" -- the one-person ISV. One of the things I've been contemplating is whatever happened to these companies. Fifteen years ago, the world seemed to have dozens of them building...
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    Get and Post: Once More Unto the Breach

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    Last Thursday, Jon Udell wrote about the HTTP commands Get and Post after Dare Obsanjo (the person who wrote RSS Bandit, my RSS feed reader) wrote about how a couple of the more interesting Web APIs ( Bloglines , Flickr , and del.icio.us ) actually didn...
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    Thanks to the People Who Broke Into My Car

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    I want to thank the folks who broke into my car. Despite the fact that they stole my stereo including 10GB of MP3s, all my parking meter change, and my sunglasses, they did surprisingly little actual damage to the car. Instead of breaking the big driver...
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    Headlines to Love: Trap-Building Ants Torture Prey

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    One of my favorite daily news sources is the BBC News. Today while browsing their RSS feed, I ran into this headline: " Trap-building ants torture prey ." As if that weren't enough, the first paragraph that came through in RSS Bandit made me think lovingly...
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    Fewer CS Majors?

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    Cnet recently ran the results of a study that indicated that fewer college freshmen are interested in majoring in computer science. The results are particularly notable among women. I'm not sure whether this is a normal cyclical shift, a response to offshoring...
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    Clustering Search Results

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    What a cluster......
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    Staff Grammarian v2

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    This morning before coming into work, I replied to an email from Andy Lees (my VP) correcting a typo in a mail he sent to the division. About a month ago, I corrected his grammar ("Not 'fast.' It should be 'quickly.'"). At this point, I'm pretty sure...
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    Five Neat .NET Apps

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    Google Deskbar -- create .NET plugins for the Google Deskbar app Grouper -- share music with friends; there's even a case study FedEx/Kinko's " File, Print FedEx Kinko's " lets you print to a Kinko's from your PC over the Internet Sandlot's Super...
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    More Headlines to Love: Exploding Toads

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    This one from MSNBC . Gruesome. And yet, were it in the context of a Drew Carey show, it would be funny.
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    I Feel Mulch Better

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    My wife and I spent the weekend gardening and I consider it a great weekend. I am become middle aged.
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