A View from Elsewhere

John Montgomery's Weblog

April, 2006

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    Top 11 Self-Help Books in Middle Earth

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    You know one of them fits you.
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    Think Week for a Developer Marketplace

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    I was lured. Each year, Bill Gates retires with a stack of “ think week ” papers to get a sense of what some new ideas might be. This year, I was lured into working on one by one of my coworkers who’d heard about the Tuscany ideas and thought there was...
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    The "Doh!" Moment

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    Have you ever worked on a problem and kept working on it and working on it until you knew you'd created a solution to the problem that was completely defensible and utterly wrong? Don't worry, it happens to a lot of smart people. You think and think and...
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    Sometimes Life is Embarrassing

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    It's especially embarrassing when your frustration overflows and you let others know what you really think. Just check out this MSN Search for StupidIEMarginHack . I mean 1,500 answers? (Amusingly, it's 27,000 records found on Google.)
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    Fascinating: Map of Religion in the US

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    This is just interesting .
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    Titanic 2

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    If you haven't already seen it , you should. Not the funniest trailer-recut I've seen, but there's something there for everyone.
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    Coming Out of the Woodwork

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    What is it about Microsoft employees – particularly employees in developer division – and woodworking? Tony Romano, Jason Zander , Chris Anderson , Erick Ellis, Eric Gunnerson , and me.
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    What Law Enforcement Has Been Doing Wrong...

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    From the AP : "Satellite tracking, helicopter surveillance and dart guns failed. In the end, it was a ham dinner and a remote-controlled net that brought a golden retriever named Sam in from the cold after two years on the run." I'm quite convinced...
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    Dynamic Languages for Tots

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    Dynamic languages (see Wikipedia if you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade or so) such as Python offer some substantial advantages over static languages such as C. I’m not going to belabor the pros and cons – folks like Jon Udell have done...
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    Amuse Yourself...

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    ...during a meeting today by practicing on your coworkers .
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    Got Questions?

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    If you haven't spent the time already, go visit " Ask a Ninja ." I think "What is the ideal gift for a ninja" may be my favorite.
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    More Words

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    Why don't comb, tomb, and bomb rhyme? Why do they, say, and weigh rhyme? Why is rhyme not spelled "rime" as it was in the past? Become a member of the Simplified Spelling Society and fight these injustices (even if their site is running on PHP instead...
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    The Evolving Cult of Personality

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    When I first started covering Microsoft for the trade press (Corporate Computing, then PC/Computing, then BYTE), they didn’t have a lot of standout personalities other than Bill and Steve. Borland had David I. Sun had Bill and James. Oracle had Larry...
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    VB Developers Aren’t As Dumb As You Think

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    The other day I got into an argument with someone about programming languages and their users. I don’t know why – it’s one of those conversation topics like religion or politics or the Yankees that will only end badly for all involved. I guess I was in...
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    "Heighth" Is Not a Word

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    Another word I’ve grown to dislike: heighth. More accurately, it’s a non-standard pronunciation of “height” designed to make it vaguely rhyme with width and breadth. After all, shouldn’t the vertical equivalent to these also end with the “th” sound? ...
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    Asphalt and the Long Tail

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    The other day I got a letter from a frustrated customer – an actual, physical letter written on paper with stamps and everything. The customer was upset about a host of things – all of them very legitimate and things I’d heard before. I didn’t have good...
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    What Really Matters for Express

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    One of the things I own is the “Software Enthusiast” scenario for Orcas as well as a bit of work around the Express products (VB Express, C# Express, etc.). Each language team and the Visual Web Developer is still responsible for their Express product...
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    Explain Inheritance to an Eight-Year-Old

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    One of the charters of my team is to try to make the process of learning to program more fun. There are a lot of things we can, should, and will do here. One thing that has stood out for me is how many people have told me they don't understand object...
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    So About This Ed Bott Character...

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    So Ed Bott was wondering why so many Microsoft people start their sentences with the word "so." "So" is a weird word. It tries to mean "apparently" and "greatly" and "thus" all at once. I actually had someone tell me that starting sentences with that...
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    The Non-Professional Team

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    I work on the non-professional team. No, this doesn’t mean that we come to work late, drink heavily on the job, and dress in fuzzy slippers and bathrobes (though there have been times…). This means that, unlike the bulk of the rest of the Visual Studio...
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    Words

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    Dare Obasanjo earlier posted on some of the words Microsoft has killed. These include: Passion, innovation, synergy, and agility. From what I’ve seen, these are words the industry, not just Microsoft, has collectively placed onto a pyre and watched burn...
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    And These Are the People We're to Trust

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    Homeland Security aide suspended after sex sting .
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    Teeth

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    I have bad gums. I’ve had bad gums since I was a teenager. While everyone else was getting cavities, I was having periodontal surgery. I’d prefer to have cavities. If you’ve ever had gum surgery, I’m sure you’d agree. In my case, my DDS will remove a...
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