A View from Elsewhere

John Montgomery's Weblog

March, 2007

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    New Encryption Technique Discovered

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    MARCH 06, 2007, REDMOND -- Microsoft today announced the creation of a new super-secure encryption technique, doubling previous techniques. Dubbed "ROT-26," the new technique applies a complex mathematical algorithm recently created in Microsoft Research...
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    Do People Want to Tweak?

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    I believe that people want the ability to control their digital experiences – not just setting backgrounds or uploading photos, but the ability to completely change any aspect of any product or website they use and reconfigure them at will. In other words...
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    The Power of Assertion

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    You can get away with a lot just by asserting strongly enough. I'm thinking specifically of a section from a book I read recently -- Peopleware . One of the PMs on my team got it out of the Microsoft library and gave it to me to read. I didn't take it...
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    Born vs. Made

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    Another thought from reading Peopleware : As a manager, how much effect do you have on people? Here's a quote from the book: "A recurrent theme through all the novels is Hornblower's gloomy presentiment that achievers are born, not made... In...
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    On i'm: Giving Easily

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    The new "i'm" program that the Live team is running is truly clever. Beyond clever: it's brilliant. Every statistic I've seen indicates that most people don't contribute to charity for one reason or another -- maybe they don't have the disposable income...
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    Hero Worship

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    One of the cool things about working at Microsoft is that when you have a question, you can pick from an array of really smart people to get an answer. Want to know why C# does whatever strange thing that annoys you? Ask Anders. Want to know when Windows...
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    News: Terrier Alert Raised!

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    Please maintain your awareness of cute dog photos and (mostly) happy endings.
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    Are You a Dinosaur?

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    Dinosaur . I love these guys.
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    Probably Old News to Everyone Else

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    Suddenly, antitrust law all makes sense.
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    Information Wants to be Free

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    A long time ago, this phrase was the watchword of those radical hacker types. Today's appearance of lots of web services (and I mean the term in its loosest meaning -- RSS feeds, REST APIs, SOAP APIs, and anything else on the web) tells me that information...
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