A View from Elsewhere

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    What Is In a Name?

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    I've been wondering for a while about brands. It wasn't until last night I realized this meant I'd turned into a marketing person quietly over the last couple of years. But that's another matter. I look at Visual Studio, and I think to myself “productive...
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    Comedian Bob Smith

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    This evening, while browsing TV, I ran into a gay (very, very gay) comedian named Bob Smith on HBO. I tuned in about half way through and I started laughing. He had some of the best jokes (mostly about being gay) I've ever heard. Gems like, “The...
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    Will This Change the Point System?

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    Will a pedestrian in a crosswalk now be 5 points instead of 2?
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    Michael Howard: Funny, Good Guy

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    Yesterday, Michael Howard (the security guy ) presented to my team on a kind of “fact vs. fiction” about what security is, how well Microsoft does vs. the industry, and so on. I won't get into details, but I walked away thinking a) Microsoft...
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    Where Was I For 3 Months?

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    Two people have asked me why I wasn't posting for the last three months. A lot of it was FY05 planning. Or, in other words, in meetings. Plus I went on a round-the-world trip to visit customers -- Sydney, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Kassel (Germany), Paris...
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    Ed's Famous

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    I always love to see folks on my team quoted in the press. Recently, Ed worked with CNet to explain XAML vs. XUL.
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    Brown Sugar or Muscavado Sugar

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    Last weekend, I made some chocolate-topped toffee bars. It was late at night. I'd had a glass or two of wine. I wanted toffee bars. I was out of dark brown sugar. I did have some Muscavado sugar. I substituted. I'd put this in the category of “interesting...
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    Chris's Tables

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    A while ago, I was chatting with Chris Anderson . He came into my office and noticed an oak table in my office. He immediately picked it up and turned it over, then asked, “Did you build this yourself?” Now, I can't say that table was a work...
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    Seamless Shelves

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    My wife has an art studio downtown and she wanted some shelves. She wanted them to appear just to hang off the wall, to be very, very long, and to support about 40 pounds per lineal foot. Of course, the first thing I had to do was to buy a new table saw...
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    Don't Harsh My Mellow

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    I picked my wife up from the hospital yesterday after some work on some ruptured disks in her neck. Evidently, they gave her a sedative. Nearly her first words to me were, “Goooood drugs.” It reminded me of this cartoon I saw on bbspot.
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    Is Ed Trying to Tell Me Something

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    A long time ago, a member of my team decided I was grumpy. He created a team alias for me called Grumpy. Now Ed is thinking about The Apprentice and what it would be like if he ran it. Is he trying to tell me something?
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    On Jon Udell, RSS, and RSSBandit

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    Jon Udell mentioned that one of the things he wants is for the RSS community to keep its focus on users. Of course, what user are you trying to keep the focus on is always a question, but I'll leave the question of user profiles and personas for a later...
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    Mary Jo Noticed

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    For those of you who remember, a while ago I asked informally what we should call the Longhorn subsystems on my blog. More recently, we ran an informal poll and Mary Jo Foley picked it up . In any event, the net-net of the customer feedback was that we...
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    Latest WebMatrix

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    I noticed this morning that the ASP.NET team had posted the latest WebMatrix . I pulled it down. Nice stuff -- the better table editing helped me a lot.
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    Moving from MFC to Managed Code

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    Sitting on my desk is a new book: “Extending MFC Applications with the .NET Framework” by Archer and Sivakumar. It's one of the best books I've seen about Managed C++ and how to get there from your existing MFC applications. Managed C++ is...
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    More on the Coffee and Beer Diet

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    Yesterday my father in law and I did some side-by-side taste testing of Dunkin' Donuts coffee: French Roast vs. regular. We're both black coffee guys, so to us it matters. The verdict: we both preferred the regular. Now what do I do with the rest of...
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    On Phatnoise and Cables

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    For those of you who followed me at my old home (on gotdotnet using Chris Anderson's BlogX software), you'll remember that I purchased a Kenwood Music Keg, which is really an OEMmed version of the Phatnoise Phatbox . In a nutshell: it's an in-car digital...
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    Measuring Namespace Complexity

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    One of the nice things about the .NET Framework (particularly vs. Win32) was its discoverability. There were 108 namespaces and about 3,800 types. There were just a few top-level namespaces and really only a few you needed to think about (System.Web,...
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    Coffee and Beer is All You Need

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    I was born and brought up in Boston. Consequently, I was born and brought up on Dunkin' Donuts and Dunkin' Donuts coffee. It's hard to express the joy of DD's coffee if you haven't had it. There's just something about it that's really good. Tasty. I mean...
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    Interesting Outlook Plug-Ins in Managed Code

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    I know of two: DateLens and NewsGator . What are the other cool ones?
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    The Cable Man Cometh

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    Today, I got High-Definition cable. This is after my Christmas present to myself of a 43-inch high-def-capable Samsung DLP projection TV. I just have to say that HD is amazing -- when the cable guy turned on ESPN-D to an NBA game, I was amazed. That...
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    Welcome To Your New Home

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    With blogs.msdn.com coming online I get to start afresh after a long hiatus (during which I was helping get XP SP2 beta out the door and dealing with a few other issues, including ten days in Hawaii). I also get to experience Scott's .Text application...
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