A View from Elsewhere

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    Mix07 Around the Corner

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    I'm there. Most of my PM team is there. My PUM is there. Gee, I wonder if something is happening at Mix ?
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    Removing the Vestiges of Winter

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    As my team gets nearer to shipping (fingers crossed) life at home turns back to normal, which means more time spent working on the house and less time spent on email. This weekend saw two milestones: the restored (stripped, sanded, stained, sealed) trim...
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    Music and Lyrics

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    My wife and I went to Music and Lyrics this evening. Lighthearted romantic comedy with some cute pop tunes. Not going to make you think deeply, but it'll distract you for a couple of hours.
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    Moving Off of Windows Live Spaces

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    A while ago I tried to split my blogging into two: one for personal, one for work. Well, I failed and there are a couple of reasons. First, I got so swamped at work that I stopped blogging altogether. Second, my brain just isn't wired to separate work...
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    Traffic Volume vs. Commute Time

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    Warning: this is a rant. I'm not expecting people to take it seriously. All helpful suggestions and critiques will be regarded through the lens of someone who's ranting. The Washington DOT keeps a huge amount of data about traffic that travels the state...
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    Finally: A Programming Methodology for Me

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    Lazy programming is getting its due.
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    Flight Tracking: Useful for Holiday Travel

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    There are many sites that do this, but FlightAware seems to be the one I keep coming back to.
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    Sir Ken Robinson on Education

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    My boss sent this my way a couple of days ago. I put off looking at it since it seemed like it would be work-related and we all know that in the weeks preceding and following Christmas It Is Forbidden to Do Work . In any event I watched it today and finally...
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    Important Information (Not Really)

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    How to browse Digg at work .
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    Bold Predictions

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    Peter O'Kelly boldly predicts there will be fewer bold predictions from analysts in the future. This reminded me of a BYTE article I was working on a decade ago. It was an update on Windows NT, I think. In any event, I re-read the original BYTE article...
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    RTB Finished

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    One of the meetings that our division inflicts regularly schedules is called "running the business" (formerly they were called "rhythm of the business" but I think someone noticed that we don't got rhythm). Our team had its RTB meeting today. It went...
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    The Blogging Process

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    Who out there just writes and posts their blog entries, and who spends time and edits them? Just curious...
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    Power Outage

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    This morning, building 41 lost power. Steven Wilssens (one of the PMs on my team) and I were just settling into some deep conversation when everything went black and the fire alarm started whooping and periodically saying, "Lobby, lobby, lobby" in an...
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    Programmers and Coke: What Happens if You Drink a Coke Right Now

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    I stopped drinking Coke a long time ago, preferring to abuse my system with high levels of coffee instead, but this analysis of what happens when you drink a Coke is fasincating.
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    Jon Udell at Microsoft

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    A long time ago, I got to be the editor of Jon Udell's BYTE column, which gave me the opportunity to work with one the smartest guys I've met. Of course, my first rewrite of his first column didn't go over too well (our editor neglected to tell me to...
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    At What Point Did I Become a Mister?

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    The mail from one of my team's recruiters today said that Mr. John Montgomery would be doing the "as appropriate" interview -- the final interview of the day. Mr. John Montgomery. I realize I've been here eight+ years and that I'm not really young any...
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    Hey! Wait a Second -- I Have a Degree in Russian Lit from Harvard...

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    Was Joel aiming at me? Probably not, since his nemesis here is "stunningly-good-looking." Oh, and if you've ever heard my rant about how metrics drive behavior you'll probably get the sense that I'm definitely not the person he was aiming at. I watch...
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    The New Coffee, One Month Later

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    I've now spent over a month dabbling in the new office coffee, produced by the local Starbucks machines. I have to say, it works -- it's OK stuff. I still prefer the brew that comes out of my own coffee pot, but relative to the old stuff, this is pretty...
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    Calculating Operational Costs

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    One of my tasks over the weekend was to calculate how much it would cost to operate a service. I can't tell you what the service is, of course, since actually providing useful context is far beyond the scope of this blog. ;-) However, I had a good sit...
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    US Imagine Cup: Not Just Algorithms

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    One of the largest challenges facing CS students is the transition from being a CS student to writing production code in a work environment for a living. Historically programming challenges have focused more on CS-student-oriented work, but this year...
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    The New Coffee

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    As part of Microsoft's efforts to make its employees happier, healthier, and generally more productive, Microsoft is in a lengthy process of replacing the old-style coffee machines (large, rapid-production drip coffee makers) with new Starbucks machines...
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    (In)Side Business Opportunity: Modding Microsoftie's Offices?

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    I've joked about this for a while, but I'm starting to believe there is a business opportunity making office modifications to Microsoft employees -- particularly modifications that are within the Real Estate and Facilities guidelines. For example, if...
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    Rail Resurgance Thanks to Wi-Fi?

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    Today, Glenn Fleishman posts about the broad coverage of Wi-Fi on trains and speculates, Let’s see—drive by myself, get no work done, burn gas by the ton that costs a fortune, or, an inexpensive and comfortable trip with Internet access the whole way...
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    Coffee House Rock

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    The idea of sitting in a coffee house writing up some of the strategy and tactics documents that I'm so very behind on at first seemed very appealing to me. I figured I'd settle in to my favorite coffee house ( Chocolati in Wallingford ), order up a big...
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    MP4 Player Review

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    Gizmodo.com is often funny, but this review of an MP4 player is hysterical. As the first commenter on the site writes, I laughed so hard...
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