Jonathan Hardwick

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  • Blog Post: Windows Vista Sidebar - like MSR Sideshow, only better

    Four years ago a wonderful application called Sideshow came out of Microsoft Research. It was the standard docking-bar-full-of-applets-on-the-side-of-your-screen (way before Apple Widgets and Konfabulator), but the part they really nailed was how natural it was to use. Not surprising, since it was created...
  • Blog Post: A community-based marketing experiment - Microsoft gets on board the Cluetrain!

    The Visual Studio 2005 evangelists have created a new community marketing experiment: High Five Wikisheets . Microsoft marketing has taken some flak in the past (ahem), but this wiki seems to be pure Cluetrain Manifesto material. Risky, radical, and all about the conversation . I love it :) I first...
  • Blog Post: What's the longest Microsoft product name?

    We've done the " silly Microsoft product names " thing before, but in an internal discussion Larry Osterman upped the stakes with the following contender: " Microsoft Windows Server Base Operating Systems Management Pack for Microsoft Operations Manager 2005 " One of the reasons I admire Larry...
  • Blog Post: I love the smell of a banhammer in the morning

    It's no secret that there's been an increasing amount of cheating on Halo 2. Evidently when Bungie released the new downloadable maps they weren't far enough ahead in the developer-vs-cracker arms race, and modded versions started showing up on XBox Live that let cheaters move at Mach 1, get sniper auto...
  • Blog Post: Cultural change at Microsoft, or, "What was the point in keeping quiet?"

    In an anonymous comment on “ Patch for tcserver.exe memory leak on Tablet PC - at last! ”, zzz asks: What was the point in “keeping quiet”? Is there some kind of NDA that stops from stating the obvious thing (holy cow we have a bug in our perfect product!) that everyone knows about? You could have...
  • Blog Post: If you think Microsoft uses silly product names, you're in good company

    I've ranted before about Microsoft product names, so it's nice to see that I'm in good company : CNET Interviewer : “You made a comment this morning poking fun at a Microsoft product name. Do you think Microsoft is good at marketing?” Steve Ballmer : “Sometimes. Sometimes we're very good. Sometimes...
  • Blog Post: New Tablet PC feature on Channel 9 - ink-enabled posts!

    Charles and the gang just showed off a new feature for the first birthday of the Channel 9 community site - readers can now post handwritten comments using a Tablet PC! Or a mouse, plus sufficient determination :-) Here's the first of many ink posts in that thread:
  • Blog Post: Ohhhh, I want Microsoft Forums for my product, too...

    Jim Glass just announced Microsoft Forums , the next links in the Microsoft developer division’s “ virtuous feedback loop ”. The idea is pretty simple – “hey, why don’t we give our users web forums in which to talk, as well as newsgroups” – but Jim does a compelling job of explaining how this will help...
  • Blog Post: Category feed URLs all changed - sorry

    As Josh Ledgard and Brian Johnson have noted, the upgrade of blogs.msdn.com to Community Server 1.0 changed the URL format for all of our category feeds. If you were subscribed to any of my individual categories, those feeds are now failing with no redirects in place. Sorry :-( Changing feeds with...
  • Blog Post: New comment policy on this blog - thanks to Betsy and Scott!

    Congrats to Betsy and her team on completing the second half of the March Blog Massacre : blogs.msdn.com is now happily ensconced on shinier servers running much shinier software (in case you missed it, the first half was the migration of some IT Pro-focused bloggers to blogs.technet.com ). I'm taking...
  • Blog Post: The Ides of March - a bad time for bloggers

    This has been a bad time for a couple of bloggers that I read. First Jeremy Wright was refused entry into the US by a customs agent who couldn’t believe that blogging is a paying job (and didn’t believe any of that newfangled Skype stuff, either). This is already kinda silly, since I showed Jeremy around...
  • Blog Post: "Remember, February is a short month"

    Not enough blogging this month - I've been getting back into coding. And, as those of you who read Channel 9 might have spotted, breaking the build . In fact, the dev team didn't even get their bagels for another week after that post, which shows just how behind I am! I did manage to find time to...
  • Blog Post: “It’s the weirdest thing, but my thumbs are tired.”

    No sooner did I mention Blogjet than Dmitry Chestnykh announced a new version . So if you're looking for a great WYSIWYG blogging tool, go grab the beta of version 1.2 from his downloads page . And this post isn't really about Halo 2 multiplayer tactics, it's actually a test of Blogjet's new auto-thumbnail...
  • Blog Post: Best. Halo 2. Game. Ever. (Until the next one)

    This was one of those games where you immediately realize, based on long and hard-won knowledge, that you should quit right afterwards. Because that's as good as you're gonna get all night, and if you play even ONE MORE ROUND, you'll be there for hours trying to replicate the experience, and ultimately...
  • Blog Post: Uh oh

    It's official - I'm a WikiGnome
  • Blog Post: You know you've got a good spam filter when…

    …users start complaining if a spam gets through. Human beings are incredibly adaptable — we can learn to live with (almost) any change, while only really noticing and complaining about the moment of change itself. User reaction to spam filter effectiveness is a case in point. If you've got a moderately...
  • Blog Post: Things you don't want to see when you boot your laptop

    On the positive side: The laptop immediately cranked down its CPU speed to avoid overheating A sharp whack on the desk seems to have brought the fan back to life - at least for now...
  • Blog Post: Wildlife on the Microsoft campus

    I just caught some movement out of the corner of my eye, and noticed a rabbit hopping around in the bushes outside my office window . After spending a little time cleaning himself up, he found a nice spot in the sun to while away the afternoon hours.
  • Blog Post: How do we educate the analysts?

    Joe Wilcox of Microsoft Monitor still thinks that people won't download SP2 via dialup , presumably for the same reasons that he gave earlier , i.e. "it's too big to fetch in one chunk". Of course, XP doesn't actually need to download SP2 in one chunk - see my response for details, or just read Jeremy...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft blogs, journalism, and anonymity

    I've just been the victim of some anonymous drive-by journalism from PC Magazine, and it's left a bad taste in my mouth. My post " XP SP2 RTMs! " is getting a lot of traffic, thanks to an article that PC Magazine published yesterday called " WinXP SP2 Auto Updates Available Now—For Some " (this article...
  • Blog Post: Blog comment spam sucks - and so do the solutions

    The .Text software on blogs.msdn.com has been updated to fight blog comment spam — David Weller has posted an excellent description of the new features . However, as commenters to his blog have pointed out, some of the features could be seen as overkill. In particular, all posts older than 30 days have...
  • Blog Post: The joys of wireless, or, why I like cloudy days in Seattle

    Like many other Microsoft product-group bloggers, I had today marked down as “absolute drop-dead deadline to finish my annual performance review”. Of course, this really means “start worrying about it last night, and then channel that nervous energy into furious writing today”...
  • Blog Post: The reason why Microsofties all blog about the same thing at the same time

    This morning there's been a bunch of Microsofties blogging about the rumor of Bill Gate starting his own blog - first up was Dan Fernandez at 8:11am , followed quickly by Mike Hall at 8:30am , and Korby Parnell at 8:59am . Why the synchronicity? Do we all have the blogs.msdn.com main feed streamed straight...
  • Blog Post: "Microsoft hopes younger eyes have Office vision"

    So, I've decided that the slashdotting after Dave Massey's Internet Explorer post wasn't enough. The Channel9 wiki pages of customer feedback about Microsoft products need some more traffic :-) This time around we're focusing on Microsoft Office products. Why? Because CNet just ran an interesting...
  • Blog Post: The secret's out - here's what DSI *really* stands for

    "Actually, you missed that part. I would apologize on that normally, but what we have here is the first extension of our DSI initiative, Dreary Skies Initiative . Microsoft can now span out dreary skies from Seattle absolutely anyplace. It's all under centralized management control." – Steve...
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