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The title of this blog has become increasingly more wrong (or maybe more correct?), but I like the title and I'm proud to have been part of building the EEC from scratch, so I've left the title as is. The title originally referred to my having the office in the EEC (Enterprise Engineering Center) that was in the furthest corner away from the bulk of the EEC staff.

Currently the blog will continue to hold my musings on whatever I think is worth sharing. While I will try to keep a mix of "Microsoft pertinent" and "Fun and/or Interesting" (and hopefully the two will intermingle on occasion), I won't go out looking for something to "keep the mix in the right ratio". If I tried to do that, the blog would either wither and die (it's tried to do that a couple of times) or it would get dull...it may already be dull, but at least it's not that way because I tried to force a square peg into a round hole.

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    The Empty Inbox

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    I took some of the things in Randy Pausch's Time Management lecture ( see related post ) to heart and I'm trying to do at least a couple of his suggestions. One of the things that I am trying this week is keeping my email inbox empty. I've always had...
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    Paintball Mona Lisa

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    Video where Adam and Jamie (from Mythbusters) show the difference between single pipe and multi pipe processing . The view from the side (at the end of the video) is really cool.
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    The Dichotomy of Selfhosting

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    I love working at Microsoft and I especially love getting to work on the operating system. One of the the things I love about working on the OS is that I get to run the operating system as soon as it's built. If there's a new feature, I can have it on...
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    The Last Lecture and Related Reading/Viewing

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    Occasionally, I get so wrapped up in other things that I totally miss something big (I didn't hear about the Columbia Shuttle disaster until almost a year later). The most recent "big" thing I missed was the buzz about Dr. Randy Pausch's The Last Lecture...
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    Kindle, Custom Textbooks, eInk

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    Just read an article on WSJ about custom textbooks in colleges (here's the link , not sure if this will still be free by the time you click it). The basic idea is that there are several colleges (or departments within them) that are requiring custom printed...
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    Random Rumblings

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    I received an email yesterday requesting that I post something new in this blog. So, here goes an attempt to put something of interest here on a more regular basis. Since my last post (WSOP2007...I busted out of the tourney in just under four hours...
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    WSOP 2007 Main Event

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    A couple of weeks ago I won a poker tourney and was thus selected to represent my local poker crew in the main event this year. I'll be heading down to Vegas on July 4th and will start playing on the 7th (day 1b). If things go well, I'll post the action...
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    The Face of Windows Server 2008

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    A project I lent my face to is now live on the web: The Face of Windows Server 2008 . Neat idea, looks like there are a few glitches in the site, but overall it turned out pretty cool. If you haven't checked out Windows Server 2008 (Formerly code named...
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    decknique: cool card manipulation

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    Yesterday I spent my afternoon and evening dealing poker for the incoming Microsoft Interns. An added bonus for me was seeing an intern named Richard perform. His control of a deck of cards blew me away such that I informed him that he was not allowed...
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    No Heroics Necessary

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    Yesterday I spent the bulk of my afternoon attending the WSD (Windows Server Division) Quarterly Manager's Meeting. The meeting was focused on improving manager's coaching skills, but a side discussion emerged towards the end of the meeting concerning...
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    Recharged

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    Took a couple of days off. Spent most of it being lazy or playing poker. Spent very little time reading (work) email. It's amazing how much of a recharge it is to get away email for a couple of days. Did get a doggie door installed (still working on...
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    The other side of the camera

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    Spent a bit of my time today over in Microsoft Studios contributing to a bit of work that should hit the web middle of next month (I'll post a link once it's up). Different experience being on the other side of the camera. Having make-up put on me was...
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    Movie: Fracture

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    I haven't posted about a movie in a while and I saw a good one this past weekend, Fracture . Anthony Hopkins is superb as always. The movie was put together well and one of the few in recent months I've seen where I thought I got my $5 $9 worth.
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    Longhorn Beta 3 Released!

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    Around 3:10 this afternoon, the final signoffs were completed and we released Beta3. This has been my number one priority (and that of most of the folks I work with) for the past several months. A lot of hard work and many, many, hours of ship rooms,...
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    eWeek Article: Hard Disk MTBF: Flap or Farce?

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    http://ct.enews.eweek.com/rd/cts?d=186-5691-48-550-66509-642524-0-0-0-1 Bit light on the statistics, but interesting nonetheless. In the build world we beat up on hard drives and tend to go through quite a few of them. In the build lab I work at...
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    Resurrection of sorts

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    It's been a while since I've blogged anything; rather than having a lack of interesting things going on, I've had too many. Things in Redmond are not settling down by any means, still I'm going to try to get back into the habit of posting a bit now and...
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    Remote control for humans

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    While I could care less about the gaming aspects and I'm doubtful about the military applications, I found the article on Remote Controlling Humans to be interesting. If nothing else, it's a step in making a more realistic virtual world.
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    Open letter to Cindy Sheehan by Stephen Mansfield

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    While I attempt to keep my political views out of things like this blog, I'm going to bend my general rule a bit today and share a link to Stephen Mansfield's open letter of 18 August 2005 on All Things Considered. I think it's worth listening to by all...
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    Viewer discretion is advised.

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    Finally got around to watching the pilot of "Wanted" (recorded via Media Center Edition). It starts with a warning: This program contains violent material, strong language and adult themes. Viewer discretion is advised. Cool, I recorded the right...
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    Weekend Movies

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    Over this past weekend, as usual, I saw a couple of flicks. For deep synopsis and reviews, click on through to IMDb. Hustle and Flow : my top pick from this bunch. An unlikeable lead who goes after a dream. The movie is gritty as are most of the characters...
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    Back to Build

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    Two big events for me recently...I hit the ten year mark here at Microsoft and I started a new job, taking a position as the Build Manager for the Windows Server Build. When I started at Microsoft at the end of July 1995, I began my journey in the...
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    Quote from "Sharpe's Eagle"

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    We spent three months chained in a cell in India. He had a page of the Bible. In three months, he taught me how to read and write. How can you pay back a man who teaches you to write your own name? -- Richard Sharpe
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    Watch TV, but surf to verify

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    I watch quite a bit of TV. My prefence is shows that get me to think while still entertaining me. I particularly like shows that have story arcs that continue throughout many shows. One of the shows that I watch is The West Wing . I don't always agree...
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    Senate passes bill creating electronic ID card

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    Scanning through a couple articles in today's ComputerWorld email and hit this one about the Senate passing a bill for electronic ID's . While I at least try to keep politics out of my blog and most of my dealings at work, this one struck me both on a...
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    For Love or Money...or Woodworking Supplies

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    As I mentioned in my last post, I've been doing more woodworking lately. A large part of the enjoyment for me is the discussions that I have with my dad. What tools to buy, how to tweak plans, how to finish a particular project...it's rare that a couple...
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