Kentc's SOAPbox

Disclaimer: All opinions are solely mine and don't necessarily reflect the opinions of Microsoft or my family.

December, 2003

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    Happy New Year!

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    I wish everyone a Happy New Year. Hopefully, this next year will welcome you all with great health, deep relationships, enjoyable occupations and super long battery life (couldn’t resist). Be safe! Kent
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    Digital Photography, post 2

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    Why is it I never remember to post a complete blog until after I re-read my own post? I do this a lot in emails as well. Its embarrassing. I’m hoping that we’ll add some other squiggly line color someday that’ll remind me that I’ve...
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    Digital Photography...

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    …has replaced film photography in our home. It took me two printers and an upgraded camera to convince my wife that digital could compete and then replace traditional 35MM film cameras. Our first digital camera was my Christmas gift in 1998....
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    Software conflicts and the madness of it all

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    A couple of days ago I tried to burn a CD of some photos I’d taken at my niece’s basketball game so she would have them and could share them with her coach and teammates. The built in software in Windows XP normally makes that very easy to...
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    iCool

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    My first experience with a computer was on my college roommate’s Mac Plus. One floppy held the OS and the application Microsoft Word 3.0 is memory serves and the other floppy held my data disk. That’s pretty amazing given there are DLLs that...
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    The Digital Lifestyle

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    I’m horrible at blogging. I started this with a few ideas in mind and it ended up being ~2100 words. If you’ve got ADHD you’ll never get through this. I barely got through it. I definitely live and love the digital lifestyle. 99%...
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    Feedback part deux

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    There were several people who posted replies to my “feedback” post. I’m not sure how to make a reply a top-level post so I’m forking the original post into this post. AndrewSeven ask a very legitimate question: “Does MS really...
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    Feedback...we don't need no stinkin' feedback

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    Kevin Hammond (as is Rob Relyea) is a friend of mine who recently blogged about people feeling that our continuous feedback loop (that’s what we call it) is a burden. He was called out in this blog that seems to net out to: stop asking for feedback...
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    IM, presence and the phone

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    Why does it seem that every time I get on the phone I get an instant message from someone? We have an “on the phone” setting in our software but the only time I ever remember to set it is after the fact. We just got a new phones in our office...
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    Greg Reinacker, Customer centricity, Microsoft and Earth

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    I started this entry to praise the effort that Greg Reinacker was willing to put forward to help me and then went off on a tangent (although quite parallel if I do say so myself). In my blog yesterday ( http://weblogs.asp.net/kentc/posts/41278.aspx...
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    Welcome and where have you been?

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    Welcome to my (our) new home! The folks in charge of MSDN are turning off http://blogs.gotdotnet.com/ and have asked us to move our blogs here. I am no ASP.NET expert or of any coding really but I know a lot about our (Microsoft's) technology from servers...
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    Midtown Madness on XBox Live

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    There's a couple of things that sort of define a platform. For Windows, I believe it is/was Office. For XBox, it was Halo. For XBox Live, it was Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon. I just finished playing Midtown Madness on XBox Live with FunSlayer and DanO. I...
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    Hambone has entered the building...

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    I just consumed Kevin Hammond’s blog shout out announcing my blog (what’s blog etiquette—is it OK to acknowledge a blog about your blog?). I’m a bit embarrassed (although the Paypal process is a “go” if you know what...
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    Fair and impartial coverage

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    I'm amazed how often news organizations are quick to use sound bites that aren't necessarily based on fact. I realize it sells papers but at least do a little fact checking. For example, I've read these quotes all too often: "Palm Pilots are easier to...
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    RDRAM - what is it good for? Absolutely nothing...

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    I am no fan of RDRAM. I purchased a Pentium 4 computer from a major OEM several years ago (pre-Windows 2000). At the time 256 Mb was "more memory than any one would ever need" so that's what I bought. It was RDRAM so it was supposed to be faster than...
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    SPAM I am

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    The title is cute but with the exception of the first word has nothing to do with this blog. I have never purchased or clicked through after receiving or having a POP Ad appear on my computer. How many people have? Is this kind of marketing effective...
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    Rob Enderle unplugged but still rocking!

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    Rob Enderle, longtime Giga Analyst/Guru had some positive things to say about my company. Of course, I've been saying this for years but my bullhorn and opinions aren't quite as powerful as Rob's especially when you're with the firm. Thanks to Evelyn...
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    This blog thing is going to be big...

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    I'm not exactly on the cutting edge WRT blogging although I've been consuming Don Box , Ray Ozzie and lots of other people I respect blogs for quite a while. I am an Enterprise Strategist out of Microsoft's Midwest District ( Illinois , Indiana , and...
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