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  • Blog Post: Moving on to something new, but staying close

    After working at Microsoft for over 7 years as an employee and almost 5 years before that as a contractor/vendor, I’ve decided it’s time for me to do become independent and start my own company. My official last day at Microsoft is July 18 th . I’ve enjoyed all the years working at...
  • Blog Post: Using Ctrl+F1 in Office 2007 to hide/show ribbon toolbar

    I recently found a useful hotkey tip using various applications in Office 2007. Just toggle Ctrl+F1 to show and hide the ribbon toolbar area. This is similar to the F11 hotkey in Internet Explorer to toggle IE full screen view on and off.
  • Blog Post: Sara Ford commands ScooterCam-1 at TechEd07

    At TechEd 2007, Sara Ford drives what she calls ScooterCam-1 to get around the conference due to her injured leg from a recent hiking incident (see her blog post Not broken after all ). The name ScooterCam is derived from the fact that she hooked up a camcorder to the scooter using duct tape to record...
  • Blog Post: RSS subscribers include the reader, the addict, and the pack-rat

    As more people start creating blogs and more web sites that distribute new content provide RSS (and Atom) feeds, there is more and more opportunity to subscribe to content using some type of feed reader. I've been using the NewsGator add-in for Outlook since soon after it was released. I now subscribe...
  • Blog Post: Very cool illusion

    This very cool illusion from an animated set of images shows how complex the relationship is between the eyes and the brain. If your eyes follow the movement of the rotating pink dot, you will only see one color, pink. If you stare at the black + in the center, the moving dot turns to green. Now...
  • Blog Post: 01:02:03 04/05/06, Pacific Time

    The time/date is... 1,2,3,4,5,6. I'm posting this entry at 3 seconds after 1:02am on April 5th, 2006 - 1:02:03 4/5/06 . For those in Europe and other parts of the world who format dates using day/month/year , they can post look forward to this once in 100 years moment next month on May 4th.
  • Blog Post: Behind the camera on Channel 9, take 2

    Since my blog post Behind the camera on Channel 9 last November, I have been behind the camera on Channel 9 for three video interviews with Visual Studio 2005 team members before I moved to the Windows Live Platform team in late February: Cameron Slade - QA Testing of Developer Tools Ken Levy interviews...
  • Blog Post: Channel 9 Behind the Scenes video

    There is a new video interview on Channel 9 called Channel 9 Behind the Scenes , where I take my digital camera behind the scenes of the making of a Channel 9 video and interview Robert Scoble, joined by fellow channel 9 team member Charles Torre. I had the idea of a 'making of a Channel 9 video' over...
  • Blog Post: Behind the camera on Channel 9

    Recently, at the suggestion of Robert Scoble , I started going behind the camera on Channel 9 doing interviews and video recording. Listed below are the recent Channel 9 interviews I've done behind the camera. The most recent ones listed first along with Scoble's comments when he posted them on the Channel...
  • Blog Post: Scuba-Man speaks at Seattle Code Camp

    In late August, I got into scuba diving by getting PADI open water certified just before my first visit to Hawaii (Maui). Last Friday night after work I went to Underwater Sports in Bellevue in a class with 3 others from 6pm-9pm for my advanced certification as well as special nitrox certification (higher...
  • Blog Post: Currency conversions on the go

    I find myself checking the XE.com web site about every other day just for fun to take a quick peak to see how the U.S. dollar is against the Euro. When I was in Europe last November, it was around 1.31 $ per Euro. The $ was down to 1.34 per Euro maybe a month ago. But the $ has been doing better over...
  • Blog Post: Wandering bear takes dip in family's pool

    This photo of a bear in someone's backyard pool in L.A. is one of the funniest I've seen in awhile.
  • Blog Post: More on blogging benefits and Ultimate Ears

    It wasn't that long ago when querying a top search engine on my name (Ken Levy) resulted in many top links to people other than me, I was pretty far down the result page. I notice now that both MSN Search and Google both have the #1 search result linking to my blog, with other top results mostly linking...
  • Blog Post: Good things come to those who blog

    There are many stories about people who have great blogs and as a result have had a door opened for them to get a better job, obtain new business opportunities, make new friends, and more. Often these opportunities would have have occurred if it wasn't for their blog. Blogging is not for everyone, but...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft TerraServer maps offer more detail than Google Maps

    I recently posted a blog entry called Satellite views of Microsoft and more from Google Maps . While Google Maps is cool for getting driving maps and directions online, I found that Microsoft TerraServer map images have many times more up close detail in some of the photo images it provides. Here is...
  • Blog Post: Satellite views of Microsoft and more from Google Maps

    The comedian Steven Wright once told a funny joke in his 1980s stand-up routine where he said: I received a postcard from a friend of mine. It was a satellite photo of Earth. On the back he wrote, "Wish you were here". I was reminded of that joke today when I saw that maps.google.com now supports real...
  • Blog Post: Power and reach of RSS and blogs help Visual FoxPro 9.0 marketing

    This week resulted in a good amount of coverage online from the Microsoft PressPass article released Monday morning called Developers Report on Power, Productivity and Extensibility of New Visual FoxPro 9.0 . I was recently asked by a Microsoft executive in our developer division why I thought the coverage...
  • Blog Post: Developer Division LeaderSpeak, subset of blogs.msdn.com

    Similar to the way the blogs.msdn.com web page summarizes recent blog entries from people on the blogs.msdn.com/ domain, there is also a related Developer Division LeaderSpeak page which summarizes the upper management team members who have their own blog on blogs.msdn.com. From the LeaderSpeak page...
  • Blog Post: CIA World Factbook

    Last year when I was doing research online for my June 2004 trip around Europe , I was searching maps online and found a great map on the CIA (U.S. Central Intelligence Agency) web site. I was surprised to find it was part of a great resource online called World Factbook . You can even download the entire...
  • Blog Post: Robert Scoble wears a Visual FoxPro 9.0 shirt on the red couch

    Here is a photo of Robert Scoble sitting on the the red couch working on his Tablet PC while wearing the limited edition navy blue Visual FoxPro 9.0 polo shirt that I gave him when we met in my office last November for the Channel 9 video on VFP 9.0 interview. Just two weeks ago I upgraded my notebook...
  • Blog Post: My blog updated, version 2.0

    I significantly updated blog ( http://blogs.msdn.com/klevy ) here with a new CSS style layout, primarily based based on dpreview.com (Digital Photography Review) which is one of my favorite gadget web sites. I also renamed the title of my blog to Ken Levy's Blog. It use to be Ken Levy's Weblog because...
  • Blog Post: From the Top of Europa to Amsterdam

    I have been off email for about 4 days now. I did two sessions at a special TechDay event in Zurich hosted by Microsoft Zurich. My morning session was on VS 2005 and my afternoon session was on VFP 9.0 beta . On Saturday June 26th, Tore went to Frankfurt to pick up his family flying in from Olso Norway...
  • Blog Post: Visiting 5 Europa countries within 9 hours

    For reference, here in Europe it is most common for Europe to be referred to as Europa . Our drive yesterday started us in Germany, had us drive through Austria, northern Italy, into Switzerland, through Lichtenstein, then to Zurich Switzerland. Lichtenstein is a tiny country about 20 kilometers (about...
  • Blog Post: From Metallica to Mozart

    The conference in Prague appears to be a great success again this year thanks to Igor Vit and the rest of the team at DAQUAS . Tore Bleken (the driver), my brother J.D., and I left Prague at 2:30pm on Wednesday afternoon after I finished all my sessions at Prague DevCon and headed south to Austria. All...
  • Blog Post: UT conference reports

    Updated daily this week, www.UniversalThread.com (UT) has reporters posting details on the various conferences in progress including and DevTeach 2004 in Montreal and Praha 2004 in Prague (where I am now, Hans is sitting near me working on the Day 1 report). For a great archive of previous conference...
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