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    Enduring adventures to Antarctica and Microsoft

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    I was inspired to blog this entry based on a comment posted by Danny Thorpe on my recent blog post I made about Shackleton's adventure story in Antarctica, where he commented: If you have a yen for travel, it's possible to retrace Shackleton's steps...
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    From product planner to program manager

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    This week I took on a newly created position at Microsoft, as community program manager on the Visual Studio Ecosystem team focusing on developer community for VSX (Visual Studio Extensibility). The VSX community includes developers who build add-ins...
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    Sara Ford commands ScooterCam-1 at TechEd07

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    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...
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    Windows Live Messenger Add-ins beta feature for developers

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    Windows Live Messenger beta is now available for anyone to download and install, a public beta rather than a private beta. In our continued effort to empower developers interested creating components for customizing Windows Live Messenger 8.0 via the...
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    VSX Community Letter for October 2007 posted on VSX Team blog

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    Just posted the VSX Community Letter for October 2007 .
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    Rock stars continue to join the Windows Live band

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    In 1988, I went to a Monsters of Rock concert at the L.A. Coliseum with headlining bands like Van Halen, Scorpions, Metallica (my three favorite hard rock bands). Nearly 100,000 people where rockin'. In the spirit of an all-star rock concert, I want to...
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    01:02:03 04/05/06, Pacific Time

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    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...
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    Windows Live Messenger beta, blog, and business opportunities

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    Windows Live Messenger is name of the next version of MSN Messenger. I started using the Windows Live Messenger beta recently, some cool new features have been added. You can Get the Windows Live Messenger beta and have real-time text, video and voice...
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    Image Resizer in Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP

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    Last year when it was released, I installed the free Image Resizer tool which part of the Microsoft PowerToys for Windows XP . It only takes a few seconds to install, and there is no icon shortcut created. Instead it is added to your system right-click...
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    Ultimate Ears deliver on how music is meant to be heard

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    Do you remember the time you heard the quality of audio coming from a digital music CD and realized how much better it was over analog cassettes and phonograph records? I do. It was when I first bought a portable CD player in 1986 and installed it as...
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    Power and reach of RSS and blogs help Visual FoxPro 9.0 marketing

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    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...
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    Currency conversions on the go

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    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...
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    Two new Visual FoxPro 9.0 case studies on microsoft.com

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    Microsoft has just released two new Visual FoxPro 9.0 case studies on the Customer Evidence web site to help highlight, promote, and market VFP 9.0 as a great developer tool for data-centric applications. There are just the first two in a series of upcoming...
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    VB and VFP, teams and technologies working together

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    For many years, Microsoft has stated that there probably will never be a new VFP.NET language nor any conversion tools for moving VFP source code directly to .NET. The runtime, language, event model, etc. is all unique in VFP compared to the .NET CLR...
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    Behind the camera on Channel 9

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    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...
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    New super.fi universal fit headphones from Ultimate Ears

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    Ultimate Ears provides the custom headphones used by nearly all professional musicians and bands, see list of artists who use Ultimate Ears . I used to have the Bose QuietComfort headphones which are great, but I sold them last year about 3 days after...
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    Channel 9 - First look at Visual FoxPro 9

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    A few weeks ago, Robert Scoble interviewed me in my office about Visual FoxPro 9.0 or a Channel 9 video. The result is a 23 minute video chat with demos. Today it is highlighted on the home page at http://channel9.msdn.com . Ken Levy - First look at Visual...
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    Autobahn express through Germany, scenic drive into Prague

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    The drive from Hamburg to Berlin was fast, just over 2 hours on the Autobahn where there is no speed limit. At one point we were driving 210 kilometers per hour which is 140 mph and two cars passed us going at least 250 kph. The w eather was perfect again...
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    Europa tour in Europa

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    I will be in Europe during the second half of June speaking at various events and taking a few days vacation. This is my 10 th trip to Europe over the past 10 years or so and it will certainly be my most adventurous visit. Instead of spending significant...
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    Visual FoxPro 9.0 Beta Component Refresh available

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    The Visual FoxPro 9.0 Beta Components Refresh download contains a refresh of various components and source code libraries delivered with the public Visual FoxPro 9.0 beta . It addresses issues in these components, adds refinements, and introduces some...
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    Visual FoxPro 9.0 report system whitepapers

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    We have two new whitepapers posted to the MSDN Library online focusing on the enhanced reporting system in Visual FoxPro 9.0, both authored by VFP MVP Cathy Pountney totaling 136 printed page. Whitepaper #1: What's New in the Visual FoxPro 9.0 Report...
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    Endurance and leadership of Sir Ernest Shackleton

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    I created a new category on my blog here called Movies/Music to blog. Probably my favorite category of movies is true stories and documentaries. I was inspired to blog on the topic of movies/DVDs on the topic of Sir Ernest Shackleton when I recently listened...
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    Very cool illusion

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    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...
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    Windows Live Dev site coming soon at dev.live.com

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    The Windows Live Platform is about opening Windows Live services to create shared opportunity for developers and businesses. Open Windows Live services via APIs and SDKs to 3rd parties to create a virtuous ecosystem that mutually benefits users, developers...
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    CIA World Factbook

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    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...
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