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  • Blog Post: Trust Microsoft with Claimspace (my response pending)

    Ted Haeger , aka ReverendTed of Bungee Labs (purveyors of the most kill-killski development toolkit for Web 2.0 developers, in the world), just published a thought provoking blog post asking his readers: Can we...? Trust Microsoft with Claimspace Ted has personally challenged me to respond and...
  • Blog Post: Claimspace, a Long Tail Recognition System

    Robert Rebholz is not only my boss*, he is also my muse, ideological sparring partner, alter ego, and mentor. Bob is possesed by a special kind of genius, with a sort of Jeffersonian breadth and intensity that makes it a pleasure and honor to collaborate with him, on a day-to-day basis. In my opinion...
  • Blog Post: Tagspace, Meet Claimspace

    In early June, we will launch a new social software service for technical professionals called Claimspace (codename, "Rapport"), which will join Tagspace , Blogs , and Forums as the newest member of the Microsoft.Community family . Our development lead, Doug , mentioned Claimspace a few weeks ago so...
  • Blog Post: Alexbarn Leaves Microsoft...ARGH!

    With a farewell quote from the greatest American writer of all time, my friend, neighbor, and idea-mate, Alex Barnett has announced that he is leaving Microsoft and Redmond to join a startup in Utah: Bungee Labs. [Lump_in_throat]. If they had any idea of the potential that Microsoft is losing, with Alex...
  • Blog Post: Big in Japan

    Recently, I attended the Microsoft Most Valued Professional (MVP) Attendee Party (thanks, Sean!) at the wonderful Boeing Museum of Flight , in Seattle, with my partner Dave Morehouse . Our Mission Find, gather requirements for, and validate our social software plans for what we stiltingly and half...
  • Blog Post: Randomization Works! Watch this...

    For my innaugural post of 2007*, I decided to wait for the Chinese New Year. Hey, why not? I have also decided to do something new: Randomize. Occasionally, I send short "inspirational" videos to my teams in an often vain and frequently futile attempt to amuse, inspire, enliven, and inform their work...
  • Blog Post: Dinner Party Retrospective -- Blaukraut and Saffron Cream

    My holiday dinner party went pretty well, by all accounts. Dinner was a little late in coming due to the amazing length of time required to bake a 5lb slab of sea bass at 350F. None of my guests seemed to mind, however. There were plenty of pupus and drinks. Conversation was pleasant. New connections...
  • Blog Post: Korby's 2006 Holiday Dinner Party

    For the first time in a couple of years, I've decided to host a holiday dinner party for a few of my best friends, at my home in Redmond. For the sake of posterity and to give you some ideas for holiday meals you might want to prepare for your friends and family or request of that special cook in your...
  • Blog Post: Steve Ballmer a Bell Ringer for Christmas?

    I can imagine Microsoft's venerable CEO, Steve Ballmer, ringing bells for the Salvation Army in front of some suburban grocery store. I can picture him with a pair of white gloves, energetically ringing in a Christmas concert. But I can DEFINITELY see him ringing the the NASDAQ bell to open trading...
  • Blog Post: Tracking Down the "Ping Meme"

    At Seattle MindCamp 3.0 , this saturday, Scott Berkun and Adam Loving will host the second annual " Good Thing Rapid Discovery Slam ", a 45 minute show-n-tell for geeks. The first slam, at MindCamp 2.0 featured the reading of an Emily Dickinson poem, the demonstration of an application that generates...
  • Blog Post: Event: Overlake Neighborhood Planning Open House

    If you live or work in Overlake and you want to help define how it gets developed over the next 20 years, I encourage you to attend this event. Meeting place is right next door to the Microsoft Company Store on 148th Ave NE. I'll be there 'cause this is the kinda thing us planning commissioners...
  • Blog Post: "Tagspace" Beta

    AJAX vs. Atlas ASP.NET Atlas ATOM C# C++ CodePlex coolgadgets database Dave Morehouse FoxPro Huong Nguyen J# LINQ Marshall Lin MSO .NET .NET2.0 PERL.NET Rapport REST RESTful RSS Ruby Sharepoint socialsoftware tagging Tagspace Taylor Parsons VB.NET VFP Vista VS2005 VSTS WikiWiki Win64 Windows Mobile Zune...
  • Blog Post: Extro Version

    Who do you listen to? Who do you answer to? Your boss or your boss' boss? Dave Morehouse , my friend and (currently only) peer, has the "right" answer, I think: customers. If you are interested in collaborative tagging, social bookmarking, folksonomies, and the life-changing features that we are looking...
  • Blog Post: Who Stole Rob Caron?

    Like tens of thousands of other people, I am an avid and daily reader of my good friend Rob Caron's VSTS blog . He is way plugged in, clearly. But Rob is more than that. He is a bloguoso. Lately however, Rob hasn't seemed himself. As possibly occurred with with Raymond Chen's Old New Thing blog last...
  • Blog Post: Capitalizing on Email Exhaustion

    In my last post , I lamented email overload and its effects upon me and presumably, many of my co-workers and friends. Did I mention that I LOVE Microsoft? I am a diehard Microsoft customer, fan, employee, and shareholder. I do not read Mini-Microsoft and I don't intend to ever allow myself or my blog...
  • Blog Post: 2006 Microsoft Company Picnic, Honey did you pack the confirmation email?

    Fellow Microsoft Employees (and anyone else who shares my love of the Dilbertesque absurditities of corporate life): If you’re planning to go to the MSPicnic this weekend, PRINT YOUR PICNIC CONFIRMATION EMAIL NOW! The MSPicnic Miscalculation The 2006 Microsoft Company Picnic team presumed that we would...
  • Blog Post: Jumping Ship to the MS Serendipity

    Over the past few weeks, it has become increasingly apparent that CodePlex is pointed in the right direction, proceeding under its own [community-driven] power, and certain to achieve its destination, with or without a full time product manager: me. Cap'n Jim is firmly attached to the helm and he is...
  • Blog Post: CodePlex Videos on Port 25

    Interested in CodePlex? Subscribe to the CodePlex tag on Port 25 . As of the date of this post there are two interviews ( Sara Ford's and mine with timeline thanks to Sara) along with a blog post by Bryan Kirchner in which he discusses "two of the most important studies of the motivations of open source...
  • Blog Post: CodePlex.com Customer Evangelism at TechEd 2006

    On my flight from Seattle to Boston, early yesterday morning, I cracked open a new book: Creating Customer Evangelists , by Jackie Huba and Ben McConnell . Whether you're a project manager, developer, executive, journalist, architect, designer, writer, marketer or anyone else involved in software development...
  • Blog Post: Jim Newkirk Announces CodePlex

    Over the last year, I found myself working on an another exciting [sigh] v1 product [sigh] at Microsoft [sigh] with an amazingly talented and passionate team [sigh] . As a born blogger, there are few things more difficult than keeping a big, fat, exciting secret. As a Microsoft employee, there are few...
  • Blog Post: Social Computing Symposium: Watch it Live

    SCS2006 ( agenda and participants ) is being streamed in near realtime to the Web, today and tomorrow, Monday, May 8-9. Watch it Live As you watch, you can chat with the participants, including me at irc.freenode.net/scs2006: a fascinating exercise. To join the public chat, or "backchannel" as...
  • Blog Post: Robert Reich Comments on the Coming Google.opoly

    A few days ago, I boldly asserted that, "Attracting 49% of all online searches and a sizeable share of all online advertising expenditures, Google risks becoming or being perceived as the most monopolistic business on Earth, even if they just stick to search, which does not appear to be their strategy...
  • Blog Post: Air Canada SmartPhone Charger and Other Cool Travel Technologies

    From Milwaukee, I drove to Chicago, planning to attend any .NET developer events that might be going on in the area on a Sunday afternoon or evening in late April. None did, so I spent the night in a noisy but adequate Red Roof Inn near Microsoft's offices, in Downer's Grove. The next morning, I departed...
  • Blog Post: Desirement: Future Geo-Matching Service for Speakers and Event Organizers

    At the conclusion of Deeper in .NET , in Milwaukee, I got to hang out into the wee hours of the morning with Scott Spradlin of INETA, Chris Barwood, Julie Lerman , Brennan Stehling , and Doug Rhoten ( photos ) at the Rock Bottom Brewery. Doug Rhoten is the founder and President of the Chippewa .NET user...
  • Blog Post: DasTrip

    En route to VSLive! Toronto , I decided to stop in Milwaukee, WI for a weekend conference called Deeper in .NET . Sponsored by the rockin' Wisconsin .NET user's group , organized by Scott Isaacs with assistance from Doug Rhoten of the rollin' Chippewa Valley .NET user's group , and underwritten by a...
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