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  • 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: Microformats are like RFID tags for the Web

    Today, I took a much needed break to attend a Microsoft Research talk by Paul Dietz , who is a scientist at the Mitsubishi Electric Research Lab ( MERL ). In describing one of his inventions, a system that automagically pings your waitress when your glass is half empty, Paul described RFID tags as...
  • 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: Not receiving incoming calls on Your Cingular SmartPhone?

    All week long, I have received no incoming calls or voicemails on my Audiovox SMT5600 Smartphone, on the Cingular network. I was beginning to believe myself to be as unpopular as I sometimes feel. During this time, I made multiple outgoing calls... This morning, I looked down at my phone to discover...
  • 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: "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: Lightweight Blogging Using Social Bookmarking Services

    A rhetorical question for those of you who share my interest in social computing: Is social bookmarking a [viable] lightweight alternative to link blogging? I maintain (and sometimes post to) three weblogs: this one, an "internal blog" that's only visible to people inside Microsoft, and http://blogs...
  • Blog Post: Silly_Rabbit, CEOs Don't Wear Bunny Costumes

    I rolled on the floor laughing (ROFL'd) when I saw this picture. For whatever reason, correlating the demise of a dotcom with the donning of an Easter bunny outfit by its CEO makes me giggle uncontrollably. This calls for a new collection, Silly_Rabbit . Feel free to add your favorite Silly_Rabbit to...
  • Blog Post: Flickr .NET Mashups

    From the dean, Alex Barnett ( RSS ): "MSDN's Coding4Fun has a good intro article on playing with the Flickr API using Flickr.Net API library : "the actual mechanics of communicating with Flickr are relatively simple. The hard part is coming up with the idea for a groovy new application." For inspiration...
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