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  • Blog Post: New Ventures

    It’s been an amazing 9 1/2 years working with Microsoft, especially the last three in Microsoft Ireland.  I have met and worked with incredible people and built interesting and fun projects.  So it was after a lot of consideration that I have decided to move on and try something completely...
  • Blog Post: New Year, New Blog

    Not mine, Microsoft’s! Microsoft is sporting a shiny new official blog here:  http://blogs.technet.com/microsoft_blog/ .  This blog aims to “cover and add context around the top level news from the company and industry.”  I know a lot of people who have been asking for this for a long...
  • Blog Post: Photosynth plus geekbrief.tv

    Any other fans of Cali Lewis and her geekbrief.tv video podcast? Cali does a super job covering tech news, gadgets and projects in a fun and short video every day.  Brief 671 last week covered Photosynth , and Cali talks with David Gedye (GM of Photosynth) about how Photosynth works and what the...
  • Blog Post: Demo War Stories

    I’m on the final week of a three-week series of workshops Ireland Girl Geek Dinners are doing on Giving Technical Presentations , so wouldn’t you know that this would be the week I’ve had the absolute worst luck ever in my sessions?   Last week at the Future of Web Apps conference, the room...
  • Blog Post: Thanksgiving in Ireland

    Thanksgiving is one of my favourite holidays. If I could go home to my native Saint Louis once a year, it would always be for Thanksgiving. In fact I have never missed Thanksgiving with my family, even when I haven’t gone home for it. Well almost never, except for this year. Most of my Thanksgiving...
  • Blog Post: Now Back to Our Regularly Scheduled PDC

    I took a break from blogging for a couple of weeks while I have been heads-down on a couple of projects as well as visiting the United States for my cousin’s wedding.  I’m back and trying desperately to keep up with the barrage of announcements from the 2008 Professional Developers Conference going...
  • Blog Post: Podcast Updates

    With my Zune out of commission, I thought it was a good time to look for some additional podcasts and other content for my ears.  I mentioned I had recently joined Audible.com, and one reason was because a friend recommended it so highly, and other reason is because I got a discount from a tech...
  • Blog Post: Vista Sidebar Gadget: Activity Tracker

    Do you ever wonder how long things typically take you?  Or where the day went?  I have always been  obsessed with productivity and tracking my tasks, even since I was a little kid.  Sometimes I forget that I spent an afternoon helping someone with a newsletter or encoding a video...
  • Blog Post: Hong Kong

    June is a very interesting month at Microsoft Ireland.  It’s very different from working in Redmond on a product team.  In Redmond, your calendar and schedule, busy and non-busy times are defined by the product cycle.  In subsidiaries, it’s defined by the fiscal year.  Our fiscal...
  • Blog Post: Please Excuse the Dust

    Apologies for the quietness around here – I’ve had a lot going on including planning for FY09, events and conferences, beta 2 releases (!), customer projects, guests in town and currently I’m living out of boxes in the middle of moving apartments.  So the blog has not gotten much love lately I am...
  • Blog Post: Twhat?

    Do you use Twitter? Do you know what it is? Twitter is a microblogging tool. If that doesn't do anything to help clarify, let me try again. I like describing Twitter as a broadcast mechanism. I can broadcast whatever I'm doing, where I am, what I'm reading, and how the train's overhead announcements...
  • Blog Post: Vi - How Do I Love Thee

    Last Monday morning, I was doing some work at my desk, just like any normal Monday morning, except for one thing. There was someone standing over me, and an enormous camera pointed at me and my desk, filming some footage for a story on Ireland Girl Geek Dinners. Did the person want to know what lovely...
  • Blog Post: Back to Work...

    Okay now that I've had to endure two full Mondays I guess I'm supposed to be back in the full swing of things. I enjoyed a great, relaxing holiday and new year season including an amazing trip to India for the wedding of my friends Akshay and Shama! It was a wonderful break, and I am dying to go back...
  • Blog Post: Back from Thanksgiving

    I flew back to Dublin yesterday from my hometown of St. Louis after spending a week at home for Thanksgiving. The question I get most from people in Ireland lately is, "Isn't Thanksgiving bigger in the United States than Christmas?" The answer is actually, "It depends." In my family, they're both pretty...
  • Blog Post: Don't think I'll be skiing over break, but thanks anyway weather.com...

    I just went to weather.com to see what I should pack for my Thanksgiving trip home. I laughed out loud when I saw this: Um, Missouri is completely and ridiculously flat. I clicked on it anyway and unsurprisingly, there won't be good snow or skiing in Missouri while I'm home. Darn!
  • Blog Post: Back from Holidays

    If there is one thing I love more than a three-day weekend, it's a three-day weekend with an extra hour baked in from Daylight Savings Time ending. I needed it, too. Earlier this week I came back from visiting one of my best friends who is volunteering in Namibia. I wasn't really gone that long, but...
  • Blog Post: Drinking from the fire hose

    Two weeks into my new stint in Dublin and here's the scoop: I'll be working primarily with Silverlight, WPF, AJAX/ASP.Net and other web technologies. I'll also be spending a fair amount of time working with students around Ireland. The Irish Microsoft Technology Conference ( http://www.mtug...
  • Blog Post: And off we go...

    It's hard to believe almost three months have passed - so much has changed with Silverlight, the former WPF/E. Mix was a success, we released some cool new surprises (not the least of which was a nice new name!), and our team is growing and working hard to meet customer requests and add new features...
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