Matt Powell

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  • Blog Post: New Refresh of the Internet Explorer Developer Center on MSDN

    The MSDN Internet Explorer Developer Center has finally come up to speed! As part of the Web Platform and Tools Marketing Team, one of the pieces of information we are trying to make sure people know about is all the great new features of IE 7: better security, better CSS standards support, the RSS...
  • Blog Post: Free Microsoft Virtual Server

    Web service developers are often using virtual servers to setup a virtual netwrk of services. Well now you can get Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 for free . -Matt
  • Blog Post: Bald Eagle

    A Bald Eagle just flew by my window. This is one of the benefits of living in the state of Washington. I was probably twelve years old before I saw my first wild bald eagle. Where did I grow up? Mostly right here in the state of Washington. I guess the DDT problems of the past put a major damper on the...
  • Blog Post: Sweet Fifteen

    On March 4, 1991 I arrived at New Employee Orientation here at Microsoft and thus started my first day as a Microsoft employee. That means that last Saturday marked my 15 year anniversary with the company which is a pretty rare thing around here. In addition they started a new program this year were...
  • Blog Post: Content Strategist Wanted!

    I'm currently looking for a Content Strategist to work on my team here at MSDN. If you want to be the face of Microsoft to the developer community on the biggest developer web site in the world, let me know. Although I currently have holes on the C#, .NET Framework, WinFX and SQL developer centers...
  • Blog Post: Launched!

    With the Visual Studio 2005, SQL Server 2005 and BizTalk Server 2006 launch, MSDN made a few changes too... For starters, with a new product like Visual Studio 2005 we assume that most people are either going to want to download the shipping version or figure out just what is in the new version so...
  • Blog Post: I'm Optimistic...What can I Say?

    The single biggest take-away I had from the PDC came from the first keynote. It was the reality that Microsoft will be releasing Windows Vista and Office 12 at the same time next year. This will certainly be good for Microsoft's bottom line. The graphic requirements will mean a lot of people will be...
  • Blog Post: Fool Me Twice...

    One of my back teeth needed a crown so I went to the dentist about a month ago where they fitted me for the permanent crown, and put on a temporary one. As I'm laying there with my mouth open they use my chest, complete with bib, to place various utensils on. So I didn't think much of it when the the...
  • Blog Post: Wanted: MSDN Content Strategists

    I currently have two open positions here at MSDN for Content Strategists that can potentially cover the following technologies: Longhorn, the .NET Framework, C#, Smart Clients and Web Services. You don't have to be an expert in all these areas, but you should be an expert in at least 2. Writing technical...
  • Blog Post: Children and Humor

    It occured to me recently that one of the greater joys I have of my children growing is to see their sense of humor develop. It begins somewhere around 5 years old where they start to get a knack for the rhythm of a joke. Here's one I recently heard from my youngest daughter (age 5): Why did the horsey...
  • Blog Post: Um...you might want to grab a kleenex...

    I was out sick yesterday with something my daughters gave me. I woke up this morning feeling much better (fever symptoms all gone) but I still had a bit of a runny nose. But this morning I had a dentist appointment to fix some fillings that I managed to brush off. So as is the standard practice, the...
  • Blog Post: PDC 2005: Los Angeles - Sept. 11 - 16, 2005

    That's pretty much all we know about PDC '05 so far. But watch this space for more information. -Matt
  • Blog Post: Lesson Learned: Don't Fiddle with your Tablet Pen

    During my weekly meeting with my boss (the best time to do stupid things, don't you think?) I had my tablet pc in hand and was taking a few notes w/ the pen. We got into a discussion of one sort or another when suddenly, SNAP! As I'm akin to do with normal pens, I was pushing my finger under the clip...
  • Blog Post: Taking the Dentist Thing One Step Further

    Chris' post on trauma at the dentist reminded me of my mother's recent experience - not with the dentist actually, but with the evil little tools of torture they use (this post is not for the squeamish). My mom is undergoing chemotherapy (nasty pills that burn your fingers if you hold them too long ...
  • Blog Post: Did you know there is a new TechNet Magazine?

    From the people who gave you (and continue giving you) MSDN Magazine , a new kid on the block has arrived. Yes, it is TechNet magazine for all you IT Pros out there (and I know a lot of you are also developers). The first issue is now available online . -Matt
  • Blog Post: VB Content Strategist will need to live in Redmond

    I seem to be getting this question from everyone. Yes the Visual Basic Content Strategist position I am looking to fill is a position in Redmond. This is really non-negotiable for me. Also, I appreciate everyone who has sent me queries about the position and I promise I will get back to all of you but...
  • Blog Post: Wanted: VB Content Strategist

    Congratulations to Duncan for the life-changing event . But Duncan has decided to make another change as well and will be moving into a full-time development position here within MSDN (although I believe we will still be hearing from him in the way of articles and blog entries). This means that I am...
  • Blog Post: Cats and Dogs Living Together

    Julie's post reminds me of our current animal situation at home. We have 3 dogs (2 Bichons and 1 Maltese) and a bunny. We have been trying to aclimate the two species so that we can do things like clean the bunny cage without worrying about blood ending up all over the place. The cage is on the floor...
  • Blog Post: Resource

    I agree with Rory . It is so dehumanizing to be referred to as a "resource". Here at Microsoft we don't use such a nasty word. Instead we use the term "FTE". Being called an FTE (Full Time Employee) is so much nicer. For example: We're going to ship that resource off to India for 1/10th the cost. is...
  • Blog Post: AAAHHHHH!

    My oldest daughter got her driver's permit yesterday...AAAHHH! Today is her first day of high school....AAAAHHHH! I can feel the rest of the follicles in my head switching from brown mode to gray.
  • Blog Post: Wired Hoax

    Scott linked to this Wired article on the old chain email about Bill Gates sending money to anyone who forwarded the email. It is an interesting read about where that hoax originated. But I had a good chuckle when I read the following: On truthminers.com, mathematician Simon Nance calculated...
  • Blog Post: Dave Mendlen talks Web Services

    For your multimedia pleasure, on Channel 9 , Dave Mendlen, Director of Web Service Marketing at Microsoft, talks about the idea behind Indigo and then talks about real world scenarios where Web services are being used successfully today . Or you can see Don, David, and Pat performing at TechEd Europe...
  • Blog Post: TechEd Europe

    I won't be there but there will be plenty of others who will have some great things to say about Web services. One such person is Clemens Vasters who zipped down to Amsterdam at a mere 200 km/h (124 m/h). And of course while he was traveling at this white-knuckle speed he also had the wherewithal to...
  • Blog Post: Metaphorically Speaking

    Enough of this Metropolis stuff...I'm talking about the sort of things that come up in everyday conversation. Here are a few that I specifically remember over the last few weeks: In a meeting today a colleague of mine wanted to express how a group within the company seemed to be accepting him now...
  • Blog Post: Three gallons

    At lunch today I gave blood. The lady who setup my appointment said I should make sure and pick up my 3 gallon pin (which means I've donated more than 24 times). I actually earned it at my last donation, but figured I would save them the expense of giving me a pin - and I certainly don't require gifts...
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