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Shuttle rides, waiting for meetings, and other places: articles and posts I've read
On Shuttle rides, my WindowsPhone keeps me in touch and busy... And it tells me where my next ride is. What it allows me to do is to catch up on articles of interest and Tweet or post about what I'm reading. (And when I'm waiting in someone's office for their meeting and I know they're on Twitter, they...
14 Jan 2013
Microsoft on standards, behind the scenes building Windows 8, and more of what I've read this week
A few links of interest today… a quick post as I need to get through my email. Busy week. With Valentines around the corner, I particularly enjoyed these 16 things Calvin & Hobbes said better than anyone else http://on.news.me/zyH7yH via @ moorehn Thanks to Larry Hryb (aka @ majornelson ) we're reminded...
10 Feb 2012
The time has come to move on… to Windows 7 (especially if you're still on Windows XP)
It's time to make a move away from Windows… Windows XP that is. As Rich Reynolds noted in his post on the Windows team blog commemorating Windows XP this week… "We’ve been talking a lot about the anniversary of Windows XP and how much technology and business have changed...
27 Oct 2011
Announcement: Microsoft webcasts on DST changes in Russia: Oct 3rd & 6th
We're doing another series of webcasts next week to help customers and organizations preparing for daylight saving time, particularly the new changes in Russia this year. This is part of our "step-by-step" program on making the DST transition. Geared toward IT Professionals, we'll walk through a general...
28 Sep 2011
Announcement: Microsoft webcast on daylight saving time changes in Russia
[Update 9/19/2010: The materials from our webcast, along with a recording of the webcast itself, are now available here .] Here's an interesting webcast we have coming up this week… We're also offering a series of new webcasts to help customers and organizations preparing for daylight saving...
12 Sep 2011
Whatever the case: Be prepared
So, this post has nothing to do with our technology, but as any IT Pro knows, you have to be prepared for just about anything. From time to time, I offer other advice that will hopefully ring true, and I think that this is such a case. Following the recent events in New Zealand and Japan, I thought to...
18 May 2011
More thoughts on The Microsoft Garage Science Fair
A shout out to Steve Clayton's post last week, looking at " What’s hot at Microsoft’s Science Fair? " as he covered The Microsoft Garage Science Fair … "It’s fair time at Microsoft – Tech Fest is on the horizon and our Product Fair follows a little later in the year. I’ll be following...
14 Feb 2011
Looking for Windows Phone 7 apps? Try Bing Visual Search Gallery
As I noted in a post yesterday in a few tips on what to know about moving to a new Windows Phone 7, there are a number of apps available for the platform – with many of the apps I've been using over the last couple of years. But I was wondering how to look for new apps when I'm not on the phone...
21 Nov 2010
Is that really an email from the EFPTS? Don't get caught buy a phishing attempt
So, you may be asking yourself: why is the EFTPS contacting me? And who the heck is EFTPS? It's likely a phishing atempt. The EFPTS is a service offered free by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to help business and individual taxpayers conveniently pay all their federal taxes electronically...
8 Nov 2010
Andy Grove: On Innovation, Manufacturing
This week I discussed with associates at work how Andy Grove is right: if lose manufacturing capability & understanding and you break the chain of experience & innovation ( as posted here on BusinessWeek ). The article from Grove hit quite a chord with people in business, particularly...
16 Jul 2010
A few examples of how Microsoft product groups integrate the voice of customers into the development cycle
A couple of years ago, Steve Ballmer talked about in his email to customers how Microsoft can do a better job of serving its customers. One of the ways we did this was through the creation of the Security Development Lifecycle (aka SDL) in 2004, which helps to improve the security, privacy and reliability...
16 Apr 2010
Things I keep: Buzz Kaplan's "Rules to Live By" (What are yours?)
There is life before (and, I'm sure I'll find one day, after) Microsoft. It's important to remember that and appreciate the little things from our time before MSFT that made an impact. This is one of my favourites. How appropriate I should note this in my 6,000th update (aka "tweet") on Twitter . ...
31 Mar 2010
Thinking about ditching cable TV? Steps to a more integrated entertainment experience with Windows and Xbox 360
Last Thanksgiving, I talked with my friend, prolific blogger/ Twitterer Beth Blecherman (aka techmama on Twitter) in Silicon Valley about the move in our house away from cable to a system that would allow us to get our TV entertainment programming using the free digital airwaves and the wide Internet...
15 Mar 2010
Suggestions for weekend reading, Bill Gates explains why vaccines matter, and more of what I've read this week
This week John C. Maxwell offered this famous QOTD : Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up. – Thomas Edison To end the work week, Dominic Carr offers his own suggestions for weekend reading on the Microsoft Blog It’s Friday afternoon...
5 Feb 2010
How to organize like Bill Gates, the HP-Microsoft deal, Helping in Haiti and more
Yes, I've been neglecting my blog. Although I have a couple of blog posts in the works (on setting up our Windows 7 home network connected to our Media Center), I have been just too busy with (gasp!) real work. So I obviously need to be better at my organization: helpful that I found this brief article...
14 Jan 2010
How to make an impact at Thanksgiving, even if you're not Bill Gates
It's Thanksgiving, and again I am fortunate enough to spend my holiday with my friends and family. In a past post, I noted my posts on being thankful , in particular this one on being thankful , where I noted the Seattle P-I newspaper's slide show on " Words of Thanks ." "What are you most thankful...
26 Nov 2009
Your questions: "What do people read on your blog?" Stuff about Time, Bill Gates, Kids and shopping for a new PC. Here are some of the most popular posts.
Jenn asks today… "What do people read the most on your blog? I found your article on how to choose a new computer and found lots more stuff." Good question, Jenn. I didn't really know until I looked today. Here are the top recent posts from my blog in the last couple of weeks. Seems that the...
21 Nov 2009
Your questions: Common questions about upgrading to Windows 7
Here are answers to some common questions about upgrading to Windows 7 from our Windows 7 frequently asked questions page. (And if you need more information and guidance on installing and reinstalling Windows 7, check out this page on the Windows 7 site .) What's the difference between the upgrade and...
13 Nov 2009
"I'm a PC and Windows 7 was my idea." Perhaps, but the look-and-feel of Windows 7 was done in Redmond
Brandon over in Windows (interesting to write it like that, having recently moved from building 26 ) posted here about how we really designed the look-and-feel of Windows 7 , in contrast to a quote in a short interview from a Microsoft employee not involved in designing Windows 7. "I hate to say...
12 Nov 2009
When it comes to PC security, don't be a victim... be a participant in your own rescue. Windows 7 can help, too.
As I Tweeted today, over the weekend I read Paul Cooke's Windows Security Blog post on Windows 7 Vulnerability Claims. (I've added a few links if the terms are unfamiliar to you.) "…most people don't knowingly have and run known malware on their system. Malware typically makes it onto a system through...
10 Nov 2009
Who's tweeting what on Twitter? A few of my favourite recent tweets
Here are a few of my recent favourite tweets from others on Twitter. A quick post between discussions: a few of my recent favourites tweets on Twitter (you can find more and assorted links on my twitter feed ): screwdriver 1 in every 66 computers browsing web running Windows 7 and it hasn't even...
7 Oct 2009
Going to PAX 2009 or Bumbershoot in Seattle? Check out my helpful hints
Going to PAX this year in Seattle , or perhaps catching a few acts at Bumbershoot 2009 (maybe both)? It seems from what I read on Twitter that we will have a number of people visiting the fair Emerald City for this weekend's festivities: from what I've read, about 75,000 people are expected to attend...
2 Sep 2009
Of interest: NetworkWorld with 5 Reasons Macs Can't Claim They're Better than Windows 7: the debates will continue
As I noted on Twitter today, writer Mitchell Ashley says that he didn't realize he'd ruffle so many Mac user feathers with his article 5 Reasons Macs Can't Claim They're Better than Windows 7 (also available via http://bit.ly/BeSTp )… I regularly use both Windows and Mac PCs, so any comments that I've...
20 Aug 2009
Of interest: Aussie NSW secondary school students were the first in the world to use Microsoft's Windows 7
The folks down under are first again. First I read that NZ will be among the first customers to get Windows 7 come October 22. Now today I see (and noted on Twitter ) that Aussie NSW secondary school students were the first in the world to use Microsoft's Windows 7 via a number of Lenovo IdeaPad S10e...
11 Aug 2009
Thoughts on potential competitors, new technology, and a new Windows division President
Gosh, has it really been nearly two weeks between blog posts? Given the lack of blog posts, you should surmise that it's been a busy few weeks at the company given we've been closing the end of our fiscal year, going through the last bits of, well, delivering RTM bits of Windows 7, and working on future...
8 Jul 2009
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