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  • Blog Post: How do I survive SXSW in Austin? By "attending" virtually

    As you may know – and some may even be reading this from the great state of Texas – the South by South West (SxSW) festival kicked off in Austin. Unlike a few of my friends, and contrary to my thoughts in 2011, I won't be there this year. There are some great reasons to attend SXSW, I know that from...
  • Blog Post: Bill Gross: Twenty Amazing Facts Learned at the 2012 World Economic Forum in Davos

    Bill Gross is founder of the technology incubator Idealab and more companies than I can count (he says “100 companies in last 30 years” so perhaps I can count that high). Mr. Gross tweeted “while on [his] quest for learning in life and at conferences." (Follow him on Twitter as well...
  • Blog Post: Going to Mix10 in Las Vegas? Check out my hints on surviving tradeshows and finding restaurants in Las Vegas

    Going to Mix10 in Las Vegas, from March 15 - 17 ? Check out my helpful hints on surviving tradeshows and finding restaurants in Las Vegas As you may already know, Microsoft's Mix10 Conference begins this week in Las Vegas. Yes, today is when we Spring Forward An Hour in the US and Canada (thank...
  • Blog Post: Surviving SXSW in Austin: A few helpful hints

    Added 031210: @Microsoft : Tag #sxswHaiti on Twitter, @PayPal & @Microsoft will donate $0.25 to @SavetheChildren : http://bit.ly/918YAk Pls RT! Looking for something to do? Check out the list of nearly 700 SXSW side parties http://bit.ly/aO6zkS from 360sxswi ! SXSW food parties (scroll down...
  • Blog Post: Surviving CES in Las Vegas: A few helpful hints

    As you may already know, CES 2010 begins this week in Las Vegas (officially, CES is January 7-10 ). Yes, it's true that researchers have determined that stress may cause the brain to become disconnected , but you don't have to be disconnected at when traveling to Las Vegas. Once again, I was asked...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Video: Bill Gates on the importance of DreamSpark and the student community, courtesy of Max Zuckerman at Channel 8

    Of interest is this video from last week from Max Zuckerman of Channel 8 , speaking with Bill Gates on the importance of DreamSpark and the student community… You can find this video as well as Gates' keynote on the Government Leaders Forum press site (the conference was last week). Tags: Bill Gates...
  • Blog Post: Going to Mix09 in Las Vegas? Check out my helpful hints on surviving tradeshows and finding restaurants in Las Vegas

    As you may already know, Microsoft's Mix09 Conference begins this week in Las Vegas. Yes, it's true that researchers have determined that stress may cause the brain to become disconnected , but you don't have to be disconnected at Mix09. Once again, I was asked not once but twice today for I was asked...
  • Blog Post: SXSW 2009 in Austin is the place to be, at least virtually via Twitter and the Web for me this year

    This weekend was a busy one for us at home, otherwise I would have found a way to travel to Austin with several of my friends to attend South by Southwest 2009 Conference in Austin, Texas. For those of you who don't know, a good summary is offered here on SXSW from the local paper: "South by Southwest...
  • Blog Post: Surviving CES in Las Vegas: A few helpful hints (reprised)

    (A brief post whilst I clean up my OS drives , deleting window.old folders using the disk cleanup wizard, as noted here .) Attending CES in Las Vegas this week? Then check out my post on Surviving CES in Las Vegas: A few helpful hints from last January. I've been to my fair share over the years...
  • Blog Post: Yahoo! in the news again, the best Mexican in the Silicon Valley and more of what I've read

    Posted by Benjamin J. Romano posted this weekend of the Sunday Times report that has "Microsoft discussing deal to buy Yahoo search for way too much ."  The story doesn't quote a source.  OK. "Sunday Times report has Microsoft discussing deal to buy Yahoo search for way too much...
  • Blog Post: Watching the Windows 7 keynotes at WinHEC… all from the comfort of my home office

    I'm out sick this week <cough, cough> whilst the Windows Hardware Engineering Conference 2008 (WinHEC) kicked off today at the Los Angeles Convention Center (thru November 7).  "WinHEC 2008 provides the opportunity to learn about the latest product news and opportunities from Microsoft...
  • Blog Post: Video: CNET's Ina Fried and Kara Tsuboi on the epicurean appeal of Microsoft Windows 7

    In this video from CNET's Ina Fried and Kara Tsuboi, you'll learn "why consumers can expect more "dessert" and fewer "vegetables" from the new operating system, and talks about the reasoning behind the number 7 in the name." Dessert? Vegetables? I can always count on CNET to explain things so simply...
  • Blog Post: Windows Vista, Windows 7, conferences and other things taking up my time

    Generally the lack of posts in October is directly related to the (growing) amount of work on my plate at the office.  It's been very busy, as we increase efforts in advance of PDC and WinHEC, and the efforts we have currently on track. It was with interest that I read today in the Seattle Times...
  • Blog Post: Windows 7 pre-beta bits and more for PDC 2008 attendees

    Before I head off with my youngest to his guitar lessons and the skatepark, a few words on one of my favourite topics at the office: Windows 7. Maybe I can get him an opening set gig. You may've heard the hoopla that we will provide Windows 7 pre-beta bits to attendees at the Microsoft Professional...
  • Blog Post: At TR7 with some down time? Consider a trip to Bainbridge Island

    Coming to TR7 in Seattle and wondering what to do with a day off? sure, there's plenty to do and see in Seattle but consider this: Hop the ferry to Bainbridge Island - the weather is quite nice this weekend (so far) and if you walk on to the boat, it's a short walk into town for a quiet day. Nice shops...
  • Blog Post: Highlights from TechEd 2008 in Orlando

    Now available: Microsoft Tech•Ed 2008 Highlights from Orlando, where you can view video highlights and keynote addresses by Bill Gates and Bob Muglia from Server and Tools Business division, all from Microsoft Tech•Ed 2008 North America. Tags: conferences , TechEd , Microsoft .
  • Blog Post: Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer demo Preview Windows 7, multi-touch at D6 conference

    Fresh from the net, here's a highlight from D6 down in Carlsbad and number one on the All Things D Top Ten list (as at right)... "With Microsoft (MSFT) Chairman Bill Gates soon relinquishing his daily role at the software company he co-founded as it grapples with Google (GOOG), European regulators ,...
  • Blog Post: Bill Gates demos the Touch Wall to CEOs, plus video clip

    While waiting for a conference call to begin, a quick post on Touch Wall demo'ed by Bill Gates at the CEO Summit this week in Redmond . Benjamin J. Romano of the Seattle Times covers today how Bill Gates demonstrated the Touch Wall at the CEO Summit in Redmond this week... "On Wednesday, he gave about...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft spills the beans on COFEE at law-enforcement conference

    As covered by Seattle Times technology reporter Benjamin J. Romano in his coverage of Law Enforcement Technology 2008 conference Monday at Microsoft, Brad Smith outlined the COFEE, a small USB key fob that can be used by crime investigators. (Holy CSI, Batman.) "The COFEE, which stands for Computer Online...
  • Blog Post: ZD eSeminar for SMBs on Migrating to Vista

    Maybe this is more appropriate for TechNet and the IT Pro community, but here's an interesting upcoming eSeminars with Aaron Goldberg . Aaron was at the research firm IDC for many years 15 years, most recently as SVP of Desktop Computing Group . The eSeminar is Migrating Your SMB to Vista - The Top Things...
  • Blog Post: Steve Ballmer and Guy Kawasaki live at Mix08, with links to the video to prove it

    Of interest today from MIX '08 is this coverage in the Seattle Times of the interview with Steve Ballmer by Seattle Times technology reporter Benjamin J. Romano . The on-stage interviewer was my old friend Guy Kawasaki of Apple, Garage.com and truemors.com fame. "Kawasaki pulled no punches during an...
  • Blog Post: CES 2008: Getting around Las Vegas on the Media Center Express

    For those of you going to CES, Nick reports on the Windows Vista blog today that there will be one more way (aside from ) to cruise around Viva Las Vegas... the new the Windows Vista Media Center Express: "This year at CES we're partnering with PodTech to provide ground transportation specifically for...
  • Blog Post: Surviving CES in Las Vegas: A few helpful hints

    The Seattle Times' Brier Dudley predicts in his column from the last day of 2007 (here's a link to his blog ) the topics that Bill Gates will make in his annual opening-night keynote at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in (viva!) Las Vegas. More on CES here ... I've been to my fair share over the...
  • Blog Post: Links & clips: Bill Gates and Steve Jobs at D5 this week

    Ina Fried on CNET has a story and links to the D5 conference Wednesday night discussion with Bill Gates and Steve Jobs. Jim Glass from the Dynamics CRM team has also posted a link to the Bill and Steve D5 Conference discussion on the CRM blog. "This week they have released a set of videos with...
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