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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
My new Kindle DX with global wireless arrived today
As I last month , I decided to finally and dive into a new Kindle – namely the Kindle DX Wireless Reading Device . Though it did not offer the global wireless feature of its little (6") brother, I was happy to get the larger reading surface after several recommendations from friends. Sadly, I was...
21 Jan 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
Personal documentary from Microsoft writer makes an impression
Of interest: reminding me of the brief series noted here , I found this article from Nicole Brodeur " Microsoft writer makes documentary on losing hand to cancer ", about the film documentary from Joshua Isaac, a writer at Microsoft. Isaac lost his left hand to cancer and has been dealing with...
1 May 2009
Hello, World: Visualization is Child's Play
Over lunch today and before I head off to my afternoon meetings, I read a good post today, Visualization is Child's Play , from Joshua Allen in Microsoft DPE (whom I had the pleasure of meeting in person this past weekend) on the http://visitmix.com/ site… "A recurring topic of conversation among...
3 Feb 2009
An interview with Guy Kawasaki, Answers from the Microsoft Answers site, the QWERTY effect, and more of what I've read
It's been a long week by any measure, and I was happy to offer some assistance today to a few associates impacted by the job eliminations. Having experienced this in SiValley myself, I hope that I'm able to make an impact and help where possible. One person who is making a difference (in his own...
23 Jan 2009
It's more than iPods and iTunes: BusinessWeek on Dell's effort to spur on the digital entertainment market
An old friend of mine, the irrepressible Tim Bucher , is in the news this week, as he's preparing to go toe to toe, so to speak, with Apple's supported ecosystem... "Now Bucher is again squaring off against his former company. He's spearheading an ambitious plan at Dell ( DELL ) to break Apple's dominant...
15 Aug 2008
SETI@home, new iPhones and other bits for a quick post-vacation reading list
Back from vacation and waiting for a meeting to start (whilst hungry attendees grab lunch ;) I find that I have a couple of minutes to post - normally I wait until after work's done for the day, but here's an exception to the rule. Last night I made a quick spin by Engadget to catch up on what I missed...
11 Jul 2008
Next year's science fair project for the kids: a home-made multi-touch Surface, and what else I've read this past week
You can always tell when it's been a particularly busy week at home and at work... the reading list looks a little thin. Project reviews, meetings and prep for all sorts of things. And it's already June. How time flies. New Scientist Technology Blog: Build your own multitouch pad -- "Haven't got $10...
1 Jun 2008
Lenovo X300 video and what I've read this past week, compiled in record time
Wonder what to do when you're waiting for Outlook on one computer to move several thousand messages, and another computer is busy copying video demos? Use the third to post your reading list. In the time that it took me to burn a DVD and delete the old mail from my Outlook archive, I compiled the reading...
2 May 2008
TweakRAM for Windows free today
As noted on LifeHacker... Featured Windows Download: TweakRAM Memory Optimizer Free Today Only "Instead of dropping cash on a new stick of RAM for that old computer, go grab a free license for the normally $20 memory manager TweakRAM—today only. TweakRAM speeds up your machine by optimizing Windows memory...
2 May 2008
"My Starbucks Idea" site and what I've read this past week
A special week end, weekend edition of what I've read, beginning with Elizabeth M. Gillespie's story on how Starbucks' "My Starbucks Idea" site has been flooded with ideas for improving customer experience ... "Hundreds of coffee-obsessed consumers chimed in moments after Starbucks Corp. launched a Web...
13 Apr 2008
What I've read this week or so (through 030808)
Welcome to another installment of the reading pile, a collection of things on the web (and a few references to the hardcopy items with online versions). The past week -- as always -- has been a busy one, with changes to DST in Chile, the revelation that Daylight Saving Time costs people money , Steve...
8 Mar 2008
Llamas and other helpful options for Valentine's Day
Admit it: you don't have a gift for that special someone tomorrow. (Hello... it's Valentine's Day. My gift for my wife was rescuing her from an awkward spot late today, with apologies to attendees at TechReady.) My old friend, Ben Calica, is working with a company that is doing a cool little something...
14 Feb 2008
What I've read this week or so (through 020808)
First off, let's just says that it's been a busy week, with several changes and shuffles during mid-year review , as Directions on Microsoft analyst Rob Helm noted on January 11. He said that "there's often a lot of churn between January and March." But Helm also reported that after "uncharacteristically...
9 Feb 2008
Seven Years and Seven Habits...
A lot can happen in seven years . Nice to receive a cake, as it were... I received several notes and a couple of IMs today congratulating me on my anniversary, as today is my 7-year anniversary at Microsoft, a little less than a third of my career. So before my next discussion at 5pm, I leave you with...
31 Jan 2008
What I've read this week (through 011508)
Off to a quick lunch, but first a posting of some of the articles in my reading pile, courtesy of del.icio.us . Keep in mind that many of the descriptions are taken directly from the articles. Macworld 2008 coverage (CNET News) - By CNET staff, 1/15/2008 -- "Macworld 2008 is under way, and CNET's fleet...
16 Jan 2008
What I've read this week (Christmas Eve)
Remember, there are still .6 shopping days 'til Christmas. Need some conversation starters for your holiday get-togethers? Here are a couple of my favourite strange and funny news stories to help get you started, along with a reading list of things I've read. Start with MSN Search , Comcast odd news...
24 Dec 2007
Happy holidays to readers and those of you who stumbled upon my blog. In this holiday season, I trust that you are able to the time with your friends and family: please remember that time is a precious thing. Never waste it. http://blogs.msdn.com/mthree/archive/2007/09/30/time-is-fleeting-093007...
21 Dec 2007
An unexpected letter from Santa Claus at the North Pole just arrived
Yes, children, there is a Santa Claus. A couple of weeks ago, our youngest son wrote a brief letter to Santa Claus, outlining what he wanted most for Christmas. His list consists of a single toy, and he said that he wanted to send it to Santa's workshop for consideration this holiday. So we gave him...
15 Dec 2007
Snowing in Seattle
New Seattle snow + no sitter = no evening out. ;( We had to cancel our busy evening plans due to several factors, much of which was due to snow. Up to a couple of inches in our area, much of which has stuck for the night. (It's not that common.) Oh, well. We made lemonade: the boys loved it and built...
2 Dec 2007
Of interest: Halo Movie clips and more on MSN
For a Hollywood project that is supposed to be as dead as a anything shot with a needler , there's one that seems to have respawned again just like Master Chief on the 'net... Of interest is the MSN site dedicated to the live action Halo movie , directed by Neill Blomkamp, with mega producer Peter Jackson...
21 Oct 2007
What I've read: A busy week and the reading pile grows
A recent mail: "Where are your blog postings? Are you still around?" Let's just say that it's been a busy week. Thanks for asking. Brazil "Sprang Forward" , my taller son has decided that he is going to be Master Chief from Halo for Halloween (you know, we found that no one makes a Master Chief...
19 Oct 2007
What I've read: Catching up with more posts from the reading pile
Fall is here, New Zealand "Sprang Forward" and much of North America is close to a new "Fall Back" on November 4th. As we near Hallowe'en, are you curious to know what do candy, Microsoft products and Congress have in common? Well, while you're catching up on the week's really important news , here...
5 Oct 2007
Time is a precious thing. Never waste it.
There are times when we hear that something isn't possible, that a schedule can't be met, that there's not enough time, there aren't enough resources or that's not my job. (I'm saying in general, not at Microsoft ;) There are two stories that I have followed over the last few months and years, respectively...
30 Sep 2007
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