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  • Blog Post: What I read: Designing for Dependability in the Cloud

    Last week I read David Bills' (our chief reliability strategist) post Data Center Knowledge . David is responsible for the broad evangelism of the company’s online service reliability programs. His latest item is a follow on to his posts articles “ Designing for Dependability in the Cloud...
  • Blog Post: Ready to Spring Forward and lose some sleep? Daylight Saving Time 2013 Arrives Sunday

    First off: the first rule of Daylight Saving Time is that there is no Daylight Saving Time (in Hawaii or a few parts of North America). The Second rule of Daylight Saving Time is that there is only one "S" in the term "Daylight Savings Time." Yes, that's right: daylight saving time (aka DST) is here...
  • Blog Post: One look at the future of computing from Microsoft, circa 2018-2023

      Here's a link to Microsoft's video of what the future could look like 5-10 years from now. Wouldn't it be cool if we could pick up a can of screen paint at the home improvement store just as we have chalk board paint today? What's interesting to me: you don't see a beige box or traditional personal...
  • Blog Post: Consumers and Enterprise: every customer is a consumer

    The other day I read something that made me think: “ Microsoft earnings report show the future of the company: Enterprises first, consumers last .” "... the way to the enterprise often first goes through consumers. But more and more, Microsoft will be a company dependent on sales to big...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Words to live by, literally: Charles McConathy on Staying Healthy

    Just back from a brief staycation (it's so lovely in Seattle this time of year) and I found an old post with a few words from the great but late Charles McConathy. Charles was one of the first people to befriend me in the CA tech industry. He founded the very successful and admired MicroNet and was one...
  • Blog Post: Another look at the PC of tomorrow, in your pocket with Windows To Go

    A couple of months ago, I opined about what will the PC might look like in five years, and offered a view of my son's possible Windows PC in 2016 … "The icing on this hardware cake will be the additional power outside the box. Given he'll be connected to the most powerful servers on the planet anywhere...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Six months and Google finally acknowledges I'm me: the troubles with "real" identities

    (Written late last night, this addresses the long saga I've had with Google in confirming my name on their services.) Busy week this, given we have so many great people in town for TechReady 14 in Seattle , but I'll still try and find time to celebrate my eleventh anniversary at Microsoft. In my time...
  • Blog Post: Six months and Google still doesn't believe I'm me: the troubles with "real" identities

    Remember when I noted that after three months, the nameless folks at Google insisted I wasn't me ? Well, I've been suspended by Google... "Your profile has been suspended. "It appears that the name you entered does not comply with the Google+ Names Policy. "The Names Policy requires that...
  • Blog Post: What will the PC look like in five years? Here's one look at my son's possible Windows PC in 2016

      The other day I mused about my past predictions of future PCs , noting how far we've come for price/performance over the last few years since 2004… Way back in 2003, I worked in the Windows Hardware group, and was asked [in 2004] to present at an industry conference about "the PC of tomorrow"...
  • Blog Post: Surviving CES in Las Vegas: A few helpful hints for 2012

    in this post, I offer a few tips for those heading off to CES 2012 in Las Vegas this week... As you may already know, CES 2012 begins this week in Las Vegas (officially, CES is January 10-13 ). Yes, it's true that researchers have determined that stress may cause the brain to become disconnected ...
  • Blog Post: Three months now and Google insists I'm not me. The troubles with "real" identities and the latest 'nymwars'

    Interesting article in today's San Jose Mercury News : Who has the right to decide how you're known on the Internet -- you, or the online service you're using? 'Nymwars' debate over online identity explodes By Mike Swift mswift@mercurynews.com Who has the right to decide how you're...
  • Blog Post: It's Time To Fall Back An Hour in the US and Canada: Daylight Saving Time Ends This Sunday

    Yes, it's that time again if you'll pardon the pun, to fall back in much of the Northern Hemisphere. Daylight saving time ends at 2:00AM local time on Sunday, November 6, 2011, in much of the U.S and Canada, except in parts of the countries (including Hawaii and Arizona). You can read more than you...
  • Blog Post: Google determines I'm not me: the troubles with "real" identities

    Love it. As noted in a prior post , Google doesn't believe I'm me: the troubles with "real" identities. This started in mid August. Today I found the following note from Google on my profile… "After reviewing your profile, we determined that the name provided violates the Google+ Names...
  • Blog Post: Google doesn't believe I'm me: the troubles with "real" identities

    Google doesn't believe I'm me. Or so they told me today with a note that my profile has been suspended. "It appears that the name you entered doesn’t comply with our Names Policy . The Names Policy requires that you use the name that you are commonly referred to in real life in your profile...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Of interest: Ex-Microsoftie Brad Lovering joins Splunk in Seattle

    Congrats to ex Microsoft-ie @ brad_lovering , as he just joined @ Splunk , as noted at http://t.co/zfMrUPn by the Seattle Times' own Brier Dudley ... Brad Lovering, one of Microsoft's top engineers until he left last year, is heading a new Seattle office for Splunk, according to a report by...
  • Blog Post: With IPv6, where will you keep your 428 octillion Internet enabled devices?

    Today we were discussing the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 that I noted yesterday . To me, one of the amazing numbers in this effort are the number of IP addresses that IPv6 enables, as I noted in the post... Realizing that eventually these IPv4 addresses would be exhausted, Internet Protocol version...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft quarterly earnings for FY11 Q2: lots of records for Kinect, Xbox 360, Windows 7 and more

    Just posted our Earnings Release for FY11 Q2… Redmond, Wash. – Jan. 27, 2011 – Microsoft Corp. today announced record second-quarter revenue of $19.95 billion for the quarter ended Dec. 31, 2010. Operating income, net income and diluted earnings per share for the quarter were $8.17 billion, $6.63 billion...
  • Blog Post: Your questions: What the heck are you doing at Microsoft and what is CPE?

    I was asked today: "just what are you doing at Microsoft these days? And what is this CPE thing I read about" More of the same actually, as I originally noted here. (As well as this humourous look .) In short, I work with product and services groups across the company to improve satisfaction...
  • Blog Post: Surviving CES in Las Vegas: A few helpful hints for 2011

    As you may already know, CES 2011 begins this week in Las Vegas (officially, CES is January 6-9 ). 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. As noted in the Wall Street...
  • Blog Post: Just a thought on WikiLeaks, author Dan Brown and 256-bit encryption keys

    Interesting how the WikiLeaks news . This from The Washington Post article , from Anthony Faiola " Julian Assange , the founder of the WikiLeaks Web site whose release of sensitive U.S. documents on the Internet has generated outrage and embarrassment in official circles, was denied bail Tuesday after...
  • Blog Post: How to sync files like notes and tasks on your Windows Phone 7

    As I noted in my post with tips on moving from an iPhone to a new Windows Phone 7 , I also touched on how to sync several files - namely notes. A number of folks asked how to sync notes and files with your new Windows Phone 7. There are different ways to sync files on your phone, depending on the type...
  • Blog Post: Of interest: Daylight Saving Time Issues with Alarms on Apple iPhones

    As I noted earlier today, It's Time To Fall Back An Hour in the US and Canada as Daylight Saving Time Ends This Sunday . I know of several customers who use Apple iPhones in their Windows environments and of note is an issue in Apple’s iOS that impacted their European customers recently… http://www.zdnet...
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