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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...
30 Aug 2012
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...
29 Jan 2012
Satya Nadella: the new president in Microsoft's Server & Tools Business
News today: we have a new president in the Server & Tools Business: Satya Nadella , a respected technical leader here at the company (as noted here: http://bit.ly/i5ovIb ). Satya moved from MBS to the Online Services Division to head up the engineering division there, which includes Bing, MSN and...
9 Feb 2011
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...
8 Feb 2011
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
Things seen around Microsoft (and perhaps your college campus?): a fractal panda
In the category of the interesting and odd things I see around Microsoft, this is one of the most unique, one that has found its way onto the Internet. It's the fractal panda (or is that Fractal Panda?). It's used by our good folks in Microsoft during various college informational trips. (I noted this...
20 Nov 2009
From Windows 7 to working with product groups customer satisfaction
A little more than three years ago as I noted here , I joined the Windows division working in COSD for Jon DeVaan with the rest of his management team (as I initially noted here ) to work on Windows 7. I've certainly enjoyed the run in Windows, this being my second stint: I joined the engineering program...
28 Oct 2009
Gizmodo offers a look at several Windows 7 Launch Parties
Did you have a Windows 7 Launch Party? Gizmodo offers a gallery of photos from several different Windows 7 launch parties although most/all are uncredited with original owners/URLs. This one is certainly my favourite (is it yours?): Note to self: need to post more details of our own launch event. Tags...
25 Oct 2009
Twitter: it's more than people talking about themselves (well, maybe not ;). It's a real resource.
Parking @ #BrickCon : $7. Coffee outside: $4 The line to get in the door? Endless, but worth it... Interesting think about Twitter. It's a social network that's more than just a bunch of people talking about themselves, as Pam Baker noted in her article in TechNewsWorld … "To its detractors...
6 Oct 2009
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
Your questions: How I Work at Microsoft
(I've republished this post today due to a server issue that seems to be happening with the link to the original post.) How I Work: M3 Sweatt No matter what anyone tells you, there’s still a bunch of paper in this digital world. M3 Sweatt, Windows Core Operating System Division, Microsoft, U...
1 Apr 2009
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...
29 Mar 2009
The Microsoft 2019 video, good presentation skills, and NASA junkie Kevin Schofield speaks at Convergence
Today I saw that NASA junkie Kevin Schofield , GM at Microsoft Research, spoke at Convergence 2009 this week and showed the now infamous view from MSR of the future in 2019 video… "So let me bring this close to home because, you know, this is kind of ethereal a little bit. And we talked about exploration...
12 Mar 2009
Concerned about online privacy? So is Microsoft's Peter Cullen. Actually, it's his job.
There's a new article and interview up on Microsoft PressPass with my friend and fellow Canuck Peter Cullen from Microsoft on Data Privacy Day & online privacy. (Also available at http://tinyurl.com/pcullen013009 .) The kids are in school today… did I miss a bank holiday somewhere? When asked...
30 Jan 2009
Coming up in February: Mark Russinovich on the Springboard Series discussing the beta of Windows 7
As I've noted previously , Mark Russinovich hosts a virtual roundtable for IT pros worldwide . The next one is coming up in a few weeks, on Thursday, February 12, 2009, when the topic will be the Windows 7 Beta. Better still, you can submit questions in advance ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) to find out more...
26 Jan 2009
Random quotes from 2008: from our resident seven year old on pop music
To start my collection of random quotes, I offer this from one seven-year-old boy at the end of the new movie Iron Man just as the closing credits rolled. It's a testament to his proficiency on Guitar Hero and eclectic music library: "Is that Black Sabbath? I love Ozzy Osborne ." ...
30 Dec 2008
Of interest: Majel Barrett of Star Trek fame passed away today
Sad day. According to news reports today, Majel Barrett-Roddenberry , the widow of television director/producer/writer and Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry , died today (December 18, 2008) as a result of complications from leukemia. You may remember her as the first officer from the original...
18 Dec 2008
Announcements: the kick-off of Microsoft Answers beta, courtesy of Chris Kilbourn
A new site has hit Microsoft.com, in support of our customers: the new community on the Microsoft Answers Site , Microsoft’s first consumer-focused support community. Chris Kilbourn (the Lead Site Manager for TechNet) posted today about the launch... "A few times in my career, I've been lucky enough...
15 Dec 2008
From a friend: a suitable short movie on wisdom
I just received this from my incomparable friend, JuliAnn: the Wisdom Book movie: it seemed appropriate to include it here: http://www.wisdombook.org/ Please watch this video. Then take a deep breath and a few glorious minutes to take it in. Ask yourself- "What is the wisdom I carry to share with...
7 Dec 2008
+1: Hugh MacLeod is a Comic Genius
On my way to a meeting, but first: this top of the hat to Steve Clayton. As Steve posted and Tweeted today (you can see that for yourself here ), Hugh MacLeod is a Comic Genius. (More on his work briefly in a pastpost and on his blog/ site at http://www.gapingvoid.com/ .) I have to agree. "I was...
4 Dec 2008
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...
5 Nov 2008
Ed Bott said 'the experience is so dramatically improved' with Windows Vista SP1 (Springboard Virtual Roundtable)
On the Springboard Series Virtual Roundtable with Mark Russinovich, the panel discussed performance issues and common misconfigurations on Windows Vista. Among others joining Mark were Gabe Aul of Microsoft and the incomparable Ed Bott , the scribe behind Ed Bott's Microsoft Report . Gabe Aul noted...
28 Sep 2008
Steve Ballmer has posted his own ‘I am a PC’ video clip
Yes, that’s right: our very own Steve Ballmer is on the Life without walls web site with his own video… Find any more memorable clips? Tags: Steve Ballmer , Windows Vista , Microsoft , video http://tinyurl.com/4osfqg
20 Sep 2008
Watching the water level drop
A while ago, Beth (who I first worked with in the Exchange group on DST and now on customer satisfaction improvements) told me a story that she'd heard from her husband in the past. When people leave a large company, it’s like when you remove your hand from a swimming pool: you don’t really notice a...
16 Sep 2008
Talk to Mark Russinovich via the Springboard Series on September 24th
I just ran into Mark Russinovich (of Sysinternals fame ) in the hallway and was reminded that on September 24th, he will host a virtual roundtable for IT pros worldwide to explore as I'm told "top of mind performance issues, common misconfigurations, and tips on how to fix them. From boot times and applets...
27 Aug 2008
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