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RSS feed reader blues? Get your feed in Microsoft Outlook and Office 365
ICYMI, Google Reader, Google Voice App for Blackberry, Google Cloud Connect, and Snapseed Desktop are shutting down . Hilarity ensued on the Internet with the melt down on social media over the change. As Danny Sullivan noted here , "Google should have done better by Google Reader & Google users...
15 Mar 2013
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...
1 Feb 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
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...
20 Jan 2012
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 firstname.lastname@example.org Who has the right to decide how you're...
17 Nov 2011
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...
20 Oct 2011
Microsofties: When it comes to Tweeting, be thoughtful
For all you 'softies a reminder: please watch what you tweet and share in the social mediashpere about meetings or any Microsoft event. I posted this about tweeting: remember to be thoughtful. And did this one over the summer… Always nice to catch up on industry news from good folks...
22 Sep 2011
New blog from the Windows team: Building Windows 8
Want to see posts from the Windows 8 team ? Follow their new blog, Building Windows 8, aka "B8", starting today.. http://t.co/FlEh2yk This from Steven… "For the Windows team, this blog is an important part of developing Windows 8, as was our blog for Windows 7. Blogging allows us to have...
15 Aug 2011
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...
13 Aug 2011
Link: How to change your name on Facebook (well, we'll see)
Has facebook made you change your name to something other than your name? Recently, an automated system on Facebook demanded that I change my name, after having provided details to them previously verifying my name. " "The name contains invalid characters." Really? It's not like my name...
9 Dec 2010
When it comes to Tweeting, be thoughtful
As noted in my posts Surviving TechReady 11 in Seattle and from MGX Atlanta 2010... 'Nuff said: Credit goes to hongkiat for the blue bird image. Tags: Microsoft , Atlanta , MGX , travel tips . Bookmark this on Delicious Also available at http://bit.ly/a3oVXH
22 Jul 2010
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
Facebook is fixed... well, my profile, at least
As I mentioned earlier about my listing on Facebook , the good folks there have fixed the "invalid characters" in my name. My thanks to Clive at Facebook for his help. Contrary to popular belief, "3" is not an invalid character, 'though I've had my share of issues with it. ;)
27 Jul 2007
I found (the hard way) that numbers are invalid characters on Facebook
OK, I'm now on Facebook (following my long-standing stint on LinkedIn ...) given the ad partnership we have with this partner (and providing tools such as the Facebook Dev Toolkit ). Not all rosy... Microsoft You have no friends at Microsoft. There are 17,509 people in the Microsoft network...
20 Jul 2007
Building your own cabinets, internal and external
A person I work with but have never met sent me an email the other day asking me to elaborate on my concept of buidling a personal cabinet. I recalled that last year I discussed different ways to get good feedback, from within your own company (your internal customers) and also from real customers and...
27 Jun 2006
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