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What I do at Microsoft: It's all about the customer
I was asked yesterday, "what the heck do you do at Microsoft these days?" That was a follow up to a friend seeing a post in Computerworld that I'd missed , which was interesting as I was calling out the importance of numbers in names... as I have one in mine (hence the emoticon, which Gregg Keizer neglected...
10 May 2013
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...
15 Apr 2013
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...
14 Jan 2013
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
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...
6 Mar 2012
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...
10 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
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"...
6 Jan 2012
Microsoft Supports Next Generation of the Internet with World IPv6 Day
Today at 5:00PM PDT, Christopher Palmer, IPv6 Program Manager on the Windows Core Networking team posted on the Microsoft blog that Microsoft joins other members of the Internet Society (ISOC) in support of World IPv6 Day . You may view the post here on the Microsoft Blog , along with more our information...
7 Jun 2011
Microsoft Previewing ‘Windows 8’
Noting Julie's article today , we demonstrated the next generation of Windows at the D9 Conference today, internally code-named “Windows 8.” "Windows 8 is a reimagining of Windows, from the chip to the interface. A Windows 8-based PC is really a new kind of device, one that scales from touch-only...
1 Jun 2011
Microsoft Bing and Xbox.com Support World IPv6 Day
June 8 is just around the corner, and along with other members of the Internet Society (ISOC) , Microsoft will participate in World IPv6 Day. (For more information on IPv6, you can Bing it: http://www.bing.com/search?q=ipv6 ) On this one-day test, we will provide support for IPv6 on Bing.com and Xbox...
1 Jun 2011
World IPv6 Day and Windows
Christopher Palmer from the Windows Networking Team has a great post out on some more detail on our support for World IPv6 Day coming June 8... To ensure that these issues are avoided, the Internet is transitioning to the new protocol, Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6). IPv6 offers a tremendous...
26 May 2011
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...
18 May 2011
More thoughts on The Microsoft Garage Science Fair
A shout out to Steve Clayton's post last week, looking at " What’s hot at Microsoft’s Science Fair? " as he covered The Microsoft Garage Science Fair … "It’s fair time at Microsoft – Tech Fest is on the horizon and our Product Fair follows a little later in the year. I’ll be following...
14 Feb 2011
Your questions: "Where do I go for help with my Windows Phone?" Here's a link
Wondering where to turn to contact Microsoft Customer Support? See my post on where to turn to contact Microsoft Customer Support . But if you're looking for support on Windows Phone, first visit the http://www.microsoft.com/windowsphone/en-us/howto/wp7/default.aspx , as I noted in my post with tips...
14 Dec 2010
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
Wondering where to turn to contact Microsoft Customer Support?
Wondering where to turn to contact Microsoft Customer Support? I've been asked this a couple of times today, so I thought I'd include a couple of helpful links: Microsoft KB 295539 : How and when to contact Microsoft Customer Service and Support To make sure you receive the appropriate support information...
9 Dec 2010
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...
7 Dec 2010
Stand Up for your health at the office
Today as the weather starts to turn rainy and cold again, I was reminded to focus on good health and being more physical in an environment that may not always allow it. Someone asked in a meeting in my office yesterday why I have a standing desk. Good question, I answered. Not a Microsoft interview caliber...
1 Dec 2010
Looking for Windows Phone 7 apps? Try Bing Visual Search Gallery
As I noted in a post yesterday in a few tips on what to know about moving to a new Windows Phone 7, there are a number of apps available for the platform – with many of the apps I've been using over the last couple of years. But I was wondering how to look for new apps when I'm not on the phone...
21 Nov 2010
Is that really an email from the EFPTS? Don't get caught buy a phishing attempt
So, you may be asking yourself: why is the EFTPS contacting me? And who the heck is EFTPS? It's likely a phishing atempt. The EFPTS is a service offered free by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to help business and individual taxpayers conveniently pay all their federal taxes electronically...
8 Nov 2010
Things I keep: Buzz Kaplan's "Rules to Live By" (What are yours?)
There is life before (and, I'm sure I'll find one day, after) Microsoft. It's important to remember that and appreciate the little things from our time before MSFT that made an impact. This is one of my favourites. How appropriate I should note this in my 6,000th update (aka "tweet") on Twitter . ...
31 Mar 2010
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
Favourite past posts with more on Christmas poems, Bill Gates and buying a new PC
For all of those who are still braving the crowds to finish their holiday shopping, you're in good company, as you'll note at right. I'm off this week but working on a couple of belated posts. In the mean time, here are a few to hold you through the holiday weekend, including my favourite Apologies for...
24 Dec 2009
Your questions: "What do people read on your blog?" Stuff about Time, Bill Gates, Kids and shopping for a new PC. Here are some of the most popular posts.
Jenn asks today… "What do people read the most on your blog? I found your article on how to choose a new computer and found lots more stuff." Good question, Jenn. I didn't really know until I looked today. Here are the top recent posts from my blog in the last couple of weeks. Seems that the...
21 Nov 2009
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