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  • Blog Post: moving to new digs, and open Q&A thread

    I've been meaning to do this for ages, but I've finally moved my blogging home from here on the MSDN blogs to my own domain. This gives me greater flexibility in blogging, not to mention full control over my blogging tools (a pain that I've been feeling pretty sharply here on MSDN lately, which you can...
  • Blog Post: looking for blog feedback

    Hmmm, the move to the new blog has thrown me off more than I thought. I'm working through issues with the new platform to make things here better. As I'm working through things, what have you noticed about this new blog that you'd like me to fix? Top of my list is getting back to full posts on the main...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft employees are the most social media-savvy in the world

    I saw a tweet from @Microsoft which tells us that Microsoft tops social media use survey . The NetProspex Social Report lists the top 50 most social corporations in America (top 5: us, eBay, Amazon, Disney, and Google) and the Twitter 20 (top 5: us, Raytheon, Analog Devices, Disney, Kodak). I'd...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: what Macs do you have?

    Got this one via email: what macs do you have? Here in my office, I've got two Macs. One is a MacBook Pro with a 2.5 GHz Intel Core2Duo processor and 2 GB of RAM. It's pre-unibody, and now that the new MacBook Pros are out with the higher-resolution screens, I'm thinking that it's time to chat with my...
  • Blog Post: catching up

    The first day back in the office is always a difficult one. I finally managed something on this holiday that I never quite managed before: I didn't check email, not even once, while I was gone. I'm one of those always-connected people, so just disconnecting my iPhone from Exchange was a big deal. It...
  • Blog Post: come chat with me at Macworld 2010!

    I haven't posted my Macworld schedule yet! Thursday, noon-3pm: booth duty. Tell me what you like about our apps, tell me what you don't like, get some help with a problem, or anything else that might come to mind. We're on the main aisle near the main stage, so we won't be hard to find at all. ...
  • Blog Post: Mac Office loves you

    There's some new goodness from us, just in time for Macworld Expo . We've got a new website Mac Office loves you . We've also got a Office:Mac page on Facebook and a spiffy new twitter page too. Speaking of Macworld Expo, I'll be there giving a talk about administering Macs in Exchange . Come and...
  • Blog Post: the user experience of Federal Student Aid

    In getting my degrees, I accrued some student loans. I don't mind this: they helped me get through school, and I have no problems with paying them back now that I'm out in the workforce. After I got married last summer, I changed my surname, which has turned out to be more difficult than I thought...
  • Blog Post: the thing I hate the most about my job

    For the most part, I love what I do. But there's one thing that continually drives me crazy about my job. I've been living and breathing the next version of Office:Mac for the past couple of years. I've done mountains of research on it. Since it's coming out in time for your holiday shopping pleasure...
  • Blog Post: year in review

    If the boss can write a retrospective , so can I. :) 2009 has been an Entourage-filled year for me. At Macworld 2009 in January, we announced Entourage for Web Services . While EWS didn't get a lot of UI touches, I still got to make some UX improvements , especially with regards to perceived performance...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: What kind of computers do you use in MacBU and Microsoft?

    In response to my open question thread , I got this question: do they force you to use PCs ? if yes what kind of machine do you have ? and what kind of Macs also ? and if not, what about MS employees outside the MacBU ? can they choose to use a Mac (with Entourage of course :-) ) ? ...
  • Blog Post: open question and answer thread

    I haven't done one of these in awhile, and it's a quiet week, so ... If you've got a question for me, go on and ask it. If I've got an answer, I'll share it. If I don't have an answer (either I don't know or can't say), then I'll tell you that too. Questions about MacBU, our applications, Mac development...
  • Blog Post: in case you were wondering what to get me for Christmas ...

    In case you were wondering what to get me for Christmas, or a wedding gift, or for any other reason, I'll point you to this original Apple 1 for sale .
  • Blog Post: my Twitter philosophy

    Yes, I'm on Twitter . I post whatever comes to mind there. It's a mix of personal and professional. I tweeted when I broke my foot, I tweeted when the latest Office:Mac updates came out. I tweet when I'm looking for participants in my usability studies, I tweet when I'm making cookies. If you're...
  • Blog Post: my Mac as a media centre

    Someone recently asked me how I've got my home media centre set up. I wrote this up in response to them, but then figured that it could be shared more broadly. I have a Mac Mini (the previous generation ) running Snow Leopard (plain Snow Leopard, not Snow Leopard Server). It's hooked up via a DVI...
  • Blog Post: one of the things I like about Microsoft

    Microsoft can be a funny place to work, especially as a Mac person. But I do love working here, and I certainly love my little corner of Microsoft. One of the things that I really like about Microsoft is the ready availability of training. Even for me, as someone who isn't in Redmond, there's lots...
  • Blog Post: laptop adventures

    It's been an exciting laptop week here, and it's only Wednesday! First, the bad news. On Monday morning, I dropped my MacBook Pro on my left foot. The laptop has the teensiest of dents on the corner that I dropped it on. My foot, on the other hand, has two broken bones . The staff at the ER thought...
  • Blog Post: statement of intent

    November is National Novel Writing Month for those who are so inclined. I'm not creative enough for that, so I'll instead participate in National Blog Posting Month , which is to say that I'll post something every day here for a month. Which is to say that I've been really heads-down at work lately...
  • Blog Post: four years!

    I have now been with MacBU , and Microsoft, for four years. I never intended to work for Microsoft. I got pinged from a recruiter who found my profile on the MacRumors forums , and I chatted with him because I think you should at least peek through the door when opportunity knocks. I approached the interview...
  • Blog Post: charming, professional, friendly, passionate

    Over the weekend, I played around with the Personas project at the MIT Media Lab . Here's its final output: Okay, you can't tell this from the small version, so if you don't want to click to get the big one, I'll tell you that the blocks from left to right are: online, books, management, genealogy...
  • Blog Post: things I learned via Twitter

    I've got a few Office:Mac-related searches set up as saved searches in my Twitter client. I've learned plenty of things through this. Lots of people watch the HBO series "Entourage" while eating mac and cheese . I've considered trying to guess what other foods one might eat while watching that series...
  • Blog Post: Inbox 482

    I'm an Inbox Zero kind of girl. Inbox Zero doesn't hold up when you go on vacation. I just got back from Kaua'i [1]. I didn't check my email or do anything at all work-related while I was gone, which is quite impressive for me. (The posts that came up here were written and queued up before I left.) I...
  • Blog Post: new members of the family

    My home network has seen three changes lately. The first, which I've been wanting to do for ages but hadn't quite gotten 'round to yet, is a new Mac Mini . My old Mini, the last of the PowerPC minis , was my media server. It was hooked up to a pile of external drives, which housed my ever-growing...
  • Blog Post: decisions, decisions

    The Backup Fairy got cranky at me and backhanded me. I preach the gospel of backups, and I'm really good about backing up my computers in the office, but I'd been remiss in backing up my personal MacBook. So she decided that it was time to teach me a lesson, and killed the hard drive on my personal laptop...
  • Blog Post: Q&A: How is your Mac Mini set up as a media server?

    When I posted about my new Mac lust , I mentioned that I'm currently using a PPC Mini as my media server. Someone asked what that looks like. The basic idea is really easy. Start off with a Mini. Add in more RAM (which probably isn't essential if you're only doing audio playback, but is definitely...
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