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  • Blog Post: Windows 8 Consumer Preview: “How To” Find Your Cheese Series

    By now, hopefully you are aware that the Windows 8 Consumer Preview was released on February 29th, 2012.  If you haven’t given a spin, you should.  (Scott Hanselman has a great guide for installing it in an isolated VHD so you don’t mess up your existing OS install.)  Windows 8 represents...
  • Blog Post: The Cinderella Dilemma: Connecticut, Westchester, and Long Island

    I recently wrote about how the Cinderella Dilemma has improved for New Jersey residents visiting New York City.  NJ Transit’s Departure Vision service for the mobile web has made life a lot easier for Garden State residents.  One of my readers (Bill Zack) sent me a message noting that New Jersey...
  • Blog Post: The Cinderella Dilemma: Revisited

    A few years back… pre-iPhone era (you can tell from the content), I wrote a post about the Cinderella dilemma suburbanites experience when visiting New York City in the evening.  After rush-hour, the options for catching a train out of the city are “limited”, and the last thing you want to do is...
  • Blog Post: Tech Geek Brawl: What Do YOU Want To See In Your Product Reviews?

    An interesting tech geek brawl seems to have broken out in the blogosphere over the past 24 hours between MG Seigler and Joshua Topolsky .  I find it entertaining.  Both make good points.  Both made a choice to use profanity for emotional impact (see my previous post on “Keeping it Professional...
  • Blog Post: “Upgrade Your Parents Browser Weekend” Holiday To Become Obsolete?

    Right after the Thanksgiving holiday here in the US, I asked folks how their “Upgrade Your Parents Browser Weekend” went. The “upgrade your parents meme” started that weekend with a post from Alexis Madrigal at The Atlantic.  The notion being, when visiting our non-technical friends & family...
  • Blog Post: How Was “Upgrade Your Parents’ Browser Weekend” 2011?

    It’s Monday after the big Thanksgiving holiday weekend here in the US.  You’re back at the grind, heads down in e-mail, and perhaps even some code.  All the usual manic Monday comments are flooding your social network feeds. The Boomtown Rats are ringing in your ears.  For many, it’s just...
  • Blog Post: Same Old Microsoft?

    A dear friend of mine who likes to tease and criticize my company sent me an e-mail over the weekend with the subject line of “Same Old Microsoft”. In his message was a link to an article at PC World: Make Firefox the Default Browser (Again) After Installing Internet Explorer 8 “Sneaky, sneaky...
  • Blog Post: Five Influencers

    No... I'm not talking about the most influential folks in the Microsoft developer community. (Although, I consider myself fortunate to work with many of them.) I'm not talking about the experts or anything like that. I'm just picking up on the blog meme of naming five people who have influenced my career...
  • Blog Post: John 117 visits the NYC Visual Studio 2008 Installfest

    For those of you who missed the last Visual Studio 2008 install-fest in our area last month, you missed a good time! Right before the holidays, on December 20th, the NYC .NET Developers group hosted a Visual Studio 2008 installfest. This was the biggest one in our area with over 150 people turning out...
  • Blog Post: How do I Upgrade to Web 2.0? I Want That!

    Via Tim ... This one nearly made me @%#$ my pants laughing! It's 15 minutes, but worth the laugh. Chris Pirillo gets a telemarketing call from an IT consulting company offering to sell him some Web 2.0 services ... but no one there can explain to Chris what Web 2.0 is!
  • Blog Post: Exclusive Photo of the new Microsoft oPhone!

    Oh my! While walking the expo floor at the JavaOne conference in San Francisco, I actually spotted a prototype of the new Microsoft oPhone! I wrote about the oPhone announcement yesterday . I was surprised to see one in public so quickly!
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Announces the OPhone

    Forget the Zune phone. Check out the OPhone that Microsoft announced at Mix 07 last week. I missed this session, so that's why I didn't include it in my earlier posts on Mix. This thing is going to make you say "Oh!"
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Technology Summit 2007 Re-cap

    This week in Redmond, my team hosted a summit of approximately 50 tech buffs who don't normally use Microsoft technologies. It was an attempt to brainwa-- to give them a chance to learn more about what Microsoft is up to these days. The hope was that after we placed the chips in their heads, that we...
  • Blog Post: Chewbacca, Transform and Fly Out!

    This may be my first "Andy Rooney moment" on this blog, but I feel like a crusty old man today. Growing up in the 80s, I was a huge fan of the cartoon show The Transformers, as well as the complete line of toys that the show hawked. Yes, "hawked". I never realized it at the time, but looking back at...
  • Blog Post: Jim Alchin Says Goodbye

    Yesterday was Jim Alchin's last day at Microsoft. Jim has been one of the executives who has led the Windows team for quite some time now. Now that Vista is out the door, he's looking forward to spending some time off. In a "good-bye" post on the Windows Vista blog, he describes what he hopes will be...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: Zune Phone Coming Zune

    This is the week of the year the geeks go nuts salivating over all of the gadgets and other things showed off at the Consumer Electronics Show in Vegas and MacWorld in San Francisco. I'm sure most folks either saw or heard about Apple's iPhone announcement. I must say... I'm salivating! It looks to be...
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