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  • 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: OneNote + SkyDrive + Windows Phone == Migraine Cure?!

    I don’t watch TV that often. But when I do, it’s usually via a DVR where I skip through the commercials.  So, I’m normally oblivious to whatever the trendy ads are that people are talking about at the water cooler.  There’s one exception to my advertising avoidance:  Football .  The...
  • 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: HOW Many Apps?! – What Does That Mean?

    Last week, the Windows Phone Marketplace hit 40,000 apps .  The prediction is that it will hit 50,000 in January 2012, which would be two months longer than the iPhone AppStore , and 4 months faster than Android Market took to hit the same milestone.  My friend Shawn Wildermuth wrote a blog...
  • Blog Post: My Journey To Internet Explorer 9

    Internet Explorer 9 was released to the world on Monday March 14, 2011 .  I’m a user. Here’s my story as a user … It all started back in September 1997. Like 90+% of the people using the Internet back then, I was a Netscape user. There was the other browser from a company called Microsoft called...
  • Blog Post: The Connected Show: Now With More Cowbell!

    Three weeks ago I shared news of a new podcast started by one of my Microsoft colleagues, Dmitry Lyalin .  Since then, I’ve been collaborating with Dmitry on this effort, and now am happy to announce that I am going to be co-hosting the Connected Show with him!  Our first joint episode ( Episode...
  • Blog Post: How is Security in YOUR “Friends & Family” Network?

    If you’re reading my blog, there’s a good chance you have a technical background or work in the IT industry. Like myself, I’m guessing that most folks who work in IT become known as the “tech guru” in their circle of friends and family. You know you’re the “tech guru” when everyone in your circle automatically...
  • Blog Post: Ed Bott Eliminates My Vista Pet Peeve

    There's been a lot of fuss about the User Account Control (UAC) feature in Windows Vista.  A recent story even made headlines when a Microsoft manager was quoted as saying Microsoft deliberately deigned UAC to "annoy users".  I've heard all the arguments for and against it. ...
  • Blog Post: The New Look of JrzyShr Dev Guy

    If you read my blog via its actual web site, you probably noticed some changes yesterday.  After a while of planning and slowly putting the pieces into place behind the scenes, I finally completed an upgrade to the look-n-feel of my blog.  For those of you who are following along in your RSS...
  • Blog Post: The Microsoft Community Ecosystem

    When folks hear that I work for Microsoft, the first question I'm often asked is, "What do you do for them?"  When I tell them that I am a Developer Evangelist, it leads to even more questions.  "Evangelist?!  What type of title is that?"  Depending on who is asking...
  • Blog Post: Twitter: The Addiction - Six Weeks and Counting

    How do you know when you're addicted to something?  Twitter is quickly becoming the new crack cocaine!  (Not that I've ever tried that before.  Despite that scandalous NY Post headline , I haven't.)  It's been six weeks now since I started using it for real.  At the three week...
  • Blog Post: Live Search for Mobile Saves the Day

    Thank you Live Search for Mobile! (<- yes, the name is a mouthful, but it gets the job done.) Yesterday was Easter Sunday here in the US. In the morning, my 2 year-old son had tough congestion and was wheezing, a sure sign of croup . He's had this before, so we placed a call into the doctor knowing...
  • Blog Post: Twitter - Three Weeks and Counting

    Twitter is the popular online service that asks you to answer the simple question " What are you doing? " in 140 characters or less.  Your answers (as well as others) can be subscribed to via RSS on your computer or SMS text messages on your mobile phone. Last year at Mix 07, I joined...
  • Blog Post: What's Wrong with Social Networking?

    Social Networking: Everyone wants a piece of the action.  Users want to be where the cool people are and feel part of a community.  Businesses want to make money off of it.  The 44 billion dollar question is:  How? I don't know the answer. Last month, I attended the " Online...
  • Blog Post: Scoble's Tears Explained

    About two weeks ago, Scoble blogged that he saw something from Microsoft that made him cry.  Now some might think he was being a big crybaby, or worse...  probably over-hyping something.  It didn't take long before others were speculating on what it was.  The speculators were right...
  • Blog Post: MSNBC Mashes Things Up with Virtual Earth & Bridge Tracker

    In August 2007, a major highway bridge collapsed in Minneapolis, Minnesota . Since then, the media has been filled with lots of reports of bridges in bad shape around the country . It forced virtually every state in the nation to evaluate the conditions of their bridges. It also forced virtually every...
  • 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...
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