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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: “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: 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: Let’s Help Amit Defeat Leukemia!

    This morning, I learned that a fellow member of our NY metro tech community, Amit Gupta , has recently been diagnosed with acute leukemia. Amit is the founder of Photojojo and the co-founder of Jelly , a co-working community that started in NYC in 2006 and has spread to over 60 cities worldwide. Amit...
  • Blog Post: Kinect for Windows SDK– Get the Beta Now

    Back in December, a jolly man in a red suit delivered the XBox 360 with Kinect to my children.  The motion sensor accessory quickly became the center of fun in my household. If you didn’t know what the Kinect was, you might be confused looking into the TV room from the kitchen and seeing children...
  • 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: 2010 NJ/NY/CT Metro Area Community Retrospective

    As we closed out 2010, my teammate Rachel Appel wrote up a retrospective post on her blog, re-capping what went on here in the tri-state Microsoft community.  Rachel then invites folks to share their feedback and ideas for how we can keep the local tech community buzzing in 2011.  I’ve posted...
  • Blog Post: Customizing a Telligent Community 5.5 Blog - (aka “The New Look of JrzyShr Dev Guy – 2010 Edition”)

    If you don’t use an RSS reader to read my blog, then you probably noticed that things started looking, um… different , a few weeks ago. My JrzyShr Dev Guy blog is currently part of MSDN Blogs , a developer blogging network comprised of folks who work at Microsoft. In May 2010, the system...
  • 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: A Sad Weekend for News Junkies

    Some folks are sports junkies. You know who they are. These are the folks constantly checking their phones for the latest scores. In an elevator or water cooler discussion, they can rattle off statistics on any player, team, game, or event.  Anytime they’re not working, they’ll be watching SportsCenter...
  • 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: 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: Stephen R. Goodwin

    Some sad news to pass on from Bill Zack... I have some sad news to relate to with you today.  Stephen Goodwin passed away on the morning of March 7, 2008. I have known Stephen for over 12 years, from the time that he joined the New York Enterprise Windows User Group through the time that he took...
  • 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: 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: 15 Seconds of Fame: Home Server Now Available @ Your Favorite Retailer

    On Monday, HP began selling their Media Smart Server . It is the first Windows Home Server to hit the market. Given the release of this new consumer product from Microsoft, there's been quite a few stories in the press: http://www.sys-con.com/read/454830.htm http://www.tradingmarkets.com/.site/news/BREAKING...
  • Blog Post: Could it be? FIOS coming soon?!

    In my neighborhood, all of the utilities run underground. I've been waiting patiently for the day Verizon brings their FIOS service to my town. I always figured that when they did, I'd know in advance since they'd have to dig up the streets to lay the fiber. On Saturday afternoon while driving around...
  • Blog Post: MS NYC Bike Tour 2007

    On Sunday, I participated with a bunch of my Microsoft colleagues in the 23rd annual NYC MS Bike Tour . What a great experience! Our small team of about 31 riders joined over 5,200 others on a 30 mile loop around the edge of Manhattan island . The numbers are still coming in, but I'm proud to say it...
  • Blog Post: Time to Roll Out

    Well, it's good to be finally be back and typing behind the keyboard again! It's extremely rare that I go two weeks completely offline without checking e-mail. But I was really knocked out while in the hospital, and then sleeping most of the week at home once I got out. Now I'm itching to go! A couple...
  • Blog Post: Out of the Woods with Kidney Stones... for now!

    I usually don't write much here about events in my personal life, but figured I'd let everyone know that I just got out of the hospital yesterday. I have been in and out of the hospital since last Tuesday battling a kidney stone. If you haven't heard about kidney stones before, you can read more here...
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