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  • Blog Post: I like to read ‘expert’ opinions for their comedic value.

    Apparently, the Ed Bott does, too. Summary: In Silicon Valley (and in media satellites that take the NoCal mindset to New York and beyond), everyone has an iPhone, a MacBook Pro, and a Gmail account. Microsoft products and services might as well be from Mars. So be skeptical when you read analyses or...
  • Blog Post: Generational crusades and holding your ancestors’ grudges?

    Full disclosure: I come from a long line of hillbillies. I know whereof I speak when I talk about family feuds. The Hatfields and the McCoys were pikers when it comes to vendettas. That said, Scott’s got an amusing blog about an interaction he had with an angry young man, which I’ve found over the past...
  • Blog Post: Dinosaur engineering org structure is #dead. #yammer

    This. Is. True. “People make the incorrect assumption that software engineering is writing code to a spec, but it’s not. The engineering decisions you make also matter a lot — and no one builds engineering organizations with this in mind.” Why Yammer Believes the Traditional Engineering Organizational...
  • Blog Post: Dave Campbell for CEO

    I've been dark for a bit, traveling to Budapest and Seattle, but... I've been thinking a lot about our CEO search. Mostly because that's what everyone asks about second when they find out that I work for Microsoft. The first question is always WHY are Xbox One won't play 360 games... Easy to explain...
  • Blog Post: South Park mobile business model?

    Microsoft Details How to Port iPhone Apps to Windows Mobile 1. Write an iPhone app. 2. ... 3. Profit! Heh. I’ll read this later when the mobile app store opens and I come up with a killer mobile app to fund my retirement. Or I stop waiting for Windows 7 phones to street and take a bite of the forbidden...
  • Blog Post: Yeah, I know I said I’d never run for office again...

    But then I went and put my name in the hat once more... because it’s for a good cause! No, it’s not April Fool’s. That’s tomorrow. Personally, I’d like to thank L.D. Kirshenbaum (the author of the article below) for giving us a fair shake. I’m sure that there were some embarrassing quotes among all the...
  • Blog Post: Watching the watchers watch with SQL Server

    This popped up earlier this year, and I thought it was cool enough to put in the blog backlog. How Microsoft IT Uses SQL Server 2005 to Power a Global Forensic Data Security Tool (TechNet) Technical White Paper | IT Pro Webcast | TechNet Radio I'm always intrigued with forensic applications. Maybe it...
  • Blog Post: Everyone's a critic...

    I'm sure there's a Customer Service Law™ on the subject (the 1:10 rule, or whatever), but sometimes you just have to ignore complaints. Sometimes not. Heh. One of the Steves sent this one to me by way of asking who it would make a difference to complain to: In the spirit of not complaining without...
  • Blog Post: I'm sorry. I laughed. It was funny.

    I'm sorry. I laughed. It was funny. Now I know why I was told to always keep a large, black duffel bag on-hand. And what the "no skateboarding" signs all over Redmond are for. Life At Microsoft - The Truth Revealed (Tina Wood | Channel 10) It's eerie how the over-green, park-like campus landscaping...
  • Blog Post: Hi-ho, hi-ho... I knew something was different this morning.

    This would explain the animated characters in the hallway this morning... Microsoft Corp. announced today that it has hired The Walt Disney Co.'s top IT executive to fill its open CIO position, a move that continues the software vendor's recent string of management hirings from outside the company. Disney...
  • Blog Post: Belated happy annibirthary, SQL Server.

    I always seem to miss birthdays and anniversaries. *sigh* Not sure whether to call this one a birthday or an anniversary. Maybe the anniversary of prenatal announcement? Or was this back when nobody announced a product until it was done. (Did that ever happen? Or was I dreaming?) Yesterday in history...
  • Blog Post: Big brother (or SkyNet) is coming... to a PC near you.

    I loved the book 1984 , even though it was almost 1984 by the time I read it. The fact that the date was around the corner and technology wasn't anywhere close kind of took the punch out of the story. I guess it didn't scare me the way it scared "previous generations" (to put it politely)....
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