The .NET Sweatshop (v2)

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  • Blog Post: Yet another blog post about Facebook

    Has any company garnered as much attention in such a short-term as Facebook? Yeah, you can suggest YouTube or Skype, but Facebook went from hot to scorching hot in the course of a few months. Rupert Murdoch, the man who owns MySpace, showed some major envy when he suggested that his property wasn't the...
  • Blog Post: Rumsfeld's Dilemma and the Community Cure

    When I talk about the value of community for developers, I've been known to quote what I've come to describe as "Rumsfeld's Dilemma". As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say we know there are some things we do not...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Community Applications and Services: The Next Wave

    We hear a lot of feedback about how the forums and blogs should work. And I mean A LOT. Whether it's internal or external, people always have opinions about how to make them better. I prefer to think that the feedback is proof of how valuable these services are and that we have a responsibility to not...
  • Blog Post: The Death of the Smart Client is Greatly Exaggerated

    I was watching a great presentation recently from a Berkeley professor who came to speak to a bunch of senior people in my division. He threw out a lot of interesting sayings, but my favorite one may have been "the most dangerous three words in the investment community is 'This time, it's different!...
  • Blog Post: An Ode To GotDotNet

    About two years ago, I stepped into this role with a primary responsibility being to help get GotDotNet back on its feet. As the first Microsoft community for .NET, GDN held a dear place in the hearts of many. However, it had clearly fallen on hard times and there was a strong proposal to end the site...
  • Blog Post: Oh Boise! My Second Code Camp

    Last weekend, four developers from my team and I headed over to Boise, Idaho for my second code camp. Having never been to Boise, I was almost more curious about the town than the Code Camp itself. After all, my image of Idaho was rural farmland, potatoes, and, well, potatoes. Granted, that isn't very...
  • Blog Post: Intrapreneurship and the Innovator's Dilemma

    Has anyone else noticed how much the word "innovation" gets tossed around lately. I think it has always been important in the technology industry where it is seen as the holy grail. We all aspire to be innovative and be called innovative. Personally, I've tried to stray from the word a little bit because...
  • Blog Post: Tag, You're It!

    Bob Rebholz , our resident Group Product Manager and all-around sharp guy, just got back from the Web 2.0 conference. When he mentioned he was going down there, I had little idea about the magnitude of the conference. Silly me--it seems everyone was there and they all had their plans for how the new...
  • Blog Post: My name is Sandy and I am a Wikipediaholic

    When I was much younger, I used to pepper my dad with constant questions about how things worked or who invented what. My dad would always respond with the same thing: "go look it up". Sitting in our family room was a bright, shiny set of Encyclopedia Brittanicas. Now, I don't know if my dad made me...
  • Blog Post: Forums, Community Code, and The "Tyranny of Or"

    I really love our Forums . Any community is subject to Metcalfe’s Law where the power of the network is proportional to the # of users. Forums is still in its infancy and with the recent development of the community answering more q’s than Microsoft full-time employees, I think we’ve hit a possible tipping...
  • Blog Post: Communities and the stickiness of Q&A vs. T&O

    So Josh Ledgard and I have been having a discussion around what makes a sticky community experience. He recently blogged about it and the stickiness of forums.msdn.com and how I (perhaps amongst others--he mentioned "people" but he may be trying to protect me by implying there are others :) ) suggested...
  • Blog Post: Back To The World of Microsoft.com Communities

    Wow. It has been a long time since my last post. I've never gone an entire month without blogging since I started a few years ago, so this "getting back into the swing of things" thing is new to me. But, in my defense, I had a pretty good excuse--I've been on paternity leave with my new daughter. It...
  • Blog Post: Pardon the GDN Dust

    A few years ago, I read a book about the rise of AOL (it was before any mergers, so the fall wasn't documented yet). In it, the book covered the evolution of the service and recounted a time when AOL's services completely fell apart . Steve Case, the head of AOL at that time, needed to handle the customers...
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