Gordon Brown talks about a "unique global company" and sets the scene for BillG to talk about a his philanthropic work and technology. 90 minutes long though Gordon and Bill use approximately 50 of those minutes to talk and then switch to Q&A following that is the real juice so stick with it.
Bill quotes Andrew Carnegie who said "to die rich is to die in disgrace" and then goes on to talk about how technology can have a positive impact on the world, life, education and more. He was on great form and I only wish more people saw Bill talk like this. Take away his PowerPoint and you get the real Bill. Ask him questions you and get the real Bill. Part of the reason I think I work here is simply to be in the distant presence of greatness. Some people will think that's sycophantic but it's not. The guy is incredibly smart, articulate and humble and it's a pleasure to work for the company he created from his dream. A friend of mine at uni used to have a business card that said "turning dreams in to reality". It captures the essence of Microsoft for me but then so does the Blue Monster :)
Anyway, there really is some fascinating stuff in here and I loved the question from the guy of the Youth Forum. Good on ya! Check it out on Holyrood TV. Brown cracks a few good gags and talks a lot about the role of technology in lifelong learning - I was quite shocked when he talked about blogs!
Fine work by my colleague Mr O'Hare and others to help bring this thing together!
Brilliant - I don't agree with the content of course but you have to laugh at Mitchell and Webb's delivery style. So much cooler than the US ads. Be nice to see them do the ads in WMV too of course.
Get a New Zealand vista for your Vista desktop...or any desktop really but looks great on Vista with Aero glass :) A free download from Microsoft Downloads.
[update] Scott sent me a link to many more NZ images
I've never really got my head around the whole mind map thing but I know plenty of people who use them so maybe they'll find Bubble.us of use.
Link to bubbl.us - brainstorming with style via Lifehacker
Over the last week or two, I've met up with several different people in Microsoft UK who are looking for advice on starting a blog. I'm no expert as there are others in Microsoft UK who have been at this a lot longer than me but given they asked I gave it some thought and after the 3rd meeting I got me lines down pat. My main advice was as follows
What would you add?
Glenn Wolsey has 3 Productivity tips for blog reading that are very useful