A few people asked me where I got this groovy screensaver that runs on my TZ. I can't remember how I found it but it's a free download from the Cool Cats at 9301 for both Windows and OSX.
Thanks to our friends at Mydeo, the Steve Ballmer session here in the UK last week titled The Online Opportunity is now available for viewing.
Lars has blogged about the event and the videos are nicely broken up in to sections. Check out the
Perhaps the best part is
where he deals with some tough questions such as will Visual Studio appear on the Mac or Linux. Well, maybe that one wasn't so tough :) but he is as candid as I've seen him in a while.
Oh in case you don't know who Steve Ballmer is, check out Wired's column on him in their new Geekipedia section.
1 year ago today, a blogger called Hugh MacLeod sent me (and 3 others) an innocuous email with this link:
It linked to the image you see above which has become known as Blue Monster* and it has changed my relationship with Microsoft, our customers and partners more than anything in my near 10 years here.
Here's my rough sketch of some of the stuff that has happened over the last year
"So what" you may say....it's just a funky cartoon that has a big monster in it and the word Microsoft. Bound to get attention. The point for me is that it's stirred up way more interesting conversations that pretty much anything I've ever been involved with from Microsoft. Some people love it, some people hate it, some don't understand it or why it's of any interest. However, they all have a view on it.
Blue Monster = conversation. It's that simple. I've used it in several presentations at Microsoft, one where it visibly left a room of around 200 visibly moved. I was very proud that day - with a small cartoon I and few others managed to help a roomful of people realise they work for an amazing company. It kicked off a whole series of internal conversations and helped people talk in a different way I think. It's done the same externally.
It's been a wild ride with the Blue Monster for this last year but I wouldn't change it. I made a great friend in Hugh MacLeod and met hundreds of others inside and outside of Microsoft who share the same passion for this company that I do. At times I thought I was about to get fired and at times I wished I'd never seen that cartoon but it sits on my desk at home and always will.
It changed me if not Microsoft. It defines Hugh's Social Object concept. It defines much of how I think about Microsoft and has been the driving force in my desire to change perceptions that have built up over the years. Microsoft isn't perfect, but we're far from the evil that it's become all to easy to portray. Microsoft is made up of smart, passionate, funny and genuine people. I think Blue Monster has done a pretty good job of helping expose that, amongst other things. One year on I feel very good about that.
Thanks Hugh....thanks to the supporters and Happy Birthday to Blue Monster.
[update] looks like Blue Monster is getting it's own show
* - little known fact that when discussing the cartoon we originally called it the "change the world or go home cartoon" but that took too long to say so one day in Pimlico Hugh christened it "Blue Monster". It stuck.
I've read several posts over the last few weeks about people being disappointed with Vista performance. I've always been one of the type of people who tweaks and tweaks their system for ultimate performance. I'm continually looking to optimise and edit to make things run lightning fast and whilst I appreciate most people (everyone) doesn't want to do this and you shouldn't have to do this, I'd like to pass on some tips to ensure you're getting the best out of your OS.
That's actually it from me - there are lots more tips and tricks at places like http://www.tweakvista.com but these two things should noticeably improve performance.
It's great to be able to finally talk about Microsoft Online as it's what has been consuming most of my time lately and the reason for my recent Redmond trip. It's the next pillar in our Software + Services strategy and has literally just been announced so here's what's what:
We’ve announced plans to deliver a wide variety of new solutions during the coming months under two key families of service offerings: Live and Online. Live is known to many though has been the source of some confusion with an array of offerings but with the introduction of the Online brand it helps to bring clarity. Allow me to explain:
I’ll be following up with more details during this week and the weeks ahead. There are some other interesting announcements today as well
Later today (or tomorrow actually) I’ll annotate these announcements on top of the recent Ray Ozzie's Financial Analyst Presentation and you will begin to see the Software + Services story coming to life. I know Scoble and others have lamented what they’ve seen as slow progress since Ray joined but this stuff takes time – not just the technology but the business relationships too and that’s what has been keeping many of us busy. Today is just the start of a shift.
There is a tonne of questions this stuff brings to life and it’s what makes working at Microsoft a buzz after 10 years. I sense another series of changes afoot and it’s great to be involved. I’ll be posting a LOT more about this stuff from here on and you can find more at http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/default.mspx and www.officelive.com
Initial coverage - lots of people have gone for the Google compete angle. Inevitable I guess