Betsy Aoki's WebLog

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    Drinking about Community, Part 2 and a word to the job seekers

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    So last night was a continuation of the Drinking about Community Jas Sandhu and I pulled together before. I like how it's developing as an adhoc shindig (only when Justin Grant is in town, but the poor dude couldn't make it last night with last minute...
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    Marketing Eye for the Dev Guy

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    Ok, I'm taking a break from blogging about Gotdotnet today to talk about the idea for a new cable show that sprang upon me like a panther on a protein jag. It was inspired by Microsoft.com's very own snazzy lead product manager, Dave Morehouse (Microsoft...
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    Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam

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    I was surprised a few years back when James, a friend of mine, introduced me to what looked like "Spam sushi" - nori seaweed paper rolled around sushi-vinegared rice and a big long hunk of spam. I made the normal protests ("I'm too hip and cool for this...
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    Try the penny sock market

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    By now you've seen that spate of Rolex spam come and go; now apparently the new trend is about penny stocks. It's amazing to me how often spammers manage to perfectly nail some demographic that I don't partake in as a consumer (stranded in a foreign land...
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    VB Newbies, Unite!

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    Whoohoo! So I finished my first official programming class ("Introduction to Programming with Visual Basic.NET"). I'd had some scripting classes but nothing where objects, classes and such were thrown around with such abandon. I'd actually experimented...
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    Blogging and True Love, or, don't say Microsoft doesn't help its MVPS!

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    Well, this story has awaited some time to be told. Mostly because I spent a lot of time cackling over it as the events progressed and being rather smug, saying I told you so, and so forth. Now I REALLY get to go to town. :) Remember how I screwed my...
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    Passing the Tiara - Retiring as Blog Queen and GDN Princess

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    Some of this will likely take folks as a surprise (although the hallways have been buzzing around here as the internal mails have flown around), but today I am stepping down from my position as queen of Microsoft employee blog sites and principal program...
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    Envisioning blogging without er, throwing up

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    Next week I get to do yet another presentation with Robert Scoble, Blogger at Large. It's always a pleasure because Robert is so darn sunny in his personality and he's a natural presenter - he digs that evangelism thing and can wing it on notes taped...
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    What makes it "community" ?

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    I've got two thoughts - like plates spinning on sticks - about community right now, and forgive me if I let either of them fly off like frisbees as I cogitate on this. I was recently asked to give input on community - not in my usual “Yee-haw...
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    Mighty Vivid People - MVPs at the Summit

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    I've been on the run since the wee hours of the morning (7am MVP summit meeting) but I felt the need to blog about the MVP Summit . First of all, the summit's more intimate than PDC was. It's partly occurring on the Microsoft Redmond campus and also...
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    Hear me speak about blogging at TechEd Amsterdam

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    Hi all, I didn't make it on the presentation roster for Orlando, but I've been honored with the opportunity to speak for two sessions at TechEd Amsterdam about blogging. The first is a breakout session on the Community Server and .Text software that...
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    The one time I didn't mind the sun was being bbqed at Scoble's

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    It's a long and windy road to Robert Scoble's bbq . (That's long and windy, NOT long-er-winded.) But it ends with parking near a cul-de-sac and walking up to the front door and passing two little Sharper Image scooters prone on the grass, and stepping...
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    From the sublime to, the you know where

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    So you know how in the blogging world, especially in the tech blogging world where time is money, money is gear, gear is nirvana and nirvana means 1st person shooter quality time - as I was saying, how tech folks don't want you to waste their time? And...
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    Beyond Agile: Get Plucky!

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    Since I last blogged about Agile I've been doing a lot of thinking about how some ad hoc project teams can come together swiftly and with great effect, and yet others will arrive ponderously to the scrum, Agile books in hand, and very little gets done...
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    Sleepy in Seattle

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    Hi all, So I am back from the land down under. I was accused of "cavorting in Oz" while I was gone by one higher up manager that shall remain nameless, but I told him anything having to do with vegemite hardly counts as "cavorting." Or if it does,...
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    Battening down the hatches and raising the ice cream bars

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    Well, it's been another wacky week here at MSDN . Not to mention too darn hot. Have I mentioned that my brain melts in the heat? Thought so. One of the things I had to adjust to at Microsoft was the thing called an "OOF" mail, or the "out of office" autoreply...
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    Reading technology books at the gym

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    Ok, so I made these two New Year's resolutions: that I'd reduce the size of my butt and I'd increase the strength of my brain by learning more about asp.net and Longhorn. Mostly because I hate also sitting around (on my butt) feeling stupid in the presence...
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    Maybe someday people will listen to me :)

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    Microsoft bloggers, you know who you are. And why I am posting this. :) Betsy
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    Bad blogger, no biscuit (high protein, Atkins that is)

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    I sit here typing, typing, with my cafeteria-bought chicken and broccoli/beans combo. I have had to repent of my bad girl ice cream ways (at least until the Long Weekend) and be good about my health regimen. The traditional food of code warriors: pizza...
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    Drinking about community, Part 1

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    So last night my plan was simple - I was going to bring together Jas Sandhu, who works with the developer evangelism team, together with Justin Grant, our MSDN marketing mogul, and Sean Kollenkark, who is an MSDN pm that firmly believed I should talk...
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    Word to yer Motherboard

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    So I mean to blog this weekend – it being Mother’s Day on Sunday and all. And because that particular holiday brings out thoughts of technology like no other. Christmas, you say? Birthdays, you say? No, because while you can receive...
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    My Last TechEd Australia Blog Post

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    Well things are winding down, down here, and I feel the need to cover some loose ends. First, the matter of the Cabana Talk. Frank and I spoke to about 40 people. When we began we asked what people wanted - the hosting engine, the content delivery...
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    Day 2 TechEd - need more caffeine

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    Well, so I get to the booth, my latte is not even a third consumed, and the guys tell me that people are already looking for me. "Blogs is down!" they say. Thank God for the fresh Sharepoint donuts that are being handed out. :) So I toodle over to...
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    Passion and Teflon

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    There are a couple of blogging discussions I see going on that have their own merits and are completely unrelated, yet rattling in my brain this week. 1) the Rory / Dare / Eric discussion I'll roughly call "Your passion underwhelms me/enthusiasthma...
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    What if Gotdotnet had a deployment and nobody noticed?

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    You might say this is tempting fate. You might say, Betsy, on a regular basis you spit into the wind, scratch your armpits at the mighty, laugh and try to drink Diet Coke at the same time.You walk the razor edge of sanity on regular basis. Why the heck...
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