Another Microsoft Blogger

a weblog by cameron reilly

February, 2004

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    fun things to do with BizTalk - #1

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    #1. streamline the processing of paper forms you can't totally eradicate yet The paperless office. Remember that? We're still working on it. And sometimes there are paper forms that you can't get rid of just yet. For a variety of reasons. Some legal....
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    the one about the music blog idea

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    Over the last few days I've been thinking (in my spare time) about possible models for viral marketing of new music. I've come up with one idea I'd like to throw out there and see what people think. What if there was some way for people to publish...
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    I've been robbed

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    Literally. My house got burgled yesterday while we were all out. First time for me. The thief didn't take much. $500 cash. $5000 worth of DVDs and CDs. But the thing that busts me up is that when they took my miniDV video camera, they took with the case...
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    what is a Solution Specialist at Microsoft?

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    As anyone who reads my blog can probably tell, I’m not a developer. Neither am I a technical evangelist. I don’t write books. I don’t write code. I don’t speak at many events. I’m not a MCSE , MCP or MVP. I’m what Microsoft internally calls a “solution...
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    Barcode yourself

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    I've been trying for a couple of years to figure out what kind of tattoo I should get. My sister got a bluebird on her foot a year ago. I realize I am going to have this for the rest of my life and so I want to choose carefully. Recently I've been thinking...
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    The Grey Album, Copyrights and the Law

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    There’s been a lot of hoo-hah going on over the last month about DJ Danger Mouse’s The Grey Album , a remix of Jay Z's Black Album with the Beatles' White Album. It’s obviously illegal , but what is most interesting to me is the amount...
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    more thoughts on being robbed and RFID

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    Wouldn't it be interesting if all of the items that were stolen from my house had been RFID'ed? And the pawn stores were required by law to check the RFID tags on any items brought in for sale. If they could check the ID details on the RFID tag and somehow...
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    Wolfram's NKS now 100% online for free

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    I'm a big fan of Wolfram's work in "A New Kind Of Science". Of course, I don't pretend to understand anything he's saying, but I do love the pretty pictures... Anyways... he's released the entire contents of the book online . Not only is the book up there...
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    about being a custodian of our children's memories

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    When my house was burgled earlier this week, the only irreplacable item they took was the miniDV tapes that held 12 months of moments from the lives of my 3-year old twins, Hunter and Taylor. Riding their first proper bicycles. The Christmas they got...
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    Microsoft and the absence of bloggers

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    Dylan talks about some of the things he discovered during his recent visit to Redmond. Among the things he found out were that none of his friends at Microsoft blogged, had heard of Scoble or used RSS aggregators. This doesn't surprise me. I talk to colleagues...
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    Linux hacked more often than Windows

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    Interesting new stats being reported on hacks against Linux. I've also read these reports in Slashdot recently. What I'm most interested in understanding is: who are these people who are hacking Linux and what is their motivation? I can kind of understand...
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    RebelGeekz has a vision I like for a Home Information System

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    From RebelGeekz : "I would like my ideal home to have one box in a hidden place, only one, that will be the main brain of my Home Information System. Picture it like a black cube with some green LEDs indicating the brain's temperature and some other unimportant...
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    the one about SI Compensation

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    A colleague of mine, who recently joined Microsoft from Sun, was explaining to me yesterday something known as "S.I. Compensation". This is where a Systems Integrator (S.I.) is compensated financially by a technology vendor whose products they sell. It...
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    check out Musicplasma

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    A colleague of mine, Jon Yeo (alas, no blog yet), points me towards Musicplasma , a graphical variation on the very useful theme of connecting you from one musical artist you like to another similar artist. I'm not sure yet of how accurate its reporting...
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    I'm #7

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    Just heard that my blog ranked as the 7th most read blog on blogs.msdn.com in the last week of January (out of 206)! Here are my stats for that week: Aggregator views: 8851. Web views: 2709. I'm quite stunned. Thanks for the support folks.
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    the CD will be dead by 2007

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    I've been arguing this myself for a couple of years and it's good to see music industry analysts starting to agree . Having a physical cd is of little interest to me these days. They just clutter up my house. If I am going to buy music, I would rather...
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    the one about the guy who is investing $3 Billion in longevity

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    This is an interesting article in Wired about a guy called John Sperling who is leaving his $3 billion fortune to research. Sperling wants us to live longer lives, so he is investing in cloning and genetic research. It's great to see someone in the private...
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    The Continuing Decline Of Email

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    Dan Gillmor's current post on Siliconvalley.com about MyDoom is interesting reading as are some of the comments attached to the post. Dan writes that he doesn't open any attachment that arrives in his email that he hasn't specifically requested. I also...
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    How Google Works

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    Calcanis points to a new guide to getting the most out of Google . Having just come back from learning about state-of-the-art ways to build massive parallel clusters, I'm fascinated by the section on How Google Works .
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    the cost of a virus

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    This article from Jan 30 at CNN .com contains an interesting statistic: “The largest cost will come from medium-to-small sized companies with 400 employees or less, said Andy Cummins, CEO of technology services firm U.S. Networks. “We think...
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    a child of the online generation

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    I often wonder what it must be like being a child of the online generation. How will it change your outlook never knowing life before the web. What vistas will open up to them? How does it impact your psyche having always had information at your fingertips...
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    The Spike TV commercial

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    Finally Microsoft has a cool ad . Down here in Australia we haven't been fortunate enough to be frustrated by the first SPOT watches, so I am fascinated by reviews like the one Scoble posted recently . When I was in NYC recently the place was SMOTHERED...
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    ShareALot vs MSN Photos

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    ShareALot is a new photo sharing service that's been getting some column inches today due mostly to the launch of their product at DEMO (and don't get me started about how upset I am that I'm not there in person...). ShareALot is promoted as as application...
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    Slashdot is down??

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    My erstwhile colleague Jason McConnell just pointed out to me that /. seems to be down ?? I'm getting this message: 503 Service Unavailable The service is not available. Please try again later. UPDATE (2.25pm AEST) - it's back up!
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    more uses for integrated camera phones

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    I posted recently about the long-term social implications of integrated camera phones. Apparently one of them might be a reduction in flashers. This from the Atlanta Journal : " An Alpharetta woman thought she was helping a lost motorist over the weekend...
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