Another Microsoft Blogger

a weblog by cameron reilly

February, 2004

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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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    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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    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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    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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    my new music rss feed

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    Further to that recent post about creating a music playlist RSS feed, I've gone ahead and set one up . At this stage its got a fairly recent playlist dump from my Nomad (warning - it's a large file, about 5000 tracks) and then a rough ranking of my favourite...
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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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    Charles Simonyi & Intentional Software

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    Simonyi is, of course, a living legend. Simonyi was employed by Microsoft Corporation from 1981, where he held titles of Director of Application Development, Chief Architect, and most recently, Distinguished Engineer. While at Microsoft, Simonyi hired...
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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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    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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    kudos to Netgear Technical Support

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    Don't you hate it when you have some technical issue and you procrastinate getting it resolved and then, when you do finally get around to it, it only takes minutes to sort out!? My home ADSL connection has been slooooow for the last couple of months...
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    Externally facing apps will be the flavour of 2004

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    According to this article in CRM Daily, a new Yankee Group survey found that 34 percent of I.T. spending this year will focus on outward-facing applications that improve customer and supplier interactions. Apparently they expect to see a shift away from...
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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 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 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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    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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    more adventures in the land of Google

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    okay, not as funny as most I've seen (my blog must be too boring), but here are some of the recent Google searches that lead people here during the last few days... it's an interesting glimpse into where some folks are at right now... "purpose of life...
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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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    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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    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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    current state of humanoid robots

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    Bernard Wong pointed us towards this video demonstrating some of the current capabilities of humanoid robots. This has got to make you think. I've been following the progress with Honda's ASIMO robot for the last few years and the advances are amazing...
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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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    Is RSS "the next big thing"?

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    Frank Bajak from AP writes this article on RSS . Quotes Reinacker and Scoble (source: Scoble ). Most interesting analogy for me was between RSS readers and Netscape circa '94. Which makes me think - which large corporates are using RSS to publish corporate...
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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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    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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    Microsoft Unveils Pricing and Packaging Details For BizTalk Server 2004

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    From Microsoft PressPass : “Like the previous version of the product, BizTalk Server 2004 will be offered in four editions: Enterprise, Standard, Partner and Developer. The pricing for these editions is on par with the 2002 version, with ERP...
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