The last few days, I've been feeling really achy again. I went to see my local GP and confirmed that my Sinusitis flared up again.
The last 2 days, I've been running a fever of 38 °C (that's 100.4 °F for my metric challenged friends). I'm also on stronger antibiotics.
So, I face a dilemma - do I cancel my session tomorrow at the Microsoft Unlimited Potential (UP) Community Conference or do I drag myself from my sick bed and present?
My wife wants me to stay home. I am thinking to err on the side of caution and let the organisers know that I am sick.
What would you do?
I'm off for my 4 day residential management event.
I will find out what the four words my colleagues came back with.
Blogging will be light.
I don't even know if the venue has internet access, so I may have to sneak out at night to a local WiFi hotspot.
This is the first time I have gone on one of these residential type of things, so I turn to Dilbert for inspiration
Lots of things happened this week, and a personal highlight for me was getting a new phone - a Palm Treo 750.
Now, everyone knows how much I love my iMate K-JAM, but the Treo just rocks.
It's the best phone I've had - and I've had a few. And it's definitely the best Windows Mobile device I have used - and I've tried them all.
The Palm Innovations are really slick and really make it an easy to use phone.
The word is that it's launching soon in Australia, and I reckon it's going to be a winner.
What's going to happen to my iMate K-JAM? - I haven't decided, but most likely it's going to one of my children.
I've been busy hiring.
3 new people (Nick, Michael, Scott) have all started in the past few weeks and they are all getting used to life at Microsoft.
A bunch of them have headed over to Seattle for a week of technical training.
So, this is what the team looks like now - Anna, Nils and David Sajfar don't directly to me any more, so I will only have 15 direct reports!
Two more jobs to fill. Almost there!!
I'll be speaking at the upcoming Microsoft Unlimted Potential (UP) Community Conference next week.
I've been asked back following my session at the last conference
The case study I featured back then is now turned into it's own session on podcasting - way to go Mike!
Speaking of Mike, he has called out to me to collaborate online, via tags and to answer some questions he posed.
OK, i'll give it a try.
Mike asks about Microsoft information about podcasting - specifically subscribing to them
Yes, podcast subscribing support isn't embedded directly in Windows Media Player. However, there are some superb applications that make it simple. I have used Doppler for a while and my current favorite client is Feed Station from those clever guys at Newsgator.
Would it be good to see this baked into Windows Media Player - sure, but here's a way to Roll your own podcasting support for WMP 11
Mike also asks if Microsoft has a service for upload audio/video to a store in the cloud. Well, we have Soapbox for video. In terms of 3rd party services, I can see that there are heaps, but I don't know of any preferred services.
Finally, Microsoft uses podcasting from a content delivery perspective. Just look at the Podcast directory over on Channel 9, and don't forget the local Sydney Institute Podcast series
Mike - I hope this makes sense. Looking forward to seeing you next week
I am off on a management training workshop next week.
In preparation I have asked some of my colleagues to list four adjectives that describe their impression of me.
I've emailed them and I await the response
I am curious to see what my colleagues come back.
Hopefully it wont be one of these
Update: Someone emailed me these, and I couldn't resist
Excerpt from New York Times Article: Australia Is Seeking Nationwide Shift to Energy-Saving Light Bulbs http://www.nytimes.com/2007/02/21/business/worldbusiness/21light.html
SYDNEY, Australia, Feb. 20 — Australia looks ready to become the first country to phase out incandescent light bulbs in favor of more energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs, as part of its drive to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases.
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