scooblog by josh ledgard

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    Viacom to YouTube: Zip It... Zip it good

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    I think the clip says it all, but incase it doesn't... NEW YORK (Reuters) - Media conglomerate Viacom Inc. said on Tuesday that it was suing Google Inc. and its Internet video-sharing site YouTube for more than $1 billion over unauthorized use of its...
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    Don't taunt happy fun ball

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    Or Wikipedia :-) The comments on all the linked entries are just comical all around.
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    Meet up at the MVP Summit? Call Josh

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    I work on the Developer Division Customer connection team. I have no MVPs. There’s a bit of irony to that. This means that it is very hard for me to schedule ANY official time with MVPs at our annual MVP summit. What I can do is steal your unofficial...
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    Having an open mind towards leaks

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    Recently a blog post was made by a Microsoft employee who was excited about the new team he was joining. His post hinted at the new product by mentioning the potential competitors. Probably something that sholdn't have been done, but I don't really feel...
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    Something you don't see everyday at Microsoft

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    Source: Sara Ford's WebLog : Influencing the Microsoft culture one open source presentation at a time The thing I love most about my job is being creative in how I’m trying to get an idea or message across, especially when it comes down to challenging...
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    Strong free one two combination for creating localized applications

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    So you started your application and now realize you've hardcoded strings and you need to start offering localized version. There are two freely available tools you can use to help with this transition. Step One: Remove hardcoded strings and put them in...
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    Vista use is habit forming

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    Last night I sat down on my home PC and typed [windows-key] w-o-r [enter]. Nothing happened. This machine hadn't been updated to Vista and I hadn't realized that the way I launch applications has changed. It's a small thing, but I think the new start...
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    I started a personal blog

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    Blogs.msdn.com just doesn't seem like the place to post about cooking, the Red Sox, my kidmanals, and all the other non-Microsoft related banter that crosses my mind. So Gretchen and I started www.ledgards.com . The site probably has a different audience...
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    A suggestion for online RSS feed readers

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    Read and display the comment count so I can see how many people have an opinion about the post.
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    The problem with subscribing to guidance feeds

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    I think next-gen guidance is about bringing together a lot of key concepts: context-precision (using context to organize information) personalization (create your own views, tailor it for your needs, ... etc.) community type ratings (expose the thinking...
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    I guess they listened to Scoble

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    Went to check out the Google Reader. Loved the introduction and personal tour by the engineer on the front page. Someone drank the "Scoble-Aid".
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    A Reason Blogs Shouldn't Ship as Part of the MSDN Library

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    I'm not sure that the humor found here would translate well . Nevermind, I'd love to see what would happen to this on the translation wiki. I've been a bad blog reader of late. I actually found this because before I started a presentation yesterday someone...
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    It's a good sign when

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    A competitor starts copying our stuff . I saw it with Netscape before they lost market share and also saw it with AIM. The next step is when competitors in the web space start adding or releasing stuff that just makes people say "why?". It would also...
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    Ebay Spam

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    I wonder what E-bay does to try and stop phishers from leaching off of their membership. Seems like a problem they would want to solve. Gretchen and I recently used Ebay to sell some stuff and incurred the seller fees. Maybe we were ignorant. I just assumed...
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    Devdiv Brought Career Compass Down

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    This afternoon was time that several teams had set aside to work on their career discussion documents via the new http://careercompass tool. Apparently everyone was really enthusiastic about working on their careers and the site is currently down. I'm...
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    Ship It

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    Scoble is right . All the research, value proposition positioning, and market playbooks can't save you from looking like a copycat. Waiting that extra year or even months to perfect something for the web certainly doesn't win you any customer mindshare...
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    Testing Community Based Open Source projects for corporations

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    John's blog postings on testing open source projects where recently picked up by Mary Jo . Not bad PR for the work our team has been doing and good lessons to read if your team is looking at taking components open. Our team has learned many lessons about...
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    More Talk About Points and Reputation

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    Brain, a PM on the forums.Microsoft.com site, discusses the element of adding game like systems into discussion forums. While over at the www.asp.net site they've recently created a new point system. What do all the web dev guys think about their system...
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    Bad cover letters

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    My favorite are letters sent to me at Microsoft, but that personally address Bill Gates in their request for employment. "Dear Mr. Gates, I would be honored to be in your employ"... sent to me. More bad cover letters .
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    Good Comments about the Virtual Forum Economy

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    Feels like this concept is more tested than I imagined. There are some good comments from the post I made last week . I also got an offline pointed to this presentation: http://shufflebrain.com/etech06.htm This covered a lot of the concepts that I'd been...
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    A Virtual Economy for Forums?

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    While I was in China the forum engineers pointed us at some of the more popular forums. These forums had an interesting Virtual economy. Rather than simply rewarding points for participation users could also exchange their reputation between one another...
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    Crazy Blogging

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    I can't keep up with Gretchen's blogs anymore. She has the www.jobsyntax.com company and blog. She is also blogging and marketing for www.jobburner.com . Then, this week, we decided we wanted a site for personal blogs. I really don't want to bore you...
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    Since people have had thumbs

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    They have been giving each other thumbs up or thumbs down. Then, in a rewrite of history, Digg was invented and if you believe the sites rabid fans figured out that you could give content thumbs up or down for content rating. Oh, I forget, they added...
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    Product Feedback Meets Digg at Yahoo

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    Via the Yodel Blog We call it a Suggestion Board — you can browse suggestions from other site visitors or post your own. Digg -style voting means we can quickly discover what’s most important to users. In addition to reading feedback from other users...
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    Spam killed MyblogLog

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    I removed the "My Blog Log" list of recent readers from the side of my page. That group, now at Yahoo, has some work to do in order to deal with the SPAM. For the last couple of days my recent reader list has included ads for "free online pharmacies"...
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