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    The Return of Strange Googlings

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    Being out sick most of the week and the prescription strength cold medication I’ve been put on had me in the mood to go through my referral logs again in search more strange googlings ! Writing Real Well Sir, you clicked on the wrong link...
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    Brainstorming Results of Online Discussion Solutions

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    As promised… My first thoughts on some solutions to the problems I mentioned yesterday . I chatted today with one of the guys behind some of the central Microsoft community efforts such as the MS public newsgroup site. We talked about how...
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    MVP Summit Views and Issues with Threaded Discussions

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    During the MVP summit I made it my mission to seek out as much feedback from anyone who would talk to me about newsgroups, web forums, and the general scenarios around the people who answer a lot of questions and the people who need to find or ask for...
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    More Good Whidbey Feedback

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    Steve has some great impresions here . And I love the attitude of the post title! Some highlights follow... “ I used to be one of those people who said code behind was joke, created extra files and was a PITA to migrate from one machine to another...
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    Sound On/Off As part of the Window Title Bar?

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    Mitch read my post and thinks so. I'm actually thinking that this might confuse users since there are legitimate reasons for sound from the window. The app just has to know when the user asked for sound and when the user didn't. It's just like the pop...
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    Cleaning up my Web Browsing

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    I received a bunch of responses to this post about all the new ads. I've played around with all of the solutions proposed over the last 2 days. Here are my comments. AdSubtract : This app seems to do the best at eliminating adds. It removed all the...
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    Maximizing the Reach of your Unique Strengths

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    Eric Carter asks if Microsoft is approaching community in the right way ? My response follows: I don't believe there is singular "best" approach for Microsoft to participate in the community that is as simple as “Spend time doing X”. I...
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    Why its Finally OK to block Pop-up Ads

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    So IE finally has an integrated pop-up blocker! This is great news for the millions of PC users that had not yet downloaded the google toolbar. I believe that it finally became OK for web browsers to do this because advertisers already have alternatives...
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    Seven Dwarfs Compete to be the Apprentice

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    Sometimes I just wish Donald would just fire 2-3 of these people at a time. I'm not sure any of them should be running a piece of the Trump corporation. I guess there are reasons why he loses tons of money every year on pretty much everything but this...
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    Random MVP Summit Notes

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    I'm still working on digesting the detailed notes I took while engaging in discussions about online discussions and Microsoft's role in the community, but here are some random thoughts I had during the summit. More themed discussions: On Tuesday there...
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    More MVP Blogs to Read

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    If you work at MS you should be listening to these guys and if you don't work @ MS the MVP's have some great content available. Someday MVP's will be highlighted on product team web pages, but until then, here is a great resource of MVP blogs. http...
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    Visual Studio 2005 blog Feedback Hunt

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    I've been watching a few feedster searches for feedback on the CTP builds of Whidbey. I figured I'd share some of the information I've found. If you want to keep up on this yourself search for “visual 2005” or “Whidbey” or “CTP”...
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    Welcome to the Developer PowerToys

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    The Developer PowerToys site is a "work in progress" directory of cool utilities and tools developed by Microsoft and the community that are meant to improve developer productivity. Currently, on this site, you will find the original list of Powertoys...
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    Visual Studio 2005 Release Notes on a Community Wiki

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    Philip Reick has started a Visual Studio 2005 Community Tech Preview (CTP) changelog and readme wiki . I posted the fixes to two of the most common problems I've seen blogged about so far and I encourage the community (that includes VS Team members) to...
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    MVP Summit Thank You

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    To echo the first slide presented by every executive today I wanted to give a “mid MVP conference thank you” to all of the MVP’s. Specifically thanks to Jacob, Ian, Robert, Eric, Paul, Steven, Daniel, and many other for chatting with...
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    MVP Summit Kick Off

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    I was at the MVP Summit welcome reception tonight. It was awesome to finally meet some of the people I've been talking to on-line for a long time. It was also cool to talk to all the new people I didn't know beforehand. At least three people read my name...
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    More PC Laptop Issues

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    I guess it's OK to vent our own frustrations about PC laptops here. I have both a Sony Vaio and a Toshiba Tablet currently. One for home and one for work. Having had both of these laptops for over two years I've had to replace both batteries. Thankfully...
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    .TEXT Suggested Features

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    Today there are over 400 bloggers on blogs.msdn.com. Over the last two months there have been 150 MS blogs added. We're going to be over a thousand before you know it! But with the good comes the bad. Posts are going to scroll off the main feed...
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    Feedback Request: Whidbey Help Toolbar and Screen Resolution

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    After helping Scott fix his images I can now point you to his requests for feedback on the Whidbey Help Toolbar and Screen Resolution . It's funny that the toolbar doesn't even have Dynamic Help listed but the user hatred lingers. If my vote counts, and...
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    Meet me @ the MVP Summit

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    I'm planning on spending as much time at the MVP summit next week as time will allow. I won't presume to have a fan base rushing to meet me as if I were Don Box or even my wife , who will also be attending several of the events. But I will be there chatting...
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    Will Longhorn People and Groups solve my Problems?

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    Dan has a great post that points to information explaining how people and contact lists will be 1st class objects in Longhorn. These API's could be used by ISVs who want to party on your one list. Of course, the number of people that actually take advantage...
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    100th Post and a Tablet PC Update

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    It you have a Table PC I strongly encourage you to download sp2 RC1 for windows XP. It actually installs the Tablet 2004 version of XP and I was actually able to write this post with it. I may actually use my Toshiba in Tablet mode again! The floating...
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    PowerToys 2.0 Site Priorities Draft

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    Today I took a stab at creating a prioritized feature list for the 2.0 version of the site. If I missed something or you think I have the ranking wrong let me know. Note: It is not a goal of ours to provide a tool upload mechanism. Tool downloads...
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    Help Shape the VS PowerToys 2.0 Site

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    I've formed a virtual team inside Microsoft whose mission is to shape the future of the Visual Studio PowerToys site. Since this site was created for customers we figured we might as well involve customers in the design of the PowerToys 2.0 site. Consider...
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    Describing the SDE Role

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    Over at jobsblog they took their first stab at describing the different job roles at Microsoft. They started with the SDE . Here is my .03 on their post. They missed the career choice that involved simply continuing to focus on code over time...
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