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  • Blog Post: AD: Two slightly used TiVos for sale

    Before Windows Media Center Edition was released, I purchased two TiVo DVRs.  My family has really enjoyed these units - In fact my 3 year old daughter has become so used to being able to watch a favorite episode of Rugrats on demand that when we explained that grandma's TV can only play scheduled programs...
  • Blog Post: Kingdomality companion worksheet

    On the topic of Kindomality, for those that have a copy of the book , they may have noticed there's a different version of the personality test in the appendices than the better known online version . Here's a companion worksheet I put together that let's you visualize the breakdown of your responses...
  • Blog Post: So far so good - Lovin' the new Windows AntiSpyware beta

    A friend put me on to this the other day: Microsoft has released a free beta download of our new Windows AntiSpyware application . I ran it on a couple of machines at work and at home and it detected nothing, but on my daughter's PC, it found several problems. This beta appears to have done a fair job...
  • Blog Post: Analog AV Capture Sequel...

    While I am pleased to report that Movie Maker and Windows XP Media Center 2005 have been responding within specified parameters, I am displeased to find that the most of host of 3rd party media capture products I've tried since have not lived up to expectations... At CompUSA, I purchased Pinnacle...
  • Blog Post: Introduction - Bryce Milton

    By way of background, I was born and raised here in the Redmond area and have now worked at MS for the past seven years (with a few years of contract software testing work before that). Prior to coming to work at Microsoft, I was a counter-intelligence agent and a tactical interrogator in the US Army...
  • Blog Post: Windows Messenger in Corporate Environments

    I had a surprise the other day - I run MSN Messenger 6.2 on my laptop here at work for occasional IM sessions with friends and family, and after I signed in yesterday morning with my user@microsoft.com Passport, it prompted me to change my Passport email addy to user@messengeruser.com ! It told me to...
  • Blog Post: Inappropriate relations with a Sun server...

    Wow! If a Microsoftie has a few complimentary words to say about Sun's latest Windows-compatible hardware, should he be fired for revealing his latent "hardware fetishist" tendencies? According to TheRegister , the answer is a logic-defying "yes". Fortunately, my boss doesn't look to the Register for...
  • Blog Post: My recent trials and travails with Windows Media-based Home Video scenarios

    While catching up on some time off this month, I decided to sit down the other day and digitize several hours of old and recent home video, but despite having what I thought were likely to be all the right tools for the job, this turned out to be much more painful than I had anticipated! The tools...
  • Blog Post: Making life as a LUser more livable

    Well, after reading Aaron Margosis' blog , I decided to give running as a limited user at home another try... I'm used to running *Nixoid workstations in this manner of course and I've tried running this way on my Windows boxes on a couple of occasions in the past and had been dissatisfied with the experience...
  • Blog Post: What Kind of American English Do You Speak?

    What Kind of American English Do You Speak? - Having been born and raised here in the Redmond area with a couple of years spent in rural parts of Pennsylvania and Maryland and elsewhere, here's how I tested out on the latest " timewaster of the week ": 75% General American English ...
  • Blog Post: Analog AV Capture - Conclusion

    Well, I'm pleased to report that after sinking an excessive amount of time into this project and stumbling through all of the gotchas detailed in the previous two installments, I finally hit upon a set of products and a work flow that resulted in really nice quality output as follows: I've purchased...
  • Blog Post: Kingdomality - Helpful insights into team dynamics

    I know the www.kingdomality.com quiz has made the internet rounds a few times, but I was recently handed a copy of the book by my boss and I really did find "Kingdomality: An Ingenious New Way to Triumph in Management" to be quite an engaging read that was very worthwhile. Thanks for putting me on to...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft's version of the Darwin Award...

    Well, it's official: Richard Gregg has been sentenced to 2 years in one of Washington State's fine correctional facilities for the crime of tragic stupidity. This is really a shame - Richard is a very likable fellow who had run the software library for the Windows Application Compatibility Testing Team...
  • Blog Post: Paintball Outing

    This last weekend a couple of guys from the EEC and the Windows Server TAP team went down to a place called Hole-in-the-wall Paintball to shoot each other with small projectiles from pneumatic weapons :-) Before From left to right, we have Matt Wagner , Dave Kearney, Do Kim, myself, Nathan McAffee...
  • Blog Post: Terminal Dodgeball

    Last week the Terminal Services Team squared off against the EEC crew in a very one-sided dodgeball game at the ProClub in Redmond... I wasn't able to make it, but as I hear things, the score was something like EEC=3, TS=0! Stanley Jones took some video of it using a Kodak digital camera which I've put...