chrsburr's WebLog

  • So Long, this blog is officially closed

    I have been quiet for quite some time and I apologize to both of my readers for going dark. I have moved on to a new position as Product Unit Manager of the MSN Internet Access Engineering team, this is an exciting new role but I'll talk about it more...
  • Fingerprint Reader - Thanks for the inspiration

    So I’ve had my fingerprint reader for a while now, it’s been pretty useful and I find many more uses for it everyday (seems to have no effect when I point it passing cars). However I have to say that after reading TBB’s post about the LED being on 24x7...
  • Microsoft Fingerprint Reader

    The other day I heard a strange series of noises coming from Bryce’s office so I popped in to take a look. Turns out he was messing around with his new Microsoft Fingerprint Reader, looked super cool. Bryce had a second one that he “loaned” me so I could...
  • Spyware and my sons’ machine

    For several weeks (ok probably months) my son has been complaining that his machine being slow and I have been planning on rebuilding it. I typically do this once or twice a year because he downloads and installs so much sludge that it’s nice to give...
  • My blog is sick, but it ain't dead

    If you have read my blog of late you’ve probably noticed that I haven’t exactly set the world on fire with riveting content. There are a few reasons (excuses). First and foremost I am not a very interesting person or at least don't have a lot of interesting...
  • Setting Shared Values – Step 1

    Please note that while this process worked for my team, I am not implying that this is a best practice. Instead I am simply documenting our experiences with this exercise. I guess the first thing that you should do is read or listen to Managing by Values...
  • Setting Shared Values – Step 0

    In my last post I promised to outline the process that our team went through in setting and attempting to live by shared values. However in thinking about writing this I came to the conclusion that there are a few things that need to be in place before...
  • On building a team

    I have been struggling to come up with something interesting to talk about in this weeks post but when I read Ken Hiatt latest post @ http://blogs.msdn.com/kenhiatt , I was inspired and began to look at things a bit differently. The first thing I realized...
  • Bloggers - they're everywhere

    Boy have things changed for our team over the last few months! As late as September we had a total of 0 blogs and many people secretly wondered what this whole blogging thing is about. Today however there are at least 7 blogs and at least 10 people who...
  • EEC Tour Video on Channel 9

    The much anticipated (at least by me) video tour of the Enterprise Engineering Center is now up on channel9 . Jeremy Collins and Scott Napolitan were gracious enough to do the walking tour and Robert Scoble of course was behind the camera. Good stuff...
  • An interesting day of meetings

    Today I spent several hours meetings. This is a common occurrence for me but today was a little different. The meetings were about Quality, Community, Accountability and value proposition, pretty standard topics around here and generally the thinking...
  • My favorite office prank

    At Microsoft window offices are handed out strictly based on years of service at the company. Years ago when I was on the Publisher team we had a guy named Randy who was the next in line to get a window. For several months Randy remained the next in line...
  • Halo 2

    I Don't have an overall impression of the game yet cause I only had about 30 minutes of play time before coming to work today . I Got my copies at EB games in Redmond. My wife (Elena) being the great wife that she is was willing to get a number and stand...
  • UltimateTV

    Let me preface this by saying that I am a pretty reasonable guy, I don't get overly upset when things aren't going my way and accept failings in both people and stuff pretty well. Let me also say that I once loved my UltimateTV way more than my TiVo and...
  • My Vonage Experience

    I have had Vonage for several months now and am pretty happy with it. Seems reliable enough and I really like the ability to get voicemail and configure call forwarding online. Of course for a guy like me a couple tin cans and a string would be good enough...
  • User groups - What can we do to help?

    Last week we had the pleasure of meeting with a handful of Microsoft MVPs. Our goal for this meeting was to simply hear how we at Microsoft could do a better job helping our MVPs in their efforts to support and grow a healthy community. The meeting was...
  • Welcome to ChrsBurr's Weblog

    Blogging (well actually any type of proactive communication) is pretty foreign to me. I am not sure that I have a lot of interesting things to say but I’ll blog once a week and do my best to keep it interesting. I’ll mainly focus on current events in...