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  • Blog Post: working for microsoft–6 years

    i’m coming up on 6 years at microsoft and still wake up every day jazzed about what i do, the people i work with, and probably most importantly for me – some visionaries at the top.  i just read j allard’s internal memo “decide. change. reinvent.” and have been keeping an eye on both the public...
  • Blog Post: sunday posts for everyone - biking, growing up and independence

    this weekend our daughter audrey learned to ride a two wheeler and just like her older brother samuel is now cruising around the neighborhood with the rest of us independent of training wheels or a contraption off the back of dad's bike. her new found freedom is really fun to watch. she's always picked...
  • Blog Post: sunday posts for everyone: what is he talking about?

    a couple weeks ago someone mentioned that they don’t understand half of the stuff i post here, on twitter and on facebook (because my twitter updates also appear on facebook automatically) and i got to thinking about how much of what i communicate assumes you work in information technology.  thus...
  • Blog Post: sunday posts for everyone - influences

    it seems appropriate on my parent's anniversary to post something about how both of them have influenced me both personally and professionally. after all, they are the first two examples, mentors, friends and people i could and did look up to. let's start with my mom. although she is liberal in some...
  • Blog Post: 5 years @ microsoft

    today is my 5 year anniversary at microsoft and seems like a great time to think back through the changes in the past 5 years.  i already had a windows mobile phone (and had gotten rid of a traditional “home phone”) when hired and computers (desktops and laptops), a windows media center, tv tuners...
  • Blog Post: sunday posts for everyone - the wait is over on june 25th

    i've been waiting for friday, june 25th and now on father's day it's less than a week away. what's happening on june 25th you ask? office 2010 has already shipped (i haven't posted anything on docs.com or office.live.com here that i recall). the xbox news was already announced. it's the return of my...
  • Blog Post: sunday posts for everyone - giving

    this topic seemed to be appropriate since i have just completed a few requests to support a high school friend , a coworker and a friend i met through the chicago windows user group in their running and walking.  in june eva and i will again participate in the trek 100 ride . the chicago windows...
  • Blog Post: sunday posts for everyone: bing maps and photosynth integration!

    last week at malta elementary all the kids were excited about the photosynth (a 3 dimensional representation of a place or an object from different angles) and i also showed them the bing map app of some of those photosynths.  once we got to the microsoft surface globe application ( part of the...
  • Blog Post: sunday posts for everyone: bit.ly

    the old wisdom used to be don’t click on anything that you don’t recognize and only follow links from someone you know, but lately with so many of our methods of communications being shortened (twitter, texting, mobile phones, netbooks, etc.) there is definitely a new set of confusing looking links around...
  • Blog Post: tnetennba - a new word is born

    tonight is the 3rd episode in the 4th series of the it crowd. in the 2nd episode, moss uses the word "tnetennba" and just like that you can find other it crowd fans by typing this into google, yahoo or bing. i love the way graham linehan plays with popular sites ("friendface" and "jitter" are mentioned...
  • Blog Post: movies about dreams and virtual reality

    this week i saw the movie inception for the second time and it reminded me of another movie when i was young that i really enjoyed brainstorm. brainstorm is a movie staring christopher walken and natalie wood about two scientists that perfect a machine that allows one person to "playback" the real world...
  • Blog Post: hobbies

    it's friday afternoon and seems like an appropriate time to post a couple paragraphs about things i've been doing in my spare time both computer and non computer-related. a couple of things i've been doing on the computer include learning the dvorak keyboard (i'm downloading mavis beacon software right...
  • Blog Post: sunday posts for everyone

    a good friend of mine mentioned at church that there are a number of my posts that she doesn't understand (or knows she's better off ignoring because of my musical tastes!) and finds it frustrating that she doesn't understand. i've decided to start finding something to share on sundays that relates to...
  • Blog Post: sunday posts for everyone: multiple computers

    between work and home i’ve got enough computers that i often lose track of what computer has what software on it (or even more importantly, what computer has what document, pictures, videos or music on it) and making certain it’s available from whatever computer i happen to be working on or using at...
  • Blog Post: powerpoint not required

    two years ago this month i joined dekalb area toastmasters. for the past year i have served as our club's president. today i was able to recreate my "icebreaker" speech the way i would have two years ago if a projector were available. the title of the speech was "powerpoint not required". i started out...
  • Blog Post: account confirmation phishing email

    early this morning i received the following email: although it appears on the left to be a communication from the “windows live team”, check out the actual email address on the right: windowsliveteam.support394@hotmail.com – doesn’t look too official to me! phishing attempts are something i’ve dealt...
  • Blog Post: growing up

    when i was really young, i watched sesame street, the electric company and zoom on wttw (pbs) during the week and every weekend started with the superfriends and saturday morning cartoons. as i grew older, there was a lot of wfld and whatever channel 44 was called. then the brady bunch, happy days and...