User Groups and Community

How should Microsoft work together with user groups and communities around the world?

October, 2007

  • IFIP in Montreal

    I mentioned a couple of posts ago that I was presenting to the IFIP council in Montreal. As you can see from the picture below, the meeting went very well, and I got to hang out with some very nice people who are also some of the key figures in the IT...
  • A final farewell

    My grandmother just died on Thursday the 25th October, at the age of 101. Nan, you will be missed, and I hope you are keeping them entertained in heaven... I also hope I've got a lot of your genes... 101 is a great target for me to aim for. RIP Teresa...
  • Microsoft buys a (very small) stake in Facebook

    I read in the newspaper (what, you think Microsoft staff hear about stuff early? :-)) that we just bought a part of Facebook. A very small part, just 1.6%. At first I didn't get it, but as I read some of the comments on the web I realised there are actually...
  • The IT Profession

    I’m currently sat on a plane on my way to Montreal for a meeting of the Institute for Information Processing – www.ifip.org , a body which was formed by UNESCO a number of years ago to act as an international authority on all sorts of IT related topics...
  • Microsoft IT Advisory Council

    Although I'm sure that some people think that Microsoft just comes up with ideas, implements them and then sells the product, in fact nothing could be further from the truth. Although we do have a number of VERY smart people who come up with no end of...
  • Advice for a 14 year old...

    Among my other interests are Cars. Porsches to be specific. I'm a member of a Porsche focused board - www.6speedonline.com , which has an off topic section which is only accessible to registered members. There are some weird conversations in the off topic...
  • Some really cool new features on Live Search Maps.

    Check it out on Live Search Maps , get a list of new features etc from the Virtual Earth Space . Two particularly cool ones I like are "Party Maps" and Route around Traffic, but there is lots of other cool stuff to play with as well. Oh, and if...
  • 4 TB disk drives?

    Hitachi is talking about 4 terabyte drives, apparently due by 2011. This BBC News article gives more details, but what I want to know is how your average user is going to back up their machines? (not that many do now!). Formatting may take a while as...
  • Which is the right way up?

    :-) Perhaps there isn't a right answer? need to reposition the window to the right place, and wait for everything to download. the same way, but as most people are interested in the newer content you would then Perhaps new content on blogs and emails...
  • Virtual Labs

    Have you checked out the TechNet Evaluation Center ? Not only is it a great resource if you are evaluating Microsoft solutions, but many of the resources are great for user group events - you can use the labs or the downloadable virtual machines to do...
  • Community done right...

    I just heard about a great community event held in Croatia. For those of you wondering what you might do in your user group, you might be able to get a few ideas from this. MSCommunity CodeCamp 2007 – Another INETA successful event! Quick facts...
  • Microsoft Unlimited Potential

    What is Unlimited Potential ? It's about helping individuals and communities around the globe achieve their goals and dreams with relevant, accessible, and affordable technologies. Through innovative solutions and local partnerships that are transforming...
  • The new Zune - makes the OLD Zune look even better than ever.

    If you are not in the USA, I apologise for this post, but whilst we may get Zunes, you get decent beer. I love my Zune. Yes, I know iPod is where the cool people are, but my Zune together with a subscription really works for me - it means that I can...
  • Steve Jobs visiting Microsoft campus?

    This is funny - it's not the real Steve Jobs, it's a fake - http://fakesteve.blogspot.com/2007/10/attention-microsoft-employees-i-am.html . I may just go to this.
  • Starting and running a user group

    Both Culminis and INETA have produced excellent guides on how to start and run a user group. In addition to this, they also have a mentorship program where new user groups can be supported by larger groups. If you are starting, or thinking of starting...
  • Who is this bloke, and why should you care?

    I've just created this blog so that I can not only pontificate about user groups and Microsoft, but also so I can get your ideas on how we (note - we , not me ) can make things as good as possible. I desperately need your feedback and suggestions! ...