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    Righty ho, so about a month ago a new product manager started in Microsoft UK called Dr. Michael Newberry – he’s a fantastic Australian and (being wary that there are more than a few Aussies reading this blog) I am looking forward hugely to the Ashes flying their way safely back with the winning English...
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    So whilst we run the first user group for CCS at Microsoft, look what happens to the MSFT share price! Made me smile!
  • Blog Post: Great ballmer video on Google and joining Microsoft

    Nice refreshing video here showing you a relaxed Steve and his views on Google as well as his joining process into Microsoft: Ballmer: Google's growth strategy is 'insane' Kind of cool and candid - hope you all have a great weekend! Enjoy!
  • Blog Post: Offtopic - Humour and Irony - Laser ice levelling - nice!

    Have to love the technology used to level the runway in Antarctica for the first regular link down there from Oz.....cannot help thinking about the irony of landing a plane on the ice in order to study the environment....lol Good weekend all!
  • Blog Post: Fast plan to get into High End Enterprise Search...!

    Here are some more stories all around the FAST announcement yesterday - you have to love the manner in which the story is reported differently in the different media - Hats off to the IHT for using a picture of Bill Gates with Slash from Guns 'n' Roses to add just a touch of exotica to the story! The...
  • Blog Post: Top Stuff I have seen recently..

    Made me smile: How to tell if your boss is nuts: saw this from the brilliant Execupundit blog: http://money.cnn.com/galleries/2007/bing/0706/quiz.crazybosses.fortune/index.html Think I might be lucky having read some of those weirdo options to tick!
  • Blog Post: More on presentations..had me in tears..

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  • Blog Post: Humour: Run a search for 'Search' and locate your nearest competitor - Google and MS :-)

    We have seen this for a while now but have been keeping stum for obvious reasons - story is if you type 'search' in google you get directed to the Microsoft Live Search site. CNET took this story over to Google & got their official commemts which made me smile, read the full article here: http...
  • Blog Post: Offtopic: Abseiling, Climbing and lots of water...good excuse for less blogging

    So I am afraid I have not been able to blog much this week as I have been out of the office on a team building offsite - please rest assured normal service will resume next week. For your touch of Friday humour check out the team and some of what we did here: http://blogs.technet.com/chrisp/archive...
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    So as an follow up to the blog I did a few weeks back on F1 use of MS technology (Offtopic Friday humour... http://blogs.technet.com/mikep/archive/2006/08/11/446043.aspx ), check out the very cool steering wheel from Fiat as shown on Jason Langridge's blog: http://blogs.msdn.com/jasonlan/archive/2006...
  • Blog Post: Top tip - if you have another half who doesnt like getting out of bed in the morning...

    Then just tell them it has been snowing - for some reason it only takes them 2 seconds to get out then :-) This was the gorgeous view we had this morning: Made me laugh all the way to the office!
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    So as you will have seen last week and will see again tomorrow we have been out and about with the Partner TV video camera taking shots from the product teams when we manage to catch them! Here is a fascinating video clip of some early work we have planned - all around making Human 2.0: The example...
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  • Blog Post: Offtopic Friday humour...More on the Automotive Industry..!

    So I am sure some of you have seen the Automotive announcements around Formula 1 that I have to say are to the best of my knowledge not confirmed yet. However the rumour is that Bridgestone and Microsoft have been granted exclusive contracts to be the sole suppliers, of tyres and ECUs respectively, of...
  • Blog Post: Nuns on the run on the tinterweb...

    Leafing through my copy of the Sunday Times today this story made me smile about Nuns blogging: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2089-2471917.html The parallels to what the nuns are doing in giving us a review of their habits (sorry couldn’t resist that one) and the leaps Microsoft have...
  • Blog Post: For all those people who think that bosses are perfect - remember we are all learning...

    I was just reading a new blog that I have recently subscribed to called Execupundit.com - it's truly a great place to read some pragmatic cool advice and the following really got me thinking: http://www.execupundit.com/2007/02/note-from-boss-to-employees-what-some.html Sure we are all guilty of sometimes...
  • Blog Post: Friday Humour: Cubicle Song and Video...classic stuff

    So we have all seen this type of office antics before and this is another in the same vain - a really funny song, brilliantly worded and an amusing video all scripted to James Blunt tune: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uxqsWHpznsg Search post coming up!!
  • Blog Post: Saw this on CNET - Goofiest tech moves of 2006

    These round ups always serve as a good reminder of the year that has been :) Security implications of confidential information Removal of Pluto from the planets Interests in Consumer gadgets and how excited people get about them :) http://news.com.com/1606-2_3-6144305.html?tag=ne.video.6134071 Enjoy...
  • Blog Post: Off Topic: Scoble and Eric Sink on: How to get people talking about your product...

    I was browing Robert Scoble's blog and caught this link to a great reference of 'How to get people talking about your product' - now this got me thinking around the whole process fo adoption and how many times do i hear businesses targeting customers in an inapprpriate manner that drives limited results...
  • Blog Post: Offtopic: What small change in a car, would deliver a 3.5% difference in top speed? (Hint it's a Lamborghini...)

    Well I know it is offtopic but that small detail in question is merely putting the roof up on a Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder - 190 mph roof down and 197mph with the roof up gives a 3.5% or 7mph increase in top speed....wow! Small changes big impact, now where is my piggy bank... :-) So to bring...
  • Blog Post: Sunday Humour: Gaping Void.....the blogging wine/cartoonist on MS and Google

    This made me smile when I saw it....looks like the world is thinking Google and MS, and Hugh Macleod has placed a touch of humour around the theme: http://www.gapingvoid.com/googlems115-thumb.jpg So, too much chat about two competitors and not enough about the business value derived by the customer...
  • Blog Post: HPC Through the Ages - Great funny Video for Friday viewing...check it out..

    So you all probably know that we dream up these videos showing development of software over the years and then what happens when Microsoft enters the market – this one is ever so slightly biased in our direction rather surprisingly J SC06 or Bust With SC06 just around the corner, it's...
  • Blog Post: Humour from Oz: Hmmm to Google or to LiveSearch...that is the question :-)

    One of my colleagues Nick over in Oz sent this post over to me which made me smile: http://blogs.msdn.com/nickmayhew/archive/2007/02/21/google-versus-live-search.aspx Nick fed us this vital bit of context as apparently the chap playing the tv presenter is actually the CEO of Channel 9, check it...
  • Blog Post: Offtopic: First Direct - The Comedy Bank get in the Christmas Spirit

    Saw a friend using First Direct this morning and this is their Christmas message to their customers - nice :-) Seen any alternative banking humour?