Ratcliffe's Ruminations

Thoughts on software, support, services and so forth

Ratcliffe's Ruminations

  • Working at the speed of blogs

    We're deep in a project to modify the Telligent blog platform to deliver much more bloggy goodness across the TechNet and MSDN networks. Is there a ninja assassin Telligent coder out there who wants to make some cash working on the project for the next...
  • How's the New TechNet Home & Cloud Design Strike You?

    Last week, TechNet launched its new home and hub design, a Metro-friendly editorialized home page design for the site and new themed topic pages, such as TechNet.com/cloud . It's received some positive and some negative feedback. In particular, we received...
  • Thinking about deployment with the IT Pros

    Tech*Ed is off and running after a day of poor connectivity caused by unknown forces. Apparently much of the Net was down regionally, so connectivity from the New Orleans Convention Center was bad to non-existent most of the day on Monday. The TechNet...
  • TechNet On: Something new in IT Pro content

    The TechNet home page today features a new approach to content, TechNet On: Cloud Security, the first of our new bi-weekly deep-dives into an important IT Pro issue. This represents a departure from the TechNet home page of old, which emphasized linking...
  • Entering Microsoft

    Today is my 15th day at Microsoft. Having been around the company, covering it as a journalist, negotiating with it as a partner and customer, and generally living in the world that Bill Gates had a huge hand in building, my "on-boarding" has been an...
  • Top five things IT Pros at Tech*Ed want from TechNet

    Two days in the TechNet booth at Tech*Ed (and six autographed copies of Ric Merrifield's ReThink later), there has been a lot of great feedback on the site. If you can't be here to talk with us, let me share some of what I'm hearing IT Pros want, so please...
  • The perils of "free" in the design of services

    I've written frequently about the benefits and perils of the use of the "free" price-point by writers and content creators . It's a great way to enter the market, but it doesn't turn into dinner on the table unless you find a way to provide and be compensated...
  • See the future, today

    Keith Combs is about to pull the covers off the TechNet 2.0 design in a series of podcasts (click to subscribe with RSS) with John Martin, who leads the TechNet group at Microsoft. The new TN breaks in mere weeks.