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  • Blog Post: Microsoft Announces 5000 Job Cuts, 1400 of Them Today

    CNN has a good write-up regarding the recent announcement from Ballmer on the state of the company. The interesting thing is that the email just came out, but by the time I finished reading it, the story was already plastered all over Techcrunch, Engadget, and the rest of the blogosphere. Boy does news...
  • Blog Post: BBC Homepage Introduces Adverts, Hell Freezes Over

    Being new to the UK, I've learned two valuable lessons; one, when a cab driver talks about the weather, always agree with him.  "Weather's cold today sir?," says the cabbie.  "Oh no, zin Germany, much colder, zis is noting," says the German.  His business card is all...
  • Blog Post: Just Watched Obama Get Grilled by House Republicans QA for 90 minutes. WOW!

    Sorry if politics isn’t your thing (it should be cause tech revolves around policy), and I am not trying to be hyperbolic when I say this but I think I’ve witnessed the most honest and open American political debate in my 27 years of life!  Although not quite British Parliament style, its reminded...
  • Blog Post: 10 Worst Job Search Tips in the World

    I'll admit, I'm pretty stubborn and set in my ways when it comes to searching for new jobs.  I believe there is a right and a wrong when it comes to presenting yourself and sending out resumes.  I've been lucky that I have an extremely ambitious group of friends who have taught me and mentored...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Goes Yahoo!

    Eileen beat me to the punch on this one. I am excited by this announcement because some of my favorite sites on the Internet are Yahoo properties such as Flickr and Upcoming. I also hope that that certain technologies die off like Yahoo messenger. Here are few thoughts that have been swirling in my head...
  • Blog Post: Sony to Toshiba, "Why Won't You Die?"

    Well at long last this pathetic formats war is over.  Toshiba today finally threw in the towel after weeks of endless posturing and innuendo not unlike that found in the epic battle above from The Quest for the Holy Grail. It is really a shame because now I can't make fun of Sony for never having...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Simplifies Virtualization Licensing on Windows Server 2008

    In some scenarios, Microsoft found that the CAL policy surrounding Hyper-V use made the solution more expensive than VMWare’s.  Customers who virtualized Windows Server 2003 required 2008 CALs even though they had purchased 2003 CALs.  One of the primary reasons to virtualize an operating system...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Kills Santa and Other Wild Tales of Pizza and Love Making

    During my presentation of Search Server 2008 in London in front of a great audience of about 200, I was showing off how businesses can pull in search results from 3rd party search engines using Federated Search . In my demo, I showed how using The Register's RSS feed formatting, I could get search results...
  • Blog Post: Understanding the State of Broadband

    I absolutely love Fora.TV because it is one of the highest quality sources for policy-based discussions and videos on the web.  Recently they post a fascinating piece done by Derek Slater, a Policy Analyst at Google, who discuss the state of broadband policy primarily in the US but it’s ramifications...
  • Blog Post: Vista SP1 RTM Released to TechNet Plus and MSDN Subscribers!

    I won't get into this whole SP1 mine field as I think there has been enough back and forth on the blogs.  The interesting blogs I've read have been Mike Nash's Windows Vista blog that has been showered with customer feedback to some of our popular evangelists in the field like Keith Combs . The...
  • Blog Post: Sun Acquired by Oracle to Make “Apple of the Enterprise”

    In a surprise move, Sun Microsystems has been bought by Oracle.  The details are still a little lacking but few knew that while talks between IBM and Sun were breaking down, that Oracle was conducting covert negotiations. Much of the outcome from this acquisition will be determined by how Oracle...
  • Blog Post: MiniBar: London's Premiere Web 2.0 Geek Night

    Browsing Upcoming.org for some interesting social events, I came across fun little event called Minibar, ironic I know.  Minibar is essentially an evening "geek" night thrown at local bar/lounge where influential people from the community, start-up business, investors, and enthusiasts...