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    With spam reaching almost 90% of all Internet traffic, I am proud to say that I get maybe one message of spam every two months.  Seriously.  My Microsoft inbox is clean, so is my GMail account.  But every now and then I have to check my "junk" folder for false positives, especially...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Live Writer 2.0 Beta

    Technorati Tags: Microsoft , Live.com , beta , blogging I just downloaded the new version of Live Writer, for some reason I was still using a pre-1.0 beta. For those of you who still use a browser to blog, using a dedicated application allows for a richer level of access to advanced features like...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Hack Its Own Website…Awesome

    “Live To Code.” This is what user’s will be greeted by when they go to Microsoft UK’s website . Is this a simple DNS muck up or is it part of some larger viral marketing campaign meant to show the softer, lighter, friendlier side of Microsoft? You decide. How much you want to bet that we paid the web...
  • Blog Post: Do You Deploy Windows with Floppy Disks?

    Of course not, if you do, you're dumb.  Please unsubscribe from my RSS feed now please.  During a late night after-party recap, me and James started talking about cool stuff *deployment? Where's Kanye? *  that people should do but don't, stuff that is really practical to IT Pros and partners...
  • Blog Post: The History of Five Four

    Moving to the UK, some have questioned my motives, many have questioned my sanity, but almost all have complimented my style. I dress myself using one value, one ideal, that at the end of the day five minus four equals one, "one love." Why do I care? At the end of the day people care about those...
  • Blog Post: Internet Explorer 8 Passes Acid2 Test, "HolyShit" says Slashdot

    For the non developers out there, you may be wondering what Acid2 is, but in the web developer world, its HUGE!  Slashdot's tagging of the article is actually quite hilarious.  Read about this historic milestone on the IE Team Blog .  Also Channel9 has an interesting interview regarding development around...
  • Blog Post: To Be American is Not A Right, It is A Virtue

    I plan to vote Obama after much practical reservation and after having listened to every candidate's speech tonight. Staying up and watching the news 'till 6:20am in London has been a rollercoaster of patriotic emotion and critical analysis. It has been a defining moment for me as I struggle to grasp...
  • Blog Post: Live at BETT 2008 - Day 2

    On the first day, people were very excited about hearing from the various schools that were presenting their experiences using Microsoft technology. Day number two has been even more memorable with literally thousands of people visiting and communicating with Microsoft staff! Here are a few shots of...
  • Blog Post: New Job, New Country, New Launch

    To all my readers out there, at present, all five of you, I thought it would be a great way to kick my new blog with a summary of where I've been and why I've decided to start a new blog. My first foray in the Microsoft blogging scene was the Vacuum Tube . It was a fun little blog that got me aquainted...
  • Blog Post: Interesting Management Theory for the Information Worker

    I came across this "joke" on the interwebs this morning and the more I thought about it, the more it made sense.  I personally love the third paragraph from the bottom.   Why you and the boss are totally different   When you take a long time, you're slow. When your boss takes...
  • Blog Post: Who Cares About Computer Stuff?! Indy's BACK!

    The decades long wait is finally at an end.  Nazis, monkey brains, arks, snakes, and all.  Did I mention it's been enhanced with wrinkles? http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/indianajones.html?showVideo=1 "OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG! OMG!....hehehehe look at that kid Laura, he...
  • Blog Post: Meet the Man Who Met Bill Gates

    My colleague and friend, James Senior, has had a unique opportunity to spend 45 seconds in the close presence of Bill Gates.  My first question to him was, "how in the hell did you pull that off?"  As it turns out, James was one of the people helping Bill show off Surface during Bill...
  • 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: Outlook and Search Server Christmas Webcasts

    I always get into the holiday mood late. While people graciously spend their Novembers shopping, feasting, and buying plane tickets to spend time with their loved ones, I get a head start in my procrastination efforts. The reality is I don't get into the Christmas spirit until the week before. Maybe...
  • Blog Post: Impressive 3G Performance With Orange

    I'm currently doing some late night crunching on my machine for work.  Since I have Windows Mobile 6 device with 3G capabilities, I make use of the "internet sharing" features often.  Here in London, I was particularly amazed with the performance I got with only one bar of 3G service...
  • 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: Microsoft Boy Launches Plans to Submit Homework

    Everyone knows the basic Microsoft drill when products are announced.  step 1 - build a website step 2 - invite important people and press step 3 - parade around senior executives step 4 - make vague statements about innovation, productivity, and engineering milestones step 5 - sell the product...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft = Facebook for the Enterprise

    A good friend of mine always used to mock me because I worked for Microsoft. Actually most of my friends did because for the last few years, Microsoft hasn't been on the bleeding-edge of "cool." Of course I never took them seriously because they were all non-technical business majors and investment bankers...
  • Blog Post: Trials and Tribulations: British Food

    To my non-British readers out there, I will leave it up to you to ponder and visualize the delicacies of the UK.  This was posted in our break-room in the London office.  OKAY OKAY OKAY I HAVE to ask...what the hell are Midland Faggots?  Living in the west coast of the United States, specifically...
  • Blog Post: Goodbye Scott Stuart, I Really Bought Your Vision

    On a personal note, I'm really sad to see Scott Stuart leave the company.  I only know Scott because of a few presentations he's done as Microsoft's CIO.  Being responsible for how technology is implemented in a global 80,000 employee organization is no easy task. Although the reasons behind...
  • Blog Post: Evolving Company Culture Starts With a "SharePoint"

    One of the most difficult tasks that IT departments and businesses have with managing a company is to evolve culture. cul·ture (kŭl'chər) Pronunciation Key n. The totality of socially transmitted behavior patterns, arts, beliefs, institutions, and all other products of human work and...
  • Blog Post: Thank You TechED and Musings From My Vacation

    My blogging has been on hiatus because of a lot of traveling these past few weeks.  I've logged over 12,000 miles in two weeks and all my clocks are on different time zones.  As I pickup the the pieces of the train-wreck that is my inbox these next few days, I thought a quick post about what...
  • Blog Post: Masterchief Blows Away Early Release Retailer

    My teammate, James O'Neill, was driving for the road show we've been on for the last two weeks.  It was a fantastic two weeks with the only downside being that we were away from our 360 when Halo 3 launched.  During his travels, he saw the wrath of Microsoft .
  • Blog Post: Connectors and Investing in Open Technologies

    So I presented at Falkirk to an awesome audience about Search Server 2008 and had some interesting questions.  I've learned in my travels that geography plays a huge part in the sophistication of an audience.  Don't get me wrong, I am not insulting the caliber of talent in the room.  Presenting...
  • Blog Post: Funniest Yahoo Related Prank

    What can only be described as a genius web app suitable for the likes of Ebaum's World, I was browsing Twitter and found this awesome tweet: I don't think I've laughed this hard in over a year. Ladies and gentleman, I give you, YahooRezinR