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We just had our 3rd child (Sophia, Zachary, Seth), you can't really see him but it is the only picture I have on this computer with all 3 kids.
18 Jul 2007
Off the LCS Topic: Daylight Savings changes coming
I don't know if you are aware of the upcoming changes to Daylight Savings for the United States but changes are coming. I happen to carpool with 2 guys in Exchange and 1 is part of a corporate wide team working on DST, so I have begun hearing more and more about it. Please use the following as just 1...
29 Jan 2007
OT: Juice IT in Seattle
I am attending TechReady8 this week which brings members of the field (consultants, sales, premier field engineering, support) across the globe to Seattle. I have been to 5 or 6 of them as I usually have at least 1 speaking engagement. This morning as I was waiting to get a shuttle from the convention...
2 Feb 2009
OT: The glorious empty inbox <ahh>
Like many I receive a good amount of email, as well due to Xobni, I found I also send a lot of email which made me realize I am probably the cause of most of my email volume. Anyway I really try hard to manage my inbox so that I never have more mail than fits on a screen, typically between 20-50 messages...
5 Sep 2009
The value of history and your elders
Today as part of a program I am participating in I was able to hear from Bill Buxton, Principal Researcher with Microsoft Research. The historical knowledge of touch interfaces he possessed was fascinating. I appreciate how he mentioned that with poor definitions for touch interfaces the keyboard is...
16 Oct 2009
VoipWithoutBarriers Marketing site
update May 17. It looks like there were some problems with this effort (not sure of the details). You can try it every once in a while, it should not come up to the microsoft.com/uc page. http://www.voipwithoutbarriers.com/ Allow the popup - its fun. Tom
28 Apr 2007
OT: Quiet for a while, new baby!
We welcomed our 4th child Ethan (third son) to the family which means the blog and twitter accounts will be quiet for about 1 month.
14 Apr 2011
OT: Bellevue Art Fair / Festival
I am in Washington for 1 of the 2 yearly events bring our consulting, sales and support members from around the globe. Groups send people to 1 every 12 or 18 months. I tend to have a speaking opportunity but this year chose to be a proctor during some instructor led labs and in doing so stayed in Bellevue...
26 Jul 2009
OT: Three Cups of Tea
I follow a few blogs where it is a mix of professional and personal and I am always intrigued when people share book and music suggestions. I read Three Cups of Tea on a trip to Seattle earlier this year and have since bought the children’s version to read to my daughter (half way through) and a copy...
20 Jul 2009
OT: Canvas for OneNote
Yesterday I was reviewing the Office labs Productivity Future Vision video and in reviewing the site I stumbled across Canvas for OneNote . I am a big fan of OneNote, the concept of a Notebook with Sections and Section Groups with Pages is very logical for me. I started using OneNote back when I was...
4 May 2010
OT: Awesome search engine results for movie times
While I work for Microsoft, I am not blind to the fact that other software solutions exist and may be better or easier. There was a time when I did not use our sites for search. Live.com has improved greatly and today I experienced what I think a search engine should do - it gave me the actual answer...
25 Aug 2008
OT: Enabling “Write” ability to a USB drive on Mac OS X 10.6
July 11 Edit – After doing the steps below and talking with a friend, it seems that this was not such a great idea and so I opted instead to format the USB drive as exFAT which Snow Leopard supports natively for Read Write without any extra changes and supported trumps any workaround in my book. ...
9 Jul 2011
OT: Ground breaking for 2 women’s services organizations
My wife and have supported the Charlotte Rescue Mission , which provides drug and alcohol rehabilitation services, for about 10 years financially as well I help with various technology questions and problems. We started that support as a result of an encounter I had one day on my morning routine of walking...
21 Oct 2010
OT: Mouse wheel Macro for Windows8
Thanks to my teammate Andre for sharing this great switching method using the wheel button on the mouse. Download the Mouse and Keyboard Center 2.0 (formerly IntelliPoint and IntelliType Pro) http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=35379 Note this will require a reboot. Open...
29 Oct 2012
Microsoft: Breaking VoIP Barriers
I saw the internal email with our new logo and thought, hey that would be a cool banner for the page. I asked for permission to use and received it. I am thankful to the team that runs this site: http://blogs.microsoft.co.il/blogs/bursteg/archive/2006/10/09/PersonalPaperClip.aspx as they provided me...
20 Mar 2007
OT: 7zip, PAL and PocketMod
I enjoy following Scott Hanselman’s blog, he turned me on to PocketMod and a few months ago I tried 7zip based on his post about the tools he uses. I highly recommend you take a look as it covers a full gamut of tools. http://www.hanselman.com/blog/ScottHanselmans2009UltimateDeveloperAndPowerUsersToolListForWindows...
15 Apr 2010
OT: Viewing/Sorting/Grouping Outlook Inbox
I just returned from a week of vacation, I went skiing 3 days with a buddy at Snowshoe Mountain and then took the rest of the week home with the family. For any of you in this business you likely have a lot of email and I was surprised with only ~350 new messages in the week but I had to sort them in...
23 Feb 2009
VoIP as you are marketing video
Check out the latest marketing video for VoIP as you are video. It is 15 minutes long and includes the Sklar brothers of Cheap Seats fame (or at least where I first learned of them)' http://preview.microsoft.com/video/videoDetails.aspx?video=17648162-1372-4eef-af74-a7362978bc09 If you listen close the...
1 Jul 2008
OT: Let Me Bing That For You
I found this neat resource today when I asked someone a question when they weren’t the right team for the technology. I selfishly used my moniker for the sample: http://www.letmebingthatforyou.com/?q=lcskid TomL LCSKid
9 Sep 2010
OT: Typhoon The Art of Thai Cuisine
I am in Redmond, WA attending the CS ‘14’ Airlift and for dinner Monday we went to Typhoon - http://www.typhoonrestaurants.com/specials.htm I had the Curry Roma – Shrimp and scallop dumplings wrapped in a sheet of egg noodles, with a delicate green curry sauce and the Hubei Province Keemun Ji...
27 Apr 2010
OT: New personal laptop experience
So I finally purchased a new laptop to replace our existing Toshiba Satellite Pro. The system is showing its age in its performance given the processor and memory, the experience we get the most and hate is when the system (many times just IE) hangs. I purchased a Lenovo laptop through my employee discount...
30 Jun 2009
OT: Even a 4 year old can find a product bug
Look Dad, there’s three of you Working from home means the kids come in the office at times and during the winter break my 4 year old wanted to sit on my lap as I worked. I was using the next version of Outlook when he made the above comment. It took me a minute to even figure out what he was talking...
3 Jan 2012
OT: Seth threw his lamb in the kitchen this morning
Happy Wednesday to you and your small children! TomL
6 Apr 2011
OT – Live Messenger on Windows 7 (beta)
Today Karsten has been added to my list of heroes with an answer to an annoying problem – Live Messenger behavior on Windows 7 now operates differently when you minimize and close (and I don’t like it)! http://blogs.technet.com/kpalmvig/archive/2009/03/24/windows-7-minimize-live-messenger-to-systray...
24 Mar 2009
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