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Vote for a Better TechNet Design
The Office SharePoint Server 2007 folks think they have a better TechNet TechCenter design. You can see it here: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/office/sharepointserver/default.aspx Go check it out and give them some feedback, or leave comments here and I will forward them on. What I really like about...
4 Feb 2009
Data Mining MySelf: What Does Your Netflix Queue Say About You?
Netflix stock took a downturn, and the website has been offline for the last 12 hours ...hrm... Before the boat sinks, I grabbed my queue and history to learn the new Office bells and whistles for data mining. Here's what I learned in about my family entertainment choices in about 10 minutes: 25...
24 Jul 2007
Your Hyper-V Blog Post Here
Think of it as a contest. Have a Hyper-V blog post you want to share with the world, but no place to post it? Send it to me, I'll post the best ones here and send the lucky blogger a prize from the vast pool of Microsoft swag we keep in a room on the second floor. Send your post to firstname.lastname@example.org...
8 Oct 2008
We Are Here To Help
In this article about a recent change to Small Business Server ship date , an un-named Microsoft spokesperson is caught revealing some usually internal-only Microspeak: "This routine check of the initial software on the manufacturing line found that it contained portions of code deemed "non-final...
22 Aug 2006
How I Spent My Youth
Some old friends from Hawaii recently posted these youtube videos of a scene from the Kabuki play Chushingura . We learned the play first in Japanese (the English translation wasn’t finished yet), then we did the English language world tour of this play back in 1979. In hindsight, I see that it was a...
11 Jul 2009
Live Search Boffins: Lean Into Your Strengths
Splogbane : If you are reading this on a blog other than http://blogs.technet.com/tonyso, why not stop patronizing a splog and come over to the original? I continue to marvel at the great graphics and (usually) good taste displayed on the search page over at http://www.live.com/ . The great photo...
11 Nov 2008
Forum Greatest Hits: Call Now, Operators Are On Duty
Markus, the moderator over on the ILM forum, has created an interesting new content form: Forum Greatest Hit . GHs are technical articles that are developed to address the following three key areas: Discoverability – For common questions, you should be able to find your answer quickly and easily...
4 Aug 2009
Real IT Pros Hunt in Packs
...or at least, they might if they could. Soon, they will be able to search the Internet as a team. Imagine if you and N members of your crack team could all cooperate on the internet search portion of your incident response or troubleshooting task? **Ann Coulter End Note: If you like what you are...
14 Mar 2008
This Is Your Brain on Drugs
Scientists in Switzerland map the human brain on hallucinogens. Measured this way, all tripper’s brains look the same, yet internally, each drug-takers experience is different and personal… Warning : clicking the link subjects you to a short commercial before vid plays. Can anyone tell me how to skip...
26 Oct 2009
I Love this Company: Microsoft Gives
Our local NPR radio station yesterday ran a call-in about charitable giving . One interesting factoid: the Puget Sound area has 8-10X the number of charity auctions as any other region in the country. In 2006, employees at Microsoft (more than 60% of them anyway) gave to their communities through...
29 Jun 2007
Technical Content Bricolage
Wikipedia defines Bricolage as : the construction or creation of a work from a diverse range of things which happen to be available a work created by such a process. “…from the verb bricoler – the core meaning in French being, "fiddle, tinker" and, by extension, "make creative and...
31 Jan 2009
Why Words Matter
First, the Exchange boffins have done a cool thing. They have decided to call themselves (and selves similar to them) ninjas and share knowledge through a new Wiki . Check it out, all the cool knowledge wranglers are doing this wiki thing. What's the first FAQ on the wiki? It's about words: Why...
31 Aug 2006
How Hard is to Catch and IT Pro Tweeting?
Scott Hanselman's blog post on the the Usefulness of Micro-blogging stirs a couple thoughts. Aside from corp-to-consumer marcom aspects -how do IT Pros use twitter-like apps? Security incident response? Networking at events? Hanselman warns: "One thing to point out (warn you) about Twitter...
9 Apr 2008
This is Your Brain on Twitter
The interwebs quote “studies” that claim we humans have ~70K thoughts a day. That’s about .81 thoughts per second if you are awake every second of the 24 hour day (86400 seconds per day/70,000 thoughts). I can’t seem to find the underlying “studies” to determine if they are using an 18 or 12 hour “work...
15 Dec 2009
Six Sigma for Content: Bugs in Writing
One of my favorite weekend pastimes is sailing. Garage sale-ing that is. (Note to self: that pun works better out loud than on screen…). Gslar.com has a nifty mapping app that allows me to chart a route to local garage sales , local estate sales, and multi-family yard sales. It includes a trip planner...
6 May 2008
Word 2007 Redaction Tool
Writers rejoice, Word 2007 version of the Word 2003 Redaction Add In has been posted. Read all about it http://blogs.msdn.com/microsoft_office_word/archive/2008/09/22/a-word-2007-redaction-tool.aspx
23 Sep 2008
Cool things to teach kids
A colleague asked for resources recently to help prepare for a presentation to school kids about neat things they can do with technology. Replies included the gems below from Coding4Fun : Hardware · DIY Dance, Dance Revolution machine · Home Automation (X10) and .NET · Programming LCD Display...
4 Oct 2006
Why Google Can’t Win
Last week Glenn Derene declared in How Social Networking Could Kill Web Search as We Know It “the next generation of Web users may find what they want by using their social network rather than a search algorithm".” Now, this article is really positing search in the broad “consumer” sense - search...
24 Apr 2008
Hyper-V Common Criteria Certification
Q: Is Hyper-V Common Criteria Certified (Common Criteria level EAL4 augmented by ALC_FLR.3)? A: Heck ya: : http://www.bsi.de/zertifiz/zert/reporte.htm#Midsize_Systems :-) Congrats to the Hyper-V team.
7 Aug 2009
Productivity Tip: If I Started it, it's IN
Thought I would share an e-mail productivity tip that has made a huge difference for me. By default, outlook saves a mail that you start, but have not yet sent, in the DRAFTS folder. That way, if you start a mail, then get interrupted, or called away from your computer, the work you did is not lost ...
13 Mar 2009
Most web pages you find print out all the extra crap in the “gutters” ( there is a appropriate feature name if ever there was one…), like this: On the TechNet Wiki , we figure you just want the information please, thank you very much. So, when you print from IE your TNWIKI page looks like this: We hope...
17 Nov 2010
BBC: Tax "them"
Interesting article here says the Beeb (well, BBC.com) will start advertising on the sites accessed by non-Brits. Funny kind of "audience targeting" if you ask me...< emphasis mine > "There are a number of reasons behind this decision. The bulk of the BBC is funded by the UK licence fee paid...
18 Oct 2007
On "learning nature"
We crave stories. It is one of the oldest ways we know how to learn. Wanting to learn, that's a different story... I think this post says it well: I 'll never forget learning to ride a bike. My older brother's bike, with its long yellow banana seat and black tassels dangling from the handlebars...
2 Jun 2005
How to Write a User Manual
Back in the day, the folks who brought us PONG got it right. Here is the user manual: Insert quarter Ball will serve automatically Avoid missing ball for high score When is the last time you were given such succinct, yet usable instructions? Leave a comment.
20 Apr 2008
Dunbar’s Number and Wikiality
Dunbar’s number is said to be about 150. The new book Connected: The Surprising Power of Our Social Networks and How They Shape our Lives , advocates, among other things, that human nature will correct Wikiality to more closely reflect reality. Now, there are those who claim that Microsoft employees...
13 Oct 2009
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