I Wished I Was … in Iceland

Birthdays are usually celebrated with a day off work, perhaps a trip to a garden centre, or just a lazy afternoon with a good book. However, as the milestone 60 loomed it was decided for me that I was going to have a week’s vacation and go somewhere exciting. Somewhere that really had that “Wish…

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Monkeys, Castles, Seals, and the Seaside

With our Big Data guide now finished (at least for the preview release) I managed to grab a few days off to clear my head of pigs, ants, beehives, and furry yellow elephants. And to try and figure out where we go next on the Azure guidance path. Mind you, much of my vacation time…

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Measuring Distance by Journey Duration

At a meeting of our remote workers group the other day I noticed how competitive people are about how far they are away from their Microsoft office. It’s almost like you get a prize for being the remotest (hopefully measured by location and not character trait). What set me thinking was how the different people…

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A Green Train Of Thought

It’s safe to assume that nobody could accuse me of being an eco-warrior. I buy cars that have more engine than I need, and computers with more power than is required to run any software I might ever use. And I quite happily squander electricity on a waterfall in the pond and lights in the…

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An Unmoving Experience

It seems, from the regular emails containing instructions about the delivery of packing boxes and the matching status updates confirming the allocation of my new work area, that I’m about to move to a brand new office. Our beloved old Building Five (or, to use the correct terminology, “Bldg5”) is about to be redeveloped to…

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Monkeying Around

So I finally managed to grab a week away, and spent a restful few days disconnected from both Windows Azure and the Internet. Other than a frustrating sat-un-navigation experience, it was a refreshing change and a chance to see some more of our wonderful English countryside – with the direction and destination chosen by my…

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Welshest Wales

One of the nice things about working for a UK company but being on permanent assignment to a US one is that you get twice as many public holidays. While I’m not sure we want a Black Monday here in Little Olde England, maybe we could come up with some excuse for celebrating Thanksgiving. Perhaps…

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Gone OOF the Radar

As I very rarely actually go anywhere, and even more rarely by train, I’m not an expert on the current digital device habits of rail travelers. However, the attraction of a nice comfy seat and table in some wonderful air-conditioned, piped music for free, even has a power socket railway carriage is that you can…

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In England’s White and Pleasant Land

I received an invitation to attend a “highly recommended” course this week on how to maximize use of Office Communicator, Live Meeting, and the Office Conferencing System. Specially timed, no doubt, to coincide with the rather interesting weather we are currently experiencing here in Britain. And obviously a really vital event to reduce the need for…

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Getting Knitted

So it’s been an interesting couple of weeks. I’ve been enthralled by some ancient mechanical technology, discovered that I can no longer buy a very ordinary item of computing equipment, pondered on the business logic inside foreign ATM cash dispensers, and become very familiar with ladies stockings. OK, so maybe I should start by explaining…

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