Turn of the tide

So 2004 winds to a close. The devastation in Indonesia and Thailand beggars description (despite all the news commentators, who still find ways to talk about something that just leaves me speechless). Advances and retreats in medicine are announced every day. I’m trying to do one of those “sum up” blog posts and I really…

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Spam, Spam, Spam, Spam

I was surprised a few years back when James, a friend of mine, introduced me to what looked like “Spam sushi”  – nori seaweed paper rolled around sushi-vinegared rice and a big long hunk of spam. I made the normal protests (“I’m too hip and cool for this Spam business “) and then shut the…

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Tater Tots: food of the gods?

I bet I know what you all are wondering about this week. You are wondering how, in this season of warmth, goodwill, and people scrambling to throw their software deliverables over the wall so they can start their vacations, what can Betsy possibly use to stretch into a blog post that hits technology AND does…

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Stable Strategies for Middle Management

This morning, I was lucky enough (or crazy enough) to be allowed to co-present a Webcast with Robert Scoble to our UK evangelism team. These are folks that cover the IT Professional audience, and wanted a briefing on blogging and on how to use blogs.msdn.com in general. So if you wondered why the goofy short…

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Try the penny sock market

By now you’ve seen that spate of Rolex spam come and go; now apparently the new trend is about penny stocks. It’s amazing to me how often spammers manage to perfectly nail some demographic that I don’t partake in as a consumer (stranded in a foreign land knowing just where millions can be reached if you send us…

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Thankful for: the Gotdotnet community

So it’s a really non-kept secret that when you write the Gotdotnet.com feedback alias, you get me. Yep, just me. No customer service rep in a remote place (although Redmond can seem sometimes very remote), no robot voice saying “Please hold,” no perky. Which I sort of regret. It being a lifelong regret, that of…

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My Text is not my own

Everyone wants to know the secret agenda of technology. Luddites feel it threatens the very foundation of our moral fiber. Even people who love technology tend to question the ways that it takes us away from nature (why see the birdies in the forest when you can play Halo2?)  or the way technology makes simulacra…

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VB sniffles and a new hat for Betsy

Have you ever had a head cold so bad that made video games swith spiky helmeted demons seem realistic? Gone through a box of Kleenex in a weekend and it wasn’t all Chick Flick night or some weepy barroom confidence? Felt like dying was perhaps something that other lucky people got to do, and you…

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Be the Boston Red Sox, reverse the curse

Hi all, I’m back from my trip to Boston and New York City, a vacattion into nostalgia, euphoria and of course decent lox and bagels. When I came back to MSDN wearing my Red Sox cap, some folks were surprised. For one thing, though a former Bostonian, I live in Seattle where the Mariners are the…

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