Starting a New Project

My team and I, plus numerous others not on my team, are starting to build a new version of the demo that we will have running in all of the Microsoft Technology Centers around the world.    Our goal is to roughly expand our 16+ server infrastructure (mostly in virtual machines) to improve how we demonstrate…

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Managing Creativity

I was recently inspired by an article from Harvard Business School that promotes the idea of allowing some unguided freedom for employees to be creative, in the hopes that they will come up with something great, or at least enjoy their job a bit more.   So, I came up with the following for my…

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Summary of Built to Last

Thanks to kintan for writing up a great summary of Built to Last, which I’ve copied here:   Built to Last, by Jim Collins and Jerry Porras  (Kintan’s rating: 4.0/5.0) One of the most successful books on contemporary business-thinking, presents the successful habits of 18 visionary companies.   Secret sauce of the book: Enduring and…

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The Microsoft Consumer Experience Center

Since the demo that my team and I build is shown in an Envisioning Center (a really nice room for a demo) at a Microsoft Technology Center, I figured I should swap ideas with the people who run the Microsoft Consumer Experience Center (MCX). The MCX is pretty cool, and as the name implies, it focuses…

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Interview Questions

One of my more popular articles via Google searches is the “Why are manhole covers round?” entry. There are of course many other interview questions that you should be prepared for and Thomas Nguyen points out a site with quite a few of them. Thomas writes: Are you wondering what types of tech questions employers…

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Gadgets, Paris Metro, and Wine

Where are the gadgets in Paris? I see a few people with cell phones, a couple of people with music players (the headsets looked like they were from iPods), and I have only seen one person interacting with their phone, like a smartphone (I couldn’t tell what model it was). The subway is very crowded…

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