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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Working from Paris for a week

I get to work in Paris, France next week (November 30 – December 4) and my French is VERY limited. So, I may end up adding a couple of posts about my experiences while in Paris. This will be my 4th time there, but I always see something different each time. We are fortunate enough…

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Great Windows Applications to Download

I am often amazed at some of the applications people come up with. Here are a couple of specific ones that I have tried lately, and have been impressed with. DateLense for a very interesting and efficient way to look at your calendar (thanks Shish) KeyHole (and yes, I know that Google owns them now…

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BioDiesel = No Problem

A quick update to my BioDiesel question. We have now filled up our new diesel VW Beetle (the TDI model) with 100% BioDiesel, which I think is all soy beans in this country (USA). I am happy to report that the car drives exactly like it did with regular diesel in it. I wasn’t sure…

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Resource Kits

Resource Kits have some of the greatest tools for digging into a Microsoft product for fun, to learn more about the product, to support it better, or just to make your life easier. Here are a few that we find useful when building, running, and maintaining our demo. There are many more resource kits than…

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