I can't hear you over the sound of how small your fonts are

I’ve had it. I sat through *another* presentation where the screen fonts and icons were so small I couldn’t tell what was going on. No, it wasn’t a Microsoft presentation, it was on a Linux box. But presenters from colleges to conferences routinely get poor marks because THEY DON’T MAKE THE SCREEN ELEMENTS BIG ENOUGH…

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Help Me Help You Fix That

If you’ve been redirected here because you posted on a forum, or asked a question in an e-mail, the person wanted you to know how to get help quickly from a group of folks who are willing to do so – but whose time is valuable. You need to put a little effort into the…

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Conducting Effective Web Meetings

There are several forms of corporate communication. From immediate, rich communications like phones and IM messaging to historical transactions like e-mail, there are a lot of ways to get information to one or more people. From time to time, it’s even useful to have a meeting. (This is where a witty picture of a guy…

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Bonus Rant: Conference Speakers and the Golden Rule

Fair warning: This isn’t a technical post. This is my opinion, and not Microsoft’s. I’ve been a public speaker at events since 1980. Interestingly, even though I’ve done this, it’s never been my paid job. I’ve spoken on technical topics at groups as small as 5 people to over 10,000, inlocal and global events. I’ve…

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Session Evaluations

I do a lot of public speaking. I write, teach, present and communicate at many levels. I love to do those things. And I love to get better at them. And one of the ways you get better at something is to get feedback on how you did. That being said, I have to confess…

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Computer books are dead. Well, some of them, anyway.

I read a lot. I mean a LOT. It seems that computer professionals have much in common with medical professionals – we have to read in order to stay on top of our game. For me, this used to mean web sites, magazines, and other print medium, and of course lots of books. I’ve even…

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iPad Update and Answering Ray Ozzie

This is an odd post – I’ll say that from the outset. It really combines two topics, and both have to do with the cloud, at least a little.   Some time ago I posted that I bought an iPad to demonstrate a cloud application. True, anything that runs a web browser is “cloud-ready” –…

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It’s nice to be important, but it’s more important to be nice

I’ve been a little “preachy” lately, telling you that you should let people finish their sentences, and always check a problem out before you tell a user that their issue is “impossible”. Well, I’ll round that out with one more tip today. Keep in mind that all of these things are actions I’ve been guilty…

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What 5 things should SQL Server get rid of?

I’ve been “tagged” by my friend Paul Randal. It’s a high-tech way of making someone else do what you want, but since it’s Paul, well, I guess I’m OK with that. He’s asked in his recent blog entry “What five things would you get rid of in SQL Server if you were in charge?” This…

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