Coding4Fun Book: The people and the projects

  Available now on for $26 (34% off!)   Our Coding4Fun book, Coding4Fun 10 .NET Programming Projects for Wiimote, World of Warcraft, YouTube, and More officially released to the world last week. Unlike your typical .NET development book, Coding4Fun is about learning how to use your developer skills to do fun, cool projects (see…


The Unofficial Microsoft Overworked Advisory System

Scott Hanselman recently blogged about "Ninjas on fire" as a way to describe being overwhelmed at work, here’s a snippet from his post on the origin: Jesse asked me how I was doing yesterday and I replied "Ninjas on fire, man." Four years ago when Halo 2 was coming out it was described like this….


Bioware Knights of the Old Republic MMO Coming!

Woohoo! From Joystiq, Bioware has officially spilled the beans that they are building a MMO based on the Knights of the Old Republic game. The first KOTOR game was amazing, clearly one of the best Xbox games ever and an amazing twist at the end…in short, a masterpiece. Hotness!  Here are the notes from the Future…


The Superficial Poll: Blonde or Brunette

Margaret Rouse from the Overheard blog calls me out for dying my hair blonde: I’m a big Dan Fernandez fan — but I had a hard time watching this video because I kept thinking “why did you bleach your hair?” Now Margaret has nice things to say about me (thank you!), but I was a…


List of Microsoft employees mentioned in Microsoft 2.0

I just finished reading Mary Jo Foley’s new (unauthorized) book, Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft Plans to Stay Relevant in the Post Gates-Era. Amusing Part #1 came for me when I read the forward which was written by Mini-Microsoft, in Mary Jo’s words, Microsoft’s most (in)famous internal blogger. It’s an entertaining read for me personally for…


Someone should remake The A-Team for Cable TV

Crazy Idea #5150 Cue the background military music and authoritative announcer: Ten years ago / In 1972, a crack commando unit was sent to prison by a military court for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a maximum security stockade to the Los Angeles underground. Today, still wanted by the government,…


Microsoft the Contest Machine

Last updated: 6/30/08 NOTE: If you’ve been forwarded a link to this blog post, it’s likely that one of your colleagues thinks you should do your due diligence before thinking a contest is the fastest road to salvation. It isn’t, here’s why… I’m starting a crusade at Microsoft to lower the number of contests we run…


Microspotting lands an interview with Mini-Microsoft

Kudos to Ariel Stallings, Microsoft employee and author the Microspotting blog (one of my favorite new blogs) on landing a virtual Mini-Microsoft interview. My personal opinion of Mini is a bit mixed, and I’ve definitely disagreed with Mini in the past , but it is interesting to hear his perspective, which blogger’s he likes, and…


This Week on Channel 9: Feb 15 with Special guest Scott Hanselman

  We had lots of laughs in the studio with Scott this week! Here’s the show recap: – We have a new logo (courtesy of Lincoln Anderson at 352 Media) and Scott Hanselman joins us in-studio (0 – 1:45) – Microsoft Entertainment and Devices acquires Danger Inc for consumer mobile phones (1:35 – 3:38) -…