Not Gone

It’s been a while since I last wrote in this space. Many of you have been kind enough to send me e-mail sometime in the last few months, making sure that I was OK and wondering if I was planning to write here anymore. Was I abducted by aliens? Put into witness protection? Muzzled for something…

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Where Have I Gone?

I know in my last post I said that I’d be gone for a few days… and now those few days have stretched into a few weeks. One of the reasons I’ve been off the blog for a while is that we’ve been extremely busy putting the final touches on Office 2007. Now is the…

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Turning 30

Today is my 30th birthday. Ten years ago–with college to finish, legal drinking still in my future, and no idea what I was going to do with my life–30 seemed like a remote, hazy, unfathomably distant milestone. The whole world of possibilities was still ahead of me. If you had asked me on the eve…

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The World’s Longest Escalator!

It’s been a long time since I wrote off-topic, but I have 30 minutes to kill in Copenhagen airport, so here’s a quick weekend send-off. This week I’ve been in London on business. I had a few minutes free on my way to a meeting on Wednesday, so I decided to take in some of the historic…

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Having Activation Problems?

Many people have reported here on the blog or through e-mail that they are having problems activating their copy of Office 2007 Beta 2. I’m really sorry this isn’t working well, but that’s kind of to be expected with beta software sometimes. The activation servers are just slammed with people trying to activate their software—I…

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The Suggestion Box

This week I’m out of town on a bicostal business trip (currently overlooking Union Square in San Francisco) and unfortunately I won’t be able to post any more articles this week. So instead I want to take the opportunity to ask you: what would you like to see me write about? What questions would you…

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I’m Like Dave Barry Except Not Funny or Famous

It has been said that nothing is as boring as blogging about blogging. Which makes this article among the most boring I’ve ever written. Even just typing “boring” three times made me yawn. (Are yawns contagious?) Anyway, when people start blogs, particularly technology- or politics-related blogs, it’s because they have something to say. Experience on…

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A Note From the Author

I was hoping it wouldn’t come to this, but after six months of relatively civil discourse, a few people have decided to flood the blog with obscene and otherwise off-topic comments. I had to remove over sixty comments just yesterday. Although I reserve the right to delete or edit any comment for any reason, in…

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What software do you love?

Today marks the start of February, the “month of love.” In commemoration, I want to ask you a question: What software do you love, and why? Some members of the high-tech illuminati start and end their discussions of design in terms of RAZR phones, iPods, and other cool gadgets. That’s clearly where technology and coolness…

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On Hiatus

Due to the holidays here in the United States and elsewhere, many people are taking time off of work, away from their computers, and away from blogs. I am no exception, and my blog will be on hiatus for two weeks.  If you’re new to the blog and looking for reading material in the meantime,…

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