15 Easy Ways to Screw Up Your Next User Group Talk. And, a little advice.

In college, a millennia ago, I spent a summer serving Philadelphia’s inner city children with Bart Campolo. As a leader, he was an effervescent, tireless motivator; an excellent writer as much a speaker. As he verbalized his process he forever transformed my approach to public communication. He explained two reasons for communication. The first, information….

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3 inevitable things; a glimpse into the future of our industry

In our industry, the future is uncertain. As technology gets more complex, employment seems assured. But as technology gets more complex, perhaps a unified theory of technology will emerge, wiping away the need for keyboard monkeys pounding out apps. It’s just uncertain. But in the short-term, there are three inevitable things. And, here they are….

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Do you know Microsoft’s brands?

Now, this is just for fun. Over the years, Microsoft has commissioned hundreds of logos to brand their products and properties. Sometimes they are good. Sometimes they are great. But a great logo doesn’t mean the brand will survive. Take a look at this image. Can you identify them all? Get them all correct and…

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5 things you must do BEFORE you publish your app.

You have your idea. You are developing your app. It’s coming along great. You can see the finish line. But do you need to do more than just develop your app? Here are 10 things you should do before you publish.

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At last! A replacement to the Microsoft 7000. Thank you!

About 80 years ago (more like 10) Microsoft released the Natural Ergonomic Desktop 7000. The keyboard, mouse combo was unparalleled in ergonomic value. A culmination in ergonomic research, the 7000 was superior for several reasons!

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Holy Smokes. Windows Phone on a Flexible Display? Awesome!

At the CES Keynote, some amazing things happened. For not being part of CES, Microsoft was all over it! “It should be clear that there is no rule that says displays or computers need to be flat, opaque or rigid.“ “Microsoft vision is that sensors like Kinect combined with flexible, transparent and projected displays will…

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With Steven Sinofsky leaving Microsoft, Windows 8 will have to stand on its own!

It’s amazing what Steven has accomplished as the head of the Microsoft Windows Division. I am sure he is exhausted after the past years of miracle-working. I will miss his tenacity to do what everyone else didn’t think could be done! With Steven gone, Windows 8 will have to stand on its own. Steven has…

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It’s official. Goodbye Windows live Messenger. Hello Skype.

Think Microsoft has too many messaging engines (Messenger, Lync, Skype)? Honestly, can you really have too many messaging engines? Well, it turns out “yes, you can”. All it took was the inevitable integration of the Microsoft Account into the Skype world. And so, the transition of Messenger users to Skype has begun. Messenger is “leaving”;…

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We did it! Office 2013 RTMs today!

This is truly our season of launch. With the release of Windows and everything else all aligned to a single schedule (you may never see such a feat accomplished again) it is awesome that Office is on that list. What’s new? Well, the new Office means new Office 365 service, Office 2013 clients, SharePoint 2013,…

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Best show this season? Forward Unto Dawn. Made by, wait for it, Microsoft!

Battlestar Galactica meets Space Above and Beyond meets Halo! The production quality of this live-action series is better than anything on “television” right now. Period. Corbulo is the academy for poor cadet Lasky (the star of at least this episode), he is suffering from family troubles and cryogenic-training blisters. In this pre-Halo world it’s a…

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