Today is my last day at Microsoft

  And this is likely to be the last post I make to this blog. By the time you read this I will have likely handed in my card key and celebrated with the great people I’ve worked with over the last 7 years. One of the key values that Microsoft instills in teams is…


Align Right

For anyone that’s just learning basic HTML. I suggest this tutorial…


Random Tips on Interviewing for Microsoft

A co-worker recently asked me to share some tips on interviewing people at Microsoft.  I wrote a few up and figured I’d share them here as well. I love interviewing people and I get a lot of my style and tips from Gretchen since she’s done more interviews than I ever will.  Anyway, here is…


OCU2007 Notes: Establishing Culture and Guidelines in Community

There was a lot of good discussion in this one, but I tried taking notes on my windows mobile phone.  I’d say it was an experiment to see what would happen if I had “twittered” a session or if I just wanted to make sure I thought about the notes I took… but the truth…


OCU Notes: Increasing User Particpation in Online Communities

Incentives Influencer relationships such as the MVP program Connect them to your product teams so they get insider information Software coupons and give-aways. New reward every year. Need rigorous process to qualify the MVPs Visual, Branded, recognition is important. Meet in person at the Microsoft Summit. Help your customers be successful by helping them develop…


Ads in Online Communities Session at OCU 2007

Question: Should there be ads in the community? Some people don’t care, some people are really opinionated. The consensus was that “if they are done right”.  Question: What are the different methods of putting ads on new Community Sites owned by Johnson and johnson so banners are injected every tenth post. Big enough companies…


Hello from the Online Community Unconference

I’m at the computer history museum in the valley attending the Online Community Unconference.  I’ll try and blog notes as a take them, but the pace looks to be fast and I’m not sure I’ll be able to capture much in a consumable form for anyone other than myself. I’ll try.


Merging Humans with Tools to Slow Down Trolls

This was a great read that I found through Seth Godin’s blog.     Troll whisperers aren’t necessarily very good at hacking tools, so there’s always an opportunity for geek synergy in helping them to automate their hand-crafted techniques, giving them a software force-multiplier for their good sense. For example, Teresa invented a technique called disemvowelling…


Curt Shilling – The Robert Scoble of Baseball?

 You know, the person that everyone listens to, makes outlandish statements that may offend people on occasion, and then has to issue statements like this… Everyone has days and events in life they’d love to push the rewind button on, yesterday was one of those days. Regardless of my opinions, thoughts and beliefs on anything…


Car 1 : Carbon Bike 0 : Josh OK

I posted my experience being hit and run by a car yesterday on my personal blog.  I’m posting the link here as a cautionary tale for other softies I know bike to work regularly. I saw a red car out of the corner of my eye quickly cut in-front of me and attempt to turn…