Something you don’t see everyday at Microsoft

Source: Sara Ford’s WebLog : Influencing the Microsoft culture one open source presentation at a time The thing I love most about my job is being creative in how I’m trying to get an idea or message across, especially when it comes down to challenging the Microsoft culture.   So, it’s probably a safe bet that…


Strong free one two combination for creating localized applications

So you started your application and now realize you’ve hardcoded strings and you need to start offering localized version.  There are two freely available tools you can use to help with this transition.  Step One: Remove hardcoded strings and put them in resource files.  Our team released the 1.0 version of the Resource Refactoring tool…

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Vista use is habit forming

Last night I sat down on my home PC and typed [windows-key] w-o-r [enter].  Nothing happened.  This machine hadn’t been updated to Vista and I hadn’t realized that the way I launch applications has changed. It’s a small thing, but I think the new start menu and application search beats the hell out of the never…

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I started a personal blog

Blogs.msdn.com just doesn’t seem like the place to post about cooking, the Red Sox, my kidmanals, and all the other non-Microsoft related banter that crosses my mind.  So Gretchen and I started www.ledgards.com.  The site probably has a different audience than this one, but I wanted to let folks here have the opportunity to know…

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The problem with subscribing to guidance feeds

I think next-gen guidance is about bringing together a lot of key concepts: context-precision (using context to organize information) personalization (create your own views, tailor it for your needs, … etc.) community type ratings (expose the thinking and rate the raters for the guidance) guidance types (evolvable schemas for guidance types, such as how tos,…


I guess they listened to Scoble

Went to check out the Google Reader.  Loved the introduction and personal tour by the engineer on the front page. Someone drank the “Scoble-Aid”. 

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A Reason Blogs Shouldn’t Ship as Part of the MSDN Library

I’m not sure that the humor found here would translate well.  Nevermind, I’d love to see what would happen to this on the translation wiki.   I’ve been a bad blog reader of late. I actually found this because before I started a presentation yesterday someone said “Hey, it’s Josh Hartnett!”  I was a little…


It’s a good sign when

A competitor starts copying our stuff. I saw it with Netscape before they lost market share and also saw it with AIM.  The next step is when competitors in the web space start adding or releasing stuff that just makes people say “why?”.  It would also help if we had more “firsts”. 

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Ebay Spam

I wonder what E-bay does to try and stop phishers from leaching off of their membership.  Seems like a problem they would want to solve.  Gretchen and I recently used Ebay to sell some stuff and incurred the seller fees.  Maybe we were ignorant. I just assumed that they would deduct form my paypal account…

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