My first thoughts on OneNote when I came to the team

  When I first came to the OneNote team, I got sent links to no less than 15 notebooks, had my monitor “upgraded” from a CRT to an LCD, was issued a Tablet PC, had the COM API dropped on me and had to make the transition from enthusiastic user to tester on the team.  One of…

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Troubleshooting as a core testing ability: a true story

  An ability all testers need is troubleshooting.  When presented with  a problem, testers need to be able to find the cause to the narrowest possible instance.  Finding steps to reproduce a bug is critical – it does no one any good to say “Application foo crashes every so often.”  A good tester will narrow…

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Everyone should have to work in technical support first

  I was on a recruiting trip to Texas last week with some other Microsoft employees.  We got to work out of the Microsoft Texas buildings in Las Colinas (in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area for those of you not familiar with Texas).   Microsoft has a bunch of PSS in those buildings.  PSS, of course, is…

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Logs, Lns and Log10: OneNote gets it right

  As I mentioned before, one of the areas of OneNote I took when I came to the team was what we call “Napkin Math.”  This the ability to type equations like 8-4=        And getting a “4” when you press Enter or the spacebar.   It also works for basic trigonometric functions like Sin(45)=0.707106781186547 (note…

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Shared Source Object Model Update 1

I wanted to share the status of our shared object model over on http://www.codeplex.com/onom So far, we have 7 people willing to contribute in different roles.  This is a great start, and I look forward to more contributors as word gets out about this project.   Here’s one way of looking at the work to…

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More lessons learned when taking notes in a class environment

   I’m still using OneNote 2007 to take notes on an ordinary differential equations class I downloaded from MIT.  As I discovered earlier this week, this is really a stress test of notetaking.  Advanced math classes like this are not the “typical” class most students take, and most of my notes are formulas, graphs and…

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Using (and testing) OneNote in a classroom

I was wondering aloud the other day about how students use OneNote in a class environment.  I’ve heard a little bit of feedback through our newsgroup and from a few other websites like www.tabletpc.com.  Nothing compares to first hand use, though, so I decided to try it out myself in a classroom setting.  I went…

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