Moving on to something new, but staying close

After working at Microsoft for over 7 years as an employee and almost 5 years before that as a contractor/vendor, I’ve decided it’s time for me to do become independent and start my own company. My official last day at Microsoft is July 18th. I’ve enjoyed all the years working at Microsoft since the early…


Using Ctrl+F1 in Office 2007 to hide/show ribbon toolbar

I recently found a useful hotkey tip using various applications in Office 2007. Just toggle Ctrl+F1 to show and hide the ribbon toolbar area. This is similar to the F11 hotkey in Internet Explorer to toggle IE full screen view on and off.


Sara Ford commands ScooterCam-1 at TechEd07

At TechEd 2007, Sara Ford drives what she calls ScooterCam-1 to get around the conference due to her injured leg from a recent hiking incident (see her blog post Not broken after all). The name ScooterCam is derived from the fact that she hooked up a camcorder to the scooter using duct tape to record…


RSS subscribers include the reader, the addict, and the pack-rat

As more people start creating blogs and more web sites that distribute new content provide RSS (and Atom) feeds, there is more and more opportunity to subscribe to content using some type of feed reader. I’ve been using the NewsGator add-in for Outlook since soon after it was released. I now subscribe to 252 feeds…


Very cool illusion

This very cool illusion from an animated set of images shows how complex the relationship is between the eyes and the brain. If your eyes follow the movement of the rotating pink dot, you will only see one color, pink. If you stare at the black + in the center, the moving dot turns to…


01:02:03 04/05/06, Pacific Time

The time/date is… 1,2,3,4,5,6. I’m posting this entry at 3 seconds after 1:02am on April 5th, 2006 – 1:02:03 4/5/06. For those in Europe and other parts of the world who format dates using day/month/year, they can post look forward to this once in 100 years moment next month on May 4th.


Behind the camera on Channel 9, take 2

Since my blog post Behind the camera on Channel 9 last November, I have been behind the camera on Channel 9 for three video interviews with Visual Studio 2005 team members before I moved to the Windows Live Platform team in late February:Cameron Slade – QA Testing of Developer ToolsKen Levy interviews Cameron Slade who…


Channel 9 Behind the Scenes video

There is a new video interview on Channel 9 called Channel 9 Behind the Scenes, where I take my digital camera behind the scenes of the making of a Channel 9 video and interview Robert Scoble, joined by fellow channel 9 team member Charles Torre. I had the idea of a ‘making of a Channel…


Behind the camera on Channel 9

Recently, at the suggestion of Robert Scoble, I started going behind the camera on Channel 9 doing interviews and video recording. Listed below are the recent Channel 9 interviews I’ve done behind the camera. The most recent ones listed first along with Scoble’s comments when he posted them on the Channel 9 web site. I…


Scuba-Man speaks at Seattle Code Camp

In late August, I got into scuba diving by getting PADI open water certified just before my first visit to Hawaii (Maui). Last Friday night after work I went to Underwater Sports in Bellevue in a class with 3 others from 6pm-9pm for my advanced certification as well as special nitrox certification (higher mix of…