TechEd Europe: Work-Party-Sleep imBalance

Establishing a sustainable work-party-sleep balance during TechEd 2005 Europe in Amsterdam proved more difficult than I imagined. Friday was little different from previous days: I worked at the convention center for twelve hours attending sessions, working the VSTS booth, talking to customers… 10:55AM [In this photo, Brian Randell (right), Ashwin Karuhatty (left) and I marvel as hundreds of eager…

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TechEd Europe: Dev 466 Team Foundation Source Control

I’m blogging to you live from the RAI Congrescentrum in Amsterdam, Netherlands where Ashwin Karuhatty and Brian Randall are introducing European developers and IT professionals to Visual Studio Team Foundation version control (or source control, if you prefer). The excitement around this product is huge, palpable, (I’ve been pinch hitting for VSTS booth crew this week) and honestly, quite…

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TechEd Europe: Blogger Eileen Brown

I’m sitting in a “chalk talk” about blogging for IT pros, which is being led by Eileen Brown. She just showed referrals in Community Server for a past post that has attracted 171,000+ Web Views and 106 comments. To put that in perspective, Web views for nearby posts numbered in the hundreds. Apparently, one of…

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TechEd Europe: Microsoft’s Blogging Engine (and Syndication Empire;-)

Blogging at Microsoft – Betsy Aoki RAI Congrescentrum Forum, Amsterdam Netherlands, 14.45 on 6 July 2005 Disclaimer: these are rough, rough notes.Betsy Begins: “I’m here to tell you about an intranet blogging mechanism for your folks to blog and share with customers.” Over 1500 bloggers at Microsoft Corporation. What she’ll cover Blogging at Microsoft Corporation –…

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Opportunistic Geeks On the Rocks

After a solid run of opportunistic geek luck, our adventure hit the skids in Houston. Rob and I boarded near the end of the plane. I congratulated myself for having had the forethought to reserve two seats in the Exit row. As soon as we sat down, I learned that my self-congratulation had been premature. Our seats would not…

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Volksonomy: tags for the people

In the context of social software applications like blogs, there are two kinds of tags: categories/in line keywords and collaborative tags. Josh Ledgard seems to be talking about the former, owner-controlled tagging, in his recent post. The latter, reader-contributed tagging (which I refer to as “collaborative tagging” in this post), was one of the main topics of discussion at the…

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A Brief [and Subjective] History of Corporate Blogging at Microsoft

My teammate Betsy, the czarina of blog, will be speaking at TechEd 2005 in Amsterdam about Microsoft’s corporate blogging effort, tools, and platform. Betsy has been herding Microsoft BlogCats for least as long as I’ve been blogging in the wild as a Microsoft employee. When I joined the ranks of Microsoft bloggers back in early 2003, there…

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Source Control, GotDotNet, VS.NET, and Dream Job #3

Tone Engel reports that, “Joined the FlexWiki GotDotNet group last night for source code access which is provided through a custom source code control provider that integrates with Visual Studio.”* I am an avid FlexWiki and GotDotNet user/contributor and just recently joined the GotDotNet development team here at Microsoft. Prior to joining my new team last week, I worked on the…

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Eric Sink’s Tenets of Transparency

In his latest article for MSDN, Tenets of Transparency, Eric Sink continues his “non-legendary” crusade to confound his two point five critics and tickle his burgeoning horde of fans pink with superior writing, corn-fed frankness, and incisive insights into the business of making and selling software. As a former member of Microsoft’s SourceSafe and Visual Studio Team…

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Building Anticipatory Software

Recently, I have devoted many cycles to the question, ‘What is ‘Personalized Software’? In Douglas Hofstader’s Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid, I came across this self-evident but illuminating passage, “If you punch “1” into an adding machine, and then add 1 to it, and then add 1 again, and again, and again, and continue…

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