My Namesake

<writingBreak> I occasionally go up to google and see what I get when I search on my name.  Over the course of history (okay, over the course of the last 5 or 6 years) I’ve held my own for the most part at the top of the “Matt Powell” list – particularly after my book…

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Legos

Opaque or Binary Data in a Web service is like transporting action figures on a Lego train. More soon…

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The Meaning of Everything

The local NPR affiliate, KUOW, featured Simon Winchester, the author of The Meaning of Everything, on its daily Weekday show today.  The subtitle of the book is “The Story of the Oxford English Dictionary.“ I can waste hours flipping through a good dictionary.  I could waste lifetimes (yes plural) flipping through the Oxford English Dictionary. …

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The Training Not Taken

I was scheduled to be OOF today and tomorrow in training.  I love good training.  Quite often you come back from good training revitalized with a new outlook concerning certain parts of your life and your job.  We had to cancel the training I was scheduled for due to an unfortunate circumstance.  The result is that I’m…

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Signal to Noise Ratio

In getting feedback on my proposed bloglist page on the MSDN Web Services Developer Center, Danny Ayers mentioned that I had an equivalent signal to noise ratio as Sam Ruby and yet I am considering dropping Sam from the list.  I don’t see that combining two different evaluations is a particularly useful measure.  I would much…

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Thanks for the Feedback

I want to thank everyone for the feedback on my proposed listing of the MSDN Web Services Developer Center blog page.  There are definitely some great suggesitons–but now the list I have is too long so I’m going to have to do some cutting.  Apologies to those who end up on the html cutting-room floor. …

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