Advisory: 30GB Zune issues noted today, related to time and the leap year

First it was questions about whether or not we’d have to worry about the coming Leap Second, then today after our power came back on, customer questions about the Zune 30. As we have a couple of Zune 30s in our home going strong, I was surprised to see a post on the Zune Insider…


Random quotes from 2008: from our resident seven year old on pop music

To start my collection of random quotes, I offer this from one seven-year-old boy at the end of the new movie Iron Man just as the closing credits rolled. It’s a testament to his proficiency on Guitar Hero and eclectic music library: "Is that Black Sabbath?  I love Ozzy Osborne."   That’s what you get…


Of interest: CNET’s Dawn Kawamoto offers the top cloud news stories of 2008

I’ve been accused (rightly so, I might add) of enjoying general vanilla, Everyman news purveyors such as USA Today, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times, along with Wired, BusinessWeek and Fortune.  (I also read much more, much to my wife’s chagrin as noted by the stacks of materials and periodicals around my…


Happy Boxing Day: A few of my favourite MSDN Links for you

As I Tweeted today (I can stop any time), Happy Boxing Day. I remember from my growing up in the great white north this as a holiday unto itself, usually associated with post-Christmas sales.  But (according to the Wiki) it’s "based on the tradition of giving gifts to the less fortunate members of society." We’ll…


Apologies for my ode on the Day Before Christmas

The Day Before Christmas (With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore or Henry Livingston)   ‘Twas the day before Christmas, when all down the street Not a single thing moved, no one made a peep; The snow had blanketed the entire neighbourhood, And we all knew that St. Nick soon would lighten the mood; The boys…


The snow sticks through the weekend, so we built a huge snowman

With snow comes shoveled driveways.  And with that extra snow, you have to do something… So we built a near six foot tall snowman. [Added 5:30PM 12/20/08: as noted on Twitter, and an update for my friend Kent in sunny & warm SVC, we found that our snowman had been vandalized… some hoodlums had moved…


PC World and the Washington Post noticed Microsoft Answers today

As I posted earlier, the new Microsoft Answers beta kicked off this week.  And it looks like folks are noticing the new site, as noted in the this Washington Post article from Rick Broida of PC World.  Broida noted the new site "aims to clear up Vista’s mysteries–and invites you to do likewise." "Sites like…


Of interest: Majel Barrett of Star Trek fame passed away today

Sad day.  According to news reports today, Majel Barrett-Roddenberry, the widow of television director/producer/writer and Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry, died today (December 18, 2008) as a result of complications from leukemia. You may remember her as the first officer from the original Star Trek pilot and then from the series as Nurse Christine Chapel….