Three months now and Google insists I’m not me. The troubles with "real" identities and the latest ‘nymwars’

Interesting article in today’s San Jose Mercury News: Who has the right to decide how you’re known on the Internet — you, or the online service you’re using? ‘Nymwars’ debate over online identity explodes By Mike Swift Who has the right to decide how you’re known on the Internet — you, or the online…


It’s Time To Fall Back An Hour in the US and Canada: Daylight Saving Time Ends This Sunday

Yes, it’s that time again if you’ll pardon the pun, to fall back in much of the Northern Hemisphere. Daylight saving time ends at 2:00AM local time on Sunday, November 6, 2011, in much of the U.S and Canada, except in parts of the countries (including Hawaii and Arizona). You can read more than you’ll…


The time has come to move on… to Windows 7 (especially if you’re still on Windows XP)

It’s time to make a move away from Windows… Windows XP that is. As Rich Reynolds noted in his post on the Windows team blog commemorating Windows XP this week… “We’ve been talking a lot about the anniversary of Windows XP and how much technology and business have changed since a decade ago when it…


Announcement: Late breaking 2011 time zone changes for Armenia and Ukraine (again)

I originally posted that we confirmed that Armenia, Belarus and Ukraine won’t fall back but also stay permanently on summer time on October 30, similar to the move in Russia. Well, it appears that that these decisions were recently reversed. Please note we have received reports that Armenia and Ukraine have canceled their proposed changes. (….


Google determines I’m not me: the troubles with "real" identities

Love it. As noted in a prior post, Google doesn’t believe I’m me: the troubles with "real" identities. This started in mid August. Today I found the following note from Google on my profile… "After reviewing your profile, we determined that the name provided violates the Google+ Names Policy." Really? This from Google’s policy… "Your…


Advisory: Fiji plans to shift from daylight saving to standard time earlier in 2012

As you may have read, Fiji has decided to shift their move back to standard time earlier than originally planned in 2012. This from the Government of Fiji… "The end of daylight saving scheduled initially for the 26th of February 2012 has been brought forward to the 22nd of January 2012. "The commencement of daylight…


Posted: Information on preparations for daylight saving time changes and Microsoft Office 365

My friends over in the Office 365 team have provided some guidance on their community site about preparing for daylight saving time changes around the world… If the country or region where your organization or some of your users reside has changed their policy of recognizing daylight saving time, or changed the local time offset…


Steve Jobs 1955 – 2011

I’m sad today. Many of us knew this was coming with Steve’s recent departure from day to day at Apple. It still doesn’t prepare you for when the day comes.  Steve Jobs said in his infamous commencement speech at Stanford University… “Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to…


Announcement: Late 2011 time zone changes for Armenia, Belarus, Ukraine

Important update October 21, 2011: Please note we have received reports that Armenia and Ukraine have canceled their proposed changes. ( According to reports in Rada and Kyivpost that we have confirmed through our offices in the region, Ukraine will not stay on permanent summer time and instead will fall back to winter time on…