How do I survive SXSW in Austin? By "attending" virtually

As you may know – and some may even be reading this from the great state of Texas – the South by South West (SxSW) festival kicked off in Austin. Unlike a few of my friends, and contrary to my thoughts in 2011, I won’t be there this year. There are some great reasons to…

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Another look at the PC of tomorrow, in your pocket with Windows To Go

A couple of months ago, I opined about what will the PC might look like in five years, and offered a view of my son’s possible Windows PC in 2016… "The icing on this hardware cake will be the additional power outside the box. Given he’ll be connected to the most powerful servers on the…


Microsoft on standards, behind the scenes building Windows 8, and more of what I’ve read this week

A few links of interest today… a quick post as I need to get through my email. Busy week. With Valentines around the corner, I particularly enjoyed these 16 things Calvin & Hobbes said better than anyone else http://on.news.me/zyH7yH via @moorehn Thanks to Larry Hryb (aka @majornelson) we’re reminded what happens to the losing team’s…


Six months and Google finally acknowledges I’m me: the troubles with "real" identities

(Written late last night, this addresses the long saga I’ve had with Google in confirming my name on their services.) Busy week this, given we have so many great people in town for TechReady 14 in Seattle, but I’ll still try and find time to celebrate my eleventh anniversary at Microsoft. In my time here…

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Bill Gross: Twenty Amazing Facts Learned at the 2012 World Economic Forum in Davos

Bill Gross is founder of the technology incubator Idealab and more companies than I can count (he says “100 companies in last 30 years” so perhaps I can count that high). Mr. Gross tweeted “while on [his] quest for learning in life and at conferences.” (Follow him on Twitter as well as on his blog…


Surviving TechReady 14 in Seattle 2012: A few helpful tips and hints

Here’s a link to my post with some helpful hints on Surviving TechReady in Seattle, from 2010. Many of the links and info points are still relevant… Going to TechReady next week in Seattle?  It seems from what I read on Twitter that we will have a number of people visiting the fair Emerald City…


Six months and Google still doesn’t believe I’m me: the troubles with "real" identities

Remember when I noted that after three months, the nameless folks at Google insisted I wasn’t me ? Well, I’ve been suspended by Google… “Your profile has been suspended. “It appears that the name you entered does not comply with the Google+ Names Policy. “The Names Policy requires that you use the name that you…

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Surviving CES in Las Vegas: A few helpful hints for 2012

   in this post, I offer a few tips for those heading off to CES 2012 in Las Vegas this week… As you may already know, CES 2012 begins this week in Las Vegas (officially, CES is January 10-13). Yes, it’s true that researchers have determined that stress may cause the brain to become disconnected,…

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