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

I was prodded this morning much too early: “I expected to hear from you with DST ending this week.” Typecast much? 😉 Work has been busy, and I’ve spent more time providing updates on external and internal social media, but I’m never too busy to call attention to once again, a simpler time when we…

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ICANN Committee rejects dotless domain names, won’t "pursue any additional studies"

As you may recall from prior posts on this blog, there has been significant interest in the new gTLDs (e.g. foo.microsoft, foo.docs) and proposals from Google to allow one of their gTLD applications (.search) to function as a dotless domain (e.g. http//search). This ask was in sharp contrast to the report from ICANN’s own Security…

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An update on so-called dotless domains on the Internet

A couple of months ago I wrote here about the challenges with so-called "dotless" domains (e.g. http://microsoft instead of the common http://www.microsoft.com). Such shortcuts may seem harmless at first glance, but they raise many more issues than might be solved when it comes to completing and validating an Internet URL or email address. As you…

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What I do at Microsoft: It’s all about the customer

I was asked yesterday, “what the heck do you do at Microsoft these days?” That was a follow up to a friend seeing a post in Computerworld that I’d missed, which was interesting as I was calling out the importance of numbers in names… as I have one in mine (hence the emoticon, which Gregg…

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If you can’t trust Google’s app store, how can you trust them for anything?

When you buy an Android app from the Google app store, they give the app maker your full name, email address and the neighborhood where you live. This occurs without clear warning every single time you buy an app. <a title=”Watch how you get Scroogled by the Google app store” href=”http://www.bing.com/videos?mkt=en-us&vid=5ca0a386-f0c2-4a4f-bdea-bd971e54a3b0&from=shareembed-syndication&src=v5:embed:syndication:” target=”_new” data-mce-href=”http://www.bing.com/videos?mkt=en-us&vid=5ca0a386-f0c2-4a4f-bdea-bd971e54a3b0&from=shareembed-syndication&src=v5:embed:syndication:”>Video: Watch how…

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ICANN, the GAC, SSAC and gTLDs: Challenges with Dotless Domains and Closed Generics

Last year, Craig Mundie posted about ICANN’s gTLD Reveal Day calling it “another step in the Internet’s evolution.” Let’s hope we won’t see “one step up and two steps back.” ICYMI, ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers organization) approved plans for new generic Top Level Domains (“gTLDs”) to add to the common domains…

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What I read: Designing for Dependability in the Cloud

Last week I read David Bills’ (our chief reliability strategist) post Data Center Knowledge. David is responsible for the broad evangelism of the company’s online service reliability programs. His latest item is a follow on to his posts articles “Designing for Dependability in the Cloud” and Microsoft’s Journey: Solving Cloud Reliability With Software. “In part three, I…

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RSS feed reader blues? Get your feed in Microsoft Outlook and Office 365

ICYMI, Google Reader, Google Voice App for Blackberry, Google Cloud Connect, and Snapseed Desktop are shutting down. Hilarity ensued on the Internet with the melt down on social media over the change. As Danny Sullivan noted here, "Google should have done better by Google Reader & Google users than to bury its closure in a…

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Ready to Spring Forward and lose some sleep? Daylight Saving Time 2013 Arrives Sunday

  First off: the first rule of Daylight Saving Time is that there is no Daylight Saving Time (in Hawaii or a few parts of North America). The Second rule of Daylight Saving Time is that there is only one “S” in the term “Daylight Savings Time.”  Yes, that’s right: daylight saving time (aka DST) is here…

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