Words to live by, literally: Charles McConathy on Staying Healthy

Just back from a brief staycation (it’s so lovely in Seattle this time of year) and I found an old post with a few words from the great but late Charles McConathy. Charles was one of the first people to befriend me in the CA tech industry. He founded the very successful and admired MicroNet and…

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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…

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Satya Nadella: the new president in Microsoft's Server & Tools Business

News today: we have a new president in the Server & Tools Business: Satya Nadella, a respected technical leader here at the company (as noted here: http://bit.ly/i5ovIb). Satya moved from MBS to the Online Services Division to head up the engineering division there, which includes Bing, MSN and AdCenter (our advertising platform). Satya Nadella hasn’t…

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Of interest: Ex-Microsoftie Brad Lovering joins Splunk in Seattle

Congrats to ex Microsoft-ie @brad_lovering, as he just joined @Splunk, as noted at https://t.co/zfMrUPn by the Seattle Times’ own Brier Dudley… Brad Lovering, one of Microsoft’s top engineers until he left last year, is heading a new Seattle office for Splunk, according to a report by Mary Jo Foley. Lovering is now vice president of development…

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How to make an impact at Thanksgiving, even if you're not Bill Gates

It’s Thanksgiving, and again I am fortunate enough to spend my holiday with my friends and family. In a past post, I noted my posts on being thankful, in particular this one on being thankful, where I noted the Seattle P-I newspaper’s slide show on “Words of Thanks.” “What are you most thankful for? P-I photographer…

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Things seen around Microsoft (and perhaps your college campus?): a fractal panda

In the category of the interesting and odd things I see around Microsoft, this is one of the most unique, one that has found its way onto the Internet. It’s the fractal panda (or is that Fractal Panda?). It’s used by our good folks in Microsoft during various college informational trips. (I noted this on…

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From Windows 7 to working with product groups customer satisfaction

A little more than three years ago as I noted here, I joined the Windows division working in COSD for Jon DeVaan with the rest of his management team (as I initially noted here) to work on Windows 7. I’ve certainly enjoyed the run in Windows, this being my second stint: I joined the engineering…

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Gizmodo offers a look at several Windows 7 Launch Parties

Did you have a Windows 7 Launch Party? Gizmodo offers a gallery of photos from several different Windows 7 launch parties although most/all are uncredited with original owners/URLs. This one is certainly my favourite (is it yours?): Note to self: need to post more details of our own launch event. Tags: articles, what I read,…

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Personal documentary from Microsoft writer makes an impression

Of interest: reminding me of the brief series noted here, I found this article from Nicole Brodeur "Microsoft writer makes documentary on losing hand to cancer", about the film documentary from Joshua Isaac, a writer at Microsoft. Isaac lost his left hand to cancer and has been dealing with cancer – battling Epithelioid Sarcoma to…

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