Roz Ho on leadership

Longtime MacBU observers will remember Roz Ho. Roz was our General Manager when I first signed on. She left MacBU a couple of years ago to accept a promotion within the company, and is now the Corporate Vice President for Premium Mobile Experiences. The folks over at Channel 9 have an interview with her about…

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Q&A: How did you get into software?

I got into computers and assorted geekery early. My dad was always an enthusiast, and so I grew up with his somewhat eccentric collection of computers. My dad’s, and thus my, first computer was a Timex-Sinclair 1000. I remember my dad buying magazines with programs printed in them, which we would painstakingly type on the…

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half off Office 2008

If you haven’t yet jumped onto the Office:Mac 2008 bandwagon, the holidays are bringing lower prices. Office:Mac 2008 Special Media Edition, which includes all of the Office apps plus Expression Media, is now up to half off. The fine folks over at Amazon are listing it for $179, which is nothing short of a steal…

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Mac Mojo: "you’re my favourite"

Over on Mac Mojo, I just put up a post about the Entourage favourites bar called you’re my favourite. In the course of writing that post, I learned that I currently have 34 separate folders for incoming mail. All of them are populated by mail rules. The only thing that ends up in my main…

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holiday themes available on Art of Office

Someone with more artistic skills than I have (although, let’s be honest, that’s pretty much everyone) has created a bunch of holiday themes for Office 2008. They’re available for free over at Art of Office. The themes include ones for newsletters for your holiday letters, gift tags, note cards, recipe cards, and lots of other…

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the security of memes

While waiting for my plane to leave earlier today, I read a friend’s personal blog. In it, she has posted a meme that I’ve seen go around personal blogs and Facebook lately. The first time that I met this meme, it was coming up with your porn star name: your first pet’s name plus the…

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baking for charity

As I mentioned in an earlier post, every October, Microsoft has a giving campaign to encourage its employees to engage in charitable giving. MacBU takes part in this, with our very own twist to it. We have a bake auction every year. It’s like a competitive bake sale. This year, I entered three items: strawberry…

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Microsoft mice have Frustration-Free Packaging

The fine folks over at Amazon have introduced a new initiative: Frustration-Free Packaging. You know the feeling: you buy something in one of those bloody plastic clamshells and can’t open the stupid thing. (Pun unintended, but my fingers have ended up bloody after cutting myself on them!) According to the main Amazon page that describes…

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Netflix and Silverlight

Good news for Mac users — the Netflix “watch now” feature is available for beta testing. Using Microsoft Silverlight, you can get instant access to many Netflix films. I’ve been playing around with it, and it’s pretty cool. I tried it from my rather-less-than-snappy hotel room wifi connection and was really surprised to discover that…

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