Hannah Wins National Poster Contest

In 2003 my 5th grade sister Hannah Joy entered the Arbor Day National Poster Contest and took 1st at State, and then went on to win 1st in the national round out of 75,000 participating schools.  At state she planted a tree on the State Capitol property with the Governor of Idaho and then was…

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Hang’n at the VSIP Conference

The Visual Studio Industry Partners conference is going on right at the Redmond Marriott hotel in Redmond, WA (close to the MS main campus).  It’s a time when we get to interact with partners who are creating addins and packages for VS (like ReSharper & CodeRush).  We’re talking about new technologies, VS futures (my team),…

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Rising Above the Email Swarm

In today’s age of receiving dozens to 100s of e-mails a day, quickly processing these is critical.  Microsofties are known for the volumes of e-mail we deal with, particularly as a Program Manager.  As ScottHa mentions, "these guys used Outlook like it’s an IM client" (so true that I don’t use IM).  It’s not unusual…

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Multi Monitor Support in VS10

What would a perfect world look like where your using Visual Studio with two or three (or more) monitors?  One of the new Visual Studio 10 (Visual Studio 2008 = VS9) I’d like to nail is darn good multi monitor support, but I’ve got a lot more investigation to do to know what this would…

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Adult Recreational Hockey in Seattle

Playing ice hockey was always a dream for me, coming from Texas and having played a little roller hockey.  Thanks to a persistent colleague, I found out about hockey in the area.  It is super easy for anyone (a newbie to former pro) to get involved, is quite safe, and a ton of fun! I’ve…

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