The Cinderella Dilemma: Connecticut, Westchester, and Long Island

I recently wrote about how the Cinderella Dilemma has improved for New Jersey residents visiting New York City.  NJ Transit’s Departure Vision service for the mobile web has made life a lot easier for Garden State residents.  One of my readers (Bill Zack) sent me a message noting that New Jersey only accounts for about…

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The Cinderella Dilemma: Revisited

A few years back… pre-iPhone era (you can tell from the content), I wrote a post about the Cinderella dilemma suburbanites experience when visiting New York City in the evening.  After rush-hour, the options for catching a train out of the city are “limited”, and the last thing you want to do is have your…

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Tech Geek Brawl: What Do YOU Want To See In Your Product Reviews?

An interesting tech geek brawl seems to have broken out in the blogosphere over the past 24 hours between MG Seigler and Joshua Topolsky.  I find it entertaining.  Both make good points.  Both made a choice to use profanity for emotional impact (see my previous post on “Keeping it Professional In Tech”).  Topolsky issued a…

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OneNote + SkyDrive + Windows Phone == Migraine Cure?!

I don’t watch TV that often. But when I do, it’s usually via a DVR where I skip through the commercials.  So, I’m normally oblivious to whatever the trendy ads are that people are talking about at the water cooler.  There’s one exception to my advertising avoidance:  Football.  The only ads I ever see on…

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How Was “Upgrade Your Parents’ Browser Weekend” 2011?

It’s Monday after the big Thanksgiving holiday weekend here in the US.  You’re back at the grind, heads down in e-mail, and perhaps even some code.  All the usual manic Monday comments are flooding your social network feeds. The Boomtown Rats are ringing in your ears.  For many, it’s just going to be “one of…

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HOW Many Apps?! – What Does That Mean?

Last week, the Windows Phone Marketplace hit 40,000 apps.  The prediction is that it will hit 50,000 in January 2012, which would be two months longer than the iPhone AppStore , and 4 months faster than Android Market took to hit the same milestone.  My friend Shawn Wildermuth wrote a blog post asking “40,000 apps…

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My Journey To Internet Explorer 9

Internet Explorer 9 was released to the world on Monday March 14, 2011.  I’m a user. Here’s my story as a user… It all started back in September 1997. Like 90+% of the people using the Internet back then, I was a Netscape user. There was the other browser from a company called Microsoft called…

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The Connected Show: Now With More Cowbell!

Three weeks ago I shared news of a new podcast started by one of my Microsoft colleagues, Dmitry Lyalin.  Since then, I’ve been collaborating with Dmitry on this effort, and now am happy to announce that I am going to be co-hosting the Connected Show with him!  Our first joint episode (Episode #5) went live…

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How is Security in YOUR “Friends & Family” Network?

If you’re reading my blog, there’s a good chance you have a technical background or work in the IT industry. Like myself, I’m guessing that most folks who work in IT become known as the “tech guru” in their circle of friends and family. You know you’re the “tech guru” when everyone in your circle…

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Ed Bott Eliminates My Vista Pet Peeve

There’s been a lot of fuss about the User Account Control (UAC) feature in Windows Vista.  A recent story even made headlines when a Microsoft manager was quoted as saying Microsoft deliberately deigned UAC to "annoy users".  I’ve heard all the arguments for and against it.  However, I think UAC is one of the BEST…

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