Yet another “Year-End Best Of” list – 2004 Edition

Well, we are at the tail-end of 2004 and there, I must do the usual year-end best-of lists.  I’ve actually done this long before I had a blog, but this makes it feel more official. Every year, I’ve always picked my favorite album (since 1990’s ”Vivid” from Living Color–which actually came out in 1989, but…

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What Microsoft can learn from Linkin Park & Jay-Z

At the end of every blog entry, I always mention the album that is playing on my Dell DJ when I sign off.  This time, the album is also the subject of the blog.  Last week, I picked up “Collision Course”, a compilation of songs that were “mashed” between Linkin Park and Jay-Z.  Mashing involves…

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A community by any other name

A few months ago, I was put on point for patterns & practices “community”.  For the previous year, I have been the marketing guy and erstwhile business manager.  Community was a new track for me and I had to hit the ground running by connecting with several pre-existing efforts that had already been going on…

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We don’t make the products you buy. We make the products you buy better.

I’m a big football fan, but this year has been a painful disappointment for me.  The Tennessee Titans have been decimated by injuries and won’t win at least 11 games for only the second time in the last six years.  The playoffs have usually been a given, but this season they’ll be watching from the…

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What a difference a decade makes

In college, St. Patrick’s Day was always one of my favorite days of the year.  There was something about green beer and the random excuse to drink it always made that a festive day.  I particularly remember the one in 1994, but not so much for the green beer or revelry.  It was a day…

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Smartphone = Smart Sandy

When I first got a cell phone six years ago, I was skeptical about using them.  Like many people, I was pretty much lured in by the free minutes.  Of course, I soon became dependent on a freedom and flexibility of a mobile phone and enjoyed the rapidly evolving technologies.  I was upgrading phones every…

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Voting Day

Ah yes, that time of the year when everyone, democrat or republican, can rejoice in one common theme:  no more attack ads!  Ugh, so much for focusing on the positive.  My wife has been heavily involved in the I-884 campaign and I’ve really been proud about the way they’ve gone about their campaign.  While a…

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The New “BI” (Baseball Intelligence)

I spent last week at an off-site meeting with several other Microsoft people.  With the unbelievable playoff action that was going on, the lunchtime topic inevitably turned to baseball.  Given the international flavor of the table, it was an interesting set of perspectives on the sport.  I am a huge baseball fan and I always…

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Digital Gotham

If you’ve been around the Microsoft architecture “scene” (OK, it’s not a scene, but I don’t know what to call it), you are familiar with the Digital Metropolis metaphor.  Courtesy of Pat Helland (quite possibly the funniest man at Microsoft), it paints enterprise computing in comparison to a typical large city in the 1800s.  The…

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Mr. patterns & practices goes to Washington (sorta)

I spent last week in Reston, VA (just outside of Washington DC) at the patterns & practices Summit.  This was the third and final one of the calendar year and the first that was a certified sell-out.  It’s definitely been a gratifying experience to see this go from an idea that Keith Pleas and I…

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