Pardon the GDN Dust

A few years ago, I read a book about the rise of AOL (it was before any mergers, so the fall wasn’t documented yet). In it, the book covered the evolution of the service and recounted a time when AOL’s services completely fell apart. Steve Case, the head of AOL at that time, needed to…

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Revenge of the Marketing Nerds

Recently, Microsoft went through a major reorganization that really changes the primary leadership of this company. Three primary groups were created to divide the business into broader areas of focus. While many are speculating on why Microsoft did this, I am actually very interested in looking at who they did it with and the ramifications….

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Ward Moves On

During my time at Microsoft, I have had the chance to meet some really amazing people.  This was especially true during my time at the patterns & practices group where there was a tremendous ability to bring in some really special people.  Among them was definitely Ward Cunningham.  Ward’s list of accomplishments is amazing, but you wouldn’t…

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Projects Coming Back

Having spent the better part of the last 7-8 months working with a dedicated team to revive GotDotNet, it excites me every time I see a cool project go up on Workspaces.  In the site’s darkest days, it was like a ghost town version of a website.  I was reminded of the famous sign that…

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Think Different about development. Think NFL!

In my living room, I have two Apple ads framed on my wall. While that sounds blasphemous for a guy who has his checks signed by Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer, I have to say that I’ve never been more impressed with an ad campaign. This was about five years ago when Apple did the…

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Viva La P2P!

Five years ago, I had major techie entrepreneur envy.  Napster was getting big and Shawn Fanning was everywhere.  All I could think was “that app isn’t that complex! I could write something similar in a week or two!”  I seethed at Fanning and his newfound fame as the boy genius a la Bill Gates in…

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I’ve got a fever and the only prescription is more code…

For anyone who has seen the Saturday Night Live “Behind the Music” parody with Christopher Walken about “needing more cowbell” (possibly my favorite skit of all time), you might get that joke of the blog entry title.  Now that CodeGallery is open for business, we are getting to work on the much more exciting part–recruiting projects.  When I…

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CodeGallery is here

Since I left patterns & practices six months ago, it’s been an interesting experience for me.  After all, I spent my entire career at Microsoft in one group, it’s strange to move to a new boss, a new team, and a new set of responsibilities.  Fortunately, my new boss is great, I love my team,…

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Free as in Free Speech AND Free Beer (sorta)

I’ve always felt part of open source uniqueness is that it is so hard to imagine outside of the software industry. Few industries have the same dynamics as the software industry where people can do something voluntarily and have it product anything commercially viable. I’ve always said that the pressure people put on Microsoft to…

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Executive Blogging

A lot has been made about Microsoft’s corporate blogging.  In fact, since my team owns this site, we’ve been getting constant queries on doing studies on the motivations of our corporate bloggers (we usually politely decline).  While everyone has their own reason to blog, I think the high-level reasons are pretty clear:  free soapbox, a…

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