For what it’s worth, it was worth all the while…

After six years at Microsoft, I’ve decided that it is time to move on with my career and my life. I’ll be taking a role at a software startup that appeals to both my passion for the user revolution on the internet and my desire for a smaller, more personal atmosphere that is found in…

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Yet another blog post about Facebook

Has any company garnered as much attention in such a short-term as Facebook?  Yeah, you can suggest YouTube or Skype, but Facebook went from hot to scorching hot in the course of a few months.  Rupert Murdoch, the man who owns MySpace, showed some major envy when he suggested that his property wasn’t the hottest…

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The Customer Isn’t Always Right

The business mantra for years has always been “The Customer Is Always Right”.  I recall reading business school case studies about how comapnies like Nordstrom were phenomenal is how they made sure customers were extremely satisfied–going to unimaginable lengths to send them home happy.  Obviously, at Microsoft, we are very sensitive to our customer satisfaction…

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Rumsfeld’s Dilemma and the Community Cure

  When I talk about the value of community for developers, I’ve been known to quote what I’ve come to describe as “Rumsfeld’s Dilemma”. As we know, there are known knowns. There are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns. That is to say we know there are some things…

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Microsoft Community Applications and Services: The Next Wave

We hear a lot of feedback about how the forums and blogs should work.  And I mean A LOT.  Whether it’s internal or external, people always have opinions about how to make them better. I prefer to think that the feedback is proof of how valuable these services are and that we have a responsibility to…

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The Death of the Smart Client is Greatly Exaggerated

I was watching a great presentation recently from a Berkeley professor who came to speak to a bunch of senior people in my division.  He threw out a lot of interesting sayings, but my favorite one may have been “the most dangerous three words in the investment community is ‘This time, it’s different!’”  When I…

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Thank You Teamprise!

While CodePlex has had a pretty good run, we’ve gotten some flack for having only offering Team Explorer to work with our source control system.  Personally, I use it on the internal CodePlex and it has positives and negatives.  That said, there’s nothing wrong with options, right?  Well, Jim got to “break” the story, but…

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Regis Philbin and The Link Between Reality TV and YouTube

I spent my December break reading “The World Is Flat” by Thomas Friedman. OK, maybe I was a little late to that book, but better late than never. While I can’t say the book told me any specific fact that I didn’t know, it’s ability to wrap up the last 10-20 years in a tight…

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An Ode To GotDotNet

About two years ago, I stepped into this role with a primary responsibility being to help get GotDotNet back on its feet.  As the first Microsoft community for .NET, GDN held a dear place in the hearts of many.  However, it had clearly fallen on hard times and there was a strong proposal to end…

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Oh Boise! My Second Code Camp

Last weekend, four developers from my team and I headed over to Boise, Idaho for my second code camp. Having never been to Boise, I was almost more curious about the town than the Code Camp itself. After all, my image of Idaho was rural farmland, potatoes, and, well, potatoes. Granted, that isn’t very worldly…

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