My name is Sandy and I am a Wikipediaholic

When I was much younger, I used to pepper my dad with constant questions about how things worked or who invented what.  My dad would always respond with the same thing: “go look it up”.  Sitting in our family room was a bright, shiny set of Encyclopedia Brittanicas.  Now, I don’t know if my dad…

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Hey Zealousy – Reprise

As I was going through my Inbox, I spotted a comment to my blog that seems especially connected to my last post.  Apparently, last week, I was indirectly “Digg”‘d (Dug?) when someone wrote about the OpenOffice ads and linked to my post from February.  Well, the post was writted tongue-in-cheek, but I apparently upset a…

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Hey Zealousy

(title is a reference to an old Gin Blossoms song–if you remember it, that makes you old)   A couple of weeks ago, a few of us were having a discussion about customers and their ability to serve as evangelists.  We talked about how Apple, Linux, and many others have extremely passionate customers that constantly…

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Summer Camp: My days in at the Tampa Code Camp

Tampa held its annual Code Camp over the weekend and Joe Healy, the resident Developer Evangelist, was kind enough to invite me out there.  Actually, he invited me to Tallahassee the month before and I had accepted until I realized that my travel day would be on the same day as my fifth wedding anniversary. …

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CodePlex: The XBox for Community Developers

I once blogged about “Glory and Danger” and the idea of taking on GotDotNet.  One of the things I hinted at was, while we would do a revamp of the site, we did want to consider something from scratch that would be a step above.  Then, I patiently stayed quiet about what we were doing. …

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Scoble is out of here, but Microsoft bloggers are here to stay

A lot of people are making a pretty big deal about Robert Scoble’s departure.  Not just bloggers, but the old-school media like newspapers and even Slashdot.  In fact, somewhere down in the valley, Scott McNealy is sitting in his living room probably wondering “why didn’t people make as big a deal when I left Sun?” 😉 …

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Open letter to SteveB – Privatize Microsoft!

(NOTE: I am not affiliated with the people who make these decisions, so please don’t assume there’s any insider info here–just one guy with one ‘wacky’ idea speaking his peace and throwing out some food for thought) Dear Steve, I see you’ve made your way down to Wall Street to woo the instituational investors.  Hmm,…

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Management Accountabilty in a Scrum World

Last summer, I was having a conversation with a friend who worked in Microsoft Research.  I knew him from outside of work and we rarely talked shop, but in this specific instance, I was telling him about my projects.  The biggest project on my plate was CodePlex.  After bragging about the featureset, I began describing…

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What has Jim Newkirk been up to?

I remember reading someone posting a comment to a blog saying that Microsoft hired people like Jim Newkirk only to keep them from doing stuff for the community.  Not so.  If you want to know what Jim has been doing, check out his blog entry today: http://blogs.msdn.com/jamesnewkirk/archive/2006/05/16/598935.aspx Oh, and he’s got some impressive help as…

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Bob & Yag come to MSCOM

For all the good and bad about Microsoft, the most important part of anyone’s experience is the set of people you work with and for.  Are they passionate, excited, and convinced they can change the world?  Do they have that contagious enthusiasm that brings everyone’s performance up a notch?  In sports, there’s a way of…

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