Just when I thought I was out…

They pull me back in. But in all fairness, I was the one who asked to be pulled back in. My game plan for my post-Microsoft/Seattle life was to attend graduate school full-time for a Masters in Human Factors (User Experience) at San Jose State while I trained for my 3rd degree black belt with…

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Training for my first Triathlon with Team in Training

People at the various user groups I go to seem to enjoy my triathlon training stories. Since sports training is a hobby for me, I thought I’d share what it’s been like training for my first “tri”. I’m terrified of swimming, hence why i’ve never done one before. I’m with Team in Training, a non-profit…

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9 years at Microsoft

Today marks my 9th year at Microsoft. Next year, I’ll collect my second Final Fantasy crystal. I thought it would be fun to share a few blogging statistics: This is my 980th post on blogs.msdn.com/saraford As of this writing, ya’ll have left 5504 comments on this blog I have been blogging as a Microsoft employee…

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My first month with my Vibram Five Fingers (Barefoot running shoes)

I got my vibrams about a month ago, and have slowly been trying to break my feet in. I can now drive in them and wear them almost 3/4 of a day. I haven’t tried running yet, although i did try a small baby hike (slight elevation, 1.5 miles roundtrip at most). Result wasn’t good….

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My First Week as a Developer Evangelist

I thought it would be fun to share what it was like my first week making the transition from Redmond to Silicon Valley in my new role. And more importantly, I thought it would be fun to explain publicly to my uncle back in Mississippi that my job isn’t to pray for the developers of…

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Happy Lombardi Gras!!

“It’s like waiting 43 years for someone to tell you ‘I love you’ back.” – Superbowl Pregame Show. What a week. I flew down Saturday morning to join family in the French Quarter. A cousin booked a hotel room with a balcony on Bourbon Street for Superbowl weekend way back in October. What an incredible…

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CodePlex banner does Who Dat Chant at Greater New Orleans .NET User Group

On Wednesday night, I spoke at the Greater New Orleans .NET User Group http://www.gnonug.org/. Thanks to George Mauer for organizing and to our sponsor Antares Technology Solutions for organizing dinner. I was very happy with the turnout, considering the construction, the Krewe of Thor parade, a fatality accident on I-10 East, and the Saints parade…

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Who Dat Nation Invades Microsoft’s Channel 9

I’m sitting here in the Memphis airport at the terminal gate for New Orleans. Having gone 17 weeks without seeing a single Saints fan, you’d think each person wearing a Fleur de Lis football jersey was a long lost family member of mine, as I run up to them hugging them screaming Who Dat as…

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Saying Farewell to CodePlex

In January 2006, nearly 4 years ago to the day, I created my first account on CodePlex, when the site was still in internal-only alpha preview. A the time, I was the Program Manager for the Visual Studio Power Toys, where my team created the 5th, 6th, and 9th projects on CodePlex before it went…

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Coding is not Kata

I promised on Twitter to write a blog post explaining why “kata” was the wrong word for the “coding kata” problems presented at CodeMash this past week in Ohio. First and foremost, I absolutely loved the idea of these coding problems. The problems were very similar to those found in computer science classes (for example,…

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