To Partner or Not To Partner

It’s been a while since I did a blog posting.  The day job’s got to come first, and I’ve been extremely busy.  But as the weeks have turned into months, and as blog comments have started to say things like “What happened to MikeCal?” it’s clear that I need to try to squeeze some writing…

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On the Left Hand: How Feature Prioritization Happens

An old blog entry continues to get requests for us to allow users to move their scroll bars to the left side of the screen.  I’ve forwarded the suggestions on to the appropriate people, but, since I’m not on that team, I don’t actually know what will happen with the feature.  That said, I figured…

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Dogfood Doesn’t Always Taste Good

A while back someone asked which phones the Windows Mobile team uses.  While I will end up answering that question, in typical form, I’m going to be really verbose about it. In Windows Mobile, we’re very strong proponents of what we call, “Eating our own dogfood.”  What this means is that we use the code…

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Why I Work In Windows Mobile

My manager asked me to write something to convince other Microsoft employees to come work in our division.  Originally this was going to be posted internally somewhere and linked from our job descriptions.  But I realized that some of this might be interesting to you folks too.  I’m going to explain why I get out…

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A 6 By Any Other Name…

Marketers and developers.   Are we really even the same species?  The degree to which I don’t understand my coworkers over in marketing can be aptly summed up in 4 words: “Windows Mobile 6 Professional.”  The product’s great, but the name?  I would probably have called it something else.  Not that I’m suggesting that I’d have…

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320×320 Revisited

A little over a year ago, I wrote a blog entry that explained why we chose to support 240×240 screens on PocketPC instead of 320×320 ones.  The result was a lively discussion on the subject.  In one of the comments I said, “If we add 320×320 support in the future, you folks will be the…

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How do you dial 1-800-FLOWERS?

Say you’re a business that sells flowers over the phone.  And say that, while picking a phone number for your business, you’ve got the choice between 1-800-356-9377 and 1-800-444-4444.  Which do you pick?  You’d pick the first one, because, while 7 seemingly random digits are hard to remember, the fact that they spell “FLOWERS” isn’t. …

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Everything You Want To Know About SD…

… and weren’t afraid to ask. There have been a number of questions about SD memory cards.  This is a big topic, so I’ll cover what I can and then see what questions come back.  I’ll either answer those questions in the comments or I’ll do a second entry. What’s in a name? Originally SD…

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What Would You Like To Know?

I’m back after taking the month of December off.   It’s always hard to come back.  I love my job.  I’ve been doing it for 13 years and plan to keep doing it for a long time to come.  But working just isn’t the same as snowboarding with my son six times in the last two…

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Interview With A Developer

In 2005, one of my idols in the blogging community, Robert Scoble, cofounded a Microsoft site called Channel 9.  These people wander around Microsoft with video cameras, interview various people, and post the videos on their site.  The interviews can range from “here’s some cool stuff coming soon,” to “here’s an interesting person to talk with.”  Channel…

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