AD: Two slightly used TiVos for sale

   Before Windows Media Center Edition was released, I purchased two TiVo DVRs.  My family has really enjoyed these units – In fact my 3 year old daughter has become so used to being able to watch a favorite episode of Rugrats on demand that when we explained that grandma’s TV can only play scheduled programs…

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Paintball Outing

   This last weekend a couple of guys from the EEC and the Windows Server TAP team went down to a place called Hole-in-the-wall Paintball to shoot each other with small projectiles from pneumatic weapons 🙂 Before From left to right, we have Matt Wagner, Dave Kearney, Do Kim, myself, Nathan McAffee, and Nathan’s neighbor.    The tactics were pretty…

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What Kind of American English Do You Speak?

   What Kind of American English Do You Speak? – Having been born and raised here in the Redmond area with a couple of years spent in rural parts of Pennsylvania and Maryland and elsewhere, here’s how I tested out on the latest “timewaster of the week”: 75% General American English 15% Yankee 5% Dixie 5% Midwestern 0%…

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Terminal Dodgeball

   Last week the Terminal Services Team squared off against the EEC crew in a very one-sided dodgeball game at the ProClub in Redmond…  I wasn’t able to make it, but as I hear things, the score was something like EEC=3, TS=0!  Stanley Jones took some video of it using a Kodak digital camera which I’ve put up on…

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Microsoft's version of the Darwin Award...

   Well, it’s official:  Richard Gregg has been sentenced to 2 years in one of Washington State’s fine correctional facilities for the crime of tragic stupidity.  This is really a shame – Richard is a very likable fellow who had run the software library for the Windows Application Compatibility Testing Team, first as a contractor and later as…

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Windows Messenger in Corporate Environments

   I had a surprise the other day – I run MSN Messenger 6.2 on my laptop here at work for occasional IM sessions with friends and family, and after I signed in yesterday morning with my user@microsoft.com Passport, it prompted me to change my Passport email addy to user@messengeruser.com!  It told me to wait an hour to…

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Inappropriate relations with a Sun server...

   Wow!  If a Microsoftie has a few complimentary words to say about Sun’s latest Windows-compatible hardware, should he be fired for revealing his latent “hardware fetishist” tendencies?  According to TheRegister, the answer is a logic-defying “yes”.  Fortunately, my boss doesn’t look to the Register for staffing guidance, and colleagues assure me that having the Register tear into you personally is in fact something of…

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Making life as a LUser more livable

   Well, after reading Aaron Margosis’ blog, I decided to give running as a limited user at home another try…  I’m used to running *Nixoid workstations in this manner of course and I’ve tried running this way on my Windows boxes on a couple of occasions in the past and had been dissatisfied with the experience:  The…

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Kingdomality companion worksheet

   On the topic of Kindomality, for those that have a copy of the book, they may have noticed there’s a different version of the personality test in the appendices than the better known online version.  Here’s a companion worksheet I put together that let’s you visualize the breakdown of your responses for the version in the…

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Kingdomality - Helpful insights into team dynamics

   I know the www.kingdomality.com quiz has made the internet rounds a few times, but I was recently handed a copy of the book by my boss and I really did find “Kingdomality: An Ingenious New Way to Triumph in Management” to be quite an engaging read that was very worthwhile.  Thanks for putting me on to…

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