back to dogfooding

probably the coolest part of working for microsoft is the opportunity to dogfood so many amazing technologies before they are released.  from windows and office to xbox and windows live there have been so many opportunities to take a look ahead i have lost count. there are times while i have been with microsoft that…

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tenure

there is only one teacher i can think of that i had and that my kids had in dekalb.  mrs. north was my reading tutor one summer in middle school and she has had both sam and audrey in music class.  many people i know have been doing something similar for many years but have…

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it gets better

tonight i watched oprah’s show about the freedom riders in the early 1960s and watching from the vantage point of 50 years later with our first african american president in office it seems unreal what those brave men and women endured 50 years ago.  i noticed a google chrome commercial during american idol but didn’t…

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mrs. farley

mrs. farley taught math and she was one of the most influential teachers i had in high school. i remember her making entrances on roller skates and making almost every day in her classroom entertaining and unpredictable. she gave me extra points on senior skip day (my dad was on the school board at the…

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natural user interface

being a computer user, using pen and paper isn’t natural anymore; but speaking is. onenote is an amazing program!  it took my natural handwriting and transcribed it word for word.  windows can do the same for spoken dictation or even commands with built in speech recognition. switch between open applications by saying “switch to applicationname”…

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dvorak update – one month

7:46 pm so it’s been just under a month and i’m at about 20 wpm on the dvorak keyboard.  it’s coming along and i can already tell this will soon make me a faster typer than i ever was on the querty layout.  i am going to take some speed tests online and will highlight…

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daskeyboard revue and dvorak mod on an acer 1420p

i’ve been using my daskeyboard for a couple days and if you miss the feel of an old school electric typewriter, you’ll really enjoy this mechanical keyboard.  today at lunch i modded (slang for modified) my keyboard on my acer 1420p.  this little tablet has gotten a lot more use than i ever imagined it…

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top ten april fools pranks at home, around town and on the web

yesterday was april fools day (or the beginning of my wife’s birthday month) and the pranks were flying online.  here are 10 of my favorite this year.  0. my wife woke up to say there was snow on the ground – she forgot i had already been outside to take out the trash #fail.  later…

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ONLY CAPITALS

I’VE BEEN BLOGGING FOR A WHILE AND HAVE RECEIVED A FEW QUESTIONS ABOUT WHY I ALWAYS POST IN LOWER CASE.  IN HIGH SCHOOL WE READ POEMS BY E E CUMMINGS AND THE IDEA THAT YOU DIDN’T HAVE TO CAPITALIZE THE FIRST LETTER OF A SENTENCE STUCK WITH ME.  TO MAKE UP FOR ALL THE LOWER…

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