closing out 2015 - digitizing toastmasters

It’s the last day of 2015 and I’ve got 10 OneDrive templates to share with the International Toastmasters community.  If you are involved with Toastmasters, you probably find the speech program somewhat antiquated from a mobile/modern collaboration perspective.  The 10 speeches are in a physical manual (that you have to remember to bring to meetings)…

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pranks on computers–the outcome!

Eva suggested I wait to come home to prank my son Sam and boy am I glad I did!  Sam loves to use the computer – Youtube, games, homework (possibly in that order) are all activities he uses the family computer for.  About the only time he isn’t using it, is when he’s eating, at…

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pranks on computers–the modern version…

Earlier this week a friend Sjonia posted a comment on Facebook…  First you should read this All postings are provided “AS IS” with no warranties and confer no rights. The inclusion of any key sequences does not imply endorsement by Microsoft to press said referenced keys.  Pressing the said keys is at your own risk. …

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students involved with technology 2014

January 24th Mr. Chuck D was on the Arsenio Hall show.  Arsenio was discussing his old show "We talk about my old show…I fought for groups like you and NWA and one situation I lost a fight with Paramount because your song was called 'By the Time I Get To Arizona'." "Tell young people what that song was…

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7 years at microsoft

Today marks my 7th anniversary at Microsoft.  7 years ago I couldn’t have even imagined where Microsoft was headed.  Three versions of Windows and Office (and Server, SQL, etc.) later, the company has delivered on software + services and now has devices coming.  Windows 8 is the first time I’ve been as excited about the…

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6 years ago today...

i began my journey at microsoft.  i was really excited and couldn’t think of a better fit than the job and the company i was about to start at for me and my career.  there were a few things that happened that i found amusing.  that first day i received my “blue badge” (full time microsoft employees…

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be different–what i learned from steve jobs

this is likely my tribute to steve jobs post.  it originally was going to be a post about acting and thinking differently, but based upon the events of this week and some reflection, it seems more appropriate to also serve as a what i learned from steve jobs post.  my mom and steve jobs could…

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summer hardware, software and dogfood

it seems not a month goes by at microsoft where you aren’t testing something or submitting feedback on software.  if you enjoy living between what is here and what’s next, microsoft is a really fun place to work.  it’s obviously not the only company that is introducing new hardware, software and services, so here’s a…

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25 apps for christmas–songsmith and ribbon hero

my daughter used to make up songs all the time (she still sings a lot but now it’s usually something she’s heard before) and that’s when i first discovered songsmith from microsoft research.  this is a program that can create a musical soundtrack to whatever you sing.  it’s very fun and there’s a trial available…

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my youtube channel - whoops!

i haven’t posted a lot of videos to youtube and a couple that i did post were apparently marked because of the musical soundtrack (since i “created” the photo and video portion and own the music, i didn’t think about using it to impress my grandma and other family members with my computer skills).  i…

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